October 12, 2014
Guest: John Carter, from Simpleroptions.com shares with us some of the ways to profit from using options. We discuss the basics and more advanced option strategies.
In this episode we all look at what is bothering markets and why sentiment has changed. With a new case of Ebola transmitted within the U.S., what stocks may be beneficial to own at this time?
September 13, 2011
Is the fear index undervalued or overvalued? This is an interesting question as we look at the VIX as compared to the European counterpart, the VX2. As it stands now, there is a dramatic difference between the two and that might be telling of what is to come.
What is likely occurring is that the VX2 is looking at the recent volatility in the EuroZone equity and Read more
May 30, 2010
Guest: Jon “DRJ” Najarian discusses the markets, options and some of his favorite stocks. We also get into the markets of late and how Thursday was a day that appeared that all was fixed…but was it? Andrew starts off with some economics and market internals. Lots more….
Jon ‘DRJ’ Najarian is a professional investor, noted media analyst and speaker, and co-founder of optionMONSTER®. Following a brief stint as a Chicago Bears linebacker, Jon launched his financial career at the Chicago Read more
July 5, 2009
Guest: Jon Najarian and Andrew discuss a ton of stock ideas and option opportunities. We explore China solar plays, as well as many other ways to seek profits.
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Jon ‘DRJ’ Najarian is a professional investor, noted media analyst and speaker, and co-founder of optionMONSTER®. Following a brief stint as a Chicago Bears linebacker, Jon launched his financial career at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) in 1981, trading in the pits for some 25 years. In 1989 he founded Mercury Trading, running the company for 15 years until 2004, when he sold his floor-trading operations to Citadel, one of the world’s largest hedge funds.
More recently, Jon – often known after his CBOE floor call letters ‘DRJ’ – has developed and patented trading applications used to identify unusual activity in stock, options, and futures markets. Most notable is the Heat Seeker® program, which uncovers extraordinary buying patterns from among the millions of quotes per second that stream from America’s stock, options, and futures exchanges. In addition to optionMONSTER.com, Jon’s research and analysis is widely cited by leading financial media including the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Reuters, and Bloomberg. Jon is a CNBC contributor and webcasts on CBOE-TV.
- Jon is co-lead analyst for the InsideOptions™ and Option Trader Pro subscription products, and co-authors the Open Order newsletter.
Stock Symbols Discussed: BKC, ARO, AEO, PSUN, DRI, FSLR, GS, VIX, APOL, LDK, WFR, TSL, GE, ENER,
January 19, 2009
(From my latest journal entry for the MSN Strategy Lab. Take a look on the left at the current standings)
In this volatile market, contracts on options have become increasingly more expensive. This is because the main pricing components of options are: expected rate of return, volatility of the underlying security and time until expiration.
As we saw the key volatility indexes soar in 2008, we saw premiums on options — which give you the right to buy a stock at a certain price — increase. Volatility in the market presumes there is higher probability that an option will be exercised before the option itself expires.
Generally speaking, most funds are sellers of premium, which basically means they are selling a call or put to make money from an option. During an options expiration day, if the underlying security is approaching a level where there is quite a bit of open interest for a large fund, then that fund may protect its options by keeping it below the strike price. Read more