VIX Index Analysis Revealing Its Fatal Flaws

The VIX cannot be trusted

Why the VIX Index may be Flawed (Street View) In my last post, Financial Markets Outlook for 2017, I covered this topic, but only in broad terms. In this post, I’m making my Case, with a deep dive into the VIX Index and Risk Analysis, in order to “convince” you why the VIX cannot be trusted anymore and you need…

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How to trade Volatile Markets

Volatile Market

How to trade Volatile Markets Writing a post after a while, and coming into a crazy time. Markets are in a turmoil for sure. The VIX is at 40, and even touched a high of 52 this morning.   The crisis has developed in China, and there’s very little the US or the Feds or…

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How to play Workday after Earnings

Trading Options, Stock Trading, WDAY Earnings

How to play Workday after Earnings   Workday (WDAY) reported earnings last night. WDAY is a fast growing cloud-based application provider, and its results beat the consensus estimates on revenues and EPS.   However, the stock seems to be down 8% due to some unknown reason, maybe something was said was on the conference call.…

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SPX and SPXPM Options

SPX and SPXPM Open Interest

What are SPXPM Options You may have heard of SPX and SPXPM options. They are both Options on the S&P 500 Index. The SPX is the regular version, and the SPXPM options is a variant that expires at the close of business after Friday. Whereas the SPX Options close at the opening print on Friday. You…

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Did High Frequency Trading (HFT) firms win on Avon

High Frequency Trading (HFT)

High Frequency trading gets bad rap In case you missed this, last week, there was apparently a buyout offer for Avon Products by an unrecognized private equity player from the UK. Shares shot up beginning around 11:35 a.m. and twenty times as many shares as usual changed hands in 25 minutes as the stock went from…

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Earnings Trades Recap

Earnings Trades Recap

Earnings Trades Recap Almost all of the exciting stocks have finished their earnings cycle for Q1. Overall, the theme for this season was “disappointment”. Whether it had to do with bad weather impact on East coast business, strong US dollar or any other reason, most of the stocks that typically perform well, did not.  …

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Options Trading software platforms

Options Trading software platforms

Options Trading software platforms   One of the most common questions that traders around the world have is about Options trading software and platforms.   Which platform is good ? What are the pros and cons of each ?   And which platforms (brokers) accept customers from which countries ?   When it comes to…

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Trading the SPX Index

Trading Options

Trading the SPX Index If you like trading the SPX Index, then you know there are many ways to do it. But there are ways you could be trading the SPX Index with leverage which you may not be aware of. –  The first is trading the SPX Index options itself. There is no leverage here. The SPX…

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Are Stock Buybacks a good sign

Stock buybacks

Stock Buybacks – Good or Bad Over the last few years, we’ve heard a lot about stock buybacks, and in fact, stock buybacks are at historically high levels. Many US companies, holding large amounts of cash are putting it to use by buying back their own stock. But what exactly does Stock buybacks tell us, and are they…

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What are the Option Greeks

Option Greeks explained

Option Greeks explained If you’re somewhat new to Options, you must have heard about the Option Greeks. In fact, a common rookie mistake with Options traders is that they ignore the Greeks. In this post, hopefully, I can convey the importance of Option Greeks explained in simple terms. This is easily one of the biggest mistakes a newbie…

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