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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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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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Find Out: A Bearish Trading Opportunity In A Cloud-Based Software Company

| September 9, 2019 | 0 Comments
Find Out: A Bearish Trading Opportunity In A Cloud-Based Software Company

Atlassian Corporation (TEAM) was one of the hottest company’s in terms of its growth and stock price.  But now, it looks like it’s losing steam and breaking down, setting it up for a bearish trade. Atlassian Corporation Plc – Class A Ordinary Shares (TEAM) is a cloud-based software company which provides a variety of tools for content […]

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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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Butterfly Spreads: A Smart Options Strategy for a Volatile Market

| August 12, 2019 | 1 Comment
Butterfly Spreads: A Smart Options Strategy for a Volatile Market

“Do not touch nothing. The truth will be revealed by the facts as they exist.” -Hercule Poirot’s in the Murder on the Orient Express One of the biggest challenges of using options, as an investment tool, is that you must be right on direction and price target, and also accurate in your timing.  And, with all […]

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Using Options To ‘Own’ Stocks For No Cost

| August 5, 2019 | 0 Comments
Using Options To ‘Own’ Stocks For No Cost

With the Federal Reserve ready to embark on a new round of free money, here’s an options strategy that also has a ‘free’ or no money down way to be long stocks. Of the many options strategies that provide leverage, one of the most interesting is synthetic long stock.  This combines a long call and short put opened at the […]

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An Essential Options Strategy To Use As The Stock Market Hits New Highs

| July 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
An Essential Options Strategy To Use As The Stock Market Hits New Highs

With the major indices pushing to all-time highs and some of the many names sitting on large double-digit percentage gains, this year alone, it can be difficult to not only hold on but climb aboard even the bluest chip names like Amazon (AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT) at this stage. But, one strategy that helps overcome the psychological hurdle of […]

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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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Profit From The U.S.-China Trade Truce With This JD.com Trade

Profit From The U.S.-China Trade Truce With This JD.com Trade

JD may push toward its 2018 highs This morning, I am recommending a bullish trade on JD.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:JD). Earlier this week, I recommended a bearish play on Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU). The market was up from the positive trade news, and I thought a downside trade on a semiconductor stock would be good protection in the event of […]

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A Slingshot Options Strategy For Income And Gains

| May 31, 2019 | 0 Comments
A Slingshot Options Strategy For Income And Gains

In looking for ways to maintain a bullish stance and generate income while protecting from a downside disaster, the standard collar (long stock, long protective put and short a higher strike call to pay for the put) is the standard approach.  And while there is no reason to re-invent the wheel, there is a small […]

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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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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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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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Does Texas Instruments Represent A Selling Opportunity?

| January 25, 2019 | 0 Comments
Does Texas Instruments Represent A Selling Opportunity?

Texas Instruments (TXN) shares are up over 6% to $102 following its earnings report.  I think it represents a selling opportunity. The company beat on the bottom line by $0.02 but missed revenues with a YoY decline.  More worrisome is the company lowered next quarters guidance by some 17% to $1.12 per share saying they see […]

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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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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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Options Trading: This Stock Is Ready For A Short Squeeze

| October 10, 2018 | 0 Comments
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?

| October 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
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

| September 26, 2018 | 0 Comments
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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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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SPDR ETFs: This Group Is Down 12% In 2018 [DETAILS]

| September 5, 2018 | 0 Comments
SPDR ETFs: This Group Is Down 12% In 2018 [DETAILS]

After being one of the best performing sectors in 2017, homebuilders have been pretty shabby in 2018.  As measured by the SPDR Homebuilder ETF (XHB), the group is down some 12% year to date. And because that ETF includes some companies that are only tangentially housing related such as Home Depot (HD) and William Sonoma (WMS) which has done quite well, […]

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Options Trading: From Weed Killer To Profit Tiller

| August 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
Options Trading: From Weed Killer To Profit Tiller

As laws regarding recreational marijuana continue to loosen restrictions and expand applications, many traditional ‘vice’ companies such as alcohol and tobacco are looking to get in on what is expected to be a $300 billion business by 2025. As we’re about to see, this process creates some lucrative options trading opportunities. Most recently, we saw Constellation […]

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Options Trading: A Golden Opportunity

| August 3, 2018 | 0 Comments
Options Trading: A Golden Opportunity

When I first started publishing options trading articles online in 2002, I quickly learned that if you wanted to get feedback, write something negative about gold. People will really bug out. At the time, gold was trading around below $400 an ounce and I thought that was too high.  It of course proceeded to have […]

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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 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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Options Trading: Introducing The Synthetic Long

| June 6, 2018 | 0 Comments
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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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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3 Ways To Add $1,000 In Monthly Income For Summer Cash

3 Ways To Add $1,000 In Monthly Income For Summer Cash

Create additional monthly income by selling puts for cash Summertime approaches, and that may mean you want to enhance your income a little bit. Did you know there is a way to generate $1,000 or more every single month using option trades known as naked puts? Brokers do require Level 4 options approval, but you […]

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Options Trading: Time To Swipe Right On IAC

| May 4, 2018 | 0 Comments
Options Trading: Time To Swipe Right On IAC

On Tuesday, Facebook (FB) ‘Amazoned’ the online dating industry by announcing it would add a dating feature. The news sent shares of IAC Interactive (IAC) and Match (MTCH) into a tailspin dropping some 20% each and wiping out $4 billion of market capitalization between the two companies. As we’re about to see, this opens up some interesting options trading possibilities. This is […]

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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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Options Trading: Get PEPE With This Tech Trade

| April 25, 2018 | 0 Comments
Options Trading: Get PEPE With This Tech Trade

The selling of decent reports continues to be a theme, and the whole market looks on shaky ground. Today’s options trading will try and sidestep these larger issues. I’m going to establish a Pre-Earnings Premium Expansion, or PEPE, trade in Skyworks Solutions (SWKS).    Skyworks develops semiconductor products that go into a wide variety of products from cell […]

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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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3 Naked Puts For $1,000 In Extra Monthly Income

3 Naked Puts For $1,000 In Extra Monthly Income

Earn $1,000 this month by selling these naked put contracts Retired investors and income investors are always looking to generate additional income from their portfolio. The prevailing wisdom is to invest in bonds and dividend stocks. However, both of these asset classes carry more risk than most people think that they do. Many dividend stocks […]

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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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3 Naked Puts To Help You Make $1,000 Monthly

3 Naked Puts To Help You Make $1,000 Monthly

Naked puts generate regular monthly income if you use them with the right stocks The most frequent email question that I get is “how can I generate more monthly income from my portfolio?” There are many answers to that question, and I always reply that this question cannot be answered in a vacuum. All investors […]

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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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3 Naked Puts To Bank $1,000 This Month

3 Naked Puts To Bank $1,000 This Month

Naked puts can generate regular monthly income if you use them correctly If you would like to earn extra income each month, you can use options to accomplish this. Many people think options are very exotic securities, and they certainly can be, but there also some very basic trades that anyone can do. One of […]

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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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3 Naked Puts On Blue-Chip Stocks

3 Naked Puts On Blue-Chip Stocks

Sell these naked puts and earn extra cash for the coming month With earnings season for blue-chip stocks pretty much done, now is a fine time to milk some extra income from some of the so-called blue-chip stocks using naked puts. When I refer to blue-chip stocks, I mean stocks that are solid long-term plays […]

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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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Options Trading: Do Diagonals Beat Covered Calls?

| February 2, 2018 | 0 Comments
Options Trading: Do Diagonals Beat Covered Calls?

The covered call strategy is one the most popular options trading strategies, especially among investors that don’t consider themselves option traders. It’s a way for owners, especially for buy and hold types, to generate income from the stocks they own while also providing a bit of a hedge for their portfolio. But for those that might […]

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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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3 Trades To Generate $1,000 Every Month Selling Puts

| January 26, 2018 | 1 Comment
3 Trades To Generate $1,000 Every Month Selling Puts

Enhance your monthly income with this options strategy For some time, I’ve been using naked puts and covered calls to generate monthly income by selling puts for my stock and options advisory newsletter, The Liberty Portfolio. Naked puts are options trades in which you sell the right for another investor to sell (“put”) a certain stock to […]

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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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Why The SPDR S&P Metals And Mining (ETF) Is Set For A Breakout

| December 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
Why The SPDR S&P Metals And Mining (ETF) Is Set For A Breakout

XME is breaking out as capital flows to late cycle leaders Metal stocks are waking up. With inflation expectations ratcheting higher and the anticipation of further rate hikes, capital is flowing into late cycle stocks. And this is boosting shares of the SPDR S&P Metals and Mining (ETF) (NYSEARCA:XME). Indeed, XME is fast approaching a new 52-week […]

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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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3 ‘FANG’ Stocks To Trade Without The Risk

| December 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
3 ‘FANG’ Stocks To Trade Without The Risk

You can enjoy some incremental gains on ‘FANG’ stocks using naked puts With the FANG stocks going nuts, many investors are in FOMO mode, and wondering how to get involved and enjoy the upside. Sure, one can just buy into the FANG stocks and hope that they immediately soar into profit – instead of falling […]

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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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Bet On Biogen Inc For Easy Profits Into The New Year

| November 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
Bet On Biogen Inc For Easy Profits Into The New Year

Go long BIIB stock but leave plenty of room for error Biotech stocks have been a political football for over a year. The negative political rhetoric started during the 2016 U.S. elections. Candidate Hillary Clinton and now President Donald Trump both have persecuted the sector for unfair pricing practices. Biogen Inc (NASDAQ:BIIB) stock managed to still […]

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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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Home Depot Inc Could Help You Build A Stronger Portfolio

| November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments
Home Depot Inc Could Help You Build A Stronger Portfolio

While the HD stock bulls hesitate, bet on the long side for easy income As a homeowner, I frequent Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) stores at least once a month. My visits are consistently disappointing from the customer service perspective. There used to be a time when the in-store reps walked you over to the area you seek. […]

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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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Corning Incorporated Is Primed For More Upside

| November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
Corning Incorporated Is Primed For More Upside

This breakout should spur a year-end rally for GLW stock Today’s downdraft in small-caps got you down? Don’t fret. There’s a silver lining — it’s easy to spot strong stocks. Simply look for the top performers, those remaining aloft while everything else is being dragged lower. Take Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW), for instance. GLW stock is up modestly […]

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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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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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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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3 Naked Puts For Quick Back-To-School Cash

3 Naked Puts For Quick Back-To-School Cash

Use the options market to generate $1,000 in cash for school supplies With school starting back up, some investors may want some extra cash in their pockets. Who are we kidding? Every investor wants extra cash in their pockets. Naked puts are one way to use options to put a little extra bank in the […]

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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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A Mystery Investor Has Made A 262 Million Dollar Bet That The Stock Market Will Crash By October

| July 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
A Mystery Investor Has Made A 262 Million Dollar Bet That The Stock Market Will Crash By October

One mystery trader has made an extremely large bet that the stock market is going to crash by October, and if he is right he could potentially make up to 262 million dollars on the deal.  Fortunes were made and lost during the great financial crisis of 2008, and the same thing will happen again […]

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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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How To Make $5,094 A Month Without Buying Stocks

| July 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
How To Make $5,094 A Month Without Buying Stocks

Today I’m going to show you a proven way to collect $5,094 in cash, on average, every month—without buying a single stock, bond or fund. In fact, you won’t have to buy anything at all. (I’ll show you precisely how this works in a moment.) That amounts to a nice $61,000-a-year income stream, easily enough for you […]

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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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3 Breakout Trades In A Nosebleed Market

3 Breakout Trades In A Nosebleed Market

CRM, FDX and BABA are all ready to bust through resistance The bull market is charging on, and breakout trades are multiplying. If you’ve ever wondered why chart watchers are obsessive about trading with the trend, wonder no longer. The adage of a trend in motion staying in motion has been on full display this […]

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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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3 Resilient Retail Stocks To Buy Now

3 Resilient Retail Stocks To Buy Now

These three retail stocks show that Amazon has its limitations Retail recession? World domination? Based on what this strategist is seeing, those well-worn blanket statements regarding retail stocks are far from accurate and fail to recognize the large number of outfits rising to today’s challenges. What would an article on retail stocks be without mentioning […]

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5 Attractive Dividend Growth Options

5 Attractive Dividend Growth Options

If you’re looking for a source of income in your portfolio, but all of the dividend growth stocks you like seem expensive, then you may want to consider selling put options. It’s a way to collect some extra income now, and if the stock price falls far enough in the future then you get to […]

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