Live: Monday, Oct. 8, 2018

11:50 a.m. New York time

The bond markets and banks are closed today for the government’s Columbus Day holiday. While the stock market are open, they are deprived of their most important leading indicator: Market prices of the 10-year Treasury bonds at the Federal Funds rate. Absent that important data, I would anticipate a fairly slow day.

Today’s Book

The Total Money Makeover

by Dave Ramsey

Let’s face it. The way we manage our household money? Pure habit. The money comes in, as a paycheck or a pension, and if you were ask a month latter  where the money had gone, we wouldn’t a a clue. Did we at least make a profit for the month in running our personal finances? Beats me. Dave Ramsey shows how to take control of that great financial enterprise that each of us in engaged in, keeping ourselves and our loved ones fed and sheltered, with money for emergencies and to educate the youngsters, and to provide for that interesting time called old age. Ramsey provides a straightforward plan, based o results, not dreams.

More about the book

Certainly I have no trades in sight. None of my positions are at the point where I must exit, and my next potential earnings plays come on Thursday, when I’ll be considering two of the financials, WFC and JPM. Until then, or until the situation changes, i plan to happily drift along in the land of easy living, occasionally rousing myself from sloth to improve the way I manage my finances.

The status of my options positions:

sym option debit share price curr % max profit net prft/shr $ option days left
EWZ 1.20 38.80 (39.5) (0.34) 39
JBL 2.03 25.27 (48.2) (0.66) 11
LEN 3.10 45.23 4.0 0.13 39
SPY 2.27 287.20 26.1 0.80 39
STZ 10.58 225.79 (26.0) (2.18) 39

And of my shares positions.

sym share price net result % net profit $ days held
AAPL 223.11 -0.4% (0.85) 24
CHK 4.65 16.3% 0.65 24
FXI 40.38 -2.0% (0.83) 24
SPXU 33.44 -17.6% (7.12) 146
TSLA 254.75 -16.5% (50.24) 7
VNQI 53.74 -5.4% (3.07) 25

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 8, 2018

Tim Bovee, Private Trader tracks the analysis and trades of a private trader for his own accounts. Nothing in this blog constitutes a recommendation to buy or sell stocks, options or any other financial instrument. The only purpose of this blog is to provide education and entertainment.

No trader is ever 100 percent successful in his or her trades. Trading in the stock and option markets is risky and uncertain. Each trader must make trading decisions for his or her own account, and take responsibility for the consequences.


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