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A rarely heard of investment strategy; The Collar

 

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Many people own or trade stocks.  Investors use fundamental analysis to choose a stock to purchase in hopes that it will go up in value.  Some purchase a stock for the income it may provide via dividends.  Traders purchase or sell stocks based on technical analysis buying and selling often on movement or volatility in the stock price.  These are all very basic and your 401K and IRA’s do the same thing depending on which one you chose your broker to invest in.

 

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     A more advanced and even more conservative stragety however is to “write a covered call”.  This means to sell a contract on the stock that you already own.  This will produce an income even if the stock price stays the same, or even goes down in value that month.  It also helps to hedge, or offset the downside numbers in your account if the stock price does go down that month because although your stock went down in value by say 2%, you may have received 1% in income from selling the covered call.  

     This is how it works;  lets say you own 100 shares of xyz stock.  You bought it a while ago at $50/ share.  The price is now $60/ share.  Instead of selling the stock to actually realize a profit, because it may continue to go up in price as the years or months go on, you choose to write a covered call.  This means that you sell a contract to a person, they pay you an agreed upon price to purchase the stock at any time they choose in the next month (or longer if you wish, for a higher premium of course).  So you bought the stock at $50, its already at $60, and you sell a contract to sell it to someone at $65.  For this they premium they pay you for that privilege (contract) may be $.25.  These are all multiplied by 100 so you would recieve $25 income to agree to sell your stock to them at $65 in the next month.  

     So, if the price does reach $65 or higher the buyer of your contract will “exercise” or buy it from you at the agreed upon price of $65.  That means you made a profit of $15/per share plus $25 for the agreement (options contract).  Pretty good deal right.  You locked in a price to sell it at a profit and got money (income) to do it.  If the price never reaches $65 then you keep your stock and the $25 and do it again month after month.  And the great part is that if your stock keeps climbint every month, you simply move your agreed upon selling price up, guaranteeing you more profit and still get the income.   

     An example would be, you did exactly the above for this month.  Your xyz stock price did go up, but it only went up to $62.50.  This means the purchaser of your contract will certainly not buy yours at $65 when they can buy it on the open market at $62.50  So you keep his money, and the contract expires on the third friday of every month.  Now that your stock price has moved up, this month you sell the contract for the same price ($25), but this time you agree to sell your stock at $67.50 instead of $65!  Sound pretty good eh?  It is.  Its a smart and more conservative way to own a stock rather than to just buy it and hold it.  

     Now we get to the more advanced move.  We create what is called a Collar.  This means we own the stock, sell the covered call as above, but instead of pocketing the $25 premium for the contract we put it to work opening another position (opportunity) for us.  We already own the stock, the $25 was free, so we take that money and we buy a call option.  This means that if the stock price goes up, we not only sell our stock at a profit, but we also sell our options contract at an option, and we bought this option with the money we sold the contract to sell for.  So lets look at what happens.

     If the stock price goes up, but doesnt reach $67.50 then we keep your stock, and we sell our call option that we bought at a profit, and it was paid for by the selling of the other option contract.  

     If the price of our stock doesnt change, we keep our stock, and both options contracts expire costing us nothing.

     If the stock price rises above $67.50/ share;  We sell our stock at a nice profit, and we also sell our call option we purchased at a profit as well, getting to profits off of one stock position.

     If the stock falls in price this month;  we keep our stock, and both of our options contracts expire without any money plus or minus.

 

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Tracking; Spoorology science, Masters Thesis by Cmmd. Ty Cunningham

Here is the entire Thesis.  Extremely well done research and science.

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Teaching Eric Prince Survival and Fire Building

This was a day Kevin Reeve and I spent with Eric Prince (Yes, Blackwater), at his home teaching him and his family some survival techniques.

During the day we hunted, killed, butchered and fed everyone with a deer from his property.

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We taught them to make Bows and practiced bow and arrow shooting.  We taught them to throw tomahawks.

 

We taught them to build a bow drill fire making kit and he got a fire started.

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We engaged in all kinds of outdoor survival lessons, and then spent some time at his pond cooling off dropping from his zip line.

He was a great host with a beautiful family and great friends.

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Behavioral Analysis; how it applies in real life.

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This is a course offered by SSI.  This is an imperative skill to have to avoid tragedy.

Behavioral Programming teaches this, And how to deal with it.

Learn to recognize potential dangerous behavior, and how to deal with it; Before it gets out of control.

Get educated, get safe!

Police, Military, and other government agents are getting this training, the problem is that they are not the victims. The normal American on the streets are the victims, and You are not getting the knowledge you need to recognize these threats.

The video below will give you a crash course on what to look for.

How to deal with it and alter the behavior is covered in detail in the book.

 

Special Operations; Behavior modification; PsyOps

Psychological Operations
Description

Psychological operations (PsyOp) are a planned process of conveying messages to a target audience (TA) to promote certain attitudes, emotions, and behavior. These messages are typically conveyed using a line of persuasion known as a theme.

U.S. Army Sgt. Derek Hahn with the 341st Tactical Psychological Operations Company, 17th Fires Brigade is happily welcomed by local Sheiks in Al Qurnah, Iraq, May 13. U.S. and Iraqi forces patrolled through the district to gain insight from the locals on the May 10th car bombings in Basra province, Iraq's second largest city. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Samantha Ciaramitaro)
U.S. Army Sgt. Derek Hahn with the 341st Tactical Psychological Operations Company, 17th Fires Brigade is happily welcomed by local Sheiks in Al Qurnah, Iraq, May 13. U.S. and Iraqi forces patrolled through the district to gain insight from the locals on the May 10th car bombings in Basra province, Iraq’s second largest city. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Samantha Ciaramitaro)

PsyOp is basically the use of communication to influence behavior. It is used against adversaries, their supporters, and their potential supporters. It is defined by the US Army in the following way: “Psychological operations are planned operations to convey selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence their emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign governments, organizations, groups, and individuals.”

Behavioral Programming changes peoples behavior. It teaches you exactly how to get people to do what they need to do.

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This book is the newest form of influence out there.  Years of research went into this, to learn not only how to alter a persons behavior, but also how it actually works; making it work consistently, and with everyone, not just one certain “target person or audience”.

Objectives

According to the US military, the ultimate goal of PsyOp is to modify the behavior of the TA.

 

Psychological Actions

The military also establishes contact with a TA using face-to-face communication (F2C) and psychological actions (PsyActs). F2C and PsyActs are similar. Both are audiovisual products consisting of agents of action who deliver messages to a TA.

Both require that the people involved follow a set of guidelines while play-acting to deliver the messages. Both are used to modify the behavior of the A. F2C usually involves a single individual addressing another individual, or a single individual addressing a group. PsyActs generally require more planning, more resources, and use multiple people to transmit messages. They require the coordination of a variety of resources, while F2C is simple.

 

Tactical Product Development Detachment

A Tactical Product Development Detachment (TPDD) is a small unit that works at the division or area level to instantly create PsyOp products for a specific situation in the AO. It provides products for PsyOp personnel that will have immediate tactical use in the AO.

The TPDD works with the civilian sector to supply most of its audio, visual, and audiovisual products for theater (battlespace) distribution. This includes civilian specialists in radio and TV programming, station management, casting, directing, editing, graphic arts, advertising, computers, design, music, photography, audio/video, and printing.

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Neil Strauss and Behavioral Programming

I spent personal time with Neil Strauss, back while he was writing his best seller “Emergency”, and continued since then.

After publishing his NY Times best seller “The Game”, we had a lot to talk about and discuss about phycology, human behavior and techniques. His focus was quite different than mine, in the sense that his research was very specific to one goal, make temporary friendships and get the girl.

My book Behavioral Programming is focussed on true, lasting, and real relationships; to include business (boss, coworkers, subordinates), intimate relationships, strangers, and how to change and make existing relationships even better.

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Here is Neil and I in LA, night on the town; playing around and using our techniques.

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Behavioral Programming working for readers!

I’ve been getting lots of texts and emails regarding my book and how people use it in every day life. I’ve selected a few to share with you to show how varied and widespread it can be used.

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#1 I work in a covert capacity for a law enforcement entity and have worked with a multitude of confidential human sources in the course of my career. There are always challenges in this type of work and Kelly Alwood’s philosophies, in this book Behavioral Programming, speak to those issues with practical and applicable techniques.
One example of application ocurred when I was developing a new human source; we will call her Fatimah. I wanted to identify the best approach to build a rapport with her and determine her potential motivation. Due to time constraints, I needed to recruit her as soon as possible and remembered Kelly’s coined technique of “Brute Force Brain Hacking”, which is often used for a “difficult” target of recruitment but in my case was an issue of limited time. I needed to put a full court press on Fatimah to successfully recruit her without jeopardizing the newly developed rapport. I recalled three techniques from Kelly’s book that I thought would best suit the variables that I was working with; the “four personality traits” (Ch6), a “blitz” version of AFECT (Ch6) and the Reticular Formation (Ch8).
While talking with Fatimah, I pointed out a woman crossing the street carrying numerous bags while also pushing a stroller. Fatimah mentioned that she was probably a single mother who was just looking to make “ends meet” while taking care of her family. Utilizing that information, I was able to quickly ascertain that Fatimah was a Caretaker. After talking further, and using a lot of right-brain language, I found out that Fatimah was a stay-at-home mom, a wife, and a daughter who checked on her parents multiple times a week. This confirmed the personality trait and therefore her motivation: to help others in need. Ultimately, I opened my recruitment pitch by taking the role of being in need of Fatimah’s help and that she was the only person who was in the position to help me. This approach, along with a promise of “assistance”, not money, for her and her family, resulted in a successful recruitment and a successful case outcome.

#2 A common way I apply Behavioral Programming is putting people in a good mood. Almost anyone will respond positively to an observant compliment so that is usually what I go for. This can be anything from mentioning the effort your boss has put into organization to complimenting a girl on her hair. A good example is this morning when my girlfriend was in a bad mood so I told her I was impressed by her dedication to education. The rest of the day went smoothly as a result and the same tactic can be used with nearly anyone with a similar outcome.

 

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#3 I use the approaches in Behavioral Programming literally every single day. The four cornerstones of building rapport are essential to any successful relationship, no matter if we are talking about long, or short, term ones. Two examples come to mind, with Siding Goals being opposite for each. These happened to me.

In the first situation, I was in Cabo, having ridden my motorcycle down there. I had a couple of tequila’s at a restaurant about a block from my hotel and wanted to call it a night. Mexico has a law that requires you to have a helmet if you are on a bike. It apparently doesn’t specify that you have to be wearing it, but you have to have it on you. There were bikes everywhere and every one of them had helmets strapped to the back but no one was wearing one. Anyway, I got on my bike for the one block ride to my hotel, no helmet with me, and was immediately pulled over by the policia. I was informed of my infraction and told that I would have to go to the station and pay a fine. I was polite and friendly and told the officer that I was tired and I was sure he had better things to do than all of that paperwork (Common Enemy). I was happy to go with him, though, but, was there a way to pay the fine on site and avoid an inconvenience for us both? (Siding Goals) Then I apologized to him for breaking the law, asked him if he was a motorcycle enthusiast and mentioned how frustrating it must be to deal with clueless tourists all the time. I mentioned that I used to live in a tourist town and we talked about how annoying tourists could be. (Agreement). He had me follow him to a parking lot and we took care of the “fine” and I threw in an extra 100 pesos for my new “friend” as a “courtesy”. (Random Favor) At the end of the day, I rode away, still without a helmet, with very little drama.

 

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Spoorology; The science and art of tracking

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Spoorology is the science of spoor, commonly known as tracks. Spoor is the proper term used for tracks, like footprints, and other physical evidence of somethings presence.
Spoorology, or tracking is a science as well as an art. The physics behind spoorology is science, while the viewing and interpretation thereof can be an art. Much as learning to paint, or play and instrument, the art of tracking is somthing that is learned, over a long period of time.
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The study of spoor can be divided into several different disciplines.  Forensic, meaning expert witness and crime scene recreation for law enforcement, SAR search and rescue, military combat tracking, animal tracking, human behavioral science, and many other forms.

 

 

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The photo above is a Mounted SAR CERT team in Indiana.  They are commonly called out to “run down” or track missing persons of a non violent nature.  This can involve trackers on foot, vehicles, ATV’s, horses, and even tracking dogs.

My friends and I have been doing scientific study of Spoorology for many years now.  We have taught classes, published articles in magazines and journals, written books, Master Degree Thesis, and made videos all with the intent of spreading the knowledge of this science.  Some of us have developed and ran certification courses in tracking.  Some of us have been expert witnesses for the court in the United States.   With this new science, we can add to the worlds knowledge about human behavior, psychology, physics, and other disciplines.

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Spoorology or tracking is also focused on animals by some.  These scientists use the animals spoor or tracks to research animal behavior, follow the animals, and check their health.  Some survival schools teach tracking, most of that is focused on animal spoor, and much of it is not in depth.  The classes are normally designed just to raise awareness.  To get people to start noticing and seeing spoor, following it, and at most, the very basic interpretations of the spoor.

What our research does is to actually go in depth, to a forensic level of the science, and bring forth information not otherwise possible to find by looking at other parts of the human or animals life.  Blood tests and dna cannot give you the same information as you get from the quarries spoor.

I have developed a system that will actually identify each specimin as an individual, simular to DNA or fingerprints.

 

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