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September Expiration Results

I took a conservative approach for September and wrote only deep in-the-money calls on stocks that had the edge I was looking for at entry.  Here are the percentage gains for my five trades that are called out today:

TSL –     3.68% 

WFR  -  3.31%

VMW  - 3.10%

CCJ  -   2.67%

CMI  -   2.2%

Total Average Gain = 2.99%

Since I was not fully invested for September, my actual virtual portfolio gained about 1.2%.  I took early positions for October as I found good entry points that worked for my strategy.  I am tracking my virtual portfolio compared to the SPY, which moved from 107.53 at August close to 107.88 yesterday, which is a .32% move upward. So even partially invested I beat the S&P 500 by nearly 1 percent.   

At some point I will calculate how much I would have made if I had bought the stocks outright and I’m guessing it would have been a very nice number since they all went up and every stock but CCJ was up more than 5 percent.  My checkpoints should make for a great stock picking system for straight stock purchases to hold for 3 to 6 weeks.  So why don’t I do that instead?  My trading style is very cautious.  I hate to lose money.  I have tried other systems and found myself vulnerable to buying high and selling low, or getting too nervous and shaken out of positions early, when I could have made a profit with patience.  This month I would have had a hard time fighting off all the negativity in the market to even enter positions unless I had a hedged entry with a covered call.  Since I have a master’s in psychology, my world view is that trading success has as much to do with psychology and emotions as it does fundamental and technical analysis.  I have confidence in my system and feel more secure investing when I know I am hedged and can roll into the next month.  I feel like I have taken back control from the market manipulators by selling options to give myself flexibility and a cushion against whatever crazy thing happens out there.

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Always Trade with Your Edge

Always Trade with Your Edge

Courtesy of Rev Todd

As I near the first option expiration next Friday during my one year plot to make 3% a month for a year, I know I won’t make 3% the first month and I am OK with that.  I did not fully invest right away and phased in investments as I found stock patterns that fit my philosophy.  After three weeks I am still not fully invested.  I will probably make up ground by October because I have put in a number of positions already that will make more than 3%, so I’m not going to go crazy trying to hit my target every month.  While I want to make money, I’m going to meet that goal by not losing money and not taking unnecessary risk.  I believe I will still meet my overall goal without 3 percent this month by following this simple advice:

Always trade with an edge. 

What is the trading edge when writing monthly covered calls?  I am trying to take advantage of one of the three certainties in life – death, taxes and premium decay on options.  I don’t know what the stock market or the company I invest in will do. I do know with certainty that when I sell an option I will get paid and the premium will drain to zero by the third Friday of the next month.  I sell monthly options because the premium is compressed to a greater degree than LEAPS (long-term) options.  My first edge is very simple, sell premium that allows for 3 percent in profit per month.  Since my current bias is that the market is ranging, I’m playing it safe and writing in-the-money calls that allow for a 5 to 10 percent downside protection, which seems reasonably safe for now.

I never write a covered call on a stock just because of a compelling premium.  My goal is to make a stable income on the stock every month, not to speculate.  High premiums are a sign of high volatility in the stock, which makes the investment more speculative.  I want a high degree of certainty, so I follow some basic rules, which you can see in every trade alert I post.…
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Three Styles of Buy-Writes in an IRA

A whipsawing market can disturb your sleep to the point where you feel like you spent the night sailing around the Cape of Good Hope in a hurricane rather than dreaming about how you will spend your retirement. I batten down the hatches by writing covered calls in my IRA virtual portfolio. Covered calls enhance returns in a range-bound market and make the IRA ship sail a little smoother in choppy wakes caused by the latest CNBC “USS Dome and Gloom” and “USS BuyBuyBuy” sail at your stern. The Education section at Phil’s Stock World (PSW) gives three great strategies on how to buy-write your way to a more peaceful retirement. I suggest you read the details of each of these strategies as you get the chance, but I will provide a brief summary and what I see as the strengths of each style of writing covered calls.

 
Discount Buy-Write
 
This is the backbone strategy at PSW to build a core virtual portfolio. The strategy is to buy a great stock coming off a market bottom and sell a call and put at a strike price that allows for a 20 percent or better discount on the purchase of the stock. Here is a great example from PSW sent to members on July 7.
 
XOM is a good inflation hedge and so beaten down (back to Sept 2008 spike lows, when oil was $40) that I have to include it.  They have a 3.1% dividend of $1.76 with the stock at $57.46 and we can sell the 2012 $55 calls for $9.20 and the 2012 $52.50 puts for $7.35 for a net $40.91/46.71.  That brings the dividend up to 4.3% and you make another 34% if called away at $55 with your worst case being owning 2x XOM at an 18.7% discount to today’s price.
 
The obvious advantage of this strategy is that you can make a decent income even if your stock drops and you get a 15 to 20 percent downside hedge. Even in a huge market drop, that will pay off leaving you greater capital to work with as you build your virtual portfolio back up. Second, these are long-term writes, often 6 to 18 months into the future. If you don’t have time to monitor your virtual portfolio every day or week, this strategy allows peace of mind while vacationing or just living your life. Third, if you are a PSW


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What “the plot” is all about

What “the plot” is all about

Courtesy of Rev. Todd, Rev Todd’s IRA Plot

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For several years I have been a wandering stock market pilgrim seeking the holy grail of trading. I started with $2500 from a tax rebate and started climbing the volatile active volcano of penny stocks. I barely escaped the lava and moved through a series of gurus. I journeyed through the lands that were infested with gold bugs; flew (and crashed) with the iron condors, traveled with a trading tribe of “turtle traders” until whipsawed unconscious; and flew too near the sun with Icarus-like option traders.  None of these proved to be the holy grail, since I either had too little cash, too little time or too little patience since I work full-time and cannot devote myself to day trading.

In September of 2008 I discovered covered call writing. Once again I took a beating as the market underwent cardiac arrest in the ICU, but I noticed that while mutual funds were down 40-50%, I was “only” down 30% at the bottom and I recovered all my capital by the following February. I could also sleep at night and didn’t have to be glued to the screen. In the 1st quarter of 2009 I had 14 of 14 successful trades, made 15% writing covered calls, and followed that with making 14% in the 2nd quarter. Sounds like the holy grail, right? However, the VIX was at a peak and the premiums were more magnificent than the pearly gates and heavenly streets paved with gold. Then I got greedy. I succumbed to the sirens promising 100% a year and once-in-a-lifetime investments in breakthrough technologies.  I started to lose money again. 
 
I stumbled into PSW a few months ago and the buy-write strategies and hedges made sense to me. I started making money again. I didn’t find a holy grail, a messiah, nirvana, or the Kingdom of God, but I did start getting my daily bread. Oddly enough I make more money by being conservative than by taking risks.
 
So how did “IRA plot” come about? I assure you I am not affiliated with any Irish revolutionary groups, though I did spend a summer in Belfast. I’m talking about the Roth kind of IRAs. I recently took over managing my new wife’s IRA and my mother’s IRA. Not all the strategies at PSW work in IRA accounts. While Interactive Brokers allows me to sell cash covered naked puts, I cannot buy


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Zero Hedge

Europe Warns Of An Upcoming "Trade Apocalypse"

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As European officials struggle to do everything they can to save the WTO, which appears headed for an all-but-certain demise thanks to President Trump's aggressive trade policies, EU leaders have apparently circulated an "internal memo" drafted by the European Commission that accuses the US of deliberately instigating the collapse of the global trade order, and warns of an upcoming "trade apocalypse." In short, if this document is any guide, the trade war is about to get worse - as if Trump's threat to impose 20% tariffs o...



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50 Biggest Movers From Friday

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Gainers
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Visualizing The Global Export Economy In One Map

By RaulHowMuch.net

Visualizing the Global Export Economy in One Map

President Trump has loudly complained for quite some time about U.S. trade deficits with the world, most recently following the latest G7 summit in Canada. Trump’s rhetoric implies that other countries are enjoying massive surpluses at the expense of American workers. This got us thinking about how the U.S. actually compares as an exporter in the world economy, so we create our newest map.

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Chart School

Semiconductors Accelerate Losses

Courtesy of Declan.

There was no real change on the end-of-week position of markets. The Semiconductor Index was the most active with an undercut close of the week's swing low Next support level is the 50-day MA.


Despite the swing low undercut in the Semiconductor Index there were no breakout reversals for the Nasdaq or Nasdaq 100; indeed, the weakness may be viewed as a buying opportunity with a test of support.

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Mapping The Market

Mistakes were Made. (And, Yes, by Me.)

Via Jean-Luc:

Famed investor reflecting on his mistakes:

Mistakes were Made. (And, Yes, by Me.)

One that stands out for me:

Instead of focusing on how value factors in general did in identifying attractive stocks, I rushed to proclaim price-to-sales the winner. That was, until it wasn’t. I guess there’s a reason for the proclamation “The king is dead, long live the king” when a monarchy changes hands. As we continued to update the book, price-to-sales was no longer the “best” single value factor, replaced by others, depending upon the time frames examined. I had also become a lot more sophisticated in my analysis—thanks to criticism of my earlier work—and realized that everything, including factors, moves in and out of favor, depending upon the market environment. I also realized...



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Digital Currencies

Crypto-Collapse Resumes After Japan's Largest Exchange Halts Account Creation

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What started off as a hopeful week of broadening user adoption is ending on a sour note as Japan's chief regulator launched a probe of crypto-exchanges, prompting the largest to halt account creation sending the entire crypto space lower...

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Biotech

Opioids don't have to be addictive - the new versions will treat pain without triggering pleasure

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Opioids don't have to be addictive – the new versions will treat pain without triggering pleasure

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Courtesy of Tao Che, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

The problem with opioids is that they kill pain – and people. In the past three years, more than 125,000 persons died from an opioid overdose – an average of 115 people per day – exceeding the number killed in ...



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ValueWalk

Buffett At His Best

By csinvesting. Originally published at ValueWalk.

Bear with me as I share a bit of my history that helped me create SkyVu and the Battle Bears games. The University of Nebraska gave me my first job after college. I mostly pushed TV carts around, edited videos for professors or the occasional speaker event. One day, Warren Buffet came to campus to speak to the College of Business. I didn’t think much of this speech at the time but I saved it for some reason. 15 years later, as a founder of my own company, I watch and listen to this particular speech every year to remind myself of the fundamentals and values Mr. Buffett looks for. He’s addressing business students at his alma mater, so I think his style here is a bit more ‘close to home’ than in his other speeches. Hopefully many of you find great value in this video like I have. Sorry for the VHS...



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The Stock Bull Market Stops Here!

 

The Stock Bull Market Stops Here!

Courtesy of Kimble Charting

 

The definition of a bull market or bull trends widely vary. One of the more common criteria for bull markets is determined by the asset being above or below its 200 day moving average.

In my humble opinion, each index above remains in a bull trend, as triple support (200-day moving averages, 2-year rising support lines, and February lows) are still in play ...



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Members' Corner

Cambridge Analytica and the 2016 Election: What you need to know (updated)

 

"If you want to fundamentally reshape society, you first have to break it." ~ Christopher Wylie

[Interview: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: 'We spent $1m harvesting millions of Facebook profiles' – video]

"You’ve probably heard by now that Cambridge Analytica, which is backed by the borderline-psychotic Mercer family and was formerly chaired by Steve Bannon, had a decisive role in manipulating voters on a one-by-one basis – using their own personal data to push them toward voting ...



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Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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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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Mid-Day Update

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