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December


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
Dec 01, 2017 IWM 156/158 Call 0.15 0.00 12.4% Expired worthless
Dec 08, 2017 145/147 Put 0.08 0.00 Expired worthless
Dec 01, 2017 IWM 156/158 Call 0.15 0.00 11.9% Expired worthless
Dec 07, 2017 143/145 Put 0.07 0.00 Expired worthless
Dec 01, 2017 SPY 270/272 Call 0.11 0.00 11.1% Expired worthless
Dec 08, 2017 258/260 Put 0.10 0.00 Expired worthless
The IWM position averaged 12.2%
The SPY position averaged 11.1%

Average return for all positions: 11.6%

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: Wall Street continues to push the markets higher into record levels. The House and Senate tax bill is coming together for a final bill to be signed by the President before Christmas. The markets will likely continue the upward trend as long as the tax reform bill is successful.

November


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
Nov 10, 2017 IWM 142/144 Put 0.19 0.00 10.5% Expired worthless
The IWM position averaged 10.5%

Average return for all positions: 10.5%

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: The markets logged two consecutive losing weeks at the end of this cycle. Some fear it's the beginning of a well overdue pullback or even correction. The House passed their tax reform bill and it's now up to Congress to do the same. If they fail, that may be the catalyst to spark the selloff.

October


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
Sep 21, 2017 DIA 229/231 Call 0.07 2.00 (100.0%) Expired in the money 229/231 for 1.93 net debit.
Oct 20, 2017 DIA 230/232 Put 0.10 0.00 5.3% Expired worthless
Oct 20, 2017 IWM 148/150 Put 0.11 0.00 5.8% Expired worthless
Sep 25, 2017 IWM 149/151 Call 0.08 1.05 (50.5%) Closed 149/151 for 0.97 net debit.
Oct 20, 2017 SPY 254/256 Put 0.05 0.00 2.6% Expired worthless
Sep 20, 2017 SPY 256/258 Call 0.07 0.56 (25.4%) Closed 256/258 for 0.49 net debit.
The DIA position averaged (47.4%)
The IWM position averaged (22.4%)
The SPY position averaged (11.4%)

Average return for all positions: (27.0%)

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: More record highs as all major averages continue to uptrend. Many fear a sharp selloff in the near future but the "melt-up" is bucking that thought... for now. This type of market is very difficult to trade in as all logic can be thrown out the window. We will continue to tread carefully.

September


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
Aug 30, 2017 DIA 211/213 Put 0.09 0.00 4.7% Expired worthless
Aug 30, 2017 IWM 131/133 Put 0.12 0.00 (9.6%) Expired worthless
Sep 08, 2017 142/144 Call 0.09 0.39 Bought back short for average of $.39. ToS/TDA was unable to buy back at our limit... had to buy at market for $0.66.
The DIA position averaged 4.7%
The IWM position averaged (9.6%)

Average return for all positions: (2.4%)

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: World events were very volatile, contrary to the US markets. Even though North Korea fired 2 missiles over Japan and another terror attack occured in London, Wall Street continued to set record highs. It seems like nothing will take this market down at the moment.

August


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
Jul 27, 2017 DIA 222/224 Call 0.11 0.38 (14.3%) Closed 222/224 for 0.27 net debit.
Aug 11, 2017 DIA 212/214 Put 0.12 0.00 6.4% Expired worthless
Jul 27, 2017 IWM 147/149 Call 0.09 0.00 10.0% Expired worthless
Aug 11, 2017 130/132 Put 0.10 0.00 Expired worthless
Aug 08, 2017 IWM 135/137 Put 0.11 0.72 (31.9%) Closed 135/137 for 0.61 net debit.
Jul 31, 2017 SPY 252/254 Call 0.06 0.00 8.8% Expired worthless
Aug 11, 2017 236/238 Put 0.11 0.00 Expired worthless
The DIA position averaged (4.0%)
The IWM position averaged (11.0%)
The SPY position averaged 8.8%

Average return for all positions: (2.1%)

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: New record highs were obtained during this cycle, along with some of the largest single-day losses of the year. Volatility spiked and caused a little fear in the market but those fears were very short-lived. As the Summer comes to an end, many investors are anticipating a sharp selloff. Time will tell...

July


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
Jul 05, 2017 DIA 219/221 Call 0.06 0.00 3.1% Expired worthless
Jul 06, 2017 IWM 145/147 Call 0.08 0.00 8.9% Expired worthless
Jul 13, 2017 135/137 Put 0.09 0.00 Expired worthless
Jul 05, 2017 SPY 248/250 Call 0.08 0.00 4.2% Expired worthless
The DIA position averaged 3.1%
The IWM position averaged 8.9%
The SPY position averaged 4.2%

Average return for all positions: 5.4%

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: Another month and another record high. The major averages continue to push to never before seen levels. As forecasts of a selloff increase, investors shrug off the doubters by buying more stocks. Wall Street is seeing nothing but green as earnings season has kicked off. Volume is low as many traders have taken off for the Summer. The likelihood of a selloff will probably remain low until September.

June


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
May 31, 2017 DIA 214/216 Call 0.08 0.10 (1.1%) Partial fills resulted in returns between -6.3% to 4.2%. Average return was -1.1%.
May 30, 2017 IWM 142/144 Call 0.09 0.55 (19.4%) Closed 142/144 for 0.46 net debit.
Jun 08, 2017 135/137 Put 0.09 0.00 Expired worthless
May 31, 2017 SPY 246/248 Call 0.10 0.00 5.3% Expired worthless
The DIA position averaged (1.1%)
The IWM position averaged (19.4%)
The SPY position averaged 5.3%

Average return for all positions: (5.1%)

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: As promised, the Federal Reserve increased rates by another 25 basis points this month. The future of upcoming rate hikes is in question though, as the economy seems to be slowing down a bit. The markets continue to climb higher, reaching one new record high after another. Summer months typically trade lower so we'll see if this uptrend continues.

May


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
Apr 28, 2017 DIA 214/216 Call 0.07 0.00 8.3% Expired worthless
May 12, 2017 203/205 Put 0.09 0.00 Expired worthless
Apr 28, 2017 IWM 145/147 Call 0.10 0.00 10.5% Expired worthless
May 11, 2017 132/134 Put 0.10 0.00 Expired worthless
Apr 27, 2017 SPY 244/246 Call 0.10 0.00 10.0% Expired worthless
May 12, 2017 233/235 Put 0.09 0.00 Expired worthless
The DIA position averaged 8.3%
The IWM position averaged 10.5%
The SPY position averaged 10.0%

Average return for all positions: 9.6%

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: Despite recent terrorist attacks, North Korea launching test missles and negative news claims against the Trump administration, the markets continue to trade near record levels. We've been trading pretty flat lately and haven't been able to break through resistence. On the same token, any selloff attempts are short-lived, staying above key support levels. Sentiment on the US economy is positive and it may take something drastic to bring the markets down.

April


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
Mar 29, 2017 DIA 198/200 Put 0.12 0.00 6.4% Expired worthless
Mar 28, 2017 IWM 126/128 Put 0.14 0.00 7.5% Expired worthless
Mar 29, 2017 SPY 226/228 Put 0.12 0.00 6.4% Expired worthless
The DIA position averaged 6.4%
The IWM position averaged 7.5%
The SPY position averaged 6.4%

Average return for all positions: 6.8%

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: A very busy month with regards to world events. Numerous terrorist attacks around the globe in addition to US attacks in Syria and Afghanistan. Despite all of these scary headlines, the markets held on to their near-record levels. It's going to take something serious to bring this market down.

March


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
Mar 01, 2017 DIA 217/219 Call 0.10 0.00 11.1% Expired worthless
Mar 10, 2017 203/205 Put 0.11 0.00 Expired worthless
Feb 23, 2017 IWM 145/147 Call 0.09 0.00 11.0% Expired worthless
Mar 09, 2017 130/132 Put 0.12 0.00 Expired worthless
Mar 02, 2017 SPY 244/246 Call 0.11 0.00 12.2% Expired worthless
Mar 09, 2017 230/232 Put 0.12 0.00 Expired worthless
The DIA position averaged 11.1%
The IWM position averaged 11.0%
The SPY position averaged 12.2%

Average return for all positions: 11.4%

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: The Federal Reserve met during this cycle and, as expected, hiked rates by another 25 basis points. The reaction on Wall Street was positive as it pushed the Dow higher by more than 100 points. The rally has continued despite having the cost of borrowing money increase twice in about 3 months. More hikes are expected this year but with the economy showing more signs of strength, Wall Street will probably take it in stride.

February


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
Jan 27, 2017 IWM 141/143 Call 0.14 0.00 10.8% Expired worthless
Feb 10, 2017 131/133 Put 0.06 0.00 Expired worthless
The IWM position averaged 10.8%

Average return for all positions: 10.8%

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: The Dow finally broke the 20,000 mark! More importantly, it held. Toward the end of this cycle, it slowly crept higher, sending us to new record levels. We've gained about 13% since the election on November 8, 2016. That is a huge climb in a relatively short period. Let's see if we head higher...

January


Open Date Underlying Strikes Type Credit Debit Result Trade Notes
Jan 09, 2017 DIA 203/205 Call 0.09 0.00 4.7% Expired worthless
Jan 09, 2017 IWM 140/142 Call 0.09 0.00 4.7% Expired worthless
Jan 05, 2017 SPY 232/234 Call 0.06 0.00 3.1% Expired worthless
The DIA position averaged 4.7%
The IWM position averaged 4.7%
The SPY position averaged 3.1%

Average return for all positions: 4.2%

SPECIAL NOTE ON THIS MONTH'S TRADE: The market was pretty flat during the first cycle of 2017. The run towards Dow 20,000 seemed to have hit a brick wall. We came within a fraction of a point of hitting the milestone but have since pulled back, still trading within striking distance. The inauguration of Donald J. Trump was pretty uneventful for the markets as well. A selloff is forecasted by many analysts but we may remain in this flat trading environment a bit longer.