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Penny Stocks: I’ll Have the Salad

You’re out for dinner in your favorite restaurant. The waiter hands you a menu and you immediately focus in on the salad column looking for a healthy meal. Hmmm….broiled salmon on the house salad….looks good. As you continue to study your choices you notice the young couple sitting at the table to your right. Piled […]

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How to Read an Option Chain

So how much cash can we generate selling options on the stocks that have passed our fundamental and technical screens? The answer lies in the option chain. This is a list that quotes option prices for a given security. For each underlying security, the option chain lists the various strike prices, option premiums, expiration dates […]

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Setting Up Your Portfolio Using the Ellman Calculator and the Premium Report

It’s been a while since we talked math. What’s with all the frowns? Mastering and understanding the calculations (my calculator will do all the work!) will enhance our bottom lines…more cash in our pockets. With that in mind, let’s set up a hypothetical portfolio of 5 securities with a cash available reserve of $50,000. Since our […]

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LEAPS and Covered Call Writing

Wait a minute! What if I buy a call option instead of the stock and then sell a call option on that option? I’ll be spending less money than outright purchase of the equity and still generate cash from the sale of the call option! This idea has come to many of you and as […]

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The Case for 1-Month Options

I sell predominantly 1-month options. This decision was NOT based on anything I read or was told, but rather on experience and common sense. Most stocks with options have at least four expiration cycles affiliated with them at any point in time…the current month, the next month and two more months further out based on […]

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Common Stock vs. Preferred Stock

We’ve all heard the terms common and preferred stock. Are the common shares for retail, Blue Collar Investors while the preferred shares for the Wall Street insiders? Not exactly. They are both types of stock that a corporation may issue. Let’s clarify the difference. Definitions: Common Stock– This is a security that represents ownership in […]

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Fundamental Ratios: P/E, PEG and PEGY

Years ago, investors, stock brokers and financial advisors wanted to know the “P/E” of the equity before making a buy-decision. A low P/E meant that the stock was cheap and market forces would lead to price appreciation. The opposite theory also was considered Wall Street Fact: A high P/E represents an over-valued stock and one […]

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Flash Trading- The Pros and the Cons

One of the trading practices discussed in our “David vs. Goliath” analogy comparing Wall Street Insiders to average Blue Collar (retail) Investors is   called flash trading. This article intends to explain flash trading and discuss the pros and cons of the strategy. Here’s how it works: Generally speaking, if a limit order is routed […]

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What is Our Edge? Plus Stock Chart of the Week

On May 12, 2011, the Wall Street Journal published an article on the Galleon Verdict, the guilty verdict of hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam (henceforth referred to as “Raj”). A hedge fund is an unregulated private investment partnership limited to wealthy, accredited investors. The portfolio is aggressively managed using leverage and derivatives. It seems that Raj was […]

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