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Gavin has a Masters in Applied Finance and Investment. He specializes in income trading using options, is very conservative in his style and believes patience in waiting for the best setups is the key to successful trading. He likes to focus on short volatility strategies.

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Don't Trade Naked Calls
Selling a naked call is when you sell a call option without owning the underlying stock and it is not paired with another hedging option. When you do so, you are exposed to dangerous price movements and volatility changes of the underlying stock.
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Bearish Engulfing Pattern
A bearish engulfing pattern is a special candlestick pattern that signifies the breakdown in the momentum of an upward trend.
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Moneyness Of Options
The relationship between an option strike price to the underlying stock price is the concept of “moneyness” of options.
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Bullish Engulfing Pattern
A saying amongst investors is “don’t catch a falling knife." This is in reference to timing the bottom of a market. While it's only possible to tell what the market bottom was in hindsight, it is possible to catch the bottom of a downward trend.
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What Is A Golden Cross?
A "Golden Cross" is a type of chart pattern found when using technical analysis. It is a bullish breakout pattern that is formed when a short-term moving average crosses above a long-term moving average.
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Example Of A Bullish Risk Reversal Trade
Unlike the synthetic long stock which has same strike price for both the call and put, the bullish risk reversal trade has the strikes of the call and put at different prices.
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Using Stock Options To Gain Exposure To Real Estate
2 years ago

Sorry for the delay guys. IYR has had a pretty decent run up the last month or so. It's probably due for a slight pause or pullback.

That being said, I think REITs are an essential part of anyone's asset allocation, maybe just wait for a slightly better entry point.

In this article: IYR, SPG
Poor Man’s Covered Call On TUR Offers Great Returns For Brave Investors
2 years ago

Wow, up nearly 10% in 2 days since this article.

In this article: TUR
FB Offers 31.58% Return In 56 Days
2 years ago

Working well so far

In this article: FB
Spread Your Wings With An Iron Condor
2 years ago

It's one of the most popular strategies with option traders. Let me know if you want any more info.

In this article: AAPL
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ARMAX Allianz Rcm Global Resources Class A
BFK BlackRock Municipal Income Trust
BKEPR Blueknight Energy Partners L.P. L.L.C.
CBM Cambrex Corporation
FPHJYX FT Corp
GASRX Aberdeen Optimal Allocations Fund Speciality C
GRNWATUSLX Nasdaq OMX Indices USA
IAGI IA GLOBAL INC
JAIBX John Hancock Fds Iii International Allocation Pt
KND Kindred Healthcare Inc.
MFD Macquarie/First Trust Global Infrastructure/Utilities Dividend & Income Fund
MOBS MOBIFORM SOFTWARE
UBGAX Undiscovered Managers Behavioral Gwth A
VQTS UBS ETRACS S&P 500 VEQTOR Switch ETN
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I Missed The Boat Big Time On This Trade
CML VIZ Trade Machine is one of my favorite tools for options backtesting. Here's one of my recent results, although unfortunately I didn't take the trade....

Work Experience

Consultant
Harmonic Fund Services
May 2005 - Present (15 years 9 months)
Fund Administrator
Fortis Prime Fund Solutions
November 2004 - May 2005 (7 months)
Accounts Assistant
CSL Limited
December 2001 - October 2003 (1 year 11 months)

Education

Haileybury College
1993 / 1999
Grade: 93.75 Sholto Black House Captain School Prefect Captain of First XVIII Football Vice Captain of First XI Cricket

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