TK All-Star’s Blog posts

The Dangers of Wall St.'s Garbage

TK All-Star posted on 08/17/09 at 09:17 AM

Jeff Clark questions a market comeback fueled by speculative junk. When garbage floats to the surface, it's time to get out of the water. That was the warning from a manager at the Caribbean re... more

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How wide should your Iron Condor be?

TK All-Star posted on 08/12/09 at 09:39 AM

Doc Maher continues his advanced series on ICs. Welcome back to my series on iron condors. We’ve covered lots of ground already. In part 1, Credit Spreads on the Russell 2000 index (RUT), we expl... more

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High-freq trading: adapt or die

TK All-Star posted on 08/11/09 at 08:52 AM

Jeff Clark shares his secret weapon in battling high-frequency trading: patience.    Darwin's theory of evolution applies equally as well to traders on Wall Street as it does to beasts in the jung... more

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Managing Iron Condors Successfully

TK All-Star posted on 08/10/09 at 08:52 AM

Doc Maher responds to Condortrader’s comments in this series.   I got two great comments on my post Iron Condors on RUT: Part 3. I already responded to Stugots on iron butterflies; today I’d like ... more

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Iron Butterfly: More than a Metal Band

TK All-Star posted on 08/06/09 at 08:55 AM

Doc Maher checks out Stugots’ iron b-fly on Google. I got two great comments on my post Iron Condors on RUT: Part 3 – in fact, they were both so worthy of a response I thought I’d address each se... more

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Jump-starting a rookie’s education

TK All-Star posted on 08/03/09 at 10:45 AM

Mark Wolfinger offers pointers to help a new trader start off right. Recently I came across a forum comment from TK client Deiouss that struck me as a classic: a young would-be investor with a fe... more

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Are “flash” traders stealing your $?

TK All-Star posted on 07/31/09 at 09:45 AM

Jeff Clark explains why high-frequent trading (HFT) computers aren’t your father's program trading. Years ago, computerized trading helped eliminate inefficiencies in the market. For example, when... more

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Have we turned the corner?

TK All-Star posted on 07/29/09 at 11:34 AM

Pinnacle Digest’s Alex Smith especially likes those manufacturing numbers.  Your first answer to my question may be no; however, convincing news continues to surface that suggests a complete turn... more

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How do options really work?

TK All-Star posted on 07/28/09 at 10:28 AM

Mark Wolfinger corrects a newbie’s view of options.  Every once in a while I come across a question that makes me want to rush to correct a misconception – and options are, unfortunately, very pr... more

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Killer Financial Blogs

TK All-Star posted on 07/23/09 at 12:41 PM

Nicole Wachs shares her favorites.   Lately I’ve been trading links to great financial blogs with friends, colleagues and TradeKing clients and I realized: what better way to expand my bookmark co... more

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The Big Bang of Earnings

TK All-Star posted on 07/21/09 at 01:18 PM

Mark Wolfinger discusses earnings dates. It’s earnings season, and plenty of traders are plotting how they’ll ride the next market trend based on announcements. Recently I came across a good questi... more

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Five Plays for Any Market Condition

TK All-Star posted on 07/20/09 at 04:39 PM

Nicole Wachs adds tricks to your options trading toolkit.   As I cruise around the Trader Network and financial media, it seems like you can find any opinion about the current market’s direction t... more

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Countdown to Armageddon

TK All-Star posted on 07/17/09 at 10:08 AM

Jeff Clark eyes a bearish Head and Shoulders pattern in the S&P 500. Two weeks ago, I first spied the bearish head and shoulders top pattern shaping up in the S&P 500. This was when the p... more

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Earnings + Expiration = Double Whammy

TK All-Star posted on 07/16/09 at 10:15 AM

Nicole Wachs warns you to strap on your helmet this week while trading.   This week the market will be rockin’ and rollin’ under two major influences: quarterly earnings plus options expiration for... more

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Iron Condors on RUT: Part 3

TK All-Star posted on 07/15/09 at 08:51 AM

Doc Maher reviews how his RUT condor may’ve played out.   Welcome back to my series on iron condors, a handy tool for generating income in sideways markets. I began this series back in March, star... more

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How do stock splits affect options?

TK All-Star posted on 07/14/09 at 11:46 AM

Mark Wolfinger provides the full scoop.  What happens when you’re holding a long or short options position, and your underlying stock splits? How is your option affected? I came across this quest... more

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Looking to Buy Cheap Gold This Year?

TK All-Star posted on 07/10/09 at 11:37 AM

Jeff Clark sees what may be your best shot at a cheap gold buy in 2009. Gold stocks have been taking it on the chin lately. And that's bad news for anyone who owns gold. Gold stocks often move ... more

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2009 Oil Forecast

TK All-Star posted on 07/09/09 at 08:32 AM

Aaron Hoddinott evaluates short-term oil trends.  Lately lots of Pinnacle members have been inquiring about oil and where we see its price going. I blogged on oil back in December 2008 with what ... more

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How are spread prices determined?

TK All-Star posted on 07/08/09 at 08:17 AM

Mark Wolfinger explains. TK client Pro V1X asked a question recently that may weigh on other options traders’ minds: how are spread prices determined? He wrote in a comment to my... more

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Hedge inflation with TIPS

TK All-Star posted on 07/07/09 at 08:51 AM

Angelo Benedetto explains Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities.   If you’re one of many investors waiting nervously for inflation to kick in, then maybe you’re shopping for ways to protect your... more

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