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Getting Paid to Buy Stocks (Part 2)

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

Welcome back to our ongoing monthly options series, designed to help you understand how options can be used in a portfolio to enhance returns and minimize risk. In our last installment, we began discussing how we can actually get paid to buy stocks.

 

While that may sound counterintuitive, this strategy is quite popular among professional money managers, as it allows them to earn income while they patiently wait for lower equity prices. If you’re one of those investors who feels like you’ve been partially left behind by this bull market, this strategy may be for you.

 

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Binary Event Conflicts Don’t Sink Stock Markets, But This Could

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

I was originally going to publish the latest article in our option series today, wrapping up our discussion on getting paid to buy stocks, but the market reaction to North Korea seems more pressing, so we’ll discuss that instead.

 

When most people think about potential events that could derail financial markets quickly, war seems to be near the top of that list. But counterintuitively, the prospect of war is not necessarily bad for stocks. In order to appreciate this, we need to take a look at how some prior conflicts have unfolded.

 

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Where Did TINA Go?

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

A few years ago, TINA was everywhere … she was the life of the party. Whenever people wondered why stocks kept rising, she’d show up and people would scream, TINA!

 

But I haven’t heard anyone mention her recently … did she take off? Or did she drink so much from the punch bowl that she’s passed out, sleeping somewhere?

 

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Technical Damage

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

Most averages are creeping higher today, but the last couple of weeks of volatile price action has caused some significant damage to the charts. In particular, there are concerns developing in the S&P, the small-caps and the Transports.

 

Let’s begin with the S&P.

 

 

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Complacency Doesn’t Rule

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

Until just recently, stock market volatility had been exceptionally low, leading many to believe that this market had become “complacent.” That assessment elicits concern, because many view complacency as a warning signal … a calm before the inevitable storm.

 

Well … as Hyman Minsky taught us, that storm will come, and in many ways it will be a direct result of our complacency. But right now, U.S. equity investors seem to be anything but.

 

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