31 March, 2018 seen 422The cryptocurrency bear market which has started in 2018, has finally hit my humble cryptocurrency portfolio and have vanished all the huge gains I made at the end of 2017. Ethereum (from my portfolio) has been hit the most. Since the…
I once read that an investor can call himself a pro after he/she has survived at least 3 bear markets. I just survived one. At least I hope so.
In fact, from my short active investor's career, I feel this is already my second bear market, with first happening back in December 2018,
March 2020 market was scared from Covid-19, Trump travel Ban for EU citizens, Russia- Saudi oil war. Panic, real panic. It took about 3 weeks from all-time highs at the end of February to a 20% drop in mid-March 2020. And nothing is over yet.
Portfolio value as of March 12, 2020
By March 12, 2020, my total portfolio has lost in value by more than 30%. 30% in 12 days. What a speed.
If counted from my portfolios all-time high at the end of January the drop is even more bearish 37.95% drop. Now these drops are quite Okay for crypto investments but with the stock market, hell this asks a lot of nerves
Entering Negative Value For Ethereum Investment - Crypto Bear Market 2018
For me problems started with my plan buying PFE shares once in a month for my partner, using the so-called wheel strategy. Selling naked puts ask cash locked on margin. About a month ago I took a larger assignment of CSCO stocks and my account balance turned negative, as I was buying on margin. My balance turned to a negative EUR 5,000 which I was able to reduce down to -EUR 3,500 by March 12, 2020, but as the market kept falling with 7% daily I quickly faced liquidity issues
Here is the long story short:
On March 12, 2020, I faced a margin call and the broker closed my positions (with a huge loss) to take my account balance back to positive. As these stocks are a cornerstone strategy for my dividend income, it didn't feel Okay taking an impressive dividend loss.
Here is what was sold:
- Sold 60 RA for $14.85 per share (loss $468.25) / yearly dividend loss $121.80
- Sold 206 PNNT for $3.90 per share (loss $740.07) / yearly dividend loss $126.07
- Sold 17 CSCO for $33.97 per share (loss $233.26) / yearly dividend loss $20.74
- Sold 100 PBCT for $11.38 per share (loss $504.96) / yearly dividend loss $60.30
- Sold 244 XIN for $2.54 per share (loss $506.83) / yearly dividend loss $78.44
- Sold 15 PFE for $30.40 per share (loss $138.72) / yearly dividend loss $19.35
Total sold shares worth $4,494.65
Total loss after sell: $2,592.19 / dividend loss $426.7
After selling these stocks my account balance was brought back to positive and I decided to close some of the suffering options to buyback and increase positions from lost shares
Here is what I bought:
- Bought 100 RA for $15.42 per share / yearly dividend $203.00
- Bought 24 PFE for $30.96 per share / yearly dividend $30.96
- Bought 147 NRZ for $11.28 per share / yearly dividend $243.1
- Bought 100 ET for $6.55 per share / yearly dividend $76.8
- Bought 100 PEI for $1.05 per share / yearly dividend $71.4
Total spend $4,703 / yearly dividend $625.26
To free up some buying power I additionally deposited EUR 700 and closed put option on PFE, took a loss here $542.80
Additionally, I closed with a loss options trades on SPX and Gold futures, took a loss here $894.60. I don't plan to trade options on indexes or futures. The risk is not worth it.
My dividend income for the rest of the year before the margin call was $2,449.38, which lacks behind my goal for $3,600 in 2020
After I bought back and increased some positions my planned dividend income for the rest of the year raised to $2,594.71, that's a growth of $145. Awesome
With markets recovering I believe I will be able to gain big from today's buys + increased dividend will help to get closer to my yearly dividend income goals ($3,600 for 2020)
My real loss today comes from options trades, in total I lost $1,437 here. Unlike in my previous experience with bad managed options trade when I lost about $5,000 I wouldn't say these were bad managed trades. I just faced margin call and wanted to use cheap stock prices fro future growth. Will I turn right, time will show.
The Bottom Line
If there are lessons learned from this bear market, then I have found following for myself
- always have a cushion for security at least 20% in cash, better bigger, make it 30%
- puts on dividend stocks are Okay, stay away from trades on SPX and Gold futures
- implement more ratio backspread options in the future