Strategies

What Are Stock Options? A Guide to Puts and Calls

What Are Stock Options? A Guide to Puts and Calls

Stock options can be confusing, partly because there are many types of contracts: exchange-traded options, OTC options, and employee stock options that are part of compensation packages. As such, you might be asking, “What are stock options?” In this article, we’ll review all the types of stock options and examine how to include options in […]

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How Good Is Your Comfortable Retirement Guarantee?

For generations Baby Boomers were told to follow certain rules and, with Social Security, then later Medicare, they were guaranteed a safe, comfortable retirement. Oops! For many it is not happening; did they fail to read the small print, or understand things? Dictionary.com defines guarantee, with some examples: noun “a promise or assurance, especially one in writing, that something […]

Leverage: It’s Why Portfolios Blow Up

Leverage: It’s Why Portfolios Blow Up

Last week, the forced unwinding of the Archegos Capital Management hedge fund put fears of a market collapse into investors’ minds. While it appears to have been an isolated case, the fund’s collapse vividly points out the dangers of using leverage to boost investment returns. Let’s discuss how excess leverage can turn declines in security […]