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VIX Grew up. Have You? Why the Volatility Index is Still Relevant

VIX Grew up. Have You? Why the Volatility Index is Still Relevant

Traders should question the relevance of using the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) to predict market direction. Instead, it should be informing their strategy decisions.

It's About Time: Range-Trading with the Calendar Spread

It's About Time: Range-Trading with the Calendar Spread

We know stocks move up and down. But much of the time, they're range-bound. The calendar spread takes advantage of that at a fraction of the stock price.

How to Check Your Head (When Everyone's Losing Theirs)

How to Check Your Head (When Everyone's Losing Theirs)

In volatile markets, weak hands lose, period. When markets move against you, focus on your strategy, not the stock, in order to avoid the noise.

Now You See It, Now You Don't: A Primer for Trading on Margin

Now You See It, Now You Don't: A Primer for Trading on Margin

Trading on margin can be an effective strategy to boost your performance or be a black hole of losses. The key is to keep your eyes open and understand the risks.

To Leg or Not to Leg into an Options Spread?

To Leg or Not to Leg into an Options Spread?

Because an options spread has more than one "leg," does it make sense to enter one leg at a time if you can get a better price on a different exchange? Maybe.

How to Use Average True Range as a Twist for Stops

How to Use Average True Range as a Twist for Stops

Feeling out in the cold with your exits and nothing's working? Try cozying up to Average True Range for another way of charting your stop losses.

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Ask the Trader Guy: Why Market Direction Might Not Matter

Ask the Trader Guy: Why Market Direction Might Not Matter

Our resident guru takes on your tough questions on dealing with market lulls, trading with the stars and a pet-friendly workplace.

Gear Head: Chat it up in the thinkorswim® Chat Rooms

Gear Head: Chat it up in the thinkorswim® Chat Rooms

Does trading make you lonely? Come to the thinkorswim chat rooms to connect with other like-minded traders. Or just to eradicate boredom.

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