July 2015 Blog Posts (63)

App Tells Who's Digging into Your Personal Data

Did you know that sometimes, the apps you use for your smartphone have access to your personal information and are capable of sharing it? Are you aware that your privacy can be invaded across the network board? That includes Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+ and more.

And how can you tell which applications can do this? MyPermissions can tell you. Once you load this and do some setting up, you’ll see which apps on your device has access to your…

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Added by Robert Siciliano on July 31, 2015 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Options: Using The Synthetic Short With Long Stock To Reduce Market Risk

The dilemma of the long stock position is unending downside risk. This is where options serve their best purpose: as tools for portfolio management. Rather than use only as speculative and high-risk market plays, strategies like the synthetic short stock position protect against downside loss and, unlike the better-known covered call, offer a practical alternative to selling and taking profits. This position combines a long put and a short call. In a pure synthetic short, no stock…

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Added by Michael C. Thomsett on July 31, 2015 at 3:41pm — No Comments

How to Create a Successful ERM Program from the Ground Up

In 2015, Amair Saleem was named the Global Risk Management Professional of the Year by the Institute of Risk Management. Saleem manages safety, risks, and regulations for Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), which serves many of the same functions the U.S.’s DOT does. So what has made Saleem such a preeminent risk management expert?…

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Added by Steven Minsky on July 30, 2015 at 8:53pm — No Comments

Options: The Synthetic Long Stock Position

Among the many options strategies, one of the most interesting is synthetic long stock. This involves a long call and a short put opened at the same strike and expiration.

The name "synthetic" is derived from the fact that the two positions change in value dollar for dollar with changes in 100 shares of stock. However, the cost to open the position is close to zero and may even produce a small credit.

For example, a stock…

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Added by Michael C. Thomsett on July 30, 2015 at 6:59pm — No Comments

Things to tell your Kids about Privacy Online

Those were the days when all parents had to worry about was the creepy guy lurking near the playground. Now parents have to worry about creeps all over the world reaching their kids via computer. And there’s more to worry about. Here’s what to teach your kids:

  • Screen names should not be revealing about location, age or even gender. Never use the full name. Choose a name that would never outright point to the user, such as “Chris J,” when everyone knows the user…
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Added by Robert Siciliano on July 30, 2015 at 4:04pm — No Comments

Why Hacking is a National Emergency

Foreign hackers, look out: Uncle Sam is out to get you. President Obama has issued an order that allows the State Department and Treasury Departments to immobilize the financial assets of anyone out-of country suspected of committing or otherwise being involved in cyber crimes against the U.S.

This order, two years in the making, covers hacking of anything. The order refers to hacking as a national emergency. Imagine if entire power grids were hacked into.…

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Added by Robert Siciliano on July 29, 2015 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Options: Ratio Write And Variable Ratio Write

The attraction of the ratio write is the potential for higher premium income. However, ratio writes do increase risks. Options traders too often convince themselves that exercise is unlikely, and that time decay is "likely" to outpace intrinsic value even if the calls go in the money.

Here's the thinking: You open ATM or ITM positions with one to two months until expiration. It's all time value, so that will evaporate very quickly. Even if the underlying price rises, you can close the…

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Added by Michael C. Thomsett on July 29, 2015 at 2:48pm — No Comments

How to sign out of all Google Accounts

Let’s cut to the chase (never mind how you misplaced your phone): There are several ways to sign out of your Google accounts remotely. It takes three steps, and you’ll need the desktop version of Google.

  • On a mobile use a browser opposed to the Gmail/Google app and sign in at gmail.com.
  • Seek out “Desktop version” at the bottom of the window/browser. Click it. You may need to login again.
  • At the very bottom you will see “Recent Activity” in the…
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Added by Robert Siciliano on July 28, 2015 at 4:51pm — No Comments

5 Swing Trading Ideas With Options

Most swing traders use long stock for expected upswings; and either short stock for downswings or just stay out because shorting is high-risk. Two things are problematical with this idea. First, the risk should not be ignored; and second, you miss half of the swing opportunities by avoiding going short.

There is a solution, and it enables you to trade with control of 100-share lots for much less cost than 100 shares. It also reduces market risk. Using options to swing trade is a…

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Added by Michael C. Thomsett on July 28, 2015 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Options: Complex Is Not Always Better

Even the most experienced option trader can benefit with an occasional reminder: The most basic strategies often are the best, all depending on the situation and what you hope to accomplish with the option position.

Just mastering a complex strategy does not include the requirement that you abandon the basic ones that might work better. For example, do the conditions can for a long call or put, a covered call, or an insurance put? Admittedly, these are not the most exciting options…

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Added by Michael C. Thomsett on July 27, 2015 at 11:12pm — No Comments

Police offer 18 Burglary Prevention Tips

To help keep your home and property safe from crime, the New Castle County Police Department provides the following guidelines:

  1. Sounds like a no-brainer, but so many people do otherwise: Keep your doors locked at all times. People will actually go to sleep with the front door unlocked.
  2. Doors should be locked with a deadbolt that has at least a one-inch throw.
  3. Keep windows locked. People have been known to leave a window open overnight in their…
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Added by Robert Siciliano on July 27, 2015 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Options - The Installment Collar

The collar can be expanded to create a truly creative variety. The traditional collar (own 100 shares, sell 1 covered call, and buy 1 put) can be turned into a long-term protective version:

  • buy 100 shares
  • sell one very short-term covered call, maximizing annualized income as the result of time decay, picking a strike higher than the cost of your stock
  • buy one long-term put (8-10 months)

This accomplishes a relatively high rate of…

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Added by Michael C. Thomsett on July 27, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Global Derivatives: $1.5 Quadrillion Time Bomb

Enrique Suarez Presenting:…

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Added by Enrique Suarez on July 27, 2015 at 4:07am — No Comments

“Buying Countries”, No Capital Controls for Oligarchs: Billionaire Warren Buffett Buys Greek Island

Enrique Suarez Presenting:

“Buying Countries”, No Capital Controls for Oligarchs: Billionaire Warren Buffett…

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Added by Enrique Suarez on July 27, 2015 at 3:40am — No Comments

Options: Annualizing Covered Call Returns For Consistency

When writing covered calls, it's important to accurately compare one expiration to another, to make certain that your analysis is accurate based on both rate and time. You can compare annualized returns under the following guidelines:

1. Make all yield comparisons to the strike. Use the strike for consistency, based on the rationale that if exercised, the strike will be the price at which you sell shares. Alternatives are to base the analysis on your stock basis or current price, but…

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Added by Michael C. Thomsett on July 26, 2015 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Options - Swing Trading With Variable Weighting

Using options to focus more on either uptrend or downtrend is an effective method for augmenting the swing itself. The strategy assumes that you have an opinion about the prevailing direction of movement in the underlying, and that momentum confirms your opinion. So as a starting point, you can coordinate a weighting decision by checking some of the best momentum oscillators like RSI or MACD.

There are numerous methods for weighting…

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Added by Michael C. Thomsett on July 25, 2015 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Don't Rely on the Password Reset

Think about your keychain. It probably holds the necessities: car keys, home keys, work keys, miscellaneous keychains you bought on your previous vacations. Now, imagine you have a keychain full of these keys that all look the same, but each only opens a specific door.

Sounds kind of like your list of passwords, right? But what happens when you have all of these keys, and you need to get into your house? In either situation it can be easy to forget which key, or…

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Added by Robert Siciliano on July 25, 2015 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Managing Your Online Reputation

You’ve been “Googled.” No matter how small a speck you think you are in this universe, you have without a doubt created an online footprint that is attached to your name. Chances are high that someone out there has followed this footprint of yours via a Google search.

Whether by a business colleague, family member or even a significant other, it’s reasonable to assume that your name will be “searched” online for personal information about you. But, what are the…

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Added by Robert Siciliano on July 24, 2015 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Options: Do You Suffer From Self-Discipline Risk?

Traders hear about all kinds of risk, but one specific type is common to traders at all levels, but rarely if ever discussed.

Are you the victim of "self-discipline risk?"

Most traders are. You set rules for yourself but make the mistake of breaking them later, based on how prices change. For example, you go long on an option with the intention of selling under one of two circumstances. If the price rises, you will sell when you double your original investment. If the price…

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Added by Michael C. Thomsett on July 24, 2015 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Signs You have Malware and what You can do

Not all computer viruses immediately crash your device in a dramatic display. A virus can run in the background, quietly creeping around on its tip-toes, stealing things and messing things up along the way. If your computer has a virus, here’s what may happen:

  • Windows suddenly shuts down.
  • Programs automatically start up.
  • Some programs won’t start at your command.
  • The hard disk can be heard constantly working.
  • Things are…
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Added by Robert Siciliano on July 23, 2015 at 4:23pm — No Comments

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