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Archive for September, 2014

New Trade – Bull Put Spreads against Twitter (TWTR)

New Trade - Bull Put Spreads against Twitter (TWTR)

Twitter (TWTR) – a stock I have always looked at with disrespect, because it does nothing, it creates nothing, it delivers nothing. It is worthless. It only allows people to waste their time online. That was what I thought about this stock and many times I told myself that I would never invest in a Continue reading →

Posted by Martin September 26, 2014

10 Billion hedge fund liquidation forced me to review my portfolio

If you wondered what spurred such hasty sell-off yesterday, we may have an answer to it. According to Wall Street Journal a “$10.6 billion BlueCrest Capital Management LLP, one of Europe’s largest hedge-funds (and best known for its credit market expertise), laid off several stock traders in the U.S. Thursday and began liquidating their investments, Continue reading →

New Trade – Alibaba (BABA), I too decided to take this play and bought a few shares

New Trade - Alibaba (BABA), I too decided to take this play and bought a few shares

Not exactly a dividend growth stock here, but the prospect was appealing and made me think to buy some shares of Alibaba (BABA). When I first heard about BABA in the news and all the frenzy it created I said myself “Not interested”. I do not do IPOs nor buy post IPOs. I only made Continue reading →

Trade adjustment – Carlyle Group (CG)

Trade adjustment - Carlyle Group (CG)

On 8/22/2014 I opened a put selling trade against Carlyle Group (CG). I sold 2 put contracts to collect premiums. Here is the trade detail: STO 1 CG Dec14 30 put @ 1.10 LIMIT GTC Later, after opening the trade it turned against me. I wasn’t panicking and continued sitting tight to see the outcome. Continue reading →

Posted by Martin September 19, 2014

Volatile week offered opportunities again

Volatile week offered opportunities again

Another trading week is over and we can review our accounts and see how we were doing and how our investments performed. The last week was volatile as many investors were nervous about the Fed and its policy. On Wednesday we were expecting what Janet Yellen would come up with in regards to interest rates Continue reading →

Posted by Martin September 12, 2014

Mr. Market offers a good entry point into dividend stocks

Mr. Market offers a good entry point into dividend stocks

Today trading started promising in the morning, but afternoon turned sour. Once again we see panic and nervousness returning to the pit. Today, markets lost ground and sold off. Nothing dramatic yet, but we could see an easement. What pushed stocks down? Among those companies which were dragging S&P 500 down were energy stocks (and Continue reading →

Posted by Martin September 02, 2014

Breaking trading rules can be costly

Breaking trading rules can be costly

I just lost my whole year gains. Everything, I was slowly building up over the course of 2014 year went down the toilet. Why? Because I broke my own rule which I try to tell everybody interested in options trading – stay small, do not overtrade. I didn’t do it, pushed my luck forward and Continue reading →

August 2014 results

August 2014 results

Another month passed and it is time to write a report how my chase for financial freedom progressed. I am so desperate to get there as quickly as possible that I study other traders, and keep my account fully invested. I envy some of my fellow investors such as Jason Dividend Mantra and his ability Continue reading →