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Hedged Trading In Volatile Markets – The Covered Call

By Karen Smith / February 15, 2018

Volatility is back!  Perhaps that is the understatement of 2018 as we have watched global equity markets enter into- and rebound out of – correction territory in February.  Just two weeks ago the market theme was FOMO – fear of missing out – and traders/investors couldn’t snap up shares of […]

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The Collar Trade – A Strategy for Any Market

By Karen Smith / January 12, 2018

As the S&P 500 continues to defy gravity at the start of 2018, investors are facing a bit of a dilemma.  The “greed” monster on one shoulder wants to stay long the market and continue to benefit from potentially higher equity prices despite the fact that this index has not […]

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Shopping for Discounts in The Markets – Could Oil Be a Gift that Keeps Giving?

By Karen Smith / November 30, 2017

It’s hard not to recognize that the global equity markets have had a tremendously positive year in 2017.  All sectors tracked by Sector SPDR’s have a positive return this year.  There is one laggard for 2017 – the energy space.  Let’s take a look to see if this could present […]

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Beware The Corporate Buyback

By Karen Smith / October 2, 2016

As I pen this blog, the S&P 500 had broken out to all-time highs and sustained that important technical event for several weeks. When investors begin to “peek under the hood” as to the reasons why the markets are at all time highs, question arise. The prices paid for shares […]

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Is Index Investing As Diversified As You Think?

By Karen Smith / June 7, 2016

As an active trader/investor, I spend many hours each day conducting my due diligence on the markets. This involves reading many articles/opinion pieces about the factors influencing the direction of the broader markets as well as my individual equities. I love when I come across information that furthers my understanding […]

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The Quarter-Point Heard ‘Round the World

By Karen Smith / February 23, 2016

How many times have we heard the long-standing trading adage, “Don’t fight the Fed!” when discussing portfolio positioning in the stock market? When studying equity markets across time, one notices that the market heads to higher valuations when our Federal Reserve is in a process of reducing interest rates or […]

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Investing in Times of Turbulence : How Options Keep You In the Game

By Karen Smith / March 27, 2015

It should surprise no one when I confidently make the statement that someday the great bull market of the past six years will come to an end. The question we all want to know is – when? While I do not have a crystal ball providing that answer, I can […]

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How To Overcome Doubt That Paralyzes

By Karen Smith / January 8, 2015

Have you ever experienced sitting in front of your trading computer, ready to pull the trigger on a well-researched trade, only to find that you simply can’t push the button? Let’s face it, we are emotional beings – and there is definitely an emotional component to trading and investing that […]

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The Dreaded “D” Word – The Scare of Deflation

By Karen Smith / December 19, 2014

For several years now, we have heard pundits and prognosticators go on and on about the risks of strong – even perhaps runaway – inflation as a result of too much easy monetary policy for too long. Five years into the great experiment of zero interest rate policy, we still […]

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collar trade - a strategy for any market scenario

The Collar Trade – A Strategy For Any Market Scenario

By Karen Smith / October 29, 2014

As the S&P 500 continues to defy gravity and head to all-time highs, investors are facing a bit of a dilemma. The “greed” monster on one shoulder wants to stay long the market and continue to benefit from potentially higher equity prices despite the fact that this index has not […]

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