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Markets Struggle with Crude Oil Drop, But There is a Silver Lining

The action in the markets since Thanksgiving have been amazing, there is so much to cover after the past week so let’s get into it.The last five days saw the worst price action ...
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Got a ‘Chip and a Chair’? Then You’re Still in the Game!

There is a great story of luck and persistence about  Jack ‘Treetop’ Strauss.   A towering figure, Strauss was an accomplished poker pro.  In 1982 he was playing in ...

Everyone Wants To Make Money Trading the Downside – So Why Don’t They?

Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.   YODA, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Remember back in in the 2008/09 ...

‘Tis the Season to Sell Premium

To paraphrase Robert Duvall from Apocalypse Now, “I love the smell of burning premium in the morning!”.  Actually, that burning premium is a seller’s delight, and ...

Opening the Option Trader’s Toolbox – Part 1

As a trader, you have more flexibility and freedom than you could imagine.  The possibilities for creating a winning trade structure are endless, but if you don’t know the rules ...
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VIX is not Just for Kicks

One of the best ways to measure market volatility is the VIX index, which basically is an expression of the demand for puts and calls on the SPX 500 index.  Some will define it other ...

Rob Hanna at the Festival of Traders

I’m going to be participating the The Festival of Traders this month for the 1st time.  It is a 2-day event that features presentations from 8 traders. I’ll be speaking ...

Fear of Being Wrong

You made a trade that went against you and you’ve been sitting with a loss on the books.  This was not supposed to happen!  There was no way it could work against you.  Decision ...

6/17/13 Swiss Franc –Play a Retracement

Since putting in a bottom on 5/22 at 1.0186 the Swiss franc has appreciated 6.5%…as of last week lifting futures to four month highs. I am operating under the influence an interim ...

Make Money When Options Expire (Pt 2)

Last week, I told you of some ways to take advantage of the great option leverage to gain an edge.  The option trading focus we are discussing is on selling option premium.  Don’t ...