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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Earnings Season Kicks Off With Financials In Focus!

Earnings Season kicks off with Financials in focus!

With Alcoa's quarterly report last night the spring earnings season officially kicked off. With April monthly expiration Friday, traders will focus on the financial sector this week with JP Morgan Chase (JPM) reporting Wednesday. Coincidentally, the Fed will release its beige book survey of regional economic conditions on Wednesday as…

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The Market Recovery Becomes The Focus!

The Market recovery becomes the focus!

Traders this week seem to be focused on trying to discern whether the market can continue its upward path after posting its 5th straight weekly gain! After hitting a low of 1810.10 on Feb 11, 2016, the market has been able to recover almost 240 points in the S&P 500…

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29 February = Leap Day! Let’s Learn About LEAPs

29 February = Leap Day! Let’s learn about LEAPs

Today we “celebrate” Leap Day. Leap years occur every 4 years, perhaps not coincidentally in U.S. presidential election years to give politicians an extra day to convince us that they are the obvious choice to become our next leader. Yikes! I hope not. In reality, Leap Day is added to…

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Market Downturn Got You Down?

Market downturn got you down?

Take a look at this MATRIX of potential Hedging Strategies and get back in control of your portfolio. The case for hedging. Too often I have seen retail active traders become paralyzed when the market hits the rough bear patch! An old Wall Street story goes when a short term…

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Using A Portfolio Put To Hedge Macro Market Risk.

Using a Portfolio Put to hedge macro market risk.

The overall market has had a miserable start this first month of 2016. The S&P 500 index has sold off 10% before attempting to bounce yet remains down about 7%. There is a ton of nervousness and trepidation among investors as the VIX (CBOE Volatility Index) has spiked higher indicating…

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Using Charts – Was That The Bottom?

Using Charts – Was that the bottom?

Active market traders are seeing an incredibly volatile market and trying to make sense of any of it is an especially daunting task! Did we hit a capitulation bottom today? The recovery off of today's lows was an incredible spectacle to behold. The low today of 1812.29 in SPX bounced…

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New Trading Year – New Trading Challenges

New Trading Year – New Trading Challenges

Happy New Year! Investors coming back from the long holiday weekend are looking at sobering pre-market futures pointing to a 300 point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the SPX and NDX looking at a 2% fall! There are plenty of concerns for traders this morning. Worries about…

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