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  • Volatility Is Back [View article]

    My youngest son just completed the academic portion of his Blackhawk helicopter crew chief training this week. I don't think there's bit one bit of news in the past couple of years that has traveled a straight path as he's been trying to get to this point. Rumors may have had more validity than official statements.
    Feb 2, 2014. 03:00 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Volatility Is Back [View article]
    We've been this way before. At some point we'll all hear how the real growth opportunities can be found overseas until that point that they can't. Seems like we're at that latter point for now.
    Feb 2, 2014. 08:40 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Earnings Still Matter [View article]
    Taken from "Facebook Before Earnings" which discusses the concept

    IMPLIED PRICE MOVE = (Call bid + put bid)/Strike price, where strike price is that closest to current share price

    That is the simple calculation that is accurate for short term contracts. The calculation for longer term, such as month;y contracts is a bit more complex and is one of the reasons I didn't include Buffalo Wild Wings in this week's list, nor McGraw Hill
    Feb 2, 2014. 08:37 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Earnings Still Matter [View article]
    Strangles, straddles, flying birds, insects are all too complicated for me.

    I tend to be very simple minded in my approach to these potential earnings plays and tend to go with straight put sales, especially if they're already showing weakness going into earnings. For those that don't I usually wait for the news and then will pile on if the news is bad through put sales

    Good luck
    Feb 1, 2014. 04:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Earnings Still Matter [View article]
    If volatility increases (that's topic of this week's upcoming article, "Volatility is Back" ) you'll be able to write those calls concurrently and still get a good premium for OTM strikes
    Feb 1, 2014. 11:37 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Earnings Still Matter [View article]
    YUM's recent history has been to rebound from every disappointment. The latest disappointment is tied to the faltering Chinese economy and some fears of Avian flu.

    Unless there is a specific health related scare at a YUM franchise in China, there is very little way to stop its popularity among a population that will continue seeing its standard of living grow, even if the economy falters, because the government can't afford mainstream discontent
    Feb 1, 2014. 11:17 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Earnings Still Matter [View article]
    The key to the NBA season is to just watch the final 90 seconds of each game.

    I still don't understand why now ex-commissioner David Stern never took my proposal to take every 48 minute game and instead divide it up into 12 four minute games and create a 984 game season.

    There would be much more excitement.
    Feb 1, 2014. 10:47 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Earnings Still Matter [View article]
    Thank you.

    I find the Scottrade lack of service for the sale of puts to be puzzling. A number of my subscribers had used Scottrade and have subsequently switched specifically for the lack of that service.

    I personally don't understand the prohibition when cash covered puts are being considered.
    Feb 1, 2014. 10:43 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Earnings Still Matter [View article]
    In 2013 only about 9% of my opening positions were put sales. I think it will be far greater in 2014..

    As long as you have your pen and checkbook out, don't forget to send one to my brokerage, too.
    Feb 1, 2014. 01:10 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What A Surprise [View article]
    Why? As they say in New Orleans "Laissez les bons temps rouler." It's hard to get off the party bus when it's still in full gear.
    Jan 29, 2014. 06:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What A Surprise [View article]
    This appears to now be simply a susceptible market, rather than one inherently weak. Next week are new Employment numbers and we'll get an idea if last month's report was an aberration and then we'll see just what this market and the new Federal Reserve is made of.
    Jan 29, 2014. 04:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What A Surprise [View article]
    I think some of your numismatic returns may turn out to be everyone's envy in 2014.

    PMs usually are the winners, aren't they? It reminds me a little of European waiters who get tipped regardless of the quality of service. There is something to be said for incentive plans. Say what you will about hedge fund managers, but there's something good about being aligned with the interest of your clients. and not just collecting a fee.

    There was actually an old Groucho Marx line something like "Join the Army and see the Navy." You don't always get what you signed up for with your PM
    Jan 29, 2014. 03:49 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • What A Surprise [View article]
    There is an explanatory and illustrative article at

    Essentially, it is a trade that looks for a threshold ROI that utilizes a strike price that is outside of the range being predicted by the option market.

    However, the caveats are that you must be willing to own the shares at that price if faced with assignment or be willing/able to manage the options, such as rolling the put contracts over if it appears that assignment is going to occur, if not wanting to take ownership of shares.

    As I mentioned in the accompanying article to this one ( ) I'm currently inclined to consider earnings related trades after earnings are announced, particularly looking at the sale of puts following a large earnings related price drop
    Jan 28, 2014. 12:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Earnings Finally Matter [View article]
    This article is specifically about selling options a few days around earnings. We all need luck trading, but no more so when following any particular strategy that has some basis of support.

    I suppose being short momentum stocks or on the basis of valuation NEEDS ITS OWN KIND of LUCK
    Jan 28, 2014. 08:33 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Earnings Finally Matter [View article]
    The utility of listing the ROIs in the worksheet you referenced is for comparative purposes, as you can see the ROIs are based upon weekly, monthly and some expanded weekly options.
    But for those that follow the longitudinal application of the strategy it allows an historical outlook on how ROI, particularly the premium based portion, has been decreasing as market volatility has been decreasing.
    Jan 26, 2014. 09:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment