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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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Option Trading Mistakes to Avoid
April 25, 2018
Concepts

Option Trading Mistakes to Avoid

Jason Ayres

Trading and investing for ones self is challenging at best, let alone when you are making mistakes that could have been avoided. I am of course speaking from experience as I have paid my share of tuition thanks to falling victim to a few of the following blunders. Using an all-purpose strategy Options can be used under a...

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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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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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Locking In Profits on a High Flyer
January 12, 2018
Protection

Locking In Profits on a High Flyer

Jason Ayres

Once again, despite the risk of controversy, I find myself compelled to write about pot! In my last article, Embracing Volatility on a Canadian Disruptor, I looked at a couple of ways one might participate in a bullish technical pattern developing in the TSX:WEED price chart. At the time (August 28th, 2017) the shares were...

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5 Potential Canadian Market Surprises for 2018
January 04, 2018
Concepts

5 Potential Canadian Market Surprises for 2018

Patrick Ceresna

What better way to wrap up the 2017 year than with a market forecast.  As a trader, I always look at a forecast as establishing a baseline from which to build investment themes for the upcoming year.  The obstacle however, lies in that there is substantial herding in economic forecasting and rarely does an analyst stick their...

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A Quick Guide to Volatility and Options Skew
October 23, 2017
Volatility

A Quick Guide to Volatility and Options Skew

Alan Grigoletto

In my last article, entitled Understanding Vega, we examined how Vega measures the changes in option pricing relative to changes in implied volatility. In today’s article I will delve a little deeper into volatility and its impact across the options chain. There are actually two types of volatility that option traders need to...

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Covered Calls and Gold                        –                               A Perfect Match
September 18, 2017
Risk Management

Covered Calls and Gold – A Perfect Match

Hans Albrecht

This is a fairly consistent rule in listed options markets: As assets rise in value, option pricing tends to pull back on a relative basis. As markets push higher, investors are deemed to be less fearful and therefore the cost to insure a portfolio against a market drops. We see this rule routinely play out in the VIXC (the...

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Unintended Consequences of Systematic Covered Call Writing
September 07, 2017
Concepts

Unintended Consequences of Systematic Covered Call Writing

Patrick Ceresna

Enhancing income and returns through covered call writing has become one of the most common strategies being adopted by investors.  Arguably selling calls against shares and ETFs is considered a conservative strategy that almost any Canadian retail investor can access, in and out of their registered accounts. While many...

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