Tag: trading

How Are 2019’s IPO Unicorns Performing?

| November 8, 2019 | 0 Comments
How Are 2019’s IPO Unicorns Performing?

2019 was expected to be a stellar year for Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) as a stable full of private companies, including many well-known ‘unicorns,’ came to the public market. But instead of being welcomed with buying that would catapult valuations into the stratosphere, investors took a hard pass sinking shares into the abyss. Some companies, […]

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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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3 Stocks Roaring Higher After Earnings

| November 1, 2019 | 0 Comments
3 Stocks Roaring Higher After Earnings

Earnings is fueling these stocks higher. Buy them. Traders love earnings season because it reignites flagging trends or sparks new ones. And that can create some compelling and actionable trade ideas. Today we’ll look at three stocks to buy that are pushing higher on better-than-expected earnings. They all hail from the technology sector, which has […]

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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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How To Get Paid An Income By Avid Coffee Drinkers

| September 16, 2019 | 0 Comments
How To Get Paid An Income By Avid Coffee Drinkers

Coffee is one of those consumable goods that you simply don’t want to mess with. The country may fall into a deep recession. The ocean may rise to levels that engulf the coastlines. A meteor at this moment may be hurtling towards Earth. And yet, it won’t stop coffee drinkers from going to buy their […]

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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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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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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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Do You Want To Become A Better Options Trader?

| June 7, 2019 | 0 Comments
Do You Want To Become A Better Options Trader?

The passing of Memorial Day, with its historical weight, is also a time to look forward — to the light and carefree days of summer. While some have used this turning of the season to clear “sell in May and go away,” I think it’s a good time to brush up on your options knowledge. […]

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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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Day Trading For Beginners: Strategies For Starting Out

| April 22, 2019 | 0 Comments
Day Trading For Beginners: Strategies For Starting Out

Day trading is defined as the act of buying the same security multiple times over the course of a single day. Taking advantage of these small price moves can be very lucrative, provided you know what you are doing, otherwise you could be in for a quick demise. Newbies who are unfamiliar with day trading are 90% […]

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Critical Levels To Watch In 3 Marijuana Stocks

Critical Levels To Watch In 3 Marijuana Stocks

Focus on these price thresholds in CGC, CRON, and ACB Marijuana stocks have captured the imagination of speculators. As with any industry in its infancy, the potential rewards are massive but so, too, is the risk. Today we’ll look at three of the biggest players that could prove the best marijuana stocks to play. Uncertainty […]

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3 Coiled Spring Stocks Ready To Break Out

3 Coiled Spring Stocks Ready To Break Out

The kinetic energy is building in AMZN, NFLX and GS — but should you buy them? Directional trading almost always steals the show, but it’s volatility trading that captures the imagination. Viewing markets from a volatility perspective fosters new levels of understanding and, potentially, new opportunities. In today’s message, we’ll do just that, and we […]

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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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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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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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Earn Income While Hedging Against Market Uncertainty

| December 10, 2018 | 0 Comments
Earn Income While Hedging Against Market Uncertainty

Covered calls are quite possibly the best investment strategy on the planet. How many other strategies lower risk, provide income, and potentially allow for capital growth? There’s reason why so many fund manager employ covered calls as a cornerstone of their trading plans. What can be surprising to many covered call traders (new and experienced […]

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A 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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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Major VIX Action Suggests Volatility Is Going To Decline

| September 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
Major VIX Action Suggests Volatility Is Going To Decline

Major VIX Action Suggests Volatility Is Going To Decline The VIX has been front and center in the financial news lately with all the volatility that’s hit the market the past couple weeks.  The collapse of the Chinese economy is spooking investors and adding a sizeable level of uncertainty to US financial markets. As a […]

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