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Posted by Martin April 27, 2017

ETE triple play – dividend capture trade

UPDATE: Apr 27, 2017   Tomorrow is expiration day for this trade. The stock (ETE) is hoovering around $19.00 a share (yesterday, it was at around $19.50 and as of now it is at $18.90 +/-).   If the stock stays above $19.00 a share, the put options will expire worthless and we will wait Continue reading →

Posted by Martin April 16, 2017

Trading Diary #5 – stock market in confirmed downtrend

As I wrote in my last trading diary #4 the market struggled to break the downtrend line. Here is a chart I posted the other day to show my point stating that the market had to break above the line (marked with blue arrows):    

DIVIDEND CAPTURE – TRIPLE PLAY (ETE) TRADE ENDS

Back in December 2016 I opened a triple play trade using Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (ETE) as underlying. I was selling cash secured puts as long as I got assigned into the stock. After I got assigned, I kept the stock, collected nice dividend, and started selling covered calls. Today, my covered calls ended in Continue reading →

Posted by Martin April 03, 2017

Trading Diary #4

As I wrote in my March 2017 dividend report in an outlook that the market is on crossroads of either going higher or staying on the downward path, today’s trading showed us we are heading down.     Although the intra-day trading was quite impressive (see below) when the market could recover almost all losses, Continue reading →

March 2017 dividend income

March 2017 is over. It was quite fast. I almost haven’t noticed. And many things happened in March. Good or bad. But financially, I did well and actually better than expected; both in dividend income and options trading income. This month, we received $85.86 dollars in dividends. It is slightly less dividends than last month. Continue reading →

Posted by Martin March 13, 2017

Why I stopped contributing to 401k despite “free money”

As soon as I posted my article about flaws of 401k and why I stopped contributing to it I had a reader telling me that I forgot about 3% – 4% employer match which is free money. It is a good point from him and although I replied to him in the comments, I decided Continue reading →

Posted by Martin March 12, 2017

Why I stopped contributing to 401k

Many future planner advisers who were trained to sell you their 401k plans to get their share of fees will be outraged if you tell them that 401k plans is a legal way how the financial industry is robbing us from our money and that there are better ways to save money for retirement. It Continue reading →

Posted by Martin March 09, 2017

Seagate Technology (STX) triple play trade adjustment after stock drop

You can predict the market all day long and yet you will end up 50% chance of being wrong. Sometimes you will be wrong right at the beginning of the trade. And that is a reason why I do not predict the market or stocks’ move. You plan a trade, set expectations, and everything runs Continue reading →

Posted by Martin March 07, 2017

STX dividend capture – triple play

We are opening a new triple play – dividend capture trade against STX (Seagate technology) stock. The stock has ex-dividend on March 20th so we must become owners of the stock before that day. This goes perfectly with the March 17th options expiration. We can sell naked (or cash secured) puts, collect premium, and let Continue reading →

Posted by Martin March 04, 2017

February 2017 dividend income

We are once again at the end of the month. I still feel like the month just started and it is time to report our achievements in dividend investing (and options trading which I will publish in my next post). This month, we received $87.79 dollars in dividends. I am happy about it for two Continue reading →