3 Behavioral Biases Affecting Investors

  Whenever people do an analysis or make judgements on anything, whether that be opinions on social issues, our jobs, government policies, central bank actions, stock market prices, or any number of other things, we filter these things through a database of our own...

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VTS Conservative VOL Strategy Explanation

  With volatility trading exploding in popularity recently, many traders out there are jumping in with both feet, perhaps not realizing how difficult it actually is to make a consistent rate of return in the long run.  It's been over a year since there was any market...

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Introducing Auto Trading

  Most of you value the fact that we really scrutinize the markets and only take the highest conviction trades.  It definitely smoothes out results and improves performance in the long-run, but as a nice side benefit it also makes our strategies very easy to follow...

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Is the S&P 500 a good Benchmark?

  All investment strategies and funds are compared to a benchmark, but the question is what benchmark should be used? Typically you try to stay within the same asset class, so if you're trading bonds you'd use a total bond index as your benchmark.  If you're trading...

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The Ulcer Performance Index Explained

  The Sharpe Ratio is one of the most well known risk adjusted return metrics and it is quite good, but in my opinion the Ulcer Performance Index is even better because it only takes into account drawdowns and negative returns which of course are the ones we are...

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How to trade the VTS Iron Condor Strategy

  I love option trading. In my opinion if people avoid the most common mistake which is being too speculative and chase big gains, if traders avoid that then option trading can be as safe and profitable as any category of investing I know of.  We can profit during...

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Member Question #6 – Portfolio Rebalancing

  Portfolio rebalancing is a common aspect of long-term investing and one that you've likely heard discussed before.  However due to the fact that we don't fall into the "buy and hold" trap of Modern Portfolio Theory and instead we trade tactically, it doesn't really...

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Member Question #5 – Buy stocks now? Or Wait?

  With markets continuing upward and making new all time highs, sometimes it's hard to know whether to jump in with the trade signals now or whether it's just better to wait for a pullback or correction and get back in at a later date. The simplest answer I can give...

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Option Trading 101: Part 6 – The Option Greeks

  This article was originally posted in January 2013 on my other website which is why the example is from so many years ago, but everything still applies today, so fellow math geeks enjoy!   Understanding "the Greeks" allows option traders to objectively calculate...

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Why losses are so costly to a fund

  In past articles and videos I've often stated that:  "Losses are more costly to a fund than gains are beneficial."  I recently had a member ask me exactly what that means.  Let me illustrate with a simple math problem: If you start with 10,000$ and make 50% on your...

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