Greetings From the Netherlands

After the UK, Spain and Italy we now find ourselves back in the Netherlands, where I spent 28 happy years. We are here for a full 10 weeks before returning to Chicago after 7 months in Europe. 40 years ago the European Options Exchange (EOE) was founded and I had a...

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Self Knowledge is a Vital Trading Tool

On this Italian Monday morning I thought I might  share a few thoughts about understanding one’s self as a trader or investor. That old axiom, Know Thyself, is vital for anyone who hopes to succeed as a trader. Firstly, one must conquer those twin enemies of every...

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Sell in May?

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven Ecclesiastes 3:17 It’s the same with the stock market. Market seasons do exist, it’s not just superstition. January tends to be higher as new money gets put to use. And when January isn’t...

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Back to Step One. What is an Option?

Long time readers of my column may wish to skip today’s entry because I won’t be telling you anything you don’t know already. But, for anyone completely brand new to this I am going to the most bedrock basics. What is an option? There are two sorts of options: A Call...

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Measured Move Targets

A very useful tool for determing what the market as a whole thinks the trading range until expiration of an underlying value will be is the At The Money (ATM) straddle. The ATM straddle is a combination of the put and call with the same strike price that is closest to...

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Greetings From the Iberian Peninsula

Sorry for the absence. I hope you all had a profitable and happy first quarter. After spending three months at Durham University in the northeast of England we are now in Valencia, Spain after spending 9 days biking in Portugal. Rather than talk about options today I...

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