Sunday, May 25, 2008

Carnival of Equity Trading #7- May 25, 2008

Welcome to the May 25, 2008 edition of carnival of equity trading.

David-Bernard Ugonna presents Negotiating in real estate posted at David Bernard Ugonna, saying, "Real Estate Investing"

Praveen presents How to Screen Stocks With Yahoo Finance posted at My Simple Trading System.

Sally Thompson presents 100 Resources to Go to College on the Cheap posted at College Degrees.


Equity Trading

Nandita presents Differential Voting Rights | Law Matters posted at law Matters.

Brice Hogan presents Use Investors Business Daily posted at Financialzip.com.


Investment

Larry Russell presents The Top 25 Low Cost Best US Money Market Funds posted at THE SKILLED INVESTOR Blog.

Aussie Investor presents Stock Analysis - Debt To Equity Ratio posted at Stock Market Investing For Beginners, saying, "When investing in the stock market, do you look at debt. Do you know how much risk you're taking on through the borrowings of the stocks you own? This article discusses the debt to equity ratio. What it is, how to calculate it and how to apply it to your stock market investments."

Babak presents Conditions Of New Bull Markets: Recession posted at Trader's Narrative, saying, "How a recession can actually signal a new bull market."

Steve Faber presents - Investing in Oil vs. Investing in Energy for the Future – Do Alternative Energy Funds Track Crude Prices? posted at DebtBlog.

Raymond presents Warren Buffett’s Single Most Important Piece Of Advice For Stock Market Investors posted at Money Blue Book.

kozen presents Why you should go short in Oil - I do! posted at Market Thoughts for Profitable Investment.


That concludes the Carnival of Equity Trading Edition #7 . Submit your blog article to the Carnival of Equity Trading Edition #8 which is due on 12am EDT June , 2008 using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.


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Monday, May 19, 2008

Carnival of Equity Trading #6- May 18, 2008

Welcome to the May 18, 2008 edition of carnival of equity trading.

Rickey Henderson presents A Memo from the Office of Steven R. Lawlor, CPA, to Indiana Jones posted at Riding with Rickey.

Mag Herrera presents - Using a Trailing Stop Limit Can Generate Explosive Investment Returns posted at DebtBlog.

Brice Hogan presents The Seventh Wonder of the World: Compounding Interest | Financialzip.com posted at Financialzip.com, saying, "Why compound interest is so powerful."

Lane Wright presents Compete with the Pros posted at Awesome Forex Alerts.


Investment

Investing Angel presents Why Most Investors Buy High And Sell Low » Free Stock Market Investing Tips posted at Stock Tips, saying, "Most investors buy stocks when they are overvalued since they give into herd mentality."

Babak presents Long Term Cumulative Breadth Charts posted at Trader's Narrative, saying, "Why cumulative breadth can be misleading as an indicator."

Leon Gettler presents Investor crystal ball gazing posted at Sox First, saying, "With the credit squeeze and soaring energy prices, it's worth asking whether investors can see that far ahead. How do investors read trends and make the right calls?"

Raymond presents Warren Buffett’s Single Most Important Piece Of Advice For Stock Market Investors posted at Money Blue Book.

Dorian Wales presents The Personal Financier: Know your Portfolio - Three Simple Charts Can Make a World of Difference posted at Personal Financier, saying, "Portfolios change as investments change – make sure it still fits your goals and risk tolerance"


That concludes the Carnival of Equity Trading Edition #6 . Submit your blog article to the Carnival of Equity Trading Edition #7 which is due on 12am EDT May 25, 2008 using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.


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Saturday, May 17, 2008

How to marry a guy with $500k annual income

A young and pretty lady posted this on a popular forum:

Title: What should I do to marry a rich guy?

I'm going to be honest of what I'm going to say here. I'm 25 this year. I'm very pretty, have style and good taste. I wish to marry a guy with $500k annual salary or above. You might say that I'm greedy, but an annual salary of $1M is considered only as middle class in New York. My requirement is not high. Is there anyone in this forum who has an income of $500k annual salary? Are you all married? I wanted to ask: what should I do to marry rich persons like you? Among those I've dated, the richest is $250k annual income, and it seems that this is my upper limit. If someone is going to move into high cost residential area on the west of New York City Garden (?), $250k annual income is not enough.

I'm here humbly to ask a few questions:
1) Where do most rich bachelors hang out? (Please list down the names and addresses of bars, restaurant, gym)
2) Which age group should I target?
3) Why most wives of the riches is only average-looking? I've
met a few girls who doesn't have looks and are not interesting, but they are able to marry rich guys
4) How do you decide who can be your wife, and who can only be your girlfriend? (my target now is to get married)

Ms. Pretty


Here's a reply from a Wall Street Financial guy:

Dear Ms. Pretty,

I have read your post with great interest. Guess there are lots of girls out there who have similar questions like yours. Please allow me to analyse your situation as a professional investor. My annual income is more than $500k, which meets your requirement, so I hope everyone believes that I'm not wasting time here. From the standpoint of a business person, it is a bad decision to marry you. The answer is very simple, so let me explain. Put the details aside, what you're trying to do is an exchange of "beauty" and "money": Person A provides beauty, and Person B pays for it, fair and square. However, there's a deadly problem here, your beauty will fade, but my money will not be gone without any good reason. The fact is, my income might increase from year to year, but you can't be prettier year after year. Hence from the viewpoint of economics, I am an appreciation asset, and you are a depreciation asset. It's not just normal depreciation, but exponential depreciation. If that is your only asset, your value will be much worried 10 years later.

By the terms we use in Wall Street, every trading has a position, dating with you is also a "trading position". If the trade value dropped we will sell it and it is not a good idea to keep it for long term - same
goes with the marriage that you wanted. It might be cruel to say this, but in order to make a wiser decision any assets with great depreciation value will be sold or "leased". Anyone with over $500k annual income is not a fool; we would only date you, but will not marry you. I would advice that you forget looking for any clues to marry a rich guy. And by the way, you could make yourself to become a rich person with $500k annual income. This has better chance than finding a rich fool.

Hope this reply helps. If you are interested in "leasing" services, do
contact me…

signed,
J.P. Morgan

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Is the worst really over?

my portfolio on 10 may 2008
Last Week, I sold part of my Apple shares and its options to buy some other Financial stock options and most of my financial stock options are in negative! I bought at the wrong timing. If you ask me, " is the worst really over?" Answer: "I doubt it."
Crude oil price is trading above $125 and AIG missed earnings and lower its guidance. The above trades are only simulation.

Carnival of Equity Trading #5- May 11, 2008

Welcome to the May 11, 2008 edition of carnival of equity trading.

Dorian Wales presents Do you understand investment risk? posted at Personal Financier, saying, "Talk of investment risk is abundant but what is investment risk really?"

Sagar presents 6 Ways Greenspan Caused the Current Economic Crisis | Currency Trading.net posted at Currency Trading.net.

Mandy Trapper presents Low Cost Options Are Available For The Forex Beginner posted at Forex Trading System Secrets.


Day Trading

miracletech presents IRS Declares me one of the top Day Traders in History posted at TuffTrade.


Equity Trading

Brice Hogan presents Equities (The Basics of Stocks) posted at Financialzip.com, saying, "A good refresher on how stocks work."

Raymond presents List Of the Best Online Discount Brokers posted at Money Blue Book.


Investment

Leon Gettler presents Does gold stack up? posted at Sox First, saying, "No substance has held as much allure over the centuries as gold. And that allure still seems to hold with gold prices going up to as much as $1000 an ounce in March. But gold does not stack up in investment portfolios."

Steve Faber presents - Lessons About Investing – Beginning Investing Mistakes to Avoid posted at DebtBlog.

Value Seeker presents Stock Investment Resource: Stock Market Investing Tips - Growth vs. Value Investing posted at Stock Investing, saying, "The pros and cons of investing in growth vs value stocks."

Barb A. Ryan presents 10 - Independent Investment Counselors and Financial Advisors posted at Pasadena Financial Planner.

Investing Angel presents Some Thoughts On Google (GOOG) » Free Stock Market Investing Tips posted at Stock Tips, saying, "A few thoughts about the google stock"


That concludes the Carnival of Equity Trading Edition #5 . Submit your blog article to the Carnival of Equity Trading Edition #6 which is due on 12am EDT May 18, 2008 using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.


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Sunday, May 4, 2008

Profit taking from Apple and Call options

I have decided to take some profit from Apple and also the call options to release some buying power to buy other options next week. There are a few options that I am watching: Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) Call option, Citigroup (NYSE:C) Call Option, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Call Option, Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) Put Option and Bank Of America (NYSE:BAC) Call Option. Research in Motion (NASDAQ: RIMM) is also in my watch list as it has very good momentum comparing with Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL). But what I do not like is RIMM has only a single of line of product - Blackberry while Apple has multiple lines of products - IPhone , IPod, ITunes, Mac and more which make me think that Apple is more attractive.

Profit from Apple on May 2, 2008: 40.77% or $5,240.00
Profit from Apple on May 2, 2008

Profits from Options on May 2, 2008: 101.13 % or $41,210.00
Profits from Options on May 2, 2008
Merck (NYSE:MRK) is doing well, it is just the matter of time for it to trade above $40.

The reasons I choose the Call and Put options stated above.
The Deal between Microsoft and Yahoo is Off! So, that is the reason I have placed order to buy Call Options for Microsoft and Put Options for Yahoo. Goldman Sachs is trading above $200, to me it is a buy opportunity as long as it is trading above $200. If the worst is over, I guess some good fundamental financial Stocks might be attractive. So, I am placing order for Citigroup and Bank of America which have been killed since October, 2007.

Disclaimer: The above trades are not in Real money

Carnival of Equity Trading #4- May 4, 2008

Welcome to the May 4, 2008 edition of carnival of equity trading.

Day Trading

Jed Norwood presents Forex Trading Secrets | Building a Profitable Trading Account posted at Forex Strategy Secrets, saying, "This post is relevant to trading in any market. It will help you understand how to build your trading account."

Investment

Value Seeker presents Stock Investment Resource: Stock Market Investing Tips - Is Small Cap Value The Key For 2008? posted at Stock Investing, saying, "Small cap value stocks performed poorly in 2007. Will 2008 see a resurgence of small cap value?"

KCLau presents Everything you are looking for about Bursa Malaysia posted at KCLau's Money Tips, saying, "A list of sources for you to learn about stocks and shares"

Eric presents Growing Money posted at Make Money Blog, saying, "Tips on making money, avoiding scams, growing money, and overcoming poverty."

Raag Vamdatt presents Initial Public Offering (IPO) Modernization - Benefits for small investors :: RaagVamdatt.com :: Financial Planning demystified posted at RaagVamdatt.com - Financial Planning demystified.

Larry Russell presents The Financial Services Industry is Still the Largest S&P 500 Sector - Even after the Collapse of its Stock Values posted at THE SKILLED INVESTOR Blog.

The Fund investor presents Why Invest In Mutual Funds? posted at Mutual Fund Investing Tips, saying, "Many people invest in mutual funds without really understanding the benefits of this type of investment vehicle."

Babak presents The Fertilizer Commodity Bubble: Potash (POT) posted at Trader's Narrative, saying, "Back in the glory days of the tech bubble, Nortel's share price went so high that it dragged the Toronto Stock Exchange higher, kicking and screaming. Nortel became the largest capitalization stock at the time on the TSX. Now a very boring stock: Potash - as in #2 (fertilizer) has that honor. But caution! When one stock takes over with such a meteoric rise it is wise to give it a wide berth."


That concludes the Carnival of Equity Trading Edition #4 . Submit your blog article to the Carnival of Equity Trading Edition #5 which is due on 12am EDT May 11, 2008 using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.


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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Profits from Apple and Call options on May 1, 2008

Today the USA market was pretty strong. S&P 500 Index was able to close above the Major support of 1400. Last time 500 Index closed above 1400 was on 10 January. I believe that market will trading above this level for some time and will continue to go higher. I guess "The Worst is Over!" is sticking in the minds of the majority investors.S&P 500 index closed above 1400 level

Apple has broken through the resistance at $175 and 180. Well, it is not unusual as the market was so strong, DOW was up 1.48% and NASDAQ was up 2.81%. Any strong NASDAQ stocks could easier up 3% today, Google was up 3.27%, Research in Motion was up 5.24% and Apple was up 3.48%.

The below is my profit from Apple shares: 40.03% or $5,146.00
Profit from Apple Share on May 1, 2008
Now, I will take half of the profit if it is trading below $175 and let the other half goes.

My profit from options: 92.18 % or $37,565.00
my options on May 1, 2008 I just bought 2 new call options which the mother share is MERCK (NYSE:MRK). Merck is a Drug company. I bought the call options because Merck was recommended by Jim Cramer. As per Jim Cramer, Merck has better growth than Pfizer(NYSE:PZE), although both companies are Dow Components. I see the Daily chart for Merck, its share price is trading at half of what it was on January. It was getting killed and it sounds like another Apple or Google. The investors were just over react for the last couple of months. It is a steal at this price!
Chart of Merck (NYSE:MRK)

Now the market is getting stronger and I think that it is the buy opportunity for the stocks which have good fundamental but were killed because of the over reactions from investors and may be because of the fear of the Recession.