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Waking Up to the Big Tech Catastrophe
Consumers willingly trade their personal data for personalized interactions with retailers. Each time technology companies go lower into the brainstem, it takes a little more…
Amazon’s Fires
The tech behemoth is taking a lot of heat. Here’s a contrarian analyst’s perspective. Amazon (AMZN) has had a tumultuous year. The stock traded as…

Liquid Assets

A New Take on the Highball
CBD is showing up everywhere, even in cocktails. So luckbox asked contributing editor and Fake Financial News columnist Vonetta Logan to check it out. Kuma’s…

Arts & Media

The Anxiety Guy
The Anxiety Guy, a top-ranked iTunes podcast, outdoes the competition. That’s an accomplishment because host Dennis Simsek used to want nothing more than to blend…

Luckbox of the Month

The Normal Deviate

Auto Industry Autopsy
If the average age of a car on the road increases 15% every 10 years, half a century from now the average car would be…

The Poker Trade

Four Tips to Winning Poker
Players have a choice: Constantly hone their tactics or plunge into an abyss of losses  Poker’s a tough game, and players who aren’t constantly improving…

Technology

Trades

Light this Candle

The Technician

Medical Drama
One sector of the U.S. equity market that’s well populated by heavily traded and dynamic securities is healthcare. However, the fact that these financial instruments…

Macro View

Trading Around Uncertainty
Some financial media experts say that all trading and investing is uncertain by nature. Therefore, why should uncertainty in the markets matter? Well, while there’s…

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
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…
The Equity Index Pairs Trade
For pairs traders that are filtering for potential signals in the market, the current trading relationship between the S&P 500 (/ES) and the Nasdaq (/NQ)…
Trading the CBOE Skew Index
Skew is an options trading term that describes the fact that the implied volatility of options on the same underlying and in the same expiration…
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…
Short Strangles in Selloffs
When uncertainty increases in the financial markets, that is almost always represented through an uptick in implied volatility. Option prices get more expensive as buyers…
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…