Options Trading Part II - The 'Currency' of Options

Options Trading Part II – The ‘Currency’ of Options

By The Banker | Blog Posts, How Not To Invest, Investing, Wall Street

Please see related introductory Post: Options Trading Part I – NFW Edition How Wall Street thinks about options trading Non-professionals who engage in options typically do not understand the ‘currency’ in which they’re trading. By ‘currency’, I don’t mean option-users remain unaware of their US dollars. I mean that professional options traders use a mathematical valuation [&hellip

Options Trading Part I - NFW Edition

Options Trading Part I – NFW Edition

By The Banker | Blog Posts, How Not To Invest, Investing, Wall Street

This is a highly speculative trade, not an investment, so run away, retail investor! A friend in the finance-writing space sent me a query not long ago about the idea of “selling puts” as an appropriate and lucrative investment activity. Following my swift reply of “NFW[1],” she asked for an explanation. After all, a friend [&hellip

Currency Exchange Thoughts

Currency Exchange Thoughts

By The Banker | Blog Posts

Editor’s Note: A version of this column appeared in the San Antonio Express-News this morning. When we decided to move to San Antonio five years ago, my only condition to my wife was that we would travel as a family outside of Texas for some time during the worst Summer months. I had already encountered [&hellip

Like Visiting An Old Friend - Bad Debt Buying

Like Visiting An Old Friend – Bad Debt Buying

By The Banker | Blog Posts, How Not To Invest, Investing

In my pre-Bankers Anonymous days, one of my primary investing activities was purchasing charged-off consumer debt. If you have no idea what that means, I recommend reading this New York Times Magazine article from last weekend. Few people have written about this niche of the financial world. While Jake Halpern’s account is a bit sensationalistic [&hellip

Dan Loeb Comes To A Sleepy Town

Dan Loeb Comes To A Sleepy Town

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Wall Street

Editor’s note: A version of this post appeared in the San Antonio Express-News under my “So…Money” column, “Dan Loeb Is Not ‘San Antonio Nice’.” It’s probably hard for non-San Antonians to understand the importance of this one medium-sized company for the city’s image of itself. Rackspace is the darling of San Antonio’s business community, a [&hellip