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When Advice Conflicts, Who Should You Listen To?

We moved to Texas in the early days of the dot-com boom. I reconnected with a boyhood friend Tom. He has an economics degree from an Ivy League school, became a successful stockbroker and economics consultant. My broker would “suggest” I consider some of the hotshot dot-com stocks. Tom provided a good offset, suggesting caution. […]

Top 3 Electric Vehicle Stocks to Buy Instead of Tesla

Top 3 Electric Vehicle Stocks to Buy Instead of Tesla

I almost feel sorry for the hype machine known as Elon Musk and Tesla. First, the electric car field is becoming crowded with more and more players, making it tougher to stay ahead in the race to an electric future. Then, Musk boasted about the 75-megawatt lithium-ion battery Tesla built within 100 days in Australia […]

An Interesting Way To Hedge Portfolio Risk

An Interesting Way To Hedge Portfolio Risk

One of the great things about options is how flexible they can be for custom-designing strategies to meet your needs.  With options, even something as mundane as hedging can be done in an interesting and creative manner. This is especially true since volatility ETPs (exchange traded products) have become widely popular among traders and investors. […]

A Big Volatility Trade To End The Year

A Big Volatility Trade To End The Year

2017 isn’t exactly going out with a bang – but it’s also not ending with a whimper either.  We’re actually seeing higher levels of volatility than what we’ve experienced most of the year.  Granted, volatility (as measured by the VIX) has been historically low in recent months.  However, the end of the year so far […]

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Would You Support A War To Preserve The Union?

After the 2016 election I wrote about Calexit, a movement urging Californians to sign a petition allowing for a secession referendum. In April 2017, they pulled the plug on the initiative when it was discovered the leader of the campaign, Louis J. Marinelli, had Russian connections. He’s now seeking permanent residence in Russia. It didn’t take long […]