Posts By: Steve Claussen


Monday Musings
Overseas markets have taken a beating today and the pre-market futures in the US imply a drop on the opening of over 1% this morning as negotiations in the Greek debt talks fell apart over the weekend. Any market rallies last week were attributed to optimism that some compromise would occur and the harsh reality…

Monday Musings
The Fed was the star of last week holding rates steady as expected but indicating that it would begin to increase the Fed Fund target rate sometime this year. The market’s immediate reaction was muted on Wednesday immediately following the announcement. The statement included a reduced economic growth forecast from the Fed and indicated that…

Nervous about a market pull back? How to take some chips off the table.
Many investors seem increasingly nervous about the market’s prospects. Just when traders felt that any more upside was limited due to the fact that the major indexes seemed stuck in a downward funk, with 3 straight down weeks, the Bulls enjoyed a sudden 1.3% rally on Wednesday this past week. Just as quickly, Friday morning’s…

Monday Morning Musings
Thanks to a big up day last Wednesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 were able to scratch out small gains last week, but the technology NDX (Nasdaq 100) was not as fortunate for the bulls and experienced a small weekly loss.   Greece was the headline concern. The IMF said that…

Monday Musings
Markets tend to move in trending fashion. “The trend is bullish, the trend is bearish,” normally pretty obviously identifiable for traders. This is why moving averages are so important, to assist active investors in identifying what type of market environment we find ourselves. Well despite a third consecutive weekly decline in the major averages, this…

Options 103 For Stock Traders – Buying Stock at a Discount
Today’s blog will discuss another cool thing that can be done with options for our stock traders out there. I call this one the ‘Priceline’ method of using options to buy stocks. Priceline – where you get to pick your price for airplane tickets. Awesome business model right? You might not get the flight, but…

Enhanced Position Window Icons – Keeping You Informed
On your OptionsHouse platform, we use ICONs to quickly give you visual notices within the position window. We recently added two critically important, informative icons to the list showing upcoming earnings and dividend dates to keep you better informed as an active investor. Here is a quick rundown of what all of our icons mean.…

Monday Musings
The major indices were down again Friday (5/29), down 3 out of the 4 trading days in the holiday shortened week, but posted a gain overall for the month of May, disappointing the “Sell in May and go Away” short sellers. The headline reasons for the recent weakness centered around a contracting revision to first…

Stay in control when you are on the go! Alert Manager now available on mobile.
This last week of May has made it obvious. The markets can be volatile! The DJIA moved down triple digits Tuesday (5/26) and right back up the very next day. Additionally, the NASDAQ set an all-time record closing high; 24 hours after some analysts were screaming it is time to head for the sidelines. It…

Monitor & Manage Expiring Options
You can filter your position pane to easily monitor and manage expiring options! Expiration management is a critical component of successfully using options in your trading. If you have an option expiring on the upcoming Friday, chances are you received a friendly reminder email from us on Wednesday morning which looks something like this: The…