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October 24, 2013
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Price Action Discounts Everything: A Look at Enbridge

I typically have CNBC running in the background as I go about my daily business. While it provides a certain amount of entertainment throughout the day, I am cautious of ever acting on the observations and recommendations shared by the anchors and guests with out the price action supporting the bias. Yesterday, they were doing...

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October 15, 2013
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Tim Hortons Serves Up Some Unusual Activity

On Wednesday October 9th, Tim Hortons (TSE:THI) caught my eye as one of the most active option series trading on the Montreal Exchange. As I cautioned in my previous blog entitled Interpreting Unusual Options Activity this is not a mechanism for establishing a directional bias, however, it can be a starting point for uncovering...

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October 04, 2013
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Interpreting Unusual Options Activity

Agrium Inc. (TSE:AGU) made the Montreal Exchanges “most active” list on Wednesday. This list can be found at m-x.ca under the trading Activity header by clicking on the Most Active options tab. Based on further investigation of the historical data available for Wednesday, October 2nd, it appears as though there was...

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September 11, 2013
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An Option on the Future of Alternative Energy

Adapting to an alternative source of power can be quite cost prohibitive to both businesses and the average household in an economy where every dollar counts. After all, it’s all about returns when it comes to making any investment and making the transition from mainstream energy sources to an alternative is an investment to...

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June 24, 2013
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A Case for Comeco

A Case for Cameco Back in a May, a group of politicians in Japans parliament called for a return to nuclear power as a solution for overcoming the economic challenges of importing expensive economic fossil fuels. 2 years ago, an earthquake and subsequent tsunami caused a nuclear meltdown that forced the shutdown of 48 out of 50...

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June 11, 2013
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Beware Volatility

Option traders have been enjoying a period of low implied volatility for quite some time now. Periods of low implied volatility make option buying attractive as premiums trade at relative lows comparative to periods when implied volatility is high. In order to understand the implied volatility variable, we first have to...

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May 14, 2013
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Hedging a Portfolio Against a Broad Market Decline

As we traveled across Canada over the last month on behalf of the M-X, I met many retail investors concerned about the markets and the fate of their portfolios. While some were concerned about the risk associated with individual holdings, many were skeptical as to how much longer the stock market in general could hold up. While...

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May 01, 2013
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Bet on Barrick Gold

Barrick Gold Corp (TSX:ABX) has suffered the same consequences as many of its counterparts in the mining sector. To blame the most recent drop in gold would be misguided. While Barrick suffered a 33% drop in a little under a week on the heels of the gold sell off, the fact is that the downtrend was already well in place. One...

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February 17, 2011
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Technical Analysis and Options

Many investors use fundamental analysis to determine whether shares in a particular company are worth buying or selling. Fundamental analysis is simply the study of financial statements, management, competitive advantages, competitors and industry potential. While this information can be powerful in determining the potential...

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February 04, 2011
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U.S Dollar/Canadian Dollar Outlook

The Canadian dollar continues to maintan its dominance over the U.S. dollar. We have consistantly seen the .99 level tested time and time again with out any follow through. I have included a link to a weekly chart to offer a bigger picture perspective on the USD/CAD trend. Using a common exponential moving average pairing of 8...

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