August brought us a new all-time high of just over $160,000, but unfortunately, we couldn’t hold that level until the end of the month. Nevertheless, we are very satisfied with another positive performance and have enough cash to use other attractive spots.

August performance in real money account

We started August with an account balance of $148,984.76 and stood at $154,552.95 on August 31st, a percentage gain of 3.74%.

Stats August

The drop in the last 3 days of August can be attributed to increasing volatility. So we couldn’t beat the important benchmarks:

Benchmarks August

Winning trades

  • Long in Cocoa (CC) + $2,204.06
  • Long crack spread in gasoline and heating oil (RB and HO) + $9,184.32
  • Calendar spread in the VIX + $3,990.84

Losing trades

  • Short call in silver (SI) – $1,919.74

Thus, the realized winnings in our real money account amount to $13,459.48. The crack spread in particular was a position in our real money account for a very long time.

Performance since the start of the real money account

Since the start of the real money account, we have achieved an overall performance of 54.5%.

Inception August 2020

The following chart shows the performance of the known benchmarks over the same period:

Benchmarks Inception Ausgust

While the Russell 2000 and the DAX are just break-even, the S&P500 can already point to a new all-time high. Nevertheless, we can clearly beat all benchmarks with our 54.5%.

Current positions in our real money account

We currently have these positions open:

August Positions

Screenshot 01.09.2020 9:00 a.m.

Our equity holdings are all looking very good, and the trades that build on a continuing decline in volatility are doing well. Unfortunately, the actual P&L are not displayed for the calendar spreads in the VIX in a correct way, as some legs overlap and this leads to distortions.

Overview of past 3 monthly reports

Here you can find the individual reports of our real money account from the last 3 months:

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