Options and Currency

Where is The US Dollar Headed and When Should I Get Euros For a Visit to Europe

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I recently received the following reader question: “Andy, my wife and I are traveling to Eastern Europe and Paris in July and I wanted to see what your thoughts were on the US dollar and if I should exchange money now (to get Euros) or wait longer if the US dollar is going to strengthen. […]

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Making an International Money Transfer – Costs, Rates and Risks

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Transferring money domestically is pretty straightforward and you can normally work with one bank or financial institution to take care of the entire process. However as I and other friends who have moved overseas have found, transferring money across countries is not as straightforward. Further, the process, terminology and requirements tend to vary across countries. […]

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The Beginning of the End for the Mighty US Dollar

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It looks the rest of the world is getting tired of using the once mighty Greenback as it’s reserve currency. Recent reports show that China and other emerging super powers have started seriously calling for the creation of a new global currency to eventually replace the US dollar. China, the largest foreign holder of US […]

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An Introduction to Trading Options Effectively

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This the second part of a series looking at understanding and trading options. The first post in this series looked defined key option terminology and ideas, while here I go into some basic trading strategies and patterns to improve your odds when trading options. You can see some of the concepts applied in recent trades. […]

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Yahoo Takeover Trade as Google Partnership Crumbles

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>Amongst strong objections and threats of legal action from antitrust regulators and customers who believed a Google/Yahoo alliance would have too much power over on-line commerce, Google has scrapped its Internet advertising partnership with rival Yahoo. The market has reacted by pushing Google’s stock down today (GOOG), yet Yahoo (YHOO) has seen a 8%+ jump […]

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Optioning Apple (AAPL) Calls

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This is the second in a series of posts about Tony Parker’s option trades based on his prediction that the market has bottomed. His previous trade on QQQQ (Nasdaq Index) calls was quite profitable in a short period of time, but with volatility falling the return to risk ratio from buying options on indexes is […]

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InBev and Anheuser-Busch (BUD) Options – Arbitrage Profits from the Credit Squeeze

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The difficulty in closing funding for some recently concluded corporate takeovers has presented an arbitrage profit opportunity for investors willing to take some risk. In particular I refer to the $52 billion mega takeover of U.S. brewer Anheuser-Busch (Ticker : BUD), the company that is famous for Budweiser Beer, by Belgian brewer InBev. Both are […]

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US Dollar Rising and Outlook

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Despite global economic woes, one positive aspect for main street America has been the relatively rapid rise of the US dollar of late. The dollar index (DXY), a measure of the greenback against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, has strengthened by over 20% in this time. However, the question is will this trend […]

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Understanding Options – The Comprehensive Reference Guide for Beginners

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Over the last 10 years I have traded all sorts of financial instruments. One that I have found particularly useful in volatile times like we have now, are options. Options provide a way to make money from both rises or falls in stock prices. It is also allows you to implement risk management strategies to […]

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$1000 in 1 day on Nasdaq (QQQQ) call options

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Tony Parker – a regular contributor and experienced investor – is calling the bottom of the market. To quote what Tony said late last week: “Either today (Friday) or Monday will signify the bottom for the stock market…time to buy, buy, buy…and make some money in the process”. He has put $1000 of his own […]

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