5 Rules For Option Selling Success

Investors are scrambling to find income in today’s ultra-low yielding environment.  The low interest rates as well as fewer and fewer solid stocks paying consistently high dividends have forced the savviest investors into more esoteric ways to earn income from their portfolios. Add in the fact that it appears that the stock market has reached a short term high, at the very least, and it paints a difficult picture for traditional income seeking investors. One of the most popular ways to ramp up income from the market is selling options.  Also known as writing options, this is a proact...
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3 Things You Need To Know About Bear Markets

Just the term bear market sends shivers of fear into most investors.  After six years of the super bull in U.S. stocks, investors have become complacent and feel entitled to double-digit yearly gains. In light of the recent massive swings in the major indexes, the specter of the bear has become front and center in the mind of long-term stock market investors.  Questions are all over financial media about bear markets, how to identify one, and the best way to not only survive but thrive during the inevitable bearish periods in the stock market. This article will answer these questions and...
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Are You Prepared For The VIX Spike?

Are you afraid that the unprecedented seven-year bull market advance will soon come to an end?  Well, you are not alone.  With quantitative easing measures rapidly winding down, greater numbers of market professionals are leaning toward a bearish bias.  Add in the specter of rising interest rates and it becomes a question of how long can the bull market last with the heavily bearish macroeconomic picture. The smart money is setting up to hedge their portfolios and actually profit from the potential sharp decline in the stock market. Fortunately, there are two new ETF’s that will enable t...
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How To Profit From Volatility

There is nothing certain in the stock market.  The bulls and bears are in a constant battle for dominance and the winner can change in a heartbeat. However, there are a few things that are very likely to happen in the not so distant future. The first thing is that the Federal Reserve will start to increase interest rates.  The central bank’s multi-year accommodative economic policy of quantitative easing and ultra low interest rates has worked its magic.  The economy has been kick started back to growth. History makes it clear that the stock market performs best during times of lo...
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