Volatility

Is Gold Breaking Out of its 4-Year Consolidation?
April 24, 2018
Volatility

Is Gold Breaking Out of its 4-Year Consolidation?

Patrick Ceresna

Over the last few years I have not been shy about my conviction that the gold bear market has ended.  There is no denying that the December 2015 lows for gold bullion at $1050.00 are now history, but the enthusiasm for the shiny metal has been left for the diehards as most of the speculative money has turned its attention to...

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Flying with Condors
March 15, 2018
Volatility

Flying with Condors

Alan Grigoletto

In a recent article we discussed how to get long volatility with the Long Option Straddle. In today’s piece we will discuss another less costly way to buy volatility with the Reverse Iron Condor. Condor strategies are named for the narrow-bodied and broad-winged bird that is primarily found in California. When diagramed, the...

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3 months ago
Reverse Ratio Call Backspread
March 14, 2018
Volatility

Reverse Ratio Call Backspread

Alan Grigoletto

In a previous article, “Bull Call and Bear Put Spreads” investors learned how to construct a simple 1:1 vertical spread. This week we will discuss how a ratio spread can be implemented and the risks and benefits of this strategy. A ratio spread is similar to a vertical spread in that it involves the simultaneous purchase...

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3 months ago
Perspective on Trading Options on Natural Resource Companies
February 27, 2018
Volatility

Perspective on Trading Options on Natural Resource Companies

Patrick Ceresna

After our interview with Rick Rule on MacroVoices, I was inspired to share my thoughts on options trading on natural resource companies. At the start of the interview Rick pointed out the unusually cyclical nature of resource investing.  Rick went on to elaborate: “…during periods of time when mature natural resource...

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4 months ago
Risks Stemming from Current Low Volatility Conditions
February 01, 2018
Volatility

Risks Stemming from Current Low Volatility Conditions

Patrick Ceresna

Over the last year we have seen an incredible period of low volatility that is arguably building systematic liquidity risks when we enter a period of normalization.  These risks were highlighted in the Bank of Canada’s November 2017 Financial System Review.  In that review, the BoC discussed the assessment of...

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5 months ago
A Quick Guide to Volatility and Options Skew
October 23, 2017
Volatility

A Quick Guide to Volatility and Options Skew

Alan Grigoletto

In my last article, entitled Understanding Vega, we examined how Vega measures the changes in option pricing relative to changes in implied volatility. In today’s article I will delve a little deeper into volatility and its impact across the options chain. There are actually two types of volatility that option traders need to...

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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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9 months ago
Embracing Volatility on a Canadian Disruptor
August 28, 2017
Volatility

Embracing Volatility on a Canadian Disruptor

Jason Ayres

Fewer topics have been more hotly debated in political (and social) circles then the legalization of marijuana.  Now despite which direction your moral compass points on this, it’s an industry that is here to stay.  In an economic environment where governments continue to look for new ways to get into our pockets, it is no...

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10 months ago
Buyers of Options Can Face an Uphill Climb
August 16, 2017
Volatility

Buyers of Options Can Face an Uphill Climb

Hans Albrecht

S&P/TSX 60 (“the Index”) options are generally priced a little too high versus actual market movement. In other words, many buyers of insurance will pay more than ‘fair value’ for options in order to protect against drawdowns and volatile market environments. Based on an ongoing measure of realized volatility, or...

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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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1 year ago