Options Trading Strategy

A Quick Way To Hedge Your Portfolio Into The New Year

A Quick Way To Hedge Your Portfolio Into The New Year

Despite the volatility and heavy stock selling in October, many analysts are expecting the remainder of 2018 to be bullish. The S&P 500 was only up 3% year-to-date after the October bloodbath (prior to mid-term elections), so it stands to reason that stocks are more likely to go up in the final two months of […]

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Make This Easy Trade To Profit From Stalled Real Estate Prices

Make This Easy Trade To Profit From Stalled Real Estate Prices

Investing has come a long way from the days when it was just a simple choice between stocks and bonds. Typically your portfolio consisted of some mix of stocks and bonds (60%/40% stock/bonds was a pretty standard mix – and still is in some cases) with the only decision being how much to change the […]

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Options Trading: This Stock Is Ready For A Short Squeeze

Options Trading: This Stock Is Ready For A Short Squeeze

Earlier this week I highlighted how bears were making money shorting stocks.  But short selling can be a dangerous game, as you’re always at risk of a short squeeze inflicting large losses. A short squeeze happens when a stock has a large portion of its float sold short.  Remember, every share sold short is like an […]

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Options Trading: Is This The Ideal Environment For Calendar Spreads?

Options Trading: Is This The Ideal Environment For Calendar Spreads?

In my trading, I usually establish positions with directional bias through the purchase of puts or calls.  This can provide the most leverage and biggest bang for your buck. That is assuming the move you predicted happens in a relatively short time and in a pretty orderly fashion. But as we discussed last Monday, the market seems […]

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Options Trading: The Right Time For Buy-Write

Options Trading: The Right Time For Buy-Write

With the major indices pushing to all-time highs, and some of the many names sitting large double digit percentage, it can be difficult not only holding on, but climbing aboard even the bluest chip names like Amazon (AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT) at this stage. Fortunately, there’s an options trading strategy that can help you overcome this problem. One way […]

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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

3 Relative Strength Stocks To Buy Now

3 Relative Strength Stocks To Buy Now

These three stocks to buy stand out from the pack as bullish sentiment returns Wednesday’s market moonshot was a bear killer and that gives us a good reason to seek stocks to buy. We finally saw strength return to growth stocks as the Nasdaq Composite led the charge with a 3% gain that pulled the Index back […]

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3 Bank Stocks To Sell On This Bounce

3 Bank Stocks To Sell On This Bounce

Bears are frolicking in the banking sector — join them! Beaten-down sectors are coming up for air, but their reprieve is bound to be short-lived. Or, at least, that’s what the price action suggests. Downtrends are full of sucker bounces peddling false hope. Take bank stocks for instance. Their trend is pointing lower, and this […]

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Constellation Brands Stock Is Rallying … More Gains Ahead

Constellation Brands Stock Is Rallying … More Gains Ahead

STZ stock has even greener days ahead. It has some redemption levels to hit from June. Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) reported earnings this morning and Wall Street liked what it’s saw. The company beat on the top and bottom lines and raised guidance. The stock is rallying 4% on the headline. The stock market in general is […]

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Under Armour Stock Is Sprinting Higher — Trade The Breakout

Under Armour Stock Is Sprinting Higher — Trade The Breakout

It’s time to bet bullish on UAA stock ahead of next month’s quarterly earnings report Under Armour (NYSE:UAA) is about to sprint higher. Consumer-facing markets, like athletic apparel makers are benefiting from a strengthening U.S. economy. Both Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ:LULU) and Nike (NYSE:NKE) have already reaped rewards from that strength in their quarterly reports. Next month, UAA stock will follow […]

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Kroger Stock: The Panic Selloff Is An Opportunity

Kroger Stock: The Panic Selloff Is An Opportunity

Sellers are wrong to flee Kroger stock, as one report doesn’t break the whole story This morning Kroger (NYSE:KR) is falling 8% on its earnings report. Management hit most of its metrics except there were concerns over its top line and margin. Guidance was also disappointing. It is my opinion that this is an overreaction that is […]

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Options Volatility Watch

Volatility Will Normalize And Here’s How To Profit When It Happens

Volatility Will Normalize And Here’s How To Profit When It Happens

Market volatility has essentially become a mainstream metric in the investment realm – especially for anyone who does any short-term trading. Most traders are now aware of what the VIX is and how a higher level in the volatility index usually means more uncertainty in the market. While investors and traders may not be able […]

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An Easy Trade To Make Money From Recent Market Turmoil

An Easy Trade To Make Money From Recent Market Turmoil

Trading market volatility can be very profitable because it tends to be more predictable than picking market direction. Yet, volatility trading can also be risky because of its tendency to make big moves on very short notice. Both February and October of 2018 are good examples of this scenario playing out. Still, one volatility behavior […]

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Futures Trading: Will VIX Term Structure Remain Calm?

Futures Trading: Will VIX Term Structure Remain Calm?

Despite increasing drag of trade tariffs and swirling cross-currents of currency valuations curtailing global growth causing overseas markets in bear territory, the U.S. stock market keeps powering higher. And judging from the Volatility Index, or VIX traders expect the calm to continue even as we head into the notoriously turbulent month of October. The term […]

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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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Options Trading

Options: Short-Term Money-Making Opportunities

Options: Short-Term Money-Making Opportunities

All the political and policy noise is about to brushed aside by what really matters for stock prices- earnings. And this is shaping up to be one of the most interesting, and possibly treacherous, earnings seasons in many years.  Here is what you need to know. Earnings season kicked off on Friday with big banks […]

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Options: How To Buy Them Before They Expire Worthless

Options: How To Buy Them Before They Expire Worthless

One of the persistent and pernicious myths regarding options is that 80% of all them are worthless.  The number belies the fact that most options get closed well before expiration and can create some misleading beliefs that selling premium is the only sure way to make money trading options. We’ve all seen the marketing emails […]

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Options Trading: 5 Basic Rules Of Thumb

Options Trading: 5 Basic Rules Of Thumb

One of the members of my Options360 service wrote asking whether I had hard rules for managing my options trading. He knows I’m pretty much a stickler for entry points relative to the underlying shares, but when it comes to applying the options strategies, I allow more leeway for flexibility. That, in fact, is one of the […]

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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 Trading Basics

Using Cash-Secured Puts: The AT&T Example

Using Cash-Secured Puts: The AT&T Example

Investors that have the goal of generating income from their portfolio generally have two methods at their disposal to do so. They can simply increase the size of their portfolio and thereby boost the number of dollars that are produced by the portfolio’s average yield.  But “have more money” is rarely an option. Alternatively, investors […]

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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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