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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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This Yelp Inc Stock Trade Will Fetch Positive Reviews

This Yelp Inc Stock Trade Will Fetch Positive Reviews

One downgrade does not mean game over for YELP. Profit from the dip. Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP) stock fell 5% yesterday at a time when the stock markets in general were making new all-time highs. We had high-flying companies breaking stock price records, so it’s disappointing when the one stock falls on such a bullish day. Nevertheless, […]

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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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Market Volatility: Traders Are Short VIX – Again

| May 30, 2018 | 0 Comments
Market Volatility: Traders Are Short VIX – Again

In the wake of February’s market volatility induced sell-off that resulted in the implosion of several volatility-based ETFs, I’ve written plenty on the topic. I’ve covered everything from what exactly happened, and the opportunities it presented to basic flaws in VIX related products, to the current SEC investigation as to whether there was market manipulation at work. In the course […]

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Fade The Lowe’s Companies, Inc. Rally

Fade The Lowe’s Companies, Inc. Rally

After a 10% Ackman-driven rally, Lowe’s Companies is due for a reversal I believe it’s time to go short on Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). This sentiment might surprise many readers. After all, LOW stock surged more than 10% following its first-quarter earnings report this week. But this rally won’t last. The reason lies in this week’s news. […]

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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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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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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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3 Blue-Chip Trades That You Win No Matter What

3 Blue-Chip Trades That You Win No Matter What

Learn how to generate extra income using covered calls Options are mistakenly considered exotic securities by the average investor. Like all investments, they can be very risky, but if used properly, they can provide a steady and reliable additional source of income. There is one basic strategy that may be of interest to the average […]

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Betting On The Market Not Moving?

| April 18, 2018 | 0 Comments
Betting On The Market Not Moving?

The last several weeks have been interesting for stocks to say the least. We simply are not used to the volatility – the daily swings – we’ve been getting nearly every trading day. It’s been years since we’ve had anything close to market conditions like this. Moreover, volatility indicators have remained high but stable throughout […]

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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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Make Money While Waiting For Volatility To Fall

| April 11, 2018 | 0 Comments
Make Money While Waiting For Volatility To Fall

For the last several weeks, every time it seemed the market was ready to rally, something happened to send it back down. The biggest concerns lately centered on the potential trade war brewing between China and the U.S. It appears that most companies have no desire to get involved with a battle of escalting tariffs. […]

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Alphabet Inc. Is An Easy Long From Here!

Alphabet Inc. Is An Easy Long From Here!

Going long big dips in quality stocks like GOOGL are great opportunities to generate income The stock market has had two 10% correction since the start of February. Investors were first spooked by the impression of runaway rates. The first bounce was sharp but it got thwarted when we got bombarded by a slew of […]

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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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Recession Prediction: Is Volatility A Problem?

| March 30, 2018 | 0 Comments
Recession Prediction: Is Volatility A Problem?

Stock market volatility has increased substantially over the past two months. While large declines during the first week of February and over the past few days have garnered most of the attention, it should be noted that the S&P 500 has spent over 30 of past 40 trading days within 3% of all time highs. […]

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

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

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

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How To Generate Explosive Returns In The Financial Sector

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

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

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

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

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

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How To Make 150% Returns Off Of Higher Interest Rates

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

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

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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: Playing The New Volatility Regime

| February 14, 2018 | 0 Comments
Options Trading: Playing The New Volatility Regime

Whether the stock market correction is over, or if the recent correction signaled the end of a bull market is debatable and will only be determined over time. For options trading, we’re going to have to hedge our bets a little. One thing that does seem to have come to end was the extended period […]

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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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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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Go Long Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. In A Red-Hot Sector

Go Long Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. In A Red-Hot Sector

You can go long AMD stock with confidence even now Experts see great things for the tech sector in 2018, and rightfully so. We live in a world that is becoming more dependent on technology at a fast pace and it will likely become exponential soon. So there is room for all suppliers to the […]

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One Way To Trade This Monster Tech Stock In January

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

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

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What To Expect From Gold In The New Year

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

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

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An Interesting Way To Hedge Portfolio Risk

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

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

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3 Energy Stocks That Are Blazing A Trail

| December 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
3 Energy Stocks That Are Blazing A Trail

Major breakouts await in today’s oil trio. Here’s how to play them. The recovery in oil prices is lengthening its stride. The same can be said about the nascent rebound in energy stocks. All told, crude light is up 37% since bottoming mid-year at $42.05. Its trend is now pointing higher across all time frames. […]

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Cashing In On High Volatility

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

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

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The Top Unexpected Tech Trade For 2018

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

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

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This Is The One Easy Trade To Make Before December

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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2 Option Investments For An Expensive Market

| October 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
2 Option Investments For An Expensive Market

U.S. market valuations have now reached what they were in 1929, and are therefore the second highest in the country’s history. Only the Dotcom Bubble was higher. Currently:  The cyclically-adjusted price-to-earnings (CAPE) ratio of the S&P 500 is over 31. The average S&P 500 price-to-book value is 3.25, compared to only 2.00 in 2012. The […]

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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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Is Binary Options Always A Scam?

| October 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
Is Binary Options Always A Scam?

Binary Options Industry From the outside, it seems as though the binary options industry is going through a torrid time; platforms closing, Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) warnings, publicly traded companies being forced to delist and a plethora of consumer complaints has caused havoc for the industry in recent months. Is binary options a legitimate industry being […]

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4 Options Trading Strategies For FANG Stocks

| September 29, 2017 | 0 Comments
4 Options Trading Strategies For FANG Stocks

After a period of relative weakness, the FANGs are showing their teeth again No doubt, investors are aware the FANG market barometer has been rather toothless of late. But based on our chart work and using options spreads to improve one’s chances of success, there’s reason to be bullish on Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Alphabet Inc(NASDAQ:GOOGL). […]

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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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Plan For Volatility The Rest Of The Year Using Options

| September 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
Plan For Volatility The Rest Of The Year Using Options

If you’ve been paying attention to the market lately, you will have definitely noticed an uptick in volatility. The VIX, the most popular measure of volatility, spiked on several occasions over the last two weeks. Plus, it remained elevated (relative to recent months) even on less volatile trading days. You can see from the chart, […]

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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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3 Covered Calls To Make $1,000 For September

| September 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
3 Covered Calls To Make $1,000 For September

Generate $1000 in additional income with this covered calls strategy We are about to flip over to a new month, so why not $1,000 in options premium income via covered calls? My stock advisory newsletter aims to generate $1,000 per month in options plays in order to generate income for investors interested in that extra […]

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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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4 Tech Stocks You Should “BITE” Into

4 Tech Stocks You Should “BITE” Into

Forget the FANGs, FAAMGs and other technology acronyms. If you want to profit from tech stocks, take a BITE. The technology world is filled with alphabet soup nowadays. Whether it’s FANG, FAANG, FAAMG or some other bowl, investors like clumping similar groups of tech stocks, typically for their hot performance. I’ve even got my own […]

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Trading Options With The Return Of Volatility

| August 16, 2017 | 0 Comments
Trading Options With The Return Of Volatility

Right now, thousands of short volatility traders are scrambling to cover their positions. Okay, that’s an exaggeration – they’re probably just rolling their positions higher. Joking aside, there’s nothing like a nuclear threat to get some volatility back in the financial markets. Yet, two or three days of higher volatility probably isn’t going to change […]

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3 Covered Calls For Long-Term Buy-And-Hold Stocks

3 Covered Calls For Long-Term Buy-And-Hold Stocks

Use covered calls for these stocks that delivered earnings disappointments Covered calls are options trades that have a lot of utility. They can generate additional monthly income, which is how I utilize them in my stock advisory newsletter, The Liberty Portfolio. They can also be used to hedge long positions. However, in some cases, they can also […]

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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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3 Big-Money Option Trades

3 Big-Money Option Trades

These 3 options trades are risky, but can offer nice premiums and a hedge Covered calls and naked puts can be very effective tools to both generate income and hedge long positions in any kind of stock. For some expensive stocks, however, they can offer very high premiums if you are willing to take on […]

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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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3 Airline Stocks To Buy Before They Take Off

3 Airline Stocks To Buy Before They Take Off

Buy the dip in DAL, AAL and ALK for sky-high profits Last week’s mild bout of profit-taking was just what the doctor ordered for stocks in need of a breather. And, I might add, the list of overbought stocks needing a reprieve was quite large, what with so many big winners this year. Airline stocks […]

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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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The Right Options Trade To Place For Low Volatility

| June 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Right Options Trade To Place For Low Volatility

Looking through an options chain trying to find the right contract and the right date can be overwhelming. One bad decision and you could lose big money. Let us simplify that for you today by showing you set-by-step how to place the right trade for today’s market.  Finally, I have some exciting stock market news […]

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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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Go Long United States Steel Corporation (X) Stock And Buy American

Go Long United States Steel Corporation (X) Stock And Buy American

X stock is a Trump play if there ever was one. Go long infrastructure spending with U.S. Steel. United States Steel Corporation (NYSE:X) has had a rough 2017. While it was much-loved as a “Trump play,” X stock has fallen by more than 50% since February. But while I’m not one for catching falling knives, […]

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7 Dogs Of The Dow To Trade Now For Income

7 Dogs Of The Dow To Trade Now For Income

Think the ‘Dogs of the Dow’ strategy is only good once a year? Think again, and check out these seven income-generating trades. The “Dogs of the Dow” investment strategy is typically a year-end/year-beginning phenomenon, but today I want to show you how this income-centric tactic can do wonders for you as we near 2017’s midway […]

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The Cheap Way To Profit From Record Low Volatility

| May 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Cheap Way To Profit From Record Low Volatility

Conflict in Syria, worries about Russia and North Korea, and an unpredictable government at home could send the stock market tumbling at any moment. Here’s how to profit from a temporary market dip. Stock market volatility continues to confound traders and investors as the VIX and other major volatility trackers close in on all-time lows.  […]

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3 Bank Stocks That Can Bank You Free Profits

3 Bank Stocks That Can Bank You Free Profits

Go long with confidence in these three big-money financial plays Donald Trump winning the 2016 U.S. election lit a fire under bank stocks, the likes of which we have rarely seen. The thesis was doubly effective — half from the prospects of higher interest rates, and the other half from President Trump’s promise to greatly […]

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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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Go Long Apple Inc. (AAPL) Stock For Free Into Earnings

Go Long Apple Inc. (AAPL) Stock For Free Into Earnings

It’s hard to commit long AAPL stock near all-time highs, but we can do that with confidence, even into the uncertainty of earnings I bet that by reading today’s title, you have already pegged me as an Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) perma-bull. I can assure you I am not. Although I like the current money-making machine […]

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The Best Way To Trade Microsoft Earnings

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

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

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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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The Beginner Options Trade For Huge Upside

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

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

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3 Options Trades That Will Protect You From Harm

3 Options Trades That Will Protect You From Harm

Sell calls against a long position and use the money to buy puts I’m not trying to sound the alarm and get everyone rushing for the exits, but according to the Shiller price-to-earnings ratio, the stock market is now the third most expensive it has been in history, behind only the market of 1929 and […]

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Target Covered Calls? 3 Better Options For High Income

| March 31, 2017 | 0 Comments
Target Covered Calls? 3 Better Options For High Income

As income-focused contrarian investors, we like to buy high-yield stocks when they are out of favor. However, this is a guideline, not an absolute rule. Case in point, Target (TGT). Despite this company’s relatively high yield (4.5%) and significant underperformance (see chart below), we are not interested in owning shares, and that includes not owning […]

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Take A Position In Starbucks Stock Today: Here’s Why

| March 15, 2017 | 0 Comments
Take A Position In Starbucks Stock Today: Here’s Why

After having a not-so-great earnings season, the world’s largest coffee chain’s stock took a dive, but that shouldn’t scare you away from placing a trade on this winning stock. Check out how we would place a profitable trade using options.  Although we’ve just completed what has been a strong earnings season overall, one very popular […]

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Use This Options Trade To Profit From The Hot Snap IPO

| March 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
Use This Options Trade To Profit From The Hot Snap IPO

After rocketing up 44% on its first day of trading and another 10% on Friday, this hot social media app loved by Millenials is now worth over $30 billion. By every metric that’s stretched, so that’s why we’re recommending this options strategy to short this high-flying stock.  The first big IPO of 2017, and the […]

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Profit From The Thrashing In The Gold Stocks (GDXJ)

Profit From The Thrashing In The Gold Stocks (GDXJ)

Gold stocks were slammed on Monday — profit if GDX remains under pressure Tremors were felt in gold mining stocks Monday. What began as a run-of-the-mill bout of profit taking soon morphed into a torrential downpour of sell orders. By day’s end, the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSEARCA:GDX) had fallen 5.3%. And if you […]

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Follow The Smart Money Betting Big On This Scenario

| March 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Follow The Smart Money Betting Big On This Scenario

A $2.35 million dollar bet that this stock will move 5% higher in the next three months could only come from a big-money trader seeing something the rest of the market is not. See how to follow along on this trade that could end up paying off quite nicely.  Have you ever wondered why so […]

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3 Naked Puts That Let You Keep Your Shirt

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
3 Naked Puts That Let You Keep Your Shirt

Sell these naked puts and deposit $1,000-plus in your bank account With options expiration upon us — or at least the monthly version of it — it’s a good time to look at selling naked puts for March expiration. If possible, I like selling naked puts about a month out, because if I can get […]

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3 Covered Calls To Cash In On Blue-Chip Stocks

| February 15, 2017 | 0 Comments
3 Covered Calls To Cash In On Blue-Chip Stocks

Using covered calls to generate income can be a safe way to enhance fixed income Options are still considered rather exotic securities by the average investor, and in some ways, that’s a good thing. They can be exotic and there is a higher degree of risk associated with them, depending on what one’s investment goals […]

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Do Not Buy This Undervalued Retail Stock

| February 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
Do Not Buy This Undervalued Retail Stock

But, by using the simple options trade detailed here, you can earn an easy 7% return in just three weeks. That’s more than most dividend investors get paid in an entire year!  HIGH PROBABILITY 7% potential return in three weeks BUY American Icon single-digit SEARS another 19% lower or get paid not to… This option […]

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Commodities Rally Makes This Trade Great Again

| January 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
Commodities Rally Makes This Trade Great Again

Having already moved up quickly in 2017, commodities like copper and gold look like they will have a breakout year. Here’s the one stock you want to trade for unlimited upside by June. We’re barely two weeks into 2017, and it’s already clear that commodities could play a bigger role in the financial markets than […]

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