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Option Trading Terminology & Definitions

The technical jargon associated with option trading can often make it seem intimidating. That’s why we decided to create this option trading terminology cheat sheet to help you keep track of it all. Here are some of the more common terms you’ll hear in a room full of option traders. A | B | C | D |  E  | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R […]

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Yay or Nay: Is Option Trading Right for You?

Option trading is a viable option for any investor with the time and interest to learn the basics and understand the guidelines. Getting smart about what options can bring to your portfolio can go a long way toward helping you reach your full investment potential. Although investors of all stripes trade options, it’s not something […]

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Be Your Own Financial Planner: 5 Things to Know about Ally Invest Self-Directed Trading

Sometimes you just want to take matters into your own hands, especially when it comes to your money. After all, you know your capacity for risk and your long-term financial goals better than anyone else. If this rings true to you, a D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) investing approach could be just what your portfolio needs. But if […]

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How Option Pricing Is Determined [Video]

For many investors, it’s appealing to buy a cheap stock and buy as many shares as you possibly can. You sound pretty good at a cocktail party, right? In the options world, that’s not always the case. Don’t wait until it’s too late, and too costly, to learn the basics of options pricing. If you […]

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How to Read a Stock Option Quote [Video]

Learn how to read a stock option quote so you can understand the specific terms and conditions of the option contract very quickly. There are five parts of a standard stock options quote: stock symbol, expiration date, strike price, type, and premium. Watch this video to learn more. Did You Know? If you think option […]

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How Inflation Impacts Investing & What You Can Do About It

Most people tend to think of inflation on a micro level—how it impacts the price of groceries, for example—but it also has a very real effect on your investments. Inflation can influence stock market returns, outpace savings interest rates, and reduce your purchasing power during retirement. The future depends on what you do today. Understanding […]

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Why a Robo-Advisor Is a Smart Move in Any Market

You’ve probably come across the term “robo-advisor” in the media at some point. It has become a popular way to refer to the more automated approaches to managed investing that have emerged in the last several years. It can be a bit misleading, however, since it implies that robots or computers are calling all the […]

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What Is An Option? DIY Investing with Brian Overby [Video]

Typically, option traders are self-directed investors, meaning they don’t work directly with a financial advisor to help manage their options trading portfolio. As a do-it-yourself (DIY) investor, you are in full control of your trading decisions and transactions. While having complete control of your investments is desirable for some, it can also be very overwhelming […]

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Glass Ceiling-Shattering Moments by Women of Wall Street

Updated May 25th 2018 As various individuals, organizations, and initiatives work to reduce the gender gap in the financial services industry—the facts are still staggering. Only 14% of executives at Gender-Equality Index member firms are female. While parity has been achieved in the overall workforce, there’s clearly more work to be done on Wall Street. […]

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African Americans Who Broke Barriers on Wall Street

It’s hard to imagine an industry with a history more patrician than that of Wall Street. For at least the first 150 years, it was a place that offered no opportunity for women or people of color. But as was the case in many industries throughout the 1940s, 50s and 60s, a small group of […]