"The long and the short is we went long and got shorted."

The Bond Market Is Nuts!

The bond market is absolutely nuts – devoid of any common sense. Back in the days when professors used chalkboards, and actually taught classes, I studied Business Economics. We learned how capital and labor come together to produce goods and services, create jobs and profits. If capital was needed, you could borrow and pay interest. […]

Where are interest rates headed in 2020?

Where are interest rates headed in 2020?

One of the big questions for the financial markets as we head into the next decade is where are interest rates going as we kick off a new year. On one hand, the labor market is strong and stock prices are at all-time highs. On the other hand, many other economic indicators are showing a […]

Steer Clear of These Three Popular Closed-End Funds

Steer Clear of These Three Popular Closed-End Funds

With my focus on higher yield investments, I often receive questions about various closed-end funds, often referred to as CEFs. CEFs are actively managed investment pools with shares that trade on the stock exchanges. A lot of these funds carry very attractive yields. The danger is that this is an asset class where it is […]

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in US Steel

Trade of the Week: Unusual Options Activity in US Steel

Recently, there was some significant unusual options activity in United States Steel (X). A flood caused US Steel to shut down one of its steel mills and the stock dropped 6% on the news. This is the sort of situation that typically makes for a good shorter-term options trade. A steel mill closing should cause […]