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Options Strategies for Your RRSP and TFSA
February 25, 2021
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Options Strategies for Your RRSP and TFSA

Montréal Exchange

One of the biggest misconceptions about the Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) and Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA) is that they can only include cash, stocks, bonds, and other simple assets. But in reality, these savings accounts can hold a wide variety of asset classes, including options. Options Strategy in an RRSP for...

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Protective Put in Toronto Dominion Bank
December 14, 2020
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Protective Put in Toronto Dominion Bank

Patrick Ceresna

Canadian investors love bank stocks. And why not? They have been terrific investments throughout the years. Take a company like Toronto Dominion Bank (symbol TD).  It pays a dividend of $0.79 per quarter and had an indicated yield of 4.53% at the time of writing this article. In our current environment of rock-bottom interest...

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Writing covered calls — some points to consider
October 15, 2020
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Writing covered calls — some points to consider

Martin Noël

Before implementing a covered call writing strategy, investors need to consider several factors in order to make an informed decision. This final article in a series of four articles on covered call writing will discuss the choice of a strike price for a call option as a compromise between the desired level of protection and...

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Writing covered call options to generate more income
September 23, 2020
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Writing covered call options to generate more income

Martin Noël

With interest rates currently at all-time lows, finding ways to generate income in our security portfolios is a challenge. However, the strategy of writing covered call options (WCCO), whether applied systematically or on an ad hoc basis, allows us to generate additional income through the premiums received. This is the third...

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Selling your securities by writing covered call options
August 24, 2020
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Selling your securities by writing covered call options

Martin Noël

Let us say you are willing to sell some securities in your portfolio, or you are considering it. Adopting the covered call writing strategy is like getting paid for making a commitment to sell the securities. This is the second in a series of four articles on covered call writing. It discusses how to use this strategy as an...

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1 year ago
Writing covered call options: an introduction
August 17, 2020
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Writing covered call options: an introduction

Martin Noël

Perhaps you would like to start using options, but you do not know which strategy to implement. The simplest and most popular strategy among individual and institutional investors is covered call writing. This article is the first in a series of four articles on covered call writing. It covers the basic features of this...

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Using USX options to hedge U.S. dollar risk
August 11, 2020
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Using USX options to hedge U.S. dollar risk

Martin Noël

With interest rates at historic lows, it is unlikely that the Bank of Canada will decide to raise the policy rate anytime soon. But we live in a world that is full of surprises, and things can change quickly. Events with the most unexpected repercussions can and do occur (the current pandemic comes to mind). Who really knows...

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Using options in times of market uncertainty
July 07, 2020
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Using options in times of market uncertainty

Martin Noël

In times of market uncertainty like we are seeing now, many investors turn to options for the protection they can provide. Although the markets have recouped a good portion of their losses of the past few months, we cannot rule out another plunge that could test the depths of the recent decline. The high volatility in today’s...

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1 year ago
Trading your First Option
May 26, 2020
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Trading your First Option

Martin Noël

As an investor, the first thing you need to know is how to choose which securities to buy. The second is when to sell them. That’s pretty easy, right? In this article, you will learn how to trade your first option. As you will see, you do not need to be an expert to start trading options. You just need to be familiar with...

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Understand the “Rule of 16”
April 23, 2020
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Understand the “Rule of 16”

Steve Sosnick

Professional options traders are really good at dividing and multiplying by 16.  That seems like a weird skill, but it is a crucially important one for anyone who wants to fully understand the terminology used in options markets.  No matter how you utilize options, the “Rule of 16” is critical for analyzing volatility,...

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