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Generating Income with Credit Vertical Spreads
August 29, 2019
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Generating Income with Credit Vertical Spreads

Tony Zhang

Credit spreads are a popular strategy that is used to generate income with limited risk from a modest bullish, bearish or even neutral view on a stock or ETF. Many investors are attracted to writing higher delta options because of the higher premiums, but it is important to understand the tradeoff, which is that this will risk...

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Minimizing Your Risk with Vertical Debit Spreads
August 14, 2019
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Minimizing Your Risk with Vertical Debit Spreads

Tony Zhang

What are debit spreads? Placing a trade on the direction of a stock using options typically requires purchasing a call or put option. When purchasing options, the largest headwind is erosion of the extrinsic value of an option over time. This is measured by the option’s theta. For a strategy to be profitable, one must predict...

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Renting the Upside of the Canadian Markets
April 12, 2019
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Renting the Upside of the Canadian Markets

Patrick Ceresna

The uncertainty for Canadian investors has everything to do with the confusing crosscurrents of a rising stock market but simultaneously a weakening Canadian economy. The outlook for the weakening economy comes right from the top, where the Bank of Canada came out with its rate statement on March 6. The BoC took a dovish...

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Navigating a Slippery Slope
November 28, 2018
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Navigating a Slippery Slope

Jason Ayres

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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11 months ago
Getting Paid With the Intention of Buying Shares
October 25, 2018
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Getting Paid With the Intention of Buying Shares

Martin Noël

As the following chart shows, the price of shares in Canadian Tire Corporation Limited, Cl. A (CTC.A) plunged 20.6%, from a peak of $183.93 on August 8 to its recent trough at $146.08 on October 11. It has since climbed to just above $150, allowing us to use this trough as a short-term support level. An investor who is...

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12 months ago
Commitment to Buy Stock Through a Ratio Spread
September 25, 2018
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Commitment to Buy Stock Through a Ratio Spread

Martin Noël

As you can see in the following chart, the price of shares in Canopy Growth Corporation (WEED) appears to be stabilizing, for now, in a range between a high of $74.45 reached on September 5, 2018 and its most recent low of $52.80, reached on September 14. We can also see that its high of $48.72 on June 22 may represent a...

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1 year ago
How to benefit from the rising vapors of cannabis
September 13, 2018
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How to benefit from the rising vapors of cannabis

Martin Noël

The cannabis market has been booming since August 15, 2018 when Constellation Brands Inc. announced a major $5 billion investment in Canopy Growth Inc. (WEED). Since then, the stock has shot up 132.6% from a low of $32.01, and it recently topped out at $74.45. Its closest competitor, Aurora Cannabis Inc., has ridden the same...

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1 year ago
Writing put options based on a 50-day moving average
August 21, 2018
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Writing put options based on a 50-day moving average

Martin Noël

As the following graph shows, the stock of Colliers International Group (CIGI) has begun a slight correction following a strong bullish trend that began in February, and it has now landed right on its 50-day moving average. Its RSI and the stochastic oscillator are trending upwards, so the bullish trend will be confirmed if the...

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Selecting the Optimal Call Options
July 10, 2018
Bullish Outlook

Selecting the Optimal Call Options

Martin Noël

As the following chart shows, the price of shares in Rogers Communications Inc. cl. B (RCI.B) has just broken through $63, which has been a major resistance level since April. While there can be no guarantees, this bullish trend could take the stock to another resistance level over the next few months, at around $70.  ...

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1 year ago
Timing the Bottom on BCE
June 12, 2018
Bullish Outlook

Timing the Bottom on BCE

Patrick Ceresna

There is no shortage of analysts offering alternating fundamental outlooks for BCE (TSX:BCE).  Some concerned with the business model and declining growth rates, others proclaiming the BCE dividend stream to be more sound than owning bonds.  Personally, as a trader I look for the tactical play where I can profit from key...

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