Posts From Gavin McMaster

Gavin McMaster
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. Gavin has written 4 books on options trading, 3 of which were bestsellers.
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Lumentum Stock (LITE): Playing The Pullback With Options

Michael Lamothe from Chart Your Trade recently posted a chart that caught my eye. The stock is Lumentum Holdings (NASDAQ:LITE) and to be honest, I’ve never looked at it before. But the chart really grabbed my attention. I’ll preface this by saying that I haven’t followed the company, so I…

Verizon (VZ) Stock Options Strategy For Cautious Investors

Verizon has taken a beating lately having dropped from $54.80 down to $48.40, a decline of 11.7%. Verizon has long been a favorite for dividend hunters and this recent decline has seen the yield on the stock rise to 4.7%. That is sure to attract some interest shortly. Dividends have…

Options Trading: Using Covered Calls To Increase Yield

When starting out with options, a natural place to begin is with covered calls. It’s a very easy to understand strategy for those that are familiar with stock ownership. The strategy involves buying a stock (if you don’t already own it) in lots of 100 shares. The total size will…

Don’t Expect This Low Volatility To Last Forever

Market volatility may be ready to rise over the near-term.  And this could make navigating the stock market a bit more interesting over the coming days/weeks. Today I’d like to highlight why this may be while while showing some ways to trade it with options. Long Strangles are my favorite way to…

Crude Oil Trends Say Opportunity Still Exists In January

Crude Oil (USO) Offers Big Potential Return Over Short-Term for Bullish Traders Crude oil has had a crazy ride since late 2015, when it dropped around 45% before regaining all of that loss in the first 6 months of 2016. In the back half of 2016, crude chopped around a…

Facebook Stock (FB): Bearish Short-Term, Bullish Long-Term

The FANG stocks (tickers FB, AMZN, NFLX, GOOGL) have lost their bite since the election, but they may be getting ready to bounce back. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has been particularly hard hit due to issues surrounding fake news items showing up in users news feeds. Some users also reported a bug…

IWM Russell 2000 Options Trade Review: Short-Strangle

Last week I posted a Case Study looking at a couple of Short Strangle options plays with IWM. The idea behind the case study was to see how the trades would perform and follow their progress. Again, this was with the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (NYSEARCA:IWM). After such a strong rally following…