Closer to another rate hike

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaking from Jackson Hole indicated that the U.S. central bank was nearing the point of raising the short-term Fed Funds rate once again, possibly at their September meeting. She did reiterate that the decision would remain “data dependent”. Pointing to the strong performance in the…

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What are the Dog Days of Summer?

We hear the phrase “The Dog Days of Summer” and it conjures up images of sultry summer days where everyone “lays around like a dog” trying to survive the hot and humid temperatures. While that may (or may not) be true, the origins of the saying really refer to the…

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Futures Market Update – Markets and Volatility

As the summer comes to an end, we look forward to volatility returning to the market place.  Historically, the summer months are a low volume trade; however, the good old saying of “sell in May and go away” has not worked this year.  The equity index markets are at all-time…

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Welcome to August

As the attention of many traders focuses on summer vacation and hitting the beach, we should look back at a pretty remarkable market performance in July. It seems like more than a month ago that in late June disaster loomed for market bulls after shock at the Brexit vote sent…

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E*TRADE Financial is acquiring OptionsHouse

I wanted to share the exciting news announced earlier today that E*TRADE Financial is acquiring OptionsHouse. The transaction is expected to close in Q4, pending regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions. After the deal closes, we will integrate the two companies and look forward to introducing you to all…

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Introducing our Recent Partnership with the Options Insider Radio Network

At OptionsHouse, we are committed to educating our customers and those looking to learn more about trading. As such, we’re happy to announce a recent partnership with the Options Insider Radio Network. OptionsHouse’s own Chief Investment Strategist, Steve Claussen, and Todd Rich, President of OptionMONSTER Media, will alternate appearing on The Option Block program every Monday at 4 pm EST.

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OptionsHouse Is Now A Futures Commission Merchant!

OptionsHouse is now a Futures Commission Merchant!

Since the beginning, we've been dedicated to helping active traders succeed in trading stocks, options, and ETF’s. As part of that mission, we’ve always strived to provide the best trading experience in not just options, but the whole gamut of trading and investing. Of course, we recognize the importance of…

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Now what – More Fireworks ahead?

Brexit fears drove global averages down frighteningly quickly, but stocks reversed just as suddenly to put in the best weekly (+3.2%) performance this year.     Source: OptionsHouse As Traders return from the long Independence Day holiday weekend the early tone is guarded with pre-market futures indicating a 100 point drop…

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Brexit Bounce – Will It Last?

Brexit bounce – will it last?

Traders were greeted Monday morning with a substantial pre-market rally in the futures due to a change in the tone of the polls signaling Britain would likely vote to remain in the EU. The futures indicated about a 200 point rally in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and a 25…

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Traders Have A Lot To Digest!

Traders have a lot to digest!

On a week where most traders thought that the big market news would be coming on Wednesday’s FOMC meeting, Brexit concerns, perhaps some news out of Apple’s (AAPL) Worldwide Developers Conference, or even clarity about consumers from the Retail sales for May being released, the headline Monday morning is the…

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