How Bad Will the Recession Be?

How Bad Will the Recession Be?

The Federal Reserve has been raising interest rates for over a year. The markets have taken a big hit. As inflation comes down a bit we hear the occasional wishful thinking that the Fed will achieve a “soft landing.” In other words they will cure inflation without...
Inflation Numbers and Options Trading

Inflation Numbers and Options Trading

At the times when the Federal Reserve is raising or lowering interest rates, they are the major driver of the market. Fed actions can raise or lower stock prices depending on what they are doing to interest rates. Options traders can benefit from movements either up...
2022 and the Demise of Growth Stocks

2022 and the Demise of Growth Stocks

It was a bad year for the stock market but, more specifically, it was a bad year for the market in general and a terrible year for the sorts of growth stocks that had prospered for a decade. Meanwhile, traditional “value stocks” did just fine, thank you very much....
Oil Prices and Your Options Trading

Oil Prices and Your Options Trading

Energy markets have been in a state of flux ever since Russia invaded Ukraine, the EU, USA, and others imposed sanctions on Russia, and countries like India have helped Russia get around sanctions by purchasing oil at a discount. Western sanctions on Russia were...