Some might remember me talking about how I was trading stocks a bit more in the past. I also talked about how it is possible to trade around our core investments for income here and there.
If we are good at it, we could make some extra money from trading and yet retain a portion of our investments for regular income.
I don't trade stocks as much these days because it entails more work. It isn't just about buying stocks and holding them for dividends. We have to look at charts and decide when to sell and, of course, hope that prices might come down again so that we could buy.
However, sometimes, I just feel like doing a bit of trading and one example in the last two weeks was ST Engineering. I partially divested at $3.35 a share at the end of October with the intention to buy again if its stock price should decline meaningfully.
I decided to sell at $3.35 because that was where the mildly declining 200d MA was approximating back then.
As ST Engineering's stock price declined over a few days, I resisted the urge to buy as connecting the lowest and second lowest price points gave me a trend line which suggests that there is probably going to be stronger support at $2.98 thereabouts which happens to be where the 123.6% Fibo retracement line is also located.
My BUY order at $2.98 today was filled.
Of course, it does not mean that the stock price will not go lower from here.
Technical analysis simply shows us where the supports are. It doesn't say if the supports will hold. Now, if the support should break, we might see $2.88 tested next. I could buy more then.
Now, what if the stock price did not decline but went higher instead?
Trading around a core position means that we still have a core investment retained for income generation.
So, some might remember that the mistake I made with ARA a few years ago was not retaining a core position whereas I sold only half of my investment in Old Chang Kee and retained half for income, for example.
So, when employing such a strategy, it is important to buy into stocks which we would be quite happy to hold because of the regular income we will receive. If the opportunity for a trade should present itself, sell a portion of our investment and retain a core position.
If prices go up, we are happy. If prices go down, we are happy too.
I don't think anyone would be unhappy with such a situation or am I mistaken?
1. Have my curry puff and eat it too!
2. ARA: Re-initiating a long position.
3. ST Engineering: Mystical art.