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OPNewsletter : May’09 (+11.2%), Jun’09 (Opening Shortly)

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It feels great when a single covered call option spread (done only @ 7.3% of 10K portfolio) can deliver OPNewsletter monthly subscription fee, cover commissions and still deliver profits, without making adjustments throughout the holding period. And what if the newsletter doesn’t get a single cent if doesn’t deliver profits? Welcome to OPNewsletter (A “No Profit, No Fee” Newsletter)! It is up +11.2% (x-brokerage) and +8.5% including commissions for May’09 alone (a 16th positive month out of 17 months.). As I stated earlier, after many months of waiting, we crossed our 60% portfolio investment guideline. It’s always an advantage if…

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OPNewsletter (Outperformance)- May’09 +6.1%

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Option Trading is equally useful to retail traders and can generate consistent income if used properly. Hope you enjoyed the free trade alerts for some earnings play (You may sign-up for the Basic membership that is free till Dec 2009) A Fantastic week for OPNewsletter! We played HAL, IBM, UPS and AMZN for earnings and all these one day players nicely added value to the portfolio. We chose to close HAL and AMZN and to keep IBM and UPS for further gains. These were special circumstantial opportunities and we took full advantage without having to worry which direction stocks will…

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Bank of America (BAC) : A Speculative Trade

By | Calendar spread, Investment Strategy, Trade Ideas, US Market | No Comments

Before I start the post, let me warn that trading into financial is full of risks and you may lose your capital. You should make sure that you have a proper risk management plan in place to handle this and should only invest what you might be willing to lose 100%. And this particular trade you should not try if you think BAC is headed for bankruptcy/ nationalization, wiping out shareholder’s equity. (As a general suggestion, one should never invest more than 2-3% into any speculative trade. A good money management is extremely important as these have high risk for…

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OPNewsletter- Mar’09 +8.8%, Apr +2.4% (Open)

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March’09 portfolios were closed +8.8% (excluding commissions) and +5.6% (including commissions). I used up about +46.7% of the assumed 10K capital for OPNewsletter. This result doesn’t include excellent results from bonus trade alerts. When compared with broader markets, this was probably one of the best months for OPNewsletter. Look at the major market movements since we opened the Mar (Mid Feb’09) portfolio. RUT traveled almost -20% south; and DOW, S&P500 and Nasdaq ranging from -14% to -16%. All this was followed by sharp snap back rallies. Isn’t this amazing, almost 20% back and forth move in one month. I have…

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Option Business aka Insurance Business

By | Investment Strategy, Option Trading, Option Trading Strategy, Trade Ideas, US Market | 3 Comments

A bounce is due, no, I think overdue. We have all realized that Mr. Market can remain irrational longer than one can remain solvent. So though the probability of bounce is high, don’t count on it for long term bull market till there are sign of economic improvement. The primary trend is bearish, as clear as that could be. However, this market is bringing its own unique rewards. I would like to compare it with insurance business and let’s apply their business model to option trading. As the risk is rising, Options’ premium is rising as well and as an…

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Outperformance Continues at OPNewsletter

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When compared with broader markets, Feb was an excellent month for OPNewsletter coupled with a few good learnings (kinda reinforcement, been there done that, but forget that). Overall, OPNewsletter for Feb closed up +5.6% x-commissions and +2.6% including commissions. Capital preservtion and thus allocation was higher priority vs missing an opportunity. These results doesn’t include the speculative directional trade which were shared here (only OPN subscribers can see this thread) and here at my profile on InvesCafe (Free) which includes likes of RIMM +40%, V +7.8%, BIDU +5.2%, BAC +10% to +40%, ESI + 33%, SRS, STT, WHR, BTU, AXP,…

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