Category: Blog Posts

wilshire 5000

What is the Wilshire 5000 Index?

  When we hear “stock index,” we usually think of the S&P 500 or Dow Jones Industrial Average, and rightly so. Many prominent hedge fund managers refer to the S&P as their benchmark, and financial media like CNBC and Bloomberg discuss “the market” in terms of how these indices perform. But, did you know there’s […]

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Stock Market Scandals

The Craziest Stock Market Scandals of all Time

  Whether it’s an orchestrated short squeeze, an outright fraud, or insider trading, the stock market is wrought with scandal and controversy. And the kicker is that the public only hears about a tiny fraction of them.  Consider how many OTC pump and dump or insider trading schemes occur every week without anyone, but the […]

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Options Pricing

Options Pricing – How it Works

  Figuring out the value of a stock or bond is a pretty straightforward problem. For stocks, the price of the shares is directly tied to the underlying value of the company. Successful companies that project strong forward sales growth will be rewarded with a high valuation and rising share prices. For companies bogged down […]

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Federal Reserve

Why Traders Should Care About The Federal Reserve in 2020

  With a temporary shutdown of a large portion of the United States economy and high unemployment, the stock market continues to rise. Things are confusing, and lots of people are blaming the Federal Reserve.  For many, it’s easy to ignore the Fed-related hysteria because those yelling the loudest are the same folks trying to […]

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Index Options vs Stock Options

Index Options vs Stock Options Explained For Beginners

  Many novice options traders are initially confused by the difference between the options on cash indices like SPX and the options traded on stocks and ETFs like AAPL or SPY. After all, you can’t trade indices like SPX on the stock market. It’s just an index!  So let’s settle a few differences. Firstly, why […]

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What Happens When a Company Gets Delisted?

  What Happens When a Company Gets Delisted? Delisting is a financial term describing a process where shares of a public company are actively removed from the exchange on which they had been trading. Sometimes the stocks disappear completely, but other times they don’t. Depending on the reason for the delisting, shares may continue to trade. However, […]

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What Are Stock Options

What Are Stock Options?

  What Are Stock Options? Isn’t it nice having options?  If you’re hungry, you have a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. If you want to buy a car, you have different makers producing different models with an endless array of upgrades. It’s true that too many choices can sometimes cause paralysis by analysis, […]

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Insider Trading

Insider Trading – How to Follow Insider Trades

  Most people associate “insider trading” with secret tips and federal agents busting into a dirty hedge fund like Showtime’s Billions. That’s insider trading based on material non-public information (MNPI).  We will cover the illegal side briefly, but today’s article is mainly about the legal open market activities of company insiders. When an “insider” of […]

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