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From Stocks to Options

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I began funding my account by purchasing stocks in companies I was watching.  This lead to my total investment on 7/15/2019 - $698.96. 

At this point, I was buying penny stocks (Typically, companies whose price is under $5 a share), trying to catch something that would grow quickly.  Alas, I never had the patience to hold things long enough, nor did I have enough money to see any real growth...

A friend purchased The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham for me in January of 2019, which taught me about the ins-and-outs of value investing (If you have $500,000 sitting in a drawer).  The main takeaway was that the Stock Market is designed to make rich people richer, not the "average retail investor," but we can use that understanding to make money. 

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Between July and September of 2019, I continued adding shares into my account.  I was still buying shares, those amazing penny stocks, which you will see get me exactly no where.

By September 9th, 2019 I had accumulated a total of $2,527.50.  At this point, I was "trying" to accumulate some dividend stocks.  If I was going to hold them, I may as well get dividends, right?

Turns out that I do not have the patience for the "Sit and Hold" method while holding such small sums of penny stocks.  I kept selling and buying, only for the stocks to grow after I had sold them.

I was doing something wrong, but was not sure what it was, so I began looking into leverage, which led to options, which led to YouTube... way too much YouTube.

By October 11th, 2019 I had effectively moved my money around, wahoo, and apparently I had decided on less diversification.

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I spent the next month watching what felt like every options video on Youtube, but still felt very unsure of how it all worked together.

Through my research, I discovered that buying a call was a "relatively" safe way to dip my toes into options (Please see the Options Strategies Section).  Essentially, when you are buying a call, you are buying the right to call away (Buy) 100 shares of stock from another person (A real person) at a certain price, on a certain date.

If the stock does not reach that certain price (Strike Price), you lose whatever you paid for that option to buy.  I decided to buy 4x $1 calls in FuelCell (FCEL) on December 19th, 2019 that expired (Strike Price Date) on 4/17/2020 for $25 each, $100 at risk.

FuelCell decided to go on a Holiday/New Year run and I sold the options on January 3rd, 2020 for $105 each, or $420 total.  

I had made about $200 in my entire first year trading stocks. 

I was shocked I was able to make more on one option, in just over a few days, than an entire year trading?

 That was it, I was hooked. 

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