Markets had $3.3 trillion reasons to be volatile last week. That was based on the notational value of options expiring on Friday. That included $1.3 trillion for individual stock positions alone, the second-highest on record. Traders repositioning those trades ahead of expiration last week may have contributed to the big selloff, which finally started reversing on Friday as Treasury yields started coming back down.
Given the growth of options trading, this phenomenon of added volatility into options expiration weeks may continue for the foreseeable future. While February’s contracts are far lower in value, the next big hump will be in March, which is a quad-witching month where even more contracts are set to expire. While the worst of the current selloff may be over, traders should expect continued volatility thanks to the rising popularity of options trades.
Precious Metals Prices
Price at week’s end (change over last week)
Gold … $1,836.08 (0.9%)
Silver … $23.37 (5.8%)
Platinum … $1,039.55 (6.1%)
Palladium … $2,141.50 (12.0%)
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“Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.” [Go for it!] –Will Smith
Here’s to a better YOU … and now … Today’s DarrenDaily Recap Sunday. A collection of the weeks videos from Darren Hardy. Enjoy!
Describing its beauty!!! Atlantic coast of Canada..
does it really matter? Yes!
January 24, 2020
Just when it seemed that markets had nothing to fear, thanks to a signed trade deal between the U.S. & China, as well as the Fed’s repo operations to keep the financial system running smoothly, the coronavirus that started in China may be the next market fear.
At its best, it could simply dampen demand for travel and tourism around the world, but mostly in Asia. That was the case with outbreaks of avian and swine flus, and mostly had no impact on the U.S. economy. But for now, it seems to be giving stocks a reason to pause after its long rally upward. While these outbreaks can be serious, they don’t last forever, and the market will likely get back to rallying soon.
One thing or another … now they say even the kind of water you drink in the AM will determine if you’ll feel tired and lack focus all day — you’ll feel old and AWFUL! Maybe we should just stay-in-bed ALL DAY! 😉
January 24, 2019
Last month at this time we were getting ready for Christmas … As this was Christmas Eve Day! For anyone else not celebrating this day … I hope you remember this day as one with your family and friends.
God help us all … no matter your religious leanings or your country of origin. As they say on Star Trek … Live long & Prosper!
See you all soon!