My IRA is through Millennium also. I rolled a 401K and a regular IRA to it. I still have a small 401K with work. It is very encouraging to see that you have consistently been successful. I just noticed that OX dropped my commissions from 12.99 to 8.99. I would love for it to be 2.99 but you are doing many times more volume than I do.
I am also primarily focused on the fundamentals but I have been trying to use some TA to time when I enter a trade. How do you time entry?
As far as timing entry, I don't worry about it too much. I just put them on.
I will try to sell puts and not sell calls right before the 1st of the month. Some commodities (ES, CL) tend to go up on the 1st trading day of the month. (Note: Past performance may not be indicative of future results )
Also I try to sell options at the end of the week or before holidays because the extra day(s) of time erosion works to decrease the premium quickly after I put the option on.
Buying options? Occasionally. Many things need to line up for me to buy options. So I don't do them very often.
Unfortunately, I missed the "Perfect Storm" of option buying opportunities this month.
You could have bought July CL puts on May 1st pretty cheap and then sold then last Friday for HUGE gains. On May 1st the July 85 put was 0.12. On Friday it was 1.01. 742% ROI. In only 17 days. The 90 went from 0.27 to 2.30. 752% ROI. The 95 went from 0.60 to 4.78. 697% ROI. The 100 went from 1.34 to 8.67. 547% ROI. Notice how the ROI was better on the 90 than the 100. But you need a large movement for that to work.
CL & ES had dropped significantly the beginning of May the last 2 years ("sell in May and go away" is the old saying). I was waiting for it but didn't want to put on the long puts before the May 4th employment report in case it was bullish. After the report was out I thought I had missed so much of the move, it was already down 7.67 in 3 days, that I thought I was too late and didn't add any then.
So that's my story of the big fish that got away.
The problem with buying options is that you need a decent size movement and you need to know when it will happen for the premium to gain instead of losing value because of time erosion. That is why selling options works well and buying options is unpredictable.
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I shoot for a target ROI similar to yours. Sometimes I try to time a sell with a dip in a trading range.
I sold those wheat puts a little early when W was at 6.20. Wheat dropped down below 6.00 before this current run up.
My CL calls have done well. I got lucky on that last entry. I just had come CL 150's and CL170's expire.
Ok, I shared some of my current positions that are doing well. Now I will share a couple of my big mistakes and lessons learned.
I sold NG 2.00 Puts in Feb when NG was around 3.00. I felt certain that NG would not drop down to 2.00.
2/27/2012 NG JUN 2012 2 Put. @0.019
2/24/2012 NG JUN 2012 2 Put. @0.015
Due to the mild winter and record production, NG steadily dropped through March and April, bottoming below 2.00 before the current recovery to 2.70. I bailed in late March.
3/29/2012 1:06:40 PM Order Filled You have bought 30 share(s) of NG JUN 2012 2 Put. @0.07
As you can see, I lost a lot $.
I went completely against the fundamentals. I also broke my own rules for exiting the trade because I was sure it was going to reverse. As you can see, it did reverse a couple of weeks after I bailed but I could not have afforded to risk it going ITM. An expensive lesson learned.
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