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Monetary Policy Via Interest Rates

Tomorrow is Fed day! Tomorrow Janet Yellen will announce whether the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will continue to raise the current short term interest rates, or maintain the status quo. Here is a little primer to understand what the Fed is trying to do and what it might mean…

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Do this! Don’t Do That!

OptionsHouse provides exceptional value to the self-directed active investors. We don’t give specific investment advice – so this missive should not be construed as such. However, I have traded stocks, options and futures for over 30 years and I have had some fantastic mentors over my professional career who have…

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Volatility is Coming Back!

For most of this past summer (and for sure the entire month of August), the investing topic-of-the-day was how eerily quiet the markets had become. Well, the weeks of complacency and a slow melt up on low volatility and low volume have come to an end. Volatility. It's back! August…

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SPY has weekly expirations on Wednesday as well as Friday.

As the number of expiring cycles has increased over the years expanding from monthly expiration only to quarterly and weekly expirations, we want to express the importance of verifying the expiration date when trading options with multiple expiring cycles within a single symbol. SPY, the highly liquid S&P 500 ETF,…

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Did you know? Tip #2: Trade right from a chart

To help you get the most from the OptionsHouse platform, this series of tips is designed to save you time with handy shortcuts. Our second installment focuses on how you can quickly execute trades right from a chart.  Tip #2: Trade right from a chart If you’re a “chartist” or…

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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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