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 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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Year-End Trade Checkup

As the holidays quickly approach and we ring in a New Year, I think it is appropriate to review your trading discipline. Oftentimes even the most experienced trader can slip into some trading bad habits which can reduce long term success. Here are a handful of my "rules" developed over…

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M & A Activity Setting Records!

M & A activity setting records!

Last week sellers overwhelmed buyers as the major indexes suffered significant weekly losses. The S&P 500 index lost almost 80 points on the week! However, buyers in the merger and acquisition space continued to be extremely active adding to already what has been a record year. Dow (DOW) and DuPont…

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Liquidity is King!

While today, the Wednesday prior to the Thanksgiving holiday is a full trading day, I expect the liquidity in the markets to dry up this afternoon as many traders head home early. Black Friday may be a big day at the stores, but don't expect much in the markets for…

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FAST MATTERS – Turn Bid / Ask Trading On

FAST MATTERS – Turn Bid / Ask trading on

When I first started at OptionsHouse 8 years ago, I used to end my videos and seminars with the catchphrase – "In fast markets...FAST MATTERS!" Speed really does matter in these markets. The order routing technology available to retail traders is phenomenal! The platform speed is world class. In fact,…

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Customize Your OptionsHouse Platform

Customize your OptionsHouse platform

Here's a quick blog post to make sure you are fully aware of the customization available to you on the OptionsHouse platform. To get started click on the gear 'Manage your settings' icon on the header in the upper right corner of the platform. This will populate a User configuration…

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Advanced Trading – Ratio Put Spread Strategy

Advanced trading – ratio put spread strategy

The level of implied volatility remains elevated though well off the recent highs. A low cost, ratio put spread may be worthy of consideration for advanced option traders. This strategy presents a way to establish a limited downside hedge for little upfront cost, with a view that implied volatility may…

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Bank’s Results Lead Earnings Parade

Bank’s Results Lead Earnings Parade

Banks are closed in the U.S. on Monday in celebration of Columbus Day but this week earnings on several major banking stocks take center stage. JP Morgan Chase (JPM) reports after the market closes Tuesday. Wednesday Bank of America (BAC), PNC Financial (PNC) and Wells Fargo (WFC) will report, while…

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