It’s Make or Break Time for Banks

The financials sector, especially the large money center banks like JP Morgan (JPM) and Citigroup were among the strongest performers following the election with the SPDR Financial (XLE) rallying some 20% in the month after the election.

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Don’t Miss the Final Bull Rush

It can be a fun parlor game trying to guess when a bull market might end but it can be dangerous to your financial health.

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Autonomous Driving Revolution

The big news Monday was ride sharing firm Lyft teaming up with the self-driving driving technology firm Waymo in what was described as a “broad and fluid partnership.”

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Fool Me 4x

When word came down after the close yesterday the Securities Exchange Commission had approved the listing of two ETFs employing 4x leverage, the response ranged from applause, to concern, to ridicule, and of course the internet being what it is, ridicule.

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Options for Earnings Plays

The wave of quarterly earnings reports is hitting a peak with the busiest week of the season – no fewer than 990 companies, 97 of which are part of S&P 500, will be reporting over the next five days.

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Options for Earnings

The past few weeks has seen an increase in broad market volatility as missiles have flown and bombs have been dropped.

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Pairing AMD vs. NVDA

A paired position is typically constructed by going long a specific security and simultaneously shorting a related issue.

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Pinning the Market

Yesterday we looked into how the willingness of investors to sell option premium short VIX related products might lead to ‘People Set to get Burned by Volatility’, as those positions could act as dry kindling ready to burst into a flame of selling should the market start selling off.

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What’s Tesla Worth?

How can Tesla, which makes a fraction of the number of cars, losing money on each one, be worth more than than Ford and nearly equal to General Motors?

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Volatility: Implied, Applied & Otherwise

We just came through one the quietest, least volatile period in stock in history in which the S&P 500 Index went 109 days without a 1% or more decline. This caused the VIX to sink down to the 11 level and the 30-day historical volatility to a minuscule 5.2% last week.

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Aphorisms for Trading (a Bull)

We’re in a big bull market, one in which many expect to power even higher. So now is good time to review some of the basic tenets, rules, aphorisms and yes, clichés that help guide us not just through turbulent times but, more importantly can keep us humble through the bull.

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Dollar Ready to Rally

The market theme during the past few weeks has been the fade of the Trump trade.

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