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New tastyworks Options Trading Platform

For a long time I’ve been a advocate of the excellent options trading knowledge from the people at tastytrade. tastytrade has live shows throughout the trading day and archives of everything to help you learn. If you don’t know, tastytrade was created by the people that ultimately ended up selling...

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Purchase of more GE and GILD Options

While I have not been posting as regularly as I would like, I still have been staying active with buying stocks and selling options. Here’s the latest: I get paid at the end of each month so tend to do most of my stock buying early in the month. The...

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February 2017 Income

Better late than never! I’ve been super busy with work, traveling to a prostate cancer conference in San Francisco, and traveling with my girlfriend. While the blogging has slowed a bit, I’ve still been actively trading options and buying stocks. My portfolio has also continued to generate some awesome passive...

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Assigned AAPL Call, Purchase of JNJ and HXL

On 1/25/2017 I sold a call on AAPL with a strike of 125 when the stock was trading at 121.95. The expiration date was 2/24/2017. For selling this I received $105.99 after commission. I’m using the past tense above because I had an investing first for me. On the evening...

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Banner image update

While I like the functionality of my blog theme (Hueman), the text that I was using for the last couple years in the banner was getting a little stale. So I asked my brother to come up with a new banner design. While there were many good ones, the banner...

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Latest purchases: BMY, CY, DEO, GILD, KKR, VTR

I love the posts where I discuss new purchases because it is so fun to see the annual dividend keep going higher. The latest purchases include a few new stocks and some old players. All pay dividends, though not all have the dividend growth history of a Johnson & Johnson...

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January 2017 Income

Wow! January 2017 is done already. Time is just flying! This January I received $156.89, compared with $144.28 in January 2016. This is an increase of only 8.7%. It doesn’t seem like much but it is still much faster than inflation. January has typically been my lowest paying month, and...

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2017 Goals

Now that the recap of my 2016 goals is complete, I can get around to discussing goals for 2017. Goals for 2017: 1) Retirement Accounts. As always it is best to invest fully and as early as possible into tax advantaged accounts. This goal is to max out my Roth...

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2016 Year-End Performance & Goal Review

Statistics Beginning 2016 Account Value: $158,053.76 Ending 2016 Account Value: $224,302.38 Dividend income in 2016: $4,858.55 Forward 12-month dividends: $5,442.09 Options income in 2016: $1,125.65 Total lifetime dividend income: $14,167.12 Post-tax salary: $120,977.63 Effect of dividend increases: $340.96. This is equivalent to investing just over $11,360 at a 3% yield....

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December 2016 Income

Total dividend income for December 2016 was $785.70. This is up 62.5% over the dividend income received in 2015! It is also more money that I received the entire year in 2012. It has been fun to see the portfolio and the dividends get larger and larger. I also received...