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Merger Mondays are back!

Years ago traders became so used to hearing about merger activity conducted over the weekend that it seemed each Monday was carried the moniker of “Merger Monday”. Today is reminiscent of those days with 4 big deals hitting the headlines. AT&T (T) confirmed the rumors from last week that it…

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Meet The Team – Paul

Welcome to our new “Meet the Team” blog series, where we’ll spotlight the individuals at OptionsHouse who work behind the scenes to provide an outstanding customer experience. First up is our dedicated Customer Service team. We know you take your trading seriously, and deserve the best support possible. This is…

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Earnings Foliage turning colorful!

As dependable as the autumn leaves, exposing the multiple colors in the fall foliage week by week, the October earnings season is expanding to show an increasingly diverse group of sectors in the companies which report their ‘true colors’ of results this week. Last week the stream of earnings was…

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Typical! Bankers get a holiday but traders, trade.

Bankers get the day off due to the Columbus Day holiday, but traders return to their terminals and iPads this morning to find the markets stronger with oil and energy names continuing to lead. I expect light volume today due to the banking holiday, which could actually lead to outsized…

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Did You Know? – LiveAction Scans

Did you know? To help you get the most from the OptionsHouse platform, this series of tips is designed to save you time with handy shortcuts. This installment focuses on our powerful LiveAction scanning tool. Tip: Get new trading ideas with LiveAction Most brokerages and several free financial sites have…

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Nothing Matters but October

Welcome to October! In Chicago anyway, it seemed we dove from 80 degree summer evenings to fall temperatures overnight! October the month that is infamous for the crash of 1929 (that I read about) and again in 1987 (that I lived and traded in the OEX option pit on the…

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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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SPY has weekly expirations on Wednesday as well as Friday.

As the number of expiring cycles has increased over the years expanding from monthly expiration only to quarterly and weekly expirations, we want to express the importance of verifying the expiration date when trading options with multiple expiring cycles within a single symbol. SPY, the highly liquid S&P 500 ETF,…

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Did you know? Tip #2: Trade right from a chart

To help you get the most from the OptionsHouse platform, this series of tips is designed to save you time with handy shortcuts. Our second installment focuses on how you can quickly execute trades right from a chart.  Tip #2: Trade right from a chart If you’re a “chartist” or…

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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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