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Trading the VIX – CBOE Volatility Index and XIV ETF

By Eric Hale / February 8, 2018

If you really understood the VIX you would not trade it. On top of all the risks, which are frightening, it can be easily manipulated. You – and I mean YOU – can move the VIX with as little as $50. Only two kinds of people make money on the […]

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Weekly Market Report 1-26-2018

By OptionsANIMAL / January 26, 2018

Presented by Greg Jensen, Karen Smith, and Eric Hale.   Video Transcription Greg Jensen:                Good afternoon, good evening everyone. Welcome to the Options Animal Weekly. This is Greg, glad to be here today. I’m joined by two of my favorite people on the planet. Karen Smith:                Aww. Greg Jensen:                Eric Hale, […]

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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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How to incorporate investing into your New Year’s resolutions

By Jeff McAllister / January 3, 2018

It’s that time of year again where we reflect on our successes as well as our not-so-successfuls… For many of us, this means that we review the areas of our activities that are the most important to us individually. To some, getting back in shape was their biggest resolution, or […]

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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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