Financial Sector

How Banks Can Deliver Monster Returns

How Banks Can Deliver Monster Returns

I am always hunting for ideas that can boost portfolio returns for individual investors. I read, I ponder, I imagine, I study, and I test these ideas. Many of them end up in the junk pile as good ideas gone bad—these are usually the ones that sounded the most exciting when I first had or […]

Are Financial Stocks Stuck Moving Sideways?

Are Financial Stocks Stuck Moving Sideways?

Based on a large options trade in the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF), it appears  a well-capitalized trader believes that financial stocks may move sideways for the remainder of the year.  The trader possibly sold a 5,000-lot strangle in January XLF options.  A strangle involves selling a call above and a put below the […]

How to Beat the Coming “Lost Decade” for Stocks

How to Beat the Coming “Lost Decade” for Stocks

Dear Investor, Bank of America stock analysts recently released a long-term forecast that bodes very badly for investors for the next decade. If the analysts are correct, many investors will not reach their long-term financial goals. But one investing strategy looks to avoid the problem… In October, several news outlets, including Yahoo Finance and Markets […]

Visa: A Bargain Growth Stock

Visa: A Bargain Growth Stock

One of the most well-known names in finance is Visa (V). The company operates the world’s largest electronic payments network, providing processing services and payment product platforms, including credit, debit, prepaid, and commercial payments. Visa traces its roots back to the issuance of the first Bank of America credit cards in the late 1950s. Visa […]

Trade of the Week: XLF

Trade of the Week: XLF

On the day of the FOMC meeting results last week, there was quite a bit of unusual options activity in Financial Select Sectors SPDR Fund (XLF). XLF, the most heavily traded financial sector ETF, traded about 2.5x its normal options volume. 67% of the activity was in calls, which is generally a bullish signal. The […]

Trade of the Week: XLF

Trade of the Week: XLF

On the day of the FOMC meeting results last week, there was quite a bit of unusual options activity in Financial Select Sectors SPDR Fund (XLF). XLF, the most heavily traded financial sector ETF, traded about 2.5x its normal options volume. 67% of the activity was in calls, which is generally a bullish signal. The […]

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Big Brothers Are Fighting For World Domination

The struggle for world domination is never-ending. Governments, with their armies, fight to control not only their population, but also the rest of the world. The tools and battle strategies may change, but the goal never does. Immediately after finishing our article about digital currency combined with negative interest rates, Chuck Butler wrote “China’s Digital Currency Is Ready […]

Trade of the Week: XLF

Trade of the Week: XLF

Last week, there was some unusually large options activity in Financial Select SPDR ETF (XLF). XLF tracks financial stocks such as banks and asset management companies in the S&P 500. On a particularly brisk day for options trading, XLF had about 2x more options volume than normal. A large chunk of the volume came in […]