Author: Jay Soloff

How To Get Paid While Owning Silver

How To Get Paid While Owning Silver

Precious metals have been active in recent weeks with inflation and interest rates frequently making headlines.  A popular method for trading silver is through iShares Silver Trust (SLV), an ETF which tracks physical silver.  One strategist feels that SLV will remain in the low $20 level through April of next year.  In order to create […]

Trade of the Week: SBUX

Trade of the Week: SBUX

Retails stocks have seen a lot of options action lately including Starbucks (SBUX).  The coffee giant normally trades about 55,000 options a day, but saw nearly double that on a day last week when the stock was up about 2%. Over 80% of the action was in calls, which tends to be a bullish sign.  […]

One Way To Trade CSCO After It Missed Earnings

One Way To Trade CSCO After It Missed Earnings

Networking giant Cisco Systems (CSCO) dropped 5% the day after earnings were released last week.  The company’s’ guidance was disappointing to investors and revenues were lower than expected.  However, one trader used this opportunity to enter a covered call trade.  The trader purchased 1.35 million shares of CSCO (at $51.77) while selling 13,500 calls that […]

Trade of the Week: LCID

Trade of the Week: LCID

There’s been a crazy amount of options action in recent days in the electric vehicle industry.  Lucid Group (LCID) is one of the latest EV stocks to get lots of attention by traders.  The new company has a market cap larger than Ford (F), at least for the time being.  On a day when over […]

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Is Inflation Going To Tank The Corporate Bond Market?

Inflation is what everyone in the market is talking about these days.  The financial markets are concerned that the Fed will have to hike rates much sooner than expected.  Higher rates will significantly impact fixed income products like Treasuries and corporate bonds.  Perhaps that’s why an institutional trader purchased 160,000 put spreads in iShares iBoxx […]

Trade of the Week: INTC

Trade of the Week: SLV

Last week was a big option week for iShares Silver Trust (SLV).  The popular physical silver ETF got a boost as inflation concerns bubbled to the surface following a larger than expected jump in CPI.  Over 460,000 options traded in one day last week, with calls making up nearly 90% of the volume.  Calls tend […]

A One Day NVDA Trade

A One Day NVDA Trade

Nvidia (NVDA), the graphics card giant, was up 12% one day last week. The company announced it would be creating a platform for metaverse technology, and the stock took off. The metaverse is the latest buzzword in the investment space and refers to collaboration in the virtual world. An interesting, out-of-the-box trade idea is to […]

Trade of the Week: SPACs

Trade of the Week: SPACs

Unusual options volume can help you find trading opportunities, but also trades to avoid. Sometimes, instead of looking for the most action, the best course is to look at relative action. For instance, if a stock has options that are trading 100x the normal amount, it may be worth looking into. In the case of […]

Hedging Is More Important Than You Think

Hedging Is More Important Than You Think

One thing that I’ve learned in the many years that I’ve traded options is that most investors hate hedging.  It’s not the idea of hedging (i.e., protecting a portfolio’s downside) that’s the issue.  It’s the cost.  Hedging can be expensive over time. Investors generally are not fans of things that are meant to lose money […]

Trade of the Week: EEM

Trade of the Week: EEM

Sometimes, a useful method for finding good trades to make is looking at what other people are doing. For instance, we can easily search for large covered call trades in order to get trade ideas. One interesting covered call trade in iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) will boost the return from holding the ETF […]