The options market is not yet convinced on the severity of the conflict in Ukraine.
Sometimes, taking some time out to read is a good way to avoid buying stuff at too high a price.
Two recent papers reveal that, in recent years, much of the borrowing in emerging markets hasn't been counted in standard current account surplus/deficit figures.
An investor who owns long-dated call options asked what would happen to his position, since the company break-up is scheduled to occur by the end of 2014 or in early 2015, before his calls expire.
If you're inclined to start dipping into some names where the market decline has pushed prices too low, one approach to take is to look for U.S. stocks that have high exposure to sales in emerging markets. Cramer and Stephanie are long YUM for this reason in the Action Alerts Plus portfolio, and I will gain exposure with this options strategy.
It may take some time for investors to be reassured with choppy markets, and it's probably best to trade a little lighter until things look more normal - the opportunities won't disappear overnight. In the mean time, here are some things worth reading:
Options seem to be priced at a relative discount, which is not a positive sign for shareholders.
These days, every market watcher has an indicator to show you, some chart pattern or statistical threshold that predicted four of the last five market turns and just so happens to be flashing a warning sign right now.
After a year where equity call buyers could do no wrong, it would not be surprising to see some quarters where the only winners are gamma shorts, where the straddle jockeys and condor sellers and pickers-up of steamroller-threatened nickels are rewarded for taking risks.
The fundamental picture and working knowledge of the futures markets does matter to smaller investors.