Past Trades   - Mouse over the header of each column for detailed explanations.

December

Open DateThis is the date we opened this trade. UnderlyingUnderlying security for this trade. Trade TypeName of the trading strategy. StrikesStrike prices for this trade. Option TypeCall or Put ExpirationExpiration cycle for this trade. CreditAmount received when this trade was opened. DebitAmount paid when this trade was closed. ResultPercentage return for this trade. Trade NotesSpecial notes regarding this trade.
 Nov 7RUTIronCondor640/650/800/810Both Dec3.752.5020.00% Closed for 1.25 net credit.

Strong earnings reports and domestic economic data dueled against the European debt crisis in a battle that saw huge daily swings in trading activity. In the end, we exited for a nice gain as the markets bounced along within a fairly tight range.

November

Open DateThis is the date we opened this trade. UnderlyingUnderlying security for this trade. Trade TypeName of the trading strategy. StrikesStrike prices for this trade. Option TypeCall or Put ExpirationExpiration cycle for this trade. CreditAmount received when this trade was opened. DebitAmount paid when this trade was closed. ResultPercentage return for this trade. Trade NotesSpecial notes regarding this trade.
 Oct 10RUTIronCondor580/590/760/770Both Nov3.705.00-20.63% Closed for 1.30 net debit.

The markets continue to take cues from developments in Europe. Reassurances of a comprehensive plan to handle the euro zone financial crisis helped to vault the markets upward in addition to positive corporate earnings. Unfortunately, this upward movement wasn't followed up with a significant sell-off. The markets gapped up, breached our exit trigger, and forced our hand. We recognized the need to make a swift exit, and followed our rules to minimize losses.

October

Open DateThis is the date we opened this trade. UnderlyingUnderlying security for this trade. Trade TypeName of the trading strategy. StrikesStrike prices for this trade. Option TypeCall or Put ExpirationExpiration cycle for this trade. CreditAmount received when this trade was opened. DebitAmount paid when this trade was closed. ResultPercentage return for this trade. Trade NotesSpecial notes regarding this trade.
 Sep 12RUTIronCondor580/590/755/765Both Oct3.852.5021.95% Closed for 1.35 net credit.

The VIX was sky high allowing for a wide range for our spreads within which the markets could trade without endangering our short strikes. Investors were put on a roller coaster ride as Europe struggled to provide clarity about looming debt worries. The Federal Reserve expects operation twist will help ease some economic strains and investor fears. Amidst the chaos, we closed down our position for a nice return.

September

Open DateThis is the date we opened this trade. UnderlyingUnderlying security for this trade. Trade TypeName of the trading strategy. StrikesStrike prices for this trade. Option TypeCall or Put ExpirationExpiration cycle for this trade. CreditAmount received when this trade was opened. DebitAmount paid when this trade was closed. ResultPercentage return for this trade. Trade NotesSpecial notes regarding this trade.
 Aug 11RUTIronCondor590/600/745/755Both Sep3.752.5020.00% Closed for 1.25 net credit.

A boost in the markets, in light of positive economic data after we opened our position, eventually gave way to four straight losing sessions the following week. S&P downgraded the U.S. credit rating and spurred investigations into how exactly it arrived at that conclusion. The quake that shook the east coast did little to bring the markets lower as positive global economic data took markets even higher. We closed down our position for another positive result this month.

August

Open DateThis is the date we opened this trade. UnderlyingUnderlying security for this trade. Trade TypeName of the trading strategy. StrikesStrike prices for this trade. Option TypeCall or Put ExpirationExpiration cycle for this trade. CreditAmount received when this trade was opened. DebitAmount paid when this trade was closed. ResultPercentage return for this trade. Trade NotesSpecial notes regarding this trade.
 Jul 11RUTIronCondor780/790/880/890Both Aug3.654.60-14.96% Closed for 0.95 net debit.

The European financial crisis, as well as domestic budget issues, continued to weigh on investor sentiment. We were forced to close down our position for an acceptable loss having been pushed to our limits. We saw the markets turn 180-degrees and head back upwards moving away from our short strike on the Put side after President Obama commented on renewed efforts of cooperation between Republicans and Democrats to raise the debt ceiling. Some might question the move to exit but we must realize that when in doubt, we have to take the route that would clearly avoid total disaster.

July

Open DateThis is the date we opened this trade. UnderlyingUnderlying security for this trade. Trade TypeName of the trading strategy. StrikesStrike prices for this trade. Option TypeCall or Put ExpirationExpiration cycle for this trade. CreditAmount received when this trade was opened. DebitAmount paid when this trade was closed. ResultPercentage return for this trade. Trade NotesSpecial notes regarding this trade.
 Jun 6RUTIronCondor760/770/860/870Both Jul3.602.3020.31% Closed for 1.30 net credit.

Overseas issues dragged on the economy as recovery efforts of sorts continued in Japan and in the euro zone. News that Prime Minister Papandreou won parliament's vote of confidence, which may help Greece avoid sovereign debt default, boosted the markets and we exited comfortably for another gain.

June

Open DateThis is the date we opened this trade. UnderlyingUnderlying security for this trade. Trade TypeName of the trading strategy. StrikesStrike prices for this trade. Option TypeCall or Put ExpirationExpiration cycle for this trade. CreditAmount received when this trade was opened. DebitAmount paid when this trade was closed. ResultPercentage return for this trade. Trade NotesSpecial notes regarding this trade.
 May 10RUTIronCondor790/800/885/895Both Jun3.752.5020.00% Closed for 1.25 net credit.

The lagging energy sector coupled with the European financial crisis saw to a sell-off that nudged the short strike on our Put Spread. Equities once again climbed upwards with a bit of help from the materials sector. With volatility on the rise we closed down the position to lock in profits the first opportunity we saw.

May

Open DateThis is the date we opened this trade. UnderlyingUnderlying security for this trade. Trade TypeName of the trading strategy. StrikesStrike prices for this trade. Option TypeCall or Put ExpirationExpiration cycle for this trade. CreditAmount received when this trade was opened. DebitAmount paid when this trade was closed. ResultPercentage return for this trade. Trade NotesSpecial notes regarding this trade.
 Apr 13RUTIronCondor770/780/870/880Both May3.504.50-15.38% Closed for 1.00 net debit.

There was no respite as strong earnings reports and positive economic data exceeded expectations and muscled the RUT high enough to bully our Call Spread, forcing us to exit quickly in efforts to preserve capital.

April

Open DateThis is the date we opened this trade. UnderlyingUnderlying security for this trade. Trade TypeName of the trading strategy. StrikesStrike prices for this trade. Option TypeCall or Put ExpirationExpiration cycle for this trade. CreditAmount received when this trade was opened. DebitAmount paid when this trade was closed. ResultPercentage return for this trade. Trade NotesSpecial notes regarding this trade.
 Mar 10RUTIronCondor740/750/860/870Both Apr3.602.0025.00% Closed for 1.60 net credit.

China's decrease in exports and spike in imports, unrest in the Middle East, and the major earthquake in Japan could only rein the markets in for so long. They began to go on a tear with the Dow crossing over and trading above the psychological 12K level, due in large part to a reported increase in Q1 GDP over Q4 gains. We closed down our position having easily met our profit goals for the trade.

March

Open DateThis is the date we opened this trade. UnderlyingUnderlying security for this trade. Trade TypeName of the trading strategy. StrikesStrike prices for this trade. Option TypeCall or Put ExpirationExpiration cycle for this trade. CreditAmount received when this trade was opened. DebitAmount paid when this trade was closed. ResultPercentage return for this trade. Trade NotesSpecial notes regarding this trade.
 Feb 10RUTIronCondor750/760/850/860Both Mar3.502.2020.00% Closed for 1.30 net credit.

Revised economic growth outlook from the Federal Reserve as well as strong earnings reports helped buoy the markets and tested our spread on the Call side. The VIX spiked on the 22nd and the RUT shed pretty much all its gains from the week before. This put us in prime position to shut down our position and lock in our profit.

February

Open DateThis is the date we opened this trade. UnderlyingUnderlying security for this trade. Trade TypeName of the trading strategy. StrikesStrike prices for this trade. Option TypeCall or Put ExpirationExpiration cycle for this trade. CreditAmount received when this trade was opened. DebitAmount paid when this trade was closed. ResultPercentage return for this trade. Trade NotesSpecial notes regarding this trade.
 Jan 10RUTIronCondor720/730/830/840Both Feb3.602.4018.75% Closed for 1.20 net credit.

A mixed bag of earnings reports and economic data had the RUT trading sharply higher and then lower. Despite that, it remained a safe distance from our short strikes allowing us to close out our position after hitting our profit goal.

January

Open DateThis is the date we opened this trade. UnderlyingUnderlying security for this trade. Trade TypeName of the trading strategy. StrikesStrike prices for this trade. Option TypeCall or Put ExpirationExpiration cycle for this trade. CreditAmount received when this trade was opened. DebitAmount paid when this trade was closed. ResultPercentage return for this trade. Trade NotesSpecial notes regarding this trade.
 Dec 13RUTIronCondor730/740/820/830Both Jan3.502.2519.23% Closed for 1.25 net credit.

The markets turned bearish sending the RUT to a low of 767 the week we opened our position. It then turned around and climbed to a high of 793 on positive employment data, tapering off to trade a tight range until we closed it down for a profit.