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How To Protect Your Blind Side

“The price of protecting quarterbacks was driven by the same forces that drove the price of other kinds of insurance: it rose with the value of the asset insured, with the risk posed to that asset.”  -Michael Lewis, The Blind Side. Counter-intuitively, that is often not the case in the capital markets.

Beware of swindlers

On a personal level, one part of the options business that truly bothers me is that it its filled with people who want to take your money. I politely refer to them as hypesters, but a better term is swindler. Swindle: Use deception to deprive (someone) of money or possessions. (source: Google search)

My Philosophy on Options Education

When I work with individual investors or write blog posts and books, my objective is for the reader to learn something he/she does not already know.  That includes providing enough details that the clouds disappear and the reader gains a better understanding of the topic under discussion.  

Apple Options Trade After an Earnings Beat

If you've ever seen a stop rip off of earnings and wondered if that was a signal for a trade, or if the momentum would continue, then this is exactly the back-test you are after. We call it "star gazing" when a stock rips and we're stuck -- with no idea what to expect next. 

Stoking the Embers of Inflation

Monetary Velocity, an oft-misunderstood metric that quantifies the pace at which money is spent, has recently shown signs of rising after trending lower for the better part of the last decade. Since increasing velocity is frequently associated with inflation, it comes as no surprise the Federal Reserve (Fed) has upped their vigilance towards inflation.

PANW Broke the Golden Rule

At 5:35 EST on Friday afternoon, Palo Alto networks announced market moving news and broke the golden rule of good governance -- they buried the news in a late Friday afternoon release so the media couldn't cover the story and the market couldn't react until the weekend was over. 

Synthetic Long Stock for Extreme Leverage

Among the many options strategies, one of the most interesting is synthetic long stock.  This combines a long call and a short put opened at the same strike and expiration. The name “synthetic” is derived from the fact that the two positions change in value dollar for dollar with changes in 100 shares of stock.

If Our Options Trade Wins, Who is Losing?

My Cabot Options Traders have had some monster winners trading options in 2018, with huge paydays in Cisco (CSCO)—a gain of 565%, Nutanix (NTNX)—a gain of 307%, Union Pacific (UNP)—a gain of 227% and most recently Axon Enterprise (AAXN)—a gain of 175%. It’s been a lot of fun.

There’s Volatility To Be Found….. In Turkey

Since the correction in US markets from February to April, things have really quietened down since. Volatility is back to a 12 handle, stocks are rallying and all seems well with the world. The falling volatility is great for long term investors, but as options traders, we love high volatility and it’s becoming increasingly hard to find once again.

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