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Michael Fairbourn
Education Coach, TD Ameritrade

About Michael Fairbourn

Michael has been actively involved in the markets since 1995 and became an Education Coach with TD Ameritrade in 2007. He enjoys teaching and helping others. His key areas of focus and interest are in Fundamental and Technical Analysis for stock, bond and futures markets. Michael graduated from Westminster College with a BS in Accounting. He holds the Series 7, Series 63 and Series 3 licenses.

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Ask the Trader: Is This Option Cheap or Expensive? Charting Options Prices September 15, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Options data can be difficult to understand, especially if you’re a newbie. But a feature on the thinkorswim® platform from TD Ameritrade allows you to chart options prices to visualize if premium is expensive, cheap, or fair.

5 min read  |  Advanced Options Strategies
Distributions, Emergencies, and More: How to Plan and Prioritize Stock Sales September 4, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

In an ideal world, you’d never need to sell any portion of your portfolio for cash, but sometimes you may have to. Here are some things to consider when selling stocks in an emergency.

5 min read  |  Household Finances
No Excuses: It Might Be Time to Set SMART Financial Goals July 20, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

A key component of a sustainable financial plan is making goals SMART—specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based.

3 min read  |  Savings Goals
How to Track and Trade Your Wish List May 26, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Trying to decide which stocks or ETFs to trade? First, create a plan. Screen for stocks that meet criteria in line with your personal financial goals. Then monitor those stocks and set up alerts to help determine when to enter and exit trades.

5 min read  |  Tools
Wondering About Closed-End Funds? Learn a Few Basics Before Diving In February 25, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Closed-end funds are a subset of mutual funds with some unique characteristics versus typical open-end mutual funds. Here’s the rundown.

5 min read  |  ETFs & Mutual Funds
Listen In: Corporate Conference Calls After Quarterly Earnings May 2, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Quarterly earnings calls, a routine practice for most U.S. corporations, can be a rich source of insight and ideas for investors.

5 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Land Ho! Property Investing Across Sectors with Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) April 25, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) offer an opportunity to invest in properties used by farms, retail, communications, health care, and more.

6 min read  |  Real Estate
Seeding a Dividend Yield Garden? Patience, Maintenance, & Quality February 26, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Tending a garden and dividend investing have some things in common, including the need for high quality and patience.

3 min read  |  Investing Basics
Digital Tool Box: Learn How to Invest in the Stock Market November 16, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Eager to learn how to invest in the stock market? Some basic info and tools to get you started.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
What Are Equity Securities and Debt Securities? October 2, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Stocks? Bonds? They're both known as securities. Learn the definitions of various securities and what sets them apart.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
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