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Posted by Martin July 24, 2017

Costco or Amazon? Costco Is Beating Amazon’s Prices

  This next fact might shock you: In 2016, Amazon accounted for more than 40% of U.S. online retail sales. To be sure, Amazon (AMZN) is changing the game for retailers around the world, but isn’t taking over all of retail. Just ask Costco (COST). In the video excerpt above, from a recent institutional call Continue reading →

Posted by Martin July 18, 2017

Amazon (AMZN) earnings play #2

In February 2017 I have opened a second earnings play to my previous earnings trade which I haven’t reported here in my blog. The trade also didn’t work as planned so I rolled it into January 2018 hoping the stock would stay within the boundaries of my Iron Condor. It didn’t.   ORIGINAL TRADE: February Continue reading →

Posted by Martin July 12, 2017

New STX Jul28 Iron Condor (ROTH IRA)

UPDATE: July 12, 2017   Great! I just found that STX will be reporting on July 25th instead of August 2nd as was indicated in my broker’s platform. So, now this trade is a total different story as I will now be holding through earnings and I could get busted should the stock move violently Continue reading →

Posted by Martin July 10, 2017

AMZN earnings play

UPDATE: July 10, 2017   As I wrote below, my last roll of AMZN was a mistake. The stock stopped falling and started rallying again. The dip was short lived but the good thing is that it has occurred. Now we had a consolidation and I think the stock will rally up again and may Continue reading →

Posted by Martin July 09, 2017

June 2017 options income

Another month is behind us and it is time to write another report about trading options for income. I am excited that I found option trading as a good income tool and addition to my dividend investing. But this tool must be used wisely and every trader must learn how to trade options, how options Continue reading →

Posted by Martin July 03, 2017

TECK strangle trade

UPDATE: July 03, 2017 (TRADE CLOSED)   We closed our put side July 14th 16.00 puts for 0.08 debit. This closes the trade for a total profit of 0.70 or $70 premium. This represents the gain of 4.24% for the trade in 42 days or 36.87% annualized profit.   UPDATE: June 16, 2017   Our Continue reading →

Posted by Martin July 02, 2017

June 2017 dividend income

I was so busy in June working hard towards my financial independence that I almost forgot that the month is over again. I am very tired these days because I took a second, part time job to make a few more bucks and that income goes towards my financial independence.   With the additional money Continue reading →

Posted by Martin July 01, 2017

A bitter return to Lending Club

I always look for investing opportunities which are, or can be, easily achievable to me. By that I mean that they are within my reach of limited money to invest. I started investing in Lending Club in 2012 and I was very successful in it. Yes, I was using a loophole to avoid default notes Continue reading →

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 →