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Why Liquidity is Important

By Emilu Bailes / May 31, 2010

A student contacted me this past week with a problem. He had entered long calls on HELE on a purely directional play back in April. He bought HELE Aug 30 LC @ 1.60 that were worth only 0.40 when he contacted me. His big question to me was, “How do […]

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SPX 1040 – IRS 1040 I don’t like either of them…

By Jeff McAllister / May 30, 2010

It was an interesting week for the markets. Earnings, though light, continued to impress and the US economic numbers were still mostly reflective of a recovering economy. China scared the markets early in the week and then reassured the markets early Thursday morning which sparked a big rally. Europe was […]

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Market Corrections – Just Another Manic Monday…

By Jeff McAllister / May 24, 2010

In case you missed it, last week was a victory for the bears… A lopsided victory. However, on Friday, late in the afternoon, the bulls came out strong and mounted an impressive bit if buying pressure. So the question is, is this something that should be considered for the longer […]

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Economist Roubini says “Go to Cash..market will tumble 20%” Is that what you should do?

By Charan Singh / May 21, 2010

You may have seen this headline on CNBC yesterday… “Stock to tumble another 20%, Cash the safest place: Roubini” Is that what you should really do? I was disturbed to read this headline because if people do go to cash, the market will tumble a lot. If everyone goes to […]

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Flash Crash – Nobody told me there’d be days like these.

By Eric Hale / May 20, 2010

Strange days indeed due to flash crash. We are most definitely in a bearish trend. On May 6 we were all shocked by “Flash Crash.” In case you missed it (tongue in cheek) at about 2:30 pm ET the entire market began a precipitous drop. Over the next thirty minutes […]

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Where do we go from here? (or “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”…)

By Jeff McAllister / May 19, 2010

Wow. What a turbulent ride. With all three of the major US markets near their 200 day SMA, you’ve got to be a bit nervous. It seems that the majority of investors are remembering September of 2008 and the near financial melt down brought about by numerous factors. Trouble is, […]

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Red Box: One Dollar at a Time – Coinstar (ticker: CSTR) is Making it Happen

By Jeff McAllister / May 13, 2010

About 6 months ago, I started noticing these DVD dispensing machines at our local grocery store. I didn’t think much of it at the time. I asked my wife  (who does about 95% of our grocery shopping) what that was. She said, “Oh, that is so great! It’s a DVD […]

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Monsanto (MON) stock slide…thank you Collar trade!

By Charan Singh / May 11, 2010

I bought some stock of Monsanto (MON) not too long ago on the belief that the stock had dropped a lot and was near its support of around $65 per share. To my dismay the stock has continued to fall even below $60 per share, and today finished down 2.8% […]

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Tuesday May 11th Market – Day after the huge Run UP !!!

By OptionsANIMAL / May 11, 2010

When I think about why the market moves I remember a “catchy” little phrase. Fundamental’s trump Technical’s, BUT Sentiment trumps ALL !!! I would expect the market to give back some of yesterday’s gains. It probably should not slide down a couple hundred points because the fundamentals do not call […]

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Learn the tools to protect your portfolio, Part 2

By Jeff McAllister / May 5, 2010

Trading Options by using “The Covered Call” strategy In this post, I will discuss the second element of a collar trade – the covered call (often called the buy-write). Stock ownership can be a very profitable approach to long-term investing. All you have to do is pick a stock with […]

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