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Sometimes, Wall Street has a very convoluted way of looking at things. For instance, consider the term “smart money.” One would think the term “smart money” would refer to a professional investor with incredible talent or a fund manager, market strategist or analyst that has had consistent success over different market scenarios, spanning many years.…click to read more.

Market Talk – November 4, 2007

Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Filed Under Market Snapshots 

November 4, 2007 I honestly don’t know when this madness will end, and the US equities will just take their 25% correction like a man.  Last week, the FOMC, as expected, cut both the fed funds and discount rate another 25 basis points, but also finally made some not quite subtle comments regarding the stifling…click to read more.

Advanced Strategies

Friday, November 2, 2007
Filed Under Option Trading Articles 

Recently, (October and November ‘03), the giant biotech Amgen (AMGN) came under some intense pressure, trading down about $12.00 before it found what appeared to be a decent level of support, and began to consolidate. At this level, anyone interested in going long Amgen at a discounted price would be advised to do so. Implied…click to read more.

Advanced Strategies

Thursday, November 1, 2007
Filed Under Option Trading Articles 

Great article on some advanced strategies for trading options in the stock market.read more | digg story

The fact that you are creating the covered call strategy (buy-write) by doing the vertical spread is very important to note. For margin purposes, the vertical spread will be margined at a much more favorable rate than the traditional buy-write because you do not own the actual stock and therefore do not have as much…click to read more.

We have demonstrated how well options function in unison with a stock position. They enhance potential gains and provide profit protection. They enable us to manage specific risk in a single stock as well as an entire portfolio. But, as good as options are in conjunction with stocks, they can be even better when traded…click to read more.

Key Point – The fact that you are creating the covered call strategy (buy-write) by doing the vertical spread is very important to note. For margin purposes, the vertical spread will be margined at a much more favorable rate than the traditional buy-write because you do not own the actual stock and therefore do not…click to read more.

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