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Interest Rates and our Stock Market Investments

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article pertaining to The Yield Curve which describes a graph of the interest rates of short, intermediate and long term treasury debt securities. This sparked dozens of questions and comments from our readers on this subject so I thought I’d follow-up with some basic economic information on the impact that […]

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Using Leading Economic Indicators in our Covered Call Decisions

Here’s my take on the economy and how it influences our covered call decisions: In a healthy economy, stocks are more likely to appreciate in value and we can then take a more aggressive posture with our investments. This means selling more O-T-M strikes and generating even higher investment returns. If we are experiencing economic woes […]

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Dark Pool Liquidity- Secrets of the Institutional Investors

What is the single most important factor in determining whether you should buy a particular stock? If you posed this question to a room full of investors you would get a myriad of different responses. The fundamentals. The technicals. The uniqueness of the product or service. Research and development. The management team and on and […]

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Reverse Stock Splits and How they Effect our Option Contracts

In a filing with the SEC last week, Citigroup said it is considering a reverse stock split as part of its effort to convert preferred shares (take priority over common shares on earnings and assets in the event of liquidation) to common shares. What is a reverse stock split?: It is a reduction in the […]

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Triple Witching Friday- Coming to YOUR Portfolio on March 20th! plus Industry in the Spotlight

Triple Witching Friday…..what a scary term! Is it the day after Halloween? NO. Is it a hazing ritual for a college fraternity? Not even close. Well then, what is it ? It is an event that takes place when stock index futures, stock index options and stock options all expire on the same day. Triple […]

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The New York Stock Exchange: Part of a Global Conglomerate and a Stock to Watch

If we were to ask the average investor this question: What does the ticker NYX stand for? The most likely answer would be: The New York Stock Exchange. We would respond: Good answer, but you only get partial credit! The reason for this is that in this global economy businesses must offer multiple product and […]

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RECESSION- A NORMAL Part of the Business Cycle

Generally speaking, the main focus of this column is for Blue Collar Investors to share information that will be useful in generating substantial  income into our investment portfolios. In normal market conditions we locate the greatest performing stocks in the greatest performing industries and use these stocks as vehicles to generate great returns under the […]

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MACROECONOMICS-The Government’s Influence Over our Investment Success

You’ve screened your stocks both fundamentally and technically. You been diligent to only select equities in the greatest performing industries. Even subtle decisions like factoring in earnings reports and companies that report same store monthly retail sales cannot guarantee that an equity will appreciate in value. The reality is that there are a litany of […]

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MUTUAL FUNDS – The Answer in these Volatile Times?

Since I posted the fact that I stopped selling options in this turbulent market but remained invested in stocks, I have received several emails asking about the efficacy of getting into mutual funds until things normalize. The rationale behind these inquiries were based on the broader diversification that these funds provide and the ability to […]

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Once upon a time, there was a great and powerful country called Freemerica. Its people were decent and hardworking and dreamed of one day owning their own home in this leader of all other nations. The people of Freemerica depended on its leaders, President Bungler and members of the House of Ineptitude to protect them […]

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