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  • Don't Ride The Roller Coaster, Bet On It [View article]
    Totally disagree with making a recommendation to buy incredibly risky securities to people who don't understand how VIX-based ETFs/ETNs are priced and calculated. Buying today COULD result in gains if the Fed raises rates tomorrow, but it could also result in a 1-day loss of 20%+. I think its irresponsible to recommend complex instruments with a high degree of failure. Tell them to go bet on roulette instead because they have a better chance that way than volatility-based products, especially TVIX, which has had severe tracking problems in the past (over and above the traditional tracking error that is seen in all of these products)
    Sep 16, 2015. 03:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • VXX Benefiting From Backwardation, For Now [View article]
    Do you look at buying VIX puts at all to avoid the whole backwardation/contango argument and just make a bet on whether or not VIX will end up lower in a few months? I find that looking to February VIX Puts at $20 seem to be a pretty attractive way to play short volatility.
    Sep 12, 2015. 10:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Sell UVXY: It's Still A Busted ETF Heading Lower [View article]
    How far out of the money do you sell these calls? I would think the prospect of unlimited loss potential would deter someone from doing that
    Sep 12, 2015. 10:37 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Time To Short The VIX? [View article]
    I tend to go longer time-frame and lower strike. Went with the $25s for January
    Aug 24, 2015. 12:16 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Time To Short The VIX? [View article]
    Pan, I buy put options on UVXY frequently
    Aug 24, 2015. 11:14 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Time To Short The VIX? [View article]
    I like the risk/reward of buying XIV here. I'm thinking back to the pullback in 2011 and think the Fed will delay a rate hike while the market is in turmoil
    Aug 24, 2015. 11:07 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Timing The VIX: A Lesson In Context [View article]
    Not sure exactly what you're asking, but if you want the spot VIX and front 3 months of contracts to see contango, I use:
    Aug 3, 2015. 12:46 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Timing The VIX: A Lesson In Context [View article]
    Can you share how you trade the VIX to capitalize on the situations mentioned in your article. Depending on the situation I will either buy XIV or buy Puts on UVXY, both of which have worked very well for me (especially the puts). Interested to hear your thought and strategies. Also, how long do you hold your positions for? Even after the event has resolved itself I will still hold XIV if there is substantial contango to take advantage of
    Jul 30, 2015. 11:52 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Frontline - A Misunderstood Entity With Enormous Upside [View article]
    Great article, and as you know I'm following you on those August options. While I spent a few years covering the domestic shale industry, this industry is a bit new to me. One thing that the article didn't mention that would help my understanding is how the price of oil directly/indirectly affects the shipping spot rates. With OPEC continuing to increase production and inventory build-ups in the US, what is the ideal situation in Oil prices for FRO? Thanks!
    Apr 11, 2015. 11:21 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • WSJ reports of big iPhone 6 orders ahead of Apple's earnings [View news story]
    If you keep an eye out for the number of people wearing jawbone, fitbit, or other fitness-related devices, you'll see that there is a large addressable market. Not saying that the iwatch will be a hit, but the market is much more than just "watch wearers"
    Jul 22, 2014. 09:38 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tonix executes direct sale of shares [View news story]
    Rak do you take this as bullish? Couldn't discern from your comment
    Jul 11, 2014. 12:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The VIX Is All Right [View article]
    What about the theory that the VIX has been less volatile than in the past due to the introduction on volatility based ETNs around 2010-2011 that allow investors to hedge without having to buy SPY puts like they would have in the past? Thus less buyers of SPY puts when fear is high puts less upward pressure on the VIX.
    Jun 23, 2014. 01:55 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How UVXY And SVXY Would Have Reacted In 2008 And 2011 [View article]
    Since you can't predict when the inevitable crash will ultimately occur, wouldn't it make more sense to buy SVXY/XIV after a huge volatility spike after something like we saw in 2008 and 2011? I believe that way your downside on the short volatility products would be somewhat limited. What are your thoughts?
    Jun 3, 2014. 11:44 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • ProShares declares 1-for-4 reverse split on 16 ETFs [View news story]
    difficult math there...
    Jan 16, 2014. 11:33 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Shares Of Techprecision Are Poised To Triple [View article]
    I'll take that as a no
    Jan 16, 2014. 11:46 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment