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  1. #13901
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    Quote Originally Posted by CovertM View Post
    Thanks, I'm still doing all of my Theta work in my Tax Free (Roth) accounts so no taxable events. Trying to figure out if it's worth it to add reliable (mentioned above) theta plays on top of the Yolo, or just keep Yolo fund percentage the same and when it grows put in buy/hold positions. I can see Yolo plays drying up for periods of time so having something steady to sell options on could add profit when things are slow.

    Interesting how MARA has closed the gap and is trading right along side RIOT after lagging for quite some time. I had been selling MARA CC in the $50-$55 range because they were (safe), my $55CC for end of the month is in trouble. I also sold it a day too early in this last run up and missed out on way better pricing.
    Both MARA and RIOT earnings followed my theses that miners are a leveraged bet on BTC. Costs are somewhat fixed so as BTC rises margins and actual fcf improves.

    MARA has more BTC in inventory and better power buys locked in long term.

    RIOT has more miners, has bought more miners.

    I'll stick with RIOT and scale out in the 100s

  2. #13902
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    Put in orders to sell covered calls on CCL and GE, limit priced them a bit high but that’s the way I plan on doing it from here out. I’m ok with holding most everything I own. I’m still dithering between buying price and volatility, the difference between making a little or making nothing.

    Tomorrow is my one year anniversary to putting cash into the market.

  3. #13903
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobMc View Post
    Put in orders to sell covered calls on CCL and GE, limit priced them a bit high but thatís the way I plan on doing it from here out. Iím ok with holding most everything I own. Iím still dithering between buying price and volatility, the difference between making a little or making nothing.

    Tomorrow is my one year anniversary to putting cash into the market.
    Not to jinx you but satisfactory returns?

  4. #13904
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    Wanna hear a funny joke. Period instead of question mark just because. I tried typing this the other day, but it hurt too much

    I bought Tesla stock early last April and sold it for a cool $800 day/swing trade.....



    ..Instead if holding.

  5. #13905
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeLau View Post
    Not to jinx you but satisfactory returns?
    I’m up 32% on my total cash in, a fair bit of it hasn’t been percolating very long. Most of the stuff I’ve been in since mid 2020 has done very well.

    I planned on doing a post about this sometime this weekend, the poor people strike back.

  6. #13906
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    Srs. Any advice on how to not let previous mistakes get in the way of future gains? I'm in my late 20s

  7. #13907
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobMc View Post
    Iím up 32% on my total cash in, a fair bit of it hasnít been percolating very long. Most of the stuff Iíve been in since mid 2020 has done very well.

    I planned on doing a post about this sometime this weekend, the poor people strike back.
    Nice Bob, keep it up.

  8. #13908
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    Quote Originally Posted by AEV View Post
    Srs. Any advice on how to not let previous mistakes get in the way of future gains? I'm in my late 20s
    Recognize what caused your mistake (Chasing performance, FOMO, not having conviction in your trades, overleveraging, etc...)
    Make a plan
    Stick to your plan, DISCIPLINE
    Don't YOLO money you can't afford to lose (Assuming that's the kind of trades you are asking about)

    If not YOLO money, put it all in VTI and forget your password. Check it in 30 years.

  9. #13909
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeLau View Post
    Both MARA and RIOT earnings followed my theses that miners are a leveraged bet on BTC. Costs are somewhat fixed so as BTC rises margins and actual fcf improves.

    MARA has more BTC in inventory and better power buys locked in long term.

    RIOT has more miners, has bought more miners.

    I'll stick with RIOT and scale out in the 100s
    Makes sense. I remember the DD linked piece pages back saying that MARA had more upside potential if large amount of miners were deployed and running.

    I now have a larger stake in MARA than RIOT. It blows me away to go back and look at the premiums available in Feb and Early March. It took a while for me to recalibrate and be ok getting half of what I was used to selling options.

    In your memory Lee, have you ever seen a time like this last year for selling options? Or is this a unicorn event and I need to get used to never getting those numbers again?

  10. #13910
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    Just out of curiosity, is this like a private thread or something? Are there other threads for GME and ARK?
    Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.
    Henry David Thoreau

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    Quote Originally Posted by shera View Post
    Just out of curiosity, is this like a private thread or something? Are there other threads for GME and ARK?
    Go back to the posts in this thread from Dec.-Feb. GME was discussed very heavily. There was actually a thread solely devoted to GME back when it blew up. What else do you want to discuss about GME? Squeeze was Squoze IMO, and now it will be a slow bleed to FMV. Premiums for $100 strike CSP almost got me today, but I held off.

    ARK is interesting and I had a small position in ARKK back in April of last year ($55ish range). Sold at the beginning of this year ($145ish). Didn't like holding a fund that's value was over 10% tied to Tesla. It was a fun runup last year as ZM, PLTR(kind of), and TSLA boomed, but not a long term hold for me.

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    Thanks for the answer! You think squoze in spite of evidence to the contrary, such as FTDs? I am learning as I go along here, so appreciate any insights. I am holding and plan to vote in June. First time, learning so much!

    TSLA, like others, has such high PE ratios, it is hard to fathom. Maybe inflation, maybe we will have explosive gdp to make sense of it all in a couple of years.

    I wish I had some training in macro/economics - it is hard to play catchup. Even harder to figure out what's inside a very complicated black box.

    Thanks for your answer.
    Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.
    Henry David Thoreau

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    Quote Originally Posted by shera View Post
    Thanks for the answer! You think squoze in spite of evidence to the contrary, such as FTDs? I am learning as I go along here, so appreciate any insights. I am holding and plan to vote in June. First time, learning so much!

    TSLA, like others, has such high PE ratios, it is hard to fathom. Maybe inflation, maybe we will have explosive gdp to make sense of it all in a couple of years.

    I wish I had some training in macro/economics - it is hard to play catchup. Even harder to figure out what's inside a very complicated black box.

    Thanks for your answer.
    My understanding from people smarter than me, is that short interest is below 20% down from 140ish%. That metric seems to tell the story that the shorts have covered and the January run up from $45 to $400ish was the squeeze with a secondary one in March from $40 to $300ish. But who knows...I have seen all of the ape theory (synthetic shares, FTD, covering through etfs) and still peruse there briefly, it was a seriously fun subreddit before GME exploded and the subreddit went from 2mm to 9+mm members seemingly overnight, but seems to have lost its way at this point.

    Lee can probably give a much better analysis and was part of the trade from the get go AFAIK.

  14. #13914
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    I posted at length about GME from a fundamentals perspective from the 12s. There's no need to rehash. I sold 80% of my position, kept 20% and am getting 15% per month of premium from it. Very satisfied.

    Covert. As to your question. I wasn't as active pre 2008 in selling calls, puts but my recollection from some of the volatility gurus is that there were similar spikes in dotcom boom, Telco boom, mortgage boom era. What seems to be the difference now is the fat tail in call buyers ( ie the customers of thetagang) and added volume especially in short dated call options.

    I'd guess that the 20 - 30% per month in my Yolo portfolio over the past year is not sustainable without taking on more risk. I suspect returns revert to mean but stay somewhat higher than mean as long as retail players are involved. Frankly I'd have been thrilled with 10% per month

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    Of course, the morning I sell covered calls on two of my stocks they both receive price upgrades and or buy ratings. Heh.

    Both of my orders filled at my higher than trading price from yesterday, so I got that going for me. Both my dates are in the future a bit, so I’m still liking the probability of buying them back cheaper.

    It feels kinda weird hoping bad news comes across about one of my positions. I sold the Carnival call at a $30 strike, I’m betting on a longer pause in cruising. I have one scheduled for August, honestly I’d rather not go just yet. So far they’ve paused cruising from the US through June 30th. As they’ve not done much to adhere to the CDC guidelines to re-start cruising I doubt they cruise from here till at least the fall.

    They’ve taken on a shitload of debt and I’m thinking at some point within the next three months a lot of folks will figure that out. I’m still long and want my shares.

    The GE CC I’ll probably regret, sold it at $13 strike. The next time it dips below my price I’ll probably bow out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobMc View Post
    It feels kinda weird hoping bad news comes across about one of my positions. I sold the Carnival call at a $30 strike, I’m betting on a longer pause in cruising. I have one scheduled for August, honestly I’d rather not go just yet. So far they’ve paused cruising from the US through June 30th. As they’ve not done much to adhere to the CDC guidelines to re-start cruising I doubt they cruise from here till at least the fall.

    They’ve taken on a shitload of debt and I’m thinking at some point within the next three months a lot of folks will figure that out. I’m still long and want my shares..
    I live in a cruise town of 30K that is over-run every summer daily with 15-20K soft-serve loving cruisers, so my opinion is skewed. That said, I maintain that the big 3 are fucked. Not bankruptcy fucked, but their bottom lines will significantly suffer from their debt load, a slower return to cruising than their boosters have been boosting, and the need to deploy efforts to manage the coronavirus for the foreseeable future. I remain amazed and impressed at how well their stock prices have done and have a hard time seeing that change before the close of the 3rd quarter. They're kind of a barometer of market insanity in my mind, along with a few others.

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    That didn’t take long, Carnival down on covid news, bought back my Carnival call for $60 less than I got. When it gets back to $30 I’m going to sell that call again, lather rinse repeat. Still not sure what I’m doing with options, so for now I’m going with the if you can take profit, do it. I’ve been reading the CFRA reports on Ameritrade and using their strategies, then adding a bit here and there.

    I signed up for Seeking Alpha premium, so far liking the content. Lotta decent articles affirming my positions, and just enough to make me wonder my decisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobMc View Post
    That didn’t take long, Carnival down on covid news, bought back my Carnival call for $60 less than I got. When it gets back to $30 I’m going to sell that call again, lather rinse repeat. Still not sure what I’m doing with options, so for now I’m going with the if you can take profit, do it. I’ve been reading the CFRA reports on Ameritrade and using their strategies, then adding a bit here and there.

    I signed up for Seeking Alpha premium, so far liking the content. Lotta decent articles affirming my positions, and just enough to make me wonder my decisions.
    I've found (from Lee's information shared) that sticking to a % of profit before closing is very helpful. Pick a number or range and close positions when that is realized. I've personally stuck to 60-70% for most positions and gone lower when profit is realized quickly and you can close and redeploy elsewhere.

    I've also found that keeping a spreadsheet with all trades made can be useful to look back on and remind yourself of lessons. Also to keep track of accounting as my BD does not provide great tracking of CB and total revenue from options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CovertM View Post
    I've also found that keeping a spreadsheet with all trades made can be useful to look back on and remind yourself of lessons. Also to keep track of accounting as my BD does not provide great tracking of CB and total revenue from options.
    IBKR keeps track via xls. 80% + of my wheel trades are successful with 15% needing to be rolled to subsequently to be successful and 5% fail. This is over 12 years.

    Successful - greater than 80% profit
    Failure - closed out with a loss.

    Sold RIOT 58C yday. Sold more today. Sold DASH 142P today to try to close out short

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