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April 29, 2016

April Momo Update

Today is going to be a big day for equities. As it’s the last session of the month, the candle we paint today will be on record and add another piece to the puzzle that we have slowly been putting together over the past few months. But let’s backtrack for a moment and pick this one up later. This morning I came across a brief interview with Art Cashin which gave me much pause. Disclaimer: I usually don’t watch MSNBC or any financial news but had followed a pertinent link in my online UBS account out of sheer curiosity. So Bob Pisani kind of throws this softball at Art saying that nothing really seems to be able to break or slow down this market. And I was actually a [...]

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April 26, 2016

Let’s Crush Some Volatility

If like me you were a Monty Python addict back in the days then you are probably familiar with the phrase ‘And now for something completely different’. As you probably know we’re in the midst of Q2 earnings season right now, and Jay The Executioner in collaboration with yours truly has been on the hunt for potential IV crush victims. To a seasoned option trader earnings season is tantamount to Christmas but four times a year. Because just like moths are invariably drawn to the flickering lights of a burning flame, retail traders can’t help themselves but accumulate overpriced options in hopes of guessing the resolution of earnings reports. And being the [...]

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April 18, 2016

Option Basics – The Greeks

It’s time for the second installment in our option basics tutorial series. Today we are going to cover the option greeks – which is commonly considered a dry topic. Well that was until now – this is Evil Speculator and vee have veeyz to make you understand! So grab a short sword and a bottle of body oil because you’re going to need it down in the dusty arena when I release the four snarling beasts of the derivates (the fifth one is sleeping until further notice). I will try to make basic training as painless as possible as it is crucial that you all understand how the greeks affect the premium of an option throughout its tumultuous existence.

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April 13, 2016

Massive Momo Update

No matter if you are a hard nosed trader or a casual investor, every once in a while it’s advisable to detach yourself from the daily grind, sit back, grab a hot beverage, and parse through some long term charts. Although the don’t affect our daily entries here at Evil Speculator, they do give us a better view of what type of market we are navigating and thus how we may have to adjust our trading patterns. After all – context is everything. What may have worked very well in 2012 most likely hasn’t worked in the past year or so. When markets change traders have to change with it or find themselves on an extended losing streak.

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