Archive for: January 2014

January 21, 2014

Moving Overseas

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 21 Jan 2014

As I mentioned last week, I’m underinvested. The first step I took this week to remedy that was to move more funds to the international ETF I’ve been using lately, FEZ.  FEZ attempts to track the Euro STOXX 50 Index, …

January 17, 2014

Options Expiration – January 2014

Filed under: Account Summary,Finance - 17 Jan 2014

I closed all of my January options before today.  That made today’s option expiration a non-event for me, so I figured I could take the opportunity to post a portfolio update.

I’m still underinvested and need/want to add some more exposure, …

January 13, 2014

Sold New DIS Naked Puts

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 13 Jan 2014

After writing my earlier post for my Ford naked puts, I left my desk for an appointment.  By the time I got home to check how the day ended, I saw that the markets’ slide picked up some pace and …

Sold Ford (F) Naked Puts

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 13 Jan 2014

Sometimes patience pays off and sometimes it causes you to miss a trade.  I was looking at Ford ($F) last week when I saw it come off its lows and move above its 10 and 20-day moving averages.  I thought …

January 11, 2014

S&P 500 Chart – January 10, 2014

Filed under: Finance,Indices,Stock Charts - 11 Jan 2014

The chart below shows the daily prices for the past six months on the S&P 500 index ($SPX) after the index closed at 1,842.37 on Friday, January 10, 2014….

January 9, 2014

A Nibble on UCO

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 09 Jan 2014

I’m so far underinvested right now that I caught myself looking for anything that I could reason to be a good trade.  The risk seems greater in the near-term to me than the option premiums are offering on most index …

January 5, 2014

DJIA Chart – 2013 Review and 2014 Prediction

Filed under: Finance,Indices,Stock Charts - 05 Jan 2014

I charted the daily prices for the past year on the Dow Jones Industrial Average ($DJIA, $INDU, $DJI, the Dow) after the index closed for the month at 16,469.99 on Friday, January 3, 2014.

The index fell as low as its 10-day …

January 3, 2014

Closed Low-Premium Naked Puts

Filed under: Finance,Stock Picks - 03 Jan 2014

Today gave us another boring day for stocks.  At the open, it looked like we might see a bounce off of yesterday’s drop, but it didn’t take the bears long to overtake the bulls again (or at least bring get …

January 2, 2014

End of the Year Summary – 2013

Filed under: Account Summary,Finance,Indices - 02 Jan 2014

2013 was a great year to be an investor.  Stocks barely made a move off of their recurring new highs throughout the year, which made it hard not to make money, even for those who sold on dips instead of …