Monday, June 17, 2013


About a year and a half ago I started this blog because I was inspired by a guy named Rocco Pendola (see below for Friday's update), who at the time was writing a series of articles on Seeking Alpha.  He was chronicling his attempt at doubling his account of $10,000 through the use of options.  In less than 2 months, he reached his goal.

I had a feeling I could do the same thing over a one year period of time without using options.  I started the account on December 12, 2011. Ten weeks later on February 26, 2012, the portfolio was up 37%.  Not bad right?  Incredibly, at the time, I was disappointed in the return.  February 26 was the last time I updated that account because life started to get in the way and I didn't have the time to update the blog. Feel free to look back at my old posts starting on December 12, 2011 and you can see every trade that I made to achieve the 37% return. (I must warn you-when I started this blog back then, it was the first time I had ever done a blog, so it is a bit all over the place)

The bottom line was that after one year, I didn't reach my goal of doubling the account in one calendar year, but I did get to 90%.

Update for Friday, June 14, 2013: Currently we are holding just one position (shorted 942 shares of RDN at $13.69).  RDN  closed at $12.73, down 1%.   I've been fortunate so far with, RDN.  It has trickled down since we initiated a position on May 17. See data below:

Currently short 942 shares of RDN at $13.69 (7% gain)

Closed Trade:
4/18-shorted 262 shares of UNXL at $38.10
5/17-covered at $29.44 (29% gain)
Start Date: 4/18/13
Starting Balance: $10k
Current Balance: $13,865.00
Return: 39%
Annualized Return: 245%

And just for the fun of it:
Returns since January 1 2013

Tim Sykes                 25%
BRK                         23%
S & P 500                14%

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