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Trading basics

Trading and Social Media

Social media is full of trading tips—but should you listen?

April 07, 2022 Randy Frederick

Rational Buy & Sell Decisions

Schwab experts explain how to tune out market noise and make more deliberate investment decisions.

March 14, 2022


Common Options Mistakes

When it comes to options trading, education and awareness are important for establishing a strong foundation. Consider these common mistakes that traders often encounter.

January 24, 2022 Nathan Peterson

What to Watch: Earnings Season

Find out what traders should watch for during earnings season.

January 14, 2022

How to Sell Stock

When traders buy stock, they also need to think about their exit strategy. Kevin Horner describes the different sell orders you can use to exit a position.

December 18, 2021

How to Plan a Smart Trade

Find out why you should have a trade plan—and the five elements that may help you put it to work successfully.

December 17, 2021 Lee Bohl, CMT

From our trading experts

Looking to the Futures

Ryan Hinsen
July 06, 2022

Today's Options Market Update

Nathan Peterson
July 06, 2022

Weekly Trader's Outlook

Randy Frederick
July 01, 2022

Market commentary

Today's Options Market Update

Investors searching for direction in choppy session.

July 06, 2022 Nathan Peterson

Schwab Market Update

Similar to yesterday, U.S. equities rallied at the close to ascend out of negative territory and finish higher on the day.

July 06, 2022


Why Are Bond Yields Falling?

The Federal Reserve's pledge to curb inflation appears to have resonated with the market. If the central bank raises rates as much as recent projections indicate, the risk of recession rises. Consequently, bond yields have been pulling back from recent highs and the yield curve has flattened.

July 06, 2022 Kathy Jones

Looking to the Futures

The Biden administration is contemplating removing some of the tariffs on Chinese imports

July 06, 2022 Ryan Hinsen

Wednesday's Schwab Market Update Podcast

Similar to yesterday, U.S. equities rallied at the close to ascend out of negative territory and finish higher on the day.

July 06, 2022

Shortages Have Led to Gluts

Inventory gluts have been bad news for the stocks of companies experiencing them, but could also be indicating an inflation peak, which tends to be an ingredient for market bottoms.

July 05, 2022 Jeffrey Kleintop

Options

Today's Options Market Update

Investors searching for direction in choppy session.

July 06, 2022 Nathan Peterson

Credit Spread Options vs. Risk

Learn how credit spreads allow you to swap a limited amount of profit potential for the opportunity to reduce risk.

January 28, 2022 Randy Frederick

Long Call vs. Bull Call

With so many bullish options strategies to choose from, how do you know which is right for your next trade? In this article, we'll compare two bullish options strategies in order to assist you with the decision-making process.

January 26, 2022 Nathan Peterson

Common Options Mistakes

When it comes to options trading, education and awareness are important for establishing a strong foundation. Consider these common mistakes that traders often encounter.

January 24, 2022 Nathan Peterson

Futures

Looking to the Futures

The Biden administration is contemplating removing some of the tariffs on Chinese imports

July 06, 2022 Ryan Hinsen

Cryptocurrency: How to Start

There are multiple ways to access the cryptocurrency market, including over-the-counter trusts, mutual funds and ETFs, futures, and the stocks of companies involved in cryptocurrencies.

March 24, 2022 Schwab Center for Financial Research

What Is a Micro E-Mini Future?

Micro E-mini futures offer traders exposure to four leading U.S. stock indexes in bite-size contracts.

September 16, 2021 Michael Zarembski

Technical analysis

How to Use Volume Indicators

Sometimes stock price trends aren't quite what they seem. Here's how to use volume to confirm or refute a trend.

November 12, 2021

Head-and-Shoulders Patterns

Identifying so-called head-and-shoulders patterns can be tricky but profitable.

August 20, 2021 Lee Bohl, CMT

Stop and Stop-Limit Orders

Learn the difference between a stop order and a stop-limit order and how to decide when to use one over the other

August 16, 2021

Pick Stocks Using Analysis

Find out how you can use these two stock-picking strategies together.

August 12, 2021 Lee Bohl, CMT

Fundamental analysis

Pick Stocks Using Analysis

Find out how you can use these two stock-picking strategies together.

August 12, 2021 Lee Bohl, CMT

When to Sell Dividend Stocks

Picking your dividend-paying stocks is half the battle. How do you know when it's time to sell? Consider following these three steps.

April 20, 2021 Michael Rawson, CFA®

Trading tools

Trading and Social Media

Social media is full of trading tips—but should you listen?

April 07, 2022 Randy Frederick

Understanding Stock Settlement

Learn about main types of settlement violations, their consequences, and how to avoid them.

December 10, 2021 Joanna Payne

Using an Options Calculator

Want to calculate potential profit and loss levels on an options strategy? Find out how our options calculator works.

November 05, 2021 Randy Frederick