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Using Options for Hedging Market Cycles and Tail Risks
November 01, 2016
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Using Options for Hedging Market Cycles and Tail Risks

Patrick Ceresna

There are many signs suggesting that the current economic business cycle, debt cycle and market cycle are in the mature to late stages.  In traditional manner, there will eventually be a peak to trough correction that will play out no different then any other time in the past.  As we approach the inevitable, the buy and hold,...

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Writing Calls Against ETFs
August 08, 2016
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Writing Calls Against ETFs

Richard Croft

When most investors think about selling covered calls, they think in terms of writing calls against individual stocks. Less often we think about writing covered calls against exchange traded funds (ETFs). Too bad really, because there are some interesting opportunities in that market space. Trading ETFs reduces the impact of...

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Brexit is a reality!
June 27, 2016
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Brexit is a reality!

Richard Croft

Brexit is a reality! Despite the betting odds, despite the financial markets’ expectation that we would see a “remain” outcome, the British electorate knowing for bucking the odds voted to exit the European Union. And now we face the inevitable fallout. Unfiltered headline noise will set the stage this week. Witness the...

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Has the Tide Turned for the Canadian Economy?
April 01, 2016
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Has the Tide Turned for the Canadian Economy?

Patrick Ceresna

The last two months have dynamically changed the narrative toward the Canadian economy. Over those two months, the markets have substantially shifted, including: 15% rise in the Canadian Dollar from its $0.68 lows to its current levels around $0.78. 27% rise in oil prices from their lows below $30.00 to around $38.00 today. 16%...

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Will Gold Glitter Again – Part II
February 29, 2016
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Will Gold Glitter Again – Part II

Patrick Ceresna

With gold having a strong start to the year and a solid 20% off its 2015 lows, the bulls vs. bear’s arguments have taken center stage. Let’s review both arguments. Bear Case for Lower Gold Gold is an inflation hedge and performs poorly in deflationary times. The most commonly referenced example is the 20-30% decline in gold...

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