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Mon
16
Jan

Options For Volatile Markets by Lehman and McMillan Book Review

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I just finished reading Options For Volatile Markets: Managing volatility and protecting against catastrophic risk 2nd edition, Wiley Publishing, Bloomberg Press and it’s a great book. I have a simple test if you’re interested in options to see if you should read it. If you don’t know the name Lawrence (Larry) McMillan you should order the book. Mr. McMillan is a legend in the options business. I have audio cassettes from about 15 years ago made by McMilian for investors. The cassettes described the predictive powers of options and lessons I learned back then still apply today. It should really not be discounted the valuable contribution Richard Lehman provided to make Options For Volatile Markets the great book that it is.

Fri
06
Jan

What Is A Simulated Trading Account And Why Should I Use One?

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Simulated trading accounts / simulated trading, often called “paper trading”, “virtual trading”, “virtual account”, or simply "Sims" or "Sim Account" is generally a trading account setup by a broker to provide a real life experience of trading without actually using real money. A sim account can be very simple; a personal journal with the trader looking up the closing price could be a sim account, to very sophisticated broker accounts that try to closely mimic true buys and sells along with tracking profit and loss in real time.

Fri
16
Dec

China Takes Another Step To Become The Number One Economic Super Power In the World

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While some Americans are busy protesting, marching, and basically leaching off the rest of us in an effort to not only cripple the United States economy, but to rob and steal from the productive to give to the “99%” which is more like 10% (who else has time or the desire to protest because they want everyone else to pay for their wants and needs), China is moving from banker to owner. Occupy Wall Street protestor clowns may soon find they have no one else to rob at gun point because interest rates have moved higher and the government tap has run dry.

Mon
12
Dec

UniSource Energy Corporation Trading Ex-Dividend Wednesday

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The UniSource Energy was founded in 1902 and is based in Tucson, Arizona. UniSource Energy will trade ex-dividend on December 14th, 2011. In order to be eligible for the dividend, you must buy the stock no later than Tuesday.

The UniSource Energy reported (basic) $1.35 per share in earnings for the quarter ending Sep 11.

The stock trades at a Beta of 0.69. During earnings season, Beta generally will increase. A Beta of 1 moves up and down with the market at an equal pace (equal amount of "volatility" as the overall market). Companies with a Beta of less than 1 have a history of relative price stability. Companies with a Beta over 1 have a history of relatively larger price swings compared to the overall market.

At $36.90, the price is currently above the 200 day moving average of 36.73, and above the 60 day moving average of 36.60.

Mon
12
Dec

Can An Investor Score A Touchdown With Green Bay Packer Stock?

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I am one of a very small group of guys in the state of Wisconsin that is not a diehard Packer fan. There are downsides and upsides to being ho-hum about Packer Sunday Football. My Sundays are certainly more relaxed than many of my friends’ Sundays appear to be.  While they are jumping up and yelling at the TV (not as much the last couple of years thankfully), I sit back and enjoy the game. Even though I was born in Wisconsin and lived most of my life here, I was in my 30s before even going to my first game in Lambeau field. I have gone to three games and after all three games (which I very much enjoyed for the social aspect), I left with the thought that if I want to watch a football game it was better to stay at home to watch. Maybe I simply did not have the right seats to watch the game at the best vantage point.

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