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DaFace 11:23 AM 06-27-2016
I know lewdog (and maybe others) have mentioned the desire to have a place to chat about personal finance stuff. We'll see if there's enough interest to keep this going in the long-term, but at least for now, here's a place to chat about whatever personal finance topics come up.



If you're just getting started thinking about saving and don't know where to begin,
this flow chart can help. Ask for advice in the thread for more help!
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lewdog 06:39 PM Yesterday
Originally Posted by Buehler445:
You don’t own shares of a commodity, you own a contract. Like a deliverable production contract. It’s not. But that’s what you’re doing. Looks like silver is 5000 ounces. But there are minis available.

As a dude that’s lost a mountain of money hedging, but if you’re certain that investors will move their money there within 4 months, just buy the damn contract. It won’t crater bad enough for your margin calls to get out of hand. Thing is if you’re right, you’ll get in the neighborhood of half the money. If it is indeed an “when not if” thing in the next 4 months, just do it dude. Options suck.
Small hedge. Basically only play I want to make until market stabilizes.

I know what owning a contract is.

I disagree. Im looking to profit without having to expense large positions of capital to do so. I’m not greedy with my call options. I look for a spike and sell to close position for profit. Just did it with SLV in early February for a $250 profit in a few weeks.

I’ve closed 80% of the calls I buy for profit as I don’t buy tons of really short term calls and buy many close to in the money. I’ll pay the premium for increased duration and close them on spikes
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Fat Elvis 07:55 PM Yesterday
Originally Posted by TwistedChief:
I am no expert in equity space, but I very much think the situation is going to get meaningfully worse and feel there's better than a coin flip's chance that there's a major panic in the US (read: store shelves empty, etc) over the next few months. I'm hardly a 'Chicken Little' in these situations, but I think the cat is out of the bag in terms of global containment. And the asymptomatic nature of transmission is just a really dangerous feature that makes it tricky for governments to navigate.

I also think it's possible/likely this lingers over the balance of the year and is a major factor in the election. That isn't good for Trump and probably would play into the hands of a candidate like Sanders who is advocating for universal health care at a time when a lot of people are sick and worried about the cost of coverage. And that wouldn't be good for equity markets either.

I very much hope that I'm wrong. Feel free to bump in a year when Trump is president, the virus has been forgotten, and SPX is 4000.

EDIT: Just wanted to add that markets have already done a lot of work in this direction. My speciality is fixed income and today we briefly reached the lowest 10y Treasury yield in history. Relatedly, the near-term (say, 3-6m) Fed rate path is priced aggressively but probably pretty fairly given the risks I laid out above. So itís entirely possible that the market has spent the last two days waking up to this situation and now can find some time to consolidate and see if the worst fears actually realize.
CDC came out today and said to expect this to be "bad."
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Buehler445 08:05 PM Yesterday
Originally Posted by lewdog:
Small hedge. Basically only play I want to make until market stabilizes.

I know what owning a contract is.

I disagree. Im looking to profit without having to expense large positions of capital to do so. Iím not greedy with my call options. I look for a spike and sell to close position for profit. Just did it with SLV in early February for a $250 profit in a few weeks.

Iíve closed 80% of the calls I buy for profit as I donít buy tons of really short term calls and buy many close to in the money. Iíll pay the premium for increased duration and close them on spikes
If theyíre close to the money theyíre expensive. And theyíre still on contract sized options, right?

But if it really is a when not if thing and your timeframe is 4 months, there shouldnít be a ton of capital outlay. You can buy positions on margin. Thatís why itís called a margin call when youíre on it.
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scho63 09:22 PM Yesterday
My Apple CALL options are rotting on the coronavirus tree
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lewdog 09:28 PM Yesterday
Originally Posted by scho63:
My Apple CALL options are rotting on the coronavirus tree
Buehler should have given you advice like he is me.

Never buy call options he says.
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Buehler445 09:35 PM Yesterday
Originally Posted by lewdog:
Buehler should have given you advice like he is me.

Never buy call options he says.
I've never bought options on stock. But I've bought a TON on commodities. If you're hitting at 80% you need to operate in contracts.
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Discuss Thrower 09:49 PM Yesterday
Originally Posted by lewdog:
Buehler should have given you advice like he is me.

Never buy call options he says.
In theory, anyone who doesn't have an economic need for options shouldn't bother with them.

But if you've got a few hundred bucks laying around there are worse outlets for your money that don't provide for nearly the same upside a well timed & placed call option contract.

It's just not very likely without sizing up inordinately to capitalize on a small spike in the underlying or being super duper right about a how big or how close a spike will be.
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Strongside 09:52 PM Yesterday
Just getting dragged out here the past few days. The money I have in the market is disposable, so Iím not sick if I drop too much. Actually even bought a few aggressive dips today. I know that if I hold these discounts Iíll eventually see returns, but this thing just keeps looking more and more grim as we go here. Those returns may take a while. Thatís assuming I donít become a 70 year old chain smoker and die from the ďslightly more inconvenient common coldĒ that is the coronavirus.
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