Still a Hated Bull Market?

The stock market recovery following the financial crisis has passed through various stages and descriptions, most of them negative in tone.

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Dalio: The Big Picture Looks Troubling

As the stock market suffers its largest sell-off of the year but still only 2% off all-time highs, it’s a good time to step back and take the 10,000 foot view so as to see the forest through trees.

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Seven Reasons to Avoid Gold

Over the past several years gold has lost much of its value not just in terms of price.

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Options Industry in Crisis

Back in March I wrote an article Option Trading is Collapsing in which I pointed out “some unnerving trends have been developing in the option trading industry”, including the lack of volume and liquidity in many of the individual listed equity options, the widening of bid/ask spreads and the decision by several…

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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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Three Ways to Play in Water

The Ancient Mariner’s lament of, “water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink”, has a corollary in the investment world that goes something like this, “water is the most vital element on the planet but it doesn’t seem to be worth anything”.

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Nasdaq’s Next Step?

Yesterday the Nasdaq Composite Index finally crossed a new milestone, closing above the 6,000 level.

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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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What’s the Story?

As a trader who focuses on the use of technical analysis and options, two of the concepts I’m always hammering on about: price foretells the story and it also tends to revert to the mean.

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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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