Based on a number of recent reports indicating the major indexes could end the year flat from where they sit today, I offered a few ideas on how investors could still profit during the last four months of 2017.
One of those ways was using Exchange Traded Funds that invest in the futures of the Volatility Index. For most investors, the CBOE Volatility Index or VIX or even the 'fear gauge,' is a rather complicated and confusing market measuring stick. So, today we are going to go through the 'ins' and 'outs' of the VIX and go into a little more detail on how the average investor can use the VIX ETF's to turn a little profit from time to time.
The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) was designed to put a number on market volatility so investors could trade and make money based on the volatility of the stock market. This is achieved through the use of the futures market and options prices. The VIX tells investors the square root of the risk-neutral expectation of the S&P 500 variance during the following 30 calendar days.
The VIX is often quoted as a number, say 10, 20, 25. That number represents the expected annualized change, with a 68% probability of being true, of the S&P 500. So for example if the VIX is at 20, it would be predicting the S&P 500 will change up or down by 20% over the next 12 months. Continue reading "How You Can Make Money From Market Volatility"
What a difference a week makes. Two weeks ago we were in a nuclear standoff with North Korea’s mad dictator. Then just a week later the nation was plunged into a “crisis” over a few thousand – or is it a couple of hundred? – Klansmen and Nazis, which had the smartest people in government, business and politics refighting the Civil War. Kim Jong-Un and his sycophants in Pyongyang must be laughing themselves silly, or kicking themselves for backing down.
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If all we have to worry about is a bunch of Klansmen and Nazis parading in the streets, things must be pretty darn good in the United States. So intelligent investors shouldn’t be overly alarmed and go about their business, as they seemed to be doing by the end of last week.
Then again, this phony outrage has nothing to do with racism or hate or statues of Confederate generals. It has everything to do with President Donald Trump’s enemies trying to remove him from office.
Whether they will be successful or not remains to be determined. But last week’s events certainly should leave us a little concerned, since we learned a little bit more about who Trump’s friends are, and who he can count on for support if things get worse. Continue reading "The Madness of Crowds"
We've asked Michael Seery of SEERYFUTURES.COM to give our INO readers a weekly recap of the Futures market. He has been Senior Analyst for close to 15 years and has extensive knowledge of all of the commodity and option markets.
Michael frequently appears on multiple business networks including Bloomberg news, Fox Business, CNBC Worldwide, CNN Business, and Bloomberg TV. He is also a guest on First Business, which is a national and internationally syndicated business show.
Gold futures in the December contract settled last Friday in New York at 1,294 while currently trading at 1,306 up about $12 for the trading week breaking the critical 1,300 level now looking to retest the April 17th high of 1,307 as this bullish trend remains intact in my opinion. I'm currently not involved in gold, however, if you do have a bullish position continue to place the stop loss under the 10-day low standing at 1,257. The chart structure will start to improve over the next couple of days, therefore, lowering the monetary risk as low-interest rates in the United States continue to help push up the precious metals here in the short-term. A major terrorist attack in Spain on Thursday is also helping push prices higher as the world is on alert for more attacks in the coming weeks. Prices are trading above their 20 and 100-day moving average telling you that this trend is to the upside with the next major level of resistance all the way at 1,350 which was touched in last November during the U.S election. At present my only precious metal recommendation is still a bullish position in the copper market, but it looks like higher prices are ahead across the board.
CHART STRUCTURE: IMPROVING
Continue reading "Weekly Futures Recap With Mike Seery"
Hello Traders everywhere. The stock market was trading and trending lower for the day to close at a four-day low when all of the sudden it reversed course. The cause for the reverse, news that White House strategist Steve Bannon was dismissed from his duties by President Donald Trump.
I can't recall such a clear and distinct turnaround caused by news from the White House like today; it sure came out of nowhere.
Oil prices jumped higher Friday as the stock market strengthened and the U.S. dollar weakened. However, crude oil futures remain on track to close the week down as traders are still worried about the global oil glut.
Key levels to watch next week: Continue reading "Stocks Turn On Bannon's Exit"
Analysis originally distributed on August 9, 2017 By: Michael Vodicka of Cannabis Stock Trades
A new and innovative business model is emerging in Canada’s cannabis industry. Not only is it a potentially safer way to invest in the highly volatile cannabis sector, it could also be more profitable than investing in individual cannabis companies.
No, it’s not an ETF or a mutual fund. It’s something called streaming – let me explain.
Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp.(CDNX:CBW) is a young Canadian cannabis company headquartered in Vancouver that just went public in early May.
CBW is pioneering a new and innovative business model in Canada’s cannabis industry known as streaming.
Streaming means providing funding to cannabis companies to help them build and expand operations in exchange for an equity stake and a portion of the cultivation production.
This model comes straight from the gold and silver mining industry. In fact, Cannabis Wheaton is actually named after Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. (NYSE:WPM), now called Wheaton Precious Metals Corp., a pioneer of streaming in Canada’s precious metals industry. Continue reading "This Cannabis Innovator Is Down 50% In Two Months - Time to Buy?"