Posted by on August 24, 2015

Today’s volatility highlights the problem with stop orders!

SPDR-aug-24-2015-blog The tremendous movement, i.e. volatility we have experienced today, in the markets highlights the multiple problems with the reasoning that using stop orders is good discipline to limit your downside in your stock positions. Using stop loss orders simply cannot provide the dynamic hedge that options provide. GAP risk By far the biggest issue with…  Continue Reading
Posted by on August 24, 2015

DJIA Tachycardia? A Shock To The System, For Sure!

Dow August 24 2015 When the Dow Jones Industrial Average makes its largest point move ever, the chart kind of looks like an EKG of an irregular heartbeat. Watching the news and reading the headlines can make it feel that way, too. It is times like these that force investors to take stock of their assets (pun intended). Here’s…  Continue Reading
Posted by on August 24, 2015

liveACTION Scanner Can Help Sort Through The Noise!

liveACTION August 24 2015 What a week! Friday’s fall in the SPX was the 8th largest point decline, but the 3.1% the index shaved from its value didn’t come close to making the top 20 percentage sell-offs. Monday morning the pre-market futures (-75 points) are indicating a very weak open to trading. Volatility is higher everywhere, but where should…  Continue Reading
Posted by on August 21, 2015

It’s getting a bit scary out there!

Discipline for a volatile (bearish?) market. Last week the major market indexes showed remarkable resilience actually gaining in the face of the Chinese central banks devaluing the yuan and oil prices falling. This week the market is not holding up nearly as well as evidenced by Thursday’s 2% plus declines in Dow and S&P 500…  Continue Reading