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February 2, 2024

Markets continued their upward trend in the first month of 2024. It was, however, a bit of a wild ride in the final week of January with serious volatility. During the afternoon of the last day of the month,  Chairman Powell indicated that... Read more...

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January 29, 2024

As we step into a new year, the financial markets present a myriad of opportunities and challenges for traders. Whether you are a seasoned investor or just starting, effective management of your trading activities is crucial... Read more...

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January 16, 2024

We're thrilled to bring you groundbreaking news in the cryptocurrency space- the Securities and Exchange Commission has officially approved the first-ever spot market Bitcoin Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), Read more...

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January 2, 2024

After a blistering rebound in November, markets continued their march forward in December to finish the year with impressive gains.  Defying the higher interest rate environment, the S&P ended 2023. Read more...

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December 11, 2023

As the year draws to a close, savvy investors are already thinking ahead and considering strategic moves to optimize their portfolios and financial positions. Year-end financial planning is a crucial aspect of. Read more...

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December 4, 2023

In a month focused on being thankful, November delivered the rebound many position traders were hoping for.  The general consensus is that the Fed is done raising interest rates for the immediate future. Read more...

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November 2, 2023

Many were hoping for an October rebound after markets declined the two months prior. However, the Halloween rally.  was not enough to erase losses earlier in the month as the Dow fell 1.4%. Read more...

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October 3, 2023

September markets contemplated inflation, interest rates, recession and a government shutdown and an active business news cycle. Although we now know that Congress pulled a short-term rabbit from its hat over.. Read more...

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September 18, 2023

As investors, it's crucial to be aware of the various factors that can influence stock market performance. One such phenomenon that has caught the attention of financial experts and traders over the years is.. Read more...

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September 15, 2023

In the world of finance, there are certain days that hold a special significance, and one of them is Triple Witching Day. Occurring on the third Friday of March, June, September, and December.. Read more...

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September 8, 2023

No surprises in August as big tech continues to dominate the top 20 list.  Nvidia announcing strong earnings which lifted all boats in the chip sector.. Read more...

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August 11, 2023

Trading Artificial Intelligence using option strategies involves using options contracts to take advantage of price movements in AI-related stocks or assets.. Read more...

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August 7, 2023

Markets broadly continued their “melt up” in July. Déjà vu with concerns with an overbought scenario as equity markets increase. This is all despite treasury bills rates Read more...

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July 3, 2023

Friday’s close marked the end of the month, the second quarter and the first half of 2023. June extended the trend of a broad comeback.. Read more...

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June 20, 2023

Here’s eOption’s top picks! These books cover a range of investing topics and perspectives, providing valuable insights and knowledge for both beginner and experienced investors.. Read more...

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June 5, 2023

Stocks surged higher in the closing days of a holiday-shortened trading week, ignited by a political resolution on raising the debt ceiling and a strong employment report. Read more...

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June 1, 2023

May was a tale of three tapes as the Dow, S&P and Nasdaq told divergent stories throughout the month. Tech was back in fashion with the Nasdaq gaining over 5.8% while the S&P ended flattish up 0.26% and the Dow shed 3.48% in May. Read more...

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May 30, 2023

Markets moved in sync last week with perceived movement in debt ceiling talks, weakening early in the week and then surging on news of progress. Read more...

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May 2, 2023

Looking for April showers to bring May profits as the market trended higher by month end.  Financial markets continue to digest news and sentiment related to inflation. Read more...

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April 17, 2023

The combination of an improving inflation outlook resulted in a week of uneven, albeit positive, performance, in which cyclical and financial stocks rallied while technology, real estate, and utilities lagged. Read more...

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April 3, 2023

March started out like a lamb and ended up like a bull with markets rallying in the second half of the month. Early in the March, we were continuing debates about inflation, interest rates and the Fed. Read more...

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March 27, 2023

Modest gains in major market indices masked sharp volatility amid the uncertainty arising from mixed messages emanating from public officials and revived banking fears. Read more...

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March 20, 2023

Amid the reverberations of two U.S. banks being taken over by regulators and the spread of uncertainty to European banks, stocks trended higher last week on the strength of the technology sector. Read more...

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March 13, 2023

Stocks tumbled last week as investors reconsidered their interest rate expectations after Fed Chair Powell’s Congressional testimony that rates may need to go higher. Stocks also were rattled when a west coast bank was placed into receivership on Friday following a run on deposits. Read more...

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March 6, 2023

We see the usual suspects again in the top 20 with TSLA, AMD, AAPL, META, AMZN, NVDA, MSFT as your favorite trades.  The rally in techs continued early in February but fizzled late in the month. Read more...

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January 23, 2023

Stocks showed mixed results last week as recession fears resurfaced in response to weak economic data and a tepid start to a new corporate earnings season. The Dow Jones Industrial Average skidded 2.70%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 declined 0.66%. Read more...

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January 13, 2023

What a difference a year makes. While 2021 had a “rising tide” theme with COVID, meme stocks, supply chain problems & chip shortages in the news, 2022 was a year to give back as most asset classes and industries saw material losses. Read more...

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January 9, 2023

A strong Friday rally triggered by fresh signs of moderating inflation pushed stocks into positive territory to begin the new year.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.46%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 advanced 1.45%. The Nasdaq Composite index gained 0.98%. Read more...

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January 3, 2023

Hopes for a Santa rally in December were dashed as markets continued their slide across all major indices ending a rough year for bullish investors. Except for the energy sector, 2022 saw broad losses and the worst performance since 2008. Read more...

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December 12, 2022

Recession fears and concerns that the Fed may consider a longer rate-hike cycle sent stocks lower for the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 2.77%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 fell 3.37%. The Nasdaq Composite index lost 3.99% for the week. Read more...

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December 5, 2022

Stocks surged higher in November on rising optimism that the Fed would slow down future interest rate hikes. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 5.67 percent, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index picked up 5.38 percent. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite rose 4.37 percent. Read more...

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December 1, 2022

November saw a wide variety of market conditions with big moves to the downside and ending bang-up on the last day of the month as Chairman Powell signals a slowing of interest rate increases in December.  Read more...

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November 30, 2022

What has changed for you in 2022?  This year has been as complicated as learning a new dance for some. Did you start a new job or leave a job behind? That's one step. Did you remarry? There's another step. Did you retire? That's practically a pirouette. Read more...

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November 21, 2022

The stock market edged lower last week as it digested a crosscurrent of conflicting economic data and contrasting comments from Fed officials. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was flat (-0.01%), while the Standard & Poor’s 500 declined by 0.69%. Read more...

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November 14, 2022

A cooling inflation number ignited a powerful rally on Thursday, sending stocks to strong gains for the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 4.15%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 added 5.90%. Read more...

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November 7, 2022

Hawkish comments by Fed Chair Jerome Powell, following the announcement of another 75 basis points interest rate hike last week, cast a pall over financial markets, sending yields higher and stocks lower. Read more...

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November 1, 2022

Markets showed signs of recovery in October, although it was not a broad rally across all sectors.  The DOW saw the largest bounce in the month, up 13.95% but is still down -9.92% on the year.  Read more...

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October 31, 2022

Stocks overcame poor earnings results from some of America’s largest companies to post gains last week as investors cheered positive earnings surprises, easing inflation and a rebound in economic growth. Read more...

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October 28, 2022

If you’re a trader or investor, you may have heard of the term Triple Witching. What does it mean? Contrary to how it sounds, it doesn’t refer to Halloween in June or a scary movie. Read more...

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October 24, 2022

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 4.89%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 advanced 4.74%. The Nasdaq Composite index added 5.22% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, gained 1.66%. Read more...

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October 3, 2022

Rising recession fears and uncertainty in the bond and currency markets sent stocks to new 2022 lows last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 2.92%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 slumped 2.91%. The Nasdaq Composite index fell 2.69%.Read more...

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October 3, 2022

The broad market downturn continues through September as all major indices slide into bear market territory.  The S&P 500 has fallen for three consecutive quarters, the kind of decline we have not seen since 2009.  Read more...

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September 26, 2022

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 4.00%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 lost 4.65%. The Nasdaq Composite index fell 5.07% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, declined 3.05%. Read more...

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September 26, 2022

Routines are an important step for many successful people. As trader, you can benefit from establishing a morning routine. Professional athletes often follow a pre-set program that allows them to focus their mental energy on those crucial matters. Read more...

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September 12, 2022

In a holiday-shortened week of trading, stocks posted healthy gains despite more tough talk on monetary policy from Fed officials. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.66%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 gained 3.65%. Read more...

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September 6, 2022

The overhang of Fed Chair Powell’s Jackson Hole speech the previous week carried over into last week as investors recalibrated stock valuations amid a seemingly more assertive monetary policy stance. Read more...

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September 1, 2022

The end of the summer brings no joy to the markets. Major indices limped along through August hoping for positive hints from the Fed. But, alas, there was no joy as Chairman Powel and other members indicated that “it would be a mistake to declare victory over the inflation beast". Read more...

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August 16, 2022

Options are financial instruments that can provide flexibility in investment situations. They can give you “options” by providing the ability to tailor your position to your situation. Read more...

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August 05, 2022

Stocks posted big numbers in July, erasing some of their first-half losses. Investor sentiment was lifted by receding inflation and recession worries and a better-than-expected start to the second quarter earnings season. Read more...

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August 03, 2022

A rising tide lifts all boats in July. We saw a reversal of the 3-month downward slide with massive gains across the board last month. The S&P rose 9.12% which was the best month since Nov 2020. Read more...

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July 18, 2022

A record-high inflation report, the prospects of a more aggressive Fed, and growing recession fears sent stocks lower– though a Friday rally pared losses. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.16%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 lost 0.93%. Read more...

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July 11, 2022

In a holiday-shortened trading week, stocks rallied despite mixed economic data and vacillating energy prices and bond yields. The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 0.77%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 1.94%. Read more...

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July 5, 2022

There was very little good news for long investors last month.  Markets continued their slide in June with the NASDAQ and S&P firmly in bear territory as we finish the worst H1 since 1970.  Read more...

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June 6, 2022

In a holiday-shortened week of volatile trading, stocks surrendered some of the previous week’s strong gains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.94%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 declined 1.20%.Read more...

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June 2, 2022

May markets initially continued the correction trend into bear territory.  Yet we saw some turnaround by the end of the month.  Nasdaq ended down 2.3% while Dow and S&P were essential flat. Read more...

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May 17, 2022

Trading in stocks and other securities can seem confusing in and of itself for those who are new to the craft. Trading online, without any help from a broker, seems even more daunting to new entrants into the markets. Read more...

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May 16, 2022

In a volatile trading week, stocks extended their losses as economic growth and inflation concerns soured investor sentiment. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 2.14%... Read more...

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May 3, 2022

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride continued into April which is typically a time for positive spring outlooks with consumer spending coming out of the winter thaw. Markets across the board were in decline and there was no safe haven in other assets classes... Read more...

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May 2, 2022

On Friday, a sharp sell-off sent major stock market indices into negative territory for the week, capping a volatile close to April. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 2.47%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 tumbled 3.27%. Read more...

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April 25, 2022

Hawkish comments from Fed Chair Jerome Powell overshadowed many largely positive earnings results, sending stocks lower for the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 1.86%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 dropped 2.75%. Read more...

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April 5, 2022

Inflation accelerated for another month into March. The Russian invasion of Ukraine intensifies and the debate continues on if the Fed is doing too much or too little to prevent a recession. Read more...

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April 4, 2022

Stocks spent last week digesting the sharp gains of previous weeks as investors assessed a tightening yield curve, the war in Ukraine, and an uncertain outlook for economic growth and inflation. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.12%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 was flat (+0.06%). Read more...

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March 14, 2022

Intensifying hostilities in Ukraine continued to unsettle markets, as investors grappled with the war’s impact on the global economies. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 1.99%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 dropped 2.88%. Read more...

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March 2, 2022

What a month!  Inflation accelerated to 7.5%, the highest since 1982.  Russia invades Ukraine sending global markets into tailspins followed by rebounds.  Rinse and repeat.  Energy prices surge with oil breaches the $100 level.  Read more...

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February 28, 2022

Investors rode a rollercoaster of emotions as rising hostilities at the Russian-Ukrainian border sent stocks sharply lower before a powerful late-week rally erased early losses. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was flat (-0.06%), while the Standard & Poor’s 500 edged higher by 0.82%. Read more...

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February 21, 2022

Stocks closed lower for the week as escalating tensions on the Russian-Ukrainian border added to existing jitters over higher inflation and a pending tightening of monetary policy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 1.90%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 declined 1.58%. Read more...

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February 7, 2022

Stocks managed to gain ground last week as investors turned their focus to corporate earnings. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.05%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 gained 1.55%. The Nasdaq Composite index picked up 2.38% for the week. Read more...

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February 2, 2022

The volatility theme continues as we enter 2022 with major indices rallying late in the month recovering from larger losses earlier in January.  Not surprisingly, VXX was more active during the month. Nasdaq was down nearly 9%, The S&P was down over 5%. Read more...

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January 14, 2022

Every month at eOption we report on the top options trading in the prior month.  Today, we have something different as we take a look back on the top 25 stocks traded at eOption in 2021. The year ended with significant gains across most all sectors but it was a volatile ride. Read more...

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January 3, 2022

The December holiday season continued the theme of market volatility attempting to assess the impact of the Omicron COVID variant.  All eyes were on the Fed expecting a more hawkish tone going into 2022 with interest rates. Read more...

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December 1, 2021

As the holiday season approaches, markets volatility leaves some to be thankful for financially in the month of November.  Most major indices were in the negative territory with the discovery and uncertainty of the “omicron” COVID variant. Read more...

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November 1, 2021

Although many investors were prepared for the markets to “Trick” them in October, they were delivered a “Treat” as all three major indices returned to their upward climb hitting all-time highs. Read more...

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October 1, 2021

September was a choppy month, as expected, as we saw all 3 major indices decline for the first time since October of last year. We have a very similar collection of ETF and large cap Tech symbols traded in the month. Read more...

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September 1, 2021

Another month behind us as we see continued record highs in the Dow, and Nasdaq in August. Again, we have a familiar collection of ETF and large cap Tech symbols traded in the month.  Read more...

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August 2, 2021

With the first month of 2021 H2 behind us we saw the Dow, S&P and Nasdaq continue with another month of gains in July. Again, we have a familiar collection of symbols traded for the month. Read more...

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July 31, 2021

What can we all learn from Olympic athletes to meet our investing and trading goals? Many Olympic athletes have a vision of themselves succeeding – whether it’s visualizing themselves crossing the finish line first in a triathlon... Read more...

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July 1, 2021

As we hit the halfway point in 2021, the Dow was flat in June recovering from a mid-month slump, while the S&P improves 2.7% and NASDAQ up 5.5% both reaching new all-time highs. Read more...

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June 1, 2021

Markets were volatile in May ending up mixed at month-end with the Dow gaining 1.7%, S&P up .6% and Nasdaq losing 1.4%.  Technology continues to be a popular trade at eOption (AAPL, TSLA, MSFT, AMZN, FB, SQ, CRWD, SNAP). Read more...

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May 4, 2021

April again saw gains across all major indices continuing the trend and hitting all-time highs. Big Tech continues to be the popular trade at eOption (AAPL, TSLA, MSFT, AMZN, FB). Read more...

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April 1, 2021

March saw gains across all major indices with the Dow outperforming the S&P and Nasdaq. Big tech continues to be the popular trade at eOption. The re-opening trade keeps Boeing, AMC and Disney in our top 20 and we see new entrant, Draft Kings in March. Read more...

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March 2, 2021

February continues with a good amount of market action. Re-opening companies Boeing and Disney are back in the top 20. We also see continued interest in meme (Reddit) stocks GameStop and AMC. Read more...

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February 4, 2021

2021 continues with a fair amount of market action. Recent activity in “Reddit stocks” have changed the list of top 20 companies with option activity in January. Read more...

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November 6, 2020

Extended Hours Trading specifically refers to stock trading outside Wall Street’s traditional trading hours of 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. Read more...

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August 19, 2020

When investors have had some success with their strategies, they often want to alter those winning strategies to possibly make even more money. Read more...

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August 11, 2020

In this very low interest rate environment, high-yield savings accounts, money market funds and CD’s aren’t paying the interest rates they used to. Read more...

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July 31, 2020

Trading in stocks and other securities can seem confusing in and of itself for those who are new to the craft. Read more...

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June 2, 2020

Auto trading makes investing based on newsletter trade alerts simple and easy. Read more...

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May 14, 2020

At eOption, we're focused on providing our clients with the tools they need to have the trading experience they want. As part of this commitment, we offer access to OptionsPlay. Read more...

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May 4, 2020

A Paper Trading account provides free access to trade virtual funds in simulated environment. Read more...

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April 25, 2020

The stock market tends to run in cycles but that doesn't mean there isn't historical data that provides a glimpse into the possibilities that an election year brings. Read more...

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April 10, 2020

Routines are an important step for many successful people. As trader, you can benefit from establishing a morning routine. Read more...

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March 24, 2020

Today, it's easy for investors to trade in items such as stocks, ETFs, options and more. Read more...

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March 17, 2020

Being an investor today means choosing an investment platform that works with your busy life. Read more...

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