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The Election and Futures Market Movement

The Election and Futures Market Movement As the election season is officially upon us with the first Presidential Debate this past Monday, traders should be braced for possible volatility in the marketplace. The stock index futures market is just slightly below the all-time highs. With the exception of Brexit, the…

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Golf Loses a King

Arnold Palmer died last night at 87. For those readers who never saw Arnold Palmer hit a competitive golf ball and believe that Tiger and Phil are the “old guys” of golf, please watch one of the tributes to golf’s first superstars and its greatest ambassador. Although he didn’t win…

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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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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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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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