TK All-Star’s Blog posts

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


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


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


What happens to options in a merger?

TK All-Star posted on 07/02/09 at 08:01 PM

Mark Wolfinger tackles this frequently asked question. TK client alsol asked this question in a recent forum thread: “What happens if one has an option contract on a stock, and then this underlyin... more

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My #1 Oil Indicator Looks Like a Buy

TK All-Star posted on 07/01/09 at 10:10 AM

Jeff Clark spies a diamond-buy in the midst of this selling rubble. We are approaching what I believe may be the best oil-stock buying opportunity of the year. I know that sounds ridiculous. Af... more


Stop-loss orders vs. collars?

TK All-Star posted on 06/30/09 at 09:51 AM

Mark Wolfinger talks through these choices in a down market.  Long-term investors often like to accumulate more shares on market dips, but sometimes a real bear market provides too much opportuni... more


Up your options trading odds

TK All-Star posted on 06/29/09 at 10:54 AM

Mark Wolfinger helps a TK client re-consider his options strategy. Have you ever felt like you’re banging your head against a wall, trying and trying to make good profits on a good-sounding optio... more


Automate with OCO orders

TK All-Star posted on 06/26/09 at 08:15 AM

Nicole Wachs explains how One Cancel Other orders work.   After my recent post on market, limit and stop orders, I got an interesting question from a TK client named Jim. (These basic types of orde... more

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Don’t Sweat Personal Holding Co. Tax

TK All-Star posted on 06/25/09 at 02:24 PM

Jim Crimmins explains why becoming an S-corp may not be best for traders  Generally, I’m bullish on business entities. Trading under a limited or general partnership, limited liability company or... more

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Never chase a rally!

TK All-Star posted on 06/24/09 at 10:58 AM

Jeff Clark reminds you why stock rallies are like buses: miss this one, you can always catch the next one "Act now," warns the mattress salesman on a late-night TV commercial, "before this deal go... more

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Building on Beginners’ Luck

TK All-Star posted on 06/22/09 at 11:27 AM

Nicole Wachs talks to Leaderboard entrants on what’s working now I’m always on the lookout for new Leaderboard entrants, curious to learn how they’ve managed to catapult their performance stats to... more

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Here’s What a Sell Looks Like

TK All-Star posted on 06/19/09 at 02:35 PM

Jeff Clark hunkers down in the sellers’ camp for the near-term. My Saturdays always start off the same way... I wake up a couple hours before the rest of my family, fire up the computer, and spen... more


Watch those market stormclouds

TK All-Star posted on 06/18/09 at 09:37 AM

Pinnacle Digest's Alex Smith is keeping one peeled for trouble in these markets. We’ve been consistently amazed at this market’s resilience. Despite a few days of weakness last week, the markets ... more

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Stocks versus bonds

TK All-Star posted on 06/17/09 at 09:33 AM

Nicole Wachs explains the difference between two forms of corporate financing through public markets. Why would a company choose to issue stock to investors versus bonds? What parts of the deal ma... more

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Market, Stop and Limit Orders

TK All-Star posted on 06/15/09 at 10:31 AM

Nicole Wachs tackles the difference between these order types. What’s the difference between a stop and a limit order? What about a stop-limit, trailing stop or market order? It’s easy to get con... more