A common theme discussed in this month’s All Star Options conference call was the fact that many sectors, commodities, and stocks were in “messy” or “sloppy” sideways holding patterns right now. The selloff that began for stocks in early October and bled into early November seems to have abated somewhat for the time being, leaving many stocks with terrible looking charts offering no clues on direction.
But the price action has not been limited to just stocks — bonds and commodities too all seem to be lost in the muck right now.
This might frustrate some, but these types of environments can be wonderful for delta neutral income strategies. And Gold $GLD is a perfect example of an instrument showing little commitment to any up or down directional movement. [Read more…]