Weekend Portfolio Analysis (October 3, 2015)

Market Conditions Volatile conditions persisted in the markets this week with markets moving sharply lower on Monday as the S&P 500 Index dropped to within 12 points of the low set on August 24th. The market rallied for the remainder of the week, but not without significant intraday swings. On Friday, after a very disappointing…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (September 26, 2015)

Market Conditions The roller coaster ride continued in the equities markets this week as the S&P 500 declined from last week’s high of 2020.86 all the way down to 1908.92 before rallying somewhat. The market gyrations were largely event driven. The week started with remarks from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who said she is interested in…

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Weekend Portfolio Analysis (September 19, 2015)

Market Conditions The FOMC policy statement has come and gone and volatility is here to stay – at least until the next Fed meeting. The FOMC acknowledged positive labor market conditions in the U.S., but indicated that concerns related to an economic slowdown in China have outweighed the domestic positives. Janet Yellen stressed that these…

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Trading Straddles in /ES

In last week’s Portfolio Analysis I briefly discussed an at-the-money straddle that I sold last week in /ES which proved to be extremely profitable. Today, I opened another /ES straddle, this time placing a protective put since I think this market still has significant downside risk. Sold $ES_F Oct 1920 straddle w/protective put for $84.50. No downside…

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