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01/25/22
Keeping a few key principles in mind can make it easier to navigate the type of market conditions we’ve seen recently.

01/11/22
Riding the market wave has been pretty easy in recent years, but that may be about to change. Here’s how to navigate today’s more challenging investment landscape.

01/03/22
A look back at 2021 and a preview of the market catalysts that may shape the New Year.

12/21/21
Morgan Stanley strategists say the easy returns are over for US equities and Treasuries, but see value in European and Japanese stocks in 2022.

12/15/21
The surge in global inflation has investors fretting about future growth, but Morgan Stanley economists say price surges will subside, making way for 4.7% global GDP growth in 2022. Here’s the view on the global economy for 2022.

12/01/21
Find out about the competing market themes that may play out as we head toward the end of the year.

11/17/21
The Fed is modestly tapping the brakes on monetary stimulus, but will it do enough to cool a stock market that may be at risk of overheating?

11/01/21
A look at what drove the markets in October, and what themes may be in play in November.

10/27/21
Labor shortages in the US may not be so temporary, with significant implications for inflation, monetary policy, earnings, and stocks.

10/20/21
Why US stock markets may reflect too much optimism about consumer spending, heading into what could be a subdued year-end shopping season.

10/07/21
Investor confidence is high, but rising US producer costs could weigh on earnings in the months ahead. How to prepare.

10/01/21
A look at what drove the markets in September, and what's on the horizon heading into October.

09/20/21
When the stock market is falling more and faster than it has in a while, it’s important to maintain some perspective.

09/09/21
Along with stocks, ETFs, and other types of investments, bonds are used by many investors, typically seeking to add income and diversification to a portfolio. Let’s explore potential opportunities in four key areas of the fixed income market that are less dependent on interest rates.

09/01/21
A look at the dominant market themes heading into September.

08/16/21
The recent sharp rise in new infections has reignited fears of disruption to the US recovery and outlook for markets.

08/09/21
Despite talk of a “growth scare,” the US economy and markets may be poised for steadier gains ahead.

08/02/21
Perspectives for investors as the market continues to set records.

07/16/21
Increased consumer spending, an expanding digital economy, and an emerging class of Millennial investors could power stocks in the years ahead. Learn how to prepare portfolios.

07/01/21
What should investors be watching amid rising inflation—and signs of a Fed shift?

06/24/21
For Pride Month, we’re sharing key financial considerations for LGBTQ+ couples planning to tie the knot.

05/27/21
Not just water under the bridge: Which areas of the market may get a boost from an infrastructure bill?

01/28/22
A look at the oil rally that’s fueled the energy sector’s run.

01/27/22
Do traders think this week’s market action signals more or less volatility on the horizon?

01/26/22
Will this high-profile stock’s sell-off attract bargain hunters?

01/25/22
When the market is in sell-off mode, many traders watch the VIX for signs of capitulation—short-term and long-term.

01/24/22
The market is 0-for-2022 after suffering its worst week in nearly two years.

01/21/22
Consumer stock’s announcement shows how unexpected news can sometimes result in temporary market imbalances.

01/20/22
The tech sector’s recent underperformance comes with an important disclaimer for traders.

01/19/22
Will traders take note of this data stock’s contrarian behavior on Tuesday?

01/18/22
Outside the oil patch, volatility continued to reign in the stock market.

01/14/22
Dating app’s test of support shows why traders always have to be wary of rushing into relationships that may not work out.

01/13/22
Is GM news just another bump in the road for used-car marketplace, or major pothole?

01/12/22
Clean-energy stocks played a big part in Tuesday’s rebound, including some with unusual options activity.

01/11/22
Someone has an exceptionally large options position in this small-cap industrial stock.

01/10/22
Stocks retreat amid tepid economic data and hawkish Fed stance.

01/07/22
The prospect of rising rates may have rattled the tech sector, but some traders may welcome the movement.

01/06/22
Automaker’s upside breakout drives call options sharply higher, but for how long?

01/05/22
Tuesday offered a lesson in what volatility can—and can’t—tell you about what a stock may do.

01/04/22
Sector performance this year diverged a bit from its recent pattern. What will traders be looking for in 2022?

01/03/22
Stocks enter 2022 near all-time highs after rebounding from a shaky start to December.

12/30/21
Find out why options don’t always move the way you expect them to.

12/28/21
This year has provided more than a few “teaching moments” for students of the markets.

12/27/21
Market in position to wrap up 2021 at or near all-time highs despite latest bout of volatility.

12/23/21
The market’s getting ready to take its midterms—find out what kind of grades it’s gotten in the past.

12/22/21
Crude oil may be the best-known commodity story of the year, but a few other markets made much bigger moves.

12/21/21
Gains around the holidays have been common, but they’re not a given.

12/20/21
A volatile week got an extra charge as the Federal Reserve set its sights on rising prices.

12/17/21
Gold recently showed signs of life, but its longer-term record suggests traders may want to separate it from the inflation issue.

12/16/21
Two moves this week highlight key aspects of the so-called “index effect.”

12/15/21
Tuesday’s trading in this sport and entertainment stock showed why experienced traders don’t jump to conclusions about big options trades.

12/13/21
Stocks return to record levels just a little more than a week after its virus pullback.

12/09/21
After recent selling, are some growth stocks still stretched to the downside—or is the rebound overdone?

12/08/21
Large options positions shine spotlight on biotech stock as it releases information about a clinical trial.

12/07/21
Volatility gets a bad rap, but options traders know it can work for you as well as against you.

12/06/21
Rocky conclusion to November spills into early December as markets grapple with virus variant.

12/03/21
This week’s choppy price action included an unusual type of day that many people may have overlooked.

12/02/21
The recent volatility may make things particularly interesting in certain areas of the market.

12/01/21
Find out what the market’s recent volatility may signal as we head into year-end.

11/30/21
When it comes to options, sentiment extremes, and market turning points, it’s all about context.

11/29/21
Stocks and oil pull back as COVID makes an unwelcome return to the headlines.

11/24/21
What do traders see in the oil market’s response to news that major economies would tap into their strategic reserves to fight high prices?

11/23/21
This stock’s tightening trading range shows how the wrong trading strategy can doom an accurate market forecast.

11/22/21
Market presses all-time highs as it bounces back from down week.

11/19/21
Were options traders fading this chip stock’s recent price surge, or hedging near-term volatility?

11/18/21
Do traders think the trend in gaming stocks has played out, or has it just pressed the pause button?

11/17/21
There’s more than one way to approach trade non-directional options strategies like strangles.

11/16/21
Vaccine stocks not immune to volatility, but do traders think their condition is stabilizing?

11/15/21
Market loses ground for first week since October 1 despite Friday rebound.

11/12/21
Niche transport stock with footprint in a different type of electric vehicle space tests recent breakout.

11/11/21
This stock didn’t do much on Wednesday, but its options were a different story.

11/10/21
An earnings-day rally may mean one thing to stock traders and another to options traders.

11/09/21
Approval of the infrastructure package prompted a surge in the materials sector on Monday.

11/08/21
Market follows through on October momentum in first week of new month.

11/05/21
Another look at the ways some traders attempt to take advantage of the effect of time on options prices.

11/04/21
Did options traders see anything unusual as labor negotiations pushed and pulled this industrial giant’s stock price?

11/03/21
Renewable energy stocks have amped up recently.

11/02/21
Were options traders seeing more open road for this vehicle maker on Monday?

11/01/21
Stocks hold near highs heading into a busy week of earnings and economic data.

10/29/21
Silver recently showed why some traders like to monitor support and resistance levels.

10/27/21
Recent price action shows the importance of knowing which options to trade in a given situation.

10/26/21
Are conditions in this retail stock attractive to bargain hunters—especially options traders?

10/25/21
Friday dip fails to derail weekly gain as earnings season kept market chugging.

10/22/21
Options traders may seek ways to balance risk and potential reward as social media stock gears up for earnings.

10/21/21
Vax stock’s sell-off highlights the advantages of letting the dust settle before potentially rushing into a trade.

10/20/21
Options traders focus on calls as industry leader gets ready to release Q3 earnings.

10/19/21
Did Friday’s intraday reversal in the Russell 2000 signal the potential for short-term small-cap weakness?

10/18/21
Big midweek turnaround erases loss, stocks enjoy best week since July.

10/15/21
Newly reconfigured transportation stock hits six-month low—and bulls jump in the next day.

10/13/21
Another sell-off in growth stocks—temporary or not—has discounted some recently bullish biotech names.

10/11/21
Market chops its way to a gain in the first full week of October.

10/08/21
Cloud stock’s options volume climbs as prices test 2021 low.

10/06/21
Oil just pushed to levels it hasn’t seen in years, but energy stock traders may want to keep some key price-action principles in mind.

10/04/21
Market will head into Q4 looking to rebound after September sell-off gives back almost all of Q3 rally.

10/01/21
A look at what drove the markets in September, and what's on the horizon heading into October.

09/29/21
As interest rates again make their presence felt in the markets, find out which stocks traders may focus on.

09/28/21
Yes, it’s been host to some infamous market sell-offs, but October is actually one of the most bullish months of the year.

09/27/21
Stocks snap losing streak, pivot higher as Fed outlines taper plan, debt battle looms.

09/24/21
Big options trades in this food stock put focus on its volatile earnings history.

09/23/21
Will solar stock’s tight consolidation attract traders looking for a break(out) in the clouds?

09/22/21
On the verge of earnings, some big prints on the options tape raise questions about which way traders may be leaning.

09/21/21
The market’s performance after days like yesterday may surprise you.

09/20/21
Stocks extend pullback despite a week of mostly positive economic data.

09/17/21
China’s regulatory push intensified this week—find out which stocks may be near key price levels.

09/16/21
If the market makes another shift, some recently sleepy stocks could return to the momentum spotlight.

09/15/21
Stock’s test of resistance could have traders with different outlooks trading the same type of strategy.

09/14/21
Fintech stock shifts gears after massive post-IPO rally.

09/13/21
Market retreats, month’s first inflation data disappoints.

09/10/21
Will this stock’s recent pause attract volatility traders looking for renewed momentum?

09/09/21
When a dormant stock surges, it’s good to remember the first rule of breakouts: Don’t chase the breakout.

09/07/21
Market coming off another winning week despite Friday’s jobs miss.

09/03/21
Fading a trend without reason often results in financial pain, but many traders and investors may be more contrarian than they realize.

09/02/21
No two ways about it, the ninth month of the year has not been friendly to bulls—but is its bearish reputation entirely deserved?

09/01/21
Using options to take advantage of potential price breakouts may sound easy, but there’s a big catch.

08/31/21
Using options to take advantage of potential price breakouts may sound easy, but there’s a big catch.

08/30/21
Stocks will seek to build on late-week bounce after renewed taper talk and ongoing delta uncertainty tripped up market.Market walks the walk as Fed talks the talk

08/27/21
Two earnings releases, two different moves—and two distinguishing characteristics.

08/26/21
This internet stock’s recent action shows the importance—and difficulties—of knowing whether volatility is low or high.

08/25/21
Initial appearances can be a dangerous guide to action in the markets.

08/24/21
Stock makes news for 52-week low, but that may have distracted from a more notable development.

08/23/21
Stocks will seek to build on late-week bounce after renewed taper talk and ongoing delta uncertainty tripped up market.

08/20/21
Buy low, sell high isn’t just about prices—traders sometimes use it for volatility, too.

08/19/21
Can high-flying mining stock sidestep recent heaviness in its underlying metal?

08/18/21
Videoconferencing stock tests support, but options traders need to keep tabs on time and volatility.

08/17/21
Consumer electronics stock makes some noise after back-to-back bullish headlines.

08/16/21
Stocks grind out another weekly gain as latest inflation data paints mixed picture.

08/13/21
Chinese tech provides potential lessons in why traders may use options to help manage risk in volatile stocks.

08/12/21
Trading ramps up in tech stock’s soon-to-expire call options as shares stage intraday breakout.

08/11/21
Insurer’s volatility bump may have traders looking into selling options, regardless of whether they’re bullish or bearish.

08/10/21
Oil and gold start out the week with big moves that tested previous inflection points.

08/09/21
Tech leads as market rebounds from previous week’s decline.

08/06/21
The stocks that got the biggest jolts from yesterday’s EV news may say something about the “electrification space.”

08/05/21
Spread strategy puts trading twist on popular investing approach.

08/04/21
When putting together the market puzzle, you have to remember to use all the pieces.

08/03/21
Sometimes markets react to news, but other times they can appear to be anticipating it.

08/02/21
Stocks tread water the final week of July, but still closed out the month near record highs.

07/29/21
Big options trades cross the tape as retailer hovers near key level.

07/28/21
Stock’s sell-off shows why it’s a good idea to look at what traders are doing immediately after a big earnings move.

07/27/21
There are different ways to gauge which way a particular market may be leaning.

07/26/21
Stocks reverse deepest pullback in more than two months, enter final week of July at record levels.

07/23/21
That may not be the best question to ask about earnings.

07/22/21
Semiconductor stock falls to new lows: Where do its options fit into the picture?

07/21/21
Action in this airline shows why, when attempting to interpret options activity, the key word is “context.”

07/20/21
Stocks that buck the market can sometimes underscore pockets of market strength or weakness.

07/19/21
Market slips as traders mull inflation, earnings, and signals from the options market.

07/16/21
nverting a popular call spread shows how traders use puts to make limited-risk bets on possible down moves.

07/15/21
Logical response or overreaction? A potential reshuffling of medical fees appears to catch traders off guard.

07/14/21
Snow in summer: Do traders think former blockbuster IPO can climb mountain again after selling avalanche?

07/13/21
There’s more to bank earnings than the high-profile announcements scheduled for this week.

07/12/21
Market dips, then rebounds after Covid elbows its way back into the spotlight.

07/09/21
Real estate stock looks for more room as options market builds inventory.

07/08/21
Traders favor call options in a rangebound steel stock as expiration approaches.

07/07/21
In addition to highlighting potential lows, the fear index can sometimes indicate when a stock rally may be ready for a breather.

07/06/21
Stocks notch more records on back of tech-stock rally.

07/02/21
Earnings-day price move highlights potential benefits of doing a little counting.

07/01/21
Hydrogen battery maker pressures range amid heavy options volume.

06/29/21
The first rule of buying options: Understand that time isn’t on your side.

06/04/21
The number of open positions in an option can help traders gauge the level of liquidity and trading activity in a market.

06/03/21
A real estate stock breaks out: Missed opportunity or signal for future setup?

05/27/21
How do some traders adjust for the limitations—and frequently high price tags—of directionless options strategies?

05/13/21
These combination trades may offer advantages in some situations, but they have drawbacks, too.

05/06/21
Gaming stock’s decline helps illustrate basic options spread strategy.

03/19/21
The market fear gauge is now back to its pre-pandemic levels.

10/13/20
The market’s so-called “fear gauge” can provide useful insights into market dynamics, but you first need to understand what it really represents.

09/10/20
Find out why options traders know being right about implied volatility is sometimes more important than being right about market direction.

09/09/20
Traders often turn to the VIX in turbulent times, but it’s a good idea to pay attention to it when the market’s rising, too.

05/20/20
How many traders and analysts use the Fibonacci number series to attempt to forecast prices.

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