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Why the Roth IRA is right for me

I recently read an article on Financial Samurai entitled, “Disadvantages Of The ROTH IRA: Not All Is What It Seems.” It really got me thinking because I currently invest in a Roth IRA and have recommended that others invest in them as well. Is a Roth IRA really the correct...

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LULU Earnings Play

Unlike LULU’s pants, apparently their earnings are harder to see through. On 6/11/2014 I opened a trade on LULU. LULU was set to announce earnings after the close of the market on the 12th. At the time, LULU was trading around 44.30 and had a high implied volatility leading up...

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IWM, DIA, NFLX Options Trades

I wanted to quickly recap a few of my ongoing options trades. My current and past options can be found here. In the future I’ll document each trade as its own individual post. Until then, I’ll update these as things change. Due to how the market had rallied and slightly...

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May 2014 Dividends/ Option Income

Only three of my companies paid out this May, bringing in a total of $163.41. This is an improvement of 83% over what I received in 2013. The majority of this increase was due to substantially increasing my stake in Apple as well dividend increases by both AAPL and KMI....

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The Illogic of Active Trading – My Take

While we don’t know exactly why people are trading, Joe Kinahan, chief strategist at TD Ameritrade, made it pretty clear in an earlier news release: “Our clients have been dialing up equity market exposure and participating in the rally every step of the way.” In addition to all this trading...

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Updated Investing Spreadsheets

I recently made a few updates to the investing spreadsheets. The current “live” version can be found in my current investment portfolio. The first change is the creation of a dividend calendar. I got this inspiration from Hello Sucker’s Calendar page. This basically gives me a head’s up on the...

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April 2014 Dividends/ Option Income

Only four of my companies paid out this April, bringing in a total of $89.10. This is a huge improvement over the zero dollars received in April of 2013 and 2012. You’d have to go back to April 2011 to see the $16.99 from when I first owned GE. I...

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Salvaging a Bad Options Trade

I started trading options about one year ago. In that time, I’ve traded plenty of out-of-the-money, at-the-money, and deep-in-the-money options, all depending on my time horizon and goals for each trade. I’ve certainly had my share of losing trades as well as some profitable ones. More important, I’ve learned an...

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High-Frequency Trading and the Retail Investor

The recent debate about high-frequency trading that took place live on the floor of the NYSE was quite interesting. However, it seemed to paint high-frequency trading in a very negative light without presenting the other side of the argument. The two videos below from recent episodes of tastytrade LIVE provide...

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Getting Started in Real Estate

It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to invest in any stocks. This mostly has been due to the fact that I’ve had a lot of expenses related to my radiology education: books, conferences, travel/hotels, etc. Fortunately, I will be getting reimbursed for most of these expenses and then will...