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Equity index put writing: A strategy for uncertain markets

August 28, 2018

With the post-crisis market recovery now in its tenth year and equity indexes near all-time highs, investors understandably may be thinking that no bull market can charge ahead forever. We are now in a period in which market conditions are increasingly...

Commodity funds a tough sell, while managed futures hold out some hope

June 6, 2017

Commodities are an asset class that, at least in theory, can help diversify a portfolio over the long term. Unfortunately, investors have received little benefit from the theory: Commodity funds have lost an average 8.7% a year over the past...

Investors can control volatility, but the tools are not for novices

February 19, 2015

Investors have been experiencing heightened volatility amid growing concern that, after six years, the equity markets may be signaling a pullback is approaching. Fixed-income markets are offering little solace as rates in the U.S. and in many...

Options traders hit up TD for $8.2M in losses

January 15, 2012

TD Ameritrade Inc. has been hit with an $8.2 million arbitration claim by a group of options traders who say that they lost money last summer during the final integration of the thinkorswim trading platform. The arbitration, filed late last...

TD: Not all going swimmingly at Thinkorswim

August 21, 2011

TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. said last week that some of its clients experienced issues with electronic trades after the company integrated its Thinkorswim options broker the previous weekend. “In general, the integration has gone well, with...

OptionsExpress shareholders on Schwab deal: Not so fast

March 23, 2011

OptionsXpress Holdings Inc. investors filed three lawsuits challenging Charles Schwab Corp.'s plan to buy the retail options brokerage for about $1 billion in stock, claiming the board failed to get the best possible price. The trio of lawsuits,...

Options broker ready for an offer

October 10, 2010

With growth slowing and the industry consolidating around him, optionsXpress Holdings Inc. chief executive David Fisher is ready to sell. The Chicago-based options brokerage “would likely be inclined to accept” a buyout offer at the right...

Retail investors flocking to 'one of the all-time suckers' bets'

May 25, 2010

David Siniapkin, a postal worker in York, Pennsylvania, uses some of his retirement money to trade options. After three years and being down as much as $10,000, he's broken even. Siniapkin, 46, said he tries to profit from strategies such as...

Nuns take aim at Street's moral dilemma

May 2, 2010

At Goldman Sachs' annual stockholders meeting May 7, a group of nuns will raise some uncomfortable issues. The Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic won't be asking chief executive Lloyd Blankfein what lies in his soul. Nor will they inquire into...

Time might be right to don a collar

January 10, 2010

Whether it is to help lock in last year's gains or to put to better use some of the more than $3 trillion parked in money market funds, the creative use of options may be just the tool that finanical advisers need for dealing with skittish investors....

Indie giant LPL execs load up on options

September 20, 2009

In a first, top executives with LPL Investment Holdings Inc. last week picked up hundreds of thousands of options to purchase the company's common stock — a move that has renewed speculation about a forthcoming initial public offering. LPL's...

Atkins eyed as CFTC head, says report

May 29, 2007

Paul S. Atkins, a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, is in line to head up the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Financial Times reported. If selected, he would replace Chairman Reuben Jeffery, who is stepping down...

NFA bars introducing broker

May 8, 2007

The National Futures Association has permanently barred former associated person Adam Leon from NFA membership. The decision, issued against Mr. Leon of Protrade Futures & Options, a former introducing broker located in Aventura, Fla., is based...

Options strategies: A Swiss army knife of possible client solutions

March 4, 2014

Volatility in equity markets, whether increasing or simply uncertain, is becoming a more prominent factor in the decision-making process for many advisers and their clients. Volatility is a source of unpredictable risk. Among investors seeking...

Investor sets portfolio for next round of debt squabble

October 18, 2013

An investor paid $6.7 million for a trade that will pay off if the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index more than doubles by February. The trader on Friday bought 160,000 bullish contracts on the VIX expiring in February with a strike...

Frogs, football and financial assets

May 26, 2013

With the stock market hitting new highs, the economy in slow growth and the increasing use of derivatives as a proxy for real assets, there are reasons to worry. An old adage says that a frog, if thrown into a pot of boiling water, will immediately...

Gambler Buffett scores big with stock option bets

March 3, 2013

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) said fourth-quarter profit rose 49 percent on gains tied to derivatives wagers made by billionaire Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Warren Buffett. Net income rose to $4.55 billion, or $2,757 a share, from...

Banks may sue feds over the Volcker rule

January 27, 2013

With Washington bureaucrats devising all sorts of ways to regulate Wall Street, it is no wonder that there are so many grumpy people at the industry's chief trade group, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Lobbyists there...

Ex-JPMorgan exec made killing off whale of a mistake

July 3, 2012

Andrew Feldstein, who bet against JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) before helping the bank unwind more than $20 billion of trades, has emerged as one of the biggest winners among hedge-fund managers profiting from a flawed strategy. The $4.3 billion...

Don't overlook lagging managed futures as a risk hedge

June 22, 2012

Managed-futures strategies haven't been hot performers for at least two years, but asset flows and investor interest suggests the strategy is being viewed as a solid hedge against risk. “Managed-futures funds were negative last year and they're...

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