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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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3 Stocks To Buy In The Aftermath Of The Rate Cut

3 Stocks To Buy In The Aftermath Of The Rate Cut

Sell puts for cash flow in these three stocks The Federal Open Market Committee cut their target rate for the first time in a decade as expected. Market watchers have also been pricing in an additional one or two cuts by year-end. But comments by Fed Chair Jerome Powell during the news conference put into […]

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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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3 Stocks That Look Like Death

3 Stocks That Look Like Death

These stocks have been poison to portfolios. Sell them The flurry of new highs notched by the S&P 500 is perhaps the clearest evidence of the decade-long golden age stocks we’ve been living in. Since the disastrous days of ’08 and bottom carved in the Spring of ’09, equities have grown 343%. But not all companies have […]

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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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3 Steps For Using Options To Protect Your Portfolio

| July 5, 2019 | 0 Comments
3 Steps For Using Options To Protect Your Portfolio

With the stock market having a sizzling run to new all-time highs, investors are rightfully asking how they can protect their gains while still retaining upside exposure. This is where options trading can be extremely helpful.  The most straight forward and simplest form of hedging or limiting downside risk is buying put options. While it is essentially true […]

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Options Trading: Profit And Probability Discussion [Part 3]

| June 28, 2019 | 0 Comments
Options Trading: Profit And Probability Discussion [Part 3]

If the 2016 election results and market response taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected and make sure your positions and portfolio can withstand even the most outlier of events. In [the first part] of this series, we looked at how to properly measure risk and return, before even stepping in the batter’s box. […]

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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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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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3 Stocks On Shaky Ground

3 Stocks On Shaky Ground

These stocks are one well-placed banana peel away from breakdowns With equities flirting with all-time highs you might be wondering why today’s gallery is focusing on stocks to sell. The reason is that it’s not just a stock market, but a market of stocks. And there are both winners and losers in every environment — […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Does Texas Instruments Represent A Selling Opportunity?

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

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

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A Stock Replacement Strategy For Emerging Markets

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

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

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Protect Against A Market Selloff Without Breaking The Bank

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

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

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Useful Guidelines For Credit Spread & Iron Condor Trading

| December 14, 2018 | 0 Comments
Useful Guidelines For Credit Spread & Iron Condor Trading

The stock market continues to fluctuate wildly, on Monday the Dow Jones went from being down 500 points to close positive. Today, it quickly erased a 350-point gain. But within these huge intraday swings, the market seems to be carving out a defined range. This creates a good opportunity for selling credit spreads in general and iron condors […]

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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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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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3 Relative Strength Stocks To Buy Now

| November 9, 2018 | 0 Comments
3 Relative Strength Stocks To Buy Now

These three stocks to buy stand out from the pack as bullish sentiment returns Wednesday’s market moonshot was a bear killer and that gives us a good reason to seek stocks to buy. We finally saw strength return to growth stocks as the Nasdaq Composite led the charge with a 3% gain that pulled the Index back […]

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Make This Easy Trade To Profit From Stalled Real Estate Prices

| October 26, 2018 | 0 Comments
Make This Easy Trade To Profit From Stalled Real Estate Prices

Investing has come a long way from the days when it was just a simple choice between stocks and bonds. Typically your portfolio consisted of some mix of stocks and bonds (60%/40% stock/bonds was a pretty standard mix – and still is in some cases) with the only decision being how much to change the […]

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An Easy Trade To Make Money From Recent Market Turmoil

| October 19, 2018 | 0 Comments
An Easy Trade To Make Money From Recent Market Turmoil

Trading market volatility can be very profitable because it tends to be more predictable than picking market direction. Yet, volatility trading can also be risky because of its tendency to make big moves on very short notice. Both February and October of 2018 are good examples of this scenario playing out. Still, one volatility behavior […]

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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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Using Cash-Secured Puts: The AT&T Example

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

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

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Constellation Brands Stock Is Rallying … More Gains Ahead

Constellation Brands Stock Is Rallying … More Gains Ahead

STZ stock has even greener days ahead. It has some redemption levels to hit from June. Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) reported earnings this morning and Wall Street liked what it’s saw. The company beat on the top and bottom lines and raised guidance. The stock is rallying 4% on the headline. The stock market in general is […]

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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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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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Futures Trading: Will VIX Term Structure Remain Calm?

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

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

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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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Options Trading: 5 Basic Rules Of Thumb

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

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

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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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The Devastation In Facebook Stock Is The Perfect Long-Term Opportunity

The Devastation In Facebook Stock Is The Perfect Long-Term Opportunity

Regardless of management’s warnings, FB stock will shrug off these fears soon enough Last night Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) created its own dramatic headlines after management reported earnings. The message caused FB stock to fall 25%. Facebook lightly missed on Wall Street expectations, but the cautionary note on guidance from management was very bearish. So the selling is justified […]

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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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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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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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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 150% When The Markets Calm Down

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

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

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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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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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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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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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3 Of This Week’s Best Trades On The Street

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

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

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How To Trade Facebook Earnings

| October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
How To Trade Facebook Earnings

Earnings season is upon us again, seemingly out of nowhere. Has it already been three months since last quarter’s results were released? Well, many of the most widely followed companies don’t report until November, so I guess we have some time to come up with earnings-related trading ideas. Most of the time, traders think of […]

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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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The Right Options Trade To Place For Low Volatility

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

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

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An Easy Trade On Tech’s Biggest Stocks Using Options

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

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

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3 Naked Puts On Blue-Chip Stocks For $1,000 In Income

3 Naked Puts On Blue-Chip Stocks For $1,000 In Income

Just make sure to use ‘safer’ stocks for this cash-generating strategy One of the best strategies to use in a bull market — in terms of generating additional monthly income — is selling naked puts. This means you sell the right for someone else to “put,” or force you to buy, a stock at a […]

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3 Value Stock Naked Puts To Make A Quick $1,000

3 Value Stock Naked Puts To Make A Quick $1,000

These naked puts offer a risk-averse way to profit from value stocks I’m mostly a value stock investor. Value stocks offer greater returns over the long haul than growth stocks, and there is a greater margin of error should you choose poorly. One of the great things about value stocks and naked puts is that […]

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3 Naked Puts On High-ROI Stocks

| February 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
3 Naked Puts On High-ROI Stocks

Here’s a different way to calculate returns on these generous naked puts This week I’m going to do something a little different as I discuss naked puts. First, let’s remind ourselves what we’re up to with naked puts, which will be an important piece of my forthcoming stock advisory newsletter, The Liberty Portfolio. With naked […]

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Do You Repair Or Do You Hedge Your Stock Position?

| June 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Do You Repair Or Do You Hedge Your Stock Position?

I’ve recently mentioned 1,310 on the S&P 500 as a level to watch. Now my focus is simply on 1,300 and if it can hold that level. Again today is another gap up day with immediate weakness. Yesterday, the S&P 500 stabilized for a bit in early trading with 1,317 as the trading area.   But […]

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How To Interpret Put-Call Ratios

| April 24, 2012 | 0 Comments
How To Interpret Put-Call Ratios

If you’re a new option trader, knowing the basic idea of how to read put-to-call ratios can be a valuable piece of information. The ratio acts as an indicator by simply looking at the day’s put volume divided by call volume.  Since the ratio is calculated by dividing the number of puts by calls, the […]

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