SPDR S&P 500 ETF

SPY-N

NYSEARCA:SPY

324.82
1.32 (0.41%)
The SPDR S&P 500 trust is an exchange-traded fund which trades on the NYSE Arca under the symbol. SPDR is an acronym for the Standard & Poor's Depositary Receipts, the former name of the ETF. It is designed to track the S&P 500 stock market index.
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PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
December 27, 2019
(A Top Pick Dec 17/18, Up 43%) He sold SPY June $250 put. At the time, it was trading around 245. He hedged his bets on the downside by buying a June 230 put. This means if the S&P500 collapsed below 230, it would be put to somebody else. He took in $6/share.
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SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY-N)
December 27, 2019
(A Top Pick Dec 17/18, Up 43%) He sold SPY June $250 put. At the time, it was trading around 245. He hedged his bets on the downside by buying a June 230 put. This means if the S&P500 collapsed below 230, it would be put to somebody else. He took in $6/share.
COMMENT
COMMENT
November 4, 2019
Did 3 puts on May 10 at 284 and paid $9.61 on May 13. It was at 280 or a loss of $4/share, but the put went up to $11.13. Why did the put not protect the SPY position? Are the puts a good way to protect long positions? Problem is, options have a delta--they don't move dollar-for-dollar with the underlying security . The delta would be around $50 for him, so the option likely moved 50 cents up every dollar that the SPY moved down. So that's not 100% protection. He'd need 6 puts instead of 3.
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SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY-N)
November 4, 2019
Did 3 puts on May 10 at 284 and paid $9.61 on May 13. It was at 280 or a loss of $4/share, but the put went up to $11.13. Why did the put not protect the SPY position? Are the puts a good way to protect long positions? Problem is, options have a delta--they don't move dollar-for-dollar with the underlying security . The delta would be around $50 for him, so the option likely moved 50 cents up every dollar that the SPY moved down. So that's not 100% protection. He'd need 6 puts instead of 3.
COMMENT
COMMENT
September 13, 2019
He wants to see an event such as a report to buy into the market at a good time. He's not doing any puts, but would wait for news and then buy in.
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SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY-N)
September 13, 2019
He wants to see an event such as a report to buy into the market at a good time. He's not doing any puts, but would wait for news and then buy in.
John Hood

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COMMENT
COMMENT
July 23, 2019
Anymore upside? A fantastic ETF. Nobody knows when the top is, but we've enjoyed a great rebound since December 2018.
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Anymore upside? A fantastic ETF. Nobody knows when the top is, but we've enjoyed a great rebound since December 2018.
John DeGoey

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BUY
BUY
July 3, 2019

Do you recommend ZWS as a hedged covered call or prefer something else, and would you hold it at the only US equity in a portfolio? To answer the latter, no. And he prefers SPY-N as your core holding; it pays you yield and cash flow, becuase it holds high-dividend stocks and sells covered calls against them. Also, US dividends are taxed in Canada and don't benefit from the dividend tax credit.

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Do you recommend ZWS as a hedged covered call or prefer something else, and would you hold it at the only US equity in a portfolio? To answer the latter, no. And he prefers SPY-N as your core holding; it pays you yield and cash flow, becuase it holds high-dividend stocks and sells covered calls against them. Also, US dividends are taxed in Canada and don't benefit from the dividend tax credit.

TOP PICK
TOP PICK
July 3, 2019
March300 calls It's a short-term trade. The $300 calls will cost around $18. If you believe markets will continue to rise, this is how you play it with limited risk. The VIX is low. If the S&P goes to 3,200, you'll get a double on this option.
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March300 calls It's a short-term trade. The $300 calls will cost around $18. If you believe markets will continue to rise, this is how you play it with limited risk. The VIX is low. If the S&P goes to 3,200, you'll get a double on this option.
COMMENT
COMMENT
June 10, 2019
An ETF that's been around forever, trading in US dollars. He doesn't know if this will go up or down, but his question is: What is your time horizon? This will do well in the long run.
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An ETF that's been around forever, trading in US dollars. He doesn't know if this will go up or down, but his question is: What is your time horizon? This will do well in the long run.
John DeGoey

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BUY
BUY
April 2, 2019
Would you prefer it over DIA? Definitely prefers SPY because it is 500 stocks as opposed to 30. More diversification. It is the place to be.
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Would you prefer it over DIA? Definitely prefers SPY because it is 500 stocks as opposed to 30. More diversification. It is the place to be.
John Hood

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BUY
BUY
February 7, 2019
XIC-T vs. SPY-N vs. VT-N. After a sharp decline after a rally you are likely to retest lows. The thrust off the bottom was so significant. 10 of the last 12 corrections never went back to retest the lows. Positioning is so defensive that people are not likely to get the retesting of the lows they are waiting for. The commodity complex could see strength. All three should do well.
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SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY-N)
February 7, 2019
XIC-T vs. SPY-N vs. VT-N. After a sharp decline after a rally you are likely to retest lows. The thrust off the bottom was so significant. 10 of the last 12 corrections never went back to retest the lows. Positioning is so defensive that people are not likely to get the retesting of the lows they are waiting for. The commodity complex could see strength. All three should do well.
BUY
BUY
December 17, 2018
$2,000 for his son to invest in? He'd buy a really simple ETF, the XIU, which is basically buying Canada's 60-largest companies. You're buying Canada, including 30% in energy and metals, which is a risk. Or you could try SPY to cover the U.S. market. You could split these two 50/50.
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SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY-N)
December 17, 2018
$2,000 for his son to invest in? He'd buy a really simple ETF, the XIU, which is basically buying Canada's 60-largest companies. You're buying Canada, including 30% in energy and metals, which is a risk. Or you could try SPY to cover the U.S. market. You could split these two 50/50.
TOP PICK
TOP PICK
December 17, 2018
An extremely conservative way to play the market now. Sell a June 2019 $250 put with a $4 buy, with a return of $6 (if the S&P stays where it is today) and a maximum risk of a $14 loss (if the market crashes). He thinks the overall market in 2019 will go sideways.
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SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY-N)
December 17, 2018
An extremely conservative way to play the market now. Sell a June 2019 $250 put with a $4 buy, with a return of $6 (if the S&P stays where it is today) and a maximum risk of a $14 loss (if the market crashes). He thinks the overall market in 2019 will go sideways.
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
July 30, 2018

The S&P 500. US Equities. They tend to do well when we have benign inflation, good global growth and abundant liquidity. But now we have some liquidity coming out. People are selling actively managed stocks to buy the S&P 500 themselves. This means that when they want to get out, all these investors will be selling the same stocks. ETFs are more popular than in 2007/8.

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The S&P 500. US Equities. They tend to do well when we have benign inflation, good global growth and abundant liquidity. But now we have some liquidity coming out. People are selling actively managed stocks to buy the S&P 500 themselves. This means that when they want to get out, all these investors will be selling the same stocks. ETFs are more popular than in 2007/8.

COMMENT
COMMENT
February 26, 2018

The largest ETF in the world. A fine core holding, though he advises moving away from U.S. markets. He himself is maximally underweight the U.S.

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY-N)
February 26, 2018

The largest ETF in the world. A fine core holding, though he advises moving away from U.S. markets. He himself is maximally underweight the U.S.

DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
January 24, 2018

People were thinking there was going to be volatility in 2017, but markets literally went straight up. Now the forecast for 2018 is higher volatility, and we’ll have to see what happens. This is based on the entire market, but you have to remember the market is not just made up of one thing, it is made out of other pieces of businesses. She runs a very concentrated portfolio, which allows her to cherry pick the parts of the market that she thinks will do well, so she is not just in the broad market. Doesn't see how people can do well by owning a broad market.

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY-N)
January 24, 2018

People were thinking there was going to be volatility in 2017, but markets literally went straight up. Now the forecast for 2018 is higher volatility, and we’ll have to see what happens. This is based on the entire market, but you have to remember the market is not just made up of one thing, it is made out of other pieces of businesses. She runs a very concentrated portfolio, which allows her to cherry pick the parts of the market that she thinks will do well, so she is not just in the broad market. Doesn't see how people can do well by owning a broad market.

COMMENT
COMMENT
November 13, 2017

SPY-N vs. ZSP-T. They should be identical except ZSP-T trades in Toronto but has exposure to the US$. If the US$ gets stronger it should help the ETF. SPY-N has underperformed dramatically because it is in US$. They would be identical if you converted the dollars. There is foreign tax withholdings of about 30 basis points on SPY-N. ZSP-T gives you a foreign tax withholding also but you get a tax credit.

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SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY-N)
November 13, 2017

SPY-N vs. ZSP-T. They should be identical except ZSP-T trades in Toronto but has exposure to the US$. If the US$ gets stronger it should help the ETF. SPY-N has underperformed dramatically because it is in US$. They would be identical if you converted the dollars. There is foreign tax withholdings of about 30 basis points on SPY-N. ZSP-T gives you a foreign tax withholding also but you get a tax credit.

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