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Recent articles by Steven:

This Election Could Be Really Weird. Hedge Your Portfolio.

Investors should consider insulating their investment portfolios from bizarre political shocks. Here’s how. → Read More

Too Many People Panicked at the Bottom of the Last Crisis. Here’s How to Play the Market This Time Around.

When bad things happen to stock investors, good things can happen to options investors. Here’s how to proceed. → Read More

Be Like Warren Buffett in Times Like These. Here’s How.

This simple cash-secured put option strategy can help you be greedy when others are fearful. → Read More

Fear Has Overtaken This Market. How to Use It to Turn a Profit.

Investors can selling downside put options on blue-chip stocks that they can hold for at least a few years. But there’s another trade worth considering—one that is still under the radar. → Read More

How to Prepare Your Portfolio for a Bernie Sanders Presidency

The Vermont senator has begun to be analyzed by investors as a serious threat to the financial markets—and especially the defense sector. → Read More

Microsoft Stock Could Keep Surging. How to Play It With Stock Options.

Investors are aggressively positioning for the market to trade even higher. This has created historically unusual conditions in the options market. → Read More

Intercontinental Exchange’s Busted Bid for eBay Is an Opening for Investors

CEO Jeff Sprecher is a visionary—but his latest move was rebuffed by the market, which isn’t as farseeing as he is. How to play the disconnect with options. → Read More

Tencent Music and Other Chinese Stocks That Can Thrive Despite Coronavirus

Somewhere in China someone is holed up in their apartment playing games, listening to music, ordering stuff, and waiting for the coronavirus to go away. Just how many people are hunkered down to avoid the virus is hard to gauge, but it might be enough people to benefit online companies like Tencent Music Entertainment → Read More

ITesla Stock Has Had a Wild Run. It’s Time to Take Profits.

Ultimately, the perception of an all-powerful stock market becomes extremely dangerous, as it spreads apathy and greed, which are the personal black swans that haunt every investor and every portfolio. → Read More

It’s Time to Make a Bigger Bet on China’s Rebound

Investors should look past the Wuhan coronavirus and instead focus on opportunities that have been created by the crisis. → Read More

Alibaba Stock Looks Like a Buy on China Virus Fears

Alibaba, a leading proxy for China’s economic growth, is due to report earnings Feb. 13. Here’s how to play a possible spike with options. → Read More

Investors Are Already Scared of Super Tuesday’s Results. How to Hedge Your Gains.

Without doubt, the market has run very far, very fast under the Trump administration’s pro-market policy. Investors who are concerned that American politics poses the greatest risk to stock prices should consider hedging those gains. → Read More

Apple’s Earnings Could Cause Its Stock to Fall. How to Protect Its Gains With Options.

J.P. Morgan has told its clients to do something that is both unusual and rare: Hedge Apple stock ahead of its Tuesday earnings report. → Read More

Tractor Supply Stock Could Finally Rally. Here’s How to Capture Gains.

The company’s new CEO, Hal Lawton, will host his first earnings call with investors on Jan. 30. If all goes well, the stock could jump. → Read More

KKR Is Cheaper Than Other Private-Equity Stocks. That’s an Opportunity.

KKR is one of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods’ top ideas for 2020. Here’s how to play it with options. → Read More

The Stock Market Rally Won’t Die. Here’s How to Ride It — and Protect Yourself Against a Fall.

Investors appear to be stuck in a perennially bullish posture that treats every stock market decline, potential selloff, or risk factor as an opportunity to “buy fear” and prepare for stocks to rally higher. → Read More

A War With Iran Would Make Markets Crazy. This Stock Would Benefit.

Any substantial escalation of the conflict likely would lift volatility, prompting increased buying and selling of the Cboe Volatility Index and benefiting the company. Here’s how to play the stock with options. → Read More

The U.S.-Iran Confrontation Has Raised Market Risk. Here Are 3 Ways to Position Your Portfolio.

Friday’s spike in volatility may be brief, as have been other market flare-ups over the past 10-plus years of the bull run and economic expansion. But with U.S. stocks priced for perfection, market professionals say the increase in Mideast tensions is an opportune time for investors to consider ways to protect their portfolios. → Read More

What Investors Should Do Now to Prepare for the Threat of War

Investors are trying to determine if the stock and oil market turbulence is the start of a new volatility regime, or just another chance to buy hot stocks at lower prices. → Read More

Investors Are Preparing for an Economic Slowdown. Here’s How to Profit from the Market’s Fears.

Investors overestimate the likelihood of declines, just as they underestimate the likelihood of advances. This options strategy could help you profit. → Read More