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Terry’s Tips has been in business for 19 years tweaking a strategy consisting of calendar and diagonal spreads which benefits from the higher decay numbers of the short (usually weekly) options.  We carry out 5 separate portfolios each of which uses a different underlying (currently COST, HD, IBM, MSFT, and TGT).

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These portfolios have made 100%+ average annual gains in 2017 and 2019, and 3 of them have doubled in value in the first six months of 2020.

Portfolio Performance Through 7/11/20


The "Current Value" column shows how much cash is need to Auto-Trade each portfolio.                            
Notes: Boomers Revenge and Honey Badger Started 2020 with different underlyings and later switched to the current ones.                            
Earnings Eagle and Rising Tide withdrew the starting amount in May when they had doubled in value.

A subscription to Terry’s Tips includes a weekly Saturday Report which summarizes and discusses all the current positions of each portfolio, and displays a risk profile graph of the likely profit or loss in the coming week for each portfolio.  A sample 6/20/20 portfolio report looks like this:

Summary of Wiley Wolf Portfolio This portfolio uses the 10K Strategy with MSFT as the underlying. The portfolio gained 120% in 2019 trading weekly options on MSFT.  In 2020, we converted to selling monthlies instead of weeklies because we consider having 5-8 months of life to our long positions to be more conservative.

Wiley Wolf portfolio summary

Results for the week: With MSFT (at $195.15) up $7.41 (3.9%) for the week, the portfolio gained $1,883, or 7.6%.  This is an unusually large gain considering MSFT rose so much. Most of the time, we do better when the fluctuation is more moderate (in either direction). A good part of this gain was due to IV gaining this week.  A week ago, the least-expensive (the at-the-money strike) one-week straddle would cost $5.58.  At yesterday’s closing prices, this straddle would cost $6.85.  The straddle cost is a good proxy for IV of underlying.  By this measure, for MSFT, IV rose 23% and the portfolio showed a large gain.  For COST, on the other hand, IV for the week fell by 23% and the Rising Tide portfolio lost value this week.

Next week, our short one-month options will expire.  The risk profile graph shows an unusually high possible gain with a flat or moderately higher stock price.  If IV continues at the same level, we have a chance for the portfolio to enjoy a gain of 200% for the year to date.  Wouldn’t that be exciting?

MSFT stock options balanced graph

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Terry's Tips Stock Options Trading Blog

July 13, 2020

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is Poised for a Move to the Upside

Several analysts expect AMD to continue pushing higher. The following two articles provide offer compelling reasons as to why - Is Advanced Micro Devices Finally Ready to Break Out? and 3 Reasons AMD Stock Is a Buy Right Now.

July 6, 2020

Kroger (KR) Shows Renewed Upward Momentum Following an Earnings-Inspired Dip

Several analysts have positive things to say about Kroger, here are two of them - Kroger: How The COVID-19 Crisis Could Provide Long-Term Tailwinds and Are Investors Undervaluing Kroger (KR) Right Now?

June 29, 2020

Dollar General (DG) Stands to Benefit from Post Lockdown Sales Boost

Check out the following two articles which have positive things to say about Dollar General - Top Consumer Staples Stocks for July 2020 and Record Retail Sales Lead Post-Lockdown Recovery: 5 Winners. The first article highlights DG as one of the fastest growing consumer staples stocks based on its earnings per share ratio. The second article discusses why DG is one of five stocks that stands to gain because of lockdown easing measures.

Making 36%

Making 36% – A Duffer's Guide to Breaking Par in the Market Every Year in Good Years and Bad

This book may not improve your golf game, but it might change your financial situation so that you will have more time for the greens and fairways (and sometimes the woods).

Learn why Dr. Allen believes that the 10K Strategy is less risky than owning stocks or mutual funds, and why it is especially appropriate for your IRA.

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