Monday, February 13, 2012

Recent Trade...

Good afternoon all,

Rarely do I highlight individual trades 'mid month'; typically I wait until the end of the month and roll them all up in my Monthly Progress Reviews.  But, I haven't written in awhile and thought I would provide a quick update to my last trade. 

This month I have already made 10 trades, but my last trade in particular was the 'riskiest' and most complicated trade I personally have ever done.  Many pros will laugh at its simplicity, but for me as a novice retail investor, I thought it would be worth mentioning and possibly soliticing some feedback from some of my readers.  All of that said, here are the details of my most recent trade:

Today I bought 200 shares of Proshares Ultrashort QQQ ETF (ticker QID).  From Morningstar, 

ProShares UltraShort QQQ could be suitable as a specialty satellite holding either for high-frequency traders who understand how this exchange-traded fund works and who have a very high risk tolerance, or for investors who hold a bearish conviction toward large-cap growth stocks, most of which are tech companies. This ETF also might be a fit for investors who prefer avoiding the unlimited loss potential in short-selling individual stocks, those taking a speculative position, or those seeking a near-term hedge.

I then immediately sold a covered call of 2 contracts on QID as well, making a premium of right at about $225.

I think the Nasdaq is completely too high right now, and I am expecting a pull back in the near term.  Things in Greece are completely affecting the markets right now so we'll see what happens.   

Anyway, what are your thoughts?



  1. I have included two links (one my own) on the constant leverage trap associated with leveraged ETFs. Good luck with the trade.