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Posted by Martin March 31, 2018

March 2018 trading, investing, results

February was bad. Unfortunately, March on Wall Street wasn’t any better. The slump in stocks continued and S&P 500 continue sliding down. The first week of March looked promising. The markets went up and it all looked that we are finally on the path of recovery. Then Trump announced his tariffs shame aimed against China Continue reading →

Posted by Martin March 02, 2018

February 2018 trading, investing, results

February is over and it was a very wild month. Very volatile, dramatic, and to some scary month. At the beginning of the month the market corrected more than 10%, then we recovered some but Powell first then Trump with his tariffs sank the markets again. No matter how scary these moves are, I actually Continue reading →

Posted by Mark Pokorny September 20, 2017

NEVER Cash Out Retirement! (Unless…)

NEVER Cash Out Retirement! (Unless...)

If you must deal with burdensome debt or a financial crisis, a reserve of ready cash may seem like the perfect solution. In fact, financial experts suggest that you set aside three to three-to-six month’s income as an emergency fund, or you may be tempted to tap your retirement account for cash to cover an Continue reading →

Posted by Martin July 02, 2017

June 2017 dividend income

I was so busy in June working hard towards my financial independence that I almost forgot that the month is over again. I am very tired these days because I took a second, part time job to make a few more bucks and that income goes towards my financial independence.   With the additional money Continue reading →

Posted by Martin June 27, 2017

TECK June 30 Iron Condor closed (ROTH IRA)

I failed to report opening of this trade when I opened it on June 14. It was such a busy month that I was not always able to report all my trades properly so you can enjoy watching and following my trading journey. At some point in the past my old Iron Condor closed for Continue reading →

Posted by Martin June 26, 2017

STX Aug18 Iron Condor (ROTH IRA)

Our original STX Iron Condor closed today morning for a full profit of $40 dollars. Since the trade is closed, we can now open a new one.   I am placing a new Iron Condor in our ROTH IRA account:   BTO 1 STX Aug18 49.00 call STO 1 STX Aug18 47.00 call STO 1 Continue reading →

Posted by Martin June 26, 2017

New Iron Condor with STX in ROTH IRA

UPDATE: June 26, 2017 (TRADE CLOSED)   Today morning, our STX (Seagate Technology) June 30th 40.00 put strike closed for 0.04 debit. This closes our original Iron Condor completely and we can open a new trade (our calls closed at the beginning of the month for 0.02 debit so we only had puts on).   Continue reading →

Posted by Martin June 20, 2017

AGNC covered call (ROTH)

UPDATE: June 20, 2017 (TRADE CLOSED)   I didn’t expect to get early assigned on this but it just happened. At least, I do not have to wait until expiration to get assigned. Today, I bought back 100 shares of AGNC @ 22.50 a share.   This closes this trade cycle. I do not plan Continue reading →

Posted by Martin June 14, 2017

New Iron Condor using TECK in ROTH IRA

UPDATE: June 14, 2017   We rolled our June 30th 17 strike into November 17, 2017 expiration and 17 strike. We also added new call side creating a new Iron Condor:   BTC 1 TECK Jun30 17.00 put STC 1 TECK Jun30 15.00 put STO 1 TECK Nov17 17.00 put BTO 1 TECK Nov17 15.00 Continue reading →

May 2017 dividend income

May is over and it is time to once again review our dividend income in our ROTH IRA account. It was again another successful month as our annualized dividend income increased. We haven’t received as many dividends as in April but it still was a successful month. In our ROTH IRA we collect income from Continue reading →