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Old 04-20-2018, 07:17 PM   #1681
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623 And the tables have turned for Total US Bond index this week. As of the market close today, it is now about half-a-percent behind all the short-term things mentioned in my previous post because of the drops the past couple of days.

I have no plans to do anything yet, but that is mostly because for the next 2 weeks I will be traveling and only have intermittent internet access. I feel good about going away since the portfolio is outperforming ALL of its benchmarks at the moment.
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Old 04-21-2018, 08:00 AM   #1682
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Sold a bunch of stocks and ETFs a month ago. Then, sold a bunch of put options to buy them back at lower prices.

These options came home to roost, actually they never left home, on Friday April 20th. I am going to own these shares again, and have to buy them above market price.

This is driving my stock AA back up. Oh well. Serves a guy right for proclaiming himself a stock lover. At least, I was spared from bond pain, as I have so little of that.
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Old 05-04-2018, 10:21 AM   #1683
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Two weeks ago, seeing that my stock AA was getting above 70% again and not at 60% or lower as I wished, due to the mistimed put options that made me buy more shares, I sold some out-of-the money covered calls.

Stocks dropped further, and these covered calls looked even more hopelessly out-of-the-money. A contract that I sold for $3-4 a share came down to 50 cents. Usually I wait until they expire worthless, which is May 18 in this case. However, seeing that the market is bouncing back up, I decided to buy several back and closed them out.

It is not that I think the shares will get up to the strike prices, although this market is so crazy anything is possible. Giving up the remaining 50 cents/share on the existing options frees up the stocks, so that I can write covered calls again, but this time for June expiry. I am not selling anything yet though, and just have that option if I so desire.
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Old 05-07-2018, 11:38 AM   #1684
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I bought several thousand shares of FLRN this morning with the money from selling DGS. FLRN is an ultrashort bond ETF: SPDRŽ Bloomberg Barclays Investment Grade Floating Rate ETF that I will try out for at least a month or so.
Since the above post back on March 12, FLRN has outperformed the other kinds of fixed income funds I use including a Total US Bond fund, a short-term corporate bond index fund, and a 1-3 month T-bill ETF (see M* 'growth-of' chart next).



I had a T-bill mature, so I used the money to buy some of the worst performing Total US Bond index fund and some more FLRN today. 292
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Since the above post back on March 12, FLRN has outperformed the other kinds of fixed income funds I use including a Total US Bond fund, a short-term corporate bond index fund, and a 1-3 month T-bill ETF (see M* 'growth-of' chart next).



I had a T-bill mature, so I used the money to buy some of the worst performing Total US Bond index fund and some more FLRN today. 292
There's a lot of love for floating rate bonds now as they will keep resetting upwards as interest rates rise, assuming they do.
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My equity funds have done quite well recently, so the portfolio has hit the top trigger band for allocation to equities, so I have submitted a limit order to sell some shares of MTUM a moment ago to get the asset allocation back below the trigger point. If MTUM fades from here today, then of course the order won't execute. 835

Update: Limit order executed, now I have some cash to buy some fixed income shares of some type.
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An alert was triggered that bond ETFs had dropped significantly this morning, so I am submitting a limit order to buy SPAB (Total US bond market index).

If bond funds recover even by 0.2% to 0.3% in the next week, I intend to unwind the position. 265

And it seems I almost caught the high when I sold MTUM last week. No complaints here.
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Update: Limit order to buy SPAB was executed earlier today. I may try to snag some more here in the last 4 minutes, but to do so I will have to sell some BIL (1-3 month T-bill ETF).

Update to update: Late day limit orders did not execute, but no matter.
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Sold some BIL (1-3 m Treasury ETF) and bought some SPAB (Total US Bond Index) which was what I was trying to do at the end of yesterday. 566

Interestingly, SPAB was down today, but the similar AGG and BND are up today.

Update: And SPAB trades even lower than what I paid for it. Did I ever say I like losing money?
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