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January 2022 $100 Challenge account review

January 2022 was a rout and our account got hammered by volatility. It is an unfortunate result of trading a small account. Our challenge account is now underperforming SPX and our goal. But I see it positively in the near future.

Accumulation phase

The account is underperforming our goal but it is on the path to success. We are now trading small trades (strangles) and we will continue accumulating shares for our next options trade. The strangle trades are consuming collateral buying power but as they near towards expiration we will see a jump in BP and net-liq. We had to exit our AES trade as the market was so volatile that we were not able to manage it. But once the market calms down, we will re-enter the position.

We are trading strangles because they are easier to manage compared to Iron Condors or spreads. It is why we are not engaged in trading SPX credit put spreads yet because these can be profitable but one trade against us can wipe our account. We are simply too small and undercapitalized for these types of trades. Strangles are also a bit more expensive as far as capital requirements go. That is why choosing good stocks to trade is crucial. Choose safe, stable stocks, providing enough premium and stability. And that is what we are doing.

October 2021 Challenge account review


June 2021: $203.00 $202.67
July 2021: $306.00 $334.75
August 2021: $409.00 $397.71
September 2021: $512.00 $476.91
October 2021: $615.00 $632.37
November 2021: $718.00 $659.00
December 2021: $821.00 $802.08
January 2022: $924.00 $594.29
February 2022: $1,027.00  
March 2022: $1,130.00  
April 2022: $1,233.00  
May 2022: $1,336.00  


$100 Challenge account review

From the chart above, the red dot (line) indicates the current account value, compared to the blue line (plan). Our account is trailing our goal. When trading naked options, expect volatility in your net-liq. That can be seen by some as a disadvantage. When trading spreads, your net-liq will be stabilized by neutralizing delta. With naked options, you would have to choose other instruments to do so, for example owning stocks to neutralize your call side. We do not have this yet as our account is small, but we are building our position.

October 2021 Overall Challenge account review

The chart below indicates our account value compared to the overall goal and plan to grow $100 investment into a $75,000 portfolio. As of today, we are at the beginning of our journey.

Year 0: $100.00 $100.00 $100.00
Year 1: $1,300.00 $1,336.00 $594.29
Year 2: $2,500.00 $3,016.96  
Year 3: $3,700.00 $5,303.07  
Year 4: $4,900.00 $8,412.17  
Year 5: $6,100.00 $12,640.55  
Year 6: $7,300.00 $18,391.15  
Year 7: $8,500.00 $26,211.96  
Year 8: $9,700.00 $36,848.27  
Year 9: $10,900.00 $51,313.64  
Year 10: $12,100.00 $70,986.56  


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September 2021 Challenge account Income


Total Invested in Stocks $54.60
Total Unrealized Profit -$3.94
Total Realized Profit -$1.17
Strangles Income $194.00
Dividends Income $12.94
Deposits Total $900.00
Cash $1,157.63
Net-Liq $594.29


Cumulative return Challenge account review


As of today, our challenge account provided a -42.05% monthly cumulative return.

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$100 Challenge account review goal


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