The REIT Trade

Real estate investment trusts tend to pay dividends that can ease the pain of a bad trade Got a bad trade? Tell everyone you bought the stock for the dividend. It’s an old joke among traders and provides cover for a mistake. But in all seriousness, dividends do add a nice buffer to lackluster stock … Continued

Digging Gold

When the markets are in turmoil, money tends to flow out of stocks and into “safer” investments. The market’s definition of “safe” changes, but when stocks declined in March, money went into bonds and gold. The results? Let’s look at how diversification played out during the height of the turmoil.  Gold has a history of … Continued

When Airlines Stocks Resume Flight

Because of coronavirus fears, the only seats filled these days are the ones in front of TVs. With very few people traveling, airline stock prices have declined an average of 50% during the past few months, prompting long-term investing maven Warren Buffet to make the unusual announcement that he was exiting his positions in the … Continued

Here Are Some ETFs to Avoid

Many commodity ETFs represent bad long-term investments Investors often want part of the action when commodities start to move around, especially when prices decline. It’s logical then that they often head to exchange-traded funds (ETFs). What’s not to love? They’re easy trading vehicles that don’t require special trading permissions, and the prices are affordable for … Continued

Recovery Calls for Covered Calls

The fast and furious COVID-19 downturn provides the perfect prelude for this options strategy What made the 2020 COVID-19 market downturn unusual wasn’t the magnitude—the markets have been down more than 30% before. Instead, it was the speed. The plunge occurred in two months, while previous declines have occurred over several months or even more … Continued

Two Ways Back In

Perhaps some traders are looking to “tiptoe” back into the market and make some cautious purchases. Anyone seeking lower-volatility assets could consider two exchange-traded fund (ETF) sectors: Consumer Staples (XLP) and Healthcare (XLV). Both currently have lower volatility than the S&P 500.   The options market’s volatility—a statistical measure based on an option’s price—is ranked … Continued

Trending Together

Many stocks tend to move in tandem, so pairs trading enables investors to mitigate directional exposure Investors might consider using pairs trading when they feel bullish or bearish on a stock but want to reduce exposure to the daily movement within the market. In other words, it’s well known that stocks tend to move in … Continued

How Gold Fits

 Investors often tout gold as a strategy during market declines. It sounds ideal because a precious metal like gold should withstand shocks to the economic cycle, right?  Well, not always. Think about the decline of the S&P 500 at the end of February. The market dropped and so did gold. Yes, it did provide some … Continued

Three Roads to China

Some stocks offer more exposure in Chinese markets than their names suggest. Here’s a sampling of opportunites. Alibaba A Chinese holding company with a range of products and companies, Alibaba (BABA) invests mostly in independent firms that expose investors to only small amounts of industry risk. Takae a look at some of the companies under … Continued

Chinese Stocks & ETFs to Trade

Investing in China remains notoriously difficult, but here are some liquid options With the second-highest gross domestic product (GDP) in the world—and a close second to the GDP of the entire European Union—China is indisputably a major player in the global economy. Even though some Chinese stocks don’t have great liquidity (ease with which investors … Continued