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After 20 years in the retail and consumer goods sector, I became a research analyst and market strategist for Capital Ladder Advisory Group. Since 2011, I have published some 400+ articles surrounding mainstream retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond, ... more

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Is The VIX/SPX Marriage Heading For The Splits?
In recent years and even more recent months, hedging via volatility has actually gone out of favor, seeing how the VIX committed to a great deal of downtrending from 2016 into 2018.
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Dow 25K Has Come: What's Next?
It is hard to find a “talking head” in the media that isn’t able to justify the persistent rally in the major indexes and more recently the Dow Industrial Average crossing 25,000.
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E Target's Q4 2017 Guidance: Was Brian Cornell Being Too Cautious?
On the surface, Target had a pretty strong 3rd quarter when compared with its peers. Target beat both top and bottom line results whereas its peers largely missed analysts’ expectations in some form or fashion.
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Short Volatility Strategies And A Word Of Caution
For fiscal 2017, the VIX will possibly maintain a mean average below 15, something previously unheard of and certainly not within the realm of any one’s forecast.
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Macy's Q3 2017 Performance Was "Iffy": Management Remains Positive On Outlook
Macy’s (M) shareholders recently rejoiced over the retailer’s rather underwhelming results, which found Macy’s beating on the bottom line and narrowly missing on the top line.
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S&P 500 Is Up Some 15% In 2017, But Most Investors Have Lagged That Performance
The S&P 500 is on pace for its 9th consecutive year in the green, which would match the streak from 1991 to 1999.
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Short Volatility Strategies And A Word Of Caution
3 months ago

Thank you Jim!! Enjoy the holidays and many blessings to you and yours!

Short Volatility Strategies And A Word Of Caution
3 months ago

Well said Barry and thank you for taking the time to read the article!

Short Volatility Strategies And A Word Of Caution
3 months ago

StockTwits is definitely an interesting place. It can be both beneficial and dangerous at the same time. It really depends on the involvement of the participation and the expectations. Thank you for your participation Dave and reading my material! Have a great Holiday season and be well!

S&P 500 Is Up Some 15% In 2017, But Most Investors Have Lagged That Performance
4 months ago

Thanks for reading Jim and I will follow up via email. Sorry to see the damage to the back of your house.

New York Times Takes Aim At The Volatility Trade And Trading Crowd
4 months ago

Thank you Nicholas! Yes and many detractors actually feed the trade more than they understand it to be.

In this article: UVXY, TVIX, VXX, SVXY, XIV, VIX, SPY, TGT, M, INTC, AAPL
Are We Shorting Volatility And How
5 months ago

Return on invest capital or ROIC is the amount of return on the invested capital, not the total return. But inclusive of the other portions of the portfolio I've also done quite well i.e many trades in TGT, FIT, TWTR ownership of FB, INTC, MSFT and a few others that are up nicely.

In this article: UVXY, TVIX, VXX, VIX
Shorting Volatility Affords Multiple Opportunities
5 months ago

So the way I view contango on a percentage basis regarding low-high contango is: Contango below 5 is low, no need to add positions LT but can scalp w/bit more risk. 5% contango edges near high contango and is what I refer to as the chop zone. above 5% contango is high contango where short risk is lesser and can perform daily scalps.10% & ^ is high contango whereby one can consider adding longer-term short positions. It's not a hard and fast formula but it has a good efficacy.

New York Times Takes Aim At The Volatility Trade And Trading Crowd
5 months ago

Thank you for reading gentlemen, have fans and detractors, comes with the territory especially when you're kind of an open book. Best of luck and profits to you!

In this article: UVXY, TVIX, VXX, SVXY, XIV, VIX, SPY, TGT, M, INTC, AAPL
New York Times Takes Aim At The Volatility Trade And Trading Crowd
5 months ago

Thank you for reading Jon and have a great trading week. We should have some VOL to participate with.

In this article: UVXY, TVIX, VXX, SVXY, XIV, VIX, SPY, TGT, M, INTC, AAPL
UVXY Reverse Split Ahead: How To Position When Volatility Spikes
5 months ago

Most welcome, glad you found it informative!

In this article: UVXY, TVIX, VIX, COST
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AAPL Apple Inc.
BBBY Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.
COST Costco Wholesale Corporation
FEYE FireEye, Inc.
FIT Fitbit, Inc.
JCP J.C. Penney Company Inc.
M Macy's Inc.
NKE Nike Inc.
PEP PepsiCo Inc.
SODA SodaStream International Ltd.
TGT Target Corporation
UVXY PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II
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The VIX or volatility doesn’t die nor does it have the ability to die, but rather it expresses an ability for a market or markets to mature past the point of greatest fears and from the events that cause fear to have taken place.

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