I think my ultimate goal this year will be most importantly to spend less and get into trouble less (ha ha). The end of 2009 and all of 2010 put a damper on my financial situation in a serious matter. Lets do a recap shall we?
End of 2009:
Invested in a media company $14,000 cash + credit
Got used, Got kicked out now $14,000 is worth around $4,000 cash
Purchased used VW Jetta for $8500 cash
1 month later VW Jetta timing belt blew at 70mph – cost $6500 cash
Landed in jail 2010 New Years night for throwing large party
I ended up losing around $4,000 on (renovating business, warehouse, labor)
Landlord kicks my business out —> move to NYC for new start
End of 2010:
Moved to NYC with no savings left to go to school
Over $10,000 in credit racked up in first 4 months
Over $20,000 in credit racked up over entire year
Lost $2,000 in stock market losses (basically my entire account)
Positives. Wasn’t thrown in jail for New Years.
Currently have around $25,000 in credit card debt
My OptionsXpress account holds $191 left to trade
No luck in finding a cheap place to buy in Jersey City
Still have not produced one web show
Very creatively unmotivated and depressed
I definitely need help “all around”
Well for starters to save more monthly to pay off my debt.
I actually took out a student loan to build up my trading account. Yes I know it sounds stupid but
I need capital to offset risk. I have to admit it’s rather hard trading $500 when it’s the entire account unlike
it’s 10% of $5,000. My goal even with debt is to create an account of at least $20,000. Then I could just trade 5% of my account at a single time. Sometimes I will be wrong and I understand that but if I’m trading my entire account then I’m pretty much have to start all over again. I want to make a profit this year. Not that I didn’t want to make a profit the previous year or all the years before it but definitely a profit even if small would be nice.
I want to trade January. Looks like stocks are going to crash and burn from their highs. I want to be there and earn off the falls. That is my first primary goal. Another goal is to keep my GPA up for my MBA, pass all my classes, and make good friendships with my classmates. They seem nice and forgiving for once. That’s about it for now.
I tried to convince my family to start a LLP Investment Trust but they still weren’t interested. I still think grouping together 5-10 people putting in $1-2k each would lower the risk if everyone student the same 2-3 stocks. I think the experience and knowledge would increase and so would the profitability, but no one listens to a loser. I need to get on the winning side of the trade to prove I can do it consistently.
I traded a few options after a year off. Currently my account is actually down -$825 from putting in $1700 since Dec 2009.
I’m not really happy with it, but much of my losses were from not selling quickly enough or not being able to watch/sell quicker. Some trades, just stupid as usual.
See below completed stock option trades: (click on picture to expand)
I suppose my goal for 2010 should just to be in the positive in 2011 even if that’s .01 above poverty.
Besides stocks I’ve moved to New York City and live in Brooklyn. I live in the Bedstuy section and it always feels sad and racial tension is high. I plan on moving to the Park Slope area. I go to school at the Art Institute of NYC. It’s like community college. I thought it would be more glamorous, definitely not like trading stock options. One day….one day.
March 13, 2010 | Categories: trading stock options | Tags: art institute of nyc, brooklyn finance blog, brooklyn stock trader, journal of a stock trader, new york city investor, stock options diary, twenty something blog | 2 Comments