Just keep swimming…
My trading this month reminds me of Dory from Finding Nemo…just keep swimming. October wasn’t a particularly exciting month, but a few trades happened, they went in the right direction and my overall profit for the year went up.
No complaints here!
On the option trading side of the house, I gave a swing at a debit call spread on PBR. It’s a first for me and the chart was too tempting. Not the best way to trade, but the trend was definitely my friend on this one. Take a look at the chart below and you’ll see what I mean.
I bought the $10 call and sold the $13 which created a $3-wide spread. This meant my max profit on this trade was $300 minus the cost of the trade and commissions. Of course the stock stayed flat for a bit, but was kind of enough to continue its upward trend around the beginning of October.
I maintained a 50% profit target on this trade which is why I close it out mid-trend. I could’ve held onto it, but overall I’m happy with capturing a small profit than hoping for a larger one.
My other trades were pretty routine. A couple of covered calls on CLF to lower my cost basis a little and a single put sold against CHK. CLF is currently in the midst of the “Wheel of Fortune”, so i’m just selling calls against it until it gets called away.
The loss of STR in my dividend portfolio was offset with the addition of FLO. It’s not a blazing hot stock or anything, but meets my metrics for stock selection for dividend growth, so we’ll see how it does!
On a side note, HCP spun off one of the divisions of its company to create QCP. I was “awarded” two shares of QCP for every five shares of HCP I owned at the time at no cost to me. There’s not a dividend associated with this stock, but since it cost me nothing I’ll hold onto it to see what happens.
Lending Club Income
I added another $100 to my Lending Club account this month from “winnings” from my options trades. This equals another four notes added to my account, which brings the total to eight.
Overall, i’m pretty satisfied with Lending Club and the monthly returns. As I continue to win more from my options trading, you can bet I’ll continue to add to my Lending Club account to continue to grow this stream of income and diversify my types of income overall.
At some point in the future, after Christmas and a discussion with the wife, I may put a significant amount into Lending Club to boost the rate at which that account grows. Around $1,500 or so it gets to the point where you can add a new loan to your account each month and quickly grow your income stream.
Stay tuned for that!
That wraps up this month’s income report. I hope your trading is going well this year and you’re learning something new about options trading!
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Until next month!
October Option Trading Income: $59.65
October Dividend Income: $1.87
October Lending Club Income: $3.88
Total October Income: $65.40
Total 2016 Net Income: $1,104.66
Current Stock/ETFs Holdings
|Symbol||# Shares||Quarterly/Monthly Dividend Per Share||Annual Dividend Per Share||Cost Basis||Yield||Pay Month|
A = (Jan/Apr/Jul/Oct) B = (Feb/May/Aug/Nov) C = (Mar/Jun/Sep/Dec) M = Monthly
October Dividend Payments
|Stock/ETF||Total Dividend Paid|
October’s Option Trades
|Strategy||Stock/ETF||Option||Entry Price||Exit Price||Commission||Net Profit||% Gain/Loss||# Lots|
|SP||PBR||Oct 16 $10/ $13 Call||$.45||$.69||-$6.14||$17.86||53.33%||1|
|CC||CLF||Oct 16 $7 Call||$.09||$.03||-$3.07||$2.93||66.67%||1|
|P||CHK||Nov 16 $6 Put||$.57||$.25||-$3.07||$28.93||56.14%||1|
|CC||CLF||Nov 16 $7 Call||$.19||$.06||-$3.07||$9.93||68.42%||1|
CC = Covered Call P = Sold Put SP = Spread -Rx = Roll #X from previous trade