Yearly Archives: 2017

Making a Bull Spread on CNR Metamorphose Into a Reverse Butterfly Spread
July 26, 2017
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Making a Bull Spread on CNR Metamorphose Into a Reverse Butterfly Spread

Martin Noël

As shown in the following graph, shares in the Canadian National Railway Company (CNR) have begun a slight correction since peaking at $108.64 at the end of June. When the markets closed on July 24, CNR was trading at $101.63 and was near its 34-week moving average (34-WMA), which has served as a support point several times in...

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Options Brief- Week of July 24
July 26, 2017
Concepts

Options Brief- Week of July 24

Montréal Exchange

Behind every transaction, there is intention, a belief. Investors typically select options strategies with a clear objective in mind based on a predetermined outlook. One of the most popular strategies is the covered call strategy. We have discussed the covered call in depth in previous posts, but here is a quick summary. The...

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A not so TD-ous trade
July 24, 2017
Stock Options

A not so TD-ous trade

Christopher Thom

TD is an extremely well-run bank with diversification across many business lines and geographies. The share price has pulled back from its 52-week high of $71.31 set back in late February by around 8.5%. With shares hovering around the $65 mark, I want to pick up some yield or look to get long the stock at even lower prices. At...

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Three ways to build a butterfly spread
July 18, 2017
Neutral Outlook

Three ways to build a butterfly spread

Martin Noël

A butterfly spread is appropriate when you expect that the price of the underlying asset will remain relatively unchanged and reach a specific target price upon expiration of the options used in the strategy. The following graph illustrates such a situation with shares in BCE Inc., when their price fluctuated within a range of...

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Options Brief- Week of July 17
July 18, 2017
Currency Options

Options Brief- Week of July 17

Montréal Exchange

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you heard that the Bank of Canada (BoC) raised interest rates for the first time in 7 years last week. The overnight rate target was adjusted to 0.75 percent, an increase of 0.25 percent (from 0.5 percent). Citing the statement release from the BoC, «recent data have bolstered the...

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Generating Consistent Income with Covered Calls
July 14, 2017
Concepts

Generating Consistent Income with Covered Calls

Tony Zhang

Generating consistent income with covered calls can be achieved when using a disciplined and methodical approach. It’s important to understand your personal preferences before searching for income opportunities on your portfolio. Choosing expirations that suits your trading frequency and strike prices that fit your risk...

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Options Brief – Week of July 10th
July 10, 2017
Bullish Outlook

Options Brief – Week of July 10th

Montréal Exchange

The airline industry had its share of bad press last week mainly due to the Sunwing incident, but Air Canada still managed to outperform. On Friday, July 7th, its shares price surged to 19.06$, its highest price in the last ten years following a very optimistic Q2 outlook. In the world of options, it represented a great...

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Profiting from a Stock’s Relative Stability over a Given Period of Time
July 04, 2017
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Profiting from a Stock’s Relative Stability over a Given Period of Time

Martin Noël

There are three situations in which options can be used to take advantage of changes in the price of an underlying stock: when prices rise, when they fall, and when they enter a relatively stable period. In this article, I will examine how to benefit from a relatively stable stock price. More specifically, we will look at an...

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Demystifying the Black-Scholes formula
June 27, 2017
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Demystifying the Black-Scholes formula

Martin Noël

The Black-Scholes formula is an option valuation model developed by two academics, Fischer Black and Myron Scholes, who first described it in a 1973 article. The article appeared in the same year that the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) was founded, and the model effectively democratized the use of options. Previously,...

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Early Exercise of Options
May 30, 2017
Concepts

Early Exercise of Options

Martin Noël

Holding shares in a company gives the shareholder the following rights:*The right to transfer ownership, *The right to dividends, *Voting rights, and *The right to residual income and assets. What this means is that shareholders are free to sell their shares, take dividends when they are paid, vote at shareholder meetings and...

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