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Do you remember what you were doing in 1974?

by The Smart Option, on April 06, 2022

In 1974 the founder of Connors Investor Services, Inc., Jim Connors, began managing its flagship investment strategies of the Connors Covered Call and Connors Small Companies. Other notables in 1974 were: the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) hit an annual low of 577.60, Blazing Saddles was the top movie and the invention of the Rubik’s Cube.

Before starting Connors Investor Services, Jim Connors had a career to be proud of with Carpenter Steel (now Carpenter Technology, a well-regarded specialty steel manufacturer). He had quickly risen through the ranks and was an assistant vice president before starting his company in 1969. Unlike most investment firms, investment management was only a small portion of the Connors business model.

BCD146FB-C366-4B4C-9923-034F592E3CECWhile the company managed a few portfolios, Connors primarily pursued research on small company stocks and sold its expertise to individuals and brokerage firms around the country. Jim circulated six publications a year with about 1,200 subscribers. As its publications became validated and recognized on a national basis, Connors received requests for exclusive research from larger, notable national investment firms.

Jim found his firm’s distinguished niche in options after reading Beat the Market: A Scientific Stock Market System by Edward Thorp, originally published in 1967. One of the earliest explorations of hedging in the equity market, Thorp’s work recommended selling expiring warrants against stock holdings, like a covered call position. Jim implemented the concept immediately and was so active in options research and trading that he attended the opening of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) in 1973.
Since 1974, the strategy has been designed to maximize risk‐adjusted returns by combining the long‐term appreciation potential of stocks with lower volatility and income generation through covered call option writing.

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