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Using Options To Protect Gains While Maintaining Upside Potential

| February 24, 2020 | 0 Comments
Using Options To Protect Gains While Maintaining Upside Potential

The stock market is hitting all-time highs and investors are torn between the possibility of an economic downturn, or entering a new leg of the bull market. Last week’s article noted that money managers were increasingly using call options to gain additional exposure to the stock market.  Some of this behavior might be deemed as a reckless […]

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3 Stocks To Buy Following Great Earnings

| February 14, 2020 | 0 Comments
3 Stocks To Buy Following Great Earnings

These stocks should keep winning after their impressive reports For many companies, nothing is more important than the quarterly earnings report. Disappoint the masses, and you suffer. Impress them, and you score instant gains. Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) was the ultimate example of the latter this season. Months of profits were jammed into a single overnight session. So today, […]

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Why Smart Investors Use Covered Calls To Profit

| February 10, 2020 | 1 Comment
Why Smart Investors Use Covered Calls To Profit

Recent market volatility has both put traders on edge and pumped up the volatility in options. Those two usually go hand in hand and they create a great opportunity for longer term investors with a cooler demeanor to capitalize on the current dislocation. One of the best, and most popular approaches, especially among investors that […]

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Will Stocks Continue To Rally Despite The Coronavirus Scare?

| February 7, 2020 | 0 Comments
Will Stocks Continue To Rally Despite The Coronavirus Scare?

The stock market can be a crazy place. The unpredictability of the financial markets is what makes them so exciting and challenging for traders (and investors). While the long-term direction of stocks has always been up, there are definitely significant periods of volatility over shorter time frames. For instance, this year we’ve already had a […]

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2 Distinct Concepts That Options Traders Need To Know

| February 3, 2020 | 0 Comments
2 Distinct Concepts That Options Traders Need To Know

Market volatility is starting to tick back up as macro headlines from Iran/Iraq come in. And now we are about to enter earnings season, which not only will cause big moves in the individual names, but over the past few years, has proved to be a volatile first quarter. More specifically, on individual names that are […]

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3 Options Trades For The Hottest Stocks On The Street

| January 31, 2020 | 0 Comments
3 Options Trades For The Hottest Stocks On The Street

Compelling setups beckon for BA, NFLX and AMD Earnings season is drawing to a close, and I’m finding it much easier to discover trade ideas for individual stocks. Today we’ll look at three of the best post-earnings setups and build-out options trades to capitalize on. Nothing ignites volatility quite like an earnings announcement, and these […]

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Here’s What A One-Year Covered Call In Microsoft Looks Like

| January 27, 2020 | 0 Comments
Here’s What A One-Year Covered Call In Microsoft Looks Like

In the era of ultra-low interest rates, yield enhancement strategies have become prolific. Actually, let’s take a step back. It used to be that you could generate a reasonable yield from fixed interest investments, like government or corporate bonds. However, with interest rates approaching zero, those types of investments just don’t provide robust yields. So […]

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How To Read Options Activity For Clues To A Move

| January 24, 2020 | 0 Comments
How To Read Options Activity For Clues To A Move

Using option activity as an indicator of impending price moves is difficult, subjective, and unreliable. That being said, it can help confirm other indicators and increase the probability of a profitable trade. Indeed, there have been many situations in which activity in the options pits accurately predicts or presages an impending price move. There are […]

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3 Tech Stocks To Play Ahead Of Earnings

| January 17, 2020 | 0 Comments
3 Tech Stocks To Play Ahead Of Earnings

Reduce risk into earnings for AAPL, MSFT and AMD stock Tech stocks are running into earnings season with big profits in the bag. Sector leading companies like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) have generated double-digit gains since their last quarterly reports. Shareholders’ hopes are running high that the upcoming earnings will be good enough to keep the rally […]

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Is The Low Volatility Market At An End?

| January 13, 2020 | 0 Comments
Is The Low Volatility Market At An End?

2019 can be roughly divided into two market regimes. There were periods of high volatility and market choppiness, notably in June, August, and early October. Then, there were the stretches of low and falling volatility – January through May and mid-October through the end of the year. It certainly seemed like January of 2020 was […]

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3 Oil Stocks That Are Worth Looking Into Now

| January 10, 2020 | 0 Comments
3 Oil Stocks That Are Worth Looking Into Now

Yesterday’s plunge in oil stocks creates opportunity Saber rattling in the Middle East created a roller coaster ride in asset prices this week. Oil prices initially ripped and then rapidly reversed yesterday, ending with a nasty 4% drop. Energy stocks fell across the board in the wake of the whiplash. While the volatility can be […]

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What’s In Store For Chipmakers In 2020?

| January 3, 2020 | 0 Comments
What’s In Store For Chipmakers In 2020?

2019 is at an end, and it was undoubtedly a great year for stocks. The S&P 500 was up over 28% for the year. However, semiconductor companies had an even better year. VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) was up nearly 62% over the same period. Granted, SMH did plunge sharply at the end of 2018, so it had […]

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The Winning Way To Play Options During The Holidays

| December 16, 2019 | 0 Comments
The Winning Way To Play Options During The Holidays

Back in 1992 when I was a market maker on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) and Board of Trade, a crazy event occurred; Lake Michigan started pouring into underground tunnels and flooding the city in what became known as the Great Chicago Flood. Most of downtown, including the exchanges, were closed for three […]

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Where Are Interest Rates Headed In 2020?

| December 13, 2019 | 0 Comments
Where Are Interest Rates Headed In 2020?

One of the big questions for the financial markets as we head into the next decade is where are interest rates going as we kick off a new year. On one hand, the labor market is strong and stock prices are at all-time highs. On the other hand, many other economic indicators are showing a […]

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Will December 2019 Be A Repeat Of December 2018 For Stocks?

| December 6, 2019 | 0 Comments
Will December 2019 Be A Repeat Of December 2018 For Stocks?

The stock market is showing its first signs of cracks since October, and investors are starting to wonder if December is going to be a repeat of last year. As a reminder, the S&P 500 was down about 9% a year ago in December after what had been a volatile fourth quarter. Of course, this […]

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Using Options To Invest Tax-Efficiently

| December 2, 2019 | 0 Comments
Using Options To Invest Tax-Efficiently

With 2019 drawing towards a close, it’s time investors need to look at their portfolios for rebalancing and determining asset allocation.  While it should never be the driver of investment decisions, one needs to always keep an eye on tax implications as they can have a significant impact on the final total returns. Typically, at […]

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The Options Way To Play Takeovers

| November 29, 2019 | 0 Comments
The Options Way To Play Takeovers

Yesterday, financial media revitalized the term “merger Monday” as some $60 billion in deals were confirmed. A few such as LVHM’s bid for Tiffany (TIF) has surfaced a few weeks ago. But, others such as Schwab’s (SCHW) move to acquire TD Ameritrade (AMTD) came to light just recently, and Novartis (NVS) purchase of Medicines Co. (MDCO) came as a surprise and sent shares surging. Overall, […]

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Every Time This Stock Goes Up $1 This Trader Makes $1.2 Million

| November 25, 2019 | 0 Comments
Every Time This Stock Goes Up $1 This Trader Makes $1.2 Million

One of the more intriguing investment stories in 2019 was the huge jump in government bonds prices. Long-term bonds, in particular, soared higher for a substantial portion of the year, outperforming stocks – and with lower volatility. Stocks have since caught up with and passed bonds (year-to-date), but from a risk-adjusted perspective, bonds have arguably […]

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What Is A Collar Option Strategy And When To Use Them

| November 22, 2019 | 1 Comment
What Is A Collar Option Strategy And When To Use Them

Stocks keep grinding to new highs but there’s an uneasy feeling we might get a year end shake out. On the macro front, trade talks with China still appear to be unresolved. In addition, Home Depot (HD) and Kohl’s (KSS) reported disappointing earnings, sending their shares down 7% and 15% respectively. Of more concern is whether these reports represent […]

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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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Understanding A Covered Call Strategy

| October 25, 2019 | 0 Comments
Understanding A Covered Call Strategy

The other day, I wrote about how people are piling into funds, then employ option premium-selling strategies, particularly covered calls or buy-writes. I figure it’s a good time to drill down into exactly what these strategies entail and highlight both the pros and cons. The covered call strategy is one of the most popular options strategies especially among investors that […]

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3 Bank Stocks To Buy After Earnings

| October 21, 2019 | 0 Comments
3 Bank Stocks To Buy After Earnings

Consider these options cash flow strategies in JPM, BAC and C stock Earnings season is upon us, and as usual, bank stocks led the way. If you couldn’t tell by this week’s rally in the S&P 500, the market cheered the results. With the recent gains, more upside could be on the way.  Today, we’ll look […]

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Earnings Season: What To Know Right Now Before Making A Trade

| October 14, 2019 | 0 Comments
Earnings Season: What To Know Right Now Before Making A Trade

It’s that time of year again: earnings season.  Things will officially kick off next week when big banks such as Bank America (BAC) and JP Morgan (JPM) report Monday and Tuesday, and then move into some big tech such as Netflix (NFLX) and IBM (IBM) on Wednesday afternoon. After a few months of being waffled and swayed by political trade […]

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The Relationship Between Volatility & Vega

| October 7, 2019 | 0 Comments
The Relationship Between Volatility & Vega

Market volatility is starting to tick back up as macro headlines ranging from inverted yield curve to drones striking Saudi oil complexes to impeachment to failed IPOs have ratcheted up uncertainty and nervousness. And now we are about to enter earnings season which not only will cause big moves in the individual names but could […]

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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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CME Looks To Launch Options Trading On Bitcoin Futures In 2020

| September 27, 2019 | 0 Comments
CME Looks To Launch Options Trading On Bitcoin Futures In 2020

It was in November 2017 when the CME Group Inc. (CME) launched futures contracts on Bitcoin for trading. Now, two years later, the exchange announced list options on Bitcoin to begin trading in January 2020. For some, this was a long time coming, for others, it’s a sign that Bitcoin’s still a bubble waiting to burst. At the time the futures launched, […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The One Rule You Must Follow When Trading Options

| July 22, 2019 | 0 Comments
The One Rule You Must Follow When Trading Options

When people talk about options trading, the conversation often turns to ultra-risky strategies like buying a call or put options — ahead of an earnings number in the hope of being on the right side. The upside in getting lucky on such an unpredictable event is a big, fat profit. The downside when you’re wrong? […]

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Have Option Gamma Trades Taken Control Of The Market?

| July 15, 2019 | 0 Comments
Have Option Gamma Trades Taken Control Of The Market?

Back in my day as a market maker on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE), the third Friday of the month was known as ‘gamma day.’ That was prior to 2005 when weekly options were introduced—to show my age, I was on the CBOE from 1991-2002—and ever since ‘gamma day, it has been a weekly occurrence. Actually, […]

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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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3 Smart Trades For A Troubled Market

3 Smart Trades For A Troubled Market

Try these options trades for high-odds profits in DIS, AMD and RUT Another trade war headline delivered another nasty market open. With volatility on the rise and overnight swoons in stock futures now the norm, the environment has turned treacherous for directional traders. If you’re seeking the best trades to weather the turmoil, I suggest […]

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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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3 Stocks to Trade After Earnings

3 Stocks to Trade After Earnings

Earnings momentum is driving today’s trio higher The earnings wave rolled on this week. Some stocks were left battered in its wake while others were lifted to lofty heights. I’ve sifted through the winners and losers to discover the best stocks to buy. Today I’ll share my findings. When a company scores an outsized earnings […]

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2 Essential Options Trading Concepts That You Need To Know

| April 15, 2019 | 0 Comments
2 Essential Options Trading Concepts That You Need To Know

Market volatility has contracted back down to historically low levels with the VIX, which acts as the benchmark measure, sitting just above 52-week low at the pre-teen level of 12. But, with earnings season upon us, tons of IPOs such as Uber hitting market, and pickup in mergers and acquisition activity such as Chevron’s (CVX) $33 billion […]

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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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3 Top Tech Stocks To Trade Right Now

3 Top Tech Stocks To Trade Right Now

The dip in tech is a buy — here’s why Large-cap tech stocks have led the great market rebound of 2019. Today we’ll look at three of the top stocks to trade in the sector. Chart watchers are detectives seeking clues. These signals reveal the path of least resistance for prices and enable traders to […]

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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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The Inner Workings Of Time Decay In Options Trading

| March 8, 2019 | 0 Comments
The Inner Workings Of Time Decay In Options Trading

After a steep decline and rapid rebound, the stock market seems to be settling in.  Following such a period of big moves and high volatility, I wouldn’t be surprised if it went nowhere for the next couple weeks, or until the next earnings period. But, as an options trader, one thing’s for certain: Time never stands […]

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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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3 Ways To Trade The Bull Market For Gold Stocks

3 Ways To Trade The Bull Market For Gold Stocks

Here’s one directional bet and two cash flow plays to take to the bank A new bull was born in gold prices late last year. And since then fundamental and technical forces have combined to drive the yellow metal higher. Spectators looking to get in on the action in gold stocks will be happy to […]

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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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The Options Strategy That You Need To Know

| February 22, 2019 | 0 Comments
The Options Strategy That You Need To Know

One of the most popular options strategies is the covered call, or buy-write, in which one owns underlying stock and sells a call.  It’s a bullish position which generates income through a premium collection. Many investors and money managers consider it a very conservative approach and employ it in their retirement accounts. But suggest selling a put, and […]

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5 Tips To Become A Better Stock Trader

| February 15, 2019 | 0 Comments
5 Tips To Become A Better Stock Trader

Trading is hard, but these 5 tips should help make it easier Are you looking to become a better stock trader? Whether you’re swing trading or day trading, learning how to trade stocks isn’t really that difficult on the surface. Develop a system, follow your rules and makes tweaks to improve it along the way. […]

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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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3 Leading Stocks To Buy On The Dip

| February 8, 2019 | 0 Comments
3 Leading Stocks To Buy On The Dip

High probability buy setups are forming in today’s trio. A rare down day is forming on the Street today amid widespread profit-taking. With equities experiencing their most significant drop in weeks, it’s worth surveying the landscape to spot the most attractive stocks to buy. Selloffs sport many silver linings, like the revelation of relative strength […]

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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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What Happens Next After VXX Expiration?

| January 4, 2019 | 0 Comments
What Happens Next After VXX Expiration?

A year ago, several VIX or volatility related products imploded, and were forced to shut down.  It now appears the popular Barclay’s iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term (VXX) exchange-traded note will cease to trade at the end of the month. But unlike the VIX, ETN’s, mostly inverse and leveraged — which went poof last February as a spike in volatility […]

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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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Your Questions, My Answers For $7,050 In “Bonus” Monthly Payouts

| November 26, 2018 | 0 Comments
Your Questions, My Answers For $7,050 In “Bonus” Monthly Payouts

We received many thoughtful questions after last Wednesday’s “options for income” editorial. (If you missed the original piece, you can read it in its entirety here.) Many of you are understandably interested in my favorite strategy for generating thousands of dollars in extra income each month regardless of what happens with the S&P 500. After all, it’s […]

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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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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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Options: Short-Term Money-Making Opportunities

| October 17, 2018 | 0 Comments
Options: Short-Term Money-Making Opportunities

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

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Options 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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Under Armour Stock Is Sprinting Higher — Trade The Breakout

| September 28, 2018 | 0 Comments
Under Armour Stock Is Sprinting Higher — Trade The Breakout

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

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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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Kroger Stock: The Panic Selloff Is An Opportunity

| September 14, 2018 | 0 Comments
Kroger Stock: The Panic Selloff Is An Opportunity

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

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Don’t Be Scared Out Of Netflix — It Will Steal The Show Again

| September 7, 2018 | 0 Comments
Don’t Be Scared Out Of Netflix — It Will Steal The Show Again

The NFLX naysayers are wrong — this stock is still healthy and has better days ahead In spite of all the headline risks that looms over the stock market this year, the indices made new highs … but there have been a few exceptions, and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) is one of them. This is a momentum stock, which […]

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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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The Market Is Wrong — Salesforce Stock Is Headed Higher

The Market Is Wrong — Salesforce Stock Is Headed Higher

Soft guidance on profitability is not a worry for the hyper-growth Salesforce In spite of worries over global tariff wars, the stock market made new highs this week. Momentum stocks are soaring and, most notably, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) recently crossed $2000 per share. This morning, Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) is going the wrong way — down 3%  — as knee-jerk […]

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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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Alibaba Stock Is A Steal Before Earnings

| August 17, 2018 | 1 Comment
Alibaba Stock Is A Steal Before Earnings

Beaten down by U.S.-China trade war rhetoric, buy BABA stock before it soars on earnings It’s time for another earnings report from Chinese ecommerce behemoth Alibaba (NYSE:BABA). The company steps into the earnings fray next week, and BABA stock finds itself once again trading at multi-month lows. And, once again, this is a bullish opportunity […]

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Investing Advice: How To Safely Short A Stock

| August 10, 2018 | 0 Comments
Investing Advice: How To Safely Short A Stock

Over the years, Tesla (TSLA) has been a bit of a widow maker to short sellers.  The stock has gained over 300 percent since 2013.  But even as the price rose, or probably because it rose, the short position continued to increase.  It is now one of most heavily shorted stocks out there, with over 25% of the float […]

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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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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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Go Long American Express Company On This Earnings Dip

Go Long American Express Company On This Earnings Dip

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

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

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

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

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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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Recession Prediction: Is Call Buying A Warning?

| June 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
Recession Prediction: Is Call Buying A Warning?

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

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Confidently Rush Into Comcast Corporation — Fears Are Overblown

Confidently Rush Into Comcast Corporation — Fears Are Overblown

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

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