What Does 5% Inflation Mean to Traders?

What Does 5% Inflation Mean to Traders?

Posted On June 10, 2021 4:15 pm

The Journal reported this morning that prices jumped in May by 5% year over year. 

Is this the result of an economic rebound and a healthy sign for the economy…

Or is it a sign that money printing, generous unemployment benefits, and money drops have finally started to affect the economy as a whole. 

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The first choice would be great.  And it’s a distinct possibility considering last May we were in the midst of a “Covid crash.”

However, if the rise in consumer prices ends up being a direct result of the economic and monetary policies the Fed and the US government have followed…

We may be in for another “Jimmy Carter economy.”  

I can tell you I’m not excited about that possibility, however, the good news is that we survived then and we will survive now.  

Not only did we survive, but a lot of people also made a lot of money in the late ’70s, and I feel confident that my Options360 portfolio will as well

That’s the advantage of having someone with decades of experience doing research for you and making recommendations.  

I’m not right all the time, but you can’t argue with our track record since 2015.  We’ve not only beat the S&P every year, but we’ve also trounced it!

Some thoughts to keep in mind about inflation.  While it can devastate economic activity on Main Street, we all have seen firsthand over the last year how Main Street and Wall Street are not connected.  That means we can see markets continue to surge ahead even in the midst of tough times in the economy. 

And even if markets were to lose ground, as an options trader, we can make more money faster as stock prices fall.

Here’s my point, while it is wise to keep your ear to the ground for the overall economy – you don’t want to let that have too much influence on how you trade.  

It is very possible to make a lot of money in very tough times.  And it’s possible to lose money in very good times. 

The trick is to always trade the market, not the economy.

And don’t focus on “getting rich quick.”  Keep the risk/reward in check and grind out your trades. 

THAT is the key to wealth building…

And that is what we do in Options360.

To Your Success,


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Steve Smith

Steve Smith have been involved in all facets of the investment industry in a variety of roles ranging from speculator, educator, manager and advisor. This has taken him from the trading floors of Chicago to hedge funds on Wall Street to the world online. From 1987 to 1996, he served as a market maker at the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE) and Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT). From 1997 to 2007, he was a Senior Columnist and Managing Editor for TheStreet.com, handling their Option Alert and Short Report newsletters. The Option Alert was awarded the MIN “best business newsletter” in 2006. From 2009 to 2013, Smith was a Senior Columnist and Managing Editor for Minyanville’s OptionSmith newsletter, as well as a Risk Manager Consultant for New Vernon Capital LLC. Smith acted as an advisor to build models and option strategies to reduce portfolio exposure and enhance returns for the four main funds. Since 2015, he has worked for Adam Mesh Trading Group. There, he has managed Options360 and Earning 360, been co-leader of Option Academy, and contributed to The Option Specialist website.