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5 Cheap Stocks With Strong Insider Buying

5 Cheap Stocks With Strong Insider Buying

Finding value with drivers for growth while the market sits near all-time highs has become a challenge, but Bret Jensen has identified five stocks he thinks trade for too cheap and could rally higher on the back of strong insider buying.  The market has greeted the unexpected election outcome with one of the biggest post-election […]

Market Impact Of A Trump Presidency

Market Impact Of A Trump Presidency

Donald Trump emerged as the winner last night of a hotly contested presidential campaign and will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, January 20, 2017. The transition to a Republican presidency and Trump’s rejection of politics as usual, which drew so many voters, naturally lead to questions about his […]

Here’s What To Expect From The Market To Finish 2016

Here’s What To Expect From The Market To Finish 2016

Find out what Investors Alley’s lead equities analyst Bret Jensen predicts for the market as we close out an unexpected and volatile year. Will the market tread water, bounce higher, or fall lower, see what Bret has to say.  “Good judgment comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.” – Will Rogers […]

3 Retail Turnaround Stocks To Buy Before Black Friday

3 Retail Turnaround Stocks To Buy Before Black Friday

Watch these retail stocks rebound after putting plans in place to fire up growth and put their businesses back on track. Buy these three stocks before the retail extravaganza of Black Friday and put some extra pop in your brokerage account.  Higher wages mean higher costs, but what if higher paid employees is a long-term […]

Google Might Have Guaranteed The End Of The iPhone

Google Might Have Guaranteed The End Of The iPhone

Apple’s 10 years of smartphone dominance might have just come to an end. Google’s largest product launch in company history unveiled multiple products that target the biggest money-maker for the Cupertino tech behemoth. See why it might be time to start selling your Apple stock. Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) has taken the battle for tech dominance […]

3 Dividend Stocks To Buy And 3 To Sell As Volatility Increases

3 Dividend Stocks To Buy And 3 To Sell As Volatility Increases

We’re just about a month away from the election, so expect volatility to ramp up as the S&P 500 has fallen an average of 1.5% in this time frame over the last five elections. With even more volatile candidates this year, it might be safe to say the market could drop even further than average. […]

Options Trading Strategy

A Snapback Options Trade For 100% Gains By March

A Snapback Options Trade For 100% Gains By March

See how a small positive turn in this broad market exchange traded fund can power huge returns in just a few short months with the power of options. Don’t miss out on this opportunity with a similar set up to a trade recommended in August that’s now up 75%.    A tale of two markets […]

A Stalled-Out Stock Ready To Rebound For 100% Returns

A Stalled-Out Stock Ready To Rebound For 100% Returns

Tilt the scales in your favor and use options to profit from this range-bound stock with a high probability of rallying higher. Only a small move higher will hand investors upwards of 100% returns.  Stocks here in the states have surged to new ALL TIME FOREVER highs after an epic relief rally with election uncertainty […]

5 Foolproof Reasons You Should Be Trading Options

5 Foolproof Reasons You Should Be Trading Options

With a little guidance, options trades can be a safe and effective way to supercharge the returns in your portfolio. Just see what our lead options analyst Alan Knuckman has to say about his 100% return trade from September and how he regularly scores wins just like that.  This is the Power Of Options. A […]

An Undervalued Auto Stock Offering 300% Upside By June

An Undervalued Auto Stock Offering 300% Upside By June

Options Analyst Alan Knuckman offers up another easy-to-follow options trade that could be his most lucrative yet. See just how you can trade this stock to potentially earn 300% returns in only seven months.  FORD Staying Power …with over seven months to be right FORD stock has been in reverse gear, down 17% so far […]

This Beaten-Down Bank Offers 60% Upside By April

This Beaten-Down Bank Offers 60% Upside By April

Cash in at the bank to the tune of 60% or higher returns this April by placing the simple stock substitution option trade detailed in this article that has much less downside risk than owning shares outright. European markets have seen challenges threaten economic growth. The Greek crisis flares up over and over, unprecedented refugee […]

This Cash-Cow Tech Stock Can Hand You A 50% Return By April

This Cash-Cow Tech Stock Can Hand You A 50% Return By April

The red-hot biotech sector has begun to cool off in what looks to be a temporary buying opportunity for savvy long-term investors. Take advantage of this sell-off in the sector to purchase any of these four companies that have great long-term risk to reward profiles at discount valuations.  Technology has led the way in 2016 […]

Options Trading Basics

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 […]

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 […]

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

A Guide To Conservative Income Producing Option Strategies For Dividend Stocks

A Guide To Conservative Income Producing Option Strategies For Dividend Stocks

With interest rates at their lowest point in history, once safe income-producing assets such as 10- and 30-year Treasury bonds have seen their yields plunge to pitiful rates that are just high enough to keep up with inflation. And while high-quality, dividend growth blue chips such as Pfizer (PFE), Coca-Cola (KO), Procter & Gamble (PG), […]

The Best Strategies For Binary Trading

The Best Strategies For Binary Trading

Binary options are a relatively new trading method which became popular after its approval by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2008. Binary options require users to predict the future price movement of an underlying asset and they can gain up to 80% profit based on the outcome of the trade. Users need to choose […]

3 Safe Trades Leveraging The Market’s Biggest Trends

3 Safe Trades Leveraging The Market’s Biggest Trends

While the market tests new highs, some stocks and ETFs seem destined to fall. These three contrarian plays make great trades right now, and could be some of your most profitable moves for all of 2016. Changes are coming in three major areas of the market, and being on the right side of these trends […]

5 High Probability Options Trades For May

5 High Probability Options Trades For May

When I first started trading, I ignored the Dow Jones Industrial Average and its ETFs (DIA) because – after all – why would I limit myself to the 30 most popular stocks? But now, as an options trader, I find myself almost limited to those stocks that are most liquid. Because of this, I’ve looked […]

3 Strategies For Shorting The Bursting Biotech Bubble

3 Strategies For Shorting The Bursting Biotech Bubble

Follow any of these three easy to understand, step-by-step strategies that detail exactly how any investor can profit from the collapse in biotech.  The biotech sector is a bursting bubble. Unfortunately, making money from a bursting bubble requires investors to go short on a stock. Shorting a stock exposes an investor to a theoretically infinite […]

2 Options Strategies For Profits From A Hated Sector

2 Options Strategies For Profits From A Hated Sector

In response to a recent article I wrote on the Gold Trust ETF (GLD) some readers have asked my thoughts on gold miners. While my last article was more of a bullish thesis on gold from a fundamental perspective and offered a simple strategy of playing gold by buying GLD, this article on the Market […]

Options Trading

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 […]

3 Pitfalls Of Options Trading

3 Pitfalls Of Options Trading

Let’s discuss the downsides to options no one ever mentions. The reason no one talks about these pitfalls is that it’s against the system’s best interest. The system wants retail traders churning their accounts at brokerages with tons of options trades. The more trades the better. Brokers earn fat commission fees and their affiliates that […]

The Value Of “Growth Options”

The Value Of “Growth Options”

Financial economists divide the value of a company’s equity into two components: the value of “assets in place” and the value of “growth options.”  Although unfamiliar to many investors, the division is a highly useful tool.  To see why, both components must be defined clearly.  The first component, assets in place, has two parts.  The […]

Consider Options

Consider Options

Options are typically seen as complex and risky. They may be complex, but they need not be risky. In fact, options are a great tool for making the risk/return menu more complete. In that regard, I think they deserve a close look now. The reason is that given the immense run-up in the market since […]

Options Trading Is Much Better Than Stock Trading

Options Trading Is Much Better Than Stock Trading

Options Trading Is Much Better Than Stock Trading This is an options trading site, so of course we spend a lot of time talking about the benefits of options.  I regularly point out the virtues of using options instead of stocks.  That should come as no surprise to most people who trade options regularly. Yet, […]

Options Volatility Watch

Income Investors Should Learn To Love Volatility

Income Investors Should Learn To Love Volatility

Years from now, we may recall 2016 as the year when political risk became a constant presence hovering over the investment landscape. But fear not: there are ways for investors who rely on fickle global credit markets for income to turn the turbulence to their advantage. Investors have always had to account for some degree […]

A Comprehensive Guide On Making Profitable Investments In Times Of Economic Uncertainty And Increased Volatility

A Comprehensive Guide On Making Profitable Investments In Times Of Economic Uncertainty And Increased Volatility

Introduction There are probably a thousand and one laws on investing (possibly more) with a view to guiding you on how to make profitable investments. Interestingly, the multiplicity of those investment laws could make them confusing. More so, following all of the laws doesn’t guarantee profitable investments. However, the summation of all the laws of […]

Realized Volatility Profiles: Futures

Realized Volatility Profiles: Futures

Today I will introduce an aspect of volatility that you most likely have not seen being addressed anywhere else: realized volatility profiles. First up let’s make sure you all understand what realized volatility (RV) is and how it compares to implied volatility (IV). Simply RV measures the amount and amplitude of price change observed in […]

Big Time VIX Trades Could Mean Volatility Is About To Decrease

Big Time VIX Trades Could Mean Volatility Is About To Decrease

Big Time VIX Trades Could Mean Volatility Is About To Decrease The VIX continues to generate plenty of financial news as it remains elevated above normal levels.  Volatility has started to settle in recent days, but don’t expect a complete capitulation until after the next Fed meeting. As a reminder, the VIX (S&P 500 Volatility […]

Major VIX Action Suggests Volatility Is Going To Decline

Major VIX Action Suggests Volatility Is Going To Decline

Major VIX Action Suggests Volatility Is Going To Decline The VIX has been front and center in the financial news lately with all the volatility that’s hit the market the past couple weeks.  The collapse of the Chinese economy is spooking investors and adding a sizeable level of uncertainty to US financial markets. As a […]

Why Is The VIX So High?

Why Is The VIX So High?

Why Is The VIX So High? Unless you’ve had no contact with civilization over the past week, you’re likely aware that the stock market has gone through something of a correction.  Moreover, volatility has been through the roof.  In fact, the VIX reached its highest level since 2011. As a brief reminder, the VIX (S&P […]