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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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Understanding Options: Exercise & Assignment

By Jeff McAllister / April 11, 2016

As an educator in the field of options trading, I’m often asked “what causes a short call or a short put to be assigned?” Before I can answer that question I need to briefly explain what an option is, some of the terminology used, and who the participants in the […]

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The Influence of Dividends on Call and Put Equity Options

By Charan Singh / February 29, 2016

Introduction Regular and special dividend payments influence the price and the possibility of assignment on options. Although the impact of an ex-dividend date on an option position is usually relatively small, it is important to understand the dynamics of this process for options traders. First, let’s clarify the language in […]

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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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An Option Strategy For All Seasons

By Jodie Lane / February 2, 2016

In the heart of the hot, lazy days of summer it’s easy to imagine that the warmth will last forever, and all you will ever need are t-shirts and shorts. Bull markets are like summer days. They lull you into believing that they will last forever; that all you will […]

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The End Of The Bull Market?

By Eric Hale / January 8, 2016

There has been no doubt that since March of 2009, the market has been in a consistent uptrend. This has been driven, in large part, by the Federal Open Market Committee’s quantitative easing (QE) through various mechanisms, including maintaining the Effective Federal Funds Rate at near zero – Zero Interest […]

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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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