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Category: Options & Warrants

The analysis published under this category are as follows.

Stock-Markets

Friday, September 02, 2016

Most Stock Market Investors Are One Recession Away from Annihilation / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: John_Mauldin

BY JARED DILLIAN: Would you rather:

  1. Make a little money most of the time, with a small chance of losing a lot?
  2. Lose a little money most of the time, with a small chance of making a lot?

Probably depends on how you are wired.

(Most people are wired like number one.)

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InvestorEducation

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Successful tips for Options Trading – When you trade to win! / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Boris_Dzhingarov

An option is a contract which showers the buyer with the authority but not the liability to sell an asset at a particular price on the pre-fixed date or before it. Just as a bond or stock, an option is also a security. It is nothing but a binding contract which has some stringent and definite properties and terms. Are you still confused about options trading? Well the idea behind this trading option lies clear in many of the daily situations. For instance, if you love a house and want to buy it but you don’t have the money required to do so. You then speak to the homeowner and negotiate a good deal which allows you to buy the house at $300,000 and for reaping benefit of this option; you pay an added price of $3000. This is a case similar to that options trading. Here are few points to watch out for before taking the plunge.

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InvestorEducation

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Everything You Need To Know About Binary Options Trading Signals / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Boris_Dzhingarov

Binary options trading is highly popular at the moment and it is not at all difficult to understand why since the premise is incredibly simple and you can end up making a lot of money in a very low period of time. The problem is that most people end up not being properly informed. They end up using specific strategies that are way too advanced for the education they have. With binary options trading signals this is exactly what tends to happen.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, February 26, 2016

Binary Options Trading Strategies You Need To Know / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: Boris_Dzhingarov

Whenever you want to trade binary options you need to have a solid trading strategy. This is a necessity for all the traders that actually want to be successful. Having a binary options trading strategy will help you to get over any even that is unexpected and you will be able to increase your profits on the long run. Remember the fact that binary options have a really high volatility and you cannot have just one strategy that will always work. The smart trader has high binary options knowledge and uses that in order to be successful.

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Commodities

Monday, November 23, 2015

Crude Oil Swinging For The Fences - A 20 to 1 Option Play / Commodities / Options & Warrants

By: Bob_Kirtley

Over the last year oil, and commodities in general, have been much unloved. China and emerging market woes have created demand concerns while a mountain of supply side pressure has also been in play. This has seen oil prices fall from over $100 in early 2014 to hovering just above $40 now at the end of 2015. We believe that the rapid decline and extreme pessimism in the oil market could create a trading opportunity, and that this would be best harnessed by using options.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, September 04, 2015

Why September’s Stock Market Volatility Is a Huge Opportunity for Options Traders / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: ...

Tom Gentile writes: The last few weeks of trading have been tough to say the least. After the crash on August 24 that sucked trillions from the markets in a matter of minutes, the markets clawed their way back and held their own for about a week. Then, just two days ago, they fell again, this time dropping by 3%.

It’s no secret that I think this volatility will continue, at least in the short-term, and the best way to weather the storm is to make sure you’ve got options in your portfolio.

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InvestorEducation

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Three Things Every Master Trader Knows About Trading Options / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: ...

Tom Gentile writes: The last two weeks have seen significant market action in both directions. And it’s just more proof that you need options in your portfolio to help cut your risk and boost your potential returns. Traditional buy-and-hold investors have been taken to the cleaners by whip-saw markets.

I don’t want that happen to you.

While I expect this increased volatility to continue as we head into September and October, things seem to have settled down for the moment, and the markets have, for the time being, resumed their upward march.

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Companies

Friday, August 28, 2015

The 10 Best Stocks for Options Trading Plays in This Market / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Tom Gentile writes: The biggest market drop in recorded history on Monday… a wild end-of-day plummet on Tuesday… a huge up day on Wednesday… and more bullish action today?

Talk about opportunity!

Right now, the only real barrier to trading profits is a stock that doesn't move.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The One Trading Strategy You Needed for Stock Market Crash / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Tom Gentile writes: After yesterday – the worst trading day in recent memory – I want to get serious with you about risk.

If you get this right, you could have banked serious profits yesterday.

And I want to make sure you DO get it right.

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InvestorEducation

Friday, July 31, 2015

One of the Greatest Income-Producing Tools for Retirees / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: DailyWealth

One of the Greatest Income-Producing Tools for Retirees

Dr. David Eifrig writes: It might sound crazy... but retirees can safely earn 12% to 20% income streams on their savings.

My Retirement Trader readers have been using one strategy to rake in thousands of dollars every month.

It's simple. And once you get familiar with how it works, you can use this strategy to safely and conservatively generate 12% or more in annual income on a retirement account.

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Stock-Markets

Monday, June 15, 2015

Key Steps to Your First Options Trades / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Tom Gentile writes: During the past month we've welcomed in thousands of new subscribers over at Power Profit Trades.

Many of you have started out with "paper trading" on my picks and are excited at the prospect of pocketing the gains in real time.

Taking advantage of what veterans like me didn't have when we started trading is a great idea! I know it's not like real trading, but one of the things using a "virtual" account will do is help you get familiar with order placement through the platform you intend on using BEFORE you use real money.

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InvestorEducation

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Options Pricing - Covert Gamma, Portfolio Insurance, and STDs / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: John_Mauldin

By Jared Dillian

This piece requires some knowledge of option pricing, so I’m going to bring everyone up to speed.

This is the P&L diagram of a long call option:

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Companies

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

How Traded Options Can Power a 300%-Plus Gain on Twitter / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: Money_Morning

Tom Gentile writes: Twitter has often been dismissed as a company that should have sold out to Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) years ago, and until recently no one really wanted to own its stock.

I disagree. I believe now is the right time to buy Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) stock, and not just because it's starting to show up on the Street's buy lists.

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Companies

Friday, March 27, 2015

How Investors can Maximize Disney Stock "Magic" / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: Money_Morning

Even though we're in the middle of March Madness right now, I'm not going to talk about this year's "Cinderella" teams, which come out of nowhere and make it to the Final Four in college basketball.

No… the real Cinderella story is happening at U.S. box offices. A simple Disney remake of the classic film managed to gross over $70 million in one weekend earlier this month. There's clearly investment potential in this success.

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InvestorEducation

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Understanding Stock Warrants / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Dudley_Baker

If you don’t understand stock warrants, you are not alone. Very few of the professional newsletter writers and analysts understand them so why should you?

Allow me to give you a brief education on stock warrants in the following paragraphs and tell you exactly why you need this information.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Covered Calls / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: Don_Miller

The strategy I’m writing about today is one of my favorite, guaranteed moneymakers. These are trades we can all easily make, requiring no capital outlay and guaranteed to make a profit or you don’t make them. What’s the catch? We might occasionally find ourselves lamenting how much more money we might have made.

Experienced investors have likely figured out that I’m talking about a stock option called a “covered call.” Buying options is for speculators, and that’s not what I’m talking about today. I want to show you the one and only option trade that meets my stringent criteria for comfort.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Stock Market Options Triple Witching vs Santa Rally Explained / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

With the last major news item for 2013 less than 48 hours away, I thought I would share some insights as to what the S&P 500 Cash Index (SPX) options were pricing into the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy announcement due out Wednesday.

After the news is released and the week ends, it will be time for Santa Claus to come to Wall Street. While most people believe in the Santa Claus rally, what few understand is the bullish undertones that traditionally accompany a triple witching event.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, November 15, 2013

Option Probabilities Spell Possible Trouble for U.S. Treasury Bonds / Interest-Rates / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

The incredible rally in equities in 2013 has begun to stir concern among many that the stock market is now in a bubble. We have entered the euphoric stage of this bull market and equity prices cannot and will not go lower according to some talking heads in the financial punditry.

While chatter is starting to heat up that equities are in a bubble, the real bubble seems to be ignored for the most part. The larger, more concerning bubble is in the Treasury marketplace where the Federal Reserve continues to print money to purchase treasury bonds to help keep interest rates artificially low.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Options Market Forecasting Future Stock Market Price Action Direction / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

By now the major media outlets have made sure to inform the public that the U.S. government is shut down, or partially shut down depending on your political perspective. Most financial pundits are looking to the recent past for clues about what to expect in the future.

While the situation appears to be similar to what we witnessed in 2011 with the debt ceiling debacle, the outcomes may be significantly different. I am a contrarian trader by nature, and as such I am constantly expecting for markets to react in the opposite way from what the majority of investors expect.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

The Perfect Trade for Today's Stock Market / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: Money_Morning

Robert Hsu writes: This is a great way to make some extra money right now.

Over the next 14 days, I expect stocks to remain mired in a relatively tight trading range, as nobody wants to place any really big bets on what's going to happen before the Federal Reserve makes its Sept. 18th announcement on if and/or how it will "taper" its QE bond-buying program.

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InvestorEducation

Thursday, May 02, 2013

How to Profit as Stock Prices Plummet - High Risk, High Return / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: DailyGainsLetter

Moe Zulfiqar writes: It’s not uncommon for a company to get in trouble and suffer for many quarters, or even years, before there are some improvements. As a result, when a company’s conditions deteriorate, the stock prices follow in the same direction—they decline.

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InvestorEducation

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Trading Binary Options - Putting Knowledge into Good Use / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Submissions

Brentt Taylor writes: When it comes to binary options it is not a gamble. It is important to have good knowledge, take a good attitude and learn skills to be consistently successful. Knowledge in binary options comes in several forms. We will take a look at a few below:

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Companies

Thursday, February 07, 2013

The Anatomy of an XOM Earnings Options Trade / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

One of the most interesting aspects of options is the myriad opportunities presented for high probability trades for those who understand the details of option behavior.

For example, I have recently discussed the routinely observed collapse of implied volatility immediately following an earnings release. We have looked at several examples of profitable trades constructed to benefit from this expected decline in implied volatility.

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Companies

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

How to Trade Options Around Corporate Earnings / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

The hallmark of a professional option trader is the ability to use a wide variety of trade structures in order to exploit opportunities to profit from specific situations the market presents. One of the opportunities routinely presented multiple times yearly is the impending release of earnings.

Underlying the logic of earnings trades is the stereotypic pattern of increasing implied volatility of options as earnings approach. This pattern is so reliably present that experienced options traders can recognize the approximate date of an impending earnings release by simply perusing the implied volatility of the various series of upcoming options.

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Companies

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Using a Put Butterfly to Options Trade Cummins Inc. / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Entomologists tell us that a group of butterflies can, at the choice of the writer, be termed a lek, a rabble, or a swarm. I was first struck today by the bearish Fibonacci based pattern initially described by Larry Pesavento termed a bearish butterfly which had completed in heavy engine manufacturer Cummins Incorporated (symbol CMI).  

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Companies

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Google Earnings Options Trading Idea / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe recently discussed the impending release of third quarter earnings for Google (GOOG), analyzed the expected move in light of then-current options pricing, discussed the expected behavior of the implied volatility of the options, and finally constructed an option trade structure we thought had a high probability of success. I thought it would be helpful to discuss how our prognostications fared and finally to consider “lessons learned” in this exercise.

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Companies

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Trading Apple Stock Using Options Short Strangles / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMy last missive dealt with a simple trading plan for XOM using the straightforward easily managed and easily understood strategy of selling naked puts and either allowing assignment of the stock and entering a covered call campaign or closing the position after extracting most of the premium initially received. Continuing on the theme of basic strategies, I would like to look at a different high probability strategy applicable to AAPL.

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Companies

Sunday, September 23, 2012

How to Play Apple on the Cheap, Buy A Ferrari for 15 Cents on the Dollar / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: Investment_U

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Eller writes: If you could buy a Ferrari for 15 cents on the dollar, you would, right? How about if you could trade a high-value stock for a fraction of its selling price?

Well… you can. And it’s not terribly difficult…

But first, let me briefly explain why you should be focusing on exactly these types of high-value stocks in the weeks ahead.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

How to Protect Your Gains in Today's "Toppy" Stock Markets With Options / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry D. Spears writes: With so little enthusiasm, this summer's "slow-motion" rally may be coming to an end.

In fact, both the S&P 500 and the Dow Industrials lost ground last week, marking their first weekly declines since early July.

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Companies

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Using Volatility to Trade IBM Stock Options / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne of the hallmarks of an option based trading approach is the ability to accommodate various market conditions by varying the specific construction of your option trade in order to maximize the probability of success.

In order to form a logical basis for trade selection, it is best to think in terms of each of the three primary forces impacting option pricing- price of the underlying, time to expiration, and implied volatility.

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Companies

Monday, July 23, 2012

Using Options to Trade Apple AAPL Corporate Earnings News / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTrading stock around the times of earnings releases is a notoriously difficult operation because it requires accurate prediction of the direction of price movement. Wrong predictions can expose the trader to substantial loss if large unexpected moves occur against his position.

Because of the risk associated with these events, many traders use options to define their risk and protect their trading capital. The purpose of my missive today is to present several approaches to using options to capture profits during the earnings cycle and to help present the logic and call attention to a major potential pitfall of using these vehicles in this specific situation.

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InvestorEducation

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Option Traders Profit From The Passage of Time / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMy most recent missive discussed some of the nuances of the options Greek, Delta which deals with the change in option price with regard to changes in price of the underlying. Today I would like to examine some of the practical details surrounding the second of the primal forces describing the behavior of options with regard to the passage of time. This second Greek is Theta.

As opposed to the value of a stock position which varies only in relation to changes in price, options are subject to changes in value as a result of the interplay of three factors: price of the underlying, time to expiration, and implied volatility.

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InvestorEducation

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Using Standard Deviation & Probability to Trade Options / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI recently discussed the ability to use implied volatility to calculate the probability of a successful outcome for any given option trade. To review briefly, the essential concepts a trader must understand in order to make use of this helpful metric include:

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InvestorEducation

Monday, June 18, 2012

Options Trading Strategies: Taking the Mystery Out of Puts and Calls / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMichael C. Thomsett writes: The hardest part of learning about options trading strategies is getting used to the language. Once you nail that, you're most of the way there.

Here are the terms you are going to need to learn to understand and use options. Keep in mind that the best way to master jargon is by applying it in real situations.

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InvestorEducation

Monday, June 11, 2012

Understanding Implied Volatility When Trading Options – Part 1 / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe have recently discussed the importance of routinely considering the value of implied volatility in a historical perspective for each underlying before considering any of the various option positions potentially appropriate for trading a given underlying security, index, or ETF. Failure to consider this data represents a major cause of the failure of otherwise favorable option positions.

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InvestorEducation

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Options Trading: The Most Important Piece of Advice for Beginners / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMichael C. Thomsett writes: Here it is. The most important piece of advice I have for anyone thinking about options trading.

Don't let the red tape hold you back.

A lot of experienced and sophisticated investors shy away from anything that involves paperwork.

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InvestorEducation

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Slash Your Risk and Make Money with Traded Options / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMichael C. Thomsett writes: If you feel like Alice in Wonderland when you start to look into options trading strategies, you're not alone.

Even so-called "experts" struggle with options. It gets even uglier when they attempt to bring it down to earth for their readers.

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Companies

Friday, May 18, 2012

A Different Approach to Trading Apple Stock Using Options / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleApple (AAPL) is one of the most actively traded stocks currently. For the trader who trades only stock, there are two major difficulties in executing trades in this stock:

1. It is breathtakingly expensive.

2. It exhibits periods of neck snapping volatility exposing the trader to substantial losses if he gauges the direction wrong and does not act quickly.

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InvestorEducation

Thursday, April 26, 2012

How to Trade Weekly Options / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry D. Spears writes: To loosely paraphrase Robert Burns, the best-laid plans of mice and stock traders sometimes go awry.

But with some creative use of weekly options, that doesn't necessarily mean you have to take your losses.

Here's an example of what I mean.

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Companies

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

How to Use Options to Make a Quick Profit on J.P. Morgan Earnings / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry D. Spears writes: It's earnings season again!

Among the most eagerly awaited results will be the financial earnings, many of which are still struggling to fully recover from the 2008-2009 financial collapse.

The projections released so far look pretty rosy.

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InvestorEducation

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Option Trading: A Basic Explanation of Debit Spreads / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWelcome back to the world of options. My reality exists in three dimensions and far more combinations of potential positions than does the one-dimensional world of the stock trader.

The view from my turret is ruled by the three primal forces of options — time to expiration, price of the underlying, and implied volatility. Consider for a moment the fact that each of these factors can independently impact a given option.

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Companies

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Outperform the Stock Market with Covered Call Options / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: Jim_Fink

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleToday’s rock-bottom interest rates and overpriced financial assets have created a low-return investment world that requires proactive yield-enhancement techniques such as covered calls, to generate the additional investment rate of return needed to retire comfortably.

Selling covered calls generates additional income and lowers the break-even cost basis of stock you already own, thus reducing the downside risk of stock ownership at all price points.

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Companies

Monday, March 26, 2012

How to Earn a 9.25% in 30 days While Waiting for Apple's Dividend / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry D. Spears writes: Although it's been one of the market's darlings for a decade now, dividend-oriented investors have long shunned computer giant Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) because, well ... it didn't pay one.

That, coupled with AAPL's historically high share price, has always kept me from buying Apple stock - but, as a trader, it hasn't kept me from generating income with Apple options.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

How to Use Options to Hedge Against a Stock Market Correction / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry D. Spears writes: Stocks have been mostly higher the past five months, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average recently topping 13,000 for a few days and the Nasdaq Composite touching the key 3,000 mark on the final day of February.

However, the markets have turned erratic the last week or so, and big moves like last Tuesday's plunge have left many investors to worry about a looming stock market correction.

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InvestorEducation

Monday, March 05, 2012

How Credit Put Spreads Can Boost Your Gains and Lower Your Risk / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry D. Spears writes: Last month, Money Morning showed you how to use a technique called selling "cash-secured puts" to generate a steady flow of cash from a stock - even if you no longer own the shares.

It is a highly effective income strategy that can also be used to buy stocks at bargain prices.

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InvestorEducation

Friday, February 24, 2012

Stock Options Trading Explained / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.”          ~ Lao Tzu ~

The peculiar vocabulary and concepts inhabiting an options trader’s thoughts are often the source of confusion to visitors to my world. I have often pondered that learning to understand options is a lot like learning a foreign language. When you arrive in the country whose language you seek to learn, you need a functional vocabulary immediately.

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InvestorEducation

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Understanding the Basic Language of Option Trading / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.”          ~ Lao Tzu ~

The peculiar vocabulary and concepts inhabiting an options trader’s thoughts are often the source of confusion to visitors to my world. I have often pondered that learning to understand options is a lot like learning a foreign language. When you arrive in the country whose language you seek to learn, you need a functional vocabulary immediately.

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Companies

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

An Options Strategy That Will Save You Some Money / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry D. Spears writes: Whether you credit a Santa Claus rally, an early January Effect, or some other driving market force, there's no disputing the strong finish posted by stocks in 2011 - or the healthy 2012 opening advance added in the first week of January.

To be specific, stocks - as measured by the Standard & Poor's 500 Index - rose from 1,204.00 at the close on Monday, Dec. 19, to 1,257.60 on Friday, Dec. 30, then jumped to 1,280.15 at midday yesterday (Monday), a gain of 6.32% in just three weeks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average did almost as well, climbing from 11,751.96 on Dec. 19 to 12,398.29 in Monday trading, a 21-day gain of 5.50%.

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Stock-Markets

Friday, August 12, 2011

High Risk Reward Trading Strategy in VIX Put Options / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: Money_Morning

Keith Fitz-Gerald writes: Many investors dream of making the "big trade."

Spurred on by stories of fabled investors who accumulated generations of wealth with just one big trade, they talk incessantly about what they could or should have done.

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InvestorEducation

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Why do you buy put options and how do you calculate your profit? / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Submissions

Susan Hayes writes: A put option is the right, but not the obligation, to sell a stock. It is, in essence, an insurance policy on a financial market security.

There are two reasons why an individual or institution might buy a put option;

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Commodities

Monday, August 01, 2011

The Gold and Silver Warrants Index (GSWI) in Review / Commodities / Options & Warrants

By: Lorimer_Wilson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleVirtually nothing is being written these days on the few long-term warrants associated with gold and silver mining companies. I suppose that is to be expected given that there are only 22 such warrants and they are associated with only 19 companies in total. That is unfortunate because those who are in the know can take advantage of the significant leverage warrants generate in a bull market over investing in physical gold and silver, precious metals company stocks and mutual/exchange traded funds. What am I talking about - and which warrants am I referring to? Let me explain.

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InvestorEducation

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Learn How to Trade the Gold GDX Fibonacci Butterfly Options Spread / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne of the many useful characteristics of options is that the astute trader can design strategies to capture profit from predicted price action forecasts from a wide variety of technical indicators. I think it is helpful to have knowledge of several approaches to technical analysis in order to recognize patterns that other traders may not see.

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InvestorEducation

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

How to turn Short-term Market Price Gyrations into Big Profits Using Options / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry D. Spears writes: Everyone acknowledges that at its most basic level the stock market is driven by fear and greed. And, in the past, the immediate impact of fear has been far more dramatic than the short-term effect of greed.

In other words, stock prices have historically tended to fall faster - and further - when investors are running scared than they rise when investors get a pleasant surprise.

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InvestorEducation

Saturday, May 14, 2011

How to Trade Silver Options for BIG Profits / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHi-Yo Silver, Away, Last week silver was the focus of incredible price swings which left many licking their wounds and shaking their heads at the trading losses they had incurred. This sell off was likely triggered by the increase in margin requirements for futures contracts, but the stunning price decline extended to all vehicles like exchange traded funds use to trade the glimmering metal.  

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Stock-Markets

Monday, April 11, 2011

Option Flexibility Allows Traders To Adjust Positions As Stock Market Changes / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“I’ve been hanging onto nothing when nothing could be worse” Heaven When We’re Home The Wailin’ Jennys

As an options trader, I continue to be impressed by the wide variety of choices available to modify a trade that is not quite going the way I initially predicted. This approach may be a bit unfamiliar to the trader whose experience has been primarily with trading stocks. The choices for a stock trader are really only two: open or close a position.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Options Trading Lesson on Triple Calendar Spreads / Interest-Rates / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne of the characteristics of option trades that is particularly vexing to the new trader is the almost infinite variation in which individual options can be combined to produce a seemingly infinite array of choices. These combinations of the various individual options are more than a theoretical exercise; each individual combination often produces a unique Profit & Loss curve.

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InvestorEducation

Monday, February 28, 2011

Hidden Assumptions in Option Pricing / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Robert_Murphy

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSteve Landsburg is an economics professor at the University of Rochester, and author of some great books on free-market thinking. However, in a recent blog post he gave a misleading explanation of option pricing. It's worth going over the episode because it beautifully illustrates the tendency of economists to overlook the assumptions they sneak into their arguments, particularly when it comes to discussions of the financial markets.

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Companies

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

NetFlix, Butterflies and Option Expiration / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“I love the smell of napalm in the morning” Lt Col Bill Kilgore, Apocalypse Now

One of the opportunities available to the knowledgeable options trader is the ability to capitalize on major price movements while maintaining an acceptable risk profile. These opportunities are particularly attractive when they occur late in the options cycle because of the rapidly accelerating decay of the time premium of options. In appropriately structured positions, this time decay can be a wind at your back as the time premium relentlessly goes to zero at the closing bell on options expiration Friday.

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Companies

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Warning to Options Traders Looking at NetFlix Corporate Earnings / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne of the hardest things for me to remember is not to believe everything I see. I am a sucker for the latest “can’t lose” strategy supported by the experts. This morning I ran across a trade that looked too good to be true. I think it is, but I think it is instructive to walk through the potential hidden land mine. The event is the Wednesday afternoon release of NFLX earnings but there is a hidden trap for option traders using one commonly used earnings play structure.

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Stock-Markets

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sell Covered Call Options to Benefit from Stock Market Pause / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: Profit_Confidential

George Leong writes: The lack of any catalyst, along with nervousness regarding the banks, is helping to exert continued downward pressure on stocks. The seven-week winning streak by the S&P 500 is at risk. And, without leadership, markets may stall. Should this happen, write some covered calls to generate some premium income and reduce the average cost base of your positions. Be careful, as a market surge could take out your position at the strike price. Make sure you are comfortable with the strike price of your covered call.

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InvestorEducation

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Using Double Calendar Options Spreads to Capitalize on Corporate Earnings / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIBM will reported earnings after the closing bell on Tuesday, January 18.  For traders maintaining a position in common stock during earnings releases and the frequent price gyrations can result in uncomfortable moments.

Earnings releases for the options trader do not force us to take a position in which we must correctly predict the direction of price action stemming from the earnings release. By exploiting the typical changes in option pricing that reliably and reproducibly occur as earnings approach, it is possible to establish a broad potential range of profitability that extends for a considerable distance both above and below the current price of the underlying.

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InvestorEducation

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Options, A More Flexible Way To Target Profits and Maximize Leverage / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry D. Spears writes: Standard options have long offered a more flexible way to invest. But a relatively new product called Weekly Options, or "Weeklys," gives investors an even more efficient way to use leverage and target profits.

Weekly options have the same terms as standard options, except they expire every Friday instead of every third Friday.

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Portfolio

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Bullish, But Nervous? Here's how to protect your Stock Profits - and make more... / Portfolio / Options & Warrants

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBy Larry D. Spears writes: Since bottoming out in early July, the stock market has turned in a brilliant performance, giving many investors Christmas stockings bulging with profits. However, it also has left a lot of investors nervous - though not the ones that know how to use options.

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Stock-Markets

Monday, December 06, 2010

How to Play Stock Market Uncertainty With an Options Straddle / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry D. Spears writes: It's often said that the only thing certain in the stock market is uncertainty - and that's certainly been the case this fall.

Since 1950, September has consistently been the worst month for stock performance and October is most notable for the market crashes it has seen - 1929 and 1987, to name two.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, November 20, 2010

S&P 500, Treasuries, Gold, & Dollar are At Key Price Levels / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAnother example of Mr. Market playing games with traders and investors as equities and precious metals took part in a strong rally. Some market prognosticators noted short-term oversold conditions across the board while others discussed the potential for a strong reversal that could potentially take out recent highs. In addition to the regular banter, to the average retail investor the market sure looks rigged when the government decides to sell a large stake in a massive IPO offering and a shaky tape suddenly becomes stronger than garlic.

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InvestorEducation

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Learn How Out-of-the-Money Butterflies Create Profits Trading SPX Options / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOver the past few weeks the broad stock market has seemingly grown increasingly more bullish. Market pundits, traders, and even high profile money managers are stating publicly that the easy trade over the next few years will simply be being long high quality stocks. While time may prove these managers wise, it is likely a bit early to be that bullish.

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Time for a Paradigm Shift in Your Investment Portfolio / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: Dudley_Baker

With gold and silver hitting new highs the markets are finally getting very exciting for those of us investing in the natural resource sector. Great gains are being made and the big move which we expect is still in front of us and could possibly unfold within the next 6 months.

This is the time investors should be asking themselves if they are correctly positioned to maximize their gains should this big move occur. One of the legends in the precious metals sector once said, "An investor invests 100% of their money to make 10% a year while a speculator will invest 10% of their money in the attempt to make over 100%."

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InvestorEducation

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Using Iron Condors to Create Profits Trading SPX / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Chris_Vermeulen

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis recent rally has many market pundits believing the market will continue higher, fueled by slightly improved economic data points. The bulls realize that the all important S&P 1130 level is not that far overhead; if they can push the SPX through that level with strong volume, a rally could play out. The charts below are using the S&P E-Mini contract for analysis purposes.

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InvestorEducation

Monday, September 13, 2010

Learn How Butterflies Can Create Profits When Trading Gold GLD ETF / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn recent articles, we discussed that Theta (Time Decay) has the potential to cause option prices to decline dramatically, particularly in the final weeks leading up to option expiration. As it turns out, we are now in that very period of time and option strategies that utilize Theta (time) decay as their profit engine can really produce some outstanding risk/reward opportunities. Vertical spreads, butterflies, and iron condors can all be utilized to create profits in this environment, with a crisply defined amount of risk. When risk can be accurately defined, option traders can shape their expected perception of price action around their own unique time frame and risk profile.

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InvestorEducation

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Learn How to Create Synthetic SPX Equity Positions Using Options / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFor most equity traders, the S&P and/or the Dow are watched quite closely. While these indices are usually just as important to option traders, the volatility index is generally closely monitored as well. There are a variety of volatility indices to watch, but most traders look at the S&P volatility index which is commonly referred to as "The VIX."

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InvestorEducation

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Stealth Greek Of Options Trading: Vega / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn my previous missives on the Greeks of the option world, we have spent most of our time focusing on Theta and Delta. In the real world of option trading, option prices are the subjects of three primal forces: price of the underlying, time to expiration, and implied volatility.  Delta and theta address the first of these two primal forces. The third primal force, implied volatility, is by far the least known by newcomers to the option trading world. However, while it is usually not respected or even known by many new to trading options, it typically is the most frequently unrecognized force resulting in is the cause for significant trading capital deterioration. 

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InvestorEducation

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Risk Comparison: Options Versus Equities – Part 1 / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: J_W_Jones

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhile future articles will return to focusing on the option Greeks, a recent comment regarding risk really piqued my interest. The age old discussion about risk versus reward, equities versus options, and the fundamental difference between Nassim Taleb’s “Black Swan” risk and what most people perceive as ordinary risk.

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InvestorEducation

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Learning How Theta Can Be Utilized to Trade Gold / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Chris_Vermeulen

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA fundamental knowledge of Theta is imperative in order to understand the mechanics and construction of option strategies. In many cases, Theta is either the profit engine or the means by which experienced option traders reduce the cost of opening a new position. Theta can even take an ETF that pays no dividend and create a monthly income stream utilizing a technique known as a covered call write.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Learning How to Profit From Theta When Trading SPX Options / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: Chris_Vermeulen

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJ.W. Jones writes: As discussed in the first article, “The Hidden Potential of Learning How to Trade SPX and Gold Options” I pointed out that there are several fundamental principles that must be mastered before profits can be attained when trading options. Novice traders typically skip the discussion about “The Greeks” and skim over volatility only to watch their precious trading capital disappear.

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Companies

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Healthcare, A Safe Options Strategy for Retired Investors / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: DailyWealth

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDr. David Eifrig writes: Most people know stock options are a great way to get rich in America...

Take Stephen Hemsley, CEO of the big insurance firm United Health Group. His 2009 salary came in around $9 million. But a decade earlier, he received stock options as part of his compensation package. In 2009, he exercised 4.9 million of them for a total gain of $98.6 million.

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Companies

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Gold Stocks Warrants, Options and LEAPS – It’s All About Leverage / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: Dudley_Baker

Investors looking for a more interesting and potentially rewarding approach to investing in the natural resource shares should investigate the use of warrants, options and LEAPS.

The use of all three or any of these investment vehicles positions the investor to maximize their gains in the natural resource sector in the coming months.

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InvestorEducation

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Ultimate Stock Market Insurance Policy / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Investment_U

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKarim Rahemtulla writes: It’s a question that trickles in consistently from Investment U readers:

“How do I weight my portfolio properly in terms of asset allocation that offers a mix of upside potential and downside protection?”

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

How to Use Stock Options to Insure Your Holdings Against Short-Term Pullbacks / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry D. Spears writes: Stock options are among the most versatile tools available to investors. They can be used as a low-cost way to speculate on expected price movements, generate added income on stock holdings, and to lock in gains on profitable positions or hedge against market reversals.

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InvestorEducation

Monday, June 14, 2010

Options-Straddle Strategy Defensive Investing to Defeat Stock Market Volatility / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry D. Spears writes: It's often said the stock market can deal with anything but uncertainty, but uncertainty is about all the U.S. stock market has to feed on these days - and that has translated into raging volatility and huge swings in both the major market indexes and the prices of many individual stocks.

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Companies

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

How to Make a 59% Dividend From BP / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: DailyWealth

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTom Dyson writes: The Gulf of Mexico oil leak is a disaster for the environment, a disaster for the local economy, and may even prove to be a disaster for the stock market if the government decides to punish the offshore drilling industry.

But it could be the best thing that happens to your portfolio this year...

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Companies

Saturday, February 06, 2010

An Interesting Options Approach To Accumulating Shares of Philip Morris Int'l / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: Submissions

Kevin Duffey writes: As the market seems to be in correction mode in recent weeks, I’m starting to become more focused on some positions that I want to accumulate. One of these has been Philip Morris Int’l (PM).

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InvestorEducation

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Keeping Your Options Open (and Valuing Them) / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Andy_Sutton

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt is often said that there is nothing new under the sun. Truly, economic events of late have demonstrated this in spades. There is little that is new, just different flavors of the same. So, in the absence of anything substantially new to add to the collection of events this week, I am going to take an opportunity to return to some of the analytical topics that I’ve had but a few precious chances to deal with over the past three and a half years. The last foray dealt with some hedging strategies involving options and inverse funds. This week I’m going to dig deeper into the options side of hedging and look at some of the various pricing models available for consideration. Then we’ll take the models for a spin and create ourselves a hypothetical situation and see how things play out.

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Dow Jones (YM, CBOT) Options Trade Alert / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: Patrice_V_Johnson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWelcome to The J.E.D.I. Way.

The J.E.D.I. Way will be buying the following call option on the MINI-SIZED DOW JONES (YM, CBOT) at the Market:

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Covered Calls Options Trading Strategy / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: Jay_DeVincentis

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe basic covered call is a relatively simple strategy. The owner of a security sells the right to have their security purchased at a predetermined price in the future in return for money now. If the security price does not fall over the life of the option, the call writer will keep the premium collected when the call was sold. The call writer’s profit is limited in exchange for the premium.

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Commodities

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Crude Oil Super Down Trend, Options Play for Next Wave Down / Commodities / Options & Warrants

By: Matt_McKinney

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis Article Focuses On Buying Bear Put Spreads in CRUDE OIL

MY ANALYSIS
Fundamentally, OPEC has raised it's demand outlook for the coming year possibly causing the recent bounce in price. This rally is very unimpressive to me allowing for an opportunity to buy puts.

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Stock-Markets

Saturday, December 12, 2009

OPTIONS PLAY: CRUDE OIL Makes New Low For The Move / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: Matt_McKinney

CRUDE OIL has traded lower 7 out of the last 8 days. See my previous blog post for more details: http://mckinneytrading.blogspot.com/..

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Commodities

Thursday, December 10, 2009

OPTIONS PLAY: COMEX SILVER Reaches Major Support / Commodities / Options & Warrants

By: Matt_McKinney

After this huge correction in COMEX SILVER it has touched MAJOR support.

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Commodities

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Dirty Little Secrets of Warrants, Options & LEAPS / Commodities / Options & Warrants

By: Dudley_Baker

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith the gold bull market charging firmly ahead perhaps it is time to reflect upon what is actually happening from the perspective of the junior mining sector. 

The first chart below is of the TSX Venture Index showing a great uptrend and looking very strong. The second chart shows us the TSX Venture Index relative to Gold. Wow, what a difference.

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InvestorEducation

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Keep Your Options Open / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Charles_Maley

While everyone has a right to his or her opinion, the people who are informed have more of a right - BILL DIXON

My experience is that most people who trade options do not do very well. A major reason is that most option traders don’t know how options are priced. Without having a basic understanding as to how they are priced, it’s difficult to understand how, and why, they will change in value. This makes formulating good trading strategies practically impossible.

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, September 20, 2009

This Week's Stock Market Trade: Gee, Let’s Buy GE Options / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: Peter_Navarro

Stock market trend: Up 

Market Pulse - It always nice when the market geniuses catch up to one of your trades.  Case in point is the action last week in GE call options and the follow-up article in this week’s Barron’s (“A Bullish Sign for GE).  Back in late February just as the market was approaching its March low, I put indicated in the newsletter that I was stocking up on GE 2011 leaps.

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Stock-Markets

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Options Implied Stock Prices Forward 30 Days Trend / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: Richard_Shaw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOptions traders provide one community of opinions worth considering when evaluating short-term prospects for stocks. While they as a group could be totally wrong, they differ importantly from analysts and academics, because they are risking their money on their opinions.

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Current Stock Option Trading Ideas / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: Jay_DeVincentis

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLiquidity Rush

We have options in DIA, GLD, MSFT, QQQQ, XRAY and 8 more designed to double your money with less than a 9% move in the underlying.

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Commodities

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Some Commodity Related Securities Outpacing Gold 15:1 YTD / Commodities / Options & Warrants

By: Lorimer_Wilson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhere should we be investing what is left of our hard earned money these days? As the table below reveals having bought a basket of commodity related warrants with a minimum duration of at least 24 months at the beginning of 2009 would have been the right choice. Such warrants are up 111.9% YTD, up 12.8% in the past month and up 11.7% in just the last week. That is 14.7 times greater than the 7.6% YTD increase in gold, 13.3 times greater than the 8.4% increase in the S&P 500, 5.8 times greater than the 19.4% increase in the HUI and 4.8 times greater than the 23% YTD increase in silver.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Trading Eurodollar August 2009 Put Option Update / Interest-Rates / Options & Warrants

By: Patrice_V_Johnson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLONG-TERM TREND (> 1YR) OF THE MARKETS: DOWN

SHORTS LONGS _____________________
None August 2009 Eurodollar (Ticker Symbol: EDQ9)

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Stock-Markets

Thursday, July 16, 2009

How to Profit From Stock Market Volatility / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: Q1_Publishing

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“How can I make a lot of money in this market?”

That’s the question I wake up to every day. Sometimes it’s a real thinker, especially in bear markets. Other times, when there’s a genuine bull market, it’s a lot easier.

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Commodities

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Future Inflation Fears Fuel Price of Gold Shares and Warrants / Commodities / Options & Warrants

By: Lorimer_Wilson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe 2008 stock market meltdown brought panic and forced liquidation to all market sectors and especially junior resource shares (- 58.2% on average) and their associated warrants (-80.1%). Shares of companies that had a solid foundation for development, production and growth were unceremoniously dumped along with those more numerous juniors that had little more than hopes centered on grass roots exploration prospects. As a result of this indiscriminate selling – this throwing out the baby with the bath water – extraordinary opportunities have emerged creating once-in-a-lifetime values for discerning investors.

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Commodities

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Why Gold Mining Stocks and Warrants are Up so Dramatically / Commodities / Options & Warrants

By: Lorimer_Wilson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEvery investor has a wide array of asset classes and investment vehicles to consider – stocks; bonds; commodities; funds; options; LEAPS; etc. and the relatively unknown and misunderstood category called ‘warrants’. This article discusses the reasons behind the performance to date of commodity related company stocks (i.e. gold, silver and other metal miners and oil and gas operators) and their associated warrants vis-à-vis the aforementioned categories.

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Commodities

Friday, May 29, 2009

Leverage Potential of Many Metals & Mining Sector Warrants Unprecedented / Commodities / Options & Warrants

By: Lorimer_Wilson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHarold Clifford writes: Extraordinary Times Present Rare Opportunities - The 2008 once-in-a-lifetime general stock market meltdown brought panic and forced liquidationto all market sectors, and in particular pummeled junior mining share prices by 80 – 90% or more, creating once-in-a-lifetime values for discerning investors.

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InvestorEducation

Monday, May 11, 2009

Warrants: The Devil is in the Details – A Follow-up / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Lorimer_Wilson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis is the promised follow-up to my earlier article entitled “Warrants: The Devil is in the Detail” regarding the merit of my decision to forego buying a particular warrant at the time of issue. What can I say other than that I was dead wrong in my assessment of the buying opportunity it presented. It has turned out to be a ‘grand slam’ of an investment rather than the possible ‘bunt’ that I feared.

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Companies

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

GM Shareholders Wipeout as Option Players Hold Gigantic Risk Reward "Put" Lottery Tickets / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGM is preparing to do a 100-1 reverse split after issuing up to 60 billion new shares to pay down debt.

Please consider GM details plans to wipe out current shareholders.

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Commodities

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Warrants: The Devil is in the Details / Commodities / Options & Warrants

By: Lorimer_Wilson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI was about to sing the praises of a new warrant that has just been issued by a Canadian gold mining company with producing mines in North, Central and South America and then I looked at the company’s prospectus – and now I am not so sure.

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Companies

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Write Covered Calls to Recoup Losses on Financial Stocks / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: Oxbury_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe've spoken in this space about Wells Fargo Bank and its (relative) virtues among the financials, and recommended buying WFC on a number of occasions through the autumn of 2008. Sadly, Wells did not escape the fate of the rest of the financials, though it held out somewhat longer (cold comfort for those of us still holding). And at this point, WFC has had its skin peeled and salted, recently falling over 50% in only three weeks!

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InvestorEducation

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Confused About Warrants on Mining Stocks / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Dudley_Baker

Warrants are being mentioned more and more in the traditional media as the U.S. Government has moved to receive warrants in connection with some of the bailout/rescue plans for the Big 3 auto manufactures and also with AIG back in September.

Warrants have a long history going back into the 1920's but the average investor has absolutely no idea what this investment vehicle is all about.

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InvestorEducation

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sell Put Options to Get Paid for Stocks You Want to Buy / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Investment_U

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLee Lowell writes: Did you know that you could get paid to buy stocks at the price you want? That's right, someone will actually hand you cash today for your promise to buy any stock you want at a cheaper price than where it's currently trading.

All you have to do is decide which stock you want to buy, at what price you want to buy it, place the trade and collect your money.

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Companies

Friday, November 07, 2008

Warren Buffett Likes Warrants / Companies / Options & Warrants

By: Dudley_Baker

The legendary Warren Buffet is doing a great favor for investors by bring the investment term warrants back into the limelight.

Within the last 2 months Buffett has stepped in and assisted with an infusion of capital in Goldman Sachs of $5 billion and General Electric of $3 billion. In both of these transactions Buffett insisted/demanded/requested/required, that he also receive warrants. These warrants essentially are an equity kicker, an additional incentive or sweetener to get the deals done.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Has the Steamroller Rolled Over Options Trading Programs? / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: Mack_Frankfurter

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“In days of old, seers entered a trance state and then informed anxious seekers what kind of mood the gods were in, and whether this was an auspicious time to begin a journey, get married, or start a war. The prophets of Israel repaired to the desert and then returned to announce whether Yahweh was feeling benevolent or wrathful. Today The Market's fickle will is clarified by daily reports from Wall Street and other sensory organs of finance.

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InvestorEducation

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Warrants – The Fed and the U.S. Government / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Dudley_Baker

Warrants have been frequently mentioned in the main stream news the last couple of weeks. Most recently warrants were being mentioned as a component in the failed $700 billion bailout plan. It is unlikely that most investors even know what warrants are, much less understand the financial implications and the benefits associated with warrants. So give us a few minutes and let us bring you up to speed.

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InvestorEducation

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A Brief History of Common Stock Warrants / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Dudley_Baker

Perhaps you have heard about warrants but have not taken the time to fully understand the potential which they can bring to your portfolio.

It's understandable for today there are so many different investment vehicles in which to invest. Most of our readers are interested in how to invest in the precious metals sector, so we have to consider, buying the gold and silver bullion, (if you can find it), mutual funds, ETF's (Exchange Traded Funds), mining shares, options, LEAPS, and warrants. All are great choices.

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Commodities

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Leverage Alternatives for Junior Mining Shares / Commodities / Options & Warrants

By: Dudley_Baker

Investing in the junior mining shares over the last year or two has been considered risky at best and perhaps insanity by some investors. So, why would we be looking for leverage on the junior mining sector when the shares and the mining indices are hardly keeping up with the price of the bullion, gold or silver? Why not just purchase gold or silver? The simple answer is that many analysts believe the juniors will eventually break out and greatly out perform (as they have historically) and will reward investors beyond their dreams. Currently, there are signs of a bottom forming and thus it is a great time to discuss different forms of leverage for those investors willing to take on slightly more risk than merely purchasing the junior mining shares.

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InvestorEducation

Monday, May 12, 2008

Compound Stock Earnings Programs - Caveat Investor / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Steve_Selengut

The caller seemed surprised that I had never heard about Compound Stock Earnings Programs, or CSEs. "People are earning three to six percent per month with little or no risk", she continued, "I'm thinking of attending a seminar". A wise man once said: "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is", but this sure is a creative euphemism for what has to be a rather complicated options strategy.

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InvestorEducation

Thursday, March 13, 2008

How to ‘Invest' In Precious Metals and Commodities with $5,000 to $10,000 / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Dudley_Baker

There are many ways to invest in the precious metals and natural resource sector. Many analysts would first suggest investors purchase gold and silver bullion or coins, then focus on some of the larger capitalized mining companies (most of which are selling for over $35 per share). You might consider the GLD or the SLV, the Exchange Traded Funds for gold and silver currently selling for $96 and $197, respectively. Not all investors have the financial resources necessary to purchase these alternatives.

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InvestorEducation

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Put Option Strategies to Protect Your Stocks Portfolio / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Hans_Wagner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe all want to beat the market. The recent volatility in the markets is causing many investors to question if they should sell their favorite companies and wait for a better day. Others are just resigned to ride it out, believing in the buy and hold approach. After all that is what they have been told by their brokers, or read in various publications and books. So is there a way to hold on to the best companies and just buy some down side risk insurance to protect against potential losses. As it turns out you can have cake and eat it too. Buying put options that protect against a stocks decline offers just this type of insurance.

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Commodities

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Risk Management for Precious Metals Investors / Commodities / Options & Warrants

By: Dudley_Baker

As this bull market progresses forward in the precious metals and commodities sector, we should be ever mind full of the potential risks as we move higher. If you are saying what bull market? We understand. The junior mining shares have lagged greatly up till now and may continue to do so but we believe this situation will resolve itself soon with the juniors catching up and catching up very fast.

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InvestorEducation

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Trade Canadian Stocks & Warrants Online / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Dudley_Baker

The prices of gold and silver have recently been hitting new highs with gold now over $900 an ounce and silver over $16.50 an ounce. Many investors, me included, had been looking for this rally to carry our mining shares to much higher prices. Unfortunately this has not happen and it is only normal to ask why? Virtually none of us have a reasonable explanation for this terrible market sentiment. Are investors fearful of a potential meltdown in the financial markets?

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InvestorEducation

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Should Investors Use Warrants for Leverage in 2008 / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Dudley_Baker

Are you still a non believer in this bull market in gold and silver? What an awesome beginning to 2008 with a gain of over $25 in the price of gold on the first day of trading for 2008 and as we write this piece, spot gold is at $859.00.. Probably even the talking heads at the popular TV channels are getting excited and soon we will have all investors joining ‘our' party, and what a party it will be.

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InvestorEducation

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Beat The Market By Using Call Covered Traded Options Strategies - Part 4 / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Hans_Wagner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInvestors who wish to beat the market using a conservative approach might want to consider using covered call option strategies to enhance their overall return. Writing covered calls helps to improve the total return of an investor's portfolio if they apply several important principles. Covered calls are approved for use in Individual Retirement Accounts as they are considered a conservative way to use options by the authorities. This is part four of a multi-part series on using options to enhance the performance of your portfolio performance. In Part 1 , we introduced covered calls and described the two primary categories that are important to understand. In Part 2 we introduced the Total Return Approach, as well as the risks, the potential return on investment and what strategy to use given your assessment of the situation. Part 3 we discussed some of the basic strategies to exit the position.

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InvestorEducation

Friday, December 14, 2007

Beat The Market By Using Call Covered Traded Options Strategies - Part 3 / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Hans_Wagner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInvestors who wish to beat the market using a conservative approach might want to consider using covered call option strategies to enhance their overall return. Writing covered calls helps to improve the total return of an investor's portfolio if they apply several important principles. Covered calls are approved for use in Individual Retirement Accounts as they are considered a conservative way to use options by the authorities. This is part three of a multi-part series on using options to enhance the performance of your portfolio performance. In Part 1 , we introduced covered calls and described the two primary categories that are important to understand. In Part 2 we introduced the Total Return Approach, as well as the risks, the potential return on investment and what strategy to use given your assessment of the situation. There are several good books on options such as Options Made Easy: Your Guide to Profitable Trading (2nd Edition) by Guy Cohen. It is an easy read that will help you understand options.

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InvestorEducation

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Beat The Market By Using Call Covered Traded Options Strategies - Part 2 / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Hans_Wagner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInvestors who wish to beat the market using a conservative approach might want to consider using covered call option strategies to enhance their overall return. Writing covered calls helps to improve the total return of an investor's portfolio if they apply several important principles. There are several strategies that an investor should consider when using covered call options. In Part 1 , we introduced covered calls and described the two primary categories that are important to understand. In Part 2 we will introduce the Total Return Approach, as well as the risks, the potential return on investment and what strategy to use given your assessment of the situation. This is part two of a multi-part series on using options to enhance the performance of your portfolio performance.

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InvestorEducation

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Beat The Market By Using Call Covered Traded Options Strategies - Part 1 / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Hans_Wagner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInvestors who wish to beat the market using a conservative approach might want to consider using covered call option strategies to enhance their overall return. Writing covered calls helps to improve the total return of an investor's portfolio if they apply several important principles. Covered calls are approved for use in Individual Retirement Accounts as they are considered a conservative way to use options by the authorities. This is part one of a multi-part series on using options to enhance the performance of your portfolio performance. If you are interested in learning more about options Options Made Easy: Your Guide to Profitable Trading (2nd Edition) by Guy Cohen is an easy read that will help investors understand options.

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InvestorEducation

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Understanding Warrants / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Dudley_Baker

Did you know that warrants have been in existence for many decades but very few investors know about them? Why? Unfortunately, very few of the professional newsletter writers and analysts understand them so they do not write about them. Are warrants that difficult to understand? Of course not; it's just that one needs to take some time to learn and understand this incredible investment vehicle.

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Adam Hamilton on Options, LEAPS and Warrants / Stock-Markets / Options & Warrants

By: Dudley_Baker

In the July issue of Zeal Intelligence , Adam Hamilton focused on alternative methods for investing in the mining shares. His subscribers were presented with more trading tools in building their portfolios in addition to purchasing the common shares. He discussed the long awaited Market Vector Gold Miners ETF (GDX) which launched in May 2006 and additionally, he discussed in depth, options, LEAPS and warrants.

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InvestorEducation

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

How To Use Leverage Wisely / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Dudley_Baker

Based on the recent action in the price of gold we have to believe that it has once again broken out to the upside and ready to run. Last week, Richard Russell presented us an excerpt from his service titled, The Box, in which he is using the point and figure method of plotting gold. The basis of the article was that if gold could close at $690 an ounce, it would be a bullish breakout. Well, guess what? It did, it has and no doubt (in our mind) will continue much higher in the coming weeks and months eventually taking out the old highs in the upper $800's. The question always for investors is what do we do? How to maximize our gains and should we use leverage?

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InvestorEducation

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Options: A Three Dimensional Chess Game / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Mack_Frankfurter

"Could we look into the head of a Chess player, we should see there a whole world of feelings, images, ideas, emotion and passion." -- Alfred Binet (French Physiologist, 1857-1911)

One of my favorite pastimes is playing chess, which unfortunately I have not had the time to indulge as of late. To experience the full brunt and emotional psychology of the game try a five minute speed match against a chess hustler in Washington Square Park NYC, a mecca in the chess world. Some of those guys are FIDE rated 2200+ and you will likely walk away feeling beat-up.

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Commodities

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Commodities, Stocks & Warrants / Commodities / Options & Warrants

By: Dudley_Baker

Is there any doubt that we are in the mist of a bull market in the commodities sector, especially for natural resources? The expert analysts we follow believe this bull market will last another

15 to 20 years. The purpose of this article is not to convince you of the existence of the bull market but rather to discuss the different investment strategies that investors can use to accomplish their objectives.

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InvestorEducation

Monday, May 21, 2007

Should Warrants – Warrant Investor Attention? / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Dudley_Baker

Many investors are excited about the prospects of a rip-roaring bull market in the precious metals sector and are presented with a variety of investment vehicles with varying degrees of risk and leverage and advice on how to invest accordingly.

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InvestorEducation

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Managing Risk with Warrants, Options & Leaps / InvestorEducation / Options & Warrants

By: Dudley_Baker

Regardless of what the markets are currently doing, now, more than ever is the time to take action to protect your portfolio.

Over the last few weeks investors have been very very surprised at the performance of virtually all of the markets with the big initial shock coming from the 9% decline in the Shanghai markets overnight. Many analysts have had some great insight into what the problems are, the effects of them and how investors should approach the markets. Unfortunately, we have many different opinions from these analysts. While differing opinions are great to read it can and does create much doubt in the mind of the average investor. This is truly a time that you, the investor, must firmly believe in your investment philosophy or at a minimum attempt to protect yourself in the event you are wrong.

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