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Lucky C
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What might be even more useful is a log for stocks/assets that have become to much of a popular crowded trade, in order to avoid them. For example, if a friend/neighbor/relative (someone who hasn't spent a lot of time studying investments) mentions a stock unprompted, that often means it is at or near a short term top. In the past few years I have seen that happen with cryptocurrencies, gold, TSLA, GILD, and most recently my mom mentioning PFE & MRNA. Sometimes they (unintentionally) nail the top within 1 day after a long rally.

We could also log what our emotions are telling us - what we really want to buy due to FOMO for example. A log of what NOT to buy, in other words.

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You would've been right on crypto and TSLA though even if you had FOMO.......especially if you bought TSLA/Bitcoin in the past few years and held. Perhaps FOMO just 'warrants further due diligence'.

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Lucky C wrote:
Thu Dec 17, 2020 10:19 am
Based on the direction this thread has gone this year, perhaps there should be a new thread titled Speculation Trade Log instead :)

Haha yes... @Lemur I just bought some more PLTR calls at the low this week, this time May 2021 expiration so that's a pretty short time frame for me. It's just so volatile, it's great for the wheel, it's great for capturing short spikes and dips. If it goes higher I'll sell the short dated calls. If it goes lower I will buy the stock and sell calls against it. Hopefully it keeps doing these 20% up/down weekly ping pongs.

I also picked up a few CCJ Leaps (uranium miner) this week and last. I bought more XLE (energy etf) and more URA (uranium etf). Adding more to the "reflation" theme.

I have a lot of calls getting assigned tomorrow so probably will buy some SQ with the excess cash or sell more puts on miners.

Maybe I will also buy some more bitcoin this week.
Lucky C wrote:
Thu Dec 17, 2020 10:54 am
We could also log what our emotions are telling us - what we really want to buy due to FOMO for example. A log of what NOT to buy, in other words.
OK then maybe I should not do the the SQ trade. I want to get exposure to Square so bad but its just so pricey here. I think I'll FOMO and buy some anyway.

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- Sold my stock in QS at 10% profit (how wild is this...not even a week ago I was down 20%).
- Sold my stock in PEP.
- Bought back into VISA using QS and PEP proceeds.
- Sold 1 put on QS for $65 strike expiring January 22. For just $6500 capital, I earned a $1600 premium (indicating an immediate 24.61% return) :shock: . IV is incredibly high but so is risk. Stock is trading at $80 as of this morning. As per my strategy, I aim to close this out at 50% profit.

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- Sold off my bonds in the tIRA and used the money to purchase an AMD LEAP. AMD $60 01/21/2022 . Had another $2k left over but tossed it in VTI. No reason to holds bonds imo....

This was also my first foray into LEAPS. I'm bullish on AMD anyway so this seems like a no brainer. Aim to close out at 50%.

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Lemur wrote:
Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:27 am
- Sold 1 put on QS for $65 strike expiring January 22. For just $6500 capital, I earned a $1600 premium (indicating an immediate 24.61% return) :shock: . IV is incredibly high but so is risk. Stock is trading at $80 as of this morning. As per my strategy, I aim to close this out at 50% profit.
Haha up 38% percent today, I think you had better close that out as I'm sure you got your 50% profit!!

Nice work on that trade, selling the put was probably the safest way to approach that frothy thing.

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@giskard. Yes was able to close out today at 50% profit. What a strange experience that was. And I'm officially off that rollercoaster. QS is the titanic ready to come down IMO...I just rolled out some PLTR CSPs today as well for 50% profit! (only had them for 2 days or so?) at the $25 strike.

All is well with my options trades lately. Having an exit strategy has really been useful but I have to focus less on upside and start strategizing when things don't go my way...I'm getting that 'I'm too lucky right now' feeling.

I read a lot today about the 'PMCC strategy' (Poor Mans' Covered Call). I can't actually sell naked in my brokerage (Father Vanguard does not give me that permission) but I can sell covered calls on my AMD holdings holdings to reduce the cost basis on the AMD LEAP I purchased.

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IV for ITM Put options expring next year on QS are over 300%. :shock:

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Updates:

Earlier this week I moved more money into commodities based equities. Mining stocks via PICK etf. Looking to put on more exposure via ETFs and selling puts on equities involved in copper, steel and other raw materials. Specifically FCX, VALE and CLF.

I'm waiting longer to bet on natural gas & oil but I think there will be a time soon. I do think there is a good chance we get another round of lockdowns before the vaccine is fully distributed and oil market could get crushed one more time.

Crytpo continues to be exciting and the price action is very fun, but I am frustrated because I think it has sucked the oxygen away from gold which I still have a large position in. Overall not adding to crypto here.

I was getting worried about deflation but the huge stimulus that just passed, prospect of another stimulus, and the veto override of the defense spending bill make me think that is more and more unjustified. Biden admin is planning on a 2 trillion "build back better" stimulus, as well as a big green energy bill. We'll see how the Georgia senate race goes but I think inflation expectations hinge on that quite a lot.

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Took a margin loan @ 1.5% to invest into a decentralized finance group called Curve.

https://www.curve.fi/combinedstats

Pretty much their paying 5-9% APY if you deposit stable coins (cryptocurrency tied to USD). The main biz model being as a market maker for exchange between stable coins and as lender to crypto brokers that keep most of their wealth in volatile assets. All loans are secured via smart contracts and have 200% collateral. The only risk factors are stable coin issuer fraud and smart contract exploits. Should be interesting experiment

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Hi all, my second post on this forum. I have been following Saul's Investment Discussions on the Motley Fool. While I have mostly followed what most of the FI world including JL collins advises (invest in index funds VTI/VTSAX + Bonds, with ratio depending on one's risk tolerance), I put 10% of my net worth into 7 SaaS companies that I researched by following Saul's Knowledge Base. Summary of Saul's investing thesis: SaaS companies that have a strong moat, are "sticky", and strong financials (revenue, YoY growth, etc) outperform the market. In 2020 my investment in these companies has outperformed VTI/VTSAX by 2 to 7x. Of course, I also spend more time (and time is $) researching and tracking the SaaS companies I invest in. Nonetheless, it was eye-opening to consider a different way to invest vs index-investing. I'll continue to take a 2-pronged approach (at least 50% of my net worth in VTI/VTSAX and a certain % in SaaS companies), since I enjoy the #s crunching/tracking. Once I find myself not being able to keep up/follow my SaaS companies, I'll reduce my exposure (b/c I do see that one needs to keep an eye on them... eg one tech company's advantage can quickly be disrupted by an innovator, and stop growing/earning as much).

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@lemur

Both are likely to blow up, TSLA more likely than BTC; FOMO works because you are missing out on something, but people forget quickly what disaster they were "missing out on" five years ago.

Following fads for a while and then bailing out is probably a winner for people with good social antennae, regardless of underlying profitability or ultimate outcome.

I remember arguing with people on the Bogleheads forum about stock picking TSLA; many of them were in favor of it. That should have been a sign that the momentum would run for a while. But I have poor social antennae.

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Allocating a bit of cash capital. With a seven years expenses it's doing me no good at 0.4%, considering future inflation risks. Ideally I want cash below 20% of NW.

Pulled the trigger on T and XOM earlier this week. I like the dividends for cashflow in semi-RE, think valuations are fair, and less subject to a potential growth/tech bubble pop.

Considering a small stake in BRKB purely for the P/B as a safer equity based place to store capital.

Monitoring IAU after todays price movements. Gold spot in the $1600's or less and I may add to that holding.

Will not consider getting back into Treasuries until the 10 year yield goes above fed's inflation goal. If that happens in the near term (I doubt it), I may allocate some there as well.

Edit to add: I also placed some personal sell points for gains harvesting on my investment backbone of index funds. I did some buying last year in March and April and may cash those in, potentially plus some. Seems counter productive considering I'm trying to decrease cash, but I'd rather make my own bets given how growth/tech has literally taken over the large cap indices.

giskard
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Today gold sold off an incredible 4% and silver was down 9% at one point.

I sold cash secured puts on silver miners: SSRM, AG and HL at Feb 19th expirations. I'm pretty sure I bottom ticked it on those but we'll see if it sells off again next week haha. I closed some other profitable CSP positions that had theta burned to nothing to reduce my margin requirements a little bit.

I know it was selling off because of real yields rising with bond yields going up, but I find it hilarious that gold could sell off that hard as Biden is talking about doing another stimulus in the trillions which includes 2k payments to all Americans & big infrastructure plan on the same day. This is on top of a blue wave senate win Wednesday.

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giskard wrote:
Fri Jan 08, 2021 5:00 pm
I know it was selling off because of real yields rising with bond yields going up, but I find it hilarious that gold could sell off that hard as Biden is talking about doing another stimulus in the trillions which includes 2k payments to all Americans & big infrastructure plan on the same day. This is on top of a blue wave senate win Wednesday.
My guess is that the BTC fever means money is flowing into BTC as a hedge against fiat currency debasement rather than gold. I’m ok with that because it means I can improve my gold position.

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Things are insane right now.

So many new investors buying companies with no profit at extreme and highly inflated market caps because the stock price will supposedly only continue to increase.

Well sadly... they are very likely entering a world of pain. This will not stand! Insanity will be replaced by normalcy in time but the transition is going to be painful for a lot of new investors.

brb while I grab some popcorn (and hodl)

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Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. Valuations have been higher than this before without 10T on the fed balance sheet and 2- 4T in federal gov't stimulus (est once all is said in done).

Momentum is a real. I see 20-30% upside in SPY during the honeymoon period of blue wave policies (1-2 years), even with only marginally good earnings growth. Remember 1928 and 1998 were great years that made the subsequent periods less painful if one hedged and/or prepared for the inevitable downside.

Be cautious, be smart, but don't throw out what may be the last best chance for some good returns this decade.

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thedollar wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 3:30 am
So many new investors buying companies with no profit at extreme and highly inflated market caps because the stock price will supposedly only continue to increase.

Well sadly... they are very likely entering a world of pain. This will not stand! Insanity will be replaced by normalcy in time but the transition is going to be painful for a lot of new investors.
I would caution against assuming current trends will be replaced by "normalcy" any time soon.

Here's a quote from Erik Townsend on Macrovoices that paints possible outcomes:
Erik Townsend 2:21 wrote: "I think we're looking at one of two possible scenarios. Number one is the possibility that we're at the late stages, that parabolic euphoria stage, of a late stage bull market where we're getting close to the final blowoff top and everything reverses and heads down from there [...] The other possibility [...] is a crackup boom; the scenario where governments just go crazy with printing more and more money. That money has to go someplace and where it ends up going is into asset prices causing everything from real estate to stocks to commodities and eventually the goods in the inflation basket (cost of gasoline, bread, butter) all goes up. The crash in that scenario comes in the form of a crash of the real purchasing value of the currency. You never see a crash in nominal stock prices."
Full episode here: https://www.macrovoices.com/932-macrovo ... ne-in-2021


Also, if you're defining "normalcy" as back to a time when value investing makes sense, then I would also caution you that some have argued traditional value investing is actually just a short volatility trade: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11725&p=231902&hilit=value#p231902
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Speaking of investment trades, my 70 shares of URNM I bought back in November for $29.06 are up to $46.50. Looks like most of the rise is attributed to the creation of a strategic uranium reserve: https://trib.com/business/energy/feds-a ... 99bc9.html

I will probably hold this one for a while as I anticipate that URNM will continue to climb during the Biden administration. At some point the advisors to the Democrats are going to realize that they need nuclear power to transition away from fossil fuels.

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white belt wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 4:54 pm
Speaking of investment trades, my 70 shares of URNM I bought back in November for $29.06 are up to $46.50. Looks like most of the rise is attributed to the creation of a strategic uranium reserve: https://trib.com/business/energy/feds-a ... 99bc9.html

I will probably hold this one for a while as I anticipate that URNM will continue to climb during the Biden administration. At some point the advisors to the Democrats are going to realize that they need nuclear power to transition away from fossil fuels.
I know right, I started buying some Uranium miners in November and I think they can keep going up on this general commodity rally.

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