Archive for 2016

Avoid Pure Plays in Banking For Now

This week, the bulk of the firms in the financial sector are wrapping up the reporting of their earnings for the first quarter. And whether it be to your dismay, surprise or pleasure, the numbers they are reporting are not as bad as what had been anticipated. Most of the big banks reported last week, Continue reading →

Posted by Martin April 14, 2016

Handling a losing trade after assignment

It is interesting how things in the stock market can turn on a dime. Yesterday all my stock positions were great, and the sky was at the tip of my fingers, today, everything is the exact opposite. A few trades which i have opened yesterday and which were doing well are now in the money Continue reading →

Q1 Earnings for Big Banks Expected to be Dismal; Improvements on Horizon

Well, it is earnings season time again. Companies begin to report their earnings for the first quarter on Monday, with the traditional season opener Alcoa (AA) leading the way. However, the stocks I will be watching most closely are big bank stocks, particularly considering the industry regulations they have had to deal with so that Continue reading →

Posted by TwillyD April 09, 2016

Viacom’s Soul Train Buy Could Have Investors Tooting Their Horns

If you remember the Good Ole days of the 70s, you may get fuzzy butterflies when you read this story. The music show, Soul Train, has been purchased by Viacom (VIAB). Even if you don’t remember the show, or you could care less, I thought to bring it to your attention because of the impact Continue reading →

Posted by TwillyD April 09, 2016

Seeing Some Wrinkles in Yahoo! Acquisition

After Verizon (VZ) bought AOL (AOL) last year, I said to myself (like many others probably), “which big wireless carrier is setting its sights on the other Internet company – Yahoo!?” Could it be AT&T (T) or Sprint (S)? The last thing I thought was that Verizon would go after the failing Yahoo!, snapping up Continue reading →

March 2016 trading, investing, and dividends results

It is difficult to admit that you were wrong when you are the king of the world. But at some point the reality will catch up with you and you will be forced to admit you were wrong. If your trading pattern looks like a roller coaster or constant losing it is time to stop Continue reading →

Posted by Jenna March 06, 2016

Confessing My Money Mistakes

When Martin asked me to guest blog for the site, I had no idea what to write about. Having read quite a few personal finance blogs of his and on other sites, I said ‘I don’t have anything to say!’. What I failed to recognize at the time was that I do have something to Continue reading →

Posted by Martin March 02, 2016

My Strategy update

Time to update my strategy. Again. I know it sounds weird but yes, I need to update my strategy, because the one I wanted to use showed up to be a dead end. I was trading naked puts at some point against dividend stocks but later I turned into spreads. When analyzing why I found Continue reading →

February 2016 trading, investing, and dividends results

February 2016 is over. To me it marks a new milestone in my trading career. In my past posts I mentioned that if I will not be able to make profit trading options against SPX, I stop trading this strategy. This time has arrived. I tried hard. I tried everything I could to make my Continue reading →

Posted by Martin February 29, 2016

Put selling against dividend paying stocks strategy: sold (ESV) April puts

Taking on the damage control from trading SPX spreads. I tried hard to get into SPX trading but I wasn’t able to make any profit. I actually lost everything I ever made selling puts against dividend stocks. I am not saying that I will never trade SPX again. Never say never. I might go back Continue reading →