7 ways Canadian stock options will cost you money

7 ways Canadian stock options will cost you money

Canadian stock options can generate a lot of money for your broker, but here’s seven ways they can cost you even more
Trading Canadian stock options can generate a lot of brokerage commissions, which is why some young, aggressive brokers recommend them for their clients. That’s despite… Read More

Is Buying Stock Options Ever a Good Idea?

Is Buying Stock Options Ever a Good Idea?

Buying stock options is rarely a good idea for investors, but it can be profitable for your broker
From time to time, you may hear favourable opinions on stock options from brokers or the media. Frequently, those opinions stress the relative safety of certain options as… Read More

Is buying stock options a good investment strategy?

Is buying stock options a good investment strategy?

Buying stock options makes your broker happy, but your wallet might feel differently
Stock options are investment products that give you the right but not the obligation to buy a stock for a fixed price, within a fixed time period.

Buying stock options generates a lot of… Read More

Bad investment advice and cliches you should ignore

Bad investment advice and cliches you should ignore

If you take bad investment advice from others, you may end up selling a stock too early or engaging in unprofitable investing strategies

Most investor sayings and clichés have at least a hint of truth. But they can still lead you to take good or bad… Read More

Energy stock options can be hard to resist

Energy stock options can be hard to resist

Energy stock options may sound attractive, but they’re some of the fastest ways you can part with your money.

Many aggressive investors find the lure of energy stock options hard to resist—after all, you can make a lot of money with only a small… Read More

3 retirement investment “strategies” to avoid

3 retirement investment “strategies” to avoid

Here are 3 retirement investment “strategies” that will kill your returns and put your retirement goals in jeopardy.

If you’re headed into retirement, you’ve probably read about a range of different retirement investment strategies to follow. One we’ve been asked about a number of… Read More

Investor Toolkit: 7 ways you can lose money with stock options

Every Wednesday, we publish our “Investor Toolkit” series on TSI Network. Whether you’re a beginning or experienced investor, these weekly updates are designed to give you specific investment tips and stock market advice. Each Investor Toolkit update gives you a fundamental piece of investment advice,… Read More

I read, with interest, your position on covered calls in the archives on your TSINetwork.ca website. I do have one very naive question, however. (I’m green at this, so that’s why I subscribed to your very sound advice column!) In any case, if one is holding Research in Motion stock at this time, would a covered call be a bad move—or should I just sell?

Covered call writing is where you sell a call option against a stock you currently own. You receive cash for selling the call, but you’re obligated to sell the stock at a fixed price (the strike price) if the holder of the call exercises the… Read More

Investor Toolkit: Beware the hidden dangers of stock options

Every Wednesday, we publish our “Investor Toolkit” series on TSI Network. Whether you’re an aggressive or a conservative investor, these weekly updates are designed to give you specific investment advice. Each Investor Toolkit update gives you a fundamental piece of investing strategy, and shows you… Read More