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Technical Analysis

Fibonacci Retracements: A Golden (Ratio) Idea for Trading? September 21, 2020 10:44 AM   |  

Fibonacci retracement levels can be used to help identify support and resistance price levels in stocks and exchange-traded funds.

4 min read  |  Technical Analysis
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
thinkorswim® Tools: Top 5 Questions New Traders Ask About the Trading Platform September 3, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Our chief market strategist breaks down the day's top business stories and offers insight on how they might impact your trading and investing.

8 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Analyzing Market Breadth: Kickin’ It With Old-School Indicators July 31, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Looking for a top-down approach to analyzing the stock markets before jumping into a trade? Consider looking at market internals such as NYSE advances versus declines, the advance-decline (A/D) line, and the number of S&P 500 stocks that are moving above a specific moving average.

5 min read  |  Technical Analysis
Stocks for Beginners: Is Now the Time to Start Trading Stocks? July 9, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Education is key to trading stocks. The decision to start trading and investing in stocks depends on your personal situation—including whether you have investable assets.

5 min read  |  Trading Basics
Spotting Stock Trends at a Glance with the MACD Indicator June 19, 2020 10:20 AM   |  

The MACD indicator helps identify the strength, direction, and duration of a price trend. Stock traders can look at MACD crossovers and divergences as trading signals.

2 min read  |  Technical Analysis
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
Don’t Get Caught in a “Bull Trap”—Tips to Avoid Getting Tricked May 12, 2020 10:46 AM   |  

Some call it a bull trap; others use the more colorful term suckers' rally. Either way, traders don't want to get caught. Is a bounce off the lows for real, or just a ruse?

5 min read  |  Trading Psychology
Technical Analysis and Charting: How to Build a Trade March 30, 2020 9:30 AM   |  

With so many indicators and charting tools to choose from, it's best to think about what is most important to you and then create a step-by-step approach.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Bollinger Bands: What They Are and How to Use Them March 23, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Learn about the Bollinger Bands technical indicator and how it can help identify volatility and overbought/oversold conditions in stocks and indices.

3 min read  |  Technical Analysis
DIY Guide to Technical Analysis: Entries and Exits, Bounces and Breaks March 13, 2020 11:00 AM   |  

Technicians identify entry and exit signals based off support and resistance bounces or breaks. However, these aren’t always easy to identify.

3 min read  |  Technical Analysis
How to Choose Technical Indicators for Analyzing the Stock Markets March 6, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

With so many technical indicators to choose from, it can be tough to choose the ones to use in your stock trading. Consider a top-down approach to help you decide whether to use stock momentum indicators, trend indicators, or consolidating indicators.

5 min read  |  Technical Analysis
The On/Off Ramp: Your Guide to the Trade Life Cycle, from Entry to Exit February 21, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

The success of every trade involves three elements: the entry, the exit, and what happens in between. Here’s a look at the trade life cycle.

3 min read  |  Trading Basics
Good Eye, Trader: How to Pick the Right Stocks at the Right Time February 18, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Looking to pick stocks worth trading? You can lay the groundwork for a sound stock selection strategy with a few relatively simple components.

9 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
thinkTank: Movers and Shakers January 6, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Our chief market strategist breaks down the day's top business stories and offers insight on how they might impact your trading and investing.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Futures 4 Fun: Which Month to Trade? Follow Vol January 6, 2020 9:30 AM   |  

When trading options on futures contracts, the number of choices available—delivery months and options expiration dates—can be overwhelming. Follow the volatility curve to help you whittle it down.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Learn How to Trade Stocks: Trader and Investor Education December 12, 2019 10:30 AM   |  

Learning how to trade stocks can seem complex. TD Ameritrade helps simplify the hoops that traders and investors need to jump through to get the trading education they need.

5 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Finally, Numbers That Matter: Fundamental Analysis for Traders November 14, 2019 10:30 PM   |  

Traders don't look at balance sheets and income statements, right? Not so fast. Fundamental analysis might be able to tell you something your charts can't.

7 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
How Strong Is the Trend? Try the Average Directional Index (ADX) September 30, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Whether bullish or bearish, the trend is your friend. Try using the average directional index (ADX) to evaluate the strength of a stock trend.

3 min read  |  Charting
Where’s the Momentum? Put VWAP to the Test September 4, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

The volume-weighted average price (VWAP) indicates the average price of an intraday period weighted by volume. The value is calculated during the trading day, from open to close, making it a real-time dynamic indicator.

5 min read  |  Technical Analysis
Luck of the Draw? There's a Lot More to Trading and Investing than Luck August 19, 2019 11:07 AM   |  

Investing results may depend to some extent on luck, but research and science play a larger role in portfolio strategy.

2 min read  |  Trading Psychology
Too Near-Sighted? Trading Multiple Time Frames Matters July 30, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Explore trading multiple time frames to avoid chart head-fakes that might throw you off your strategy. Plus, identify trade entries and exits even as you ride out long-term trends.

4 min read  |  Charting
Keeping Your Trends Close with Moving Average Crossovers June 20, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Identifying entry and exit points is crucial for any trading strategy. A simple moving average crossover system can help.

5 min read  |  Charting
Mapping Out an Entry and Exit Plan: When to Buy & When to Sell Stocks June 18, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

Following trendlines, pennant formations, and other chart patterns can help you identify potential places to enter and exit trades.

4 min read  |  Technical Analysis
Looking for a Potential Edge? Options Stats, Pre-Sliced and Diced on thinkorswim May 29, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Explore options statistics on thinkorswim—implied & historical vol and percentiles, the Sizzle Index, and the put/call ratio. Learn how options stats can help traders and investors make more informed decisions.

5 min read  |  Options Trading Basics
Seeking Short Term Opportunities with a Swing Trading Strategy May 22, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Swing trading strategies attempt to capitalize on price fluctuation over the short term—a period of days or weeks—but not intraday movement. Learn how swing trading is used by traders and decide whether it may be right for you.

5 min read  |  Trading Basics
Indicator Throw Down: Simple vs. Exponential Moving Averages May 14, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Build up your charting basics: Try simple moving averages for long-term charts and exponential moving averages for a short-term view.

3 min read  |  Technical Analysis
Technical Analysis Off-Roading: Explore Rugged Alternative Indicators April 8, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Once you know charting basics, try four alternative indicators: on-balance volume (OBV), average true range (ATR), plus Thermo Mode and Monkey Bars from thinkorswim® by TD Ameritrade.

6 min read  |  Technical Analysis
Using the Put/Call Ratio to Gauge Stock Market Sentiment March 19, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Learn how the put/call ratio is calculated and how to use the P/C ratio as an indicator of stock market sentiment.

6 min read  |  Technical Analysis
Average True Range: Using the ATR Indicator in Your Trade Exit Strategy March 15, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

The average true range indicator could be a new arrow in your quiver of technical analysis tools.

2 min read  |  Technical Analysis
New to Investing? Explore the Basics of Trading Stocks Online March 6, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Explore the basics of online stock trading. As a beginner, you'll want to learn the basic fundamentals of trading stocks online, such as buying and selling stocks and monitoring positions.

3 min read  |  Investing Basics
How to Read Stock Charts: Trusty Technical Analysis for Traders February 25, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Trading stocks? Learn basic price chart reading to help identify support and resistance and market entry and exit points.

10 min read  |  Charting
Forex: Currency Trading for the Small Investor January 22, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Can you trade currencies like stocks? There are some similarities between forex and equities. Here's what small investors should know before jumping into currency trading.

5 min read  |  Forex
Let's Get Technical: Stock Momentum Indicators and Trend Strength December 4, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Learn how momentum indicators such as MACD, RSI, and CCI can help determine the apparent strength and conviction of a trend.

4 min read  |  Technical Analysis
DIY Technical Analysis: Trading Chart Basics September 17, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Short-term traders and long-term investors use technical analysis to help them determine potential entry and exit signals for their investments.

4 min read  |  Charting
Overbought or Oversold Stocks: Stochastic Oscillators Can Help Time Trades August 14, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

A stochastic oscillator measures the distance between a stock’s closing price and the range of highs and lows to help identify turning points.

4 min read  |  Charting
Cyclical Stocks: Investing in What Goes Around and Comes Around March 26, 2018 2:00 AM   |  

Learn the fundamentals of cyclical stocks.TD Ameritrade shares some strategies and signals, from traders and investors, to better understand the cyclical investing concept.

4 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Let’s Get Technical: 3 Indicators to Help Find and Follow Trends December 17, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

How to spot a market trend? Here are three technical indicators to help.

5 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Grounded: Recent Dow Transports Slump a Red Flag for Economy? November 14, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) has scaled all-time high after all-time high this year. But what about transportation index?

3 min read  |  Economic Trends
New Charting Tools: Advanced Time Frames and Extended Data November 8, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

New advanced time frame tools and extended data for charts may help traders and investors get an edge in the markets.

3 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Managing Portfolio Growth by Hedging Uncertain Markets October 16, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

There are many ways to hedge your portfolio, but should you?

3 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Can You Hear It? Hidden Market Activity with Volume Profile July 27, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how using the Volume Profile indicator can help identify potential price trends.

4 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Technical Drafting Class: Making Drawings Easy and Accessible July 24, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Learn how new drawing tools on thinkorswim can make custom drawing and annotation simple and easily accessible.

3 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Simple vs. Complex Trading: Which Works for Your Personality? June 6, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

The success of a trading strategy doesn’t necessarily depend on its complexity. Learn to choose the style most suited to your personality.

3 min read  |  Trading Psychology
Trade Like a Turtle and Follow the Trend March 6, 2017 11:00 PM   |  

Can trading be taught? The famous “turtle experiment” says it can. And the turtles followed trends.

2 min read  |  Trading Basics
New Candlestick Pattern Tool on thinkorswim November 21, 2016 4:00 AM   |  

TD Ameritrade is giving you the ability to create your very own candlestick pattern in their latest thinkorswim platform release.

2 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
6 Books That Could Change How You Think About Money, Markets October 4, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Ready to brush up on your investing and trading? Here are six of the best investing books of all time.

2 min read  |  Investing Basics
Market Forecast: Stocks Break Winning Streak with Tight Range September 9, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

The S&P 500 finished August with one of its smallest monthly trading ranges. Learn how the Market Forecast indicator might help you make sense of these ranges

3 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
U.S. Dollar Bulls Are Back: What It Might Mean For Stocks July 12, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

The U.S. dollar index (/DX) is strong. Since early May, the /DX has climbed 5.30. What might this mean for stocks?

3 min read  |  Forex
Technical Analysis for Investors: Applying Support and Resistance May 25, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Support and resistance are two of the most important concepts in technical analysis. How can investors potentially gain an edge by applying them?

4 min read  |  Technical Analysis
Trading Around a Core Position: Methods and Mechanics March 7, 2016 11:00 PM   |  

Explore the methodology and mechanics of trades anchored around a core position. This approach allows a short-term and long-term view of the same stock.

2 min read  |  Trading Basics
Bond and Stock Basics: What the Heck Is the Yield Curve? May 3, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Bond and stock investors can look to the yield curve for one measure of inflation and interest rate expectations.

3 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Forget One and Done: Stock Beta Testing Requires Attention April 15, 2015 8:01 PM   |  

Beta, a method of measuring an investment’s volatility relative to the broader market, is one way to gauge risk. It works even better when you remember to re-measure.

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
How Much Will It Move? Calculating Risk with Fast Beta January 12, 2014 9:20 PM   |  

Fundamental analysis for momentum traders is easy with thinkorswim’s new Fundamental page.

2 min read  |  thinkorswim Platform
Finding the End of a Trend with the Relative Strength Index June 14, 2012 10:17 PM   |  

The Relative Strength Index is technical analysis indicator that may hold clues for the end of a market trend.

2 min read  |  Technical Analysis
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