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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

Update 3/30/2017: tastytrade just released tastyworks, their own options trading platform with $1 commissions and $0 to close. 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...

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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...

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KMI Covered Call July 2014

KMI Type: selling covered call Reasoning: As mentioned on the recent CSCO covered call sale, I also have greater than 100 shares of KMI within my Roth IRA. I have approximately 166 shares generating $279.39 a year in dividends ($69.85/quarter) and KMI next pays its dividend in August. My cost...

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June 2014 Dividends/ Option Income

June has been a huge dividend month for me. Last June I made $143.66; this year I brought in $295.02, a 105.4% increase. This amount brings the year total up to $1011.13. Last year I made $1132.01 in total and I am already almost at that 6-months in. I also...

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2014 Mid-Year Review

Wow! I can’t believe that 6 months have already passed. The time sure does fly. In this post I want to look back at my 2014 Goals and gauge how I’m doing so far. Goals for 2014: 1) Max Roth IRA ($5,500) as soon as possible Passed. While I didn’t...

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CSCO Covered Call June 2014

CSCO Type: selling covered call Reasoning: I’m trying to generate some additional income. CSCO pays its dividends in January, April, July, and October. They pay just over 3%, meaning that I’m generating just over $20 per quarter in dividends (with my 106 shares). My current cost basis for CSCO is...

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Early retirees should still use a Roth IRA

Dividend Mantra (DM) is an investing blog that I read regularly. It’s a terrific resource and should definitely be added to your blog reader. Back in August 2013, DM wrote an post entitled, “Why I Hold 100% Of My Equity Investments In A Taxable Account,” that discusses the idea of...

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Additional Purchases for Roth IRA: TGT and KMI

Today I maxed out the annual contribution limit for my Roth IRA. I typically like to max out the Roth IRA as soon as possible (usually by February), but I decided to wait until later this year so that I would have more cash available for options trading. I divided...