The “sell in May” phenomenon is in full effect.

In my webinar earlier this month, “How to Collect 15% from Stock Market Insurance” I presented the following slide and discussed the importance of protecting yourself against market declines. More importantly, I gave a few real-world examples of how we, as self-directed investors, can best implement such a strategy into our own portfolios.

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ETF Unusual Activity at Mid Session

Total option volume tops 5.7 million contracts as hedging subsides in the indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER’s data systems. The SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) has 958,000 options traded, with a put/call ratio of less than 2 to 1. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) options total 276,000 and have a…

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Why this Bird Beats Bulls and Bears

Stocks are going nowhere fast. I think the 12 year chart of the S&P 500 SPDRs (SPY) below says it all.

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Forget Facebook, Buy These Ag Stocks Instead

With the Facebook IPO launching next week, and a string of hot technology IPOs in the last year, all of the focus has been on Silicon Valley and social media wunderkinds. Yet there’s a sector that has been quietly wracking up record earnings in 2011 and which is poised to…

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Does The FTSE 100 Tumble Present A Buying Opportunity Or Is It A Falling Knife?

Given that the FTSE 100 is trading as weakly as we’ve seen it since last year’s trade off, it’s a pretty opportune moment to reflect on the first third of the year. I wrote an article early in January that laid out my own thinking on the state of the market…

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Microsoft: No Longer A ‘Boring’ Investment

Microsoft’s (MSFT) multi-market penetration business strategy has given it a place in my equity portfolio and the portfolios I manage. Microsoft has been a leading provider to the business markets, where it accumulated much of its vast wealth, but it has recently taken very strong and aggressive steps to penetrating…

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VIDEO: Today’s VIX Sonar Report

Option Monster shares this video on Today’s VIX Sonar Report

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What Does Long Term Actually Mean?

There was a post at Seeking Alpha about client holding Johnson & Johnson(JNJ) with the title JNJ Is Not A Good Long Term Investment For 2012. This was a pretty funny headline. The author made a bearish case mostly noting the lawsuits and image problem. The author went on to suggest a debit put…

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ETF Unusual Activity at Mid Session

The total option volume is 5.3 million contracts so far today as activity is mixed in the indexes and ETFs, according to optionMONSTER’s data systems. The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY) has 934,000 options traded, dominated by 691,000 puts. The S&P 500 Index (SPX) options are next up with 220,000 contracts, of…

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Mid-Session Unusual Activity Scan: CHK, AES, MGM

Nearing the halfway mark in today’s session, here are the individual equity names with the most call and put buying on optionMONSTER’s ActionTracker data system. MGM Resorts International (MGM): Some 13,000 May 13 calls were bought for $0.19 to $0.21 as investors look for upside in the share price. MGM fell 3.10 percent…

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Gold: The Bargain of a Lifetime

You knew this was coming. You knew it couldn’t last forever. That bull market in gold you’ve come to know and love? It’s over… Done. Kaput. At least, that’s what the fools in the mainstream press would have you believe: “Gold’s Decade-Long Bull Run Is Dead, Gartman Says” — Forbes “The Gold…

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Unusual ITT play exploits industry panic

Fear abounds in ITT Education Services, and one investor is using it to get long.

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