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The Best Way to Play Earnings with Options — with John Shon (transcript)

Posted on July 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm

This transcript comes an interview with John Shon that you can find here.  You can also find our archives of interviews with some of the world’s best investors here.

Announcer: Live from the Internet, it’s Tradestreaming Radio, with your host, Tradestreaming.com’s own Zack Miller.new book by john shon

Zack: Hey, this is Zack Miller. You’re listening to Tradestreaming Radio, the place on the Internet where investors can learn directly from experts.

One thing I’ve found in my individual investing practice, both my own investing and the work I do with clients, is that, although I know basic options strategies, I’ve struggled to really implement them. More than anything, I feel that options are a great way for a lot of investors to lower the risk in terms of playing out a thesis that they have on a particular stock.

The hardest thing to do with options is to pick a direction, and this is what many investors do, is to buy a call or buy a put, and basically say, “I’m making a bet that the stock’s going to go up or down.” It’s (a) very hard to pick which direction, and (b) a lot of times even if we’re right, meaning earnings season is particularly good, there’s some good news out, the stock may not react the way we’re predicting it.

I was really interested to read this book that was put out recently on the FT Press by John Shon, who’s a professor of accounting at Fordham. He has a Ph.D. from University of Chicago at Booth School. He wrote a book along with Ping Zhou called “Trading on Corporate Earnings News: Profiting from Targeted Short-Term Options Positions.” I invited John on to the show today to discuss the book. Continue Reading »


  • Making better investment decisions with social media [interview]

    Posted on July 31, 2011 at 10:22 am UTC

    Tradestreaming is all about plugging into social media to help investors make better decisions.

    I recently appeared (radio) on News@7 to talk about my book (Tradestream your Way to Profits).

    We also had the opportunity to talk about real-life examples how investors are turning to new online tools to aid them in the investing process, some new-ish Internet IPOs and current trends on Internet usage. Continue Reading »


  • The Emerging Markets Blueprint for Investors

    Posted on July 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm UTC

    As the U.S. continues its internal struggles over the financial direction of the company, investors are focused overseas more and more.


    That’s where the growth is.

    Well, and it’s also getting easier to access emerging markets with new funds, strategies, research, etc.

    I wrote a post over at Wealthfront about ways to access emerging markets beyond BRIC.

    And it got me thinking — I could use a one page investment resource for emerging markets.  So here that is… Continue Reading »


  • The future of online finance and how to win — with Mark Clare [Tradestreaming Live]

    Posted on July 26, 2011 at 2:04 pm UTC

    Due to unfortunate circumstances (Mark is sick and we wish him well), we’re forced to call off this session.  We will reschedule shortly.

    We’re following up last week’s event on global value investing with a live session with Mark Clare, investor, entrepreneur, and founder of ValueCruncher.

    Mark’s written extensively about the competitiveness in the online finance space.

    ===> He’ll join us to talk about what the future of online financial content has in store, who’s positioned to win, and what other entrepreneurs and executives in the space can do to assure success.  If we’re lucky, he’ll talk about his own experiences founding and growing his own startup in the space.

    Please join us Wednesday, July 27th at 4PM ET (1PM PT) live. Continue Reading »


  • Following stock sentiment on your iPhone — with Eran Barak

    Posted on July 24, 2011 at 12:35 pm UTC

    Tradestreaming is all about the value of social media to the investing process.

    We’ve spoken a lot about sentiment analysis and there are so many interesting approaches to solving how to make sense of the reams and reams of unstructured investment data online.

    One solution has emanated from the Israeli Defense Forces and found a home in Sentigo, the parent company of popular app, Wall St. Scanner.  Wall Street Scanner looks at tens of thousands of sources of information and over 7M webpages every 24 hours scouring for important chatter about stocks. Continue Reading »


  • How to produce a financial podcast

    Posted on July 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm UTC

    One of the most popular pages on Tradestreaming is our Best Investing Podcasts page. When I encounter a valuable resource, I continue to add it to that page.  Slowly, I’m beginning to see more and more financial professionals producing their own podcasts.  That’s awesome — for those of you contemplating how to create a financial podcast, I put together a how-to piece to help. Continue Reading »


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Tradestreaming is a community of investors learning directly from experts. I’m Zack Miller, investor, entrepreneur, and founder of Tradestreaming.com and I literally wrote the book on how to invest in the age of Facebook and Twitter. Tradestreaming is the resource I’ve created to help me become a better investor.  I believe it will help you … Continue Reading