$10,000 Trading Account Traders Comments
We have 5 open positions:
AA Jan 15 Calls
FB Jan 77.50 Calls
GILD January 96 Calls
NAT January 9.87 Calls and
Short 2 GILD 100 Calls
Funds in Use $ 617
As expected Week 52, the last week of the year was mostly unimpressive. The selloff on
Wednesday did nothing to harm the overall technical position of the markets but the weak stocks
got a little weaker on the last day to take losses for the tax-year.
We finished the year as posted last week since we had no closing trades in the account.
The only change was that we sold some GILD 1/100 calls against our position in the 1/96 calls and cut our funds in use back from $1,113 to only $617.
This also made the trade riskless since we now have a credit in the position and we also have profit potential of roughly $4-6 / share should the stock close near $100 on Friday expiration on 1/16…..
The final gain for the year is $20,443 or 204%.
As of today, we will roll back the starting value of the account to $10,000. Some think that this is unnecessary as most people don't take the money out of the account, but it is easier for record keeping so we will roll it back.
While I'm not one to make predictions, I think that there are several observations that can be drawn from the year just concluded…..Oil is not immune to oversupply, Gold is not a one-way market, although it seems so this year, Geopolitical news will always move the markets, and everyone is never right…..
I'd also like to touch on the unintended consequences that appear from time to time from political considerations as well as "disruptive new companies." I listened to an interview on NPR just this morning that talked about the unintended consequence of solar power, clearly a disruptor. It seems that roughly 25% of all solar is located in California and this is starting to hurt the biggest utility company out there, PG&E….Besides the drop in usage of those with solar there is also the cost of buying back any excess energy added to the grid. The guest was calling this a "Death Spiral" for the utility. Less income, more costs to utility are only the start. Those without solar will likely see prices increase as their demand remains the same. One guest said that one of the ways that might be explored would be a nominal charge of $10/month or $120 /year for everybody who is a customer of that utility. Solar City says that is unfair and makes solar less attractive for new installations……All that said, this was certainly the first argument using the fact that too much solar may result in the lack of money available for the electric utilities to maintain and upgrade the electrical grid……
This year will be no different than last year in that there will be opportunities in both directions. You can count on the fact that just about every morning there will be a pharma or biotech stock that will double or be cut in half due to either excellent or failing results of a new drug trial or a takeover.
Our risk adverse stand on the opening of new positions works in both up and down markets and we will continue to utilize the "right or right out" strategy to keep our risk profile favorable.
While we may be facing some headwinds for international companies due to the strong US Dollar, there will still be plenty of opportunities to make money. We will continue to look for the best opportunities.
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