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May 01, 2013
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Bet on Barrick Gold

Jason Ayres

Barrick Gold Corp (TSX:ABX) has suffered the same consequences as many of its counterparts in the mining sector. To blame the most recent drop in gold would be misguided. While Barrick suffered a 33% drop in a little under a week on the heels of the gold sell off, the fact is that the downtrend was already well in place. One...

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April 29, 2013
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Strangling CIBC?

Patrick Ceresna

The last 2 months have been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride for Canadian investors. For most of 2013, the resource stocks have been struggling while the bank stocks were a glimpse of hope. That was short lived as February rolled in as a new round of selling started pressuring the darling Canadian banks. We have now seen...

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April 29, 2013
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Tweet Fear

Richard Croft

Last Tuesday at approximately 1:00 pm EST, a Tweet from the Associated Press (AP) Twitter account read as follows; “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.” Within a space of three minutes, US $136.5 billion of the S&P 500 index’s value was wiped out. The S&P 500 index fell...

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April 22, 2013
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Old Rules No Longer Apply

Richard Croft

Over the past 30 years, globalization has made the world a much smaller place. Supported by advances in technology and communications, corporations have sought markets outside their domestic borders. As a middle class takes root in emerging economies, those markets become increasingly important to the bottom line of global...

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April 15, 2013
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Perspective

Richard Croft

Listen to the US media and you might think your portfolio has underperformed, with US stocks making record highs with a 12.14% year to date return for the iShares S&P 500 index ETF (TMX: XSP). Note this ETF is hedged to the Canadian dollar, which added about 3 percentage points to the year-to-date return. Unfortunately,...

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April 10, 2013
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Follow Up on Royal Bank

Patrick Ceresna

On February 28th, 2013 we wrote a blog discussing if Royal Bank was worth investing in. To read the blog, click here: http://optionmatters.ca/blog/2013/03/01/royal-opportunity/ Our focus was to find an interesting way for investors to play Royal Bank. At that time in February, these were the facts: Royal Bank was trading at...

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April 08, 2013
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Option Writing Strategies Are Not Sure Bets

Richard Croft

Is there a particular option strategy that works all the time? The answer of course is no just as it is with stock picking or asset allocation metrics. Despite that many investors focus entirely on option writing strategies. The logic seems sound given the potential cash flow and the fact that most options expire worthless....

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April 02, 2013
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The Put Backspread Hedge

Patrick Ceresna

The Canadian market has continued to complacently forge ahead. Overall we have seen little progress higher throughout March as the international geopolitical circumstances in Cyprus and Korea have started to slowly taper investor enthusiasm. In past blogs, the current state of the implied volatility priced into index options...

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