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. Until that time OptionsHouse remains a separate entity – meaning there is no change to OptionsHouse pricing, trading platform or…

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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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Weekly Losing Streak Continues…

Weekly losing streak continues…

Stocks fell for a 3rd consecutive week over concerns in the retail sector, commodity price volatility, and a stronger dollar weighing down large cap international stocks. The news in retail seems to be providing further evidence of the change to on-line buying patterns of US consumers as the Commerce Department…

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It’s All Over Except The Main Event!

It’s all over except the main event!

Last week it became ‘relatively’ official. Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee for President after his two remaining challengers, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, dropped out following another Trump victory, this time in the Indiana primary. On the Democratic side, despite Bernie Sanders winning in Indiana, Hillary Clinton essentially…

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Sell In May And Go Away?

Sell in May and go away?

One of the oldest of old Wall St. trading adages states, “Sell in May and go Away!” This is based on looking at the returns of the S&P 500 index by month and some analyst noticing that the majority of returns occur from November to April. There is historical basis…

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Earnings, The FOMC And The NFL Draft

Earnings, the FOMC and the NFL Draft

On this last week of April the NFL is holding its annual 3-day draft extravaganza in Chicago this week as pro football fans across the country hope, wish and pray that their team's needs can be filled with that impact player who will turn their team into a Super Bowl…

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Margins And Tonics

Margins and Tonics

MYTH: A customer who makes the occasional day trade is not susceptible to day trading rules in the same way as a true day trader entering and exiting positions continuously throughout the day. FACT: All customers are subject to the same day trading rules as prescribed by FINRA regardless of…

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