Category: Account Summary

January 2, 2018

End of Year Summary 2017

Filed under: Account Summary,Finance,Indices - 02 Jan 2018

Bullish investors made a killing in 2017 and I made a decent gain (when not comparing myself to the benchmarks), but I didn’t keep my focus on trading last year as I wrapped up my divorce and dealt with my mom’s death. I highly recommend avoiding a divorce and losing a parent in the same year. Even though I get along great with my ex-wife and it was time for my mom’s suffering from cancer to end, the emotional toll …



October 20, 2017

Options Expiration – October 2017

Filed under: Account Summary,Finance,Stock Picks - 20 Oct 2017

The only two October naked put options I had remaining expired worthless today. IWM finished the week at $149.99, well above my October $137 strike. QQQ finished the week at $148.74, also far above my October $142 strike. I should’ve rolled these earlier, but wasn’t bullish enough to pull the trigger. Now I need to avoid making the same mistake with the options I have remaining.

For November expiration, I have the two puts I just sold two days ago on …



September 15, 2017

Options Expiration – September 2017

Filed under: Account Summary,Finance,Stock Picks - 15 Sep 2017

Short and sweet today – I only had one position left to expire today, two XLF September $24 naked puts. XLF is trading around $24.73 as I write this post mid-afternoon. Too bad I didn’t sell more than two contracts. I’ll walk away with a realized gain of $145.61 as these puts expire worthless.

Late last week XLF traded as low as $23.80 and I planned to re-write $24 strike naked puts. Now, the November $25 puts are showing a bid/ask of …



September 1, 2017

End of the Month Summary – August 2017

Filed under: Account Summary,Finance,Indices - 01 Sep 2017

I pulled out a slight gain in August. The Dow only gained 0.26% and the S&P 500 only edged up 0.05%. I took some risk off as my August options expired and haven’t replaced everything yet. I missed a good opportunity after the short-lived scare from North Korea’s missile launch over Japan and now don’t feel overly bullish enough to take a big risk. I need to sell some out of the money puts at a minimum to keep some …



August 18, 2017

Options Expiration – August 2018

Filed under: Account Summary,Finance,Stock Picks - 18 Aug 2017

My four QQQ August $133 naked puts were the only August option contracts I had remaining by today’s expiration. They’ll expire worthless and I’ll have a realized gain of $805.54, but that doesn’t include the loss I took on the long puts I bought as part of the original QQQ ratio spread. The long puts that I closed a few weeks ago gave me a realized loss of $704.51, so my net gain is $101.03.

$101 is hardly …



July 3, 2017

End of the Month Summary – June 2017

Filed under: Account Summary,Finance,Indices - 03 Jul 2017

I eked out another small gain this past month. June wasn’t a stellar month for the S&P 500, but it gained 0.48%, which is good after the gains of the first five months. I finally got closer to being fully invested and have some decent gains I could make by the end of July and August. That potential could be spoiled by ADI or could be improved upon by my QQQ ratio spread. At least I’m fully engaged again and …



June 1, 2017

End of the Month Summary – May 2017

Filed under: Account Summary,Finance,Indices - 01 Jun 2017

I pulled out another small gain in May and the broken record continues as I lament being under-invested still. On a positive note, I finally filed for divorce last month and it’ll be final in two weeks from today. I’ve held back on some of my personal investing as I’ve been distracted with filing paperwork, but it’ll be over soon and I plan to be able to refocus. While I still believe we should get a correction this summer, I’m …



May 1, 2017

End of the Month Summary – April 2017

Filed under: Account Summary,Finance,Indices - 01 May 2017

My account had another month of gains, but I was still far under-invested and missed out on what could’ve been more. Maybe I’ll get off the sidelines a little more on the next dip. I missed a good opportunity while the VIX moved higher a couple of weeks ago, but keep waiting for a bigger drop.

I ended April with a Net Liquidation Value (NLV) of $100,970.02 and a Net Asset Value (NAV) of $100,996.36 according to Interactive Brokers (IB) after finishing March with …



April 3, 2017

End of the Month Summary – March 2017

Filed under: Account Summary,Finance,Indices - 03 Apr 2017

My account gained a little more in March, but I took it easy overall due to other events in my life. My soon-to-be ex-wife and I sorted out everything and engaged an attorney to write it up for us. Now, we’re in the proofing stage and will file soon, which will open up more investing time for me. I also just got back from a week in Cuba with friends on Saturday. I highly recommend going if you can handle …



Next Page »