Risk Management

Hedging a Portfolio with Options
July 17, 2019
Index Options

Hedging a Portfolio with Options

Tony Zhang

Hedging a portfolio against a correction in the markets is conceptually easy to understand. However, in practice there are multiple variables to consider and each requires customization based on portfolio sizing and market outlooks. To understand how to execute an efficient hedge on your portfolio, we’ve put together this...

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Writing Call Options to Protect a Position  
July 09, 2019
Protection

Writing Call Options to Protect a Position  

Martin Noël

As the following graph shows, shares in the Bank of Montreal (BMO) has been in correction territory since falling below the 13 and 34-day moving averages. The stock’s last rally toward $101 is similar to one near the end of November 2018, just before the stock plummeted by almost 14% in the space of a few weeks. Furthermore,...

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What do Cannabis, Nelson Peltz and Hedging Have in Common?
April 04, 2019
Protection

What do Cannabis, Nelson Peltz and Hedging Have in Common?

Jason Ayres

On March 13th, Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX: ACB) announced that they had appointed Nelson Peltz as a Strategic Advisor to help explore potential partnerships and advise on the company’s global expansion strategy. This is a big deal given Mr. Peltz’s business history and reputation for delivering results. For more details...

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Options in a Recessionary Market
September 07, 2018
Risk Management

Options in a Recessionary Market

Jason Ayres

Many investors are becoming increasingly concerned that a recession may be on the horizon as North American markets continue to climb higher despite global trade concerns. A recession is defined as a temporary economic decline during which trade and industrial activity is reduced.  It is typically identified by a fall in Gross...

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Using call options as a hedge
May 16, 2018
Protection

Using call options as a hedge

Martin Noël

As can be seen in the following chart, the share price of ONEX Corporation (ONEX) has been weak enough to suggest that some caution may be necessary. The Relative Strength Index (RSI), which was recently in oversold territory, is trending downward. The same is true of the stochastic oscillator (%K). Although the scope of the...

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Real Estate, Canadian Banks and Downside Risks
March 28, 2018
Risk Management

Real Estate, Canadian Banks and Downside Risks

Patrick Ceresna

I want to take a dive into the most passionately debated issue of a correction in Canadian real estate and the impact on Canadian banks.  The general consensus is that over the long-term home prices will continue to rise and the risks directly to the banks are limited as mortgage default risk predominantly sit with the...

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Covered Calls and Gold                        –                               A Perfect Match
September 18, 2017
Risk Management

Covered Calls and Gold – A Perfect Match

Hans Albrecht

This is a fairly consistent rule in listed options markets: As assets rise in value, option pricing tends to pull back on a relative basis. As markets push higher, investors are deemed to be less fearful and therefore the cost to insure a portfolio against a market drops. We see this rule routinely play out in the VIXC (the...

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Hedging Canadian Bank Risk with Debit Spreads
August 01, 2017
Protection

Hedging Canadian Bank Risk with Debit Spreads

Patrick Ceresna

The recent hawkish shift and rate hike by the Bank of Canada has ushered in a resounding 10% rise in the Canadian dollar in a few short months.  This has not only put stress broadly on Canadian equities, but it has instilled concerns about the tightening of credit conditions on an already over indebted Canadian consumer....

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Bottom Fishing Cenovus? Hedging may be Appropriate
May 10, 2017
Bullish Outlook

Bottom Fishing Cenovus? Hedging may be Appropriate

Patrick Ceresna

Cenovus stirred up the Canadian oil industry back on March 29th with an announcement on the $17.7 billion-dollar purchase of ConocoPhillips’ Canadian oil sand assets. To say the deal was not well received is an understatement as the stock dropped over 10% on the announcement and continued to actively distribute lower. From...

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It’s Good to be the Insurer
May 04, 2017
Risk Management

It’s Good to be the Insurer

Hans Albrecht

  Option pricing, or insurance, is a relative value product. For instance, a $300 annual premium for $1 million of life insurance coverage for a young, healthy individual is reasonable. However, that same $300 price tag to insure a 65 year-old smoker with high blood pressure is way too cheap. When it comes to life...

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