December 2019

0 DTE SPX Trading Challenge

Published: 31 December, 2019 seen 1,540 Trading

I've been trading options since March 2019, I have been trading verticals since September 2019. Option trading is not easy, it can hurt. Money can be made and more money can be lost - been there seen that. In my short options trader career I have tried naked puts, covered calls, futures, indexes - a lot has been learned and a lot is still to be learned. I prefer learning through practice, and that's how 0 DTE SPX Trading Challenge was born. I like 0 DTE over longer-term options - money is made (or lost) during the trading day, less time in the trade, less stress. Actually the potential return…

Trading Results Week 52/2019 (+$201.50)

Published: 30 December, 2019 seen 24 Trading

Trading week 52/2019 was from December 23 until December 27, 2019 (Monday - Friday). During the week there were the Christmas holidays, and I was not really in trading this week. Anyway, I opened one iron condor for 45 DTE SPX and bull put on GC (90 DTE). Gross income from these trades is $667.40. From closed trades this week I made $201.50, by closing one ES trade and expiring GC. Quite a good result I believe.  Week 14 trading results I have decided to start over with a new trading challenge in 2020, mostly because I have changed how I calculate profit/ loss. With that said - have a…

Georgian Museum of Fine Arts

Published: 28 December, 2019 seen 114 Museums

Georgian Museum of Fine arts is located on Rustaveli avenue just opposite to Tbilisi parliament building. The museum has been opened for public just recently at the end of 2018. It is interesting to note that currently, it is the only building in Georgia built purposely to house art exhibitions. The museum houses over 3500 artworks, created by over 80 artists during the last 70 years.  The museum exhibits private art collection of the family of Dr. George (Gia) Jokhtaberidze and Manana Shevardadze, founders of Magticom, the largest telecommunications company in Georgia. There is an entrance…

Lecco town in Italy

Published: 27 December, 2019 seen 91 Tourism objects

Lecco is a small city in northern Italy, some  50 kilometers (31 mi) north of Milan. The city lies at the end of the south-eastern branch of Lake Como. The Bergamo Alps rise to the north and east, cut through by the Valsassina of which Lecco marks the southern end. We visited the town of Lecco for a couple of hours in mid-November 2019, during a week trip to Italy/Switzerland. Really stunning. Como lake near Lecco The lake narrows to form the river Adda, so bridges were built to improve road communications with Como and Milan. There are four bridges crossing the river Adda in Lecco: the …

Latest Stock Buy: PNNT

Published: 26 December, 2019 seen 45 Investments

On December 19, 2019, I bought  (got assigned) 100 shares of PennantPark Investment Corp. (PNNT ) at $7.50 per share.  With its quarterly dividend payout of 0.18 dollars per share (before tax), this latest buy has a dividend yield of 9.6% and will pay us an additional $18 every quarter. Awesome! PNNT is paying the dividend in the following months: January, April, July, and October This is already the third time I'm buying PNNT stocks, I first bought PNNT back in September 2018, and then in May 2019 The latest buy actually comes from my options trades, back in July I made in the money (ITM) …

Latest Stock Sale: Energijos skirstymo operatorius

Published: 25 December, 2019 seen 28 Investments

On November 21, 2019, I sold all 1,000 shares of Energijos skirstymo operatorius I had, getting EUR 0.79 per share, to finance the purchase of US stocks. Energijos skirstymo operatorius​ has been in my portfolio since  2017. Unlike the most of the Nasdaq Baltic listed companies Energijos skirstymo operatorius​​ paid bi-annual dividend Energijos skirstymo operatorius​ was neither a good nor a bad investment. After holding it for about 2 years. I have made a very tiny profit from dividends, but the value invested has decreased. The good news probably is that I won't need to pay any tax on this…

How to Setup Charts with Interactive Brokers

Published: 24 December, 2019 seen 1,800 Trading

This is a quick tutorial on how to setup / enable charts in Interactive Brokers to trade stocks, ETFs, indexes e.t.c. For the last couple of months I've been trading 0 DTE SPX, for charting using either Google Finance or Trading view - both are great to get a basic view on what's happening. Google charts are indeed great to follow up on what's happening, while Tradingview offers some customization, like to add RSI and many other indicators. But as I'm using TWS platform form Interactive Brokers (Lynx Broker) I decided there should be an easier and more native wat to do charting inside the TWS…

Trading Results Week 51/2019 (+$22.00)

Published: 23 December, 2019 seen 27 Trading

Trading week 51/2019 was from December 16 until December 20, 2019 (Monday - Friday). The original plan was to sell only 0 DTE SPX trades on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, which I did, but last week there was one more trading day on Thursday  which turned out almost a catastrophe, but thanks to the friend a mentor we not only avoided huge loss but gained some new and valuable knowledge on how to use futures to hedge SPX This week I sold 4 SPX 0 DTE trades and bought one ES call future to hedge against suffering SPX trade. Also I made some dumb mistake on Friday and wiped all earnings from this…

Tori 'Cafe-Restaurant' near Akhaldaba

Published: 21 December, 2019 seen 108 Restaurant reviews

Tori is a small roadside cafeteria located near the town of Akhaldaba. We have made a stop and dinned here at the end of June when traveling to Borjomi Cafe Tori Restaurant Well, what can I say about this place? A typical roadside cafeteria, you can get here some coffee and decent food. Prices seemed kind of expensive, maybe because the cafe is located on a pretty touristic route close to Borjomi. Road to Borjomi There is free parking available in front of the restaurant. A decent place to take a break from the road.

Grand Hotel Del Parco - Bergamo Airport

Published: 20 December, 2019 seen 96 Hotel reviews

The Grand Hotel is a modern, peaceful hotel set in parkland just 6 km from Bergamo. It offers air-conditioned rooms and suites, a fitness centre and free parking. A scheduled shuttle service to/from Bergamo Train Station and Orio Al Serio Airport is available on request. We booked this hotel in early November 2019, for a night after landed at Bergamo airport. Nothing fancy, but a decent 4-star hotel for budget money near Bergamo. We paid about USD 68 for a one night stay here. Grand Hotel Del Parco - Bergamo Airport Each elegant room has parquet floors, a flat-screen TV with satellite…

Weekend trip to Baku, Azerbaijan

Published: 19 December, 2019 seen 217 Travel guides

At the start of August 2019, we traveled to Baku Azerbaijan. For me, this was my first time in Azerbaijan. Our trip here was in the frames celebrate a birthday in one of the former Soviet Union member country capital cities, so far we have been to Yerevan, Tallinn, Vilnius, Kyiv, and now Baku To get here, we booked a train ticket from Tbilisi and traveled from Tbilisi central station. Before entering Azerbaijan we had to apply for an e-visa online (which has to be done some 5 days before departure). Now, huge was our surprise arriving in Baku and trying to buy return trains tickets to Tbilisi…

Latest Stock Sale: Ekspress Grupp

Published: 18 December, 2019 seen 45 Investments

On December 2, 2019, I sold all 530 shares of Ekspress Grupp I had, getting EUR 0.78 per share, to finance the purchase of US stocks. Ekspress Grupp​​ has been in my portfolio since 2017. I remember I bought it while sipping cocktails on a lovely balcony in Crete, Greece Ekspress Grupp​ was neither a good nor a bad investment. After holding it for about 2 years I lost about 30% in value, but as my holdings here were rather small - nothing to complain much about. Ekspress Grupp cut the dividend to 0 in 2019, and taking that in consideration was a candidate to sell-off. The good news is that I…

Tesla Stock Project

Published: 17 December, 2019 seen 66 Trading

It was on early November 5th, 2019 morning, I was reading an interesting story about a guy buying a Tesla car for his sons 9th birthday, here is the story in brief: What is #TSLA4Tesla project? I am not into cars. My son, Arian, 8 years old, is different. He loves cars. Sometimes back, he got in love with Tesla. He asked me to buy a Tesla. I didn't need a new car. However, seeing Arian's craze for Tesla, and my love for trading stocks, we made a deal to trade TSLA stocks to see if we can buy a real Tesla. Here it the blog: #TSLA4Tesla project Now, I'm not into cars neither, though TSLA stock…

Trading Results Week 50/2019 (+$93.40)

Published: 16 December, 2019 seen 32 Trading

Trading week 50/2019 was from December 9 until December 13, 2019 (Monday - Friday). This week I was on travel but managed to make a slim profit. Last week I made 3 short term trades - one for GC futures and two 0DTE SPX. All three were winning trades. Week 12 trading results It feels good to be back on the positive earnings side.  If I would continue getting $93.40 each week for the next 40 weeks it would translate into +$3,736 at the end. Not much, but still acceptable. Looking to trade 0DTE SPX next week. The goal is to collect at least $100 in premiums.

Mushtaidi Park in Tbilisi

Published: 14 December, 2019 seen 228 Tourism objects

Mushtaidi park and garden in Tbilisi is great for activities with kids - it features a Ferris Wheel, choo-choo train, carousels and more. The entrance in the park is free, but there is a fee for carrousels.  Park is well maintained and quite popular among locals. I first discovered this park a couple of years ago while cycling around Dinamo arena.  Sculptures at Mushtaidi park The Mushtaidi is one of the oldest parks in Tbilisi and was founded in the 1930s. The first garden on the site of 5 hectares was opened by Mir Fetekh-Agha Seyed Tavrizi, who arrived in Georgia from Iran in 1828. He was…

Selling Covered Calls: ITM vs OTM

Published: 13 December, 2019 seen 920 Trading

Selling covered calls has been one of my favorite options trading strategies. A covered call refers to a transaction in the financial market in which the investor selling call options owns the equivalent amount of the underlying security. To execute this an investor holding a long position in an asset then writes (sells) call options on that same asset to generate an income stream. The investor's long position in the asset is the "cover" because it means the seller can deliver the shares if the buyer of the call option chooses to exercise. If the investor simultaneously buys stock and writes…

Azcot Hotel in Baku

Published: 12 December, 2019 seen 58 Hotel reviews

Set in a 19th century building on Fountain Square, Azcot Hotel is located in the heart of Baku and offers air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen satellite TV. It features a 24-hour front desk and free parking on site. We booked Azcot Hotel for a one night stay (actually paid for two nights) in early August 2019, and paid for our stay about USD 120. We booked two nights because we had a plane back to Tbilisi in seconds night evening, not willing to spend the whole day on legs we booked two days. The building and location where hotel is located is great. The service is OK, the interior is old…

Options Income November 2019

Published: 11 December, 2019 seen 47 Investments

Welcome to the ninth (#9) options income report - covering earnings I've made from trading options (puts, calls, vertical spreads, iron condors) in the month of November 2019 Last November turned out the worst in my short options trader career, for the first time I actually had loses. Last month I was mostly selling vertical spreads on SPX, SPY, GC, AEX, and ES. Because I started to take loses with indexes, I decided to return to the basics selling puts and calls on dividend stocks I learn as I go, anything written here should be taken with a grain of salt, I'm no expert or certified…

Trading Results Week 49/2019 ($0.00)

Published: 10 December, 2019 seen 18 Trading

Welcome traders to the eleventh week's (#11) trading result income report. If you are new here - with the help of these reports I'm documenting my path trading options on indexes and futures in the previous week. I started my trading journal on September 23, 2019, and it's planned that there will be at least 52 such articles for the next 52 weeks.  52 weeks covers a lifespan for one year. One year is a great time to learn and master trading. With these reports, I hope to improve my trading skills and premiums over time.  Trading week 49/2019 was from December 2 until December 6, 2019 (Monday…

Selling Iron Condors on AEX Index

Published: 10 December, 2019 seen 68 Trading

On October 10, 2019 I made my first Iron Condors trade on AEX index. The AEX index, derived from Amsterdam Exchange index, is a stock market index composed of Dutch companies that trade on Euronext Amsterdam, formerly known as the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. Started in 1983, the index is composed of a maximum of 25 of the most frequently traded securities on the exchange. It is one of the main national indices of the stock exchange group Euronext alongside Brussels' BEL 20, Paris's CAC 40 and Lisbon's PSI-20. Iron Condors are not my favorite trading technique (verticals are), but as I was…

Top 20 Best Selling Laptops / Notebooks Under $350

Published: 9 December, 2019 seen 876 Online Shopping

A budget laptop under $350? Sure, not a problem.   In this article you will find out top 20 best selling budget laptops under $350 on Amazon. A quick note: This article contains affiliate links to Amazon.com, by clicking on links on this page and by making a purchase on Amazon site, I might earn an affiliate income from that. Prices for laptops listed on this page are retrieved using Amazon Product Advertising API and is updated daily. For actual prices please refer on product page on Amazon. Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop, 15.6 inches Full HD IPS Display, AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, Vega 3 Graphics, 4GB…

Georgian Parliament Building in Tbilisi

Published: 7 December, 2019 seen 209 Tourism objects

The Parliament of Georgia Building is located in Tbilisi on Rustaveli Avenue, close to the foothills of Mount Mtatsminda. The building complex was constructed as the House of Government of Georgian SSR on the site of the demolished 19th-century Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. For those of you interested in Soviet Architecture, here you go another cool object of interest in Tbilisi. See: Brutal Tours - Explore Soviet Georgian Architecture in Tbilisi The complex consists of two buildings; the "upper" building was designed by Viktor Kokorin and Giorgi Lezhava and built from 1933 to 1938. The "lower…

How To Enable Google Adsense ads.txt file for Drupal on Nginx

Published: 6 December, 2019 seen 981 Servers

Around early September 2019, in my Google AdSense dashboard, I noticed a warning informing me to create a separate ads.txt file.  I followed the on-screen instruction and did what was asked. After two months (at the start of November) I noticed my earnings from Google AdSense have dipped more than half and the warning was still there.  Earnings at risk - You need to fix some ads.txt file issues to avoid severe impact to your revenue. Authorized Digital Sellers, or ads.txt is an IAB initiative that helps ensure that your digital ad inventory is only sold through sellers (such as AdSense) who…

Tavada Restaurant in Baku

Published: 5 December, 2019 seen 67 Restaurant reviews

Tavada restaurant is another fine example fo great Azerbaijani cuisine and service. Located on Mardanov Brothers street this place serves fine Azerbaijani and European cuisine. Discovered in early August 2019, during a weekend trip to Baku. Kid friendly - got a baby chair for our 13-month old daughter + asked to make mashed potatoes for her Mashed potatoes especially for babies Lovely Dolma with a yogurt sauce If there is a reason to visit Azerbaijan, then it' s because of Dolma Chicken and veal kebabs at Tavada restaurant in Baku  

November 2019 Dividend Income Report - $260.41

Published: 4 December, 2019 seen 128 Investments

Welcome to the thirty-first (#31) dividend income report, covering earnings I've made from dividend-paying stocks and peer to peer lending in November 2019. Last November we spent a week in Italy and Switzerland. Traveling with a 16-month old might be complicated but we did it actually quite nice - Lake Como in Italy, Lugano in Switzerland. Quite a tranquil trip. Highly recommend. Lugano, Switzerland The last November was better than expected in terms of dividend income but was a total catastrophe for my options trades. At the end of the month, I have collected $260.41 from dividend stocks…

My First Iron Condor Trade - Lessons Learned

Published: 3 December, 2019 seen 911 Trading

This article has been in the blog's draft section for a couple of months and as it still bears some useful information I decided to publish as it is with little comments at the end. On August 13, 2019 I made my first Iron Condor trade - I sold following IC SPY AUG 14'19 294 / 284 / 293 / 283.5 @ 0.51 This trade was with a 1 day to expiration (DTE), I collected 51 USD from this trade, and paid in fees 9.6 USD (Interactive Broker charges each direction, and Iron Condor consists from 4 legs - 2 puts and 2 calls) Opening Iron Condor trade Interactive Brokers Everything seemed good, except market…

Trading Results Week 48/2019 (-$54.70)

Published: 2 December, 2019 seen 35 Trading

Welcome traders to the ninth week's (#10) trading result income report. If you are new here - with the help of these reports I'm documenting my path trading options on indexes and futures in the previous week. I started my trading journal on September 23, 2019, and it's planned that there will be at least 52 such articles for the next 52 weeks.  52 weeks covers a lifespan for one year. One year is a great time to learn and master trading. With these reports, I hope to improve my trading skills and premiums over time.  Trading week 48 was from November 25 until November 29, 2019 (Monday -…