It’s feedback time at the Raptor.

music selection: “The Clairvoyant” — Iron Maiden

weigh-in: 218.0 +1.2 – Doh!

I’ve been posting here more or less three days a week since January.  Google counts 134 pages here.  It’s been a lot of fun.  It’s helped keep my thinking focused.  And it has helped me stay on diet (not last week though!)  And now I think it is time to look back and make a plan for what the blog will be going forward.

So what it is you like reading here?  I could stay laser focused on stocks, bonds, options, and anything that generates passive income.  I could do deeper analysis of individual stocks.  I could also do more lifestyle oriented posts or things with a more motivational theme for those still on the accumulation journey.  I just don’t know what the lot of you want to read most.

I am also thinking about adding a monthly transparency post starting with the first of the year.  I’d detail out my liquid net worth, current withdrawal rate, and how much of my current budget is met by dividends and other cash distributions.  I’ve been unsure if that would be helpful as it will be nearly a static number; quite unlike the accumulation phase bloggers who show consistent growth!

Let me know what you want to see more of (or less of) in the comments below or privately at: financial [dot] velociraptor [at] gmail [dot] com

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12 thoughts on “Ask the readers

  • November 17, 2015 at 4:11 am

    More on UVXY , in real simple layman’s term why it is your highest conviction idea. UVXY bouncing around a lot today
    Real time trades in options as you have been doing are great, and unique, no other blogs do this. Very few blogs on options, again, your minimum criteria re ROI Possibility of Success =Delta, how you choose the underlying etc.
    Definitely keep the lifestyle, FI, music and anti establishment groupthink gestalt vibe going…..

    • November 17, 2015 at 5:21 am

      Thanks Vish.

      I need the feedback to know if I’m on the right track. Appreciate you!

  • November 17, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Do the transparency thing. It would be completely fascinating. You’re doing FIRE so differently than the MMM standard. Plus, everyone’s a voyeur now…

  • November 17, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    I can’t speak for everyone but I certainly come here because of the unconventional path you took to becoming FIRE. It’s refreshing to see someone go against the “active investing can’t be beat” index fund @ 4% SWR crowd.

    It would be nice to see how you are
    1) Managing your portfolio for such a high SWR
    2) UVXY puts. what strike? what expiration? How do you determine if something is cheap? Is it based on skew?
    3) What to look for in CEFs?


  • November 18, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    I visit this page regularly and I learn something seemingly every time I do. But, I find the organization confusing and hard to follow. For instance, a somewhat remember your open option contract on CVX that you alluded to in the most recent post. However, I don’t remember the details about it. Linking back to the original post would help. Alternatively, maintaining an “open contracts” tab or something of the sort would do the trick.

    • November 18, 2015 at 9:33 pm


      Thanks. I’ll see if I can figure out how to build an open contracts page. I’m not sophisticated enough for it to auto update but I can probably keep up with manual edits.

    • November 18, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Loving the options discussion- I wish I could do that sort of thing in the UK but it doesn’t seem accessible for retail.

      Like someone else mentioned, also appreciating the insights into a higher SWR, more hands on approach to FIRE.

      • November 18, 2015 at 11:50 pm

        Thanks Kaizoku. I don’t know what the requirements are to trade options in the UK. In the US, it varies by broker and you have to shop around. I prefer Interactive Brokers.

  • November 19, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    I’m a fan of the current setup, but would love some more transparency to see what percentages of your NW you are risking with each move. Thanks for sharing!


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