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February, 2017 Archives

Introduction to Calls and Puts (Part 4)

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

Welcome back for the 4th installment of our new monthly series on options. The goal of this series is to provide a basic overview on how options can be used to help protect and manage a portfolio.

 

Today we’re going to wrap up the introductory portion of this series by taking a look at the various factors that affect option pricing. After today’s article, you should have a basic framework for how calls and puts work, under what conditions an investor may want to trade calls and puts, and how factors in the marketplace affect the pricing of options.

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Global LEIs and Technicals Point Up

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

This post-election stock market rally has been exciting and profitable, but it has also become long in the tooth. After going nowhere for almost two years, the Industrials shot from 18,000 to 19,000 in about a two-week period, took out the 20,000 mark roughly two months later, and now we’re closing in on 21,000.

 

You can see the entirety of this move in the chart below, which also contains indications that more gains may lie ahead.

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Global Reflation?

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

After years of fighting against the forces of deflation, many areas of the world, including the U.S., are experiencing a rebound in inflation and growth prospects. The promise of rising prices and accelerating economic growth are causing asset prices to head higher, but how long will this phenomenon last?

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It’s Not All About Trump

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

With new executive orders being signed on a seemingly daily basis, it’s easy to get sucked into the belief that this rally is all about Trump. It’s not.

 

Beneath the surface, our economy has been quietly humming along, that fact made more apparent by the plethora of economic data released last week.

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