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Posted by Martin March 29, 2015

Running a zig-zag trade: my worst trade ever ended relatively well

My dream is to trade SPX weekly options and generate weekly income, which I can invest into dividend paying stocks. I believe and hope that with dividends and options income I can boost my portfolio and grow it faster than when just investing into dividend stocks only. I believe, that it is actually my only Continue reading →

Posted by Martin February 27, 2015

Bull Put Spread against SPX expired for 6.38% profit

Although yesterday the trading looked dramatic, no actual drama has happened today and our SPX bull put spread we put out on Wednesday with strikes at 2080/2085 expired worthless for a full profit of a received credit (our subscribers and I realized 6.38% profit this week). If we will be able to maintain such profit Continue reading →

Posted by Martin February 21, 2015

Sold second AAPL bull call spread for 158% profit

As I mentioned yesterday in my Apple post I had another bull call spread against AAPL with expiration next week. I closed the first one on Thursday to avoid partial assignment for a great profit of 236%. Today I closed the second trade for another great profit of 158.77%. This second trade wasn’t as easy Continue reading →

Posted by Martin February 19, 2015

AAPL Bull Call Spread finished with 236% gain!

I do not see a gain in hundreds percent level too often. Many of my trades usually end up between 6% to 50% range. This time a scored a big win with my Apple (AAPL) bull call spread I opened at the beginning of December 2014. Apple is a company which is making money. It Continue reading →

Posted by Martin February 12, 2015

SPX 2005/2010/2105/2110 Iron Condor in good shape to expire

This morning I opened a new trade – Iron Condor against the S&P 500 (SPX). My strikes are 2005/2010 puts and 2105/2110 calls. I collected $30 credit for this trade. Although there are still two days left until expiration the trade is in good shape to expire worthless. With Iron Condor you want the underlying Continue reading →

Posted by Martin January 26, 2015

Legacy Reserves LP (LGCY) bull put spread trade

Recently one investor asked me a question whether I would consider selling covered calls against my recently purchased shares of Legacy Reserves (LGCY) or not. He was also concerned about the stock and its recent fall in price. I reviewed my holdings as well as my original reasons for the trade and I must say, Continue reading →

Realty Income: Why it is now a good time to sell as well as hold

Recently, I enjoyed two articles at Seeking Alpha about Realty Income Corporation (O). One post was written by Casey Hoerth “Realty Income Corp: Why Now’s A good Time To Sell” and the second one by Achilles Research “Realty Income: Why Now Is Not A Good Time To Sell This REIT Nugget“. While it was interesting Continue reading →

Netflix will be a part of your cable service. Will it hurt Comcast?

As I hold a position in Comcast (CMCSA) I typically tend to monitor what’s going on around those stocks and how that activity may affect my position. Comcast has a lot cooking under the hood which I deem to be a good reason for holding this stock. There is a merger with Time Warner Cable Continue reading →

Which stocks to buy in 2015?

Which stocks to buy in 2015?

I trade mostly dividend paying stocks, but watch a few companies which I consider good companies although they do not pay dividends. These I use in my portfolio as growth play stocks (for example a few months ago I did buy Alibaba (BABA) for this same reason). In my watch list I have approx. 100 Continue reading →

Posted by Martin December 10, 2014

Defending Iron Condor

The good news is, that with Iron Condor you can be wrong only once, not on both sides. But when one or the other leg goes bad what would you do to defend your position? Defending Iron Condor is the same as defending any credit spread, be it put or call spread. I opened an Continue reading →