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  • 4 Intelligent REITs I Adore, But Can't Buy Right Now [View article]
    Brad - I bought your "11 Sleep Well at Night Reits" on 11/20/12, and as of today's close, the portfolio has gained a whopping 8.77% in less than 2 months (not including dividends). Included therein are ESS (+9.95%), FRT (+4.81%), and O (+11.97%). With the cushion I have, if we see prices retreat to your target-buy levels, I will gladly add more shares.

    The great work you do -- always with an eye to detail -- is very much appreciated.
    Jan 15, 2013. 09:51 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Retirement Strategy: Let's Make Some Money For The Holidays With Options [View article]
    RS said: "Selling puts needs to be approved by your brokerage and they will "freeze" cash (or margin) up to the value of the purchase price of the shares until the option expires worthless."


    Understood, but does that "frozen" money continue to earn interest in one's brokerage account? I know it is not significant now, given today's low rates, but when money fund yields return to 5%, if one is able to collect interest while also collecting put premiums, that would be a nice return.
    Sep 11, 2012. 11:34 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Buy Intel At The 4% Yield Price [View article]
    I receive dividends in a taxable account. The tax I pay on those dividends is currently 15%. For all dividends received after this year, the tax I pay will more than double (to 33%). If you happen to be in the 38% bracket, you will pay a tax rate of 38% on your dividends which are received in a taxable account.
    May 10, 2012. 07:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Results Of My Options Strategy For Vivus [View article]
    Nearly everyone who held April EXP options (calls and/or puts) long or short, got decimated. You, on the other hand, came out smelling like a rose. Your strategy was well-thought out.

    I am weighing your new suggestion, but at first glance, I think it could also be a winner.

    Well done.
    May 1, 2012. 02:13 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Options? [View article]
    "If an investor buys a put, she's basically paying for insurance, plain and simple."

    Insurance, yes, unless one simply buys the put without owning the stock. DNDN is a great example of flat out leveraging your capital without owning the stock (i.e. no insurance concept), and without any real risk at all. For example, 100 Aug 25 put contracts purchased yesterday at .13 ($1,300 cost) yielded a 13,000% gain (your 100 contracts could have been sold for just over $130,000 earlier today (8/4). Not a bad gain for relatively little risk. Of course, if you actually owned the shares, premiums on the puts yesterday afforded very cheap protection, such as the Aug 30 which could have been purchased for around .34.
    Aug 4, 2011. 12:46 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment