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March 10, 2013
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Straddle Follow Up

Richard Croft

Last week I talked about using XIU straddles and short-term bonds as an alternative approach to medium and long-term fixed income securities. I was speaking about the use of straddles as a hedging mechanism that might provide the same level of protection normally associated with fixed income assets. And I posited that the...

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March 08, 2013
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Catching Falling Knives

Patrick Ceresna

No sector has experienced more pessimism over the last year than the gold mining sector. This has left intelligent investors feeling like deer in headlights. Gold bulls will sight countless reasons as to why gold should be at $2,500 and why gold mining companies should be flourishing. Yet central banks around the world continue...

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March 04, 2013
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A New Approach to Crisis Insurance

Richard Croft

Invest ‘til May then go away ‘til labor day! That’s a seasonal strategy that has a large following among professional investors. It may be nothing more than advisors taking a break over the summer months making it more difficult for the market to move higher without enthusiastic buyers. Or if may simply be an old wives...

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March 01, 2013
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Royal Opportunity

Patrick Ceresna

Investors that have been heavily invested in Canadian banks have not been disappointed. Recently Royal Bank (TSX: RY) announced stellar earnings of more than $2 billion dollars. This was surprising to some skeptics as there are clear economic statistics suggesting a slowing in real estate and the Canadian economy as a whole....

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February 25, 2013
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Will Canadian Banks Strengthen? Depends!

Richard Croft

Equity markets experienced more of the same last week. Treading water in a relatively narrow trading range punctuated by periods of sharp sell-offs driven by heated political rhetoric or Central Bank pronouncements that catch the market by surprise. Last weeks’ hiccup came when minutes from the US Federal Reserve Open Market...

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February 20, 2013
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What to do about BlackBerry?

Patrick Ceresna

First off it was a pleasure me meet with many of you at the Toronto Options Education Day this past Saturday. I spoke on the topic of Options as a Portfolio Management Tool. The video will be available in March on the www.m-x.tv Montreal Exchange educational site. After speaking, I was approached by a number of attendees all...

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February 19, 2013
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The Bull Bear Debate Rages!

Richard Croft

Lloyd Blankfein CEO and Chairman of Goldman Sachs believes we are on the cusp of a major bull market. Citing in a CNBC interview low interest rates, a “terrific” energy situation which can drive manufacturing and create jobs, and an ongoing turnaround in housing as reasons to be bullish! Pervasive negative sentiment among...

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February 11, 2013
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Option Strategy Bands

Richard Croft

This Saturday is the first Option Education Day (OED) of 2013. The OED offers attendees an opportunity to learn basic and advanced strategies from option experts. Not to mention a great lunch, morning and afternoon snacks and an opportunity to meet with sponsors and test drive some excellent options trading platforms. I have...

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February 07, 2013
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Suncor Got You Down? How About Getting Paid to Wait?

Patrick Ceresna

Wednesday (Feb 6, 2013) Suncor (SU) announced that they were writing off $1.5-billion in its Voyageur oil sands upgrader. For those not familiar with the Oil Sands story, the Voyageur upgrader stood as a key part of Suncor’s growth plans to convert the heavy bitumen oil to the higher priced light crude oil. You can read the...

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February 04, 2013
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Are the Markets up for a Dose of Reality?

Richard Croft

As we close in on historic highs in the US financial markets one has to wonder how much of this rally is predicated on robust economic prospects and how much is the result of FED funding? As usual there is an abundance of views ranging from very bullish to outright bearishness. Depends on what you want to focus on! Unemployment...

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