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Facebook Advisor Turns Tech Adversary
Seasoned investor Roger McNamee, an early proponent of Facebook and a mentor to Mark Zuckerberg, now advocates curbing the abuses of the internet’s tech giants.…
Mergers & Accusations
Facebook, Amazon and Google (Alphabet) have orchestrated explosive organic growth and expanded even further through acquisitions. These juggernauts continue nearly unabated despite massive security breaches,…
Facebook Advisor Turns Tech Adversary
Seasoned investor Roger McNamee, an early proponent of Facebook and a mentor to Mark Zuckerberg, now advocates curbing the abuses of the internet’s tech giants.…

Financial Fitness

Amazon Doesn’t Sell Sculpted Physiques
Staying fit requires discipline and commitment; the same can be said for profits in trading. Instant gratification and immediate satisfaction. If the explosion of Facebook…

Liquid Assets

Glass Act
Whiskey is in a golden era. The brown-booze bull market is propelled by trends that show little sign of abating. Unique barrel finishes are flourishing,…

Game Theory

Handicapping the 2019 US Tennis Open
In the world of sports, European football, cricket, American football, baseball, and basketball usually get the most international coverage. Those sports possess legions of rabid…

Arts & Media

The Great Hack
Technology’s shocking invasion of privacy gained momentum in the early 1970s when supermarkets began installing closed circuit television cameras to monitor the aisles for shoplifting.…

Diversions

8 Favorite Fidget Toys
The anxiety-related consumer products market is expected to grow to $7.5 billion by 2023. In the Fall of 2016, two Kickstarter campaigns were launched with…

Luckbox of the Month

Lottery Wins Become Habit-forming
Remember the 69 million-to-one odds that octogenarian golfer Chuck Miller defied by sinking two holes in one within one hour? That earned him the August…

Trades

Light this Candle

AMZN: Prime Sell
Candlestick chart analysis for intermediate-term trading  As the third-largest Nasdaq…

The Technician

Venomous FAANGs
A VETERAN TRADER TACKLES TECHNICALS For decades, conservative politicians have courted votes by promising to reduce federal regulation. After all, many of their constituents are…

Macro View

Risk-Off FAANG Trades
Opportunities in global market directional trends FAANG, an acronym for a collection of tech and communication companies that have changed the way most people live,…

Do Diligence

S&P Changes as it Soars
The S&P 500 Index surpassed 3,000 for the first time on July 10, giving bullish investors across the nation cause to rejoice. The bears, on…

Futures

Cherry Picks

The VIX Cheat Sheet
Interested in knowing how much the S&P 500 is expected to move? This cheat sheet will help! But first, get the last sale of VIX…
Tactics
Probabilities Don’t Lie
“Occurrences” when trading volatility typically refers to the total number of trades deployed over a given period of time (one year, for example). Because volatility…
Butterfly Spreads
The good news is that investors can slightly tweak many option strategies, including the butterfly, to gain maximum control over the risk and reward. The…
Mastering the Vertical Spread
Many options traders have a good idea of the specific trading approach they might choose to employ when identifying an opportunity in the marketplace, especially…
Avoiding the Long Premium Trap
The increase in market volatility at the end of summer has become more tempered in recent weeks.  That reality is reflected in the Chicago Board…
The Butterfly Payoff
What’s the right environment for the butterfly spread? While short straddles and strangles are great trades when investors want to speculate that a stock will…
Managing Directional Risk
While many traders focus on statistics-based volatility positions that leverage the mean reversion philosophy, it’s important to recognize that even these types of exposures can…
The (Broken Wing) Butterfly Effect
Trading a BWB at price extremes affords the trader room for the trend to continue and zero risk, if the trend reverses. When markets reach…
Fine-Tuning Stop Losses
Parts I and II in this series made the case for stop losses in options trading … and stop profits. To use stops well, it’s…