Fari Hamzei

Fari Hamzei

Fari Hamzei is frequently quoted by CNBC, Bloomberg and RealMoney. His book, Master Traders: Strategies for Superior Returns from Today’s Top Traders, published by John Wiley & Sons in October 2006, has already become a bestseller on Amazon trading books space. On January 29th, 2007, Timer Digest ranked Fari tied for Third place for the past Three Years in its "Timer of the Year Competition." On June 24th, 2013 (Issue # 567), Fari was ranked 3rd in the Nation among approximately 150 market timers in the last 12 months, and on 8/23/13 he was RANKED # 1 for the previous 3 months and #3 for the past 6-months. Once a year, Fari teaches Proprietary Sentiment Indicators at The Options Institute of CBOE. Fari is a graduate of Princeton University with a BSE degree in financial engineering, and was a director of strategic planning at Northrop Grumman Corporation's Aircraft Group and served for eleven years on the Board of Directors of Electronic Clearing House (ECHO), now an Intuit company (INTU).

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Admiral SPO Delivers 439% Without a Chase!

On October 13, the eve of JPM’s Earnings Announcement, Admiral found a great trade opportunity: Buy a 1×4 67.50/70 Call BackSpread. Maury followed the Admiral without hesitation. Before the market opened, JPM’s earnings beat the estimates and revenue. However, the price action was fairly muted for the balance of October. Maury had the jitters, along […]






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Admiral SPO Delivers Another Over Night Winner

On Monday, October 24, Admiral sent out a call spread on Lockheed Martin in anticipation of a bullish Earnings Report due PreMarket on October 25. The DEC 240/245 call spread was filled @ $1.24. Lockheed Martin announced 3rd Quarter Profit earnings of $3.61 per share on Revenue of $11.6 Billion and easily beat the estimates. Being […]






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Admiral SPO Puts his Mark on Microsoft

Maury, Maury, Maury! Admiral SPO Puts his Mark on Microsoft. Knowing Maury’s thirst for shekels and his motto of “the best things in life are FREE” the Admiral launched a timely pre-earnings trade, a call time back spread. Maury, known for his Pavlovian behavior jumped in!  On Thursday, October 20th, the day Microsoft earnings were […]






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Admiral SPO Delivers a Perfect Maury Trade

In August, Admiral SPO delivered a great BIDU trade.  Most HA Options Members were very grateful for such a brilliant gift from our fearless leader. As usual, Maury was exception to the norm, whose greed was only fueled by the talent at his disposal. He immediately began nagging for another over the top winner. Since […]






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How Admiral Beat Maury at His Own Game

Maury felt pretty smug about taking the Admiral’s FB trade, however, he was not prepared for BIDU. The Admiral had his mojo working as he went stalking an uber Maury trade, and it ended up a doozie! On 7/28, BIDU was scheduled to report earnings after the close. The Admiral sent out a Bearish 3x9x6 […]






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Opportunity in Volatility – Trading VXX

As traders and students of the markets, we are obligated to adapt to changes in market conditions and recognize opportunities when they present themselves in order to profit. With recent changes in the market place, there has been an influx of tools that are introduced to the speculators and investors alike by financial institutions in […]






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Fed Taper, Quad Witching, OP-EX & Summer Solstice – Your Charts & Risk Capital

Today, the Options Volume and Premiums Paid for VIX, 10yr T-Notes and 30yr T-Bonds were in stratosphere.  As seen below, almost every expiry which showed a significance % volume of total volume, is BEARISH. Notice the drop in Put/Call Ratios of the lead VIX contracts that started around 1130am CT  – now take a look […]






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Bearish VIX Put/Call Ratio

VIX Put / Call Ratio data is very bearish across multiple expirys. More importantly, as you can see here, March & April expirys, where the Contracts-volume and Premiums-paid were concentrated, remain bearish throughout the afternoon while markets registered over 9 handles on SPX.






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2013 Forecast for S&P-500 Cash Index

Having traded S&P-500 Futures on a daily basis since Q2 1993, one can get a sense of when our markets are happy as a clam. The economy is improving at the margin and the tendency of stock market indices to rise often after a moderate pull back, or in contrast; when almost everything goes wrong […]






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How Will the Google Incident Affect Markets Moving Forward?

On Thursday, October 18, 2012, Google (GOOG) was scheduled to announce its quarterly EPS numbers after the market close.  However, the news was leaked prematurely during regular trading session, almost four hours ahead of schedule. Within seconds, GOOG was down as much as 10% before it was halted. The GOOG event shows the risk of […]