Aristotle Did Not Anticipate Spinoffs

Aristotle Did Not Anticipate Spinoffs

During both my college and post-graduate education, the wisdom of Aristotle was impressed upon me by instructors in multiple and varied settings. “Venerated” would be an understatement of Aristotle’s status within the pantheon of great thinkers. One of Aristotle’s frequently quoted insights is: ““The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Aristotle’s premise → Read More

Weightlessness

Weightlessness

You know the feeling. You’re on a roller coaster, just coming over the top of the highest point. There’s that brief moment you experience weightlessness. Nearly every major index or sector ETF chart I look at looks the same. The one I’ll focus on is SMH, the ETF based on the semiconductor stocks. SMH is → Read More

Iron Condor – Trade the Channel

Iron Condor – Trade the Channel

When you learn how to successfully trade options, one benefit that you soon discover is the ability to generate reliable monthly income. You don’t have to be correct on the direction of a particular stock or the market, you can profit based on option decay. You essentially build a trade that throws off cash when → Read More

Iron Butterfly – Maximum Income

Iron Butterfly – Maximum Income

Many strategies exist in the world of stock option trading. There are the simple trades such as the long call or the long put that are common among beginners. And there are slightly more complicated trades that are still popular, such as the bull put and bear call spreads. And then there are the more → Read More

From Dogs to Swans

From Dogs to Swans

In Friday’s newsletter, I covered indications of possible weakness in the major indexes and ETFs. The chart I used as an example, IWM, showed three strong drops from a down-trending resistance line, all on well-above-average volume. This is usually a high probability bearish trade setup. However, I stated ” If IWM doesn’t go below mid-April’s → Read More

Yes, Fixed-Income Investors… There Are “Alternatives”

Yes, Fixed-Income Investors… There Are “Alternatives”

During the past several years, many widely publicized “what to invest in next year” stories have featured one or more investment gurus forecasting the imminent end of the long-running bull market in bonds – only to be proven wrong because they underestimated the weakness in the global economy and the persistent appeal of the U.S. → Read More

Transformative Innovation

Transformative Innovation

What transformative development that each of us takes very much for granted involved each of these seemingly non-correlated elements: 1)  Novel vision 2)  Determination to overcome these seemingly insurmountable obstacles: Bureaucracy Differences between New York and Chicago Railroad inertia (later in its history) 3)  A synergy of new technology 4)  Smoking Stumped? I imagine that → Read More

Is IWM Churning or Burning?

Is IWM Churning or Burning?

Let’s talk divergence. it isn’t quite visible yet in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. It isn’t quite visible yet in the S&P 500. The NASDAQ Composite is the strongest of the major indexes, but only by a hair. That leaves the Russell 2000, the index comprised of smaller cap stocks (actually, there are several other → Read More

“Bank Reform: A Steep Hill or a Massive Mountain”

“Bank Reform: A Steep Hill or a Massive Mountain”

We’ve already established that the U.S. carries a substantial financial and economic risk because so many of its banks are “too big to fail” (see “The Stock Market, SNL, and Washington D.C.”).  Since the repeal of Glass-Steagall in 1999, the rise of “one stop” financial providers[1], and the “mega bank” consolidation hastened by the financial → Read More

The Stock Market, SNL, and Washington D.C.

The Stock Market, SNL, and Washington D.C.

Trivia question: What current issue is able to link the current stock market (having finally broken through the old “nominal” high in both primary indices — the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrials), elementary economics, “Saturday Night Live”, and key liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans? I can hear you thinking – “Wait a minute, → Read More

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