Blockbuster buyout to merge discount brokerages

Discount Brokerages to Merge in Blockbuster Buyout

Disruption continues in the world of discount brokerages with the announcement today that powerhouse Charles Schwab is buying competitor TD Ameritrade for $26 billion. The blockbuster merger of the two largest discount brokers is being watched by retail traders who are enjoying a wave of zero-commission trades triggered by Schwab in October. Eliminating basic account trade commissions disrupted the industry as it forced others to follow, including TD Ameritrade.

Seasonal Trades In Grains

There have been volumes of work centered around the theory of seasonal trades published. This is one I have used for years and have found it to be quite useful. Around the July 4th Holiday week each year  the grain charts will frequently show a major move in one direction or the other. The basis … Read more

How to Hedge Risk With Options

One way to think about hedging is to consider it like insurance. When people hedge, they’re essentially insuring themselves against an event that could be costly to them. So, although hedging doesn’t prevent the negative event from occurring, it does help lessen the impact if something occurs. Hedging In The Financial Sense Hedging in the … Read more