Archive for: January 2013

January 30, 2013

More Profit Taking

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 30 Jan 2013

I had another profit taking day today.  I did this a few weeks ago and saw the need to remove some risk today again since my upside on these puts was very limited.  It’s not that I think we’re about …

January 27, 2013

Dow Jones – 10 Year Chart

Filed under: Finance,Indices,Stock Charts - 27 Jan 2013

I charted the monthly prices for the past 10 years on the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJIA, $INDU, $DJI, the Dow) after the index closed at 13,895.98 on Friday, January 25, 2013….

January 24, 2013

Sold MDY Feb Put Spreads

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 24 Jan 2013

I’ve enjoyed 2013’s opening rally so much that I’ve just sat back and watched my account balance climb without adjusting much over the past three weeks.  I don’t have an exciting portfolio right now, but I don’t invest for excitement. …

January 18, 2013

Options Expiration – January 2013

Filed under: Account Summary,Finance,Stock Picks - 18 Jan 2013

I started this year completely different than last year.  I was under invested coming into January in 2012.  This year, I came in with some margin risk at play. I worked it right this time.  Stocks have had a nice …

January 16, 2013

My Trader’s Journal 2012 – Now an eBook

Filed under: Finance,Reading - 16 Jan 2013


I am a published author as of last night.  (Well, at least a self-published eBook author.)  Thanks to …

January 15, 2013

Sold March SPY Naked Put

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 15 Jan 2013

I realized last week that I was beyond fully invested and didn’t have a lot of upside left in my positions.  Technically, I still have almost $50k in cash, but that could be used quickly if my naked puts were …

January 13, 2013

NASDAQ 100 Chart – January 11, 2013

Filed under: Finance,Indices,Stock Charts - 13 Jan 2013

This NASDAQ 100 ($NDX) chart shows the past year of daily prices after the index finished the week at 2,748.26 on Friday, January 11, 2013.

However, a drop that much would push the tech-heavy index below its 20 and 50 day moving averages …

January 8, 2013

Profit Taking Tuesday

Filed under: Beginners,Finance,Stock Picks - 08 Jan 2013

My new favorite type of order is a trailing stop.  I only used it on one of my orders that hit today, but maybe I should’ve used it on all four since prices improved somewhat after my trade.  A trailing …

January 6, 2013

S&P 500 Chart – January 4, 2013

Filed under: Finance,Indices,Stock Charts - 06 Jan 2013

This S&P 500 ($SPX) chart shows the past six months of daily prices after the index finished the week at 1,466.47 on Friday, January 4, 2013….

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