Monthly Archives: May 2014
May 30, 2014
By Vlad Karpel

Welcome to the inaugural post of Karpel’s Corner. This is where I will throw out my thoughts on the markets and share some of my favorite strategies. I will keep it market focused, but won’t miss an opportunity to teach trading strategies and commentate on the latest trends affecting the financial markets. Hope you enjoy […]




May 16, 2014
By Vlad Karpel

Over the years, we have seen many a market event du jour or “event of the day” that will often spur strong stock movements. Years ago, all eyes were on the trade balance. Then there was the money supply; durable goods; and the unemployment report. And now, the most watched event is any scheduled Fed […]




May 13, 2014
By Vlad Karpel

What do you do when a trade moves in an unexpected direction (and that direction is the opposite of up)? Here’s what you may be thinking: “I liked this stock at 80, when I first bought it, so now that the price is 50 it’s an even better deal!” Think again. It can be tempting […]




May 6, 2014
By Vlad Karpel

Of the utmost concern to any trader is protecting against loss. Your trading toolbox should include strategies that protect you whether selling or buying. Today, we’ll focus on stop-loss methods, basic tools that help you stop the inevitable losses before they are unmanageable. To begin with, the sell stop order is a basic strategy to […]




May 1, 2014
By Vlad Karpel

Taking an option position off correctly counts for more than putting a position on. Let’s talk about ways to do that. When I speak of an option position, I am talking about an options spread. Trading options outright is seldom an advisable way to trade. When you own options outright, time decay can crush your […]