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  • The Solar Industry Is Red Hot - Will It Get Hotter?  [View article]
    Interesting read, which companies do you find best positioned to benefit from the possible explosive growth in the years ahead?
    May 5, 2014. 10:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Alternative Equity ETFs - Do They Deliver Value?  [View article]
    I like it as well, but I'm just waiting to see how it reacts to a 10-20% market correction, especially since the 200 SMA is very far away right now
    Apr 22, 2014. 09:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stop Shorting Volatility Right Now  [View article]
    Yes, I should have mentioned that the Apr VIX was down -5% yesterday while the May was neutral to just slightly down at -0.5%. I was not looking at the spot index.

    I feel like either:
    A. People are crazy and are buying up UVXY in hopes of a correction which propping up the price of UVXY when it should be lower.
    B. Hedge Funds have hacked access into my IB account to see where my stops are on UVXY and VXX to knock me out.
    Apr 15, 2014. 01:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Stop Shorting Volatility Right Now  [View article]

    i'm also a big fan of the VIX/XVX method however even this style causes a -45% correction in my TVIX system from November 2013 to now.

    UVXY/TVIX/VXX are just becoming more sensitive to any declines in the market................... Today I saw the front month VIX contact down -5% while UVXY was down just -3.5%, it should have been down -10%!!!!

    The frustration is excruciating as I am a lifetime member of shorting TVIX/UVXY/VXX however, the author is is not the time, and no matter which way I look at it

    backwardation/contango ratio
    VIX/VXV ratio
    using different stop loss values

    it does not change the fact that the past 4-5 months have just sucked in terms of shorting TVIX/UVXY/VXX.
    Apr 15, 2014. 01:04 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Comparing Diagonal Spreads To Vertical Spreads For Directional Trades  [View article]
    thank you, I'm a vertical spread trader, but this article definitely makes me consider diagonal spreads as well!
    Mar 13, 2014. 11:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • New Home Sales Freeze Up  [View article]
    Next month both new home sales and existing home sales have a good shot of being positive given how weekly mortgages applications have been positive for the past 3 weeks.
    Jan 28, 2014. 09:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • What?! You Didn't Get A 59% Return On Your Investments Last Year?!  [View article]
    The sad part is, I know way to many advisers that are too lazy/lack the confidence to rotate their client accounts, instead they just keep them in mundane ETF's for life
    Jan 26, 2014. 01:08 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • A Case For The China Internet ETF  [View article]
    Thank you for highlighting each of individual holdings separately.
    Jan 24, 2014. 12:42 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 8 Stocks You Need To Own In 2014 With 25%+ Upside  [View article]
    Excellent article
    Jan 6, 2014. 07:26 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Housing Prices Continue To Firm  [View article]
    Great article
    May 2, 2013. 10:10 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Where Are Apparel Stocks Headed Through March?  [View article]
    Nice job on the entry. We missed our long equity opportunity, but maybe we'll enter the April 155/150 bull put spread.
    Feb 19, 2013. 11:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Where Are Automotive Stocks Headed Through End Of March  [View article]
    Very true, but the price info is only 3 years, not sure anyone would find that useful.
    Feb 15, 2013. 04:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Trade Agriculture And Fertilizer Stocks Through January  [View article]
    First I recommend reading up on what is a "bull put spread":

    Bull Put Spreads are like selling insurance but with a limited loss. In this trade we are bullish the stock. Thus the further the stock goes down the higher premium a seller will receive for taking on the risk that the stock will remain up. If the stock is going up the seller will receive less premium as the market has decided the risk of the stock going down has declined.

    Let's talk about the CF Jan'18 190/185 bull put spread. In this trade you risk $405 to make $95. This trade requires $500 margin, but you will get to keep the premium you sold (0.95 = $95) no matter what happens. However, if CF stock declines and say for some reason it gaps down to $130 and the stock never goes up again. Assuming it was the expiration date in January, you would realize a full loss of $500 but still keep the $95 premium you sold, so you would incur a max loss of $405 (before commission).

    In this trade you want CF to stay above $190 for the entire duration until the close of Jan'18. If CF remains above $190 you will get to keep this $95 premium without any loss. If CF goes down the price of the this bull put spread will increase, we have a stop loss of 2.10 to get us out in case the stock declines too far
    Nov 24, 2012. 04:29 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why PEG Ratio Analysis Is A Silly Tool  [View article]
    thank you
    Oct 7, 2012. 12:07 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How To Trade Bank Of America And JP Morgan Through October  [View article]
    Over the long run I think your right. But in the short term I would not expect a total breakout (+10%) higher.
    Sep 6, 2012. 01:28 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment