As the seasons move from summer in to fall, the markets are also seeing a transition. As a trader, you want to be able to recognise the signals to ensure you are adjusting your trades according to how the market is moving. The S&P is no different. This past summer was particularly interesting as there was more volatility on some days with the volatility drying up the following week. We had days with lots of trade entries, followed by days without trades at all. The market which saw highs of 2900 in January with a hard sell off, and moved back to the 2900 this summer. Now that the markets are coming off the highs with a controlled move, it looks like the fall is setting up for some great trades ahead.
One stock that has been headlining is AMZN with its projections to be a 3 trillion dollar company. While everyone is discussing this stock Im not trading it. Typically, this is a stock that look to trade every week, it is usually a great candidate for a credit spread on a weekly basis. The stock trends nicely which allows for strong levels of support or resistance, providing ideal levels to trade based on credit. But, for now, as the stock is printed on most media outlets, I will be waiting to trade it.
Should you hold both long and short positions in your account at the same time? If the market is rallying should you look to buy puts on stocks that are moving lower, or ignore these stocks in favor of stocks that are moving up with the market.
In this episode of the SCT Podcast we will discuss whether you should play both sides of the market just to be safe, or if the better strategy is to always trade with the market momentum and direction.
Apple just passed one trillion dollars in market capitalization. This is a new milestone for the stock, but what does it mean for the average investor?
Should you buy Apple now, or is it too late now that Apple is making all time highs?
In this episode of the SCT Podcast we discuss our opinions on Apple stock if we think that it is a good trade or if the ship has sailed.
The market is beginning to dismiss any news as a non event. With the many and ongoing news stories to make headlines, the market looks like it is tiring and resisting making any sudden moves. The shock and awe moments seemed to have changed to ho hum just another news story moments.
The market needs to move, it's like a shark, if the market doesn't move then there is no market.
In this episode of the SCT podcast we discuss how the market is essentially ignoring the most recent comments from the President and actually moving upwards in an opposite direction to what would be anticipated. We also discuss how this lack of reaction is building and might culminate in a large unexpected move.
There are many ways to trade the broad market, from futures to ETF's traders have many ways to place trades and participate in the broad market.
Indexes like the S&P500 and the DOW are talked about daily in the media, but they can also be traded.
In this episode of the SCT Podcast we focus on how to trade the S&P500 index using ETF's and the SPX cash settled index. We discuss the differences between the SPY and SPX and the strategies for trading each.
This summer promises to be a volatile summer. With the many factors impacting the market to continue over the summer traders will continue to be able to find great setups as the market should keep moving until the fall.
In this episode of the SCT Podcast we discuss where we think the market will move this summer and the best strategies we are using to make the most of the continuing volatility.
In this episode of the SCT Podcast the team discusses if the small cap rally will last despite the weakening of the large cap indexes. Are the small cap indexes a place to invest during this uncertain political time?
Tesla ( TSLA ) is on the radar of most options traders. Some trade TSLA often and some stay far away fearing the surprise announcements and moves in stock price.
In this episode of the SCT Podcast we discuss if we think that Tesla is worth trading and the best strategies to use to trade it right now.
In the second part of a two part series on active vs passive investing. The SCT team discusses the methods and strategies they use to pick both their active and longer term trades.
Tune in to hear the proven strategies the SCT team uses to trade each and every week.
In this episode of the SCT Podcast. The SCT team discusses active vs passive investing and how both have a place in your portfolio.
Active and passive investing are often discussed in terms of the possibility of only having one in your portfolio. In the podcast we will discuss how one does not have to replace the other, and how both active and passive investing can add performance to your investing.
The discussion continues with episode 2 coming next week.
There is a timeless argument among traders, what is more important, the entry or the exit? With traders on each side of the debate making a logical argument the jury is out on which is more important. In this episode of the SCT Podcast, the SCT team shares their thoughts on the debate.
Facebook has been volatile since the issues they have had with the privacy of user data.
Now that the issue is out and many people have forgotten about it, is it time to once again start buying Facebook?
In this episode of the SCT podcast the SCT team will discuss where they think Facebook options will move next, and whether you should be buying calls or puts.
This earnings season will be different, expectations will be high, and traders are expecting earnings to dig the S&P500 out from the recent lows.
In this episode of the SCT podcast the SCT team discusses if they think this earnings season will be different, what to watch out for as a trader and how to manage trades during this potentially volatile time.
How do you keep calm when things get stressful? Trading is like any other activity in life, it can be stressful, how you deal with that stress can make the difference between success and failure.
In this podcast the SCT Trading Team discusses how to keep calm and trade on. Try taking some of the strategies that give you success in other areas of your life and apply them to trading.
We can all manage the stress of trading, listen to the podcast and get some great tips to help you stay calm while trading options.
The technology sector has been split lately, with some companies like Netflix making large gains, while companies like Facebook and Amazon have seen their stock prices dramatically reduced over the last few weeks.
In this Podcast the SCT team discusses their views of the tech sector and if they think there are opportunities to trade. Tune in to hear the team discuss where they believe opportunities exist in the market.
The new hot sector in Canada is Cannabis stocks. In this episode of the SCT Podcast, Sarah Potter and the SCT Team discuss cannabis stocks if they are right for your portfolio, are the companies over valued and if there is potential to make money in this emerging sector.
Creating good trading habits is essential to having success when trading. Whether you trade every day or once every few months, effective habits will make sure that you are maximizing your chances in the market. In this podcast the SCT Team discusses how they have set up good trading habits and how they have fixed some of the bad trading habits that every trader deals with.
In this episode of the SCT Podcast Sarah discusses what it's like to trade for yourself. Trading options and having an understanding of the market is a valuable skill. Whether you are trading every day or just want to have a more informed discussion with your financial planner. Learning and understanding stocks, options and trading can be a benefit to you.
Trading can be stressful, what can you do to reduce the stress. In this podcast Sarah Potter discusses how she deals with the stress of trading and some helpful tips to make trading less stressful.
Should short term trading be a part of your portfolio? In this podcast we discuss the advantages of short term trading and how you can use short term trading to add an active trading component to your portfolio.
The US markets have had almost a week of volatility with the DOW moving more than 1000 points a few days in a row. In this podcast we discuss if this is a good time to buy the market, is the extreme volatility over or is there more to come? We also discuss some options strategies that work well in this extreme volatility.
Even trader's make New Year's resolutions! What are some of the things you will change about your trading this year? In this episode of the SCT Podcast Sarah and TJ will discuss the changes they are each making in their trading this year. Tune in to see how they are going to make 2018 a great trading year.
December is almost over and 2018 is right around the corner. In this episode Sarah shares what she does at year end and how she prepares for the new year.
She also discusses how to evaluate your trading strategies and make sure that you have your best strategies working for you in 2018.
Traders always want to make the most profit possible with every trade. Traders feel bad when they leave money on the table. In this episode of the SCT Podcast, we discuss strategies to maximize the profit you have in a trade. We discuss the pros and cons of a few different strategies and why they might be a good fit for your trading.
What if making money was just like riding a bike? Where you get better the more you practise the skill. While you may be familiar with money preserving skills like ‘save more’ or ‘spend less’, Sarah Potter explores the myths and realities of what it is really like to build the skills to make more money, grow wealth and investing in the markets for average people. Find out why financial literacy is failing you, and how to change the financial narrative for the next generation. Sarah Potter is the author of How You Can Trade Like A Pro: Breaking into Options, Futures, Stocks and ETFs (Published by McGraw Hill) and founder of www.shecantrade.com
Sarah is well regarded as a trading and market expert and is well known for her trading consistency and straightforward options strategies. Her unique skill set, including her Masters of Education allows her clients to learn about trading markets and market analysis in a clear and understandable way.
Sarah Potter has both written for, and been featured in: Forbes.com, Tradestation, All Stars of Options, Traders Expo, Scotia iTrade, TheStreet.com, Yahoo Finance, AOL Daily Finance, Active Trader Magazine and more.