Options Trading Strategy

Is Oil Going Higher? Feel Like You Missed The Gains?

Is Oil Going Higher? Feel Like You Missed The Gains?

How do you analyze oil in this market?  It may seem like picking a direction for crude oil shouldn’t be too overwhelming of a task.  However, under current market conditions, there are multiple competing factors in what could drive the price of oil (higher or lower).  Deciding which way you think the price is going […]

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A Quick 185% On An ETF That’s Just Now Bottomed

A Quick 185% On An ETF That’s Just Now Bottomed

If you have any interest in economic policy, especially macroeconomic policy and repercussions, now is about as interesting as it gets. I realize most people don’t get a hoot about macroeconomics, but it can be very useful for analyzing trading opportunities. (For me, it goes beyond that since I have a degree in economics which […]

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A Cheap Options Trade To Protect Your Portfolio Through August

A Cheap Options Trade To Protect Your Portfolio Through August

Usually this is the time of year when I have to come up with creative market-related topics to write about.  Normally, when the kids get out of school and the weather turns hot, many investors take a break from the market.  Summer months can be slow and boring if you’re typically an active trader. Often […]

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A Super Cheap Way To Use Options To Protect Against A Black Swan Event

A Super Cheap Way To Use Options To Protect Against A Black Swan Event

Most of the time when I highlight an interesting trade I’ve seen in the market, it’s something I’m looking at in terms of profit-making potential.  That may seem obvious, but don’t forget, options make wonderful risk management tools as well.  In fact, they’re probably the most efficient tools for portfolio risk protection out there. There […]

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Options Trading: Introducing The Synthetic Long

Options Trading: Introducing The Synthetic Long

Of the many options trading strategies that provide leverage, one of the most interesting is synthetic long stock.  This combines a long call and a short put opened at the same strike and expiration. The name “synthetic” is derived from the fact that the two positions change in value dollar for dollar, with changes in 100 shares of stock. […]

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Covered Call Writing

2 Ideal Stocks To Generate Covered Call Portfolio Income

2 Ideal Stocks To Generate Covered Call Portfolio Income

We’ve enjoyed a tremendous bull market from 2009 into early 2018, but for the past three months the S&P 500 has been in correction territory. Is this another hiccup in the journey upwards, or is it the start of another multi-year period of flat or negative returns? Some investors prefer to avoid that question and […]

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Create Your Own Dividend Using These 3 Covered Calls

Create Your Own Dividend Using These 3 Covered Calls

Use options to enhance your monthly income Fixed-income or retired investors may dismiss using options because they seem exotic. Yet they don’t have to be, and covered calls can provide you additional income without terribly much additional risk than holding a stock. Many of you retired or income investors already own blue-chip stocks in your […]

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3 Blue-Chip Trades That You Win No Matter What

3 Blue-Chip Trades That You Win No Matter What

Learn how to generate extra income using covered calls Options are mistakenly considered exotic securities by the average investor. Like all investments, they can be very risky, but if used properly, they can provide a steady and reliable additional source of income. There is one basic strategy that may be of interest to the average […]

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Sell These 3 Covered Calls For Thousands In Income

Sell These 3 Covered Calls For Thousands In Income

Learn how to profit from income-generating trades on these big names With the market having stumbled earlier this month, you may be wondering how to hedge your portfolio and/or make some additional monthly income using covered calls — especially if you own some very expensive stocks. Selling covered calls mean selling the right to someone […]

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3 Covered Calls For An Uncertain Market

3 Covered Calls For An Uncertain Market

Use these covered calls to hedge your portfolio in 2018 If you were spooked by the sudden correction in the market this past week, you probably realized that you haven’t thought about risk as much as you should have. That’s one of the many reasons to have a long-term diversified investment strategy, with a focus on non-correlated […]

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Options Trading Strategies

Go Long American Express Company On This Earnings Dip

Go Long American Express Company On This Earnings Dip

AXP earnings report was decent so this dip is an opportunity to go long 2018 has been a whipsaw year for equities. We had a market-wide correction that started in early February that was based on fundamentals. Investors panicked over rising rates. But since then, it has been a slew of headlines about global tariff […]

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The Dip In Nvidia Stock Is A Great Opportunity To Go Long

The Dip In Nvidia Stock Is A Great Opportunity To Go Long

NVDA stock gives us very few opportunities to buy 12% dips. This one won’t last long so it’s time to reload Recently investors have been on pins and needles over the headlines coming out of the White House regarding the potential global tariff wars. The bottom line is that we are getting mixed messages which […]

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Confidently Rush Into Comcast Corporation — Fears Are Overblown

Confidently Rush Into Comcast Corporation — Fears Are Overblown

Unreasonable fear sometimes creates great opportunities. This week we got one for Comcast. This week we saw an end to the saga of the merger of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX) when the judge finally approved the deal without any restrictions. This was the green light for other mergers to follow. Front and center is the […]

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This Yelp Inc Stock Trade Will Fetch Positive Reviews

This Yelp Inc Stock Trade Will Fetch Positive Reviews

One downgrade does not mean game over for YELP. Profit from the dip. Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP) stock fell 5% yesterday at a time when the stock markets in general were making new all-time highs. We had high-flying companies breaking stock price records, so it’s disappointing when the one stock falls on such a bullish day. Nevertheless, […]

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Fade The Lowe’s Companies, Inc. Rally

Fade The Lowe’s Companies, Inc. Rally

After a 10% Ackman-driven rally, Lowe’s Companies is due for a reversal I believe it’s time to go short on Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). This sentiment might surprise many readers. After all, LOW stock surged more than 10% following its first-quarter earnings report this week. But this rally won’t last. The reason lies in this week’s news. […]

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Options Volatility Watch

A Quick Trade To Profit From This Summer’s Volatility?

A Quick Trade To Profit From This Summer’s Volatility?

Most investors (and all traders) are aware of what market volatility is.  When stocks are moving all over the place, it’s pretty obvious to most anyone who follows the markets that it means volatility is high.  And when nothing is going on and stocks are moving sideways, it’s easy to recognize that as a low […]

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Market Volatility: Traders Are Short VIX – Again

Market Volatility: Traders Are Short VIX – Again

In the wake of February’s market volatility induced sell-off that resulted in the implosion of several volatility-based ETFs, I’ve written plenty on the topic. I’ve covered everything from what exactly happened, and the opportunities it presented to basic flaws in VIX related products, to the current SEC investigation as to whether there was market manipulation at work. In the course […]

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Betting On The Market Not Moving?

Betting On The Market Not Moving?

The last several weeks have been interesting for stocks to say the least. We simply are not used to the volatility – the daily swings – we’ve been getting nearly every trading day. It’s been years since we’ve had anything close to market conditions like this. Moreover, volatility indicators have remained high but stable throughout […]

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Make Money While Waiting For Volatility To Fall

Make Money While Waiting For Volatility To Fall

For the last several weeks, every time it seemed the market was ready to rally, something happened to send it back down. The biggest concerns lately centered on the potential trade war brewing between China and the U.S. It appears that most companies have no desire to get involved with a battle of escalting tariffs. […]

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Recession Prediction: Is Volatility A Problem?

Recession Prediction: Is Volatility A Problem?

Stock market volatility has increased substantially over the past two months. While large declines during the first week of February and over the past few days have garnered most of the attention, it should be noted that the S&P 500 has spent over 30 of past 40 trading days within 3% of all time highs. […]

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Options Trading

Options Trading: 4 Ways To Protect Your Portfolio

Options Trading: 4 Ways To Protect Your Portfolio

Amidst heavy saber rattling over tariffs and a seeming slowdown in global growth, earnings season is about to kick off. We have big banks such as JPM and BAC reporting on Friday and Netflix set to post results on Monday. This will be the real acid test for the bull market. Will companies post sufficient […]

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Recession Prediction: Is Call Buying A Warning?

Recession Prediction: Is Call Buying A Warning?

Going by the reaction in China, you would’ve thought global markets were in for a thrashing after President Donald Trump’s latest belligerence on trade. And while a few cracks widened, in the end it was another muffled reaction in U.S. stocks. Any immediate recession prediction has yet to bear fruit. For the S&P 500 Index, […]

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Options, Hurricanes And Hedging

Options, Hurricanes And Hedging

We always look at our investment process and ask ourselves, “What can we do better?” How can we increase returns and lower risk? We think we have found a new, sensible way to do both. We can hedge a portion of our market exposure with put options. Put options are contracts that trade on an […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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