Passive income through option writing: Part 3

Back in 2016, I wrote a few posts on trading derivatives, especially options, to generate (mostly) passive income: Trading derivatives on the path to Financial Independence and Early Retirement Passive income through option writing: Part 1 Passive income through option writing: Part 2 I’m still running that same strategy but it definitely evolved quite a … Continue reading Passive income through option writing: Part 3

Another Option Strategy Failure: Why it’s “Nickels in Front of a Steamroller” and not “Benjamins in Front of a Baby Stroller!”

My little blog here may be mostly known for the Safe Withdrawal Rate Series. But I’m surprised how many people share my other passion: options trading. Both here on the blog and at FinCon last weekend lots of fans of the blog asked me when I’m going to write something about derivatives again. Wait no … Continue reading Another Option Strategy Failure: Why it’s “Nickels in Front of a Steamroller” and not “Benjamins in Front of a Baby Stroller!”

Trading like an Escape Artist: How I made money in October trading S&P Futures Options with 2x leverage

October was a scary month for stocks: the worst monthly S&P 500 return in seven years! And November is off to a volatile start as well! We haven’t even seen a real correction yet but apparently, the drop was bad enough for me to got inquiries from friends and former colleagues asking how I’m doing … Continue reading Trading like an Escape Artist: How I made money in October trading S&P Futures Options with 2x leverage

Passive income through option writing: Part 2

All Parts of this series: Part 1: Intro Part 2: The strategy as implemented in 2016 Part 3: Some updates on the strategy as I’m currently running it as of 2019 * * * Last week we made the case for generating passive income through option writing. A quick recap of last week: buying puts … Continue reading Passive income through option writing: Part 2

Passive income through option writing: Part 1

All Parts of this series: Part 1: Intro Part 2: The strategy as implemented in 2016 Part 3: Some updates on the strategy as I’m currently running it as of 2019 * * * On the path to early retirement (and most likely in early retirement as well), the ERN family will be writing options … Continue reading Passive income through option writing: Part 1

The OptionSellers.com debacle: How to blow up your portfolio in five easy steps

Right around the time when I wrote my options selling update a few weeks ago was when everyone in the option seller circles talked about the blowup of OptionSellers.com. Option Sellers, LLC was a Tampa, Florida based Registered Investment Adviser and CTA (Commodity Trading Adviser). They managed money for 290 clients. Considering the minimum investment … Continue reading The OptionSellers.com debacle: How to blow up your portfolio in five easy steps

The Safe Withdrawal Rate Series: A Guide for First-Time Readers

We’re back home in Washington State after our epic 2019 Summer Tour. Four months on the road, mostly in Europe with a quick visit in Morocco for a week! In early August, while traveling I almost fell out of my chair (or was it my bed?) when I read that my little blog is nominated … Continue reading The Safe Withdrawal Rate Series: A Guide for First-Time Readers

Guest Post: Should you invest in Stocks or Bitcoin?

Hard to believe that this blog has been around for almost two years and I never wrote anything about Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies. I will have some more of my own thoughts and comments in tomorrow’s weekly Wednesday post but to set the stage, our online buddy Matt Paulson has agreed to write a guest post … Continue reading Guest Post: Should you invest in Stocks or Bitcoin?

So what, we retired at the peak of the bull market? Here are seven reasons why we’re not yet worried…

Wow, did you see the big stock market move in October? The worst monthly S&P 500 performance since 2011! When you’re still working and contributing to your retirement savings it’s easy to lean back and relax: you can buy equities at discount prices and you buy more shares for the same amount of savings when … Continue reading So what, we retired at the peak of the bull market? Here are seven reasons why we’re not yet worried…