Volatility: Out for Lunch

JCVD biting Snake

Volatility has taken a break, so should you.  Go enjoy your favorite snake.

The VIXY, VIX is taking a break and along with it the iPath S&P 500 VIX ST Futures ETN (VXX) continues to sink to new lows daily.  The question becomes will the VIX and VXX bounce back?  Should we be afraid or just ignore the warning and buy up everything?

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Mastery reviews the week and find some decent stock picks worth trading.

This week Mastery found a few stocks worth your time including Xerox (XRX), The Volatility ETF 'VXX', Netflix (NFLX), Groupon (GRPN) and more.  Its the weekend so enjoy your favorite beverage and let's get into some fun and exciting stocks.

Enter the Dragon - Bruce Lee (Before Kicking)

Maybe we won't get kicked in the face?  Let's hope so, but don't let your guard down.

Heads up Masters, the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures (VXX) hit a new 52-week low today. The VXX got down to $12.41 today, fear has calmed.

Volatility Wins Again

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The VXX is up 2.5% thanks to stocks falling off the cliff.


Always a risky bet but after the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures (VXX) hits 52-week lows it due for a bounce.  Such is the case this week after the VXX got down to $12.70 last Friday.  Today the VXX is at $13.61 and fear enters back into the market.

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It must be Groundhog Day as stocks are down again because another EU country is out of money.  Blah, blah, blah.. we've lost interest already.

Stocks fell hard this morning and are trying to recover as the market processes the news that Spain is out of money.  At this point who really cares but the Bears are out in full force preying on volatility and fear of a market collapse.  The iPath S&P 500 VIX ST Futures ETN (VXX) is up 8% today and is the weapon of choice for traders.


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July is here and we welcome some great moves in Apple, 3D Systems and more.

July had a break on the 4th for trading.  We review Thurs and Friday which included some stellar 52-week highs, Jerry Seinfeld, a bottom in volatility, and the big jobs report.


Banksy - I want Change

Enjoy the 4th of July Holiday and since the market is closed we review the week.

July 4th 2012 is here and volatility while it stays (hopefully at record lows).  None the less its time to review some of the best stock picks of the week including some defensive plays, short squeezes, and anything but RIM.

Once again cue the VXX

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Fellow Masters we've been through this before, volatility is a new low once again.  Lather, Rinse, then repeat.

Its that time yet again -- the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short Term Futures TM ETN (VXX) just hit a fresh new 52-week low.  You know the drill, its time to buy some VXX as a protection should fear and panic enter into the market (again). 

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Here are today's Covered Call Picks for Tuesday 06-26-2012. Some decent returns here and less than a month till expiration.

What's a Covered Call?

The covered call is a strategy where an investor writes a call option contract (sells an option) while at the same time owning an equivalent number of shares of the underlying stock.If this stock is purchased simultaneously with writing the call contract, the strategy is commonly referred to as a buy-write.

While you may have heard that trading options is risky business, covered calls are actually a very conservative strategy, and most brokerages even allow retirement IRA accounts to write covered calls.

Extremely Bullish Pattern (VXX)


Due to the large decline on Thursday, June 21st in the markets, volatility is likely to spike.  Watch for the VXX breakout! 

Whereas there was excessive fear surrounding the Greek elections, now complacency is much too high with a shaky market.  A spike in volatility, or the VIX, can result when compl