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Posted by Martin September 19, 2014

Volatile week offered opportunities again

Volatile week offered opportunities again

Another trading week is over and we can review our accounts and see how we were doing and how our investments performed. The last week was volatile as many investors were nervous about the Fed and its policy. On Wednesday we were expecting what Janet Yellen would come up with in regards to interest rates Continue reading →

Posted by Martin September 12, 2014

Mr. Market offers a good entry point into dividend stocks

Mr. Market offers a good entry point into dividend stocks

Today trading started promising in the morning, but afternoon turned sour. Once again we see panic and nervousness returning to the pit. Today, markets lost ground and sold off. Nothing dramatic yet, but we could see an easement. What pushed stocks down? Among those companies which were dragging S&P 500 down were energy stocks (and Continue reading →

Transforming my personal trading to a business

Transforming my personal trading to a business

You probably have heard many times that we should treat our investing / trading as a business, right? Hobbies cost money – businesses make money. I always wanted to treat my trading as a business but never knew how exactly to do that, so I always referred to my investing as a hobby. Whenever anybody Continue reading →

Why I trade options and even learn futures?

Why I trade options and even learn futures?

I got this idea to write about my reasons for trading options when reviewing monthly results of other investors, such as Dividend Hut, Dividend Mantra, Roadmap2retire, and many others. I regularly review my peer’s investing progress as that motivates me for further strive reaching my goal. Humans are competitive creatures, so seeing other investors really Continue reading →

Is my struggling finally over?

Is my struggling finally over?

If you had a chance to read my “Curious history of a sucker” you know that I started investing back in 1996 and took many endeavors in losing money. I shrank my $30,000 dollars account to $4,000 in commodities trading, I lost another circa $15,000 in stock trading. But at that time I didn’t care Continue reading →

Dreaming of my retirement

Many times I day dream of my retirement and how nice it would be when I have all my accounts up to speed and finally taking fruits out and spending it for my leisure (and bills). I have two types of dreams – one is about what everything I want to do when I retire. Continue reading →

Keeping cash reserves is crucial to survival

Keeping cash reserves is crucial to survival

It all depends on your trading style, plan and strategy. If you are a long term investor buying dividend stocks for a long haul, it probably doesn’t matter if you use all your available cash. If you use margin however or trade options, I learned that it is a very important thing to maintain some Continue reading →

Why selling puts against dividend paying stocks is a win-win strategy

Why selling puts against dividend paying stocks is a win-win strategy

There is a simple answer to this question, but I will make it a bit longer and complicated. It may be difficult for novice investors to engage in options trading, because from everywhere around us we keep hearing how dangerous options are. Financial advisors of all sorts will tell you that options are very dangerous, Continue reading →

“Timing the market” with dividend stocks

There are two types of investors. One type chooses an easy way of investing, the second type is more adventurous. Both approaches are legit and investors choose them according to their style, personality and time they are willing to dedicate to their portfolio.       Passive approach The first type of investors contribute to Continue reading →

Last week trading wasn’t as bad as it looked

Last week trading in my account wasn’t as bad as it originally looked like. Today, I reviewed my account, calculated all numbers and waited for my “Personal Capital” numbers to come in. I let Personal Capital to watch all my accounts. It tracks all my trades and balances. Although my investing or trading style doesn’t Continue reading →