Stock options

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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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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Secret to Consistent Income with Options
March 19, 2018
Concepts

Secret to Consistent Income with Options

Tony Zhang

The success to trading any strategy on stocks or options is consistency. This is true for both researching the underlying stock or ETF, and choosing the right trading strategy. Having a consistent approach such as technical or fundamental analysis leads to reliable research that doesn’t conflict. The same applies to...

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Buying Put Options to Hedge Shares
March 19, 2018
Protection

Buying Put Options to Hedge Shares

Martin Noël

As the following graph shows, shares in Waste Connections Inc. (WCN) have been rallying since February 6, 2018, when they bottomed out at $81.52. As I write these lines, WCN is priced at $96.67, up 18.58%. The RSI indicator and stochastic oscillator are now in extreme overbought territory. Even though this is not, in itself, an...

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Understanding Credit Spreads and How They Differ from Debit Spreads
March 16, 2018
Concepts

Understanding Credit Spreads and How They Differ from Debit Spreads

Alan Grigoletto

In a previous posting, “Bull Call and Bear Put Spreads, Pairing Option Strategies with Forecasts” we learned how to implement a debit spread for both calls and puts. This week we will examine another form of vertical spreads: credit spreads and how they can be used. Recall that debit spreads are a limited risk transaction,...

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Flying with Condors
March 15, 2018
Volatility

Flying with Condors

Alan Grigoletto

In a recent article we discussed how to get long volatility with the Long Option Straddle. In today’s piece we will discuss another less costly way to buy volatility with the Reverse Iron Condor. Condor strategies are named for the narrow-bodied and broad-winged bird that is primarily found in California. When diagramed, the...

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Reverse Ratio Call Backspread
March 14, 2018
Volatility

Reverse Ratio Call Backspread

Alan Grigoletto

In a previous article, “Bull Call and Bear Put Spreads” investors learned how to construct a simple 1:1 vertical spread. This week we will discuss how a ratio spread can be implemented and the risks and benefits of this strategy. A ratio spread is similar to a vertical spread in that it involves the simultaneous purchase...

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Long Call Neutral Calendar Spreads
March 14, 2018
Neutral Outlook

Long Call Neutral Calendar Spreads

Alan Grigoletto

In previous submissions we’ve discussed put and call vertical spreads, “Bull Call and Bear Put Spreads”. This week Canadian investors will learn how to construct a calendar spread.  The calendar spread is also known as a time spread or horizontal spread. The calendar spread is typically constructed for a neutral outlook...

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A bearish diagonal spread on shares in George Weston Ltd.
February 20, 2018
Bearish Outlook

A bearish diagonal spread on shares in George Weston Ltd.

Martin Noël

As the following graph shows, prices for shares of George Weston Ltd. (WN) have broken below their trough of last September 2017 following a timid attempt at a rebound that lasted four months. Since peaking in January, 2018, WN has followed the general market trend by dropping swiftly, but the rally, which has been anemic, has...

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Writing Put Options to Profit from Higher Prices for Shares of Premium Brands Holdings Corporation
January 31, 2018
Bullish Outlook

Writing Put Options to Profit from Higher Prices for Shares of Premium Brands Holdings Corporation

Martin Noël

As the following graph shows, the share price of Premium Brands Holdings Corporation (PBH) has been on a bullish trend, with some more or less large corrections since reaching a plateau in the spring of 2017. Until we see evidence to the contrary, we should assume that this trend will continue for a while. Daily chart as at...

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