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The Terry's Tips Track Record

 

The Terry's Tips 2016 Track Record and the Start of 2017

At the end of the first 4 months of 2017, the 9 portfolios carried out at Terry's Tips had gained an average of 43.8%.  Every portfolio is in the black.  Most investors would be delighted to make half this amount for an entire year.

We currently carry out 9 portfolios at Terry’s Tips, 8 of which are available for Auto-Trade at thinkorswim (so you can follow a portfolio and never have to make a trade on your own).    All except one of these portfolios can be carried out inside an IRA.   Paying subscribers can follow the results of all 9 portfolios. Some newsletters only reveal their winning portfolios to all subscribers, but at Terry's Tips , we disclose every trade and every position for every portfolio at all times.  

All results include commissions at the standard rate charged by thinkorswim for Terry's Tips subscribers.  Many newsletters conveniently (for them) do not include commissions when they report their trading results.  By the way, our subscription rates are considerably less than the average options newsletter out there.

In 2015 and 2016, using what we call the 10k Strategy (calendar and diagonal spreads on stocks we like), we were lucky enough to pick some good companies, and all 5 that we picked in 2015 and 2016 made it possible for us to double the portfolio value in an average of 13 months.  

These 5 companies were Costco (COST), Starbucks (SBUX), Nike (NKE), Facebook (FB), and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). Each of these companies moved up nicely for us, and our portfolios gained many times the percentage gains in the stock.

Our best-performing strategy for 2017 to date has been the one based on Facebook.  The stock has had a great run, picking up 30.6%.  Our portfolio has gained 216% in that time, 7 times as great as the gain in the stock.

From 2013 through 2016, we also carried out portfolios which used a strategy of picking companies we liked (or Exchange Traded Products, ETPs), and selling long-term vertical credit spreads on them.  These portfolios averaged over 40% gains per year over this period, and because of this success, we shifted most of our portfolios to this strategy at the beginning of 2017.

We carry out portfolios with differing risk levels.  Our most conservative portfolio picks several blue chip companies which pay high dividends (which help protect against a big price drop), and set up option spreads which will make profits just as long as the stock does not fall more than about 10% for the year.  This portfolio is designed to gain 30% for the year. After the first 4 months, this portfolio is well ahead of schedule and has gained 26.4%.  At this point, every underlying stock but one could fall by 10% between now and the end of the year and this portfolio would still gain at least 37% for the year.

Other portfolios are designed to gain 40% - 50% per year, but the underlying stock or ETPs must do a little better than falling 10% to make those gains. Many portfolios will make these numbers as long as the stock ends up the year at any higher price than where it starts out.

While we don’t expect to be able to continue the wonderful results we achieved in the first 4 months, we are surely off to a good start toward achieving the goals we have set up for each portfolio.

The Long-Term Track Record at Terry's Tips

 

Terry’s Tips has operated sample option portfolios since 2003 for their subscribers to follow or mirror in their own accounts. These portfolios are actual portfolios, and results include all commissions that an investor would pay at thinkorswim, Inc. by TD Ameritrade. Many option newsletters conveniently (for them) do not include commissions in their performance numbers. This makes their results look a lot better than they actually are because commissions are a significant cost of trading options (unlike stock trading which involves much lower commissions).

 

In most of these years, the option portfolios have beaten the market averages by a very large margin. In some years, the portfolios have incurred losses similar to the magnitude of the market losses.

 

Option trading involves leverage, and leverage works in both directions. Gains (and losses) are often greater than changes in the market. However, we have tried to minimize the losses in down years so that our losses are less than those of the markets in general, and to enjoy greater gains than the markets in good years. Most of the time, we have been successful in carrying out these goals.

 

Terry's Tips Stock Options Trading Blog

July 18, 2017

Is Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) Ready To Resume Higher?

This week we are featuring a company that was just added to the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List. I hope that it is of interest to you. The Terry's Tips’ portfolio that places trades on our selections from the IBD Top 50 List has gained 117.7% so far in 2017. Terry's Tips subscribers who have trades placed in their accounts through Auto-Trade or who follow the portfolio on their own are happy campers right now.

Terry

Is Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) Ready To Resume Higher?

Taiwan Semiconductor has been gaining popularity among investors as the company supplies key components used in the Iphone. Apple's smartphone saw sales exceeding 50 million units last quarter. These analysts weigh in on why there may be further upside ahead for Taiwan Semiconductor's stock . . .

July 10, 2017

Consider NutriSystem (NTRI) After The Price Correction

This week we are looking at another of the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 companies. In one of our portfolios, we use this list to find stocks that have displayed strong upward momentum and place option trades that take advantage of the trend.

Terry

Consider NutriSystem (NTRI) After The Price Correction

Several research firms have recently upgraded their rating on NutriSystem, the following article provides some details – NutriSytem Inc Receives Consensus Rating of "buy" from Brokerages. As well, some big players upped their exposure to NutriSystem in the first quarter which is discussed in this article – Swiss National Bank Boosts Stake In NutriSystem Inc.

From a technical perspective, NTRI broke higher from a bullish flag pattern in late June to signal that a seven-week correction from a high posted in April may have completed.

July 3, 2017

Align Technology (ALGN) A Buy After Being Added To The S&P 500

This week we are featuring a company listed on the Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) Top 50 List that has also recently been added to the S&P 500 index. The stock has displayed strong upwards momentum and we look to place spreads that take advantage of this underlying strength.

Terry

Align Technology (ALGN) A Buy After Being Added To The S&P 500

Align Technology is the designer and manufacturer of the Invisalign System which they state is the most advanced clear aligner system in the world. Analysts are optimistic of the company's growth prospects and have recently revised up their expectations. Zacks ranks this stock as a Strong Buy and these analysts have recently raised their targets: Align Technology (ALGN) PT Raised to $175 at Morgan Stanley; Huge At-Home Ortho Opportunity and Leerink Lifts Target On Align Technology, Sees 27% Upside.

From a technical perspective, ALGN boasts a strong uptrend and . . .

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