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Trading Strategies

When the market moves, you'll be ready.
The purpose of this ongoing blog is to share my 34 years of trading experiences, with the majority of my trading career spent as a Market Maker on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. 
am a trader and man do I love it.  I love looking at charts, spotting trends, and building trades. I love using screens to find trade setups, and I get excited when I find one or two stocks that fit perfectly.
Today’s world is driven by data analytics, not just by big business and marketing firms, but by our own demand in our daily lives, from workout stats and footsteps, to resting heart rates and sleep quality.
I’m probably the only trader who was punished with the last round of extreme market volatility. Right.
In the same way a bank can lend you money if you have equity in your house, your brokerage firm can lend you money against the value of investments in your portfolio.

I like to think that I am on top of my trading portfolio.  However, with a full time job and a family to raise, I find I do not have the ability to monitor my positions throughout the day.  No matter what your situation, we all find ou

What do you do when a bull stops running? Investors concerned about the prospects for the current rally might be wondering.
Schwab’s Trading Services team discuss things to consider when mitigating risk against known events.
Schwab’s Senior Manager of Trading Services Education, Kevin Horner, talks to Barry Metzger, SVP of Global, Trader, and Advice about how he prepares for a typical trading day.
Schwab’s VP of Trading & Derivatives Randy Frederick talks with Joanna Payne, senior manger of Trading Services, about her daily approach to trading.

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Options carry a high level of risk and are not suitable for all investors. Certain requirements must be met to trade options through Schwab. Please read the options disclosure document titled "Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options." Supporting documentation for any claims or statistical information is available upon request.

Multiple-leg options strategies will involve multiple commissions. Covered calls provide downside protection only to the extent of the premium received and limit upside potential to the strike price plus premium received.

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