August 23, 2011 – A Look At How I Keep Track Of Stuff


I haven’t closed anything out so I haven’t taken any losses, much less “crushing” ones. In fact, while I’m currently drawn down about $40k, it’s really only $30k because of my hedge, dividends, and previously closed hedge positions.

When this trade gets closed, it will likely be in the low to mid 5 figure range of profit.

Maybe you’re confused by how I’m keeping track of everything.

Let me break it down for you:

SPY -$40,470.00 <— this is the current drawdown of the open position
hedge $4,688.97 <—- this is the current gain/loss of the open hedge

Net for this trade:

-$35,781.03 (unrealized) <— this is the sum of the two above
+$1,223.60 (realized) <— this is locked in profits from part of the hedge I closed before
+$2,931.69 (realized) <— this is locked in profits from part of the hedge I closed before
+$1,129.72 (dividend) <— this is locked in profits from the SPY dividend I was paid
-$30,496.02 <— this is the current P/L of the open position. It is the sum of the SPY position + the hedge + all the locked in gains above. It is my current draw down on the position.

August 8, 2011 – Another Order

If you remember my post on August 5, 2011, I said I was going to buy more SPY if price hit $115.

That just happened

Bought 2,500 shares at $115.

New SPY position: 5,700 shares @ $123.54.

I’m considering the possibility of future positions being purchased in SSO in order to use margin without really using margin.


SPY: -$64,296
hedge: $7,304.76

Net for this trade:
+$1,223.60 (realized)
+$2,931.69 (realized)
+$1,129.72 (dividend)

I really wonder how much lower we’re going to go.

I don’t have enough account equity left to be buying more SPY without using margin if price goes down further, so I think I will use SSO instead.

Patience is key. While everyone is is losing money trying to predict short term direction, I am just waiting.

Does it suck to be down $51k? Yeah. That’s more money than I made in a year at my first corporate job out of college. It sucks when I think to myself “hey, had I not entered this trade, I could go buy a car and still have more money than I do right now.” But it’s about patience. I know SPY will eventually go back up, and when it does, I will make a lot of money.

“Be greedy when others are fearful.” Everyone is freaking out right now. I am loading up.