High Volatility

A Quick Way to Hedge Your Portfolio Into The New Year

A Quick Way to Hedge Your Portfolio Into The New Year

Despite the volatility and heavy stock selling in October, many analysts are expecting the remainder of 2018 to be bullish. The S&P 500 was only up 3% year-to-date after the October bloodbath (prior to mid-term elections), so it stands to reason that stocks are more likely to go up in the final two months of […]

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Is It Time To Get Bullish On Stocks?

October was a volatile month for stocks and many investors are probably hoping November approaches something closer to normal conditions. While market volatility may be helpful to active traders, it generally is not what long-term investors like to see. Keep in mind, most people (and funds) own stocks and count on the market going up […]

An Easy Trade to Make Money From Recent Market Turmoil

An Easy Trade to Make Money From Recent Market Turmoil

Trading market volatility can very profitable because it tends to be more predictable than picking market direction. Yet, volatility trading can also be risky because of its tendency to make big moves on very short notice. Both February and October of 2018 are good examples of this scenario playing out. Still, one volatility behavior you […]

A Quick Way to Make 488% on The Resurgence In Volatility

A Quick Way to Make 488% on The Resurgence In Volatility

It seemed like we were in for a quiet October. The Fed made its expected rate increase and didn’t have any other surprises in its FOMC statement from September. There isn’t another FOMC meeting until November. Mid-term elections will certainly be big news but also aren’t until November. All the ingredients were there for an […]

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A Cheap and Quick Trade To Get Long Volatility

2018 has been one of the more interesting years lately in terms of market volatility.  We’ve had a chance to see both ends of the volatility spectrum – ultra-low volatility and a financial-crisis like spike in the VIX.  It’s not often that both sides of the scale are in play in the same 12-month period. […]

Is It Time To Sell Volatility Again?

Is It Time To Sell Volatility Again?

One of the most popular trading strategies of the last couple years is the short volatility trade – up until February of this year, the strategy could almost do no wrong. With dividends and fixed income not producing enough yield for many income investors, short volatility was used to fill the void. And it worked […]

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Big Money Is Betting On A Big Move In Financials

I always find it fascinating to see what kind of big trades are being made in the options markets.  Some of the smartest strategists in the world use options markets as their playground, so generally speaking, you can assume a lot of research went into these blockbuster type trades. It’s also interesting to guess what […]