Put Options

Butterfly on Shopify
June 10, 2020
Concepts

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
Bearish Outlook

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
Concepts

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
Neutral Outlook

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
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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What do Cannabis, Nelson Peltz and Hedging Have in Common?
April 04, 2019
Protection

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
Concepts

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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1 year ago
Strategy to profit from the tensions with China
December 18, 2018
Bearish Outlook

Strategy to profit from the tensions with China

Martin Noël

Recent events in the news have led us to analyze a stock discussed in our last article. As the following chart shows, the price of shares in Canada Goose Holdings (GOOS) has plummeted by over 20% in the turmoil surrounding the Huawei affair in which, following the arrest of Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer, China called for a...

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A bearish diagonal spread on a resistance level
November 19, 2018
Technical analysis

A bearish diagonal spread on a resistance level

Martin Noël

As the following chart shows, the price of shares in Bank of Nova Scotia (The) (BNS) has been on a downward trend over the last 12 months. Over the last few weeks, the price has stabilized in a corridor of $69 to $72, and it has faced resistance when it reached the 30-day moving average. The chart shows that, in the last year,...

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