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    How To Trade Facebook Earnings

    Earnings season is upon us again, seemingly out of nowhere. Has it already been three months since last quarter’s results were released? Well, many of the most widely followed companies don’t report until November, so I guess we have some time to come up with earnings-related trading ideas. Most of the time, traders think of […]

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Options Trading Strategy

How To Trade Facebook Earnings

How To Trade Facebook Earnings

Earnings season is upon us again, seemingly out of nowhere. Has it already been three months since last quarter’s results were released? Well, many of the most widely followed companies don’t report until November, so I guess we have some time to come up with earnings-related trading ideas. Most of the time, traders think of […]

One Trader Just Placed A Big Bet That The Market Is Going Lower: Here’s How You Profit From It

One Trader Just Placed A Big Bet That The Market Is Going Lower: Here’s How You Profit From It

Predicting where the stock market is going is a tricky business. Very few investors or traders have a consistent, strong track record when it comes to guessing the short- to medium-term direction of the market. That’s because there’s always plenty of noise in the short-term. While there aren’t any obvious events this year (like an […]

A Simple Way To Play Financials If Rates Rise

A Simple Way To Play Financials If Rates Rise

Among the investment community, it’s easy to find commentary on popular tech and retail stocks. Given what’s been happening in Washington, there’s also plenty of discussion on healthcare companies. But one sector that’s been getting very little attention lately is financials, particularly banks. While the banking industry has been relatively calm the last couple years, […]

Quick Profits From Renewed Interest In Solar Stocks

Quick Profits From Renewed Interest In Solar Stocks

Is solar power becoming a lucrative investment again? It seems like solar energy companies have taken a backseat to other, more exciting tech companies over the past few years. However, new energy policies may shift solar back into the… well… light of day. Currently, solar power only provides about 1% of electricity in the US. […]

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 […]

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

2 Option Investments For An Expensive Market

2 Option Investments For An Expensive Market

U.S. market valuations have now reached what they were in 1929, and are therefore the second highest in the country’s history. Only the Dotcom Bubble was higher. Currently:  The cyclically-adjusted price-to-earnings (CAPE) ratio of the S&P 500 is over 31. The average S&P 500 price-to-book value is 3.25, compared to only 2.00 in 2012. The […]

4 Options Trading Strategies For FANG Stocks

4 Options Trading Strategies For FANG Stocks

After a period of relative weakness, the FANGs are showing their teeth again No doubt, investors are aware the FANG market barometer has been rather toothless of late. But based on our chart work and using options spreads to improve one’s chances of success, there’s reason to be bullish on Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Alphabet Inc(NASDAQ:GOOGL). […]

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 […]

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 Limitations Of Trading Options

The Limitations Of Trading Options

I’ve always been a fan of options trading. In fact, I still use covered calls as a tool in my investing arsenal. That being said, options, when not used correctly, can pose a serious amount of risk to the unknowing investor. While options can be used as an effective tool for hedging and speculation, by nature […]

Is Binary Options Always A Scam?

Is Binary Options Always A Scam?

Binary Options Industry From the outside, it seems as though the binary options industry is going through a torrid time; platforms closing, Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) warnings, publicly traded companies being forced to delist and a plethora of consumer complaints has caused havoc for the industry in recent months. Is binary options a legitimate industry being […]

Fighting Binary Options Trading Scams, The Stephen Young Story

Fighting Binary Options Trading Scams, The Stephen Young Story

How the Binary Options Trading Scam Works We’ve all been subject to the online clickbait adverts promoting get rich quick schemes, and we’re all familiar with the “Nigerian Prince” who just needs someone like you with an international bank account to deposit his millions. The model may change, but the medium rarely does. The sophistication […]

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 […]

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 […]