TK All-Star’s Blog posts

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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