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October 29, 2014
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Irrefutable Testament To The Value of Put Protection

First off I wanted to say thank you to all the Toronto Options Education Day attendees for a warm welcome, it was a pleasure to meet all of you. Recently the stock markets have increasingly become volatile as almost all Canadian sectors have gone through a healthy profit taking cycle. This gives us the opportunity to reference...

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September 24, 2014
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Trading Volatility

It is common for traders that are new to options to make many of their trading decisions based solely on the prediction of the price move. While the price move is an important component of the overall success, the ultimate profitability is dramatically impacted by volatility pricing. Implied volatility is materially different...

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September 23, 2014
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Patrick Ceresna’s OED Presentation

The Unintended Consequences of...

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August 29, 2014
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Is there any Fuel left in the Energy Sector Bull Advance?

Canadian energy stocks have been bulling higher for most of the year. The iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy ETF is up 18.68% year-to-date (as of Aug 28). This renewed strength in the energy stocks has been a major contributor to the robust bull market advance in the broader Canadian indices. Can the energy stocks keep rising?...

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August 01, 2014
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Can the Canadian Bull Market Continue?

The S&P/TSX60 closed at 890.00 the other day. The market is now just 10 points away from the 900 level, which also corresponds with the 2008 all-time high prior to the great bear market that wiped out 50% of the value of the index. This leaves many investors asking the question: will the S&P/TSX60 be able to make...

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June 30, 2014
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Why I am Dumping my Magna Shares

Ok, I have to admit I used the word “dumping” to get your attention. This is not a bear rant on a good company but rather a strategic maneuver to create a favorable risk/reward proposition. In fact, what I will demonstrate is my rationale for replacing the stock with call options. Here are some facts about the stock: Magna...

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May 30, 2014
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Insurance for your Insurance Stocks

For any keen market observer, it is hard to have missed the relative under-performance of the Canadian insurance stocks vs. the Canadian bank stocks. This divergence comes to a surprise to many investors that felt the stocks would rise together in the pronounced bull market. So what could be some of the underlying precipitating...

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April 30, 2014
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Defining Risk in the Energy Stocks

The Canadian energy sector began 2014 with a bullish advance that has seen many of the stocks rise 20+%. Clearly there is a bullish buzz unlocking the low valuations we have seen on these stocks over the last few years. The big question…is this sustainable? The Bull Argument: 1. Attractive valuations 2. Attractive dividends...

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March 27, 2014
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Using Options as a Tax Deferral Strategy

Over the last 2 days I have had the opportunity to speak at the Options Conference in Toronto and Montreal. The conference brought together the top industry professionals from across North America with a focus on the use of options for Investment Advisors and Portfolio Managers. It was a phenomenal opportunity to hear some the...

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February 28, 2014
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Fundamental and Technical Analysis for Options Trading

Fundamental analysis remains the most commonly utilized investment tool available. Through its use, investors seek to filter out the strongest, or best, valued companies in the market. There is no question about the value of utilizing fundamentals, but it does present the investor with an obstacle. There is a distinct...

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