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New position opened


Another stock, which meets my criteria is Visa (V). When you take a look at the chart, the stock is making new high highs and new high lows. Volume is above average and recently the stock showed a small retreat to the trend line. Today it turned back up and the oscillator is indicating a turning point. ADX is above 34 points, so the stock is trending up in a strong trend.
So I entered a buy order tonight to buy 27 shares (based on 3% of total trade risk) of V at market price.
Tomorrow this order shall be executed and if so, I will update this post with current entry data.

In the morning next day I bought the stock:

05/19/2009    09:30:53      Bought  27  V  @  66.03

and I set my stop loss at $59.61






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Posted by Martin May 15, 2009
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Picks 05/11 – 05/15


No new stock picks this week:

Existing & new holdings:

Symbol Qty Last Gain($) Gain(%)
C 47 3.48 -25.35 -13.42

Contribution this week: $0

Starting account value = $2,199.76

Account value = $2,174.38 (without margin)

Buying power = $2,010.82

[tag]Portfolio Gain/loss[/tag] this week = -12.71%

[tag]Portfolio[/tag] Gain/Loss for MAY 2009 = -12.71%

Portfolio Gain/loss since inception = -17.63%

[tag]Annual Return[/tag] (CAGR): -17.63%


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Posted by MartZee May 14, 2009
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Training for success – when to entry in a new stock position?

Training for success - when to entry in a new stock position?

One of my goals is to learn when to entry into a new position so the [tag]trade[/tag] will be successful. My past trades were about jumping into a new position without knowing why I was doing it. After I bought a new stock I hoped it would grow. Sometimes it did, sometimes it didn’t. Mostly it didn’t.

I read several books and tried to find information on this topic on Internet and mostly I found strategies showing [tag]trend[/tag]s with many [tag]oscillator[/tag]s providing signals to [tag]buy or sell[/tag] and most of the [tag]chart[/tag]s in such books already showed what happened next to prove that the [tag]strategy[/tag] indicated was the best. Whenever I tried it I failed. It was because no one knows what would happen next. We will never be able to say where the [tag]market[/tag] will go. Back-testing a strategy with a knowledge of the future movement is foolish and unfortunately almost every book or a course is based on it.
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Posted by MartZee May 09, 2009
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Training for success

Training for success

If you are an investor who doesn’t trade during down trending markets like me, days when the market is falling are the best opportunity for learning and practicing for future success. I reviewed my portfolio and found out I lost 62% of my investment money, including 19% after I tried to change my strategy I realized that the market like these days actually saved me from more losses. I was basically forced to stop, look behind and determine that something has to be changed. I do not want to be investing and losing money. Who wants to? I asked myself several times what I have to do to improve my investing, where to start, what to study and what overall approach I need to take. I realized that I need to focus on my patience because the lack of it cost me money. I need to redefine my goals since my current ones are vague and hard to follow and the most important part of my learning was to focus on refining my entry and exit to and from positions, since it was a complete disaster of random walk so far.
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Posted by Martin May 08, 2009
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Picks 05/04 – 05/08


New stock picks this week:

05/08/2009      11:26:09      Bought  47 C @ 4.0194

Existing & new holdings:

Symbol Qty Last Gain($) Gain(%)
C 47 4.04 0.03 0.01

Contribution this week: $0

Starting account value = $2,209.80

Account value = $2,199.76 (without margin)

Buying power = $2,010.82

[tag]Portfolio Gain/loss[/tag] this week = -0.45%

[tag]Portfolio[/tag] Gain/Loss for MAY 2009 = -0.45%

Portfolio Gain/loss since inception = -16.67%

[tag]Annual Return[/tag] (CAGR): -16.67%


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New position opened


During this market rally attempt financial sector was doing very well. During last 30 days this sector rose by almost 44%, its three months performance is about 52%. Even though banks are not out of all of their problems I do not expect any further dramatic drops. A stock I had in front of my scope was Citigroup (C).
I decided to open a small position of this stock:

05/08/2009      11:26:09      Bought  47 C @ 4.0194

I expect this stock may double by the end of the year 2009. I set my stop loss @ $3.13 for this position.






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Posted by MartZee May 02, 2009
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Picks 04/27 – 05/01


No [tag]new picks[/tag].

The stock market trend is a bit weak, but still heading upwards. Recently I could see some stocks doing well, such as GMCR. This stock has a potential growing even more. There is too many short sellers in place which may be forced to close their positions because of good economical results the company reported recently. I am still sitting aside, however ready to move finances back to my investing account and start investing.

Existing holdings:

91% CASH (savings account)
9% CASH (investing account)


Contribution this week: $0

Starting account value = $2,209.80

Account value = $2,209.80 (without margin)

Buying power = $2,209.80

[tag]Portfolio Gain/loss[/tag] this week = 0.00%

[tag]Portfolio[/tag] Gain/Loss for APRIL 2009 = 0.00%

Portfolio Gain/loss since inception = -16.28%

[tag]Annual Return[/tag] (CAGR): -16.28%


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Posted by MartZee May 01, 2009
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Credit Card companies to lose profit


This web site is not about [tag]personal finances[/tag], for which I would recommend reading A Personal Finance Guide for example. However yesterday I have seen a short sketch on [tag]Fox TV[/tag] regarding the House of Representatives passing a bill to protect [tag]consumers[/tag] against fine prints. It was interesting presentation of [tag]credit card companies[/tag]’ arrogance. I was stunned about it and I have to comment this issue.

In the video Shepard Smith introduces the new [tag]bill[/tag] passed by the House and introducing some new [tag]rules[/tag] from the proposed bill. Then he discussed the bill with Jonathan Hunt, who said that by passing the bill, the credit card companies would loose ten billions of dollars a year and there fore they are not happy and supportive of such bill. Obviously! They say, it will hurt [tag]credit[/tag] industry and the entire [tag]economy[/tag], because this bill would prevent them from [tag]lending money[/tag] just when Government wants credit companies and banks to lend more to support economy recovery.

Well, let’s put this into better perspective. Recently many clients were experiencing slashing their [tag]credit limits[/tag], rising their [tag]interest rates[/tag], mostly retrospectively on debt, which was made before interest rate change. All this caused people change their spending behavior as Visa (V) reported, that this happened for the first time in history that people were using [tag]debit cards[/tag] more than [tag]credit cards[/tag]. Good for Americans, bad for credit card companies.

It seems to me that credit card companies already hurt credit market and economy well enough. Seeing them “crying” that the new bill (preventing them from all baddies they already did to their clients) would hurt the economy even more, looks to me as a great example of arrogance.

Let’s continue using debit cards in lieu of credit cards. Maybe it would teach them a lesson.

You can see the video here.

Will you use credit cards or debit cards?


  • I will use credit cards only (20%, 1 Votes)
  • I will use debit cards only (40%, 2 Votes)
  • I will use both (40%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 5

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Picks 04/20 – 04/24


No [tag]new picks[/tag].

Recently the market really improved and even though the new up trend faded a bit due to economic fears it still is up-trending. Some leaders already shown up and I have my “hot” candidates in my watch list. However I am still waiting for the right time to entry into some new positions.

Existing holdings:

91% CASH (savings account)
9% CASH (investing account)


Contribution this week: $200

Starting account value = $2,209.80

Account value = $2,209.80 (without margin)

Buying power = $2,209.80

[tag]Portfolio Gain/loss[/tag] this week = 0.00%

[tag]Portfolio[/tag] Gain/Loss for APRIL 2009 = 0.00%

Portfolio Gain/loss since inception = -16.28%

[tag]Annual Return[/tag] (CAGR): -16.28%


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Picks 04/13 – 04/17


No [tag]new picks[/tag].

There is nothing to buy out there.

Existing holdings:

100% CASH


Contribution this week: $0

Starting account value = $2,009.80

Account value = $2,009.80 (without margin)

Buying power = $2,009.80

[tag]Portfolio Gain/loss[/tag] this week = 0.00%

[tag]Portfolio[/tag] Gain/Loss for APRIL 2009 = 0.00%

Portfolio Gain/loss since inception = -17.62%

[tag]Annual Return[/tag] (CAGR): -17.62%

Recently the stock market was growing and provided very strong gains for the entire month. However, it still didn’t provide any stock – leader in which it would be worth investing. I am still holding the portfolio in 100% cash and waiting for the rally confirming itself and providing leaders breaking up. It seems that if the current trend survives and leaders start breaking out, it would be time for small probe positions. I may transfer my cash from savings account back to my investing account soon.


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