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Cash-Secured Put Writing on the iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy ETF
October 05, 2020
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Cash-Secured Put Writing on the iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy ETF

Patrick Ceresna

Although the broad Canadian stock market index has almost recovered to its pre-COVID crisis high, there is one sector that has lagged badly.  The energy sector has not recovered to anywhere near the levels seen in early 2020. Chart 1: iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy ETF (symbol XEG) 2019-2020 Source: Bloomberg For those who...

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Long Straddle with Cineplex
September 11, 2020
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Long Straddle with Cineplex

Patrick Ceresna

Before the corona crisis hit, Cineplex was scheduled to be taken over by UK-based Cineworld Group in a $1.65 billion transaction. Cineworld was going to pay $34 per Cineplex share. However, the closing of the Canadian economy due to the coronavirus crisis led Cineworld to claim that there had been a material adverse change...

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Butterfly on Shopify
June 10, 2020
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Butterfly on Shopify

Patrick Ceresna

Recently the Royal Bank of Canada lost its title as our country’s most valuable company in terms of market capitalization. For two brief weeks, Shopify sat at the top of the heap.   Chart 1: Royal Bank vs. Shopify May 31, 2020 Source: Bloomberg   SHOP’s run has been a sight to behold.   Chart 2: Shopify...

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Put-Writing Strategies in the Canadian Market
April 13, 2020
Bullish Outlook

Put-Writing Strategies in the Canadian Market

Patrick Ceresna

The coronavirus crisis has caused massive sell-offs in global equity markets throughout the world.  Canada has not been immune, and our benchmark large-cap S&P TSX 60 Index has lost over 36% from its February high.   CHART 1 – S&P/TSX60 Source: Bloomberg   A move of this magnitude from new highs to a...

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Making the most of volatility in these uncertain times
March 26, 2020
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Making the most of volatility in these uncertain times

Martin Noël

In our last article we discussed how to reduce the risk associated with the time-value decay of options in a directional position. Now we will take advantage of the market meltdown to discuss the implied volatility in the price of an option, how it reflects the degree of market uncertainty over future price movements in the...

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Enhancing Equity Positions with Options
September 12, 2019
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Enhancing Equity Positions with Options

Tony Zhang

Introduction Options are typically utilized and viewed as an instrument for trading the direction of stocks and ETFs with leverage. However, they are also useful to equity investors as a way to increase the yield of a portfolio by generating income and purchase stock at a discount. Investors looking to enhance their equity...

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Low-Cost Insurance Against a Drop in Share Price
August 01, 2019
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Low-Cost Insurance Against a Drop in Share Price

Martin Noël

As the following chart shows, the price of shares in Waste Connections Inc. (WCN), which is trading at $123.70 as these lines are being written on July 25, 2019, has delivered an excellent return of 28.6% since bottoming out at $96.16 on December 24, 2018. The chart shows that the stochastic oscillator (Stoch), an indicator of...

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Hedging a Portfolio with Options
July 17, 2019
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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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What do Cannabis, Nelson Peltz and Hedging Have in Common?
April 04, 2019
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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 for RRSP and TFSA
March 14, 2019
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Options for RRSP and TFSA

Jason Ayres

It’s that time of year again, where investors thoughts turn to RRSP and TFSA contributions and taking advantage of growing their portfolio in a tax-sheltered or tax-free way. There are many ways to approach portfolio management. Often, when you ask a cross section of self-directed investors their answers will vary. Some...

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