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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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Using Cash-Secured Puts: The AT&T Example

| October 12, 2018 | 1 Comment
Using Cash-Secured Puts: The AT&T Example

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

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Options: How To Buy Them Before They Expire Worthless

| September 19, 2018 | 0 Comments
Options: How To Buy Them Before They Expire Worthless

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

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Futures Trading: Will VIX Term Structure Remain Calm?

| September 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
Futures Trading: Will VIX Term Structure Remain Calm?

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

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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: 5 Basic Rules Of Thumb

| August 29, 2018 | 0 Comments
Options Trading: 5 Basic Rules Of Thumb

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

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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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Options Trading: 4 Ways To Protect Your Portfolio

| July 13, 2018 | 0 Comments
Options Trading: 4 Ways To Protect Your Portfolio

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

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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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2 Ideal Stocks To Generate Covered Call Portfolio Income

2 Ideal Stocks To Generate Covered Call Portfolio Income

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

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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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Create Your Own Dividend Using These 3 Covered Calls

Create Your Own Dividend Using These 3 Covered Calls

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

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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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Options Trading: How To Handle Earnings Reports

| April 13, 2018 | 0 Comments
Options Trading: How To Handle Earnings Reports

Earnings season officially kicks off with some of the big banks such as  JP Morgan (JPM)  and Citi set to report this coming Friday morning. This is an important, yet difficult time for options trading. Earnings can be very tricky to trade as there are many moving and unknown parts; will the company miss or […]

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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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Options, Hurricanes And Hedging

| February 16, 2018 | 0 Comments
Options, Hurricanes And Hedging

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

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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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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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Options Pricing Predicts Wilder Swings For 2018 – But For Which Asset Classes?

| January 12, 2018 | 0 Comments
Options Pricing Predicts Wilder Swings For 2018 – But For Which Asset Classes?

2017 was a year in which markets experienced depressed levels of realised volatility. From an option trader’s point of view 2017 was a selling paradise – a lucrative opportunity to collect favourably priced premiums as volatility drifted steadily lower with time. 2017 saw a gradual climb in major stock markets and related ETFs – a key example is the […]

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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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3 Of This Week’s Best Trades On The Street

| November 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
3 Of This Week’s Best Trades On The Street

Two breakouts and one pullback are waiting for you in the options trading pits With stocks continuing to skirt the stratosphere, finding lucrative opportunities is as easy as falling out of bed. Particularly for those engaged in options trading. If anything, earnings season provides more chances to discover actionable setups due to the elevated volatility. […]

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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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The Limitations Of Trading Options

| October 11, 2017 | 1 Comment
The Limitations Of Trading Options

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

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The Advantages Of Investing In Options

| September 6, 2017 | 1 Comment
The Advantages Of Investing In Options

Options are often associated with risk. This couldn’t be farther from the truth if used correctly. Before we dive into some advantages, it’s important that you know exactly what an option is. Here are a couple guides that should help you develop an understanding of an option: What Is An Option By Stocktrades Options Basics […]

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VIX Options And Taxes

VIX Options And Taxes

Like many investors, the nine year bull market has left my fund with a large amount of unrealized capital gains.  With prices now very rich, at least in my view, I feel the risk/return trade-off is much less favorable then when those investment were made.  I fear there is a reasonable probability of a large […]

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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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The Beauty of Covered Calls

The Beauty of Covered Calls

My goal and my promise to Peak Income readers is to secure for them a high and stable income stream, no matter their situation: in retirement, close to retirement, or just even thinking about retirement. I want paychecks to hit brokerage accounts every month, with consistency and low risk and without worry. No wonder I’m […]

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The Dummies Guide To Option Greeks

The Dummies Guide To Option Greeks

There you are in a conversation with a professional trader about their strategy and suddenly the “inside baseball” terms start rolling off their tongue – Delta Hedging, Short Gamma, Theta Burn, and Vega Risk.  You smile and nod without perhaps knowing exactly what these terms mean, and just like that, what started as a good […]

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Do Buyers Of Options Benefit From High Volatility?

| April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
Do Buyers Of Options Benefit From High Volatility?

Search “options and volatility” in Google and you’ll get a dozen websites that say the same thing: option buyers want high volatility and option sellers want low volatility. Oddly enough, this old and relied upon rule of thumb isn’t completely correct. In reality, as an option trade plays out, trend has a far more powerful […]

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How To “Write” Covered Calls For Safe 8% Yields

| February 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
How To “Write” Covered Calls For Safe 8% Yields

Most investors buy stocks and hope they’ll go up in price. They do nothing in the interim to generate cash flow from those stocks while they sit in their portfolio – like writing covered calls. “Write” what? I’ll explain. And I’ll also highlight some popular exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and closed-end funds (CEFs) that will help […]

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Don’t Fall Prey To Overpriced Options

| February 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
Don’t Fall Prey To Overpriced Options

I am old enough that I was trading in the markets before decimalization. If an option was trading for a quarter, we called it a “quack.” If it was trading for a sixteenth, we called it a “teeny” or a “stink.” Beware the teeny puts. If you were a market maker on the floor, you […]

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The Decades-Low Currency Trade For Triple-Digit Profits

| January 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Decades-Low Currency Trade For Triple-Digit Profits

An Oil and Commodities crush killed the Loonie with the Canadian Dollar currency down nearly 25% in five years. DOLLAR POWER priced in rising rates in the United States on only optimistic outlook. The FXC Canadian Dollar exchange-traded fund dropped from $100 to a decade-low at just under $70 in the last four years. The […]

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Step-By-Step To Triple Digit Returns By June On This Catch-Up Rally

| December 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
Step-By-Step To Triple Digit Returns By June On This Catch-Up Rally

Alan Knuckman shares easy-to-understand instructions on placing a high-probability options trade that targets 100% returns by June. In this article you will see exactly how much to pay and which contract to buy so you can place this trade with ease.  WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY – China Rhetoric versus Reality US stock market strength has investors […]

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Earn 100% Returns By June On This Tech Stock Laggard

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Earn 100% Returns By June On This Tech Stock Laggard

Having lagged behind its tech peers in the NASDAQ and not participated in the rally to all-time highs, this stock is the perfect set-up for a short-term options trade that targets 100% returns by summer. Alan Knuckman shares the step by step details on how to execute this trade. This common price pattern requires patience […]

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A Snapback Options Trade For 100% Gains By March

| December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
A Snapback Options Trade For 100% Gains By March

See how a small positive turn in this broad market exchange traded fund can power huge returns in just a few short months with the power of options. Don’t miss out on this opportunity with a similar set up to a trade recommended in August that’s now up 75%.    A tale of two markets […]

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A Stalled-Out Stock Ready To Rebound For 100% Returns

| November 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
A Stalled-Out Stock Ready To Rebound For 100% Returns

Tilt the scales in your favor and use options to profit from this range-bound stock with a high probability of rallying higher. Only a small move higher will hand investors upwards of 100% returns.  Stocks here in the states have surged to new ALL TIME FOREVER highs after an epic relief rally with election uncertainty […]

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Ditch Options And Buy Stocks With “Cheap Optionality” Instead Lessons From David Tepper

| November 25, 2016 | 0 Comments
Ditch Options And Buy Stocks With “Cheap Optionality” Instead Lessons From David Tepper

It probably didn’t take long after becoming a trader to stumble upon options. Brokerages and websites all over the internet are constantly pitching these complex financial derivatives, claiming things like “defined risk” and “100% returns a month”. But these advertisements only end up luring novices into a game that creates losses rather than stunning returns. […]

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5 Foolproof Reasons You Should Be Trading Options

| November 23, 2016 | 0 Comments
5 Foolproof Reasons You Should Be Trading Options

With a little guidance, options trades can be a safe and effective way to supercharge the returns in your portfolio. Just see what our lead options analyst Alan Knuckman has to say about his 100% return trade from September and how he regularly scores wins just like that.  This is the Power Of Options. A […]

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5 “Facts” Smart People Get Wrong About Options

| November 18, 2016 | 1 Comment
5 “Facts” Smart People Get Wrong About Options

Using options contracts to boost returns and income could be the most powerful investing tool that you’re not using. While trading options for the first time might be intimidating, we’ve broken it down to its core pieces and show that options aren’t as dangerous as you might think. 1) Options Trading is complicated Markets can […]

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