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Posted by Martin January 06, 2017

January 2017 goal

Lately, I was reviewing our portfolio and analyzing what went wrong and why I no longer feel comfortable with it and with my trading. It is something I struggle with – over trading. So what I did wrong that put me out of my comfortable zone?   First, I set a wrong plan. I calculated Continue reading →

Posted by Martin January 04, 2017

December trading results and year end review

December ended and we have a new year again. It was time to review our achievements and set new goals. I cannot believe we are again at the beginning of a new year already. Really. Many people considered 2016 year a dismal year. At least that’s what I have read on the internet so far. Continue reading →

Posted by Martin January 02, 2017

How I trade strangles

In my previous post I wrote about predicting the market or stock moves and that I do not do it and why. Yet people keep asking me how do I select stocks to trade and how do I trade them when I do not predict their moves and do not study them. I understand their Continue reading →

Posted by Martin December 30, 2016

Predicting the next stock move is just deceiving yourself

People keep asking me questions how do I choose stocks for options trading or what is my expectation, why I chose to trade one stock over the other, what if the stock fails, and what was my rationale behind a trade. When they ask me for a trade reason, I usually tell them that I Continue reading →

Posted by Martin December 26, 2016

DIVIDEND CAPTURE – TRIPLE PLAY (ETE)

I am placing a new trade order for the next few weeks using a strategy called dividend capture – triple play with Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (ETE) underlying. Normally, this strategy is a buy-write strategy where you buy 100 shares of the underlying stock a few days before the stock goes ex-dividend and sell a Continue reading →

Posted by Martin December 13, 2016

How Many Options Positions Are Too Many?

In our group a trader asked me a question how many positions a trader can open when selling put or call options using margin. Many investors and traders avoid trading on margin because they are afraid of it. Margin can be very helpful and boost your trading and results. It can also work against you. Continue reading →

November 2016 trading, investing, and dividends results

November is over and we are approaching the end of the year. This turned to be a successful year and I hope the next year will be even better. However, our November trading returned mixed results. Something I haven’t experienced for the entire year and I am still baffled on what actually happened. This month Continue reading →

Markets closed at new all time highs. What’s next?

It is sort of hard to believe. Bears were convinced of an imminent market crash and with any decline they loaded up their portfolios with more bearish trades. Yet it was apparent that we are no in a bear market and all reversals showed up to be just bear traps. The Brexit was a bear Continue reading →

October 2016 trading, investing, and dividends results

It looks like time is moving faster and faster every month. I feel like I have written a September report just yesterday and it is already time to write it again for October. I was busy trading (besides my other less loved activities) and dealing with violent markets struggling to find direction. People in Wall Continue reading →

Posted by Martin October 30, 2016

GME – fixing a deep in the money put trade

Recently, in our trading group on Facebook, a trader asked a question:   “Whats your suggestion to manage my GME Short 3 Jan20 31 put @5.65. GME Trading now @23.8”   I posted my answer to that question but then realized that my answer was just a part of the overall fix of this trade. Continue reading →