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  • Trader Talk | Education | Strategy | May 6, 2015, 2:50 PM

    How to Find Stocks for Iron Condors?

    How to Find Stocks for Iron Condors?

    I am often asked how I find stock in which to enter into the Iron Condor strategy.  Not every strategy works with every stock in every kind of market, but I have a set of guidelines or criteria I use when looking for those stocks. #1  use stocks you would buy 100 shares of in your retirement account #2  use very liquid stocks near $100 or higher:   Examples would be AAPL, NFLX, AMZN, GOOGL, PNRA, XOM, DIS, IBM, TSLA, LNKD, PCLN, etc. #3  If I did 4 stock Iron Condors[...]

  • Trader Talk | Education | Strategy | May 6, 2015, 1:40 PM

    Why I Will NOT Buy or Sell that First Big Move

    Why I Will NOT Buy or Sell that First Big Move

    In the game of trading there is always a rush to be the first one in or out, state it in real time and then wait to take a victory lap.  It's great fun and an ego stroke to be able to 'call that shot', whether it's a bottom or top.   Yet, these decisions are often impulsive and without much thought.  When a stock plunges for whatever reason it may seem appropriate to stick your hand in and take a slice or even a big chunk, without ever understanding the technical damage that could[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Strategy | May 3, 2015, 12:00 PM

    The Week in the Russell 2000 - 4/27 - 5/2

    The Week in the Russell 2000 - 4/27 - 5/2

    For most of 2015 small cap stocks, as measured by the Russell 2000, set the pace outperforming the large cap dominated Russell 1000. Last week the tables turned quickly as the Russell 2000 dropped over 3% while the Russell 1000 was down only a little over 0.5%. This is the biggest weekly divergence between large cap and small cap stocks for 2015 and largest since mid-July of last year. In fact, going back to December 1992 there have only been 45 weeks (not including last week) where the Russell 1000[...]

  • Trader Talk | Strategy | May 1, 2015, 1:40 PM

    BigTrends.com 2015 Kentucky Derby Handicapping & Analysis

    BigTrends.com 2015 Kentucky Derby Handicapping & Analysis

    (Editors Note:  For the last few years, Price Headley, a Louisville native and CEO of Bigtrends.com, has been kind enough to share his thoughts on the running of the annual Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs.  Saturday's Derby will be the 141st .  He takes a theoretical $100 and tells how he would invest it (bet might be a better word).  His very able cohort, Moby Waller, gives his outlook for the race as well, and Moby uses a few different factors in his analysis.  Click[...]

  • Trader Talk | Education | Strategy | Apr 23, 2015, 4:05 PM

    Weekly Weekly's Option Report 4.23.15

    Weekly Weekly's Option Report 4.23.15

    // The titans of tech dominate this week's Weeklys report. Apple, Twitter, Google, Amazon and Microsoft all have earnings coming up in the next few sessions. I’m Angela Miles covering weekly options expiring this Friday and next Friday May 1st. A big night of earning is ahead with Amazon, Google and Microsoft all reporting after the close... Amazon has been getting plenty of options paper flow going into earnings. The[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | Apr 11, 2015, 10:14 AM

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 4/6 - 4/10

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 4/6 - 4/10

    Last week the S&P 500 was strong and volatility indexes were weak. I have been focusing on where the VXST – VIX – VXV – VXMT term structure curve has been in 2015 compared to the averages last year. For the first time in a while VXV dipped below the 2014 average with only 6 month SPX implied volatility still higher than the 2014 average so there may still be a little long term concern about the equity markets looming. Over the near term VXST under 10 and VIX back to the tweens[...]

  • Trader Talk | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Mar 27, 2015, 10:40 AM

    How to Buy TSLA Almost 8% Lower than Current Price

    How to Buy TSLA Almost 8% Lower than Current Price

    With TSLA currently around $190, how can I buy the stock anywhere near $175? The answer could be the sale of a cash secured put. With the stock at $191 the April 180 put is trading at around $3.00.  I will sell 1 April 180 put at $3.  If the stock finishes under the strike price of 180 at April Expiration (April 17th), I would be obligated to buy the stock at $177 ( strike price minus the premium received).  If the stock doesn’t fall below $180 at April Expiration, I collect[...]

  • VIX | Strategy | Mar 24, 2015, 9:05 AM

    SPX Weekly Bear Call Spread Analysis

    SPX Weekly Bear Call Spread Analysis

    I’ve seen several trades using RUT options to initiate out of the money credit spreads as of late. However, I just came across a pretty interesting one using SPX options. There was a seller of SPX Mar 27th 2140 Calls at 0.35 who also purchased the SPX Mar 27th 2150 Calls at 0.15 for a net credit of 0.20. As long as the S&P 500 is not over 2140 on the close this coming Friday the credit of 0.20 will result in a profit. The payoff diagram below shows the risk – reward of this trade[...]

  • Market News | VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | Mar 21, 2015, 2:48 PM

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 3/16 - 3/20

    The Week in Volatility Indexes and ETPs - 3/16 - 3/20

    I’m repeating the alteration I did last week to the term structure chart below. Instead of a week over week comparison I show the closing levels for VXST, VIX, VXV, and VXMT relative to the average levels in 2014. Note that near term volatility has thrown in the towel, but concern about a potential downturn for the equity market persists in the three and six month time frames.  Longer dated volatility is still elevated, despite dropping last week in sync with VXST and VIX. A 2.66% rally[...]

  • Technical Analysis & Charts | Trader Talk | Strategy | Mar 11, 2015, 11:28 AM

    Comparing SPX and MSCI Price Action

    Comparing SPX and MSCI Price Action

    Today CBOE set the date (pending regulatory approval) for the launch of trading of the MSCI EAFE (EAFE) and MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM) index options. Recently I was at a conference where an individual trader told me all he trades is SPX.   He said he loves (his words not mine) the cash settlement feature of SPX options. He went on to say he’d been looking around for another index option market to trade and said he felt EAFE and EEM were going to give him that[...]

  • The Art of Hedging Discussed at RMC

    The Art of Hedging Discussed at RMC

    The last presentation of the day today at CBOE’s Risk Management Conference also turned out to be one of the best. Boris Lerner, Head of US Quantitative and Derivative Strategies at Morgan Stanley and Arie Aboulafia, Senior Portfolio Manager from Capstone Investment Advisors teamed up to discuss “The Art of Hedging”.  Many market participants have forgotten that there is a non-quantitative aspect to investing and trading since the industry has become so quantitative. This session[...]

  • Trader Talk | Education | Strategy | Mar 4, 2015, 5:30 PM

    Presentation on Backtesting Strategies at RMC Today

    Presentation on Backtesting Strategies at RMC Today

    This afternoon at the CBOE Risk Management Conference in Carlsbad, CA Amna Qaiser, Portfolio Manager from Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Olivier Sarfati, Head of US Trading Strategies from Citigroup teamed up to discuss backtesting strategies. Backtesting has always been a difficult subject for portfolio managers and traders as backtested results do not always work as well as hoped when the strategy goes live. Qaiser’s part of this session discussed potential pitfalls but also laid out[...]

  • Market News | Trader Talk | Strategy | Feb 25, 2015, 10:00 AM

    Combining CBOE and MSCI Gives Investors the World

    Combining CBOE and MSCI Gives Investors the World

    In a few weeks CBOE will begin listing options on two of the widely followed MSCI Indexes. This addition of cash settled index options on the MSCI EAFE and MSCI Emerging Market Indexes will result in investors being able to gain exposure to just about every investible market in the world by trading at CBOE. After such a bold statement, an explanation is definitely in order. Before discussing the world I’ll address the United States. On a notional basis the S&P 500 (SPX) Index option market[...]

  • VIX | Trader Talk | Strategy | Feb 24, 2015, 1:30 PM

    Block Trade Analysis - Russell 2000 Iron Condor

    Block Trade Analysis - Russell 2000 Iron Condor

    Checking in on trading activity in my favorite index, the Russell 2000, I came across a fairly interesting trade using short dated options from around 11:00 Monday morning. I say around 11:00 because the trader legged into an Iron Condor. A couple of minutes before 11:00 200 of the RUT Mar 6th 1180 Puts were sold at 2.75 with 200 of the RUT Mar 6th 1160 Puts purchased for 1.47 which comes to a net credit of 1.28. At the time of this execution the Russell 2000 was at 1224.52 so it appears the trader[...]

  • Education | Strategy | Trade Ideas | Feb 24, 2015, 9:30 AM

    Options Trading Strategies: Lessen Volatility on your Portfolio

    Options Trading Strategies:  Lessen Volatility on your Portfolio

    Random price movements leave us with very little edge when it comes to reading the charts and technical's.  Nevermind fundamental analysis, which is simply impossible to explain a how stock can move violently after a news event.  The market is simply designed around accumulation and distribution, seen very clearly on a price and volume chart.  Yet, when these buyers and sellers are pulled in each direction by the market there is an uneasy feeling about participating. The erratic behavior[...]