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Add (ONEX)tra upside without putting on extra downside
April 05, 2017
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Add (ONEX)tra upside without putting on extra downside

Christopher Thom

Onex is a stock that has done very well over the long term. Since going public in 1996, the stock has had an annualized total return over 16%.  The company places emphasis on managers owning stock and investing alongside shareholders – this is something I like to look for when investing in a company.  For an investor...

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The Greeks – Vega
April 05, 2017
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The Greeks – Vega

Martin Noël

This week, we will look at another Greek variable, called vega. Vega measures the amount that an option contract’s price changes in response to a change in the volatility of the underlying asset. You will recall that an option’s time value is influenced by the time remaining until expiration and by the implied volatility of...

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The Greeks: Theta
March 28, 2017
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The Greeks: Theta

Martin Noël

This week, we will look at another Greek variable: theta. Theta measures the change in the price of an option following a change in the time remaining to its expiration. You will recall that an option’s premium has two components: intrinsic value and time value. But since an option that has reached expiration has run out of...

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The Greeks: Gamma
March 23, 2017
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The Greeks: Gamma

Martin Noël

Our last article showed how delta could help predict the future value of options following a change in the price of the underlying asset. We also learned that delta gives an indication of the equivalent stock position (ESP) on the underlying asset. Gamma Gamma measures the change in the value of delta relative to a change in...

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The Greeks: Delta
March 17, 2017
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The Greeks: Delta

Martin Noël

In the last few articles, we have seen that there are several variables that have an impact on the value of options. This table illustrates how an increase in one of the variables affects the values of call and put options. As you can see, with all other things being equal, when one of the variables moves, we should expect the...

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Term Structure of Implied  Volatility
March 04, 2017
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Term Structure of Implied Volatility

Martin Noël

Changes in implied volatility provide information on options market participants’ expectations regarding future fluctuations in returns on a specific stock. For the purposes of this discussion, we will analyze volatility in the stock price of the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation (GC), which closed at $23.79 on February 24,...

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Synthetic Stock Positions Within Registered Accounts
February 06, 2017
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Synthetic Stock Positions Within Registered Accounts

Richard Croft

As the name suggests, a synthetic stock position is equivalent to a long stock position. Similar risk reward parameters but with some structural advantages for investors who want to utilize the strategy within registered accounts.   In this column, we will focus on Canadian bank stocks. What else is new! Like it or not...

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Impact of interest rates on the intrinsic value of options
January 31, 2017
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Impact of interest rates on the intrinsic value of options

Martin Noël

The intrinsic value of an option is the value of its premium related to changes in the underlying stock’s price compared to the option’s strike price. So the intrinsic value of a call option (IVco) is the difference between the market price of the underlying (U) and the strike (X) of the call option, while the intrinsic...

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Selecting options expiration dates : Thêta
January 24, 2017
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Selecting options expiration dates : Thêta

Montréal Exchange

Before selecting an expiration date on an option contract, it is important to review some basic concepts of option trading. Options are perishable Absolutely! Remember that the premium of an option is defined as a tangible value, determined by the relationship between the strike price and the price of the underlying stock (also...

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An Electrifying Yield on a Utility Stock
October 12, 2016
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An Electrifying Yield on a Utility Stock

Christopher Thom

Utility stocks are often loved by yield investors. They provide steady dividends, are regulated businesses, and are less cyclical. Generally they can be called “boring,” but for the investors who own utility stocks that is what they love about them. We’ve seen this sector do well over the last few decades as interest...

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