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Notes from Webinar by Scott Andrews on Playing Opening Gaps

I just viewed a 2010 webinar recording given by Scott Andrews, titled Master the Gap Trades. Scott specializes in trading opening gaps, and was known as The Gap Guy (website He has a website offering paid services now at He has also published a book on gap trading here: The strategy is pretty interesting, and … Continue reading

Book Review of Trading on Corporate Earnings News: Profiting from Targeted, Short-Term Options Positions

The full title of this book is Trading on Corporate Earnings News – Profiting from Targeted, Short-Term Options Positions by John Shon and Ping Zhou. I picked up this book some time during this latest earnings season because I got caught in some of the sell offs in my stocks when earnings were announced. I was … Continue reading

How Protected Is Your Capital When Your Broker Fails

I was looking up how much is the protection afforded to U.S. brokerage accounts in the event the brokerage fails. Key points below. The Insurance Brokerage accounts are protected by the Securities Investor Protection Corp (SIPC), similar to FDIC insurance for bank accounts. SIPC is a non-profit, non-government, membership corporation, funded by member broker-dealers. SIPC will … Continue reading

Understanding Futures Fair Value in Pre-Market

Now every day for the U.S. market, people will look at the futures price during the pre-market to gauge whether the stock market will open higher that day, or lower. How that is done is by comparing the futures price with the fair value of the futures. If the futures prices are higher than the … Continue reading

Random Rewards, Superstitions, and the Market

Came across an article (link here) about someone leaving Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates to set up a muffin shop called Double or Muffin. The idea is that customers will be given a coin to flip: Heads, the customer gets another muffin for free, Tails, the customer keeps his one muffin. Random Rewards The concept is very … Continue reading

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