Jay Soloff

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Protection Against A December Volatility Spike

| November 18, 2019 | 0 Comments
Protection Against A December Volatility Spike

Stock market activity has essentially slowed to a crawl, and many traders are wondering if that’s it for volatility in 2019. Some traders are jokingly wondering if they should take the rest of the year off. It certainly seems like the market isn’t interested in action these days. There are certainly mechanical reasons for the […]

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The Latest Cold Front Is Heating Up Natural Gas Options

| November 4, 2019 | 0 Comments
The Latest Cold Front Is Heating Up Natural Gas Options

It’s always funny to read about energy prices going up whenever there’s a cold front. It’s like people forget that there’s such thing as weather and (depending on where you live) it changes with the seasons. As the temperature starts cooling in the fall, you’ll often see headlines like “Heating Oil Prices Up on Colder […]

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Are We Headed Back To A Low Volatility Market?

| October 28, 2019 | 0 Comments
Are We Headed Back To A Low Volatility Market?

Both 2018 and 2019 have been characterized by periods of choppy markets and higher volatility. It’s been quite the change of pace from 2017, where it seemed like we would never experience market volatility ever again. Of course, nearly everything in the financial markets moves in cycles. Low periods of volatility will inevitably be followed […]

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Is It Time To Start Buying Options Instead Of Selling Them?

| October 4, 2019 | 0 Comments
Is It Time To Start Buying Options Instead Of Selling Them?

In a world of ultra-low interest rates, it seems every investor is searching for yield. Of course, that should come as no surprise when 10-year notes are yielding something like 1.6%. A yield like that is certainly not going to fund most people’s retirement! Given the yield of government bonds, it’s also no wonder that […]

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What’s In Store For Oil Now That Half Of Saudi Arabia’s Production Is Offline?

| September 23, 2019 | 0 Comments
What’s In Store For Oil Now That Half Of Saudi Arabia’s Production Is Offline?

This week was supposed to be all about the Fed meeting. The September FOMC meeting is the first since July, and quite a bit is riding on what the Fed decides to do with interest rates. It’s one of the most critical FOMC meetings we’ve seen in years. However, the Fed’s thunder was stolen by […]

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How To Get Paid An Income By Avid Coffee Drinkers

| September 16, 2019 | 0 Comments
How To Get Paid An Income By Avid Coffee Drinkers

Coffee is one of those consumable goods that you simply don’t want to mess with. The country may fall into a deep recession. The ocean may rise to levels that engulf the coastlines. A meteor at this moment may be hurtling towards Earth. And yet, it won’t stop coffee drinkers from going to buy their […]

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Are Tech Stocks Going To New Highs By Year-End?

| September 6, 2019 | 0 Comments
Are Tech Stocks Going To New Highs By Year-End?

The funny thing about stocks this year is that it feels like we’re having a rough year.  The last few months have brought quite a bit of volatility to the market, and with it comes the feeling that the stock market is struggling. However, looking at the numbers, you may be amazed to see the […]

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Are Bonds Going To Continue To Be The Hottest Asset Class?

| August 26, 2019 | 0 Comments
Are Bonds Going To Continue To Be The Hottest Asset Class?

The stock market has been plenty volatile over the last couple weeks, but the real story has been what’s going on in the bond market. Many of the financial headlines you see are about the inverted yield curve or the parabolic move in US bonds. Let’s start with the inverted yield curve. What does that […]

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What Does The Options Market Say About Interest Rates?

| August 19, 2019 | 0 Comments
What Does The Options Market Say About Interest Rates?

Why are investors so fixated on interest rates? If you follow the financial markets regularly, you’ll notice how laser-focused the investment community is on what the Federal Reserve is doing, how bond markets react, and what it all means for interest rates. But why are interest rates so important? What does a change of a […]

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Generating Income And Protecting Yourself During A Market Selloff

| August 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
Generating Income And Protecting Yourself During A Market Selloff

Investors have finally cracked under the pressure of the trade war with China. Stocks, which were at all-time highs just two weeks ago, are now 6% off those highs as of this writing. Although the S&P 500 is still up 13% year-to-date, Monday’s 3% drop set the alert level to red. Meanwhile, safe-haven investments like […]

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Is Volatility Going To Continue To Plummet This Summer?

| July 26, 2019 | 0 Comments
Is Volatility Going To Continue To Plummet This Summer?

July is traditionally a very slow month for the financial markets. Not only is it the prime vacation month for families (most kids go back to school in August), but there’s also the July 4th holiday week. Generally speaking, investors and traders are often far away from the markets at this time of year. Even in […]

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A Big Bet That Gold Prices Are On The Move This Summer

| July 12, 2019 | 0 Comments
A Big Bet That Gold Prices Are On The Move This Summer

With all the talk of interest rates, inflation, and recessions, it’s no surprise that gold has become a popular topic in the financial media. Gold tends to gain popularity among investors when there is uncertainty regarding the economy. More specifically, when there is concern the US dollar is going to become less valuable, gold starts […]

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Buying A Covered Call On Gold Miners

| July 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
Buying A Covered Call On Gold Miners

Gold is back in the good graces of investors as lower interest rates threaten to devalue the US dollar. Precious metals tend to be in demand as the dollar goes down, and 2019 has been no exception to this rule of thumb. But recently, the price of gold has really taken off. For the month […]

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Buying Covered Calls On The World’s Biggest Company

| June 24, 2019 | 1 Comment
Buying Covered Calls On The World’s Biggest Company

Quick, without looking it up on Google, what’s the world’s largest public company? Did you guess Apple (AAPL) or Amazon (AMZN)? At times recently, you may have been correct. However, the crown for the largest company is currently in the hands of Microsoft (MSFT). Not only is MSFT the biggest company, it’s also the only company worth over $1 trillion in […]

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Buying A Covered Call On Chipmaker Up 75% YTD

| June 17, 2019 | 0 Comments
Buying A Covered Call On Chipmaker Up 75% YTD

There are primarily two companies known for producing the majority of computer graphics cards (GPUs). Most investors are familiar with NVIDIA (NVDA), which tends to be a high-flying, headline grabbing stock. However, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is also a huge player in the industry – but can often fly under the investment community’s radar. Lately however, it’s AMD […]

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What’s In Store For Market Volatility? And How Do We Trade It?

| June 10, 2019 | 0 Comments
What’s In Store For Market Volatility? And How Do We Trade It?

Kids may be getting out of school, but it doesn’t seem like most traders are ready to go on vacation. In fact, it appears that many market watchers are glued to their screen. There’s undoubtedly been a lot more volatility over the past couple weeks than what we’ve gotten used to as the summer approaches. […]

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How Much Higher Are Interest Rates Going?

| June 3, 2019 | 0 Comments
How Much Higher Are Interest Rates Going?

If the markets weren’t so focused on the trade war with China, then most of the focus would likely be on interest rates. Of course, the trade war has an impact on interest rates, although it’s not a cut and dry connection. In a nutshell, tariffs could hurt domestic economic numbers, which could certainly factor […]

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Here’s A Quick Win You Can Make From Trump’s Tariffs

| May 20, 2019 | 0 Comments
Here’s A Quick Win You Can Make From Trump’s Tariffs

I’m at the MoneyShow in Las Vegas this week and it’s obvious that interest in options trading is growing by leaps and bounds. Every year, the crowd keeps getting larger. Plus, I notice more sessions and classes about options each time I come. It always makes me happy to see the growing interest in options […]

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Selling Versus Buying Options: A Risk/Reward Comparison

| May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments
Selling Versus Buying Options: A Risk/Reward Comparison

Next week I’ll be speaking at the MoneyShow in Las Vegas. It’s one of my favorite experiences every year. Not only is it a great opportunity to meet and talk to other options traders, but I also get a lot of really good questions at the event. I decided that this year I’ll be more […]

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SPIKES Versus VIX: How To Take Advantage Of The Differences

| May 6, 2019 | 0 Comments
SPIKES Versus VIX: How To Take Advantage Of The Differences

Up until last February, the Cboe’s VIX (S&P 500 Volatility Index) was the only market volatility index which could be traded through derivative products. The index itself is not tradeable, but VIX futures, options on those futures, and VIX-related ETFs are all widely popular products. While the usage of these products varied based on the […]

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Using Options To Capture Twitter’s Upside

| April 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
Using Options To Capture Twitter’s Upside

There are a few companies out there which tend to be battlegrounds for investors. These are the stocks where there are often loud contingents of both bulls and bears. The arguments can be very passionate on both sides. The investments in these companies can also be substantial (also from both sides). Probably the best example […]

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Want To Make A Big Bullish Bet On Facebook Ahead Of Earnings?

| April 8, 2019 | 0 Comments
Want To Make A Big Bullish Bet On Facebook Ahead Of Earnings?

It’s undoubtedly been a good year for stocks, with the S&P 500 up almost 15% year-to-date. But, it’s been an even better year for the oft-embattled tech giant, Facebook (FB). Shares in the omnipresent social media company are up 33% so far this year. FB has taken quite a beating over the last year on user […]

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Does This Trade Tell Us There’s A Ceiling On The Price Of Gold?

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
Does This Trade Tell Us There’s A Ceiling On The Price Of Gold?

Economics news has taken center stage over the last week or so, with the word “recession” popping up quite a bit in financial headlines. The Fed has recently said it doesn’t plan to raise rates in 2019 and the investment crowd wants to know why. Not to mention, we’ve had the dreaded “inverted yield curve” […]

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Using Options To Trade The Spike In Advanced Micro Devices

| March 25, 2019 | 0 Comments
Using Options To Trade The Spike In Advanced Micro Devices

There are generally two reasons why a stock a sudden, big move. Either the overall market is having a big up or down day (the systemic effect). Or, the company itself has some specific news item causing a large move (the idiosyncratic effect). Most stock specific news is related to earnings or product announcements, although […]

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How To Easily Increase The Yield On This Boring Trade

| March 18, 2019 | 0 Comments
How To Easily Increase The Yield On This Boring Trade

Almost every type of investment vehicle seems to be more exciting than bonds. The one exception may be annuities, which I can’t even discuss because I’ll pass out from boredom before I finish the article. But back to bonds, they generally aren’t very exciting to invest in, especially government bonds. Nevertheless, bonds are an extremely […]

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Earn 272% If Volatility Spikes By The End Of March

| March 11, 2019 | 0 Comments
Earn 272% If Volatility Spikes By The End Of March

As volatile as 2018 was in stocks, 2019 so far has been anything but. After the first two months of the year, market volatility has been nearly non-existent. It’s much closer to the ultra-low volatility environment of 2017, where the VIX barely cracked 15 the entire year. Of course, we’re starting off from a higher […]

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An Easy Way To Go Long Volatility Using The New SPIKES Index

| March 4, 2019 | 0 Comments
An Easy Way To Go Long Volatility Using The New SPIKES Index

It’s always fascinating to watch how the market reacts to changes in volatility. It seems like the crowd is always waiting for the other shoe to drop. It’s as if market volatility can’t ever trade at an equilibrium – it’s either too high or too low. When volatility is high, you get a fair amount […]

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Is There Finally A Cheaper Alternative To The VIX?

| February 25, 2019 | 0 Comments
Is There Finally A Cheaper Alternative To The VIX?

When it comes to trading volatility, The VIX has long held the crown as the most viable product on the market. Products based on the VIX, the S&P 500 Implied Volatility Index, have been one of the most notable additions to the trading universe in the 21st century. In fact, the Cboe Global Markets (BATS: CBOE) introduction of tradable […]

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Make This Trade To Prepare For The Next Black Swan Event

| February 11, 2019 | 1 Comment
Make This Trade To Prepare For The Next Black Swan Event

After 2008, a new kind of fund came into existence. It has since carved out a little niche for itself in the extremely competitive world of money management. These types of funds are generally called tail-risk funds. They attempt to protect against worst-case market selloffs, also known as black swan events. Why did tail-risk funds […]

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Get Paid To Own Gold

| February 4, 2019 | 1 Comment
Get Paid To Own Gold

The markets may have recovered from the disastrous last quarter of 2018, but that doesn’t mean all the trouble is behind us. There is plenty of risk to take into account in the coming weeks. In other words, investors should remain cautious. The Fed decided not to raise rates in January and plans on being […]

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A Bullish Bet On Netflix That Can Make 85% Gains

| January 28, 2019 | 0 Comments
A Bullish Bet On Netflix That Can Make 85% Gains

The FANG stocks can be quite polarizing for investors, and Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) is no exception. The streaming video giant (and the N in FANG) also may be the most volatile of the four. You can usually count on it for some action every few weeks or so. Of course, NFLX just posted earnings so there was […]

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A Stock Replacement Strategy For Emerging Markets

| January 14, 2019 | 0 Comments
A Stock Replacement Strategy For Emerging Markets

The benefits of options are numerous, as anyone who has traded them can readily tell you. We often talk about the leverage, flexibility, and definable risk characteristics of options as clear benefits to using them. Options strategies can be wonderful tools for risk management as well as speculation. What’s more, options can serve as an […]

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Protect Against A Market Selloff Without Breaking The Bank

| January 7, 2019 | 0 Comments
Protect Against A Market Selloff Without Breaking The Bank

It is very likely that 2019 will continue the trend of high volatility in the stock market – which was present for large chunks of 2018. October through December were characterized by large moves in stocks, particularly to the downside. Now that we’re in 2019, we can probably expect more of the same, at least […]

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Earn 12% In A Month On This Twitter Covered Call

| December 17, 2018 | 0 Comments
Earn 12% In A Month On This Twitter Covered Call

Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) is one of those companies which often poses a conundrum to investors. On one hand, the microblogging site has become an essential tool for following breaking news and insights into everything from sports to finance to politics. On the other hand, despite the popularity, the company doesn’t have an obvious path to ramp up […]

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Earn Income While Hedging Against Market Uncertainty

| December 10, 2018 | 0 Comments
Earn Income While Hedging Against Market Uncertainty

Covered calls are quite possibly the best investment strategy on the planet. How many other strategies lower risk, provide income, and potentially allow for capital growth? There’s reason why so many fund manager employ covered calls as a cornerstone of their trading plans. What can be surprising to many covered call traders (new and experienced […]

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A Deceptively Easy Way To Make 133% Profits From Higher Interest Rates

| December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
A Deceptively Easy Way To Make 133% Profits From Higher Interest Rates

Despite all the headlines about the upcoming trade summit with China, it’s interest rate expectations that are more likely driving the financial markets. Yes, a trade war with China is bad for both countries (and the global economy) and a resolution would certainly be good news for stocks. However, from a global perspective, interest rate […]

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Here’s How To Profit When The Dollar Tanks

| November 19, 2018 | 0 Comments
Here’s How To Profit When The Dollar Tanks

With the Fed announcement behind us, it’s time to start thinking about how to trade the expected slow increase in interest rates. The next small rate increase is expected in December, and then there could be two or three more incremental increases in 2019. Of course, we can’t predict definitively what will happen. A change […]

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Make Money On A Big Move In Oil – In Either Direction

| November 16, 2018 | 0 Comments
Make Money On A Big Move In Oil – In Either Direction

With all the coverage of how the stock market is reacting to mid-term elections and the most recent Fed statement on interest rates, it’s easy to forget about oil. The fact is, crude oil prices have moved quite a bit over the last couple months without garnering a lot of attention from investors. The United States […]

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A Quick Way To Hedge Your Portfolio Into The New Year

| November 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
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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Volatility Will Normalize And Here’s How To Profit When It Happens

| November 5, 2018 | 0 Comments
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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Make This Easy Trade To Profit From Stalled Real Estate Prices

| October 26, 2018 | 0 Comments
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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An Easy Trade To Make Money From Recent Market Turmoil

| October 19, 2018 | 0 Comments
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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An Interesting Trade For Easy Money From Emerging Market Bonds

| September 21, 2018 | 0 Comments
An Interesting Trade For Easy Money From Emerging Market Bonds

Investing, particularly long-term investing, has changed quite a bit since the early days of portfolio theory. It used to be investors split their holdings between stocks and bonds, with the stocks diversified by industry or sector. Bonds tended to be confined to medium or long-term Treasuries. These days, ETFs have changed the way investors are […]

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How To Make A 186% Return On Video Games

| August 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
How To Make A 186% Return On Video Games

Typically, when growth in the video game industry is discussed, it’s all about mobile gaming growth. After all, playing games on smartphones and tablets has been where most of the action has been in recent years, at least in terms of investing. While casual gamers may still be driving plenty of business in mobile gaming, […]

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Is The Housing Market About To Hit A Top?

| July 25, 2018 | 0 Comments
Is The Housing Market About To Hit A Top?

I don’t spend a lot of time writing about real estate in this space. It’s not that it isn’t important, in fact it’s quite the opposite. Of all the sectors most impacted by a change in interest rates, real estate is at the top of the list. However, I just don’t find real estate that […]

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

| July 18, 2018 | 0 Comments
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 Trade To Profit From This Summer’s Volatility?

| July 11, 2018 | 0 Comments
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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A Quick 185% On An ETF That’s Just Now Bottomed

| June 27, 2018 | 0 Comments
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

| June 20, 2018 | 0 Comments
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

| June 13, 2018 | 0 Comments
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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A Super Cheap Way To Protect Yourself From Risk Overseas

| June 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
A Super Cheap Way To Protect Yourself From Risk Overseas

One of the questions I get a lot when I speak at events like the MoneyShow and TradersExpo is about the benefits of looking at large options trades.  Large trades using options, typically called block trades, are often executed by big firms with a lot of capital and resources. As such, block trades can be […]

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The Latest Gaming Craze Could Lead To A Quick 468% Return

| May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments
The Latest Gaming Craze Could Lead To A Quick 468% Return

The video gaming industry is extremely competitive, but can also be immensely profitable if a developer hits big on a certain game or franchise. Success stories in video games range from relatively simple mobile apps to massive projects with huge development costs. Much like a movie, production costs for video games are mostly upfront. A […]

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Is This Trade Really Going To Earn 24,900% Returns?

| May 16, 2018 | 0 Comments
Is This Trade Really Going To Earn 24,900% Returns?

After over a year of basically no volatility in the stock market, we had something of a volatility revelation which began on February 5th. The selloff that day and the subsequent implosion of certain volatility products (like XIV) created a major jump in market volatility. As you can see from the chart, iPath S&P 500 VIX […]

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Book 125% Returns On A Big Move In Facebook (FB)

| May 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
Book 125% Returns On A Big Move In Facebook (FB)

Perhaps no company has gotten more press lately than Facebook (NASDAQ: FB). The social media giant has mostly been in the limelight for negative reasons… namely the Cambridge Analytica scandal and data privacy concerns. Investors were quick to jump ship when concerns over FB’s policies became headline news. The stock dropped from $180 to $150 in about […]

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Betting On The Market Not Moving?

| April 18, 2018 | 0 Comments
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

| April 11, 2018 | 0 Comments
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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How To Generate Income On Tesla’s (TSLA) Plunge

| April 4, 2018 | 0 Comments
How To Generate Income On Tesla’s (TSLA) Plunge

Of all the selling going on in the stock market these days, no sector has been hit harder than tech. Although I believe the overall selling has been too harsh, the tech sector was certainly overvalued relative to other sectors. Keep in mind, the tech sector has almost always been the biggest area of growth, […]

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Make 150% When The Markets Calm Down

| March 28, 2018 | 0 Comments
Make 150% When The Markets Calm Down

Well this past week has certainly been interesting.  After a pretty terrible week for stocks, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is now down 5% for the year and the S&P 500 is down about 3%.  This certainly isn’t the year most investors expected, especially after the market reacted so positively to the reduction in corporate […]

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Here’s How To Generate 425% Returns On Higher Interest Rates

| March 21, 2018 | 0 Comments
Here’s How To Generate 425% Returns On Higher Interest Rates

This week, we get the next installment of the FOMC meeting – the big Fed meeting where they decide what to do with interest rates.  The meetings are a bit more interesting these days since rates are going up and some sort of definitive actions tends to take place. Keep in mind, we had several […]

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How To Generate Explosive Returns In The Financial Sector

| March 14, 2018 | 0 Comments
How To Generate Explosive Returns In The Financial Sector

After the February 5th market meltdown, there hasn’t been any real consensus on what’s next for the financial markets. There are some who think stocks are in store for another correction. Others think this is the start of yet another huge rally. Regarding volatility, opinions are also mixed. Is the spike in the VIX a prelude […]

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Here’s How To Generate Huge Returns From Trump’s Trade War

| March 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
Here’s How To Generate Huge Returns From Trump’s Trade War

As if there hasn’t been enough political and economic news lately – now we have a trade war to contemplate. In case you haven’t been following, the current administration is imposing a 25% tariff on steel imports and 10% on aluminum imports. Non-US steel producing countries are sure to follow suit with their own tariffs, […]

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How To Make 150% Returns Off Of Higher Interest Rates

| February 28, 2018 | 0 Comments
How To Make 150% Returns Off Of Higher Interest Rates

After a year of mostly moving higher, with barely any volatility to speak of, we’re finally seeing a shift in the financial markets. It’s not just stocks – bonds, commodities, and currencies are also moving into new territories. Of course, much of the change is due to the expected change in interest rates and inflation […]

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Protecting Against Downside Risk As Retail Stock Report Earnings

| February 21, 2018 | 0 Comments
Protecting Against Downside Risk As Retail Stock Report Earnings

The increase in market volatility the past couple weeks is helping to reawaken interest in hedging with options. More specifically, I’m seeing a lot more downside protection trades in the options market than before the correction at the beginning of February. Investors have quickly remembered that stocks can move really fast when things get hairy. […]

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Follow This Massive Downside Trade With A Potential 1,100% Return

| February 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
Follow This Massive Downside Trade With A Potential 1,100% Return

One of the most interesting aspects of options trading is that you never quite know what traders are thinking when they make trades.  It’s difficult to be 100% sure of their goals when they initiate a certain position. Part of the mystery is due to how flexible an investment options can be.  Perhaps more importantly, […]

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A Big Bank Trade Moving Into Earnings

| January 31, 2018 | 0 Comments
A Big Bank Trade Moving Into Earnings

As an options trader, earnings season is often one of the most enjoyable times to trade. During the heavy earnings periods, you often see plenty of large moves in individual stocks (for obvious reasons). Options can be a good way to capitalize off those big moves. However, the biggest challenge with using options for earnings […]

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How To Trade Bonds To Make Up To 200%

| January 24, 2018 | 0 Comments
How To Trade Bonds To Make Up To 200%

Most people think bonds are boring. And it’s true, if you buy a bond and just wait for the coupon payment to arrive, it is definitely an uneventful investment… boring and safe. Of course, that’s exactly why people buy bonds. However, trading bonds is a completely different matter. Bonds, even government bonds, can move as […]

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This Energy Trade Could Post Triple-Digit Gains

| January 17, 2018 | 0 Comments
This Energy Trade Could Post Triple-Digit Gains

Investors often try to figure out themes in the financial markets once a new trading year hits.  2017 was all about low volatility, cryptocurrencies, and tax reform.  With tax reform out of the way, we still have low volatility and cryptocurrencies/blockchain tech on the board.  What else could be in store? Obviously, the jury’s still […]

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This Surprise Stock Could Make You Big Bucks

| January 10, 2018 | 0 Comments
This Surprise Stock Could Make You Big Bucks

It’s no secret that options are often the investment vehicle of choice for “smart money” traders.  Big funds and trading firms regularly use options to establish their biggest positions – sometimes in conjunction with stock holdings, other times just using options.  It’s especially true for the most heavily traded ETFs and stocks. Less often, you’ll […]

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One Way To Trade This Monster Tech Stock In January

| January 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
One Way To Trade This Monster Tech Stock In January

It’s officially the start of a new trading year, but that doesn’t mean you have to create all new investment strategies.  While there are certainly going to be some changes (possibly big ones) in 2018, there is plenty that happened in 2017 which will more or less be repeated this year. For instance, the leading […]

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What To Expect From Gold In The New Year

| December 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
What To Expect From Gold In The New Year

Despite the rapid approach of the holiday season – with plenty of investors going on vacation – there has still been plenty of financial news to contemplate. Of course, the biggest news item in the world of investments has been the rapid rise of the price of bitcoin, along with the launch of bitcoin futures. […]

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An Interesting Way To Hedge Portfolio Risk

| December 13, 2017 | 0 Comments
An Interesting Way To Hedge Portfolio Risk

One of the great things about options is how flexible they can be for custom-designing strategies to meet your needs.  With options, even something as mundane as hedging can be done in an interesting and creative manner. This is especially true since volatility ETPs (exchange traded products) have become widely popular among traders and investors. […]

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Cashing In On High Volatility

| December 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
Cashing In On High Volatility

Finally we have some fireworks in the financial markets, which is typically a good thing for options traders. With as slow as it’s been lately, it’s nice to actually see some real action in stocks. The VIX (the most common measure of market volatility) even jumped from 11 to 14.50 in one day (last Friday). […]

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The Top Unexpected Tech Trade For 2018

| November 29, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Top Unexpected Tech Trade For 2018

Thanksgiving has come and gone and we’re quickly approaching the end of the year. It’s about this time when investors start thinking about trading strategies for the coming year. What’s going to be successful in 2018? What are the new trends going to be? Usually, a new trade theory involves an expectation of some asset […]

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This Is The One Easy Trade To Make Before December

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
This Is The One Easy Trade To Make Before December

Thanksgiving is next week, if you can believe it, and that means 2017’s trading year is coming to a close.  By December 15th or so, volume will dry up dramatically and many investors will close shop until next year.  But does that mean stocks are done moving for the year? While September and October are often […]

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Here’s Why This ETF Has Become Popular With Retirement Investors

| November 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
Here’s Why This ETF Has Become Popular With Retirement Investors

One of the biggest changes to investing in recent times is the vast amount of choices available to investors of any size. The advent of ETFs has opened up markets and assets which almost no one could previously access – especially if you didn’t have a lot of money to invest. It used to be […]

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The 1 Easy Trade For Oil’s Resurgence

| November 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
The 1 Easy Trade For Oil’s Resurgence

While it’s clearly been a good year for stock investors, the same can’t be said for every asset class. The commodities sector, for instance, has been a mixed bag. Overall, the performance of commodities as an asset class has been dragged down by energy. In particular, crude oil and natural gas are both down on […]

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Railroads Are Still A Good Investment. Here’s Why And Where To Put Your Money

| October 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
Railroads Are Still A Good Investment. Here’s Why And Where To Put Your Money

Let me tell you about an exciting new transportation technology. It’s ground-breaking. It’s game-changing. The entire face of shipping could be altered. It’s… er… railroads. Okay, so maybe not so exciting. Or new. In fact, since the first major railroads were built around 200 years ago in the US, not much has changed. Trains are […]

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How To Trade Facebook Earnings

| October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
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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One Trader Just Placed A Big Bet That The Market Is Going Lower: Here’s How You Profit From It

| October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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A Simple Way To Play Financials If Rates Rise

| October 6, 2017 | 2 Comments
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, […]

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Quick Profits From Renewed Interest In Solar Stocks

| September 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
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. […]

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

| September 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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Plan For Volatility The Rest Of The Year Using Options

| September 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
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, […]

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Using Options To Trade Metals And Mining

| August 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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A Super Cheap Way To Trade Volatility With Options

| August 23, 2017 | 0 Comments
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, […]

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Trading Options With The Return Of Volatility

| August 16, 2017 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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How To Trade Facebook (FB) With Options

| August 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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An Options Trade That Wins No Matter What Direction Gold Moves

| July 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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This Is The Biggest Options Trade Ever Made

| July 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
This Is The Biggest Options Trade Ever Made

Risking $10 million on a trade that has a 9-day time limit might seem ludacris, but that’s exactly what this trader did. The best part is, you don’t need to have millions of dollars to profit from the same type of trade. Jay Soloff explains how.  It’s easy to see the benefits of trading options […]

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Bank 100% Returns By September Using This Cheap Options Trade

| July 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
Bank 100% Returns By September Using This Cheap Options Trade

90% of all trades on this one stock have been bullish in the last week and 80% have been bullish over the last month. That’s why now’s the time to buy into this stock, and, by using this cheap options trade, you can bank 100% returns by September with just a small move higher in […]

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How To Trade The Fed Rate Hike Using Options

| June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
How To Trade The Fed Rate Hike Using Options

Take some steps to make sure your portfolio profits from the Fed’s latest rate hike by following the proven trade in this article. By using options you can supercharge your annual income from stocks.  Last week was a busy news week, but the most important story for investors was the Fed rate hike.  While it […]

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A Cheap Options Trade That Wins No Matter Which Way The Market Moves

| June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments
A Cheap Options Trade That Wins No Matter Which Way The Market Moves

With the Fed raising rates this afternoon, we could be in for a period of dramatic market swings. Here’s how you can profit in either direction using options. This is a win-win trade that can be placed by anyone no matter their level of experience or account size.  There’s been so much talk of low […]

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The Right Options Trade To Place For Low Volatility

| June 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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An Easy Trade On Tech’s Biggest Stocks Using Options

| June 7, 2017 | 0 Comments
An Easy Trade On Tech’s Biggest Stocks Using Options

One trader bet $2 million that the market will make a big move in just the next two weeks and Jay Soloff concurs. Take a look at what the “smart money” is doing today so that they can make money no matter which way the market moves. It’s undoubtedly been a good year for stock […]

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The Cheap Way To Profit From Record Low Volatility

| May 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
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.  […]

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The Market “Insurance” Trade That Profits From A Crash

| May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
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 […]

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The Best Way To Trade Microsoft Earnings

| April 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Best Way To Trade Microsoft Earnings

The cash-cow tech giant reports earnings this week, and a big move could be right around the corner. Here’s how to make a huge return on Microsoft no matter which way the stock moves after earnings. It may not seem like it, but we’re back in midst of earnings season and about to hit the […]

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The Beginner Options Trade For Huge Upside

| April 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Beginner Options Trade For Huge Upside

Finally, an options trade that you can place with little to no prior experience that has huge upside potential. Get the detailed and easy-to-understand instructions and analysis on this trade from Jay Soloff, a former floor trader with decades of experience. Options Can Provide Huge Upside For Time Warner Bulls The death of cable TV […]

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Go Bullish On Gold Using Options

| March 29, 2017 | 0 Comments
Go Bullish On Gold Using Options

Uncertainty is creeping back into the markets which means that the safe-haven commodity is coming back to life. By using the options trade shared in this article, you can profit big from just a small move north in the price of gold.  Ever since central banks started accumulating gold (after the Financial Crisis of 2008-2009), […]

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