Index Options

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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Option Selling – It’s a Good Business to Be In
September 17, 2018
Index Options

Option Selling – It’s a Good Business to Be In

Hans Albrecht

When observing option pricing, we should always remember that premiums, while certainly linked to reality, are somewhat of an imperfect predictive tool. Option prices attempt to forecast movement in equities or indices for a given period into the future, but they are unlikely to be entirely correct in the end.    For...

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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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Hedging With SXO Options Using Portfolio Beta
July 30, 2018
Protection

Hedging With SXO Options Using Portfolio Beta

Jason Ayres

This year has been one of headline risk and investor hypersensitivity to say the least. Yet despite all the market moving tweets and the ongoing trade tantrum, both U.S. and Canadian markets continue to climb a wall of worry. In fact, I would suggest that global markets in general have been climbing a wall of worry since 2008....

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Beginner’s guide to options trading
May 10, 2018
Concepts

Beginner’s guide to options trading

Richard Ho

If you’ve been trading stocks, you should have a pretty good understanding of the mechanics of buying and selling. Getting started with options trading is fairly simple. Here are a few things to know to get started.   Step 1: Setting up an options account with your broker The options account can be in a margin or...

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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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Evolution, Revolution or Convolution: The Changing Landscape of Exchange Market Structure in North America
March 22, 2018
Concepts

Evolution, Revolution or Convolution: The Changing Landscape of Exchange Market Structure in North America

Alan Grigoletto

Bill Gates once said, “The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” There is some argument as to which nation created the first exchange....

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Option Myths and Misconceptions
March 21, 2018
Concepts

Option Myths and Misconceptions

Jason Ayres

For those readers who are just beginning their options education journey, I am sure you have been presented with many opinions from other investors and investment professionals alike, regarding the value and risk that options bring to a portfolio. Unfortunately, many myths and misconceptions have arisen due to a lack of...

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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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