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Writing call options on a second peak
July 25, 2018
Neutral Outlook

Writing call options on a second peak

Martin Noël

As the following graph shows, the price of shares in Restaurant Brands International Inc. (QSR) has performed very well since bottoming out at around $68 in April 2018. QSR is trading at $85.20 at this writing, so it is near its previous high, in the $86 to $88 range. As we can see, the overbought and negative divergence...

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Taking Advantage of Time Decay With a Mixed Ratio Spread
April 16, 2018
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Taking Advantage of Time Decay With a Mixed Ratio Spread

Martin Noël

As you can see in the chart below, the price of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (CP) stock has stayed within a range of $215 to $240 since October 2017 and $190 to $240 over the last 12 months. While the price could fall back down to $190, equal to a drop of nearly $35 from the current level ($224.16), we also believe that a...

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Long Call Neutral Calendar Spreads
March 14, 2018
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Long Call Neutral Calendar Spreads

Alan Grigoletto

In previous submissions we’ve discussed put and call vertical spreads, “Bull Call and Bear Put Spreads”. This week Canadian investors will learn how to construct a calendar spread.  The calendar spread is also known as a time spread or horizontal spread. The calendar spread is typically constructed for a neutral outlook...

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A horizontal calendar spread to make the most of relatively stable prices for Air Canada shares
December 01, 2017
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A horizontal calendar spread to make the most of relatively stable prices for Air Canada shares

Martin Noël

After having peaked at $28.70 in October, the price of shares in Air Canada (AC) seems to have slipped into a short-term trough at the $22 support level. Since then, the price rallied to $26 and, as of this writing, has settled in at around $24. Prices from $22 to $28 now represent a trading range that could contain price...

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11 months ago
Three ways to build a butterfly spread
July 18, 2017
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Three ways to build a butterfly spread

Martin Noël

A butterfly spread is appropriate when you expect that the price of the underlying asset will remain relatively unchanged and reach a specific target price upon expiration of the options used in the strategy. The following graph illustrates such a situation with shares in BCE Inc., when their price fluctuated within a range of...

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1 year ago
Profiting from a Stock’s Relative Stability over a Given Period of Time
July 04, 2017
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Profiting from a Stock’s Relative Stability over a Given Period of Time

Martin Noël

There are three situations in which options can be used to take advantage of changes in the price of an underlying stock: when prices rise, when they fall, and when they enter a relatively stable period. In this article, I will examine how to benefit from a relatively stable stock price. More specifically, we will look at an...

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The Time Horizon Chasm
July 09, 2016
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The Time Horizon Chasm

Richard Croft

For the first half of 2015 global financial markets have been obsessed with short term noise. We have witnessed a succession of exacerbated reactions to on again off again negotiations with Greece, waste of time debates on the timing of a Fed rate hike or endless dissections of monthly jobs data where 20% revisions are more the...

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Moving Beyond the Basics with the Covered Call Strategy
June 01, 2016
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Moving Beyond the Basics with the Covered Call Strategy

Alan Grigoletto

Once investors learn the basics of both buying and selling calls and puts, the next natural progression is learning how to use options in conjunction with long stock, ETF or Indices. The covered call is a widely used strategy that is appropriate for a neutral or slightly bullish forecast. It is simple in its essence, but like...

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