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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekend Portfolio Analysis (November 22, 2014)

All right, the time has come to admit defeat. Yesterday was November expiration, my worst month ever. With my current trading style, I can make an adjustment to one of my spreads and still pull off a positive month. I can generally make two adjustments in the cycle and still pull off a break even month. I start losing money if I'm forced to make a third adjustment in the cycle. Well, in November I had to close 4 positions for a loss. With the added sin that I didn't make the last adjustment. I just closed my fourth loser without entering that last revenge trade, which would have been a winner. So, this exaggerated the losses a little bit in the end. I did enter my fifth order, it just never got filled for the price I wanted.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Invest and retire before you die - TELUS Corporation (T)

Have you ever wondered how an investment in a boring, blue chip company that pays dividends to share holders and periodically grows those dividends performs over long periods of time?

Welcome to the Invest and retire before you die series, where I explore the merits of long term investments in Canadian blue chip companies that pay and grow their dividends every year. I have seen these studies for American companies in the past and figured it would be nice for people to find something equivalent for Canadian ones. Notice that many Canadian blue chips companies are also listed in American exchanges and are therefore easily available to US investors.

If you are interested in other companies already discussed as part of this series, you can check out:
Invest and retire before you die - The Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS)
Invest and retire before you die - Emera Inc (EMA)
Invest and retire before you die - RioCan Real Estate (REI.UN)
Invest and retire before you die - Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (POT)
Invest and retire before you die - Enbridge (ENB)
Invest and retire before you die - TransCanada Corporation (TRP)
Invest and retire before you die - Suncor Energy (SU)
Invest and retire before you die - Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD) 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Weekend Portfolio Analysis (November 16, 2014)

Folks! I'm back. After two weekends without portfolio analysis. I have to say the trip to Florida was awesome. It gets harder and harder to come back up every time I go down there. Funny how I used to hate that weather during my days in Cuba and how much I love it and miss it now.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Invest and retire before you die - Toronto Dominion Bank (TD)

Have you ever wondered how an investment in a boring, blue chip company that pays dividends to share holders and periodically grows those dividends performs over long periods of time?

Welcome to the Invest and retire before you die series, where I explore the merits of long term investments in Canadian blue chip companies that pay and grow their dividends every year. I have seen these studies for American companies in the past and figured it would be nice for people to find something equivalent for Canadian ones. Notice that many Canadian blue chips companies are also listed in American exchanges and are therefore easily available to US investors.

If you are interested in other companies already discussed as part of this series, you can check out:
Invest and retire before you die - The Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS)
Invest and retire before you die - Emera Inc (EMA)
Invest and retire before you die - RioCan Real Estate (REI.UN)
Invest and retire before you die - Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (POT)
Invest and retire before you die - Enbridge (ENB)
Invest and retire before you die - TransCanada Corporation (TRP)
Invest and retire before you die - Suncor Energy (SU)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

December 2014 SPX Iron Condor adjustment

Today I had to adjust the Call side of the December SPX 1750/1760/2070/2080 Iron Condor

Invest and retire before you die - Suncor Energy (SU)

Have you ever wondered how an investment in a boring, blue chip company that pays dividends to share holders and periodically grows those dividends performs over long periods of time?

Welcome to the Invest and retire before you die series, where I explore the merits of long term investments in Canadian blue chip companies that pay and grow their dividends every year. I have seen these studies for American companies in the past and figured it would be nice for people to find something equivalent for Canadian ones. Notice that many Canadian blue chips companies are also listed in American exchanges and are therefore easily available to US investors.

If you are interested in other companies already discussed as part of this series, you can check out:
Invest and retire before you die - The Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS)
Invest and retire before you die - Emera Inc (EMA)
Invest and retire before you die - RioCan Real Estate (REI.UN)
Invest and retire before you die - Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (POT)
Invest and retire before you die - Enbridge (ENB)
Invest and retire before you die - TransCanada Corporation (TRP) 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Invest and retire before you die - TransCanada Corporation (TRP)

Have you ever wondered how an investment in a boring, blue chip company that pays dividends to share holders and periodically grows those dividends performs over long periods of time?

Welcome to the Invest and retire before you die series, where I explore the merits of long term investments in Canadian blue chip companies that pay and grow their dividends every year. I have seen these studies for American companies in the past and figured it would be nice for people to find something equivalent for Canadian ones. Notice that many Canadian blue chips companies are also listed in American exchanges and are therefore easily available to US investors.

If you are interested in other companies already discussed as part of this series, you can check out:
Invest and retire before you die - The Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS)
Invest and retire before you die - Emera Inc (EMA)
Invest and retire before you die - RioCan Real Estate (REI.UN)
Invest and retire before you die - Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (POT)
Invest and retire before you die - Enbridge (ENB)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Some more pain...

Short article to leave for reference during my time off in sunny Florida.

Today I sold an SPX 2110/2120 December Credit Call spread for 1.00 (1 contract only for the model portfolio)

I closed the SPX 2050/2060 November Credit Call spread for 2.95 debit. I'll try to sell 2080/2085 tomorrow for .50 credit. We'll see.

Related Articles:
SPX 2110/2120 December Credit Call spread expires successfully

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Invest and retire before you die - Enbridge Inc. (ENB)

Have you ever wondered how an investment in a boring, blue chip company that pays dividends to share holders and periodically grows those dividends performs over long periods of time?

Welcome to the Invest and retire before you die series, where I explore the merits of long term investments in Canadian blue chip companies that pay and grow their dividends every year. I have seen these studies for American companies in the past and figured it would be nice for people to find something equivalent for Canadian ones. Notice that many Canadian blue chips companies are also listed in American exchanges and are therefore easily available to US investors.

If you are interested in other companies already discussed as part of this series, you can check out:
Invest and retire before you die - The Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS)
Invest and retire before you die - Emera Inc (EMA)
Invest and retire before you die - RioCan Real Estate (REI.UN)
Invest and retire before you die - Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (POT)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Invest and retire before you die - Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (POT)

Have you ever wondered how an investment in a boring, blue chip company that pays dividends to share holders and periodically grows those dividends performs over long periods of time?

Welcome to the Invest and retire before you die series, where I explore the merits of long term investments in Canadian blue chip companies that pay and grow their dividends every year. I have seen these studies for American companies in the past and figured it would be nice for people to find something equivalent for Canadian ones. Notice that many Canadian blue chips companies are also listed in American exchanges and are therefore easily available to US investors.

If you are interested in other companies already discussed as part of this series, you can check out:
Invest and retire before you die - The Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS)
Invest and retire before you die - Emera Inc (EMA)
Invest and retire before you die - RioCan Real Estate (REI.UN)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Alternatives for selling out of the money Credit Spreads

No Weekend Portfolio Analysis for today. Instead, I'm going to do something different as I think a trader should go back to the drawing board from time to time, revise what he's been doing, learn, improve.

Here's a breakdown of my trading activity by strategy. I separated the results of Iron Condors, individual Credit Put spreads and individual Credit Call spreads for the last 12 months of trading activity: from December 2013 to November 2014. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Investing results - first year as an Investor

Wow, it seems like just yesterday that I started my journey as an Investor, as if my addiction to Options trading and Forex wasn't enough. Well, time goes by really fast and it's been 13 months to be exact. So, I think it is a good time to make a stop and analyze how things went for me as an Investor in its infancy.