Customer Trades a Big March Put Spread in VIX

I’ts the beginning of the year and BAM!! A customer put on a pretty big trade in the VIX. Early in the 1st trading session for the year,  a customer executed a large block of VIX put spreads in March… The Customer bought 10,000 of the March 22 puts and paid $1.97To reduce the cost…

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Mark’s Best Idea for 2021

Trader’s,   I have about 15 good ideas for longer term trades in 2021.   But, I want to share with you what is probably my favorite pick for 2021.  Using my BETS system Background:   We are about to start distributing the Covid-19 Vaccine in what is going to be the largest inoculation campaign in US history.…

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Oil Volatility is Probably Too Cheap

“Oil Volatility is Probably Too Cheap” In Wednesday’s webinar ‘2021 Trading Secrets Every Investor Needs to Know’ Frank Gregory (our resident DC Insider) pointed out that the 1st thing new President Joe Biden wants to do is rejoin the Paris Accords. To many this might mean ‘oil is going to sell off.’ I personally think…

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Today, December 30th VIX Forecast

Hey Traders, The VIX Light is Red, but barely. This means that while I still expect the VIX to fall over the next 2 weeks, I’m less sure about it than I was yesterday. Why? While there are several drivers in my VIX Light that moved on Tuesday, the one that stuck out the most…

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Why You Should Care About This $626,000 QQQ Trade That Hit Yesterday

The QQQ has out performed the SPY by a wide margin.   Year to date, the QQQ ‘s return is about +47%.   The SPY year to date total return is about +15% (total return is actually closer to 17%). But the spread ebbs and flows.  With the QQQ’s return expanding and contracting over the SPY as…

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ALARM!!(NOT!)… VIX Light Inside

Hey Traders, The S&P 500 was up just under 1% on Monday. The VIX was up slightly as well …   This would sound the alarms, as one of the pieces of our volatility trading system is how the VIX is correlating to the S&P 500. The VIX, because of the way volatility is calculated versus…

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The Vaccine + TLT

Dear Trader, The government is about to spend close to a trillion dollars on covid relief. The vaccine is being distributed, and in a matter of months, it appears there will be some beginning of normalcy. This means spending and a return to employment for a lot of hospitality workers (hopefully nearly all of them).…

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How Santa Could Impact Your Profits!?

Hey Traders, My wife’s family has a group text message where they all share pictures and stories. On Fridays my mother-in-law posts a question for the family to answer. A few weeks ago she asked, “What is the best Christmas gift that you have ever received?” I responded quickly: Castle Grayskull from He-Man and the…

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I Win, You Lose?

Dear Trader, After the bell last Friday, the FOMC made a major announcement: The banks are again allowed to buy back shares. A lot of traders are afraid to buy options in today’s half day. Why?   Because they think their options are going to decay over the 3 ½ days the market is closed for…

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Are you taking Christmas Eve off? I’m Not + Here’s Why

Hey there Trader, Often, traders take Christmas Eve off. After all, the market is only open until 1pm EST. But taking today off is a mistake, and I’ll tell you exactly why I’ll be looking to be in–>out of quick positions in today’s trading session. First, let’s talk about yesterday. As we predicted, the air…

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