Volatility exchange-traded products, especially XIV and SVXY, were the primary cause of the recent stock-market correction that dropped stocks more than 10%. Read More
Jim Fink is chief investment strategist for Jim Fink's Options for Income and Velocity Trader. He has traded options for more than 20 years and generated personal profits of more than $5 million. Jim also serves as an investment analyst at Investing Daily’s flagship investing publication, Personal Finance.
Hopelessly overeducated, Jim holds a bachelor's degree from Yale University, a master's degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, a law degree from Columbia University, and an MBA from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. For good measure, he has been a member of the Illinois and D.C. bars.
Prior to joining Investing Daily, and when not incurring student loans hiding out in academe, Jim practiced telecommunications regulatory law for nine years until he realized that he made more money trading stock options than writing briefs. After attending business school, Jim switched gears to the investment realm full-time, working for a university endowment, a private wealth management firm, an insurance and financial planning company, and as a Senior Analyst for an online investment newsletter service that encourages the wearing of funny hats.
A possible but unlikely descendant of legendary brawler and boatman Mike Fink, Jim defies his heritage, believing that investing success requires patience and analysis, not swashbuckling bravado. Besides his passion for analyzing and writing about stocks, Jim likes to hike in the desert Southwest, vacation in Las Vegas, play tennis, and feed his toddler son Cheerios.
Blockchain is more exciting than bitcoin, but finding an investable opportunity in blockchain right now is more difficult than many investors understand. Read More
A bearish reversal pattern on Tuesday, January 16th for the S&P 500 suggests some downside through the end of January options expiration week, but the bull should soon return. Read More
Selling options can be profitable even if you guess wrong on market direction. That definitely beats betting on the roulette wheel in Vegas. Be the house, not the gambler. Read More
If one knows what to look for, ordinary investors can profit from the rampant stock-market manipulation just like the big boys. The secret involves trading options and analyzing "max pain" stock prices using publicly-available option open-interest data. Read More
My “three-legged stool” analytical approach is one of the best tools there is for predicting the market’s next move, and it doesn't look good going into October 20th options expiration. Read More
For years, institutional investors have been using a little-known trading trick to buy stocks below their current market price. In essence, they believed that (to paraphrase the late “Queen of Mean” Leona Helmsley) “only the little people pay retail.” Now hundreds of thousands of retail investors have discovered this simple… Read More