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Archive for June, 2017

Posted by Martin June 30, 2017

Markets lost 2% intraday yesterday, should we be worried?

Bears are coming out of the woods lately. Many say: “I told you so.” Are we turning into a long anticipated correction? I am not so sure. Yes, the recent market behavior looked scary:     The markets lost 2% intraday yesterday and broke below 50 day moving average. Later on it erased some of Continue reading →

Posted by Martin June 28, 2017

TECK strangle trade #2

UPDATE: June 28, 2017   We have 2 days to expiration for this trade and our put side just closed for 0.02 debit:   BTC 1 TECK Jun30 16.00 put @ 0.02 debit   We still hold our Jun30 16.50 calls but they are now in the money. I do not expect the stock to Continue reading →

Posted by Martin June 27, 2017

TECK June 30 Iron Condor closed (ROTH IRA)

I failed to report opening of this trade when I opened it on June 14. It was such a busy month that I was not always able to report all my trades properly so you can enjoy watching and following my trading journey. At some point in the past my old Iron Condor closed for Continue reading →

Posted by Martin June 26, 2017

STX Aug18 Iron Condor (ROTH IRA)

Our original STX Iron Condor closed today morning for a full profit of $40 dollars. Since the trade is closed, we can now open a new one.   I am placing a new Iron Condor in our ROTH IRA account:   BTO 1 STX Aug18 49.00 call STO 1 STX Aug18 47.00 call STO 1 Continue reading →

Posted by Martin June 26, 2017

New Iron Condor with STX in ROTH IRA

UPDATE: June 26, 2017 (TRADE CLOSED)   Today morning, our STX (Seagate Technology) June 30th 40.00 put strike closed for 0.04 debit. This closes our original Iron Condor completely and we can open a new trade (our calls closed at the beginning of the month for 0.02 debit so we only had puts on).   Continue reading →

Posted by Luis Aureliano June 26, 2017

Contrarian Investments for Savvy Individuals

Many traders and investors blindly assume that there is only one way to dabble in the financial markets: conventional stocks trading. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. The more you learn about the financial markets, the better informed you are about your options, and there are many of them. Let’s go back to Continue reading →

Posted by Martin June 23, 2017

United Steel (X) trade adjustment

UPDATE: June 23, 2017   X is moving up (although I still believe that in the next ER they will miss badly again) but decided to roll my calls higher. In my previous trade (see below) I sold 18 strike puts to roll the calls up. Those puts were bought back for 0.05 debit today Continue reading →

Posted by Martin June 20, 2017

AGNC covered call (ROTH)

UPDATE: June 20, 2017 (TRADE CLOSED)   I didn’t expect to get early assigned on this but it just happened. At least, I do not have to wait until expiration to get assigned. Today, I bought back 100 shares of AGNC @ 22.50 a share.   This closes this trade cycle. I do not plan Continue reading →

Posted by Martin June 16, 2017

TECK strangle #3

UPDATE: June 16, 2017   When I was opening this trade I felt confident that this is a safe bet. Apparently not. Mr Market can be very challenging trying to take your money away. That’s why it is important to have a strategy for days when the market goes against you. And believe me, it Continue reading →

Posted by Martin June 14, 2017

New Iron Condor using TECK in ROTH IRA

UPDATE: June 14, 2017   We rolled our June 30th 17 strike into November 17, 2017 expiration and 17 strike. We also added new call side creating a new Iron Condor:   BTC 1 TECK Jun30 17.00 put STC 1 TECK Jun30 15.00 put STO 1 TECK Nov17 17.00 put BTO 1 TECK Nov17 15.00 Continue reading →