High Volatility

Protecting Against Downside Risk As Retail Stock Report Earnings

Protecting Against Downside Risk As Retail Stock Report Earnings

The increase in market volatility the past couple weeks is helping to reawaken interest in hedging with options. More specifically, I’m seeing a lot more downside protection trades in the options market than before the correction at the beginning of February. Investors have quickly remembered that stocks can move really fast when things get hairy. […]

How to Earn 200% Trading Volatility

How to Earn 200% Trading Volatility

For options traders, the recent massive spike in volatility has mostly been a welcome change. It’s much easier to trade options for profit when volatility is high – assuming it comes back down at some point. This past week has been a near ideal environment for options traders, especially those who like to sell options. […]

How To Make Money On The Huge Spike In Volatility

How To Make Money On The Huge Spike In Volatility

What a difference a week makes. That’s both the beauty and danger of the financial markets. They largely generate wealth over time, but will occasionally remind you that they can take it all away at any time. At the time of this writing, the S&P 500 had dropped 10% from its highs, which puts the […]

Make Over 200% On This Volatility Trade Nobody Expected

Make Over 200% On This Volatility Trade Nobody Expected

There’s a famous Monty Python skit from the 70’s where, out of nowhere, three men dressed up like medieval Catholic priests jump into a room shouting “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!”. Of course it was very much in line with the sort of random and absurd humor Monty Python is famous for. I tend to […]

Make This Trade For a Big Move in Tech

Make This Trade For a Big Move in Tech

Many of the most heavily traded stocks these days are tech stocks. For many traders and investors, technology stocks are the way to go because they often move faster (and farther) than other sectors. Tech products also tend to be more exciting than other products, especially because they could potentially disrupt an entire sector or […]

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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Cashing In On High Volatility

Finally we have some fireworks in the financial markets, which is typically a good thing for options traders. With as slow as it’s been lately, it’s nice to actually see some real action in stocks. The VIX (the most common measure of market volatility) even jumped from 11 to 14.50 in one day (last Friday). […]

The Top Unexpected Tech Trade For 2018

The Top Unexpected Tech Trade For 2018

Thanksgiving has come and gone and we’re quickly approaching the end of the year. It’s about this time when investors start thinking about trading strategies for the coming year. What’s going to be successful in 2018? What are the new trends going to be? Usually, a new trade theory involves an expectation of some asset […]