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OptionsANIMAL Raises Target Price for Apple (AAPL) to $190.75 and Expects Implied Volatility to Rise – Pleasant Grove, UT

By Eric Hale / December 8, 2017

OptionsANIMAL Raises Target Price for Apple (AAPL) to $190.75 and Expects Implied Volatility to Rise – Pleasant Grove, UT Despite technical warning signals, Apple Inc. (AAPL) shares still have some room for growth.  Volatility behavior indicates there may be opportunities for options traders. OptionsANIMAL’s proprietary approach to trading begins by […]

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Covered Calls versus Short Puts: Which is better?

By Charan Singh / December 4, 2017

Covered calls and short put have the same risk and reward at the onset. However, when the underlying stock price declines and these strategies start losing money, essential differences begin to emerge in the ability of the investor to manage the risk. Even though the risk is the same in […]

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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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How NOT To Get Hurt With Options

By Jodie Lane / February 3, 2017

Options can be used to provide extra income, allow you to profit in every different market trend, and protect the money you already have. Options can be used to smooth out your returns, protect you in a down market and insure against the risk of catastrophic loss in your portfolio. […]

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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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How To Not Miss Out On Market Gains

By Jodie Lane / August 20, 2016

Sometimes the market seems to have a will of its own, acting deliberately to confound the largest number of people possible. Just when everyone expects the market to plummet, for example, after a monumental event like the Brexit, it stages a rally and breaks out to new all-time highs. As […]

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Trading In A Sideways Market

By Jeff McAllister / June 25, 2016

For the past three months, the major market indices have tended to trade within a relatively tight range. This has made it difficult for traders to find stocks that are presenting any significant directionality. Take a look at the chart of the S&P 500 below: Notice that a significant level […]

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Not Including Possible Dividend Risk

By Charan Singh / June 14, 2016

My last post on the topic of dividends and options explored the terminology of dividends and common questions relating to options trading. In this post, we will understand step-by-step what exactly is meant by ‘possible dividend risk’ when trading options. To illustrate the process, we will use a recent SPY […]

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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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Buckle-Up! Why Your Stocks Need The Safety of Options

By Eric Hale / April 15, 2016

When I tell people that I trade options, I often get the same response: options are risky. Frankly, options are the opposite of risky – when they are used properly – they give traders the ability to limit risk and also increase their odds of winning. You wouldn’t drive your […]

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