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Ratio back call spreads for big moves

By: Zacks Investment Research

Ratio Back Call Spreads are a strategy I seldom hear anybody talk about. But they can be a great way to position yourself in a trade if you think something big could happen. And, if you're right, you can use them to maximize your potential returns while at the same time lowering your cost of... More»




Profit with this new put-write ETF as markets rise

By: Zacks Investment Research

The U.S. bourses, which ended the first half of 2015 in red and were beaten down heavily by concerns over China and Greece to start the second half, are now on the mend. Positive sentiment has built up in the market lately. This is especially true given the recovery in the Chinese stocks and... More»




Five careful ways to win with options

By: Zacks Investment Research

Did you know that in spite of all the volatility in the markets as of late (or maybe partly because of it), the growth in options trading has continued to rise? More and more people are now including options in their investments as a smart way to get ahead of the market. And it's easy to see... More»




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»





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