March was a very active month for my account, mainly due to my quartly dividend paying stocks. By March 22, I had used up my available margin selling put options, resulting in a general sense of boredom I often experience when I am not trading.
I could have resolved this issue in one of two ways:
1) Close some of my current possitions and write new ones
2) Transfer additional cash from my savings account into my investment account
Rather than paying higher commissions and assuming additional risk, I decided to devote my time to conducting research, watching option trading utube videos, and reading blogs from other investors/traders.
Listed below is my account activity for the month of March:
Company Name Amount of Dividend
Baytex Energy $242
Cenovus Energy $193.60
CN Rail $129
Crescent Point Energy $46.92
Enbridge Inc $126
Exxon Mobil $171
Johnson & Johnson $524.82
Keyera Corp $108
McDonald's Corp $308
Pembina Pipelines $206.55
RioCan REIT $165.67
Total Dividends: $2,436.56
The following is a list of the options I sold in March.
The premiums are the amount of cash I received after commissions..
Date Position Premiums
03/01 20p PG March $67.50 $165
03/04 25P CVE April $28 $208.76
03/06 20p XOP April $49 $265
03/07 2C CPG March $38.50 -$122.49 (buy to close)
03/11 25P XOM May $75 $408.74
03/15 30P CL April $90 $287.50
03/18 30P PEP May $67.50 $282.50
03/19 30P CVE May $28 $252.51
03/22 20P PG April $67.50 $165
Total Option Premiums: $1,912.52
March Investment Income Total: $4,349.08