Considering Our Options (Part 5)

By |2019-06-24T10:45:19-04:00June 28th, 2019|Global Market Update|

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="no" equal_height_columns="no" menu_anchor="" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id="" background_color="" background_image="" background_position="center center" background_repeat="no-repeat" fade="no" background_parallax="none" parallax_speed="0.3" video_mp4="" video_webm="" video_ogv="" video_url="" video_aspect_ratio="16:9" video_loop="yes" video_mute="yes" overlay_color="" video_preview_image="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" padding_top="" padding_bottom="" padding_left="" padding_right=""][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" layout="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" border_position="all" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding_top="" padding_right="" padding_bottom="" padding_left="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" center_content="no" last="no" min_height="" hover_type="none" link=""][fusion_text] Can options explain strategy? Gridiron quarterback option play. Source: Wikimedia. Public Domain. Options are choices. Strategy is acting on our choices. When a company [...]

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Considering Our Options (Part 4)

By |2019-06-24T10:44:59-04:00June 27th, 2019|Global Market Update|

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="no" equal_height_columns="no" menu_anchor="" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id="" background_color="" background_image="" background_position="center center" background_repeat="no-repeat" fade="no" background_parallax="none" parallax_speed="0.3" video_mp4="" video_webm="" video_ogv="" video_url="" video_aspect_ratio="16:9" video_loop="yes" video_mute="yes" overlay_color="" video_preview_image="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" padding_top="" padding_bottom="" padding_left="" padding_right=""][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" layout="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" border_position="all" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding_top="" padding_right="" padding_bottom="" padding_left="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" center_content="no" last="no" min_height="" hover_type="none" link=""][fusion_text] Can options help us understand how investments work? Source: Option-Price.com Sure they can. Options are choices: the right, but not the obligation, to buy [...]

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Keeping Our Options Open (Part 3)

By |2019-06-24T10:45:33-04:00June 26th, 2019|Global Market Update|

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="no" equal_height_columns="no" menu_anchor="" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id="" background_color="" background_image="" background_position="center center" background_repeat="no-repeat" fade="no" background_parallax="none" parallax_speed="0.3" video_mp4="" video_webm="" video_ogv="" video_url="" video_aspect_ratio="16:9" video_loop="yes" video_mute="yes" overlay_color="" video_preview_image="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" padding_top="" padding_bottom="" padding_left="" padding_right=""][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" layout="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" border_position="all" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding_top="" padding_right="" padding_bottom="" padding_left="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" center_content="no" last="no" min_height="" hover_type="none" link=""][fusion_text] Where do we find options in every life? Chrome browser settings. Source: Ctrl blog Options are choices. They represent the ability, but not the [...]

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Keeping Our Options Open (Part 2)

By |2019-06-24T10:44:48-04:00June 25th, 2019|Global Market Update|

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="no" equal_height_columns="no" menu_anchor="" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id="" background_color="" background_image="" background_position="center center" background_repeat="no-repeat" fade="no" background_parallax="none" parallax_speed="0.3" video_mp4="" video_webm="" video_ogv="" video_url="" video_aspect_ratio="16:9" video_loop="yes" video_mute="yes" overlay_color="" video_preview_image="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" padding_top="" padding_bottom="" padding_left="" padding_right=""][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" layout="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" border_position="all" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding_top="" padding_right="" padding_bottom="" padding_left="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" center_content="no" last="no" min_height="" hover_type="none" link=""][fusion_text columns="" column_min_width="" column_spacing="" rule_style="default" rule_size="" rule_color="" hide_on_mobile="small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility" class="" id=""] Can we use options to invest? Illustration: Koltepranita. Source: Wikipedia Options are powerful. And there’s [...]

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Keeping Our Options Open (Part 1)

By |2019-06-21T14:08:55-04:00June 21st, 2019|Global Market Update|

What are options? Source: Pxhere. CC0 Strictly speaking, options are choices: the choice to buy, sell, or hold; the choice own or rent a home; the choice of what to plant in the garden. Having options means we have the ability to make – or not make – choices about our lives. Financially, though, options have a very specific meaning. An option on a stock or bond is the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell the security at a specified price [...]

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Considering Our Options (Part 5)

By |2019-03-09T07:20:56-04:00March 9th, 2019|Global Market Update|

Can options explain strategy? Option play in football. Source: Wikimedia. Public Domain. Options are choices. Strategy is acting out our choices. When a company chooses to lay off workers and focus on their online platform, they’re exercising a real, strategic option. When investors exercise protective puts on S&P 500 futures, they’re exercising financial options. When a professional “dresses for success” and chooses between flats and heels, they’re exercising a personal option. Investment strategies can be explained with options as well. Two of the most [...]

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Considering Our Options (Part 4)

By |2019-03-07T05:31:35-04:00March 7th, 2019|Global Market Update|

Can options help us understand other investments? Source: Option-Price.com They sure can! Remember that options are choices: the right, but not the obligation, to do something, usually buying or selling. When you combine options with other investments, or options with other options, you may get a combination that helps you make some sense out how an investment strategy might work.. First, we need a quick course on option pricing. An option price has four major components: the underlying stock’s price, the strike or exercise [...]

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Considering Our Options (Part 3)

By |2019-03-05T20:19:54-04:00March 5th, 2019|Global Market Update|

Where do we find options in our everyday lives? Photo: William S. Farrow. Source: US Army Options are choices. They represent the ability, but not the obligation, to buy or sell something. Financially, we know that options are complex instruments that have strike prices, an implied leverage and time-decay. They’re priced according to a complex formula that only folks with high-powered math or finance degrees really understand. But they show up in all kinds of unexpected places. Take mortgages, for example. Most of us [...]

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Considering Our Options (Part 2)

By |2019-03-03T18:40:28-04:00March 3rd, 2019|Global Market Update|

Can we use options to invest? Illustration: Aia Fernandez. Source: Wikipedia. CC-BY-4.0 Options are powerful. And there’s a lot to understanding them. Call options give us the right, but not the obligation, to buy something at a specific price within a certain time. They don’t cost as much as the underlying stock, but they benefit just as much when the price goes up. As a result, there’s a lot of implicit leverage in an option. An option on a $100 stock might cost you [...]

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Investing by Ear

By |2018-09-27T09:35:05-04:00September 26th, 2018|Global Market Update|

Remember music lessons? Photo: Musikrat. Source: Pixabay I played the French Horn growing up. I started playing in the 4th grade, taking lessons from our band-director and an instructor, Mr. Klinger, who used to come to our home. My parents put up with the blats and brays and never complained – at least to me – although I’m pretty sure they knew musical entertainment was never going to be a reason for me to give up my day job. So why did they do [...]

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