Entries by Aldrin Gonzales

Ditch Options And Buy Stocks With “Cheap Optionality” Instead

It probably didn’t take long after becoming a trader to stumble upon options. Brokerages and websites all over the internet are constantly pitching these complex financial derivatives, claiming things like “defined risk” and “100% returns a month”. But these advertisements only end up luring novices into a game that creates losses rather than stunning returns.

Global Bond Bubble Bust

Rarely do we investors get a market that we know is overvalued and that approaches such clearly defined limits as the bond market now. That is because there is a limit as to how negative bond yields can go. Their expected returns relative to their risks are especially bad. If interest rates rise just a […]

The Philosopher on Playing the Player

Market sentiment is a fuzzy concept. In its most basic sense, it’s the aggregate beliefs and moods of actors that comprise the total market. It’s tough to measure, gauge and test. And so, it’s often discarded completely or superfluously used to confirm one’s own biases.

Beware The Top Performers

“And, at any point in time, the richest traders are often the worst traders. This, I will call the cross-sectional problem: At a given time in the market, the most successful traders are likely to be those that are best fit to the last cycle. This does not happen too often with dentists or pianists—because […]