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December


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
Dec 12, 2014 DIA 168/170 Put 0.18 0.45 (14.8%) closed 168/170 for 0.27 net debit.
Dec 08, 2014 IWM 122/124 Call 0.07 0.00 (9.3%) expired for profit
Dec 11, 2014 109/111 Put 0.13 0.38 closed 109/111 for 0.25 net debit.
Dec 11, 2014 RUT 1125/1130 Put 0.45 0.00 9.9% expired for profit
Dec 17, 2014 SPY 194/196 Put 0.17 0.00 9.3% expired for profit
Dec 11, 2014 SPY 196/198 Put 0.19 0.55 (19.9%) closed 196/198 for 0.36 net debit.
The DIA position averaged (14.8%)
The IWM position averaged (9.3%)
The RUT position averaged 9.9%
The SPY position averaged (5.3%)

Average return for all positions: (4.9%)

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: As confidence in the market continued to push it to new record highs, oil began to slide. The slide started to spread fear in the markets as the thought of defaulted loans crept into the minds of investors. This fear spread into the equity markets and a selloff began. As quickly as it began... it ended. The Dow experienced its worst week in years, followed by its best 1-day gain for 2014 and best 2-day gain in years. As the December cycle closes, it looks like the market is set up perfectly for another Santa Claus rally.

November


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
Nov 11, 2014 DIA 179/181 Call 0.06 0.00 3.1% expired for profit
Oct 30, 2014 DIA 176/178 Call 0.07 0.53 (23.8%) closed 176/178 for 0.46 net debit.
Oct 30, 2014 IWM 120/122 Call 0.09 0.00 4.7% expired for profit
Nov 13, 2014 RUT 1210/1220 Call 0.45 0.00 4.7% expired for profit
Nov 12, 2014 SPY 208/210 Call 0.07 0.00 3.6% expired for profit
The DIA position averaged (10.4%)
The IWM position averaged 4.7%
The RUT position averaged 4.7%
The SPY position averaged 3.6%

Average return for all positions: 0.7%

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: The October selloff is a distant memory to traders as the markets have pushed to new record highs this cycle. All of the geopolitical concerns that scared the markets earlier have not had an effect on investors recently. November and December are historically good months so the markets will probably continue to set new records as we bring 2014 to a close.

October


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
Sep 24, 2014 DIA 163/165 Put 0.14 0.46 (17.2%) closed 163/165 for 0.32 net debit.
Oct 08, 2014 DIA 162/164 Put 0.12 0.90 (41.5%) closed 162/164 for 0.78 net debit.
Sep 24, 2014 IWM 104/106 Put 0.20 0.72 (28.9%) closed 104/106 for 0.52 net debit.
Oct 08, 2014 IWM 101/103 Put 0.15 0.00 8.1% expired for profit
Sep 24, 2014 RUT 1055/1060 Put 0.50 1.50 (22.2%) closed 1055/1060 for 1.00 net debit.
Oct 08, 2014 RUT 1020/1025 Put 0.50 0.00 11.1% expired for profit
Oct 08, 2014 SPY 187/189 Put 0.11 0.90 (41.8%) closed 187/189 for 0.79 net debit.
Sep 24, 2014 SPY 190/192 Put 0.19 0.62 (23.8%) closed 190/192 for 0.43 net debit.
The DIA position averaged (29.3%)
The IWM position averaged (10.4%)
The RUT position averaged (5.6%)
The SPY position averaged (32.8%)

Average return for all positions: (19.5%)

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: Correction, ISIS, Ebola, European recession... these were some of the headlines during this cycle. These events alone wouldn't create too much drama for the markets but the combination of them sure did. The Russell2000 and NASDAQ hit correction territory this cycle, bringing down the S&P500 and Dow. The latter haven't touched correction territory yet but traders may push them to those levels before we can confidently say we've hit the bottom for now. We will tread lightly as we go into November and December, two of the strongest months on record.

September


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
Sep 12, 2014 IWM 110/112 Put 0.14 0.00 7.5% expired for profit
Sep 11, 2014 SPY 193/195 Put 0.15 0.00 8.1% expired for profit
The IWM position averaged 7.5%
The SPY position averaged 8.1%

Average return for all positions: 7.8%

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: We hit new record highs for the Dow and S&P500 again. It seems as if the markets don't know how to trade lower as the major indices continue to creep higher and higher. The moves higher have been tempered but the slow creep continues. September is historically a poor performing month but we've pushed to new highs on a regular basis. Calls for a pullback are getting louder but until it actually happens, the trend is higher. There are 7 trading days until the end of the month which is plenty of time for the markets to pull back and make September an under-performer.

August


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
Aug 01, 2014 DIA 157/159 Put 0.18 0.00 9.9% expired for profit
Aug 01, 2014 IWM 104/106 Put 0.20 0.00 11.1% expired for profit
Jul 29, 2014 RUT 1085/1090 Put 0.50 0.00 11.1% expired for profit
Aug 01, 2014 SPY 184/186 Put 0.19 0.00 10.5% expired for profit
The DIA position averaged 9.9%
The IWM position averaged 11.1%
The RUT position averaged 11.1%
The SPY position averaged 10.5%

Average return for all positions: 10.7%

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: Geopolitical events took center stage this cycle. Concerns over Ukraine, Israel and Iraq, sparked a series of selloffs for Wall Street. Each were short-lived as a decent bounce would follow the sharp declines. The Dow climbed back into positive territory for the year but the index has been trading below 17,000 for the entire month of August so far.

July


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
Jul 09, 2014 IWM 112/114 Put 0.20 0.47 (15.0%) closed 112/114 for 0.27 net debit.
Jul 10, 2014 RUT 1120/1125 Put 0.55 0.00 12.4% expired for profit
The IWM position averaged (15.0%)
The RUT position averaged 12.4%

Average return for all positions: (1.3%)

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: One day before the July cycle came to an end, some unexpected geopolitical crises took centerstage. Another Malaysian airliner was in the headlines but instead of a disappearance, it was shot down over Ukraine on a routine flight path to Kuala Lumpur. Hours later, the White House was locked down because of an unattended package. Also that day, Israel began a ground offensive in Gaza. All of these headlines sent the markets into a tailspin on an already down week. They did recover on expiration Friday and investors were shifting focus back on corporate earnings. Despite this bump in the road, it looks like the markets will continue to push the Dow, S&P500, and Russell2000 to new record highs.

June


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
May 30, 2014 DIA 171/173 Call 0.06 0.00 6.7% expired for profit
Jun 13, 2014 162/164 Put 0.07 0.00 expired for profit
Jun 10, 2014 IWM 121/123 Call 0.06 0.00 8.3% expired for profit
Jun 13, 2014 110/112 Put 0.10 0.00 expired for profit
Jun 10, 2014 RUT 1220/1230 Call 0.30 0.00 8.8% expired for profit
Jun 13, 2014 1115/1125 Put 0.55 0.00 expired for profit
May 30, 2014 SPY 198/200 Call 0.06 0.00 10.3% expired for profit
Jun 13, 2014 188/190 Put 0.14 0.00 expired for profit
The DIA position averaged 6.7%
The IWM position averaged 8.3%
The RUT position averaged 8.8%
The SPY position averaged 10.3%

Average return for all positions: 8.5%

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: The old adage "Sell in May and go away." did not pose true this year. Instead, the S&P500 and Dow both hit new all-time records. During this cycle, the Fed announced another $10 Billion taper from their stimulus program and assured that rates would remain low until 2015. The VIX is nearing all-time lows but this is usually a sign of complacency and the early stages of a possible deep selloff or correction.

May


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
Apr 29, 2014 IWM 104/106 Put 0.19 0.00 10.5% expired for profit
Apr 29, 2014 RUT 1050/1060 Put 0.95 0.00 10.5% expired for profit
May 02, 2014 SPY 193/195 Call 0.06 0.00 3.1% expired for profit
The IWM position averaged 10.5%
The RUT position averaged 10.5%
The SPY position averaged 3.1%

Average return for all positions: 8.0%

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: A relatively quiet month for 10PPM. No positions were ever in any danger and the markets cooperated with our trades. The Dow and S&P500 did hit new highs during this cycle but traders were hesitant on the short-term outlook of the market. We will take it slow next month and continue our win streak!

April


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
Apr 04, 2014 DIA 169/171 Call 0.11 0.00 10.6% expired for profit
Apr 08, 2014 155/157 Put 0.09 0.00 expired for profit
Mar 28, 2014 IWM 108/110 Put 0.20 0.70 (27.8%) closed 108/110 for 0.50 net debit.
Mar 28, 2014 RUT 1090/1100 Put 1.00 0.00 11.1% expired for profit
Apr 04, 2014 SPY 193/195 Call 0.11 0.00 11.1% expired for profit
Apr 08, 2014 177/179 Put 0.10 0.00 expired for profit
The DIA position averaged 10.6%
The IWM position averaged (27.8%)
The RUT position averaged 11.1%
The SPY position averaged 11.1%

Average return for all positions: 1.3%

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: The infamous "correction" almost made an appearance to the major indices this month. The NASDAQ and Russell2000 were the 2 indices that nearly hit that 10% loss in value from the most recent highs. The Dow and S&P500 did sell off significantly but not as much as the others. Despite the sharp drop, our traders were still able to make 3 out of 4 winning trades on the month.

March


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
Mar 14, 2014 DIA 154/156 Put 0.15 0.00 8.1% expired for profit
Mar 10, 2014 IWM 123/125 Call 0.11 0.00 10.6% expired for profit
Mar 14, 2014 110/112 Put 0.09 0.00 expired for profit
Mar 10, 2014 RUT 1240/1250 Call 0.55 0.00 10.6% expired for profit
Mar 14, 2014 1110/1120 Put 0.45 0.00 expired for profit
Mar 14, 2014 SPY 178/180 Put 0.20 0.00 11.1% expired for profit
The DIA position averaged 8.1%
The IWM position averaged 10.6%
The RUT position averaged 10.6%
The SPY position averaged 11.1%

Average return for all positions: 10.1%

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: The March cycle was full of headlines as Fitch removed the US from a negative ratings watch, the S&P500 hit intraday records, Crimea elected to secede from Ukraine to join Russia, and a Malaysian 777 disappeared from the face of the earth. Despite the hectic environment, our traders excelled in timing their trades to avoid any trouble and reached our 10% goal once again.

February


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
Jan 30, 2014 DIA 149/151 Put 0.20 0.00 11.1% expired for profit
Jan 30, 2014 IWM 105/107 Put 0.20 0.00 11.1% expired for profit
Jan 31, 2014 RUT 1060/1070 Put 0.95 0.00 10.5% expired for profit
Jan 31, 2014 SPY 169/171 Put 0.19 0.00 10.5% expired for profit
The DIA position averaged 11.1%
The IWM position averaged 11.1%
The RUT position averaged 10.5%
The SPY position averaged 10.5%

Average return for all positions: 10.8%

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: After a scary start to the New Year, the markets bounced back and are headed into new record territory. Our positions were never in any danger and they all expired worthless for a maximum profit return for all of them. The markets are still hot and may continue higher as the US economy continues to show strength.

January


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
Jan 07, 2014 DIA 160/162 Put 0.15 0.00 8.1% expired for profit
Jan 07, 2014 IWM 110/112 Put 0.16 0.00 8.7% expired for profit
Jan 08, 2014 RUT 1115/1125 Put 0.90 0.00 9.9% expired for profit
The DIA position averaged 8.1%
The IWM position averaged 8.7%
The RUT position averaged 9.9%

Average return for all positions: 8.9%

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: The 2014 earnings season kicked off with some mediocre reports so far. This contradicts the strength of the economy, according to the Fed. The unemployment rate is at its lowest level in years but it's mainly due to the labor participation rate being at record lows as well. Quantitative Easing is still in effect, even though they scaled back on the monthly injection. The markets seemed to have topped out for now but we are very close to record highs and sentiment is still pretty strong.