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iShares files two actively managed interest rate hedged ETFs

By: Zacks Investment Research

The recent upbeat data on the U.S. economy has fueled expectations of a hike in interest rates and has left investors jittery about the safety of their portfolio.  Given investors’ worries about interest rates, iShares has filed for two bond ETFs which hedge interest rate risks. Both the... More»




Three foolproof solutions for options mistakes

By: Zacks Investment Research

With the market going up, there will be an increasingly larger number of people buying call options on those stocks they expect to go up even further. However, there will also be an increasingly larger number of people losing money on those very same call options designed to make money as the... More»




Play rising rate concerns with the new ETF RISE

By: Zacks Investment Research

The surge of ETF issuances of late to hedge rising interest rate concerns follows a relatively determined Fed’s intention to end its prolonged low interest rate policy this year. While a slack in inflation and global growth worries still have restrained the Fed from taking the step so long... More»




Making money if you have a neutral to bearish outlook

By: Zacks Investment Research

A Bear Call Spread is used when you have a neutral to negative view on a stock. While this strategy has a limited risk, it also has a limited reward. So if you're expecting a big down move to occur, you'd be better off looking at a more aggressive bearish strategy that affords unlimited... More»




How to determine the correct position size - know your options

By: Zacks Investment Research

Today I want to talk about how to determine the correct position size for options. There are actually several different ways, but I have found the ones below to be the most useful. Plus, it's what I do in my own trading. As you know, you can get started in options with only a fraction of the... More»




Everything is under control

By: Julian Close

After the open… If traders seem a bit spaced-out this morning, it's because yesterday was one of the weirdest trading days in recent memory. The collapse of the Rouble melded with a flash-crash in oil to scare the market senseless, until, as if by hidden signal, all these trends... More»




Alive and charging

By: Julian Close

After the open… stocks began to rally with conviction after the price of oil apparently found a convincing bottom this morning, though that bottom no longer looks nearly as convincing as it did a couple of hours ago. There are no economic reports, but today's options expiration is... More»




Relax! Here’s how to protect yourself from the market

By: Julian Close

In the old days, hedging was almost a dirty word for investors. Isn't hedging what you do when you are afraid to commit to one thing or another? Isn't this a sure path to mediocrity? The answer is no. Consider that hedge fund managers are considered to be among the smartest traders on the... More»




In the news: Exxon keeps drilling in Russia, Intel investing in Chinese chipmakers and more

By: Bobby Raines

Friday headlines include: Exxon winning the right to keep working in Russia despite sanctions, Intel investing in Chinese mobile chip firms, two families dropping lawsuits against General Motors in ignition-switch cases, Blackberry losing less than expected and traders looking forward to Alibaba... More»




Weekend Reading: Stockbroker confessions, big dividends and biotechs

By: Bobby Raines

It was a busy week at MarketIntelligenceCenter.com. Tensions between Russia and Ukraine contributed too much of the week's volatility. We also saw some pretty unimpressive earnings reports from major retailers, compared the companies that make Candy Crush and cigarettes and tried to figure out... More»





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