Hedging Strategies in Today's Stock Market

Posted by Patrick Ceresna on Mar 28, 2013 7:58:00 AM

The stock markets have been kind to investors over the last several months. Many international markets are up anywhere between 2-10% in the first quarter alone.  But not every investor can share in the celebration.  When reviewing the portfolio of an average Canadian investor it has been a mixed picture.

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Topics: hedging strategies, protective put, collar

Can I Buy Stock Insurance?

Posted by Jason Ayres on Mar 24, 2013 1:40:00 PM

We pay a monthly premium to insure many important things in our life.  Day to day,   we take comfort in the fact that if something should happen, things that are important to us are protected from unforeseen misfortune.  Why then do so many investors fail to buy stock insurance?

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Topics: protective puts, stock insurance, put options, options as protection

Why Does Cyprus Matter to the Markets?

Posted by Jason Ayres on Mar 22, 2013 3:18:00 PM

Both U.S. and Canadian stocks continued to trade sideways this week despite the initial concerns over the Cyprus bailout. While the news initially sent the S&P in a downward spiral , all of our near term technical support levels have held up. My initial consideration for the reversal off of the lows early in the week was the consideration that the FED’s were speaking on Wednesday. I thought that traders and investors were waiting to see if they would make any adjustments to their policy in light of the proposed 10 billion dollar bail out as a response to the “crisis of confidence”. It is evident now that the FED’s continue to stay the course, and that the bail out is dependent upon Cyrpus coming up with $5.8 billion by Monday. This after the first deal was rejected. To add fuel to the fire, Cyprus’ Finance Minister Michael Sarris has failed to win the support of the Russia in the pursuit of a new financing package...so uncertainty continues to reign supreme.

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Topics: Cyprus, Cyprus bailout, Cyprus off shore tax haven

Take a Shot at SNC-Lavalin using Call Options

Posted by Patrick Ceresna on Mar 18, 2013 3:18:00 PM

SNC-Lavalin has been making headlines surrounding allogations of improper conduct in the bid for Montreal’s new mega-hospital contract.  This has certainally contributed to SNC-Lavalin’s recent price weakness.

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Topics: call options, SNC-Lavalin, risk/reward profile, stop losses, risk management, identifiable risk

Weekly Market Forecast for Traders and Investors March 18, 2013

Posted by Jason Ayres on Mar 18, 2013 2:10:00 PM

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Topics: Gold, weekly market forecast, oil, S&P, weekly market outlook, stock market, stocks, U.S. Dollar, resistance levels, support levels, silver, technical analysis, currencies

Weekly Market Forecast for Traders and Investors March 11, 2013

Posted by Jason Ayres on Mar 11, 2013 12:41:00 PM

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Topics: Market Forecast, bonds, Gold, oil, S&P, U.S. Dollar, commodities, resistance levels, support levels, intermarket analysis, Canadian Markets, options

Buying Gold Now is Like Catching a Falling Knife

Posted by Patrick Ceresna on Mar 8, 2013 11:31:00 AM

The gold mining sector has experienced more negativity and pessimism than any other sector of the market. This has left investors feeling like deer in headlights. Gold bugs will suggest numerous reasons why the precious metal should be at $2,500 and why gold mining companies should be flourishing.

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Topics: gold mining, gold mining stocks, GDX, gold mining sector, buying gold, buying gold miners, hedge against inflation, Gold Miner Bullish Percentage Index, strangle, call, put, option, indentifiable risk

Learning To Trade and Invest for Yourself? Remember These 8 Habits.

Posted by Jason Ayres on Mar 6, 2013 7:25:00 AM

Before you begin to learn how to trade and invest for yourself, it's important to accept some facts about this business.Trading is NOT mathematics, a science or a formula. Much like any other profession, it requires a skill that can ONLY be learned from trading and investing beside someone who is successfully applying that skill. We at Learn To Trade Global are constantly amazed at the number of people who read a book, take a seminar or watch a video and willingly put their hard earned money on the line. Let me be very clear about what you will be facing as a trader or self directed investor. Trading is a ZERO SUM game, which means for every winner there is a loser. Money Only changes hands in trading, “BE AWARE” there are some VERY smart and skilled operators ready to help you part with your money.

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Topics: learn to trade, learn to invest, independent trader, independent investor, learn how to trade and invest, succesful investors, successful traders, trading psychology, zero sum game, mr. market, warren buffet, benjamin graham, trading instincts

Weekly Market Outlook for The Educated Investor - March 4th, 2013

Posted by Jason Ayres on Mar 5, 2013 8:21:00 AM

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Topics: Gold, oil, euro, USD, dollar, S&P, Dow, Nasdaq, educated investor, weekly market outlook, market outlook, derivatives, derivatives market specialist, chartered market techinician, support, resistance, support & resistance, trend, trend in force

Is Royal Bank a Buying Opportunity?

Posted by Patrick Ceresna on Mar 4, 2013 7:46:00 AM

Investors that have been heavily invested in Canadian banks have not been disappointed. Recently Royal Bank (TSX:RY) announced stellar earnings of more than $2 billion dollars.  This was surprising to some skeptics as there are clear economic statistics suggesting a slowing in real estate and the Canadian economy as a whole. So the questions is...Is Royal Bank a buying opportunity and if so, how can you participate at a reduced cost?

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Topics: dividends, risk, call options, stock market, limited risk, calls, royal bank, canadian banks, investing, investors, dividend investing, stock decline, trading, risk exposure, options expiration, option strategy, risk managed, blue chip stock, upside potential, TSX-RY

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