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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

Business people looking down at man lying on pavement, elevated view

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

Meanwhile In Canada: "Terrible" Jobs Report, Worst Since The Financial Crisis

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As the US was basking in the warm glow of the best jobs report since January, it was a different story over in Canada, where BMO's chief economist Robert Kavcic had one recommendation to clients: "avert your eyes." Here's why: Canadian employment unexpectedly tumbled by 71,200 in November, the biggest decline since the financial crisis.

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American influence could take the hit as Putin, Zelenskiy try to make peace in Donbass

 

American influence could take the hit as Putin, Zelenskiy try to make peace in Donbass

Zelenskiy is facing a tough meeting with Russia’s Putin on Dec. 9. Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP

Courtesy of Erik C. Nisbet, The Ohio State University and Olga Kamenchuk, The Ohio State University

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Kimble Charting Solutions

Gold Miners Indicator Attempting Multi-Year Breakout, Says Joe Friday

Courtesy of Chris Kimble

Are Gold Mining stocks about to be sent a bullish signal they haven’t received in years? Possible says Joe Friday.

This chart looks at the Senior Miner/Junior miner (GDXJ/GDX) ratio over the past few years. Historically when the ratio is heading up, miners tend to do very well.

The ratio has created a series of lower highs just below the falling line (1), since the summer of 2016. The ratio is currently testing the strong falling resistance line and the June 2019 highs at (2).

Joe Friday Just The Facts Ma’am; If the ratio succeeds in a double breakout at (2), it sends miners a long-awaited bullish message.

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Insider Scoop

Scott Galloway Calls For Twitter's Board To Replace 'Part-Time CEO' Jack Dorsey Amid Africa Move Plans

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A shareholder in Twitter Inc. (NASDAQ: TWTR) and New York University business professor wrote an open letter Friday to the company's board calling for the replacement of CEO Jack Dorsey.

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Chart Shows the Fed Ramping Up Not QE - Funding Almost All Treasury Issuance

 

Chart Shows the Fed Ramping Up Not QE – Funding Almost All Treasury Issuance

Courtesy of Lee Adler, Wall Street Examiner 

The Fed is ramping up “Not QE” .

The Fed bought $2.2 billion in notes today in its POMO, “not QE,” operations. Actually $2.15 billion because they sold back a whole $50 million. Must have been a little glitch in the force.

This brings the Fed’s total outright purchases of Treasuries to $170 billion since it started Not QE, on September 17.

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Chart School

Silver stock taking the sector higher

Courtesy of Read the Ticker

As the US economy begins to show late cycle characteristics like: GDP slowing, higher inflation, higher wage costs, CEO confidence slump. 

Previous Post: Gold Stocks Review

The big players in the market are looking for the next swing off good value lows. This means more money is finding it way into the gold and silver sector, and it is said gold and silver stocks actually lead the metal prices.

The cycle below shows prices are ready to move in the months ahead (older chart re posted).


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Digital Currencies

Chinese Crypto Exchange IDAX Locks Cold Wallet As CEO "Goes Missing"

Courtesy of ZeroHedge

By William Suberg via CoinTelegraph.com

Chinese cryptocurrency exchange IDAX has suspended deposits and withdrawals after its CEO allegedly disappeared.

In a blog post on Nov. 29, IDAX, which earlier this week warned it was seeing a run on withdrawals, said the whereabouts of Lei Guorong were currently unkno...



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Members' Corner

Sacha Baron Cohen Uses ADL Speech to Tear Apart Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook

 

Sacha Baron Cohen Uses ADL Speech to Tear Apart Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook

By Matt Wilstein

Excerpt:

Sacha Baron Cohen accepted the International Leadership Award at the Anti-Defamation League’s Never is Now summit on anti-Semitism and hate Thursday. And the comedian and actor used his keynote speech to single out the one Jewish-American who he believes is doing the most to facilitate “hate and violence” in America: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

He began with a joke at the Trump administration’s expense. “Thank you, ADL, for this recognition and your work in fighting racism, hate and bigotry,” Baron Cohen said, according to his prepared...



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VIX Warns Of Imminent Market Correction

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The VIX is warning that a market peak may be setting up in the global markets and that investors should be cautious of the extremely low price in the VIX. These extremely low prices in the VIX are typically followed by some type of increased volatility in the markets.

The US Federal Reserve continues to push an easy money policy and has recently begun acquiring more dept allowing a deeper move towards a Quantitative Easing stance. This move, along with investor confidence in the US markets, has prompted early warning signs that the market has reached near extreme levels/peaks. 

Vix Value Drops Before Monthly Expiration

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Why telling people with diabetes to use Walmart insulin can be dangerous advice

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Why telling people with diabetes to use Walmart insulin can be dangerous advice

A vial of insulin. Prices for the drug, crucial for those with diabetes, have soared in recent years. Oleksandr Nagaiets/Shutterstock.com

Courtesy of Jeffrey Bennett, Vanderbilt University

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How IPOs Are Priced

Via Jean Luc 

Funny but probably true:

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