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An Easy Win On A 21st Century Economy Using 19th Century Technology

An Easy Win On A 21st Century Economy Using 19th Century Technology

If you’re an active investor, you’ve certainly heard the term “crowded trade” before. It’s used to describe a situation where so many investors or traders are on one side of a certain trading strategy, it has become overbought/oversold or there’s no edge left in it. For example, if every investor thought company XYZ was going […]

Using Options To Trade Metals And Mining

Using Options To Trade Metals And Mining

One of the great benefits to options trading is the flexibility it gives traders to execute a strategy as they see fit.  With options, even traders who share an opinion on a trade thesis can go about the execution in vastly different manners.  This flexibility allows savvy traders to fine tune their trading strategy as […]

3 Naked Puts For Quick Back-To-School Cash

3 Naked Puts For Quick Back-To-School Cash

Use the options market to generate $1,000 in cash for school supplies With school starting back up, some investors may want some extra cash in their pockets. Who are we kidding? Every investor wants extra cash in their pockets. Naked puts are one way to use options to put a little extra bank in the […]

How To Trade Facebook (FB) With Options

How To Trade Facebook (FB) With Options

Death, taxes, and Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) user growth… it should be the new saying. Social media giant Facebook continues to grow its user base quarter after quarter with almost military-like discipline. It seems like the only thing that could halt the growth is the limited population of the planet. Eventually, FB will run out of users, but does […]

An Options Trade That Wins No Matter What Direction Gold Moves

An Options Trade That Wins No Matter What Direction Gold Moves

Major interest rate news on the horizon means the price of gold could spike either higher or lower in a short period of time. Here’s a trade that makes money if gold moves just a small amount either up or down.  Over the next several weeks, investors will be heavily focused on any news or […]

A Mystery Investor Has Made A 262 Million Dollar Bet That The Stock Market Will Crash By October

A Mystery Investor Has Made A 262 Million Dollar Bet That The Stock Market Will Crash By October

One mystery trader has made an extremely large bet that the stock market is going to crash by October, and if he is right he could potentially make up to 262 million dollars on the deal.  Fortunes were made and lost during the great financial crisis of 2008, and the same thing will happen again […]

Options Trading Basics

The Dummies Guide To Option Greeks

The Dummies Guide To Option Greeks

There you are in a conversation with a professional trader about their strategy and suddenly the “inside baseball” terms start rolling off their tongue – Delta Hedging, Short Gamma, Theta Burn, and Vega Risk.  You smile and nod without perhaps knowing exactly what these terms mean, and just like that, what started as a good […]

Mean Reversion: What Stocks And NFL Teams Have In Common

Mean Reversion: What Stocks And NFL Teams Have In Common

By studying the long-term performance of professional sports teams, investors can gain a sense of a stock’s future returns. Mean reversion controls stock market returns as much as the outcome of sports competitions. It’s easy for sports fans to assume a championship team will continue its stellar performance into the next season. It’s equally easy for investors to extrapolate a […]

Key Metrics: Price To Sales Ratio

Key Metrics: Price To Sales Ratio

Today I want to take an in-depth look at what James O’Shaughnessy, author of What Works on Wall Street, found to be the best historical value metric… the price to sales ratio. I’ll discuss how to calculate it, what it tells us, and how you can incorporate the metric in your investing approach. What Is Price To […]

Option Basics – Debit Spreads

Option Basics – Debit Spreads

It’s time for the third installment in our tutorial series on option theory. In the last two installments we we covered option basics and then did our best to give you a head start on how to interpret option greeks. Today we’re going to jump right into debit spreads and explain why they often may be preferable to trading […]

Option Basics – The Greeks

Option Basics – The Greeks

It’s time for the second installment in our option basics tutorial series. Today we are going to cover the option greeks – which is commonly considered a dry topic. Well that was until now –  so grab a short sword and a bottle of body oil because you’re going to need it down in the dusty arena when […]

Option Basics

Option Basics

In the context of reintroducing option related strategies here at Evil Speculator I find it important that we establish a baseline of fundamental option related concepts for everyone. Perhaps you’ve never traded options before or maybe you’re just a bit rusty and could use a refresher. So let’s start with the very basics: WHAT IS AN OPTION […]

Options Trading Strategies

3 Biotech Stocks That Are Just Getting Started

3 Biotech Stocks That Are Just Getting Started

The recent dip in biotech stocks is ripe for a few trades The bull market beat rolls on this week with stocks hot right out of the gate Monday morning. While some sectors are pushing into overbought territory, others are just starting to run. Like biotech stocks, for instance. They’ve been leading for months now […]

3 Stocks To Buy Boasting The Best Setups On The Street

3 Stocks To Buy Boasting The Best Setups On The Street

Low-risk entries are beckoning in today’s trio of strong stocks After pausing last week, stocks were poised to jump right out of the gate Monday. And that has me eyeing quality bullish setups for the week ahead. Indeed, that’s always what chart watchers are on the lookout for when seeking stocks to buy. Low risk, […]

4 Tech Stocks You Should “BITE” Into

4 Tech Stocks You Should “BITE” Into

Forget the FANGs, FAAMGs and other technology acronyms. If you want to profit from tech stocks, take a BITE. The technology world is filled with alphabet soup nowadays. Whether it’s FANG, FAANG, FAAMG or some other bowl, investors like clumping similar groups of tech stocks, typically for their hot performance. I’ve even got my own […]

3 Energy Stocks Running Headlong Into Resistance

3 Energy Stocks Running Headlong Into Resistance

Low-risk setups are forming for bears in these energy stocks and ETFs Since being left for dead, crude oil has cobbled together quite the respectable rally. At $46.60, black gold has now rallied 11% off its 52-week lows over the past eight trading sessions. Color me impressed, particularly considering how hated oil was. Energy stocks […]

3 Airline Stocks To Buy Before They Take Off

3 Airline Stocks To Buy Before They Take Off

Buy the dip in DAL, AAL and ALK for sky-high profits Last week’s mild bout of profit-taking was just what the doctor ordered for stocks in need of a breather. And, I might add, the list of overbought stocks needing a reprieve was quite large, what with so many big winners this year. Airline stocks […]

7 Dogs Of The Dow To Trade Now For Income

7 Dogs Of The Dow To Trade Now For Income

Think the ‘Dogs of the Dow’ strategy is only good once a year? Think again, and check out these seven income-generating trades. The “Dogs of the Dow” investment strategy is typically a year-end/year-beginning phenomenon, but today I want to show you how this income-centric tactic can do wonders for you as we near 2017’s midway […]

Options Volatility Watch

Plan For Volatility The Rest Of The Year Using Options

Plan For Volatility The Rest Of The Year Using Options

If you’ve been paying attention to the market lately, you will have definitely noticed an uptick in volatility. The VIX, the most popular measure of volatility, spiked on several occasions over the last two weeks. Plus, it remained elevated (relative to recent months) even on less volatile trading days. You can see from the chart, […]

A Super Cheap Way To Trade Volatility With Options

A Super Cheap Way To Trade Volatility With Options

It’s almost hard to believe, but higher market volatility has persisted for over a week.  We haven’t had more than a day or two of elevated volatility in essentially over a year.  Most of the volatility spikes of the last year or so were so short-lived, you almost didn’t know they occurred. Even last week, […]

Trading Options With The Return Of Volatility

Trading Options With The Return Of Volatility

Right now, thousands of short volatility traders are scrambling to cover their positions. Okay, that’s an exaggeration – they’re probably just rolling their positions higher. Joking aside, there’s nothing like a nuclear threat to get some volatility back in the financial markets. Yet, two or three days of higher volatility probably isn’t going to change […]

The Right Options Trade To Place For Low Volatility

The Right Options Trade To Place For Low Volatility

Looking through an options chain trying to find the right contract and the right date can be overwhelming. One bad decision and you could lose big money. Let us simplify that for you today by showing you set-by-step how to place the right trade for today’s market.  Finally, I have some exciting stock market news […]

The Cheap Way To Profit From Record Low Volatility

The Cheap Way To Profit From Record Low Volatility

Conflict in Syria, worries about Russia and North Korea, and an unpredictable government at home could send the stock market tumbling at any moment. Here’s how to profit from a temporary market dip. Stock market volatility continues to confound traders and investors as the VIX and other major volatility trackers close in on all-time lows.  […]

The Market “Insurance” Trade That Profits From A Crash

The Market “Insurance” Trade That Profits From A Crash

Worrying about what will happen if the market crashes will never accomplish anything, but most investors never plan to profit if the market takes a dive. Place the trade shared in this article that acts as “insurance” against a market sell-off.  From a volatility standpoint, the stock market has been incredibly boring lately.  It’s almost […]

Options Trading

The Advantages Of Investing In Options

The Advantages Of Investing In Options

Options are often associated with risk. This couldn’t be farther from the truth if used correctly. Before we dive into some advantages, it’s important that you know exactly what an option is. Here are a couple guides that should help you develop an understanding of an option: What Is An Option By Stocktrades Options Basics […]

VIX Options And Taxes

VIX Options And Taxes

Like many investors, the nine year bull market has left my fund with a large amount of unrealized capital gains.  With prices now very rich, at least in my view, I feel the risk/return trade-off is much less favorable then when those investment were made.  I fear there is a reasonable probability of a large […]

Don’t Fall Prey To Overpriced Options

Don’t Fall Prey To Overpriced Options

I am old enough that I was trading in the markets before decimalization. If an option was trading for a quarter, we called it a “quack.” If it was trading for a sixteenth, we called it a “teeny” or a “stink.” Beware the teeny puts. If you were a market maker on the floor, you […]

3 Trades To Play The Eye Of The Storm In Energy Stocks

3 Trades To Play The Eye Of The Storm In Energy Stocks

Energy stocks are splendid choices for options plays right now Let us praise the markets for creating puts and calls. The three-year period of volatility in oil delivery prices has created all kinds of havoc in the energy sector and in the global economy. The volatility and large moves in oil prices have created a […]

5 “Facts” Smart People Get Wrong About Options

5 “Facts” Smart People Get Wrong About Options

Using options contracts to boost returns and income could be the most powerful investing tool that you’re not using. While trading options for the first time might be intimidating, we’ve broken it down to its core pieces and show that options aren’t as dangerous as you might think. 1) Options Trading is complicated Markets can […]

Buy This Stock At A 10% Discount Or Get Paid Not To

Buy This Stock At A 10% Discount Or Get Paid Not To

Using an easy to understand options strategy, you can purchase this undervalued and attractive stock at a 10% discount to its current price or get paid real cash income not to. Professional money managers use this strategy to build positions in stocks at a discount while also earning a regular income stream. Rates are ridiculously […]

Covered Call Writing

3 Covered Calls To Make $1,000 For September

3 Covered Calls To Make $1,000 For September

Generate $1000 in additional income with this covered calls strategy We are about to flip over to a new month, so why not $1,000 in options premium income via covered calls? My stock advisory newsletter aims to generate $1,000 per month in options plays in order to generate income for investors interested in that extra […]

3 Covered Calls For Long-Term Buy-And-Hold Stocks

3 Covered Calls For Long-Term Buy-And-Hold Stocks

Use covered calls for these stocks that delivered earnings disappointments Covered calls are options trades that have a lot of utility. They can generate additional monthly income, which is how I utilize them in my stock advisory newsletter, The Liberty Portfolio. They can also be used to hedge long positions. However, in some cases, they can also […]

The Perfect 10% Payout For A Toppy Market

The Perfect 10% Payout For A Toppy Market

Worried about a pullback? I don’t blame you. But you shouldn’t stash your portfolio in cash when you can bank this 10% dividend and be protect yourself from a drop in the stock market. Rather than buying stocks for their payouts and hoping they don’t crash, you can extract more money from them – and protect your […]

3 Big-Money Option Trades

3 Big-Money Option Trades

These 3 options trades are risky, but can offer nice premiums and a hedge Covered calls and naked puts can be very effective tools to both generate income and hedge long positions in any kind of stock. For some expensive stocks, however, they can offer very high premiums if you are willing to take on […]

3 Covered Calls To Hedge Risky Stocks

3 Covered Calls To Hedge Risky Stocks

You can earn very big money with these covered calls, but beware, because these stocks are ripe for a fall When it comes to growth or momentum stocks, there are some investors who don’t care about risk. They just buy up the big names and let it ride. Certainly there is some merit to this […]

The Beauty of Covered Calls

The Beauty of Covered Calls

My goal and my promise to Peak Income readers is to secure for them a high and stable income stream, no matter their situation: in retirement, close to retirement, or just even thinking about retirement. I want paychecks to hit brokerage accounts every month, with consistency and low risk and without worry. No wonder I’m […]