Don’t let your guard down…
Jeff Clark is the editor of the several investment advisories which focus on profiting from options in any market environment.
For over 15 years, he edited two successful trading letters for Stansberry Research, The Short Report and Pro Trader.
Jeff began writing newsletters after retiring from his independent, San Francisco-based brokerage house and private money management firm at age 42. Before that, Jeff developed the curricula for an international Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program and founded an investor education firm.
Now, Jeff takes the same strategy he used for his clients – around 100 of California’s wealthiest individuals – and exclusively shares these techniques with his loyal subscribers.
The strategies in Jeff’s advisories are both conservative and speculative, depending on the situation, to take advantage of short- and sometimes intermediate-term moves in the market. And to limit downsize and maximize upside, Jeff also shows subscribers the unique strategy he uses to trade his own money. It’s also how he was able to retire when he was only 42 years old.
Jeff’s strategy allows you to potentially make money no matter what a stock does – whether it goes up, down, or just stays the same. That’s what makes him one of the best traders around.
And his track record can attest. Since 2005, subscribers have had the opportunity to make triple-digit gains over 50 times and double-digit gains more than 160 times.
He continues that success with his new suite of services. Jeff Clark Trader, his introductory options service, offers option trading fundamentals and lower-risk trades to teach investors the power of using options to amplify their returns. Jeff’s advanced options service, the Delta Report, provides more advanced options strategies, with more frequency, and higher return potential. And his trading blog Delta Direct archives Jeff’s minute-by-minute observations of the stock and options markets, allowing subscribers to take advantage of the trade setups Jeff sees forming, as well as specific advice for short-term “scalp trades”.
Don’t let your guard down…
It’s late night on Memorial Day. The last wine cork has been popped. The coals on the barbeque have gone cold. There’s a pile of pool towels dampening the tiles on the side of the Jacuzzi. And stock futures have just opened for trading – down one point. It looks like we’re going to start this week pretty much the same way we ended the last one: in a tight, lethargic trading range.
Jeff’s note: The markets are closed for Memorial Day, so I didn’t plan on sending you a Market Minute today. But my publisher asked if she could step in with a special announcement. Read on for details… Dear Reader, Hi, my name is Amber Lee Mason. I’m Jeff Clark’s publisher… I’ve been working with him for more than […]
The stock market ground to another new all-time high yesterday. The S&P 500 rolled right over the negative divergence that had built up on the intraday charts over the past three days, and closed at 2415. The bulls are in control. They have the momentum. The market can certainly press higher from here. But, I have to warn you… there’s danger ahead. Any further gains in the market in the short term are likely to be given back over the next few weeks.
It’s quiet out there… too quiet. The stock market continued its lethargic grind higher yesterday. The S&P 500 closed near an all-time high at 2404. But the unheard sound of champagne corks not popping was deafening.
Some days, there just isn’t much of anything new to say. This is one of those days. Stocks pressed higher again yesterday – though it was lethargic, tired action. The S&P 500 challenged the 2400 level and was turned back, closing at 2398. With the S&P trading above its 9-day exponential moving average (EMA), the bulls keep the momentum. Most technical indicators are neutral and grinding ever so slowly towards overbought territory. The Volatility Index (VIX) closed below 11 once again. It continues to warn of complacency.
If you had fallen asleep last Tuesday evening, and then just woke up this morning, you wouldn’t notice anything different about the stock market. You wouldn’t know the S&P 500 suffered a 43-point drop last Wednesday. You wouldn’t know about the three-day-rally since then that has nearly recovered the entire decline.
As I went through my chart review this past weekend, the first thing I thought of was, “Is it possible last Wednesday’s 1.8% drop in the S&P 500 was just a one-day correction – designed to shake out weak bulls, and get overly aggressive bears to make big downside bets just before the market blasts higher one more time?” After all, most of the technical momentum indicators never reached extremely overbought conditions. We never got a breakdown in traditional leading sectors like high-yield bonds and semiconductor stocks. And technical conditions quickly reached oversold conditions on Wednesday’s decline – which is why I advised my Delta Report subscribers NOT to add short positions into the decline.
Happy option expiration day. Longtime readers know I’m not a fan of establishing new trades on a Friday, right in front of a weekend. I’m even less a fan of trading on option expiration day. The potential for “funny business” is too great. So, instead of writing about the technical condition of the stock market today, let’s open up the mailbag and see what sort of comments were inspired by this week’s volatility. But first… a little background…