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Archive for May, 2017

Posted by Martin May 30, 2017

ESV – a trade which gives me a headache

Last year I opened a put trade against Ensco plc (ESV) stock. Back then, it looked like a no brainer trade. The trade provided a good premium and it seemed I would be out quickly. Since then the trade went south and I have a hard time to get out. Originally, I sold 11 strike Continue reading →

May 2017 dividend income

May is over and it is time to once again review our dividend income in our ROTH IRA account. It was again another successful month as our annualized dividend income increased. We haven’t received as many dividends as in April but it still was a successful month. In our ROTH IRA we collect income from Continue reading →

Posted by Martin May 25, 2017

Options Trade: TECK Iron Condor trade (ROTH IRA)

Opening another TECK Iron Condor in ROTH IRA:   BTO 1 TECK Jul7 14.00 put STO 1 TECK Jul7 16.00 put STO 1 TECK Jul7 21.00 call BTO 1 TECK Jul7 23.00 call   @ 0.35 credit limit   TECK @ 18.64   Trade executed at 0.35 (or $35) credit.   IV of the trade: Continue reading →

Posted by Martin May 24, 2017

New Iron Condor with STX in ROTH IRA

I had an Iron Condor in my ROTH IRA account (unreported in this blog) against Seagate Technology (STX) stock. That trade closed today morning for a full profit. This released our buying power for a new trade.   We are opening a new Iron Condor against STX:   BTO 1 STX Jun30 38.50 put STO Continue reading →

ETE triple play – dividend capture trade

UPDATE: May 22, 2017   The trade executed today morning and we collected 0.35 or $35 dollars credit. Now we will wait until expiration which is in June 23, 2017 for the call either expire worthless (if the stock stays below $19.50 strike) or ends in the money (ITM) in which case we will get Continue reading →

Posted by Martin May 22, 2017

TECK Iron Condor trade (ROTH IRA)

UPDATE: May 22, 2017   The trade executed this morning. As the old Iron Condor closed, this new opened and we are in the trade. We collected 0.35 credit or $35 dollars. Now we will wait for this trade to develop. We also placed buy back orders for both our short legs (to buy back Continue reading →

Posted by Martin May 22, 2017

TECK Iron Condor (ROTH IRA)

UPDATE: May 22, 2017 TRADE CLOSED   Today morning, our puts closed for 0.05 debit. This closes our Iron Condor with 13.20% profit in 32 days and 150.56% annualized return.  

Posted by Martin May 15, 2017

How much money to trade for a living?

I decided to take a second part time job to raise capital. At first, I planned using loans (and I did it and took two business loans to use them for investing and trading) but the loans put a lot of pressure on my trading. Our accounts do not have large enough capital to generate Continue reading →

Posted by Martin May 11, 2017

Saving deep in the money puts, jade lizards, or strangles

If you follow my posts you remember that I advocate that investors should not be predicting the market or stocks. Such behavior has no place in the stock market. If you base your trading on predictions, forecasts, or magic, you are definitely set for losing your money. Many times I said here in this blog Continue reading →

Posted by Guest May 11, 2017

10 Reasons Option Traders Lose Money in the Market

It is a well-known fact that almost 80% of the options traders lose money and only the remaining 20% are successful. There are various reasons why options traders lose money including lack of market knowledge and the right trading skills. Also most of the traders tend to get emotional and do not follow a disciplined Continue reading →