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New monthly investments via Loyal3

It is very tough to time the market. People have tried to develop strategies to do that and all have failed in the long-term. What I do know is that high quality companies will eventually go up. If your investing horizon is long enough, then it really doesn’t matter what...

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August 2014 Income

While I only have three stocks that pay their dividends in August, all three pay well and make up a large portion of my portfolio. Last August I made $117.04. This August I received a total of $233.74, a increase of 99%. This amount brings the year total up to...

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Put Options on ANF and CRM

ANF Type: naked short put Margin requirement: ~$450 (While this is technically a naked trade, I have the available funds if I were to be assigned.) 08/15/14 STO 1 ANF Sep26 2014 35 Put @ 0.67 Comm = 1.54 Credit: $0.67 Earnings for this stock is before market open on...

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Liebster Award Nomination

Ryan from My Dividend Growth just nominated me for a Liebster Award. A Liebster Award is an online award given by bloggers to other bloggers. It lets you learn more about the writers behind the blogs you follow by allowing the authors to answer questions that might not be normally...

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Put Option on UAL

UAL Type: naked short put Margin requirement (as of 8/12/2014): $456.50 (While this is technically a naked trade, I have the available funds if I were to be assigned.) 08/12/14 STO 1 UAL Sep26 2014 37.5 Put @ 0.74 Comm = 1.54 Credit: $0.74 This trade could turn out a...

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Put Option on CREE

CREE Type: naked short put Margin requirement (as of 8/4/2014): $457.50 (While this is technically a naked trade, I have the available funds if I were to be assigned. CREE is a growth stock that I wouldn’t mind owning.) 08/04/14 STO 1 CREE Sep20 2014 40.0 Put @ 0.52 Comm...

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July 2014 Dividends/ Option Income

Last July I only made $17.51, as CSCO was the only stock that I paid. This year I received a total $99.93, an approximately 470% increase. (CSCO alone accounted for $20.16 of that amount.) This amount brings the year total up to $1111.06. Last year I made $1132.01 in total...

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My First $100K

I started keeping track of my portfolio upon finishing school. My chart begins in Q3 2011 with a brokerage account (including cash) worth $14,929. Through a combination of saving, investing in dividend paying stocks, reinvesting those dividends, and, in large part, to a roaring bull market, my account hit a...

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$1.50 options trades in dough

I’ve recently been getting some questions about how I am able to get the discounted commission rate of $1.50/contract from TD Ameritrade and dough. Rather than respond to each individually, I’ve decided to post the information here: Here’s the question/answer from the dough support site: What is the commission rate...

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Put trades on WFM and COH

In early July I closed my LULU option for a nice profit. Rather than let the money sit idle, I decided to open some more put trades to generate income. I chose two stocks with a high implied volatility (IV) to obtain higher premiums. Both stocks tend to have relatively...