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You Can't Trade in a Vacuum Real Money Pro($)

As evidenced by recent large VIX trades, there is exposure on the opposite side.

Intermediate Trade: IBM Real Money Pro($)

Option prices again get crushed after company's terrible earnings report.

Intermediate Trade: VIX Real Money Pro($)

Bonds and gold are way overdone, but I could see VIX options catching a bid.
International saber rattling and French elections help boost the bid in bonds.

Novice Trade: SPDR Gold Shares Real Money Pro($)

I'm not a fan; the dollar will get stronger over the next year, not weaker.
Mid-cap banks have more upside, and the implied volatility in KRE is pretty low.

Intermediate Trade: VIX Real Money Pro($)

With the market up, the VIX is up and the April VIX future is WAY up.
With financials starting to report next week, I think we could see a pop in XLF.

Novice Trade: Facebook Real Money Pro($)

With the stock down today, I like carrying calls ahead of earnings.

Novice Trade: Apple Real Money Pro($)

Consider this risky play on Apple's upcoming earnings report.


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