What are the top 10 Commandments of Options Trading Strategies

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This blog is about the top 10 Commandments of Options Trading Strategies.

Options trading is a complex and often risky business. However, by following some simple rules, options traders can increase their chances of success while minimizing their losses.

Option strategies are the simultaneous, and often mixed, buying or selling of one or more options that differ in one or more of the options’ variables. Call options, simply known as calls, give the buyer a right to buy a particular stock at that option’s strike price. Conversely, put options, simply known as puts, give the buyer the right to sell a particular stock at the option’s strike price. This is often done to gain exposure to a specific type of opportunity or risk while eliminating other risks as part of a trading strategy. A very straightforward strategy might simply be the buying or selling of a single option; however, option strategies often refer to a combination of simultaneous buying and or selling of options.

Options strategies allow traders to profit from movements in the underlying assets based on market sentiment (i.e., bullish, bearish or neutral). In the case of neutral strategies, they can be further classified into those that are bullish on volatility, measured by the lowercase Greek letter sigma (σ), and those that are bearish on volatility. Traders can also profit off time decay, measured by the uppercase Greek letter theta (Θ), when the stock market has low volatility. The option positions used can be long and/or short positions in calls and puts.

Below are the 10 Commandments of Options Trading:

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  1. Do your homework. Before entering into any options trade, make sure you understand the underlying security, as well as the risks and rewards associated with the trade.
  2. Have a plan. Options trading is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Carefully craft a plan that takes into account your investment goals, risk tolerance, and time horizon.
  3. Use stop-loss orders. A stop-loss order is an order to sell an asset when it reaches a certain price point—the point at which the loss on the trade would become too great to bear. By using stop-loss orders, options traders can limit their losses on any given trade.
  4. Let winners run. Once an options trade is profitable, resist the urge to take profits too early. Instead, let the trade run its course and reap the full rewards of a successful trade.
  5. Cut losers short. On the other hand, when an options trade is going against you, don’t be afraid to exit the position and take your losses. Trying to “fight” the market will only lead to further losses.
  6. Manage your risk exposure. One of the most important aspects of successful options trading is managing risk exposure. Make sure you don’t have too much of your portfolio invested in any one security or sector. Diversification is key to mitigating risk in options trading (or any kind of investing).
  7. Use limit orders. A limit order is an order to buy or sell an asset at a specific price—the price at which you are willing to enter into the trade. By using limit orders, options traders can better control their risk exposure and avoid getting caught up in volatile markets.

8 . Be patient . Patience is a virtue in all aspects of life, but it’s especially important in options trading . Don’t enter into trades just because you’re feeling antsy—wait for opportunities that meet your investment criteria . And once you’ve entered into a trade , resist the urge to “trade emotionally” and instead let your original analysis play out . Over-trading is one of the biggest mistakes options traders can make .

9 . Stay disciplined. Like patience, discipline is also key to success in options trading . Once you’ve developed a sound investment strategy , stick to it ! Don’t let emotions influence your trades — if anything , emotion should be kept out of trading altogether . The best way to do this is by developing a clear set of rules that you always follow when making trades . If you can do this , you’ll be well on your way to success as an options trader.

10. Have realistic expectations . Finally, it’s important to have realistic expectations when trading options . Remember : there are no guaranteed winners in options trading ! Every trade involves some degree of risk, so don’t expect to win every single time. If you approach each trade with reasonable expectations and focus on long-term success, however, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a successful options trader


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What are the top 10 Commandments of Options Trading Strategies

Furthermore:

  • Thou shall always take 100% daily gains or 200% all time gains.
  • Do not fall into temptation and buy during the first 30 minutes of market open. (Selling positions is still permitted)
  • Thou shall not buy calls on green days.
  • Thou shall not buy puts on red days.
  • Avoid greed and do not buy consecutive options on 1 company.
  • Give thyself at least 3 weeks time to play the option.
  • End your suffering and sell if down 50% all time on an option play.
  • Avoid gluttony and do not day trade options. (Swing trades allowed)
  • Be fruitful, multiply earnings and sell covered calls if holding any.
  • Celebrate and binge drink after big gains (or losses)
  • Off topic, but relevant – You absolutely need to be doing a 401k or IRA as well as investing in crypto: 401ks and IRAs offer fantastic tax advantages that straight investing does not. Also if you have an employer who matches you are leaving money on the table by not taking advantage of that. It’s foolish. Crypto is great and should definitely be in your portfolio but it should not be your whole portfolio.
    Sources:
    1- WallStreetBets
    2- Wikipedia

Options trading can be complex and risky business, but by following some simple rules traders can increase their chances of success while minimizing losses

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  • Yep
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  • am i missing anything (from any angle) in moving towards independence?
    by /u/No_Measurement_4176 (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on April 12, 2024 at 3:55 pm

    so i wasn't even aware of "fire" or "financial independence" until a few years ago. this basically means we weren't trying to save aggressively for this goal however, based on the saving habits we have, it almost played right into this if you get what i mean? for context/"stats": wife(35)/myself (40) net worth of $1.4MM - this would be all our retirement(roth/ira/401k)/individual brokerage accounts. $80k in immediate cash in money market (excludes 6 month emergency cash) own a home (about 330k left on mortgage) that we bought in 2017. rate was like 3.5xx%? live in los angeles. no other debt besides mortgage remote workers, combined gross income is $260k, could be slightly more w/bonus, but i don't "count" on it if it makes sense? that figure is $10-$15k if you're wondering no kids now or never we plan on moving to the PNW (seattle - suburb) because: we've always eyed that area. have close friends there and also (besides ethnic food) don't take advantage of CA's "pros". ..WA state will be the place where we end up retiring too. no income tax (we're remote and also for retirement) no more mortgage (have about 23 years left w/o adding more principal payments) while we are greatful for our current jobs/pay, its not going to last forever and it might be our last "real" job...meaning if we lost it and can't find remote work again, might just find something completely different that would cover the bills/have health insurance until retirement. we plan on selling our home here, and buying a smaller place (townhouse) outright up there. based on loose calculations, monthly "savings" CA - $3,600/Month PITI and main utilities (Elec, water, gas, trash) WA - $2,000/Month. assumed same costs for utilities, and probably overestimated for property tax and HOA (ugh) the plan - with a lot of assumptions ​ sell home here, move proceeds into money market, find a short term rental in PNW while we look for a place. the interest earned can help offset the rental. i think it'll be challenging to time it where we sell/close here and buy up there. would still love to do it seamlessly but the above will be fallback buy home up there via cash. based on conservative estimates we would only net roughly $525k. this means we'd still need to come up with at least $100k - $150k in cash. while we have $80k in immediate cash, i do have some individual stocks (long) that i can sell to make up the difference. i won't be touching and retirement accounts. there will be tax implications (selling securities and home), but because of the $500k capital gains "exception/shelter" on home sales, we can avoid most of it. dont think we'd get pushed into the next tax bracket how much we can get for our home here is also another factor. the "ideal" result live in an area we like save couple thousand a month by not having a mortgage and no income tax (we'd make sure to budget to avoid lifestyle creep with "additional" money, and also to help recoup the cash we used) be in a better situation for retirement because of the above ​ so theres a lot of assumptions here, welcome any feedback....poke holes at this. there's no urgency - CA isn't bad at all....if we need to wait longer, save more cash then we'll do it... ​ ​ submitted by /u/No_Measurement_4176 [link] [comments]

  • It's been almost 2 years since the Yield Curve inverted. When's that recession happening again?
    by /u/qscvg (wallstreetbets) on April 12, 2024 at 1:47 pm

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  • Reached 100k NW today!
    by /u/paopu_boy (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on April 12, 2024 at 1:33 pm

    Been following this sub since I was 22, I'm now 29 and just this month reached a NW > $100k (105k specifically). I've invested pretty aggressively during this time and had substantial increases in income from switching jobs once, and was lucky enough to buy a condo during the interest rate lows and the cost of living has been pretty steady. I live near a big city in the midwest. Here's a rundown of how I got here: Graduated college in 2018 at 23 w/ $7500 debt, got a job right out of school making $52k while living with mom and dad. I put everything I could into the debt and wiped it out before summer was over (1/3 of it was from graduation money from relatives and friends). Was lucky enough to get my dad's 2015 Camry after he got himself a new car which I still drive and is fully paid off. Fall 2019 on my 25th birthday I open my first Roth IRA and max it out each year. All in on VTI + SCHD (60/40 split), and an individual brokerage for stocks. Other than this I've just been saving where I can and spending money on fun and vacations here and there. March 2020 I move out into a studio apartment paying $1000/month in rent + $250 in other bills. Covid hits which helped me prevent spending on weekends, my biggest expenses were food and gas since I was still commuting. December 2020 with interest rates being low I find a condo for sale for $170,000 and put $40k down, took a $129k loan with a 2.875% IR (fixed). For the first 3 years my monthly payment + bills was around $1100. Taxes have gone up and now paying closer to $1400. February 2021 I get a new job and my income goes from $54k to $85k. Spent the next few months getting things for my new place so savings/investing rate was pretty low. Plus things were opening up again and I started going out and traveling more so I was spending much more than the previous years. February 2022 I get a raise from $85k to $110k, crossing the six figure mark! August 2022 I get a new job offer for $140k, but get a matching counter offer from my current employer at the time, so I stay. Lifestyle creep definitely happened during this year with the big jumps, and with the market crashing from 2021 highs I was hesitant to invest as much as before (which ended up being my biggest regret given where we are now). August 2023 I get promoted and a raise to $154k. 2023 was also where I started contributing to my company's 401k and maxed it out for 2023, and looking to do the same going forward. Doing this with my HSA as well. Still had a god bit of lifestyle creep though which I'm not proud of. 2024 I'm making investing a priority again, and building my savings for emergencies and a down payment in the future. Being a lot more disciplined going forward. Today's numbers: Monthly income: $8,936 Bills: $1500 Individual Brokerage: $76,332 Roth IRA: $41,246 (was $18k before I did a conversion from a traditional) HSA: $4,926 401k: $37,369 Home equity: $48,367 Cash: $4,600 (working on this to have a proper emergency fund) Car trade-in: $11,000 Home loan: $119,000 So you can probably guess that the 3x increase in income plus not worrying about rent increases nationwide helped me get here. It's not lost on me that a lot of this comes from luck and privilege, but I've always enjoyed reading stories on here of people reaching milestones at all ages and am excited to share my first. For those wondering, the initial big income increase in job hopping came from switching from a lab job to software engineering in fintech, which tends to pay pretty well. The jump from $85k to $110k was supposed to actually be to $90k, but I made a strong case for myself and got the boost. TLDR: Graduated college with relatively little debt, job hopped once to a different field and tripled my income, and purchased a condo at really low interest rates and sale price, all while making investing and saving a priority where I could. Regret not investing more in 2022 when the market was crashing but hey that's life. My next milestone goal is $200k, which I hope I can get to by the end of 2025 if all goes well! May look for a new job in the near future to further increase income, but the tech market hasn't been great lately so that may take some time. submitted by /u/paopu_boy [link] [comments]

  • Daily FI discussion thread - Friday, April 12, 2024
    by /u/AutoModerator (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on April 12, 2024 at 9:02 am

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  • "Barista" Fire to retire as early as possible with my partner (age-gap relationship)? What to do and where to begin? Help!!!!!
    by /u/Proper_Jellyfish_444 (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on April 12, 2024 at 2:40 am

    Hi! I'm 30 and my partner is 48. I want to be able to retire as early as possible to enjoy as much life with him as possible. That being said, I never considered retiring early before meeting my partner. I'd like to "retire" in 12-15 years and ideally only a couple of years after my partner. He can retire as early as 55 but as of now plans to retire closer to 60. I'm aiming to "barista fire" where I have a comfortable part-time job. I am adjunct faculty at a university in the area and so I plan to continue adjunct instruction in retirement. I say this recognizing I have absolutely nothing started as of now in terms of funds to retire and so I feel a part-time job will be absolutely necessary for me. And I have no clue where to begin and what I should be doing to try and make this a reality!!!!! Here is my current financial situation: I make $130,000 per year and live in a HCOL area. I am a state employee with a pension. I contribute 6% of my salary into my pension system. After taxes and health insurance, and after rent car groceries etc. I have approximately $2000 remaining to save/invest per month. I currently do not contribute into a 403b (which is available to me through my employer and I can begin at any time). I have $75,000 in a traditional savings account. Aside from that, I have nothing in any Roth/403/invest accounts nor do I own any assets (ie real estate). On the bright side, I have absolutely no debt. I am not really counting my pension because I will only have 12-17 years in the system with the retirement window I am looking at, and therefore I will only receive partial benefits. I'm thinking of it really being a source of beer money/fun money/travel money. My partner is also a state employee and will retire with full benefits including health insurance (which I will be able to receive)--but the benefits will pass with him. And sadly due to our age difference I cannot consider this as a factor for my finances anticipating that I outlive him (but with life, we never really know and I am grateful for every day I get to love him). So I know I will need to consider health insurance in my later years. For the purposes of making sure I am prepared for this barista fire life, I rather plan on truly being financially independent with no significant other/additional income involved in the finances. Just a reality of the age differences, and if anything I feel it will help me be more prepared for life on my own with this mindset. Aside from saving for retirement, I also need to plan to save for a home. My partner and I are hoping to purchase a home next year, so I am looking to consider having funds available for this as well. I'm not sure what, if any, of my current savings of $75,000 should remain towards house funds vs. retirement. Also--no children. Any and all advice is so greatly appreciated! submitted by /u/Proper_Jellyfish_444 [link] [comments]

  • Choices once you reach FI
    by /u/Agreeable-Math-9517 (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on April 11, 2024 at 9:35 pm

    Good perspective from James Clear’s 321 email today. Once you have reached FI, this is a good way to think of your future. "If you already live a comfortable life, then choosing to make more money but live a worse daily life is a bad trade. And yet, we talk ourselves into it all the time. We take promotions that pay more, but swallow our free time. We already have a successful business, but we break ourselves trying to make it even more successful. Too much focus on wealth, not enough focus on lifestyle." submitted by /u/Agreeable-Math-9517 [link] [comments]

  • Most Anticipated Earnings Releases for the week beginning April 15th, 2024
    by /u/rylar (wallstreetbets) on April 11, 2024 at 5:38 pm

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  • As a lifelong renter, we stumbled onto our dream home. Should we buy or continue renting?
    by /u/matrilr (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on April 11, 2024 at 3:25 pm

    I'm thinking emotionally right now and just want to get some outside opinions who'd be far more rational than me right now. My husband and I (in our mid-30s) recently stumbled onto a fully renovated 2BR 2BA co-op in our neighborhood, where the owner, who's allegedly a developer and have procured the required permits, has redone the electrical wiring and plumbing of the entire place and fully renovated everything so every appliance, flooring, and countertop is brand new. Man, is it spacious and gorgeous. It looks luxurious, and honestly seems over the top at times with 2 fridges AND 2 bathrooms. A real estate agent who's also our friend has worked with us to put in an offer for $700k with a plan to negotiate, and the owner countered with $790k and apparently it's his hard limit. According to the seller's agent (who talked to our agent), they've also gotten a few offers around $700k - $730k but it sounds like no one wants to pay what the owner is asking for but it is possible if the owner waits long enough, someone would swoop in with that high number. My dilemma is... whether we should cave and pay for what the owner is asking for, because I'm not sure we'll ever find something quite like it again, without doing the extensive renovations ourselves. (The owner apparently spent close to $300k in renovation costs, but who knows if that's true.) In addition, the maintenance fees are also quite low for the area, at around $820/month. We're currently renting in NYC in a rent-stabilized 2BR apartment for $2,900, where I expect rent will go up 2%-3% every year depending on the whims of the Rent Guidelines Board. This apartment we're living in now is fairly mediocre but livable, and nowhere near as spacious as the co-op we just saw. (There's also no way to install a bidet because our toilet is tankless, which is my dream toilet lol.) And since this is rent-stabilized, we basically thought this will be where we will stay forever, until we saw the dream co-op. Some household numbers: * Net worth: $1.1m * Cash (in Wealthfront accruing 5% currently): $52k (credit card balances $10k; we pay off the statement balances every month and don't accrue interest) * Retirement accounts: $929k * Brokerage account: $115k (I've been using this account—invested in VTSAX—to save for a downpayment, but if we end up not buying, this will be our pot of retirement money) * 0 debt * Income: $238k (pre-tax) Combined monthly take home pay (we max out our 401ks): $11k * Monthly mortgage assuming the co-op we're buying is $790k (including maintenance fees): $4.9k * Compared to our current rent of $2.9k If we do end up buying, we'll liquidate our brokerage account ($115k), take out maybe $23k from our savings account, and then take out $20k from our Roth IRAs (which I read can be taken out tax free for buying a home) all for our downpayment ($158k). Right now, with our plan to rent for life, there's that financial security mentally because I think we live fairly comfortably. So much so, we can coast by and pay for travel and activities—truly enjoying life—without worrying our occasional frivolous expense will dent our bank account one bit. The highest total monthly expenses we've had per month is $9k (especially when we're traveling, and we do travel every few months) and lowest is around $6k. Since hitting the $1m mark, it truly felt we could perhaps retire early in 10 years and continue to enjoy life as-is. It does seem like our retirement accounts are continuing to compound at a rapid pace that we could perhaps even stop contributing to our brokerage account post-tax ($1.6k/month). All of this long text boils down to one question that I'm sure have been asked to death around here: could we afford this $790k dream home? Our ideal max would've been $700k which we could perhaps even stretch to $750k. In typing all this, I feel like the rational answer is no, we shouldn't buy. I know ultimately we're the ones who will have to decide, but I'd definitely appreciate some thoughts/opinions since I know next to nothing about homeownership since we've been renting all our lives. Thank you! submitted by /u/matrilr [link] [comments]

  • Daily FI discussion thread - Thursday, April 11, 2024
    by /u/AutoModerator (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on April 11, 2024 at 9:02 am

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  • Just reached 200k as a freelancer
    by /u/zxyzyxz (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on April 11, 2024 at 8:16 am

    I thought this might be interesting as I don't see many stories about freelancing in the FIRE community, at least that I've searched for on reddit at least. I'm 27 living in a VHCoL area (just due to having friends here) and I work in software but not at any long term job, I do more contracts, 6 months at a time or so. Most of my capital accumulation has actually been through my solo 401k which has the benefit of fully maximizing both the employer and employee contribution, as well as allowing mega backdoor Roth (it depends on the provider, I use MySolo401k which allows this rather than something like Fidelity or traditional solo 401k providers). Even though I started a while ago, I have not actually consistently made over 100k every year simply due to the nature of the boom and bust cycles of freelancing, and some years it's been half of that. I could have saved much more but every year I spend 1 to 3 months traveling (except 2020) which more than makes up for not saving as much as my peers in the software world making 1 or 200k a year at FAANG. I am also not a digital nomad so it's not like I can work and travel. This is by choice as I've found that I can't get work done consistently when traveling and it also feels like I'm wasting my time if I'm sat at a desk for 8 hours a day, just in some foreign country. This summer I'll be spending 3 months in Europe and it'll likely cost 10 to 15k total for the trip but that's worth it over needing to wait until I'm 45 to then go travel for longer terms. I believe I could coastFIRE from my current amount, based on calculators showing that 200k equals 1 million at age 60 with no additional contributions. submitted by /u/zxyzyxz [link] [comments]

  • The Worst Part of a Wall Street Career May Be Coming to an End
    by /u/Majano57 (Financial news and views) on April 11, 2024 at 3:27 am

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  • Hey all, meet Bob and Alice. We're new to this but trying to plan for FIRE and could use some feedback - thanks in advance!
    by /u/fire_fightin (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on April 10, 2024 at 11:44 pm

    EDIT: Fixed some dumb mistakes - thanks for pointing them out! Throwaway account - tried to summarize situation as succinctly as possible below and included thoughts/questions at the end. Eager to hear any/all feedback - thank you! ---- Age + Background I'm 28 and my fiancée is 30 - we'll call me Bob and my fiancée Alice. We both work in finance, myself at a fintech startup and my fiancée at a small hedge fund. We met at our first finance job where we worked for a large mutual fund investment management company, and we've been together for 5+ years. We bought our current house together in late 2022. We live in the US. Fixed rate 30y mortgage. Alice dislikes job and has been wanting to move on but feels trapped, whereas I'm okay with mine as I'm passionate about my industry. No kids, 1 puppy ---- Annual Income Combined Total: $285,000 Bob: $125k base + $15k bonus Alice: $110k base + $35k bonus Annual Expenses Combined Total: $130,627 General: $72,000 Living Expenses: $60,000 Health Care: $6,000 Travel: $6,000 House Related: $30,601 Mortgage: $26,375 Mortgage Insurance: $1,000 Flood Insurance: $1,090 HOA Fees: $2,135 Taxes: $28,026* (doesn’t include income tax) School Taxes: $11,000 Property Taxes: $10,000 Special ASMT Area Fee: $3,000 City Taxes: $3,000 County Taxes: $1,026 Annual Savings Combined Total: $154,373 --> ($285,000 income - $130,627 expense) ---- Assets Combined Total: $1,186,668 SECTION (1) - Unrestricted/Vested Assets: $671,668 Cash Equivalents: $47,182 Equities: $510,311 Post-Tax: $432,376 Alice - Taxable Accounts: $95,930 Alice - Roth 401ks: $70,703 Alice - Roth IRA: $71,071 Bob - Roth 401ks: $192,059 Bob - Roth IRA: $103,969 Pre-Tax: $77,935 Alice - Trad 401ks: $34,694 Bob - Trad 401ks: $43,241 Digital Assets: $114,175 Bob - Bitcoin: $102,531 Alice - Bitcoin: $10,585 Alice - Ethereum: $1,059 SECTION (2) Illiquid Assets: $515,000 Real Estate (Our House): $515,000 Liabilities Combined Total: $417,851 Mortgage Outstanding Principal: $417,851 Equity Combined Total: $768,934 --> ($1,186,785 Assets - $417,851 Liabilities) ---- Thoughts/Questions We have a lot of after-tax investments relative to pre-tax investments. I personally have always felt a certain peace of mind in knowing my roth contributions can be withdrawn tax free if needed, and I also worry about future tax regimes so I'm a little averse to deferring taxes now in the hopes that I won't be taxed out the wazoo at bonkers rates later. It's hard for me to gauge appropriate inflation expectations for everything (income, expenses, assets). What's a reasonable/conservative way to forecast these things over multiple decades? Each year, retirement account contribution limits will probably get adjusted upward for inflation (but fail to fully capture its impact), tax rates may change, and certain types of expenses may inflate more than others. What are some good ways to handle these nuances when forecasting? And last but not least - I'm hoping it's reasonable for us to retire sometime in our 40s if we can continue increasing our income and our investments perform reasonably well. Does this seem doable for us? Thank you in advance for your help! submitted by /u/fire_fightin [link] [comments]

  • BLS confirms some people get CPI data Early (not real title)
    by /u/chalbersma (Financial news and views) on April 10, 2024 at 8:10 pm

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  • Retired but now need to provide proof of income?
    by /u/kjkjkj2 (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on April 10, 2024 at 5:13 pm

    I retired so I have no income now, but some places are asking me for proof of income, such as apartment rental agreement. I also am considering moving abroad and getting a permanent residency Visa in another country. I am being told I will have to provide proof of income to get the Visa. Any suggestions? I was thinking about getting a job as an English or math teacher online for a couple months and then hoping they provide some form of proof of income such as deposits in my account or a pay stub. I don't think they will accept a document showing my assets. Edit: what about dividend income or capital gains income from my investments? submitted by /u/kjkjkj2 [link] [comments]

  • Which should I do? Roth IRA vs. HYS for property?
    by /u/Trilobitememes1515 (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on April 10, 2024 at 1:44 pm

    Hello all! First time poster and long time lurker in this sub. I was about to text my dad this question but figured I’d get more feedback from this community. I’m early in my non-aggressive FIRE journey (28F), with a goal retirement age of 55. I’m simultaneously saving for retirement and a house for myself and my partner right now, which we plan to contribute 50/50 on. We want to begin shopping for a house in 2025 so we’re as prepared as possible for the market, and keep our currently low rent through the end of our lease. We hope to begin investing in more variable stocks once we transition from renters to property owners. We both had student loans to pay off, no option for family help, and live in a LCOL area, but are comparatively high earners for our area. My numbers may seem a little behind. They are currently separate from my partner’s numbers because they works in a different field and, honestly, I don’t know how their retirement accounts work (pension, public stuff). Current numbers: $16k in Roth IRA, intend to max out for the first time in 2024 $40k in Trad IRA, don’t contribute to this, just transfers from old 401ks from old jobs $9k in 401k, contributing 13% pre-tax and 2% post-tax. I’ve been at this company for less than a year and finally got the employer match, 4%, at the 6-month mark. $32k in HYS, split between two accounts: emergency ($7k) and house ($25k). Now, my question is this: Would I get better returns within the year if I pull from my house HYS to max out my Roth IRA earlier in the year? I’ve currently been adding $500/month to my Roth, expecting to max it out at the end of the year when bonuses come out. I’ve been adding $200/month to the house HYS and focusing on bulking the emergency HYS with my usual contribution ($500/month) and any extra liquid funds. Where we live, a “good” house is $250k, and each of us has enough to buy already. We’re still waiting until next year because our rent is locked in so low. So, I could pull from the house HYS today, max out my remaining Roth IRA for the year, and contribute enough throughout the year to return my house HYS by the time I need the money. I’d lose total HYS returns, but gain Roth IRA returns. I’m not very market savvy so I’m not sure what the best approach is. Thank you all for your help! I’ve learned so much from this sub already. submitted by /u/Trilobitememes1515 [link] [comments]

  • Weekly Self-Promotion Thread - Wednesday, April 10, 2024
    by /u/AutoModerator (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on April 10, 2024 at 9:03 am

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  • Daily FI discussion thread - Wednesday, April 10, 2024
    by /u/AutoModerator (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on April 10, 2024 at 9:02 am

    Please use this thread to have discussions which you don't feel warrant a new post to the sub. While the Rules for posting questions on the basics of personal finance/investing topics are relaxed a little bit here, the rules against memes/spam/self-promotion/excessive rudeness/politics still apply! Have a look at the FAQ for this subreddit before posting to see if your question is frequently asked. Since this post does tend to get busy, consider sorting the comments by "new" (instead of "best" or "top") to see the newest posts. submitted by /u/AutoModerator [link] [comments]

  • 💰 My Batch Group Expense Sharing Solution with Categories for Accurate YNAB Tracking
    by /u/khotte (Financial Independence / Retire Early) on April 9, 2024 at 8:16 pm

    💰 My Batch Group Expense Sharing Solution with Categories for Accurate YNAB Tracking Hello, wonderful community of r/financialindependence! I've embarked on a journey to create something tailored specifically to my needs as a meticulous budgeter and finance enthusiast. Let me tell you a bit about why and how. 👀 Take a peek: at what it looks like here: https://imgur.com/a/PY8Bq3c 📋 Make a copy here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CTgQGhrkIMy69l81\_vsow\_o6X7Poj\_jybWc4GPLmAvI/edit?usp=sharing 🌱 The Genesis of My Project For years, I've been a loyal user of Splitwise, especially valuing its 'Simplify Debts' feature and the convenience of web-based entry. However, with their new limitation to three transactions (unless you pay for Pro), my patience waned. My quest for an alternative began, only to find myself entangled in a web of apps that were either too clunky, too restrictive, or too ad-heavy. From Splid only being available via an app, to Tricount retiring its web app, and Settle Up hiding essential features behind a paywall, none met my criteria. I just wanted a simple & efficient way to split expenses while being able to categorize them for accurate spending in YNAB, especially as a dedicated YNAB user since 2012. spliit.app is close and I love that its open source, but it still doesn't have everything I need. Also, having to click so many times to enter transactions one by one keeps me from using it. 💼 My Edge Case: YNAB Split Transaction Category Reconciliation As someone who meticulously categorizes every penny in YNAB (and has since 2012), I found no service that allowed me to accurately reflect my spending or owed amounts BY category in split transactions and/or allow me to quickly enter lots of transactions at once as I often do. The existing options either required far too many clicks, required me to register for an account, were behind a paywall, or lacked the necessary detail for me to categorize my spending correctly. 🔨 So, I Built My Own Solution Frustrated but motivated, I turned to Google Sheets and Google App Script to craft my ideal expense-splitting tool. Here's what sets it apart: 🌟 Differentiating Features: 💻 Web-based via Google Sheets: Accessible on any device, anytime, without the need for a specific app. 🚀 Batch Entry: Enter all your transactions in one go, without a myriad of clicks for each. 📊 Detailed Category by Person: Perfect for YNAB users, allowing for accurate tracking with category-specific spending and owed amounts. 🎉 And, All the Favorites: 🔄 Uneven Splits by Transaction: Flexibility to divide expenses in just the right way. 💡 Simplified Debts: A beloved feature from Splitwise, ensuring the least amount of payments needed. 💸 Suggested Reimbursements: Smart suggestions for who owes what to whom. 🤝 Share with Friends: Easily invite friends to add their transactions, making group expense tracking a breeze. 🌍 Multiple Currencies: Enter transactions in multiple currencies and select your preferred settlement currency for seamless global expense management. 🔢 Total Balances by Person: Keep track of each person’s financial involvement at a glance. 🚫 No Ads: Enjoy an uninterrupted experience. 📝 No Registration Required: (Google Authentication) - Start using it right away with your Google account. 📘 Comprehensive Guide Navigating through this tool is designed to be intuitive, with several tabs and functionalities to make expense tracking and splitting effortless. Here’s a quick rundown of what each section does and how to use it: 1. Sheets Overview Transactions Tab Expenses: Enter up to 100 transactions here, including details like store name, category, amount, who paid, and whether it was split evenly. Names: Add names across the top row. Use checkboxes to indicate who was involved in each transaction. A checker column ensures that someone must be involved in the transaction if an amount paid by is filled out. Additionally conditional formatting to highlight if a box is checked but no name is filled in at the top. Amounts Owed: Calculates what each person owes per transaction. If a transaction wasn’t split evenly, you can manually adjust amounts here. A checker column ensures the total matches the sum of all people involved. Balances: Displays the total amount each participant paid, how much they owe, and any gap created for each person. Transactions: Auto-calculates up to 8 transactions but allows for manual adjustments for reconciliation. Suggested Reimbursements: After clicking the green run button in the top right, this section suggests optimized reimbursements between participants. It shows who owes who and how much, with a checkbox to mark payments as received. Debts by Category Tab For those who are like me and have never been able to accurately input a YNAB split transaction with an entire group spending portfolio, this tab is for you! It allows you to see how much each person paid, owed, and their net spending per category. You can use this table as a guide for your YNAB transaction to show what you owe and are owed by category. This detail ensures that even if multiple payments are made or received, your YNAB split transactions accurately reflect your spending. 2. How to Use This Tool: Make a Copy: This ensures you get both the spreadsheet and the attached Google Apps Script functionality. Enter Your Information: I find viewing at 90% zoom comfortable, but adjust as you see fit! Share With Friends: Allow them to enter their expenses for collaborative use. Authorize the Script: Click the green button with exchange arrows to the right. A pop-up will ask for authorization to run the script. You might encounter a warning since the script is custom; follow the prompts to proceed and authorize. Run the Script: Once authorized, click the green button again to run the script and watch the magic happen! Navigation & Expander Buttons: Find buttons in the top right to toggle between the Expenses tab and the YNAB tab. A dedicated button also exists to run the script, auto-populating transactions and suggested reimbursements. Also, you can find expanders to enter more names (up to 10!) 3. Initial Setup and Authorization: For first-time users or those unfamiliar with Google Apps Script, there's a simple authorization process to allow the script to run. This process is a one-time setup to ensure your data's security and privacy. After making your copy and when you're ready, click the green button to initiate the script. Follow the on-screen instructions to authorize, ensuring you’re comfortable with the permissions requested. Once authorized, you’re all set to use the full functionalities of the sheet! 🏁 Conclusion This tool is designed to make expense splitting not just easy, but transparent and fair for everyone involved. Whether it's a group trip, shared living expenses, or any scenario involving multiple payers, this tool aims to simplify the process. I eagerly await your feedback, suggestions, or any features you think could enhance this tool further. Let's make expense management a breeze together! 💌 My Promise and Invitation This tool was born out of personal need and a desire to fill a gap that existing solutions couldn't. I have no intention to monetize it – sharing it is simply my way of giving back to the community. I'd be thrilled to hear your thoughts, feedback, or any features you feel are missing. Your insights will be invaluable in refining and enhancing this tool for all of us. This was just a little side project for me which helped me start to use Google Apps Script and Java for the first time. It helped to solve a pain I had with expense management and I figured since I had a use case for it, maybe others would too. Thanks for reading, and I can't wait to hear from you! submitted by /u/khotte [link] [comments]

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    I retired about 9 months ago at the age of 41. Spouse was/is a sahm, and now I am stay-at-home-dad, or sahd. Am not sad however, FIRE is pretty great. My experience is pretty similar to what has been reported. I don't miss the work or my professional identity. I do miss the people. My friends are in the most intense decade of their careers, climbing corporate ladders and achieving new heights. Before retiring, I really worried about envy getting the better of me. I'm downshifting at the exact moment that a lot of people in our circle our shifting to bigger houses, newer cars, more important sounding job responsibilities. It has taken me some time to come to terms with that. Now I'm just happy for my friends, and anyone who is working towards more. I'm working on random ideas. Initially I was drawn to starting some entrepreneurial venture. The momentum of a 20+ year career and intense work ethic just drew me to "do something". 9 months in, I'm finally beginning to not feel the monetary tug. Now I'm just dabbling in my interests. And totally OK with them changing every week. I'm super grateful for the opportunity to have FIRE'd. I love the time with my little kids. So precious and they grow so damn fast. Love every second with them. My relationship with my spouse has never been better. Somehow, she doesn't seem to ever get sick of me. In terms of numbers, we are spending a bit less than 2% of NW. I know that is extra conservative. We have a large nest egg and we spend freely on stuff and services that we value. I'm setting up a philanthropic organization where a good chunk of the accumulated wealth will go. Thanks for reading, and I'll report back again at the 1 year mark! submitted by /u/firechoice85 [link] [comments]

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