Investment Strategies

Marketwatch outlined an option volatility trading strategy developed by a former market maker, “The Black-Scholes model used in options pricing exhibits a log normal distribution, a consequence of the fact that prices cannot go below zero. This distribution presently exhibits a fat tail to the downside, Harwood said. “That’s kind of how selling options works; you’re going…

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BI recently argued that the recession risk is over, Campbell Harvey, the Duke professor who pioneered the inverted yield curve’s use as a recession signal, says his beloved model will break one day. That hasn’t happened yet. A negative spread between three-month and 10-year Treasury yields — also known as a yield curve inversion —…

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Marketwatch analyzed the recent corporate earnings, Kramer points out that the earnings multiple of the S&P 500 SPX, +0.41% on a trailing 12-month basis recently touched 19.7, the lowest level since June 2016 — a time when “the world literally felt as if it was on the verge of a meltdown”. (That multiple is a…

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Barrons discussed index options trading, “Zem Sternberg, one of the options market’s most respected traders, is using the low-volatility investing craze to power a strategy designed to produce returns that match the stock market’s upside while outperforming when the market swoons. He does this by actively trading index options and futures to hedge portfolios. The…

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BNPP discussed portfolio diversification in the current market, “With high correlations across traditional asset classes and geopolitical and economic risks steepening, navigating market turbulence and protecting your portfolio from downside threats requires innovation and a careful approach. Correlations between asset classes are at an all-time high, and look likely to remain so for some time…

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J Pan outlines the importance of implied volatility, “According to the CFA institute, implied volatility is a measure of the expected risk with regards to the underlying for an option. The measure reflects the market’s view on the likelihood of movements in prices for the underlying, having the tendency to increase when prices decline and…

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Bower explains what currency hedging is, Put simply – currency hedging means taking exchange rate risk out of the equation. Exchange rate risk is the potential for an investment not priced in Australian dollars to lose value due to currency fluctuations. For example, say if you bought five shares of Apple Inc. from your broker…

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