no-cover
March 13, 2015
Other

TD Bank Long Term Call Management

Back on January 30th, I posted a blog outlining a strategy to limit your risk for a longer term bullish position on TD Bank. For full details please reference What About The Banks? I suggested that with TD shares trading at $51.00, we could purchase call options at the $52.50 strike price expiring in January 2016 for $2.99 per...

499
0
Like
4 years ago
no-cover
February 17, 2015
Other

Catching a Falling Knife

Back at the end of January, Richard Croft posed the question “Has Oil Bottomed?“. At the time of publishing, oil was trading at around $46.00 per barrel. In his article, he cites a number of supply and demand and geo-political considerations supporting the potential for range bound trading activity between $40.00...

539
0
Like
4 years ago
no-cover
January 30, 2015
Other

What About The Banks?

Since my colleagues have already discussed Canadian Investors’ favorite topics, oil and gold (see Has Oil Bottomed? By Richard Croft and Is the Divergence in Gold and Opportunity? by Patrick Ceresna), I thought I would take a look at Canadian banks. Canadian banks have no doubt come under pressure, dropping an average of...

516
0
Like
4 years ago
no-cover
December 17, 2014
Other

Weekly Options Now Available in Canada

I had the pleasure of presenting at the Toronto Options Education Day back on September 27th, 2014. The topic was “A Guide To Weekly Options”. Even though the contracts had yet to launch the interest was overwhelming and many traders and investors have been patiently waiting to access this new product since then....

1640
0
Like
4 years ago
no-cover
November 17, 2014
Other

Options Combinations to Reduce Risk

One of the true benefits of understanding the complexities of the options market is the ability to construct strategies that help meet any number of trading and investment objectives. Often times novice option enthusiasts are intimidated by multi-leg combinations because of the number of “moving parts”. For those of...

982
0
Like
4 years ago
no-cover
October 24, 2014
Other

Cheap Isn’t Always Better

I’ll be traveling to Winnipeg today on behalf of the Exchange to facilitate a workshop for aspiring, active investors. I have had the opportunity to present to this group on several occasions and despite the anticipated cold weather, I know the crowd is always warm, very interactive and hungry to learn. That said, one of...

704
0
Like
4 years ago
no-cover
August 27, 2014
Other

Tax Deferral Using Options

First of all, let me preface this post with the disclosure that I am not an accountant, and it is always best to consult with one before making any investment related decisions pertaining to taxation. That said, many Canadian investors have been benefiting from a healthy bull market with nothing more than the odd hiccup in the...

604
0
Like
4 years ago
no-cover
July 22, 2014
Other

This One’s For The Blackberry Bulls

Few Canadian stocks have garnered as much attention as Blackberry LTD (TSE:BB). In fact, it has been the topic of a few of my postings over the last year or so. Why, you may ask? Well, option traders love volatility. By that I mean price action, and fewer Canadian stocks deliver as much action as Blackberry. With a historic...

478
0
Like
4 years ago
no-cover
June 13, 2014
Other

Asymmetric Returns with a Directional Condor

The objective of any trader or investor is to achieve the greatest return for the least amount of risk. This is what you hear hedge fund and money managers referring to as “asymmetric returns”. One of the benefits of using options to participate in a directional view is the limited risk exposure of the purchased...

842
0
Like
5 years ago
no-cover
May 20, 2014
Other

European Central Bank QE and the U.S. Dollar

Last Thursday Mario Draghi confirmed the suspicions of many…that the European Central Bank was preparing a Quantitative Easing type policy package for its next meeting scheduled for June. Considerations will include cuts in interest rates and other measures with a focus on stimulating lending to small and medium size...

492
0
Like
5 years ago