Posts Tagged With 'options trading'

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 03, 2017

X trade adjustment

We have a three trades using US Steel (X) as underlying stock. The stock is not one I would normally buy as a long term investment, but it is a great stock to trade options against it. As of today, we have 3 March 10 inverted strangle contract, 1 March 10 strangle, and 1 March Continue reading →

Posted by Martin January 06, 2017

January 2017 goal

Lately, I was reviewing our portfolio and analyzing what went wrong and why I no longer feel comfortable with it and with my trading. It is something I struggle with – over trading. So what I did wrong that put me out of my comfortable zone?   First, I set a wrong plan. I calculated Continue reading →

Posted by Martin January 02, 2017

How I trade strangles

In my previous post I wrote about predicting the market or stock moves and that I do not do it and why. Yet people keep asking me how do I select stocks to trade and how do I trade them when I do not predict their moves and do not study them. I understand their Continue reading →

Posted by Martin December 30, 2016

Predicting the next stock move is just deceiving yourself

People keep asking me questions how do I choose stocks for options trading or what is my expectation, why I chose to trade one stock over the other, what if the stock fails, and what was my rationale behind a trade. When they ask me for a trade reason, I usually tell them that I Continue reading →

Posted by Martin December 26, 2016

DIVIDEND CAPTURE – TRIPLE PLAY (ETE)

I am placing a new trade order for the next few weeks using a strategy called dividend capture – triple play with Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (ETE) underlying. Normally, this strategy is a buy-write strategy where you buy 100 shares of the underlying stock a few days before the stock goes ex-dividend and sell a Continue reading →

November 2016 trading, investing, and dividends results

November is over and we are approaching the end of the year. This turned to be a successful year and I hope the next year will be even better. However, our November trading returned mixed results. Something I haven’t experienced for the entire year and I am still baffled on what actually happened. This month Continue reading →

October 2016 trading, investing, and dividends results

It looks like time is moving faster and faster every month. I feel like I have written a September report just yesterday and it is already time to write it again for October. I was busy trading (besides my other less loved activities) and dealing with violent markets struggling to find direction. People in Wall Continue reading →

Posted by Martin October 30, 2016

GME – fixing a deep in the money put trade

Recently, in our trading group on Facebook, a trader asked a question:   “Whats your suggestion to manage my GME Short 3 Jan20 31 put @5.65. GME Trading now @23.8”   I posted my answer to that question but then realized that my answer was just a part of the overall fix of this trade. Continue reading →

September 2016 trading, investing, and dividends results

September seemed again to be a slow month, yet it ended very nice with a great income from trading options. In September, we made $5,083.50 in premiums! However, many of our trades gave us a hard time and once again we found ourselves in a trouble of being over-invested. Thus October may be slow as Continue reading →