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Financial Velociraptor
Early Retirement
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Three positions expired over the weekend. music selection:  “Do You Love Me” — The Contours weigh-in:  206.8 +2.0 – doh! GRUB and SXCP expired out of the money on Saturday.  NAP ended with shares being assigned.  Performance of SXCP was as expected but GRUB ran away a little while NAP languished.  None of the three […] ...
Posted: Nov 20 2017 @ 7:08 PM
My SIRI put expired in the money over the weekend and was assigned. music selection:  “Black Sheep” — Metric weigh-in:  204.8 (0.2) I was assigned 1,800 shares of Sirius XM (SIRI) over the weekend with a cost basis of 5.50 a share.  Sirius is a fine company with great scalability and strong cash flow but […] ...
Posted: Nov 13 2017 @ 10:40 AM
Honoring a stop loss. music selection:  “Them Bones” — Alice In Chains Back on 24APR2017, I bought AmTrust Financial Services (AFSI) for 17.50 a share via options assignment.  I had high hopes for this property and casualty insurer because it has a history of strong underwriting discipline.  I was impressed with its long history of […] ...
Posted: Nov 10 2017 @ 10:08 AM
Cleaning up after a corporate action. music selection:  “Blame Me” — The Pretty Reckless On 24FEB2014 I purchased 982 (split adjusted) shares of Two Harbors (TWO) for 20.36 a share.  Shares are down 24.61% since that time but I’m up nicely after considering the distributions I have received during the holding period. On 1NOV2017, TWO issued a special dividend of shares of Granite Point Mortgage Trust (GPMT).  I received 186 shares with a ...
Posted: Nov 08 2017 @ 9:55 AM
Two positions expired over the weekend. music selection:  “I Won’t Pay” — The Offspring weigh-in:  205.0 +1.6 – it is really challenging to put two good weeks together i a row. Blackstone and Oracle expired out of the money over the weekend.  I still hold shares of BX and will write a fresh covered call against the position.  Oracle moved higher and became less attractive for a new written put trade as premiums ...
Posted: Nov 06 2017 @ 1:00 PM
Happy Halloween! music selection:  “I Like It Heavy” — Halestorm ASSETS: Wells Fargo (taxable): This is down 281 dollars.  This account holds mostly closed end funds holding debt instruments.  It rarely moves much.  The month end total is 31,307. Interactive Brokers (taxable): This moved only a tiny bit by 121 dollars or about 0.04% on the month.  There was actually more action than that but strong gains in UVXY puts was offset by losses ...
Posted: Nov 01 2017 @ 10:26 AM
The results of the A/B Test are in. music selection:   “King Of Pain” — The Police Back on 2OCT2017, I set up an A/B test on different strikes of UVXY.  I bought strikes 5 dollars out of the money and 5 dollars in the money to determine once and for all which strategy performs better.  The results are in and out of the money wins by a large margin.  This makes sense ...
Posted: Nov 01 2017 @ 10:26 AM
Lizard King stepped in brontosaurus poo yet again. music selection:  “I’m America” — Cilver On 10JUL2017, I opened a short position in Santander (SC) at 13.11 a share.  I had high hopes that their reckless subprime lending would result in poor financial performance.  Mr. Market disagrees with me. I hit my 25% stop loss at yesterday’s close and I’m honoring that today.  I bought to close at 16.73.  For 380 shares, my short ...
Posted: Oct 31 2017 @ 11:24 AM
No putting lipstick on this pig. music selection:  “Sweet Caroline” — Neil Diamond (So Good! So Good! So Good!) weigh-in:  203.4 (1.4)  – back on the wagon I opened a diagonal call on Celgene (CELG) on 15AUG2017.  I had high hopes of earning a decent income while slowly building strong capital gains.  Since that time, CELG has had a promising new drug fizzle out in clinical trials and has reported a down quarter ...
Posted: Oct 30 2017 @ 11:01 AM
Four positions expired over the weekend. music selection:  “Jamming” — Bob Marley; speak up in the comments if you dig it! weigh-in:  204.8 +1.8 – doh! PMT, SM, and NAP expired out of the money over the weekend.  EOG shares were called away.  I say goodbye to EOG and SM for now as I seek to reduce exposure to a stubbornly weak oilfield.  Unrelated, I got a great deal on close to expiry ...
Posted: Oct 23 2017 @ 1:54 PM


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