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New Feature Post – Monthly Results

Posted by mounddweller on February 1, 2013

Fellow Traders,

In an effort to bring more accountability to my trading results I’ve decided to share my results at the end of each month.  Time will tell if this influences my results one way or the other.

So, let get to it.  How did I do in January 2013?

Number of Closed Positions: 5

Profit on Closed Trades: $1,576.00

Total Capital Used on Closed Trades: $54,858.00

Average Number of Days Trades Were Open: 68

Return on Invested Capital: 2.87%    Annualized: 15.51%


Number of Open Positions: 4

Net Cash Flow from Open Positions: $1,185.65

Total Capital Used on Open Trades: $75,040.00

Net Cash Flow on Invested Capital: 1.54%


I’m happy with the returns I was able to generate this month.  However, the total amount of capital employed was a fraction of my investable assets.   Thus, in order to meet my overall objective of a total return of 12-15% annually I need to identify and be willing to invest a much larger portion of my investable assets each month.




3 Responses to “New Feature Post – Monthly Results”

  1. Tommy said

    If you bought a stock in December, and sold a January call – and then the January call expired worthless, would it be counted as a “closed” position or an “open” position? It believe it would have been considered as “open” at the end of Decemebr (since the call was written for January). Assuming that a new call was sold in January after expiration, then you’d have an ‘open’ position. Right?

    • mounddweller said


      Yes, that’s exactly how I would treat it. I don’t consider a covered call trade closed until I either have the stock called away from me or I buy back the short calls and sell the stock.


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