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Virtual Portfolios Update – 11/18/2012

FAS Money



AAPL Money

Peter's Strangle Portfolio

Income Portfolio

Virtual Portfolios Update – 11/9/2012


In order to centralize weekend comments regarding the virtual portfolios, we thought that it would make more sense to write a post outlining the current positions. The portfolios spreadsheet is currently up to date and can be viewed here

Income Portfolio

Some stocks in the news this week:
RIG - Upgraded to Buy at Argus and The Street Rating.
CSCO - Reports earnings on 11/13.
HPQ - Hit a new 52-week low on Friday.
JRCC - Victim of the election!
SBUX - Upgraded to Buy at Argus
BBY - Buyout offer expected from Richard Schulze. Rumored to be below $24.00. Our net is $18.84.
SHLD - Reports earnings on 11/15.
CLF - Reached an agreement with labor union.
CMG - Reiterated as Buy at The Street Rating.

FAS Money


25KPA (High Margin Portfolio)

MoMo Portfolio (managed by lflan)

AAPL Money (High Margin Portfolio)

Strangle Portfolio (Managed by Peter – High Margin Portfolio)

Weekend Virtual Portfolio Update 2/26/2012

My last weekend update is dated from January 30 so after a long hiatus, here is an update of our virtual portfolio. Since the last update, we have closed the AA Money portfolio due to a lack of enthusiasm (and activity) and I have stopped tracking the FAS strangle as the low VIX makes it hard to get rewarded for the risk! But we have added a small $5KP virtual portfolio which does not use any margin.

FAS Money

We have had to recover from a big move up by FAS and a low VIX which keeps option prices low. But the portfolio has gaine about 10% since the last update.

Last update P&L – $5499.00

IWM Money

Not a lot of activity in this portfolio where the main focus is on the large IWM BCS. But the portfolio has grown over 20% since the last update.

Last update P&L – $1998.00

$5KP Portfolio

This is the virtual portfolio that replaced the AA Money portfolio. It does not use margin and we will keep holdings under $5K.

AAPL $50K Portfolio

What is there to say about this portfolio…. $132K of profit in a bit less than 3 months. Unbelievable and great job by lflan!

Last update P&L – $53,205.00

$25KP Portfolio

Comments about this portfolio can be found in Phil’s daily post. I have included only February trades as the list of trade is getting too long to fit in the article.

Last update P&L – (-$5447.00)

Weekend Virtual Portfolio Update 1/22/2012

Here is the virtual portfolio weekend update. Basically a recap of the positions and some notes about the trades. As usual, I’ll post the previous week’s P&L for comparison. Not the greatest of week in general!

AA Money

Only transaction last week as we bought back the AA Feb 9 puts on Tuesday for close to a 70% profit. The idea is to sell another set of put as soon as we get a chance.

Previous week P&L – $400.00

We lost some ground this week, but we’ll keep on selling premium!

FAS Money

We also lost some ground in this virtual portfolio, but we have sold plenty of premium for the coming week. A little correction would go a long way to help! On Wednesday we sold the FAS Feb 72 puts (already good for 50%), on Thursday we added the Jan4 78 calls and on Friday we had to roll the Jan 78 puts to the Jan 80 puts. We were hoping for these ones to expire worthless on Friday, but a late stick killed that hope.

Previous week P&L – $4372.00

IWM Money

Not the best of week either here… As with the other portfolios we were a tad bearish with more calls sold. On Wednesday we sold the TNA Feb 47 puts (already up 40%) and on Thursday we rolled the TNA Jan 46 calls to the Jan4 49 calls.

Previous week P&L – $2046.00

As with the FAS Money portfolio, plenty of premium sold to get us back on track.

FAS Strangle Experiment

One bad move on Friday almost wiped out the entire week’s profit. There might be 2 lessons learned from that:

1) Every Friday will be different –  the week before, patience was rewarded, this week, a late stick punished it.
2) Better to take the profits when we can.

I also tried to time the entries better and it did help earlier this week but I still need to work on that.

Previous week P&L – $10,190.00

We start the week with over $1 of premium sold. All we need is a move to the downside to make up the loss.

25KP Virtual Portfolio

I’ll let Phil comment any of the trades. Here is a recap of the positions.

The SQQQ Jan calls expired worthless on Friday.

Apple 50k Virtual Portfolio

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Weekend Virtual Portfolio Update 1/16/2012

Here is the latest weekend update of our virtual portfolios. As before, I will list some of the trades we made, recap last week’s P&L and post the listing of the current positions:

AA Money

No trade to report this week. We are just waiting for decay to do its work on the February puts and calls sold last week. The position improved slightly over the week.

Last week’s P&L – $340

FAS Money

Only 3 trades to report this week. We sold 2 weekly FAS 74 calls on Tuesday and rolled them to the Jan 78 calls on Friday. We did show a profit on these calls, but honestly missed a better opportunity early afternoon when they were even more profitable! Also, the weekly 65 puts sold the week before expired worthless. But overall, a very good week for the portfolio – up 6.7%

Last week P&L – 4098.00

IWM Money

Also a quiet week in this portfolio – only one trade. We bought back the TNA Jan 43 put on Tuesday for a 70% profit. We are still holding some TNA Jan 46 calls and these are hurting us now (we lost some ground this week on the P&L)- but still a week to go.

Last week P&L – 2089.00

FAS Strangle Experiment

We only sold 4 set of options last week and covered them all by Friday but still had a decent week. We got lucky on Friday as the correction saved the 76 calls we had sold earlier that week. I regret not taking advantage of the up move on Friday to sell some put, but overall a decent week – up over 10% for the week. The low VIX is really making a difference in the amount of premium we sell. In addition, the short weeks have also hampered our premium sales!

Last week’s P&L – $9240.00

AAPL 50k

I’ll lflan add his comments if he chooses to. But another good week!

Last week’s P&L – $24075.00

25KP Virtual Portfolio

Phil will probably add his comments in a different post. Below is only the list of trades and current situation.

Good luck next week!

Weekend Virtual Portfolio Recap – 1/2/2012

This is the first weekend virtual portfolio recap of 2012! We had mixed results since the last recap. Market gyrations and a low VIX make it difficult to sell premium. Short term trades with a market neutral setup should do better in general! Here are the various virtual portfolios. Since this is the first recap in an article format, I have added some more information about the original positions. I have listed the P&L from the previous recap before the new listing to outline the results for this week.

AA Money

This is only portfolio based on the original FAS Money setup – Long strangle to protect us against large moves and short options to pay for the strangle and generate revenues. AA was chosen originally because FAS had proven very volatile and forced us to trade a lot except in the last month when we finally switched to selling monthly options. The AA Money portfolio was started on 10/21/2011 with a Jan 2013 7.5/12 strangle and we started by selling weekly options. However, selling weekly options against AA proved to be costly as options don’t have much premium. We switched to monthly options to limit transactions and capture more premium. Due to the AA price erosion, we have had to revise the strangle and settle with a Jan 13 7.5/10 strangle. This move cost us some money. We have not had any transactions since early December. The current position is bearish with only put sold.

Recap of 12/27/2011 – YTD P&L – $20.00

The position has deteriorated this week due to the weakness in the underlying stock. But we’ll keep on selling premium for the next 12 months.

FAS Money

While this retained the FAS Money name, the setup is somewhat different from the original FAS Money portfolio. No strangle here. We bought an XLF Bull Call Spread betting that XLF will be over $13 by January 13 and we sell weekly and monthly FAS options to pay for the BCS. This portfolio has proven profitable due to the large premium in the FAS options. The XLF BCS is slightly profitable, but 99% of the profits have come from the short FAS options. This portfolio had a decent week despite a sideways move by XLF. But by selling puts and calls in a more neutral setup, we profit from the lack of movement of the underlying security. The…
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$100K Hedged Virtual Portfolio Update

Well, there was no reason to adjust the virtual portfolio this weekend but now I'm a little concerned (as I went short-term bearish yesterday morning) and it's a good time to review our positions.

Monday gave us a lot if cushion but that doesn't mean we have to squander it.  Our last review was on the 25th and we had made adjustments on the 21st in member chat, triggering the plays we had decided to wait for the previous weekend.  Notice we haven't really had a down day since so there has been no reason to adjust what has essentially been a bullish set.   Yesterday, in comments, I called for covering our UNG play but that's the only move we've had to make in 2 weeks.  Sadly, vacation time is over so let's look over our positions and see where action will be required:

Our original positions were: 

  • 500 UYG at $3.48, selling 5 May $3 calls for .72 and 5 May $3 puts for .28, net $2.48/2.74

    • UYG now $3.91, May put and call combo now $1.05 = net $2.86 ($190 profit on $1,240 = 15.3%)

      • We are fine being called away on this position
  • Selling 2 FAS $7.50 puts for .45 naked

    • FAS closed at $9.40 so 100% profit of $90
  • 500 C at $3.04, selling May $3 puts and calls for $1.11, net $1.93/2.47

    • C now $3.31, We took out the callers for .30 on 4/21 and the May $3 puts are .20 = net $3.11 ($590 profit on $965 = 61.1%)

      • We should close this position, it is above our profit expectations
  • Selling 2 IYF May $36 puts for $2 naked

    • IYF closed at $41.80, May $36 puts $.35 ($330 profit on $400 =82%)

      • Because of the stress tests, I would rather close these out
  • 4/21 Sold 2 IYF May $34 puts for $2.10 naked

    • IYF closed at $41.80, May $34 puts $.20 ($380 profit on $420 =90%)

      • Because of the stress tests, I would rather close these out
  • Selling 2 JPM May $29 puts for $1.95 naked

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PSW Investment Club – July Update

June was not a good month.

We were under covered on the way down, got more conservative at the bottom and got blown out this week as our callers went deep in the money.

All of that is manageable but the worst trade of the month came on Friday as Google went down much further than expected and wiped our out callers as well as most of our long position.  I decided to play GOOG for the bounce, figuring we’d work into a bear call spread if it kept going down, most of these moves were detailed in Friday’s chat but essentially I built up a spread where I sold the $470s against higher calls and played for the bounce.  By 12:19 I had sold 100 $470 calls for about $160,000 and Google was at about $483, the $480s, $490s and $500s were losing money too so the move was, as GOOG bottomed out, to roll the caller to the $460 with a tight stop (in case we went further down) but with tight stops so we could take advantage of the rebound.

That left us with a spread of 300 sold $460s against a similar amount of $480s and $490s and $500s.  Google did indeed bounce just after I did the roll and I went to buy them back but OXPS wouldn’t let me!  The reason was the computer didn’t count the fact that we were releasing $20 in margin each time we bought back a caller so it wouldn’t put the trade in.  That left us in a very dangerous spread with GOOG coming back as the $460s were going to out gain out higher calls by a wide margin.  I called support at OXPS but while I was waiting for them GOOG was going up fast on us and it was getting prohibitive to take out the caller so I decided to cover by rolling the $480s down to the $470s.

By the time I had explained the whole thing for the second time to a supervisor on the phone (who said "Oh sure, you should have been able to make that trade"), it was after 2 and our premiums were crushed so all I could do was roll the trade into an Aug $470/Aug $480 BULL call spread where our caller now holds the $300,000 in premium.  Our realized loss on this trade was $225K, had
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Thursday Virtual Portfolio Moves

November 29th, 2007 at 9:41 am | Permalink   edit   copy

SU – I’m going to DD at $2.50 for a $2.95 basis and get 1/2 back out there and then be patient. XXX

November 29th, 2007 at 9:42 am | Permalink   edit   copy

Still plenty of buyers out there, this is nothing I want to short into right now but BIDU is looking like a fantastic short up here if GOOG breaks down.

November 29th, 2007 at 9:46 am | Permalink   edit   copy

SPWR, FSLR going vertical! Also going to be good shorts when oil calms down but for now they are rallying the sector.

SHLD broke below $100, I’ll be buying more when it settles down but this is now a long-term play.

November 29th, 2007 at 9:51 am | Permalink   edit   copy

Weak stocks that worry me: DELL, YRCW, NYX, LEH, AXP (very nasty turn), TGT, BSC, MER, NKE, HD (how can it keep going down?)…

I like shorting MA off AXP’s move MA $190 puts at $6.25, stop at $5.50, going for $9+ XXX

November 29th, 2007 at 10:05 am | Permalink   edit   copy

AAPL – any opportunity to do a double roll of your call and your caller up $5 for $1 out of pocket is worth taking. For example, I have the $175 calls, now $10.22 and I sold the $165 calls, now $17.57 and I’m going to roll my caller to the $175s for $7.35 out of my pocket and I will roll myself to the $185s at $4.78 collecting $5.44. This costs me $2 but moves my max collection all the way up to $175 (of course this also means I don’t expect Apple to hold $180). XXX all virtual portfolios!

New home sales much better than expected but not a real number but it should goose the markets until people look at the internals. Supply is still up and sale prices are down but expect a very nice buider rally off the headline and let’s keep an eye on the financials to see if anyone is buying this.

November 29th, 2007 at 10:18 am | Permalink   edit   copy

Oh sorry, I forgot to mention take the money and run on the GOOG $710s in the $25KP, we still have the $730s but I don’t want to leave them both up.

November 29th, 2007 at 10:40 am | Permalink   edit   copy
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Monday Virtual Portfolio Moves

December 17th, 2007 at 9:35 am | Permalink   edit   copy

Gloomy – I don’t think there will be a bounce until after the new year at best so yes, rolling down (if cheap) and selling Jan callers (who will lose 1/2 their premium by Jan 2, is a good plan.

LDK – if you are in that butterfly it’s best to take out the caller now and sell yours on mo at the top, the put side will take care of itself. XXX

December 17th, 2007 at 9:39 am | Permalink   edit   copy

AAPL is just amazing!

Financials geting killed but not C – possible bottom for them. Tech actually doing pretty well on the whole with the usual suspects finding buyers. If Apple and Goog fail then it’s time to short the Nas.

Oil just broke below $90!!

December 17th, 2007 at 9:49 am | Permalink   edit   copy

LDK – that was a quick turn! Too quick for me to move so I’m stuck at the moment and trying to roll myself ($70s) to the Jan $75s, then I will roll the caller up to the $70s to get some premium and then roll him to Jan ??? at the week’s end. XXX

December 17th, 2007 at 10:07 am | Permalink   edit   copy

TSO going nuts! Citi is nuts but we’re fine with out Jan $50s and I wouldn’t roll the caller and I won’t pay him .25!

CAT with a gap down.

DNDN giving it all back, we’ll watch them.

HOT at 52-week low, not a good economy sign.

SU heading the wrong way, banking on those rebels over the actual NYMEX action. TBoon owns SU so you can guess who’s paying MENDs bills…

NEM – you should aways roll down if you can get it cheap (and you still believe in your position) it never hurts you if you can do a 35% roll, which would be about $1 on $2.50 and dollar $1.70 on $5 and $3.50 on $10. I wouldn’t be too quick to sell another caller down here as I think this is a great bottom. In fact, lets take a shot on the Mar $47.50s at $4.10 as a holiday crisis insurance play. XXX

December 17th, 2007 at 10:18 am | Permalink   edit   copy

MA got slapped by the EU on their fees, this is the story we’ve been following all summer and…
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Zero Hedge

Mark Dice Confronts America's Zombie Shoppers

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Unlike on previous occasions when Mark Dice either mocks the stupidity of Americans for having zero clue about the true worth of precious metals, or mocks the stupidity of Americans for having absolutely no understanding of politics (yet supporting Hillary Clinton among others), in his latest clip, the notorious lampooner takes a stroll at 4:30 pm on Thanksgiving night in front of the Best Buy in San Diego where he finds a massive line.

What follows is Mark, armed with just a bullhorn, taking on several hundred consumption zombies waiting...

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Phil's Favorites

Chinese Debt Snowball Gaining Momentum

Courtesy of John Rubino.

Financial crises can happen quickly, like the bursting of the tech stock bubble in early 2000, or slowly, like the late-1980s junk bond bust. The shape of the crash depends mostly on the asset in question: Equities can plunge literally overnight, while bonds and bank loans can take a while to reach critical mass.

China’s bursting bubble is of the second type. During its post-2009 infrastructure binge, trillions of dollars were lent to (way too many) producers of cement, steel, chemicals and other basic industrial inputs. And now a growing number of them can’t make their payments:

China’s Bond Stresses Mount as Two More Companies Flag Concerns A Chinese fertilizer maker and a...

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Kimble Charting Solutions

Does Black Friday Matter For Gains The Rest Of The Year?

Courtesy of Chris Kimble.

We are entering one of the most bullish times of the year historically.  As we mentioned last week, the final 30 trading days of the year have been higher each of the last 12 years.


Getting to today, it is Black Friday – the official start to the holiday spending season.  We’ve seen many stats that show this day isn’t quite as important as it once was.  From many sales now starting on Thanksgiving, to Cyber Monday this coming Monday – there are other times people are looking for the best deals.  None the less,...

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Financial Markets and Economy

Rich Asians Mostly Stick With Dollar Rally UBS Sees Almost Done (Bloomberg)

UBS Group AG, the world’s largest private bank, is telling its wealthy clients that the U.S. dollar’s gains are set to be limited as the Federal Reserve will probably tighten policy gradually after liftoff next month.

Switzerland is about to launch a huge experiment in 'the war on cash' (Business Insider)

A huge economic experiment will begin in Switzerland and Sweden in 2016, and some people are calling it ...

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Chart School

Greatest risk to the stock market is?

Courtesy of Read the Ticker.

Nope it is not interest rates, nope it is not Donald Trump, it is!

It is the CRUDE OIL crash, simple!

Jim Willie has good comments in the first 40 min of this pod cast.

Energy company ...
- Debt is blowing up (See energy element of HYG).
- Hedging at oil $100 is coming to an end.
- Iran coming back to the market, more supply.
- Saudi still providing massive supply.
- Oil tankers holding oil parked in the ocean are coming in to harbor to unload
- US dollar strength supports lower oil prices
- World wide DEMAND slump for energy or deflation.
- More oil being sold outside the US Dollar
- The Oil futures can not be manipulated easily as folks actually ...

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All About Trends

Mid-Day Update

Reminder: David is available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

Click here for the full report.

To learn more, sign up for David's free newsletter and receive the free report from All About Trends - "How To Outperform 90% Of Wall Street With Just $500 A Week." Tell David PSW sent you. - Ilene...

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Sector Detector: Bulls wrest back control of market direction, despite global adversity

Reminder: Sabrient is available to chat with Members, comments are found below each post.

Courtesy of Sabrient Systems and Gradient Analytics

Some weeks when I write this article there is little new to talk about from the prior week. It’s always the Fed, global QE, China growth, election chatter, oil prices, etc. And then there are times like this in which there is so much happening that I don’t know where to start. Of course, the biggest market-moving news came the weekend before last when Paris was put face-to-face with the depths of human depravity and savagery. And yet the stock market responded with its best week of the year. As a result, the key issues dominating the front page and election chatter have moved from the economy and jobs to national security and a real war (rather than police ...

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Swing trading portfolio - week of November 23rd, 2015

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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

To learn more about the swing trading virtual portfolio (strategy, performance, FAQ, etc.), please click here ...

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Digital Currencies

Bitcoin's Computing Network is More Powerful than 525 Googles and 10,000 Banks!

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by Reggie Middleton.

I've decided to build our startup - Veritaseum, a peer-to-peer financial services platform, directly on top of the Bitcoin Blockchain. Many queried why I would voluntarily give up a lucrative advisory and consulting business to chase virtual coins in cyberspace. That's exactly why I decided to do it. That level of misunderstanding of what is essentially the second coming of the Internet gave me a fundamental advantage over those who had deeper connections, more capital and more firepower. I was the first mover advantage holder.

You see, Bitcoin is not about coins, currency or price pops. It is a massive computing net...

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We know you love coming here for our Stocks & Options education, strategy and trade ideas, and for Phil's daily commentary which you can't live without, but there's more! features the most important and most interesting news items from around the web, all day, every day!

News: If you missed it, you can probably find it in our Market News section. We sift through piles of news so you don't have to.   

If you are looking for non-mainstream, provocatively-narrated news and opinion pieces which promise to make you think -- we feature Zero Hedge, ...

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Whitney Tilson On LL, EXACT, And Martin Shkreli


Whitney Tilson On LL, EXACT, And Martin Shkreli

Courtesy of Value Walk

1) The shares of one of my largest short positions (~3%), Exact Sciences, crashed by more than 46% yesterday. Below is the article I published this morning on SeekingAlpha, explaining why I think it’s still a great short and thus shorted more yesterday. Here’s a summary:

  • The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force’s Colorectal Cancer Screening Draft Recommendation issued yesterday is devastating for Exact Sciences’ only product, Cologuard.
  • I think this is the beginning of the end for the company.
  • My price target for the stock a year from now is $3, so I shorted more yes...

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Baxter's Spinoff

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Baxter Int. (BAX) is splitting off its BioSciences division into a new company called Baxalta. Shares of Baxalta will be given as a tax-free dividend, in the ratio of one to one, to BAX holders on record on June 17, 2015. That means, if you want to receive the Baxalta dividend, you need to buy the stock this week (on or before June 12).

The Baxalta Spinoff

By Ilene with Trevor of Lowenthal Capital Partners and Paul Price

In its recent filing with the SEC, Baxter provides:

“This information statement is being ...

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Mapping The Market

An update on oil proxies

Courtesy of Jean-Luc Saillard

Back in December, I wrote a post on my blog where I compared the performances of various ETFs related to the oil industry. I was looking for the best possible proxy to match the moves of oil prices if you didn't want to play with futures. At the time, I concluded that for medium term trades, USO and the leveraged ETFs UCO and SCO were the most promising. Longer term, broader ETFs like OIH and XLE might make better investment if oil prices do recover to more profitable prices since ETF linked to futures like USO, UCO and SCO do suffer from decay. It also seemed that DIG and DUG could be promising if OIH could recover as it should with the price of oil, but that they don't make a good proxy for the price of oil itself. 


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Help One Of Our Own PSW Members

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This is a non-trading topic, but I wanted to post it during trading hours so as many eyes can see it as possible.  Feel free to contact me directly at with any questions.

Last fall there was some discussion on the PSW board regarding setting up a YouCaring donation page for a PSW member, Shadowfax. Since then, we have been looking into ways to help get him additional medical services and to pay down his medical debts.  After following those leads, we are ready to move ahead with the YouCaring site. (Link is posted below.)  Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated; not only to help aid in his medical bill debt, but to also show what a great community this group is.

Thank you for you time!

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