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Understanding Implied Volatility and How It Can Be Used As a Sentimental Indicator

By Eric Hale / August 2, 2019

Implied Volatility can be simply thought of as the “expensiveness” of options. There’s a bunch of math – but let’s keep this simple. I often use the analogy of insurance, which is actually more than an analogy; insurance is technically a put option. Let’s use homeowners insurance as an example. […]

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The Inverted Yield Curve – What you need to know.

By Eric Hale / April 3, 2019

In the last few weeks of March 2019, the headlines in financial media were consumed by the news of the inverted yield curve. What does an inverted yield curve mean? The U.S. Treasury issues bonds for different periods of time, e.g., 3 month, 6 month, 1 year, 10 year, etc.. […]

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Six Ways to Trade a $420 Buyout on Tesla (TSLA)

By Eric Hale / August 8, 2018

Let’s suppose for a moment that Elon Musk is serious about a Tesla buyout at $420, how could you trade it? 1) Long Stock The first and most obvious approach for most traders is to buy shares. As of this writing, the stock is trading at $373.70. That gives you […]

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What is a straddle options strategy?

By Horace Taft / June 22, 2018

As another earnings season begins, options traders are presented with an opportunity to structure trades that aim to take advantage of the potentially explosive moves in stock prices that can occur with the release of earnings information and forward guidance. While it is often difficult to predict the direction a […]

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The Anatomy of a Short Squeeze – Tesla (TSLA)

By Eric Hale / June 15, 2018

Last Christmas, my wife and I received a full case of fresh Florida oranges as a gift from my parents. You can only eat so many delicious orbs of citrus goodness. With a dozen or so fresh oranges left, we broke out the juicer and squeezed them into a sweet […]

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Implied Volatility – Important Component to Options Pricing and Tool for Sentimental Analysis  

By Eric Hale / April 29, 2018

Implied Volatility is metaphorically like an onion. There’s a lot of layers. Once you peel a layer, there’s another one. Let’s start with the basics. The rest of the details come with more experience and understanding. Simply stated, Implied Volatility is the risk component in option pricing. Let’s take an example […]

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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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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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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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