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October, 2017 Archives

How to Buy Stocks for Half Price (Part 2)

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

Greetings, and welcome back for another installment of our ongoing options series. In case you’re just joining us, this series is 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 a discussion on how to use deep-in-the-money calls to purchase stocks for half price (or less). Today, we’re going to continue that conversation, further illuminating the benefits one can derive by using call options in place of owning shares of stock.

 

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Stop Yourself From Giving Back Those Gains

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

The major averages are setting new record highs, the U.S. economy is maintaining its slow but steady expansion, and the global economy appears to be picking up steam. In an environment like this, one of the best things we can do as investors is not overthink the situation, but instead sit back and allow the primary trend to express itself.

 

Rather than provide you with another round of data suggesting the expansion is likely to continue, I thought we would talk portfolio strategy today and go over the pros and cons of using stop orders.

 

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Global Growth Cues Abound

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

Sometimes stock market rallies can be so powerful that you just have to grab ahold of something sturdy and hang on. Every once in a while, the upward surge can be so strong that it feels as though it’s fake – too much wealth being created in too short a time, inevitably destined to evaporate.

 

The last 12 months have felt that way. With the major averages up anywhere from 19–26%, many investors are logging in to see account balances that have never been this high.

 

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Navigating Aberrant Data

By Matthew Kerkhoff

 

We’ve seen some really great economic data lately, and we’ve seen some lousy data as well. Some of it suggests that we’re in the middle of an incredibly strong expansion, while other data shows a sharp decline in key areas such as employment and corporate profits.

 

As you can probably guess, much of this aberrant data comes as a result of hurricanes Irma and Harvey, which wreaked havoc across the Southeast. Today we’re going to examine some of this data in an attempt to gauge whether the U.S. economy remains on stable footing.

 

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How to Buy Stocks for Half Price

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 the last installment, we wrapped up our discussion on how to get paid while we wait for stocks to come back down to more desirable levels.

 

Today, we’ll dig into a new option strategy - the fourth of five that we will cover in total. The topic today is how we can use our capital more efficiently to “purchase” stocks using roughly half the capital otherwise required.

 

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