Archive for: December 2012

December 31, 2012

Current Portfolio – December 31, 2012

Filed under: Account Summary,Finance - 31 Dec 2012

I haven’t made a trade in more than a week.  For the most part, I squared up how I wanted to end the year while December options expired on December 22nd.  This is what I ended with in my account …

December 30, 2012

Dow Jones Industrial Average Chart – December 28, 2012

Filed under: Finance,Indices,Stock Charts - 30 Dec 2012

I charted the daily prices for the past three months on the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJIA, $INDU, $DJI, the Dow) after the index closed at 12,938.11 on Friday, December 28, 2012.

The trick is waiting for that swing to happen.  Every …

December 22, 2012

Options Expiration – December 2012

Filed under: Account Summary,Finance,Stock Picks - 22 Dec 2012

I wrote this yesterday and forgot to post at the end of the day.  So, “yesterday” means Thursday and “today” means Friday…

After opening new SPY and MDY puts for 2013 yesterday, I cut out two thirds of my efforts required …

December 20, 2012

Rolled 2 Puts into 2013

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 20 Dec 2012

The almost always dependable Santa Claus rally hasn’t disappointed this year.  Traders have been gearing up for the end of the year, padding clients’ account balances and pushing stocks higher.  Part of that comes from the belief that politicians will …

December 16, 2012

Dow Jones Chart – December 14, 2012

Filed under: Finance,Indices,Stock Charts - 16 Dec 2012

I charted the daily prices for the past month on the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJIA, $INDU, $DJI, the Dow) after the index closed at 13,135.01 on Friday, December 14, 2012….

December 11, 2012

Sold SPY Put Spread for January

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 11 Dec 2012

Since the markets continue to melt higher, I thought I should ease in with some more exposure.  Instead of leaving myself exposed big to the next panic, I decided to sell put spreads again.  I was running short on time …

December 9, 2012

S&P 500 Chart – What’s Not To Like?

Filed under: Finance,Indices,Stock Charts - 09 Dec 2012

This S&P 500 ($SPX) chart shows the past 3 months of daily prices after the index finished the week at 1,418.07 on Friday, December 7, 2012….

December 3, 2012

End of Month Summary – November 2012

Filed under: Account Summary,Finance,Indices - 03 Dec 2012

I found my way higher again in November, but what lies ahead could be costly.  The cost could come from not being invested enough or not being hedged enough.  The good news is that I did better than the indexes …

December 2, 2012

DJIA Chart – Is This For Real?

Filed under: Finance,Indices,Stock Charts - 02 Dec 2012

I charted the daily prices for the past three months on the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJIA, $INDU, $DJI, the Dow) after the index closed at 13,025.58 on Friday, November 30, 2012.

Most of you know that moving average crossovers are near …