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Expiring Monthly Site Relaunch

Friday, March 25, 2011


If you haven’t visited in the last couple weeks, you should really check it out. We’ve had the site completely rebuilt, not just re-designed, and the changes are pretty exciting. Besides the visual improvements and organization, the biggest change is that we’re making individual back issues and even individual articles available for purchase, subject to a three-month delay. It’s still much, much cheaper to just take a subscription, but if you want to buy an article…

Appearing Elsewhere

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Posting here has been deliberately light, as I’ve been devoting more time to research, trading, and other activities for the benefit of subscribers and clients. However, I’ve been appearing elsewhere: I was interviewed for the May issue of Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities on iron condors, volatility, and related topics. Ours was the top-ranked options blog in a recent review conducted by OptionsHouse. My associate Martin and I wrote the feature article for…

Prolific, Just Not Here

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

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Some of you have noticed that I haven’t posted a Volatility Tracker for this week. I’m actually taking an unplanned hiatus from blogging. Lest I be accused of laziness, I’m spending more time on the following: Dissertation research Managing accounts at Clinamen Financial Group The Condor Options newsletter Contributing editorship at Expiring Monthly Strategy research for private clients Feel free to contact me about any of the above (well, not the dissertation, unless you really…

Holiday Break

Monday, December 21, 2009


The weekly Volatility Tracker will be back on January 4th, 2010. I’ll post a quarterly performance review for the newsletter later this week. In the mean time, here’s an updated list of the services we offer. As you’re making plans for 2010, you might consider whether any of the below are of interest; please contact us with any questions or for more information. Condor Options newsletter (iron condors) Calendar Options newsletter (calendar spreads) Managed Accounts (volatility arbitrage program) Options…

Some Perspective on Performance

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Investors are notorious for chasing performance. If a mutual fund or advisor or trading strategy has done well recently, chances are much greater that traders will commit money to that strategy or product, often independently of the long term performance, general suitability, or distinguishing features of the strategy or product.  I’ve seen the same behavior among the audience for our paid newsletters: after a winning month, new subscribers are more likely to rush in, and if we have a flat…

New Series: Ivory Tower Incidentals

Sunday, August 23, 2009

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My research agenda – finance and otherwise – is longer than ever and I’m equally further behind. One thing blogging has taught us all is that the pace of thought required to tackle complicated, multi-faceted problems is often incongruous with the pace at which pithy bloggers operate. Imagine if the Critique of Pure Reason had been published in two-hundred-word pieces. Shudder. So given the choice between research progress and consistency in blogging, I want to opt for the former. But…

For Your Consideration

Thursday, August 6, 2009


I’ve gotten increasingly selective about recommending finance sites and blogs over the years, mostly because we all have finite amounts of time and attention, and the financial blogosphere keeps expanding even though our pathetic simian capacities do not. My Top Finance Blogs of 2008 was well-received and I might make that a regular annual feature. Until then, here are some sources that deserve a look: David Varadi at CSS Analytics has just started blogging regularly, and he’s…

Can You Keep Up?

Thursday, July 9, 2009


We’ve had quite a few new readers stopping by of late, so this is just a quick post to orient everyone to the site.  Here are the seven things you can do here: Subscribe to the paid newsletters. Aside from the monthly performance reviews that we post, we keep pretty quiet about the paid newsletters on this free blog (because advertising and self-promotion are basically evil, and it’s debatable whether they’re a necessary evil). But even so, it…


Saturday, March 7, 2009


In addition to the commentary published here, we have several other projects going.  Over the next several months, posting on this (free) blog may be a bit lighter than normal as we devote more of our energy to the following: Newsletters: Our iron condor newsletter had one of its best months ever in February and our new calendar spreads newsletter is off to a great start.  Our subscribers seem to appreciate the attention we pay to risk management,…

Free Online Seminar – Using Iron Condors to Profit From Fear

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Our head trader, Jared Woodard, will be presenting a free seminar tonight: Using Iron Condors to Profit From Fear Wednesday, October 29, 2008 9PM EST / 6PM PST Commodity Trading School “Using Iron Condors to Profit from Fear” will cover the structure and purpose of iron condor options spreads, and will explain how traders can use iron condors to generate income during periods of high volatility and uncertainty in the markets. Jared gave…


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