Orders for Durable Goods Increase – A Look at Boeing and Defense Contractors

The Commerce Department released a report today stating durable good orders increased 2.5% in the last month. The increase was caused by a dramatic increase in aircraft orders during February. Continue reading

IBM to Unveil Prototype Optical Chip – Covered Call

Scientists with the International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) plan to unveil a prototype chip today that uses optical connections to increase the speed of moving data among chips to eight times that of previous technologies, The Wall Street Journal reported. Continue reading

Canadian Investing Eh? – Covered Calls

Continuing the series of articles on the world economy, today our focus will be on Canada. Canada is the 2nd largest country in the world in terms of landmass after Russia. In addition, Canada is a sparsely populated country with the largest portion of the country’s population living in close proximity to its southern neighbor the United States. Continue reading

French Investing – Winner or Waterloo – Covered Calls

This article is a continuation of the series in the examination of the world’s economies, and in this article we will consider France. France has the sixth largest economy after the United States, Japan, Germany, China and the United Kingdom. France is the most popular tourist destination in the world with over 75 million visitors each year. The second and third most popular tourist destinations, Spain and the United States, are not even close with around 50 million visitors each year. Continue reading

Jim Cramer Expresses Opinion on Oil Prices – Covered Call

Oil has reached a year-high of nearly $63 a barrel as Iran and Venezuela are continuing to raise international tensions with their political positions. In this blog entry, we will take a look at Jim Cramer’s position on what this means for the long-term profitability of the energy sector and where investors can look for covered call trading positions. Continue reading

March Madness Investing – Covered Calls

The March Madness basketball fever is about to reach its zenith for the year with the culmination of the NCAA basketball tournament championship. With the final game being played on April 2, it appears the madness will extend into the month of April; hence the term “March Madness” may now give way to “March-April Madness”. Continue reading

United Kingdom – To Invest or Not To Invest

In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the young prince Hamlet utters the phrase “To be or not to be-that is the question..” as he is considering whether to commit suicide or not. The question we ponder in this article is “should we invest in the United Kingdom or not?”

With this article, we continue the evaluation of world economies with the examination of the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has a long and fragmented history. It is the fifth largest economy in the world after the United States, Japan, Germany, and China. At one point, the United Kingdom had dominion over the largest land mass and population in the world encompassing large portions of Europe, America and Asia. Continue reading

Stock Options – Investments or Vegas Gambling?

If you have been following our blog, you may remember a few articles from the archive discussing risk-reward ratios and knowing the risks involved with the company before you place a trade.

April 24th, 2006 – “Stock Market Research”
July 21st, 2006 – “Learn the Risk Factors and Profit”
September 14th, 2006 – “Company Earnings and Stock Options Straddle”

The highest potential rewards in stock and options trading also carry the highest potential risks. Naturally these types of trades appeal to the risk taker in all of us. We are in the market to make money, so why shouldn’t we take the risk to make the most money? Continue reading

Retail Investing – Returned +0.9% Return in Mar 07

In article, “Wal-Mart (WMT) Stuck in a Retail Rut”, we analyzed retail stores for a covered calls stock options strategy. In article, “Retail Investing – Returns Sweet +4% Return in Jan 07″, we selected positions for expiration in March of 2007, and even though the overall stock market was very gloomy, the strategy still returned +0.9, not bad considering the S&P500 index was down over 5% during the same time period. Continue reading

Bearish on Subprime Lenders Returned +10.9% in Mar. 07

In article, “Subprime Lenders Are In the Bear House”, we outlined a bear call credit spreads stock options strategy for the subprime mortgage lenders. All four bear call credit spreads positions selected were profitable with an average return of +10.9%.

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The news on the subprime front is still gloomy. Mortgage lenders are tightening lending standards and many potential homebuyers are not able to find a mortgage lender willing to lend them the money to purchase a house or the borrowers now find the interest rates and/or required down payments unsuitable for their budgets. Continue reading