Tag: volatility

The Relationship Between Volatility & Vega

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

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

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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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A Big Bet That Gold Prices Are On The Move This Summer

| July 12, 2019 | 0 Comments
A Big Bet That Gold Prices Are On The Move This Summer

With all the talk of interest rates, inflation, and recessions, it’s no surprise that gold has become a popular topic in the financial media. Gold tends to gain popularity among investors when there is uncertainty regarding the economy. More specifically, when there is concern the US dollar is going to become less valuable, gold starts […]

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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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3 Stocks To Buy As Fear Runs Amok

3 Stocks To Buy As Fear Runs Amok

Support is holding so far in DIS, FB and AMZN stock Fear has officially returned. So says the CBOE S&P 500 Volatility Index or VIX, which is spiking to its highest level since Jan. 4. Today we’ll provide context to the panic and identify three stocks to buy. At this morning’s peak of 23.38, the […]

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2 Essential Options Trading Concepts That You Need To Know

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

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

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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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Earn 272% If Volatility Spikes By The End Of March

| March 11, 2019 | 0 Comments
Earn 272% If Volatility Spikes By The End Of March

As volatile as 2018 was in stocks, 2019 so far has been anything but. After the first two months of the year, market volatility has been nearly non-existent. It’s much closer to the ultra-low volatility environment of 2017, where the VIX barely cracked 15 the entire year. Of course, we’re starting off from a higher […]

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An Easy Way To Go Long Volatility Using The New SPIKES Index

| March 4, 2019 | 0 Comments
An Easy Way To Go Long Volatility Using The New SPIKES Index

It’s always fascinating to watch how the market reacts to changes in volatility. It seems like the crowd is always waiting for the other shoe to drop. It’s as if market volatility can’t ever trade at an equilibrium – it’s either too high or too low. When volatility is high, you get a fair amount […]

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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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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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A Cheap Options Trade To Protect Your Portfolio Through August

| June 20, 2018 | 0 Comments
A Cheap Options Trade To Protect Your Portfolio Through August

Usually this is the time of year when I have to come up with creative market-related topics to write about.  Normally, when the kids get out of school and the weather turns hot, many investors take a break from the market.  Summer months can be slow and boring if you’re typically an active trader. Often […]

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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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Is This Trade Really Going To Earn 24,900% Returns?

| May 16, 2018 | 0 Comments
Is This Trade Really Going To Earn 24,900% Returns?

After over a year of basically no volatility in the stock market, we had something of a volatility revelation which began on February 5th. The selloff that day and the subsequent implosion of certain volatility products (like XIV) created a major jump in market volatility. As you can see from the chart, iPath S&P 500 VIX […]

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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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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 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 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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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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VIX Options And Taxes

VIX Options And Taxes

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

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The Market “Insurance” Trade That Profits From A Crash

| May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Market “Insurance” Trade That Profits From A Crash

Worrying about what will happen if the market crashes will never accomplish anything, but most investors never plan to profit if the market takes a dive. Place the trade shared in this article that acts as “insurance” against a market sell-off.  From a volatility standpoint, the stock market has been incredibly boring lately.  It’s almost […]

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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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Don’t Fall Prey To Overpriced Options

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

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

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Market Impact Of A Trump Presidency

| November 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
Market Impact Of A Trump Presidency

Donald Trump emerged as the winner last night of a hotly contested presidential campaign and will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, January 20, 2017. The transition to a Republican presidency and Trump’s rejection of politics as usual, which drew so many voters, naturally lead to questions about his […]

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Option Greeks

| April 9, 2012 | 0 Comments
Option Greeks

Option Greeks are metrics used to more precisely understand the behavior of an option’s price.  In a nutshell, they measure the sensitivity of an option’s price in relation to several different factors.  Those factors include underlying stock price, interest rate, volatility, and time decay. Traders use Option Greeks to analyze changes in the price of […]

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Implied Volatility

| March 29, 2012 | 0 Comments
Implied Volatility

Implied volatility is an option-specific term.  Implied volatility is the market’s measure of the future volatility of an underlying asset.  If that sounds complicated, let me break it down for you… There are four major factors affecting an options price.  These factors are volatility, time decay, probability, and interest.  Dividends can also come into play, […]

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