Collar Trade

Collar Trade

The collar trade is the foundation of many sophisticated investors portfolios and is well worth understanding, particularly in these volatile times. The collar trade can be thought of as simply a combination of the Covered Call and Married Put strategies.  Now why is this useful to know?  Because the married put component of the collar → Read More

Implied Volatility

Implied Volatility

Implied volatility is one of the least understood and most powerful parts of any option trader’s toolkit.  In fact, implied volatility is very simple to understand but you wouldn’t necessarily think that when you first read the definition, which states: implied volatility of an option contract is the volatility of the price of the underlying → Read More

What Is A Married Put?

So, you are wondering what a married put is and whether it is something you should use in your trading?  You are considering one of the smartest strategies in the markets and a pivotal tool in your trading toolkit.  Here’s why: You know the way you purchase car insurance in case something happens to your → Read More

What Is A Covered Call?

First off, if you are not trading the Covered Call strategy then it’s time to find out why it is such a valuable component of any investor’s toolkit. To get right to the bottom of line of why a Covered Call is so powerful, think about the analogy of purchasing an investment property.  As an → Read More

Trading High Price Stocks And New Highs

A lot of traders and investors are hesitant to trade higher priced stocks. Many are also hesitant about jumping on a stock that just broke out – they convince themselves  to wait for a pullback to get in at a better price. The trouble with this is an especially strong stock may not even pause, → Read More

New Era of 401k Transparency

This past week marked the official beginning of a new era of transparency for 401(k) plans – mandated by new U.S. Labor Department requirements. Thursday (August 30) was the deadline for plan sponsors to get a notice to every plan participant regarding all costs of the plan, performance data on each investment option available through → Read More

Role Reversal: Banks Are Getting Conned

I’m sure that, like me, you’ve received countless messages from someone offering an intriguing (often bizarre) story. Each story is slightly different – ranging from some acquaintance travelling overseas who just had their wallet stolen… to a just-deposed African official who has tens of thousands of dollars they need help squirrelling out of the country; → Read More

Manchester United Trounces Facebook On Wall Street

Consider this imaginary setting:  It is the first week of January, 2012, and you are sitting at a meeting of investors and Wall Street fund managers listening to me offer my preview of key investment “ideas” for 2012. One of my most controversial talking points is that the May 18Facebook (FB) initial public offering (IPO) → Read More

Union Pacific (UNP) Is No Train Wreck

  Train travel in the first half of the 1800’s was relatively safe. There weren’t that many miles of track laid yet, the trains didn’t go very fast, and often a pilot engine would precede the train itself – the pilot engine would fall through the weak bridge or be the one to derail*. But → Read More

Is A Big Move In Silver Stocks Starting?

Gold and Silver prices are moving up strongly. Silver, as evidenced by the SLV ETF, is showing a lot of strength: Silver stocks are following closely. Silver Wheaton, SLW, is very strong right now, showing healthy volume on up-close days: Besides individual silver stocks and the silver ETF itself, there is another way to participate → Read More

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