The SPAC Trade Is Off

By: Spencer Israel Back in early July we wrote about how the market seemed to have an endless appetite for Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (also known as SPACs or blank check companies) and the various companies with which they were merging.  At the time, the SPAC trade looked like the trade of the summer. But.. Read more

The One Certain Election Trade

By: Spencer Israel The one thing everybody seems to agree on with two weeks to go until the election is that nobody, especially the market, is sure of anything.  Maybe this is a side effect of 2016. Regardless, here are some insights from recent headlines: The market wants Biden to win. But six months ago.. Read more

The Lesson Of Black Monday Is Especially Poignant In 2020

By: Spencer Israel Monday marks the 33rd anniversary of Black Monday. On a percentage basis, the crash of 1987 remains the worst day in the history of the U.S. stock market by a long shot.  Just two months prior, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had hit an all-time high. But the index fell 22.6% on.. Read more

How Much Do Q3 Earnings Really Matter?

By: Spencer Israel The Q3 earnings season is here. For the next four or so weeks, investors will be offered more clues about which companies are making it through this pandemic/economic crisis and which are not.  Heading into the season, one theme that sticks out is the lack of clarity in terms of guidance from.. Read more

What You Should Know About The New CME Nasdaq 100 Volatility Index Futures

By: Spencer Israel Traders looking to hedge will have a new tool at their disposal starting Oct. 5.  The CME and Nasdaq recently announced the launch of Nasdaq 100 Volatility Index futures (ticker: VOLQ). The product will be an alternative to the Nasdaq 100 Volatility Index futures (VXN) already offered by the Cboe.  Why This.. Read more

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