Juggling With Knives: Profits, protection and planning for volatility in stocks, bonds, real estate, and real life.

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Jubak’s Picks

Stocks for a
12-18 Month Horizon


Performance

2019
+10.2%

2018
+10.2%

2017
+13.2%

Since Inception
+584%

Top 50 Stocks

50 Best Stocks in the World


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2019
+21.19%

2018
-8.22%

2017
+28.1%

2016
+21.5%

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2020
+15.71%

2019
+4.90% 

2018
-15.52% 

2017
+6.48% 

 2016
+26.8%

Volatility

Exploiting Temporary Market Trends


Performance 2017:
+53.06%

Perfect 5 ETFs

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Performance since
October 2017

+23.46%

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Oil falls to lowest level in five months; Brent breaks below $60 a barrel

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China promises to cut taxes, increase spending to stimulate economy

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Ominous weakening today, September 6, below the surface in U.S. stocks

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This market’s volatility puzzle–it’s as if investors and traders don’t think risk is climbing in the general market

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Next earnings season test after Netflix? Microsoft

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I’m buying the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF in my Perfect 5 Portfolio today

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Selling my AMD September 17 Call Options (strike price of $92.50) out of my Volatility Portfolio

Selling my AMD September 17 Call Options (strike price of $92.50) out of my Volatility Portfolio

I got another 50% pop (aso f 3:30 p.m. New York time) today in the price of the Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) September 17, 2021 Call Options with a strike price of $92.50 (AMD210917C0009250). I’m going to take my profits here. With the end of earnings season in the next two weeks, I think the risk/reward ratio for holding stocks is shifting toward risk. And I’d rather be more in cash rather than less as we head into what I see as a volatile fall.

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The window for using Call Options to profit from technology earnings season is starting to close

The window for using Call Options to profit from technology earnings season is starting to close

Just a reminder: To profit from anticipation of strong and maybe even better than expected tech stock earnings using Call Options, you want to buy the options before the actual earnings announcement. You’re betting on a rush to get in on the good earnings news before the actual news. Which means that if you’re looking to buy Call Options on Apple (AAPL) or Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) you want to do it NOW, since these companies announce second quarter earnings next week on July 27. Here are my preferences in tech stocks earnings options play

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Selling my September 15 VIX Call Options to take profits in today’s market plunge

Selling my September 15 VIX Call Options to take profits in today’s market plunge

As of 2:40 New York time the September 15, 2021 VIX Call Options with a strike at 20 (VIX210915C00020000) were trading at $5.90 a share, up 40.48% on the day on a move higher in the CBOE S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) of 30.35% to 24.05. I’m selling this volatility hedge out of my Volatility Portfolio with a profit of 17.5% since I added it to this portfolio on June 1.

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Buying AMD shares and options tomorrow as my play on a second quarter earnings season surprise

Buying AMD shares and options tomorrow as my play on a second quarter earnings season surprise

Yesterday in my video “3 Picks for an Earnings Blowout” I argued the case that even the 61% second quarter year to year jump in earnings in the Wall Street analyst consensus was understated.. There’s a very high likelihood that we’ll see lots of positive earnings surprise in the second quarter earnings season the begins on July 13 when JPMorgan Chase reports earnings before the market opens. In that video I suggested three stocks JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) as picks to play that second quarter earnings surprise. Today I’m adding one of these Advanced Micro Devices to my online portfolio with shares in my 12-18 month Jubak Picks Portfolio and Call Options in my Volatility Portfolio.

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Selling my VIX July and August options to complete my roll over into the November Call

Selling my VIX July and August options to complete my roll over into the November Call

Last Friday I recommended a buy of the November 17, 2021 Call Options on the CBOE S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) with a strike at 18 for a new hedge in increased stock market volatility in the fall. The 3.32% drop that day to 15.44 took the index, which measures how much investors and traders are willing to pay to hedge against volatility in the S&P 500, took out the low for the VIX for 2021 and you have to go all the way back to February 10, 2020–before the pandemic knocked the stuffing out of stocks–to find a lower level for the “fear index” at 13.68. My thought on this buy was that at this price I was getting a chance to hedge volatility at a level that would generate a profit even if we didn’t get a big volatility event. Since that buy that Call Option (VIX211117C00018000) has climbed to $5.75 from my buy at $5.20 with a gain of 2.68% today. The VIX itself has edged high both today and yesterday to a close on June 29 at 16.11, up 2.22% on the day.

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Rolling over my Call Options on the VIX as volatility fears continue to fall

Rolling over my Call Options on the VIX as volatility fears continue to fall

Investors and traders are less afraid of a drop in stocks than at any time in 2021. The CBOE S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX), which measures how much investors and traders are willing to pay to hedge against volatility in the S&P 500, is down another 3.32% to 15.44 today, June 25, as of 3:30 p.m. New York time. The drop took out the former low for the VIX for 2021 at 15.65. I have to go all the way back to February 10, 2020–before the pandemic knocked the stuffing out of stocks–to find a lower level for the “fear index” at 13.68. So today I’m buying Call Options on the VIX–which will go up if fear and the index climb for November 2021 with a strike at 19.

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This website is based on my book, Juggling with Knives. Both the book and website are about volatility in everything from stocks and bonds to real estate, and real life topics such as jobs and education.

This website keeps the content of the book fresh and the advice and strategies up to date. If you've purchased the book, you've earned a one year free subscription. Use the Coupon Code in the book to start your FREE subscription when you Subscribe on this website.

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