Navigating a Slippery Slope
November 28, 2018
Bullish Outlook

Navigating a Slippery Slope

As I begin to write, oil has suffered a precipitous top to bottom (bottom? maybe) decline of over 30% from the high this year.   What drove it higher? The most common answer has been the possibility of U.S. sanctions on Iran.  This caused significant concern of a shortage in supply. A market fearful of an oil shortage...

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Options in a Recessionary Market
September 07, 2018
Risk Management

Options in a Recessionary Market

Many investors are becoming increasingly concerned that a recession may be on the horizon as North American markets continue to climb higher despite global trade concerns. A recession is defined as a temporary economic decline during which trade and industrial activity is reduced.  It is typically identified by a fall in Gross...

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3 months ago
Hedging With SXO Options Using Portfolio Beta
July 30, 2018
Protection

Hedging With SXO Options Using Portfolio Beta

This year has been one of headline risk and investor hypersensitivity to say the least. Yet despite all the market moving tweets and the ongoing trade tantrum, both U.S. and Canadian markets continue to climb a wall of worry. In fact, I would suggest that global markets in general have been climbing a wall of worry since 2008....

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Option Trading Mistakes to Avoid
April 25, 2018
Concepts

Option Trading Mistakes to Avoid

Trading and investing for ones self is challenging at best, let alone when you are making mistakes that could have been avoided. I am of course speaking from experience as I have paid my share of tuition thanks to falling victim to a few of the following blunders. Using an all-purpose strategy Options can be used under a...

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8 months ago
Option Myths and Misconceptions
March 21, 2018
Concepts

Option Myths and Misconceptions

For those readers who are just beginning their options education journey, I am sure you have been presented with many opinions from other investors and investment professionals alike, regarding the value and risk that options bring to a portfolio. Unfortunately, many myths and misconceptions have arisen due to a lack of...

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9 months ago
Locking In Profits on a High Flyer
January 12, 2018
Protection

Locking In Profits on a High Flyer

Once again, despite the risk of controversy, I find myself compelled to write about pot! In my last article, Embracing Volatility on a Canadian Disruptor, I looked at a couple of ways one might participate in a bullish technical pattern developing in the TSX:WEED price chart. At the time (August 28th, 2017) the shares were...

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11 months ago
Embracing Volatility on a Canadian Disruptor
August 28, 2017
Volatility

Embracing Volatility on a Canadian Disruptor

Fewer topics have been more hotly debated in political (and social) circles then the legalization of marijuana.  Now despite which direction your moral compass points on this, it’s an industry that is here to stay.  In an economic environment where governments continue to look for new ways to get into our pockets, it is no...

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1 year ago
A Wall of Worry
February 23, 2017
Other

A Wall of Worry

There’s an old saying that “markets climb a wall of worry and slide down a slope of hope”. I think many would agree that although both U.S. and Canadian equities continue climb, there’s no shortage of apprehension when discussing how much further the markets can go with out some sort of a correction. One...

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2 years ago
When Good Stocks Do Bad Things
October 31, 2016
Other

When Good Stocks Do Bad Things

Time and time again we see good stocks fall victim to the emotional roller coaster ride that is the market. Whether it’s a rumour that may be circulating around a certain company or a surprise earnings miss, often times we will see good, fundamentally strong stocks do bad things as panicked investors run for the exit. From...

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2 years ago
Capitalizing on a Valeant Effort in a Mundane Market
July 16, 2016
Bullish Outlook

Capitalizing on a Valeant Effort in a Mundane Market

I apologize for the title but I couldn’t resist. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (TSE:VRX) continues to defy broader market complacency. The diversified pharmaceutical company has barely wavered in its price advance since August of 2014. While this trend may be getting a little long in the tooth, the question is whether...

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2 years ago