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Could Rates Go Lower?
June 13, 2016
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Could Rates Go Lower?

Richard Croft

Could we see lower interest rates? On the surface it seems counterintuitive with North American rates near zero and a Federal Reserve on a track to normalization. But with some industrialized economies – notably Switzerland, Germany and Japan – issuing debt with negative rates, near zero is beginning to look like the best...

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

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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ESP For Option Traders
May 31, 2016
Bullish Outlook

ESP For Option Traders

Richard Croft

A covered call strategy carries about 50% to 70% of the risk associated with a long equity position. We accept that thesis as a rule of thumb, but how does one square that position mathematically? The simple answer is to evaluate the downside protection accorded by the premium. We receive more money and, by extension, more...

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What is a Reasonable Rate of Return?
April 14, 2016
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What is a Reasonable Rate of Return?

Richard Croft

There has been a lot of debate lately about the expected long term performance of equity markets. It comes down to a simple question; what is a reasonable rate of return? To paraphrase Bob Dylan, the numbers; they are a changing! Ask most investors and they will tell you that double digit returns are possible, if not probable....

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Generating Income With a Limited Risk
March 24, 2016
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Generating Income With a Limited Risk

Jason Ayres

Selling or writing options can be a great way to generate cash flow as a compliment to a diversified investment approach. In general, the strategy involves selling a call or a put and getting paid to take on the obligation to either deliver or purchase the underlying shares at the strike price agreed upon. The objective of the...

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