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Every Wednesday Tyler Craig, our resident technician, unleashes a new missive on an investing topic worthy of your attention. Tyler is a member of the Market Technicians Association and holds the Chartered Market Technician designation. He enjoys spinning tales, demystifying markets, and sharing fascinating observations from his trading adventures. Currently Tyler is a mentor for Rich Dad Education and teaches their Options 1 and Options 2 classes.

Selling Options, Low IV Notwithstanding

Written on January 5, 2017 at 10:00 am, by

Oh, what a difference a year makes! Last January commenced with a swift kick to the bulls’ family jewels. ‘Twas a nasty, underhanded strike designed to deliver death. And it almost did! The S&P 500’s 11% puke over the first three weeks of 2016 was the worst start we’ve ever seen. Ever! What a nastyREAD MORE

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Journals, Systems and Discretion

Written on December 30, 2016 at 10:11 am, by

Once upon a time I didn’t use a trade journal. Record my results? Nonsense. My brokerage statements tell me everything I need to know, fool. The mountains of money I made (or lost) is on full display in my beloved account statement. Then I got smart. I realized that the lessons hidden in my totalREAD MORE

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Was Silver Ever Bullish?

Written on December 23, 2016 at 8:36 am, by

Hat tip to Derek for bringing up today’s topic in the clubhouse. I think the query of whether or not silver prices were bullish in 2016 merits further investigation. Fascinating points were made all around, and I can’t help but throw my thoughts into the ring. The entire discussion boils down to two key points:READ MORE

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Gold Tanks (and how I’m managing my SLV position)

Written on December 15, 2016 at 4:03 pm, by

Precious metals are reeling following yesterday’s rate hike. GLD, SLV, and a cohort of miners are down anywhere from 1% to 9%. It’s a day of celebration for bears and a day of mourning for bulls. While the size of today’s move may come as a shock to you, the direction shouldn’t. Remember, gold and crew haveREAD MORE

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The Santa Claus Rally

Written on December 14, 2016 at 8:14 am, by

Ho ho ho! I’m Santa, and I’m a friend to investors one and all. Matter of fact, I’m probably their best friend. My loyalty is unmatched. I deliver more gifts to stock holders than any other fictional, mythical figure. Kids – Go ask your parents to define fictional and mythical. Hint: it means Santa isREAD MORE

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How to Manage a Risk Reversal

Written on December 8, 2016 at 11:58 am, by

Want to know how I would have managed the bullish risk reversal trade on X from last weekend’s commodity report? Feast yer eyes on this: Your browser does not support the video tag.

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Trump – The Condor Killer

Written on November 28, 2016 at 9:12 am, by

Thanksgiving was bittersweet in the Craig clan. While feasting on one bird we were mourning the passage of another. Our beloved December Condor was laid to rest on Tuesday, felled with loving care by yours truly (and my trusty shotgun). Why the grisly death you ask? ‘Twas his erratic behavior following Trump’s successful White HouseREAD MORE

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Election Magic

Written on November 15, 2016 at 10:05 am, by

I stumbled upon some good fortune this week in my management of a bear call spread. And since this is the first time I think this particular outcome has ever happened, I find it incumbent upon me to record my adventure for posterity’s sake. I have to leave some gems for my grandkids to read-upREAD MORE

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How I Traded the Election and Why I Care Not for News

Written on November 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm, by

Volatility over the past 24 hours has been utterly insane. And I absolutely love it. I thought I’d share a few thoughts bouncing around my head today and illustrate how I traded this. First, henceforth and forever I will be using the 2016 election results and subsequent market reaction as the ultimate example that following the newsREAD MORE

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The Trump Trade

Written on November 3, 2016 at 7:21 am, by

Pre-election jitters are building and weak-kneed investors are abandoning ship left and right. The small- cap laden Russell 2000 Index is now 8% off its September high and the rest of the big benchmark are following in-kind. But do you know where risk is perceived to be the highest? Mexico. I’ll leave the search forREAD MORE

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