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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: Source: theoptionsguide.com As you can see, there is a premium paid for the option. If the underlying asset rises above the strike price,…
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If you want to fail as an investor, the possibilities are endless. Buying stocks on a whim, holding on to the losers for too long, and dumping winners too soon are just a few ways to start. Options, like anything else, can cost you money or make you money. Due…
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Starbucks Corporation (SBUX) shared its earnings report with the world in January 2015 and the numbers show that the company is still steaming hot. When you think about it, it's amazing that Starbucks is still “a thing.” There were a lot of “old timey” coffee drinkers that scoffed at a…
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Options contracts are much-maligned by some investors. Options, contracts to either buy or sell a stock at a certain price in the future, allow for traders and investors to speculate on the price of a stock without ever actually owning it. “Options traders have no actual skin in the game.…
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I came across a website the other day that is made up of lists. The site is a compilation of top 25 lists (list25.com). This is a great site if you are looking for ways to pass the time - on your own time of course. There are lists like…
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One of the most dangerous endeavors that individual investors and “wannabe” traders can engage in is options trading. Stock and index options bring with them a degree of leverage and time restrictions that have the capability to blow up an account in pretty short order, something that happens on a pretty regular basis. It is hard enough to pick stocks that go up, but to do so in a fixed time frame is even more difficult. To top it off, if you pick the wrong strike price you can get the direction and timing right and still lose money. The…
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Futures Outlook for the Week of 5/8/14 Silver has remained in its comfort zone for quite some time now.  While I remain an overall long term bull, it may be time to evaluate a small hedge for protection should you own the physical. Silver Silver made some attempts to try…
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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…
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Futures Outlook of the Week 2/24/14 It has been a while since I’ve written about Silver. Part of that is due to the fact that we have been focusing on the earlier runner in Gold (Gold Report) while Silver remained range bound. Silver has broken nicely and thus far sustains…
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My sleeper currency, as I like to call it, has been rumbling for you. Today as we venture into this New Year, I would like to bring your attention back to the opportunities that may well exist in the Great British Pound. Great British Pound (GBP) The last time I…
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The news has been buzzing for the last week in anticipation of what the Fed would do next and to some the surprise of continued easing as announced yesterday shocked their systems.  Today I want to show you some of the market reactions and talk about next steps in strategy…
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It's time to come back to Gold in our discussions of Futures and Commodities. The very significant metals market failure that we've witnessed over the last five months may offer a reprieve. Gold When discussing Gold, it is important to realize the vast market for those that buy and hold…
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