Trades & Income


 · 2017 Trading Account Statement



 · 2017 Trading History Results


Click here to see our monthly income from trading options.

Click here to see our 2017 US Steel trade journal in 2017

June 01, 2017 – United Steel (X) trade adjustment

Click here to see our 2017 Seagate Technology trade journal in 2017

September 07, 2017 – Strangle 2 STX Sep22 34.00/30.00

Click here to see our 2017 Energy Transfer Equity trade journal in 2017

September 07, 2017 – Strangle 4 ETE Sep29 19.00/16.50

Click here to see our 2017 Alphabet trade journal in 2017

Click here to see our 2017 Bristol-Meyers Squibb trade journal in 2017


September 07, 2017 – Strangle 3 TECK Sep22 26.50/22.50

August 22, 2017 – STO 3 TECK Sep8 22.00 put

June 09, 2017 – TECK strangle #3

May 30, 2017 – TECK strangle trade #2

May 22, 2017 – TECK strangle trade

April 25, 2017 – TECK short strangle


April 21, 2017 – AMZN earnings play


May 30, 2017 – ESV – a trade which gives me a headache

Trading list RECORD OF OUR 2017 TRADES
Click here to see all our 2017 trades

If you wish to download our csv file with all our trades for back testing, you can do so here.


 · 2017 Options Trades in ROTH IRA



I am still experimenting with the best way to track and publish our trades. In October 2017 we changed some of our accounts to Tasty Works and we are using the former Dough to trade and create our trade journal records. Unfortunately, there is no way to export the journal, so I am using pictures and post them here. The Dough journal helps a lot and simplifies recording the trades. Posting the trades here may be a bit tedious work… well, let’s see how that would work.
















Old trades which I no longer keep updated since it was really time consuming and tedious work, retyping each trade into a spreadsheet every time I took a new trade or adjusted a trade. Sometimes, I traded several trades in a day (when markets went crazy and me with it) and there was no time manually recording all adjustments. Doing it later on was as messy and difficult as doing it at the same time when I took a trade. Dough can help smoothing the recording.


May 25, 2017 – Options Trade: TECK Iron Condor trade (ROTH IRA)

May 22, 2017 – New Iron Condor using TECK in ROTH IRA

May 22, 2017 – TECK Iron Condor trade (ROTH IRA)

May 22, 2017 – TECK Iron Condor (ROTH IRA)


April 21, 2017 – AGNC covered call (ROTH)


May 22, 2017 – ETE triple play – dividend capture trade



May 24, 2017 – New Iron Condor with STX in ROTH IRA


 · 2017 Options Trades in Traditional IRA account



I am still experimenting with the best way to track and publish our trades. In October 2017 we changed some of our accounts to Tasty Works and we are using the former Dough to trade and create our trade journal records. Unfortunately, there is no way to export the journal, so I am using pictures and post them here. The Dough journal helps a lot and simplifies recording the trades. Posting the trades here may be a bit tedious work… well, let’s see how that would work.








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18 responses to “Trades & Income”

  1. Travis says:

    Your income consistency is impressive and I love your 401K comments :) Sadly, most aren’t aware of the fess nor do that pay attention to the tax trap nature of them. I wish you much more success and I look forward to reading more from you.

  2. Vivianne says:

    I see you didn’t max out your 401K, are you the invest up to the matching % camp, then invest the rest in the taxable account or Roth IRA camp? My husband is like that, he doesn’t trust the government will keep the taxing the same by the time he’s retired.

    I see that your montly option income can be a living wage with so little money involved, compare to me having to pour everything in real estate to generate a little more. Do you have posts on how to do option? I still don’t fully understand it, I just know people can lose everything if the wind blow the wrong way, but, you and a lot of other blogger seem to make tons of money on option.

    • Martin says:

      Vivianne, that is the same reason here and why I do not invest in 401k. Not only you will get taxed heavily when you start withdrawing money (because in 20 years taxes will go up for sure, your deductions down for sure, so you end up in a higher tax bracket) but the hidden fees is what drives me crazy. Out of every 100,000 dollars in your 401k you only see approx. $35,000!!! The rest is swallowed by fees! and that is not a number I sucked out of my finger. Jon Boggle (a founder of Vanguard funds) is the one who was exposing 401k robbery (which he never intended to participate)…

  3. […] How do you track your trades and P&L? Where can we follow your results? I post the results in “My trades &Income” section.  I also post monthly results in “My goal…” category at my blog. 2016 trading results and […]

  4. Hailey says:

    Hi Martin, I am a beginner and I have an account on TD Ameritrade , I have been reading and browsing the web until my friend recommended me this site. I read the articles that you have posted and the strategies that you have recommended. But, since I’m a beginner I would love if you could give me some advice and strategies for what to do to continue to reproduce my money. I recently bought a stock (RAI) and it has been doing well. Can you help me?

    • Martin says:

      Hello Hailey, thank you for stopping by and commenting. Of course I can help you your investing/trading. RAI is a fairly good dividend stock and it is definitely a good addition to your portfolio. That brings one very important thing you need to do before you commit any money – define your strategy and stick to it. If you are investing for a long haul and your target horizon is next 25 – 30 years, then you choose around 20 high quality dividend growth stocks (create a watch list of those stocks) and then invest in each one by one and use DRIP program to reinvest those dividends. If you stick to this simple strategy, accumulate into 20 high quality dividend stocks, reinvest dividends, you will experience a compounding return on those stock and you will be surprised how quickly and fast your portfolio will grow over time. It will not be visible at first, but 10 years from now you will see a huge progress. The goal is to save and invest regularly and stick to the plan. Ignore any noise in the market, any panic, sell offs or euphoria and stick to the plan. It will pay off.
      Thanks for stopping by. M

  5. Mac Jt says:

    We must be twins :)

    I am using the very same strategy cash secured Naked Puts to (touchwood) very profitable end since the implosion earlier this year.
    In addition I am playing large defensive Covered calls as well CC ITM for 2 weeks expiry and getting assigned every expiry, this is also profitable but completely safe.
    (BTW you can call TDA and have them change your commission structure. I pay 75c an option contract thats it and 7.95 for a stock trade)

    • Martin says:

      Hi Mac, Yes I guess so, LOL

      I am not trading those puts cash secured but naked. Well, sort of. I use margin but make sure I have capital for assignment, but margin capital, so I do not have to hold the entire cash.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Mike JT says:

    Interesting blog.

    I am looking for optimal entry and exits, I have to disagree with your spread analysis.

    Though I do agree that breakevens are deeper with wider spreads, you have to take time value into account.
    So say a +1950/-1960 Put is in play on Monday , expiring Friday , SPX is at 1958, intrinsic is 2$ whereas extrinsic can easily be another 2$. This most likely will be more than credit received.
    Your analysis of breakeven is at the time of expiry, and no one knows what the spread performance is at expiry especially since the short 1960 has already been breached on Monday itself. Only closer to expiration will delta equal 1.
    Rather you go farther and play shorter widths, return on Margin is much better. A 5$ wide spread means 500$ of margin hold whereas 10$ is 1000$. If you decide to exit consistently on 50% profit then 5$ spreads will win with the additional advantage of risk mitigation.

    Another point is with your 7 step ladder, after looking at the performance you lost 96% during the Aug/Sept market implosion. Your trades are 77% successful but the losses easily outweighed the gains.
    I have to say this is the biggest disadvantage of farther DTE trades.
    What I’ve noticed is that macro factors are just too dangerous to ignore, like this week. You would never have known it 7 weeks ago.
    I think 2 week intervals are better – though premiums are lower the ability to quickly exit a trade or place a trade is better.
    Here is an e.g. you place the 7 wk ladder trade, wk 5 6 and 7 are now approaching and a breach occurs during wk 5 , there is now a higher probability that weeks 6 and 7 are also under threat, compounding your Buy back premiums. So should you decide to exit, your loss is compounded for 3 weeks.

    To be honest I dont even think 2 week rotation is a better strategy but I find that it can be better controlled especially if consistent winners is the key.

    • Martin says:

      One more thing, my losses recently are not related to the spread width but my attempts to save losing trades by rolling them or converting into a different trade. Instead of taking a small loss I rolled the trade, increased the risk, and it worked at some trades but some didn’t and instead of taking a small loss I was forced to take a large one.

    • Martin says:

      Mike, thank you for your comment. Some things you mentioned I learned myself the last August, so as of now I am not applying the ladder trades until I sort it out. I realized I was trapped with 6 trades with losses and had to decide whether to close them roll them or wait them out. Basically none worked. So as of now I am limiting myself to only one trade at a time. As the width goes, I am also comparing it with number of contracts = what is better? (2) $500 contracts or (1) $1000 contract? At both occasions you risk $1000, your commission is higher when selling (2) contracts and the break even point is better for larger spread. True, I was comparing it with at expiration situation, but still, it seems working well to me and allows me to get farther away from the current market than if I do only 5 dollars spread.
      Thanks for commenting.

  7. DivHut says:

    I appreciate the tips about options. I know writing contracts can really juice a portfolio but just not educated enough to jump into it yet.

    • Martin says:

      That’s something you must do at all cost – educate yourself. If you fail to educate yourself, you will lose money. I recommend opening a paper money account and try to trade options there. It helped me a lot before I committed a real cash.

  8. DivHut says:

    I have always wanted to get into options trading and wondered what sites/books you have read to learn more about it. The idea of covered call writing sounds appealing but I wonder about being exercised and having to give up my shares for the premiun collected. Have you ever had to sell your stock because an option contract was exercised?

    • Martin says:

      Hi DH,
      that was the reason why I never or very rarely used covered calls against my core stocks, but always was looking for stocks which I didn’t mind to be called away. I was doing the total return or buy-write covered calls – I bought the stock and wrote a call against it. In My Trades & Income the previous year and use links for covered call trades where I explain them.
      As far as put selling, which I consider far better than covered call strategy, you can read Selling put options my way by Jerry Lee and read that one. It is very nice and simply explained way of selling puts. I think it will help you the best.

      Thanks for stopping by

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