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July, 2017 Archives

Getting Paid to Buy Stocks

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

Eight months ago we introduced a new monthly series designed to help investors understand how options can be used in a portfolio to enhance returns and minimize risk. So far, we’ve covered the basics of call and put options, and have discussed two of the five most consistent and profitable option strategies that investors should have in their playbook.

 

Today we’re going to begin our discussion on the third of those five strategies: How to get paid to buy stocks.

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Richard's Thoughts On Optimism

Richard's Comments

 

HOPE: It's human nature to be optimistic. It's human nature to hope. Furthermore, hope is a component of a healthy state of mind.

 

Hope is the opposite of negativity. Negativity in life can lead to anger, disappointment and depression. After all, if the world is a negative place, what's the point of living in it? To be negative is to be anti-life.

 

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Repeating the Same Mistakes

By Chuck Butler

 

When I was a younger man, a wise man told me that insanity was repeating the same mistakes  and expecting different results… In my best Andy Rooney voice, have you ever wondered if anyone these days has ever heard of that quote? I suggest to you that they haven’t, and I’m going to do my best to show you a prime example of that today.

 

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Daily Recap

Stocks tally-hoed further to the upside today, adding to yesterday's big gains, although gains were concentrated mostly in the biggest blue chips. All major European and Asian markets rose, which makes the Europe Dow's decline of 0.15% seem odd, especially when the STOXX 600 gained 0.52%. The Asia Dow was more representative of its underlying exchanges - up 0.42%.

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Sector Switches

by Jon S. Strebler

 

One hallmark of an extended bull market is shifting among different market sectors, as one group after another takes on a leadership role, then fades as other sectors gain in strength. With new all-time highs in most all stock market indexes, and finally in our own PTI (below) let’s look at a few areas of interest that are hot or maybe not.

 

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Inside the Mind of a Crowd

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

John Maynard Keynes once wrote what may be one of the most insightful observations on financial markets ever conceived:

We have reached the third degree where we devote our intelligence to anticipating what average opinion expects the average opinion to be. And there are some, I believe, who practice the fourth, fifth, and higher degrees.

 

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