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Posted by Martin January 09, 2024

September – December 2023 Investing and Trading Report

Four months are behind us, and they were successful. We had a rough time in September, but the markets started rallying again, and our investing and trading performed great. I made many changes to our trading and investing. The most significant change was to our accounts’ SPX trading and cash management. I was always fully Continue reading →

Posted by Martin December 21, 2023

Unlocking Financial Freedom: The Power and Perks of Dividend Investing

If you’re a savvy investor who values a steady stream of income and long-term financial stability, welcome to the world of dividend investing! Despite occasional skepticism, let’s delve into the numerous positives that come with embracing dividends as a core investment strategy.     The Magic of Dividends and Stock Prices   Contrary to naysayers, Continue reading →

Posted by Martin December 07, 2023

Navigating the Noise: A Case for Ignoring Market Predictors and Gloom-and-Doom Pundits

In the ever-evolving landscape of financial markets, investors are bombarded with a constant stream of opinions, predictions, and analyses from various sources. From the talking heads on CNBC to market predictors and gloom-and-doom commentators, the noise can be overwhelming. This blog post aims to explore why investors should consider tuning out these voices and focus Continue reading →

Posted by Martin December 06, 2023

Why some investors say dividends are irrelevant?

Some investors argue that dividends are irrelevant because they believe a company’s value is determined by its overall financial health and future growth prospects rather than its dividend payouts. In this view, investors may prefer companies that reinvest profits for expansion or share buybacks, potentially leading to higher stock prices. Additionally, in a tax-efficient portfolio, Continue reading →

Posted by Martin December 05, 2023

Mastering Risk: A Guide to Proper Risk Management When Selling Options in a Margin Account

Selling options in a margin account can be a lucrative strategy for experienced investors, but it comes with inherent risks that demand careful consideration. To navigate these waters successfully, it’s crucial to implement a robust risk management plan. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the key principles of proper risk management when selling options Continue reading →

Posted by Martin December 04, 2023

Decoding Retirement Strategies: Living Off Dividends vs. the 4% Rule

As individuals approach retirement, the critical question of how to generate a reliable income becomes paramount. Two popular strategies that often emerge in this discussion are building a portfolio for living off dividends and following the 4% rule. Both approaches have their merits and drawbacks, and choosing the right one requires a careful consideration of Continue reading →

Posted by Martin December 02, 2023

Unleashing the Power of Options Trading: A Strategy That Defies Common Myths

Delving into options trading might seem daunting, especially with the plethora of warnings echoing from financial advisors. The narrative often revolves around risk, the gamble of losing money, and the unsuitability for the average investor. However, these cautionary tales are often regurgitated without personal experience, stemming from a reluctance to step outside conventional investment wisdom. Continue reading →

Posted by Martin November 26, 2023

The Art of Dividend Investing: Maximizing Your Portfolio’s Potential

Dividend investing is a time-tested strategy that has been embraced by many successful investors. It involves purchasing stocks of companies that consistently pay dividends to their shareholders. These dividends are usually a portion of the company’s profits, distributed as cash payments or additional shares of stock. Through dividend investing, investors can not only receive a Continue reading →

Posted by Martin September 25, 2023

August 2023 $100 Challenge account review

August was a horrible month for our Challenge account. We lost a significant net-liq value due to the correction. One part of the losing strike this month was due to REIT stocks which we are accumulating in our portfolio, namely MPW, and these stocks were hammered this year (not just the MPW but almost all Continue reading →

Posted by Martin September 03, 2023

August 2023 Investing and Trading Report

Another month, August 2023 is over. And it was a difficult month for our investing and trading. I expected it to be difficult because the markets rallied too fast and too hard in the previous few months. And if you are subscribed to our newsletter, I wrote in it that I wanted a deeper pullback. Continue reading →