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Past articles by Steven:

Should You Buy Tesla Stock? The Best Way to Play Shares Now.

Investors interested in monetizing the EV theme can sell put options against Tesla shares. Here’s how. → Read More

The Stock Market Is Getting Scary. There’s an Options Strategy for That.

Here’s how to use the oft-misunderstood covered-call strategy to enhance your returns on stocks you own. → Read More

Want to Bet on Moderna? Try This Aggressive Options Play

“Skipping’’ strike prices can yield princely premiums. Here’s how to do it. → Read More

Rising Covid Cases Could Help This Stock Climb Higher. How to Play It.

Clorox just suffered its biggest drop in 20 years. Here’s why it could bounce back. → Read More

Boston Beer Stock Could Rise Even More. How to Play It With Options.

The brewer could ride the hard-seltzer trend to new heights, says Goldman Sachs. → Read More

Ulta Beauty Stock Is on Fire. How to Play Its Earnings.

The beauty product options make an attractive way to bet on the stock moving higher. → Read More

2 Options Strategies to Play Walmart Stock

The giant retailer’s shares are looking weak, but investors can profit with options. How to “strangle” and “roll.” → Read More

Bank of America is Climbing. How to Bet on Its Next Earnings Report.

Use this options strategy to bullishly position of the bank’s fourth-earnings on Jan 19. → Read More

The Small-Cap Rally Still Has Room to Run. How to Play It With Options.

When good things happen to the American economy, great things tend to happen to small-cap stocks. → Read More

How to Ride FedEx and UPS Stocks on Cyber Monday

How to use options to ride the momentum in the two delivery companies’ shares. → Read More

Tesla’s Earnings Will Be Dramatic. How to Play It With Stock Options.

Here’s an investing strategy to play the name without paying too much money or taking on too much risk. → Read More

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