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  • Apple's 'Healthbook': Exactly What The Doctor Ordered, Especially For Women Like Me [View article]
    Heather: Your article was quite relevant for me. My daughter gave me a Fitbit for my 80th birthday. I was pleased to receive it & thought it would be helpful for keeping track of my walking. But I was surprised to find that it is actually a motivational factor; it helps keep me committed to the exercise. I believe that the additional health-monitoring functions that Apple is developing and facilitating will have a real, positive affect on general fitness.
    Thank you for sharing your personal story & thoughts on the recent developments by Apple in the area of health monitoring.
    Aug 1 10:57 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Update: Apple's iWatch Patent Has Been Approved [View article]
    Let's call it a Smart Watch :-)
    Jul 29 11:25 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple And IBM - Connecting The Dots, Part 2: Hidden Implications? [View article]
    Based on my experience I think you may be overstating the animosity of "the enterprise" to Apple. Corporate managers have historically fought IT to support their Apple products, but IT has been reluctant to oblige. That is partly (as you mentioned) due to the extra work involved in learning a second system. In those situations IT has the upper hand because they can argue technicalities (whether true or not) that management typically can't refute. In my role as IT manager for a mid-sized Mac-based company I dealt with IBM and typically found my contacts to be willing and interested in solving problems. My conclusion was that opposition from corporate IT was often about as much laziness as anything else.
    Jul 18 02:03 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Split: What You Need To Know [View article]
    Will the Beats deal be able to use that cash outside the US?
    May 28 10:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Split: What You Need To Know [View article]
    But you I don't think you can roll out from an odd-valued strike to an even-valued strike. At least I wasn't able to do that with my AFSI options at OptionsXpress.
    May 27 09:25 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Split: What You Need To Know [View article]
    Talkative: For Options I believe that the strike price will be adjusted to a non-standard value (not an even dollar amount). That will result in limited trading volume on the adjusted strike price. New options will issue at even-dollar amounts and there will be much lower interest in the odd-valued strikes. That will make it more difficult to roll out your options to a (later) new strike as well. At least that was my experience with AFSI when they split.

    May 27 01:52 AM | 7 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Will Apple's Stock Split Impact Its Shareholders? [View article]
    Adam; In my limited experience with the recent AFSI split, yes, the call price after the split is the mathematical value you suggest. And yes you can trade the newly-priced call options, but with some difficulty. The number of potential traders will be approximately the number that held open trades at the original strike price when the split occurred; you can't enter a rollover to buy back the $71.43 call and sell, e.g. a $70 or $75 call. And all of the new interest in options trades of the stock would focus on the even-numbered strikes.
    That is my take on the subject, but I am interested to hear what others have to say. I have an open call option, but I sold it at a high-enough strike price that I think it will expire without being exercised (unless the market goes completely nuts over the split).
    Apr 26 10:50 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Digging Deeper: Options Expert Discusses Pinning, Max Pain and Apple (Part Two) [View article]
    I was thinking along similar lines. I am a relative newcomer at all of this, but it seems to me that Max-Pain could be used to advantage in determining an option strategy. In the AAPL example, you could write near-month covered calls at $345 or $350 with a reasonable likelihood of reaping the option price at expiration. (Of course I understand that there is no guarantee and you might end up having your favorite stock called away).
    May 19 03:03 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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