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A retired senior interested in the market.
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How I Made Money During the Great Market Crash of 2008
  • Poor Man's Program Trading After 11 Months 0 comments
    Jul 1, 2012 11:18 PM | about stocks: DIA

    Continuing from my last month's report , here is the performance of my program trading of the past month. As shown below in the DIA daily chart over the past year, there was increased volatility in the market in the month of June.

    (click to enlarge)

    The result is I did three round trips of trade in June:

    But, this did not help improve the performance of my portfolio. The inactivity during the immediate past five months dragged down the annual return, as shown below.

    The performance, as of June 30, 2012, of the program trading is summarized below.

    Date of inception


    Initial funding allocated for this strategy


    Number of shares of DIA I own now


    Net from trading and dividends received, from the date of inception, after commissions and expenses


    Return on the fund allocated, from the date of inception


    Return on the fund allocated, annualized, from the date of inception


    Cash on hand


    Breakeven price for the DIA on hand


    Market value of portfolio


    Market value of portfolio over fund allocated


    My portfolio still holds a lot of cash, as shown below. I have been using this idling cash to make some money, making used of the strategy I outlined in my articles How to double your money. I'll report on the performance of that strategy sometimes in the near future.

    So far, this strategy has been running almost on an auto-pilot and it made more than $14,000 for me (see the figure below) with very little input from me. I am very happy about it. Also, the portfolio is projecting an annual return of about 6%. That is not bad.

    You can see from the very first figure above, DIA has been meandering roughly between $120 and $130 since the start of this year. I do care about where the market is going but I feel comfortable with its behavior (going up, down or staying put) in the near future because I think my strategy has been set up to meet the challenges to come.

    Disclosure: I am long DIA, T, GLD.

    Disclosure: I am long DIA, T, GLD.

    Stocks: DIA
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