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Are Options Traders Telling Us To Stay Away From Emerging Markets?

If you’ve been reading my articles regularly, you’ll know that I spend a lot of time talking about block trades.  These are the huge trades that show up on your options volume screeners, typically in increments of 1,000 or bigger.  They can be unusual volume in a normally lightly traded name, or they may be very big trades which occur in high volume names (such as index ETFs). Options analysts like to look at block trades to see where the action is.  Usually very big trades are executed by traders with abundant capital.  Of course, lots of capital usually means access to copious amounts of research as well.  In other words, block trades are often done by people who have very good information. Many times, the reasons behind these really big trades are easy to figure out.  Hey, someone bought 20,000 calls in Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), it’s probably going up!  Or, sheesh, someone bought 50,000 puts in SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE: SPY), it’s probably a hedge against a correction! Other times, trying to figure out the purpose of a block trade can be a puzzle.  Sometimes, you never know what the traders are trying to accomplish.  It’s not like we are seeing

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Keep Holding On

At Early Investing, we like to hold our crypto. We believe that, despite the volatility in the crypto market and the scary dips that can happen, crypto is ultimately growing in value. And it will eventually overtake the fiat currency system. Taking this view means adopting a long-term approach to investing. Tom

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