It was a touch and go session with several changes from positive to negative but at the close Goldman led the financials higher.

It was an ugly open but by 10:15 both Goldman Sachs and the S&P had turned positive to give us our entry into the position. Unfortunately they both turned negative again shortly thereafter and they spent most of the day in negative territory but in the end the rebound came as I expected.

Goldman is now our only position and I am not planning on adding any more this week. With earnings peaking this week and the FOMC meeting next Tuesday I will be perfectly content to set idly by and watch from the sidelines rather than risk the already decent gains we have accumulated for April.

Jim Brown



Current Portfolio


Current Positions


Current Position Changes


GS - Goldman Sachs - Raised stop loss to $157.75


New Recommendations


None


April Recommendation History



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Margin Requirements:

There are several different formulas for determining margin requirements for naked put writing. These are normally broker specific and some can require larger margin requirements than others.

Here is the most common margin calculation for naked puts.

100% of the option premium + ((20% of the Underlying Market Value) - (OTM Value))

For simplicity of calculation simply use 20% of the underlying stock price and you will always be safe. ($25 stock * 20% = $5 margin)


Prices Quoted in Newsletter

At Option Investor we have a long-standing policy prohibiting the editors and staff from actually trading the individual recommendations in order to conform to SEC rules concerning trades.

The prices quoted in the newsletter are the end of day prices in most cases.

When discussing fills or stops the prices quoted are the bid/ask at the time the entry trigger or exit stop is hit. This is NOT a price that someone on staff actually got using a live order.

For entry/exit points at the market open the prices quoted will be the opening print. The majority of the time the readers are able to get a better fill than the opening print because of market maker bias at the open.

For trades with an opening qualification the prices quoted will be the bid/ask at the time the qualification was met.

All of these rules normally produce worse prices than an active trader would normally get. Because they are standardized there may be some cases where a price quoted was better than an actual fill. If you received a price that was dramatically different than what was quoted just send us an email and we will use your price.