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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

Today's Options Market Update

Nathan Peterson
July 01, 2022

Weekly Trader's Outlook

Randy Frederick
July 01, 2022

Looking to the Futures

Colton Tanner
June 30, 2022

Market commentary

Friday's Schwab Market Update Podcast

U.S. equities started Q3 off on a high note, rallying from the lows of the day to finish in the plus column.

July 01, 2022

Mid-Year Muni Market Outlook

We suggest that muni investors consider taking advantage of the recent selloff by moving up in both credit quality and coupon structure, and moderately extending duration.

July 01, 2022 Cooper Howard


Weekly Trader's Outlook

Another bear-market rally; another fake-out.

July 01, 2022 Randy Frederick

Today's Options Market Update

Stocks start the new quarter on the downside.

July 01, 2022 Nathan Peterson

Schwab Market Update

U.S. equities started Q3 off on a high note, rallying from the lows of the day to finish in the plus column.

July 01, 2022

Thursday's Schwab Market Update Podcast

While off the worst levels of the day, U.S. equities finished noticeably lower, as recession worries remained elevated, buoyed by the implications of the Fed and other key central banks aggressively tightening monetary policies.

June 30, 2022

Options

Today's Options Market Update

Stocks start the new quarter on the downside.

July 01, 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 crypto investing front has taken another barrage of body blows, pushing Bitcoin to test the $19,000 per coin level once again.

June 30, 2022 Colton Tanner

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