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  • January 2011: The Best and Worst of the S&P 500 [View article]
    If you continue to perform this analysis and it is accurate, I could see this being useful for those who wish to tweak their SPY ETF holding by going over- or -underweight for certain securities.

    In the future I would at a minimum manually recalculate the top and bottom five. Macros and automation are great but are not infallible.
    Feb 6 10:25 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Want an Apple Dividend? Create Your Own [View article]
    Except you most likely need to maintain that amount of cash with your broker anyway so you are only gaining the negligble interest on the cash over the five days.
    Jan 25 08:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Want an Apple Dividend? Create Your Own [View article]
    Again, the risk of loss over a five day period is not as significant. Every strategy has the risk of loss but you do have the premium to offset some of the downside.
    Jan 25 08:54 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Want an Apple Dividend? Create Your Own [View article]
    If I am making a healthy profit on the trade, I don't worry about commision. This is similiar to how many investors are afraid of paying taxes on capital gains: I would much rather have the gains to pay taxes on rather than having losses!
    Jan 25 07:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Want an Apple Dividend? Create Your Own [View article]
    I took the opposite opinion: selling extremely long-term options is even more risky. As the duration increases, there is the potential for more negative news that can drive the stock price down. Weekly options have the benefit of high premiums but in general, potential price movements are limited over such a short period of time. For most stocks I follow, I am not substantially woried that the company will fundamentally change in one week.
    Jan 25 07:57 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Want an Apple Dividend? Create Your Own [View article]
    The fact that Apple surged the first two trading days this week only increases the value of the options. This might not be the most lucrative option strategy but it is relatively safe and easy to understand.
    Jan 25 07:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Want an Apple Dividend? Create Your Own [View article]
    Why are they mutually exclusive strategies? Everyone should sell some of their shares to capture gains but there is no reason why options cannot be used as well. In fact, selling covered calls is a great strategy to force yourself to sell stocks at regular intervals and avoid being piggish.
    Jan 25 07:46 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Want an Apple Dividend? Create Your Own [View article]
    Thnks for the comment! I am one of those very happy Apple shareholders and have created a very successful income strategy using options.
    Jan 25 07:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Want an Apple Dividend? Create Your Own [View article]
    You are partially correct; however, potential losses are reduced by the premiums received on the calls. Your investment can decrease by the amount of the premium and you still would break-even on the trade, before commision.
    Jan 25 07:44 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • So Much for 'Free': Apple Will Sell $2 Billion in Apps in 2011 [View article]
    "According to Citibank’s US Internet Stock 2011 Playbook released today, Apple (AAPL) will generated as much as $2 billion in gross app revenue in 2011."

    Does the $2 billion refer to total App Store sales or is the 30% cut of the total sales that Apple gets?

    In order for it to be the former, there would have to be $6.6B in sales on the App Store which seems high.
    Jan 2 09:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Evaluating the 'Dogs of the Dow' Through Pairs [View article]
    Good analysis and I like your picks. Shame that CVX and MCD had to be paired as the remainders, with the tailwinds favoring both of them in 2011, I am included to go with the six Dogs of the Dow!
    Jan 2 08:22 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Seeking Alpha Celebrates 500,000 Registered Users! [View article]
    I received my shirt as well. If you haven't received your shirt yet, stay calm! It is well worth the wait.
    Oct 9 10:31 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • PFF vs. PGX: Preferred Stock ETFs Go Head-to-Head [View article]
    Excellent article with very useful information. Thank you for the work.
    Oct 6 10:40 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • 11 Firms That Overdid the Layoffs [View article]
    Without analyzing these companies in more detail, it is difficult to truly prove whether these companies "overdid the layoffs". Even in times of economic boom, layoffs are natural and can be healthy for a growing firm. Hindsight is always 20-20. Many investors, managers, politicians, and individuals overreacted to the market collapse.
    Sep 20 04:30 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Five Criteria to Select High Dividend Equity ETFs [View article]
    Great article that will be a very useful starting point for further research!
    Sep 8 04:13 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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