October 2017

By Daniel P. Collins
Options on ETFs are growing, and so are ETFs that offer exposure to options strategies.
By Oleg Bondarenko
Put writing indexes provide enhanced risk-adjusted returns over long timeframes.
By Russell Rhoads
Options allow traders to take a more defined position on an underlying stock; Weekly options take this benefit one step further.
By Daniel P. Collins
Binary options are offered in several regulated markets to allow retail traders an easy way to access market moves.
By Daniel P. Collins
Options-based trading strategies have always been a niche, but like all trading strategies, options-based strategies are getting more complex.
By Garrett Baldwin
Amazon’s effect on the economy has been dramatic and there are legitimate antitrust concerns, but any attempt at a fix may be fraught with risk and potential unintended consequences.
By Daniel P. Collins
Issue and industry insights from 28-year trading industry veteran Dan Collins, editor in chief.
By Doug Busch

A cup with handle formation is a consistent bullish continuation pattern. Stocks that can be bought as they pull back into a recent cup base are strong bullish plays. The Franco-Nevada (FNV) gold royalty company is a good gold play. FNV is already 32% higher year-to-date and sports a dividend yield of 1.2%.

By Joseph Parnes
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (CMG), the trendy Mexican-style restaurant chain founded in 1993, develops and operates more than 198 Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants in the United States, 29 international restaurants and 23 non-Chipotle style restaurants. Denver-based CMG has become famous for its unique food services, while also becoming infamous for its candidacy as a long-term short position.
By Andy Simpson
After The Bell has extensively documented the phenomenal global increase in whisky consumption. This month we look into rare Scotch whisky as a distinct alternative investment asset class.
By Modern Trader staff
In April, a collection of Macallan single malt whiskies set a new world record price for any lot of whisky sold at auction, selling for more than $993,000.
By Modern Trader staff
I don’t need an excuse to enjoy rare scotch whiskies, but news that The Macallan and Baptiste & Bottle, a bar located in the Conrad Chicago, had joined forces to create a virtual reality cocktail experience provided some intriguing editorial cover.
By Garrett Baldwin

With NFL season on the horizon, it’s time to take a look at our Fantasy Football value picks. Last year, we nailed it on Drew Brees, Jordan Howard, Frank Gore and Dwayne Allen. We missed pretty badly on Duke Johnson, Demaryius Thomas, Mohammed Sanu and Eli Manning. But fantasy football is all about value.

By Tamarah Webb
In "Big Money Thinks Small," thirty-six-year veteran fund manager Joel Tillinghast shows investors successful stock market investing in this informative manual.
By Modern Trader staff

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By Modern Trader staff

Business Insider has been reporting on the unusual trading activity of a mystery trader who placed a profitable short equity bet to the tune of $21 million on the Aug. 10 move in the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX).

By Daniel P. Collins
A year ago we pointed out that despite October’s history as a month in which market crashes occur, the major stock indexes have average positive returns in October and the month falls in the middle of the pack in terms of average performance during specific months.
By Doug Litowitz
How ironic. Bloomberg is reporting that most of the new quant strategies adopted by asset managers aren’t generating any, uh, quantifiable positive returns, let alone alpha. Allow me to explain in a moment of schadenfreude.
By Modern Trader staff
Modern Trader provides cutting-edge actionable market research while holding analysts accountable. And, when we publish specific recommendations, we will also let you know how we did.
By Bill Gunderson
As long as the earnings continue to grow, the stock follows right along. Facebook (FB), Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN) are good recent examples of that. When earnings growth begins to slow, so does the stock price appreciation.
By John Blank
Summer is the time Americans look to travel to their favorite vacation spots, whether to a lake, a beach or the mountains; and this year folks appear ready to go.
By Matt Litchfield
Nothing has captivated investors like Amazon’s (AMZN) share price cresting at $1,000, generating annualized returns close to 29% during the last decade and briefly making Jeff Bezos the richest man in the world in the process.
By John Rawlins

The Cycle Projection Oscillator (CPO) is a technical tool that employs proprietary statistical techniques and complex algorithms to filter multiple cycles from historical data, combines them to obtain cyclical information from price data and then gives a graphical representation of their productive behavior.

By Andy Waldock
Commercial traders in sugar futures have set another net long record position.
By Dan Keegan

On July 5, 1994, Jeff Bezos founded Amazon.com Inc. It was based in Seattle but its reach was worldwide. It started out as an online bookseller and eventually Amazon drove Borders Books into bankruptcy. It was a short life for Borders, which was portrayed as an evil predator to mom and pop bookstores, but Amazon would grow to become the real Death Star to brick and mortar retail stores.

By Joe Cornell

You can beat the Street. At a time when many professional investors lament that the proliferation of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and widespread use of screening techniques have made it harder to find bargains in the stock market, one simple investing approach continues to outperform: spin-offs.

By Christine Short

This spring Amazon (AMZN) celebrated its 20th anniversary as a publicly traded company. In that time, the Internet retailer has continually grown, now with the fourth highest market capitalization of all public companies at $487 billion.

By Abe Cofnas
Currency trading in the coming months will require more attention to fundamental and sentiment analysis than usual.
By Suri Duddella

The modern world has seen plenty of disruptions in its path of modernization. Disruptive innovations are necessary along with new technologies and new entrants to provide faster and more efficient technologies, methods and services going forward. The past disruptive technologies include the Sony Walkman, Minicomputers, increased computer storage, iPods, the Kindle, the iPhone and much more.

By Philipe Saroyan

With the growing popularity of social media and its induction into investment and trading metrics, there is a growing interest in studying it’s ability to predict market movement. Here, we review prior research and attempt to answer the question of whether or not it can be a valid predictor of stock and currency returns.

By James Cordier

In our analysis of corn and soybean markets from May and June, we highlighted a burdensome supply picture. However, for both markets, we suggested summer weather rallies might offer opportunities for selling inflated call premium.

By Robb Ross
Sometimes life hands us unexpected opportunities, like getting selected to shoot a basketball from half court for a $10,000 prize. You only need two qualifications: get selected and make the basket. Everyone likes to get a bonus; traders are no exception.
By Paul D. Cretien

From the middle of June through July this summer, the weather in the western United States has been too hot for corn, wheat and soybean crops. “Summer heat makes grains explode” (below) shows the effect of hot weather that followed a more moderate period from March through early June in which the three September futures contracts experienced declining prices.