Tag: VXX

Protection Against A December Volatility Spike

| November 18, 2019 | 0 Comments
Protection Against A December Volatility Spike

Stock market activity has essentially slowed to a crawl, and many traders are wondering if that’s it for volatility in 2019. Some traders are jokingly wondering if they should take the rest of the year off. It certainly seems like the market isn’t interested in action these days. There are certainly mechanical reasons for the […]

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Are We Headed Back To A Low Volatility Market?

| October 28, 2019 | 0 Comments
Are We Headed Back To A Low Volatility Market?

Both 2018 and 2019 have been characterized by periods of choppy markets and higher volatility. It’s been quite the change of pace from 2017, where it seemed like we would never experience market volatility ever again. Of course, nearly everything in the financial markets moves in cycles. Low periods of volatility will inevitably be followed […]

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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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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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Volatility Will Normalize And Here’s How To Profit When It Happens

| November 5, 2018 | 0 Comments
Volatility Will Normalize And Here’s How To Profit When It Happens

Market volatility has essentially become a mainstream metric in the investment realm – especially for anyone who does any short-term trading. Most traders are now aware of what the VIX is and how a higher level in the volatility index usually means more uncertainty in the market. While investors and traders may not be able […]

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An Easy Trade To Make Money From Recent Market Turmoil

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

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

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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 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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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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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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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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A Comprehensive Guide On Making Profitable Investments In Times Of Economic Uncertainty And Increased Volatility

| October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
A Comprehensive Guide On Making Profitable Investments In Times Of Economic Uncertainty And Increased Volatility

Introduction There are probably a thousand and one laws on investing (possibly more) with a view to guiding you on how to make profitable investments. Interestingly, the multiplicity of those investment laws could make them confusing. More so, following all of the laws doesn’t guarantee profitable investments. However, the summation of all the laws of […]

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Is This UVXY Trade As Important As It Seems?

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
Is This UVXY Trade As Important As It Seems?

Is This UVXY Trade As Important As It Seems? As regular readers know, volatility levels can give us an idea of overall investor concern.  Is there fear of a selloff or market instability?  Volatility is the best gauge we have of uneasiness. Of course, overall market volatility is most commonly followed by watching the VIX.  […]

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VXX Stock – Everything You Need To Know (Part 1)

| August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
VXX Stock – Everything You Need To Know (Part 1)

With the explosion in popularity of volatility products, both for options traders and investors in general, it’s a good idea to have a solid understanding of what’s out there. As you may realize, the single most important volatility benchmark is the VIX (CBOE’s S&P 500 volatility index). However, the VIX itself isn’t tradable. That’s where […]

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Stay Away From This Volatility Play

| June 26, 2012 | 0 Comments
Stay Away From This Volatility Play

With the S&P 500 whipsawing these days, you can’t turn on any TV business program without hearing about volatility.  Anchors are talking about how it’s on the rise and next, how it’s falling. They also relentlessly talk about how being long volatility is the ideal stock portfolio diversification and hedge.  Many investors have been looking […]

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