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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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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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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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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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