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Option Trading Mistakes to Avoid
April 25, 2018
Concepts

Option Trading Mistakes to Avoid

Jason Ayres

Trading and investing for ones self is challenging at best, let alone when you are making mistakes that could have been avoided. I am of course speaking from experience as I have paid my share of tuition thanks to falling victim to a few of the following blunders. Using an all-purpose strategy Options can be used under a...

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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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The Da Vinci Code: The hidden messages within the option chains
April 20, 2018
Concepts

The Da Vinci Code: The hidden messages within the option chains

Richard Ho

Traders are very opinionated and have their own view on everything. This is why we have a market of buyers and sellers. Otherwise, everyone would be on the same side of the trade. This behaviour is built over time from experience and knowledge. You can do it too. For example, you are able to tell if the stock is trending up or...

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Taking Advantage of Time Decay With a Mixed Ratio Spread
April 16, 2018
Neutral Outlook

Taking Advantage of Time Decay With a Mixed Ratio Spread

Martin Noël

As you can see in the chart below, the price of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (CP) stock has stayed within a range of $215 to $240 since October 2017 and $190 to $240 over the last 12 months. While the price could fall back down to $190, equal to a drop of nearly $35 from the current level ($224.16), we also believe that a...

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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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Writing put options on a support level
March 27, 2018
Bullish Outlook

Writing put options on a support level

Martin Noël

As the following graph shows, the share price of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CM) has been trending downward since the beginning of 2018. When markets closed on Friday, March 23, CM was trading at $114.07. But as we can see, a price range of $112 to $114 has represented a support level from which prices surged twice....

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Strike prices and GPS
March 26, 2018
Concepts

Strike prices and GPS

Richard Ho

One day I was driving home after work and I received a call from an old friend, Alex. We started talking about the kids and the wife but, eventually, we ended up talking about the markets. Alex has some knowledge of options, but there was one thing that he didn’t understand. He asked me, “How do you know which strike price...

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Use Bid/Ask Spreads to Measure Liquidity, Not Open Interest
March 22, 2018
Concepts

Use Bid/Ask Spreads to Measure Liquidity, Not Open Interest

Tony Zhang

One question we’re often asked about our trades is why we would present ideas that have low volume and open interest. The answer might surprise you: It’s because open interest and volume are not reliable indicators of liquidity. Option liquidity is primarily a function of the underlying stock’s liquidity. Here’s why:...

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