“The index can offer you many ways to make money it’s just a case of taking advantage.”
Welcome to the second update to my ‘Can I make a living from Football Index’ series.
Let’s get straight into episode two, the dreaded sequel! 😀
The last episode left you on the 30th of August, so I thought it would be good to leave it a month and see what progress was made up until the end of September. Seemed all very neat and tidy to me.
However, I have cut that short slightly by a few days after hitting a milestone on the 25th of September. I was planning on leaving the ongoing profit numbers until later on but I shall just get stuck into them right from the off!
Remember in the intro article where I started this series with £6,700? I used some of that to buy into fixture holds and kept the rest in my account for as and when I needed it. Well as approaching midnight on 25th September I have broken the 100% ROI return.
So to be clear, I have taken £6,700 as of 11th August and made another £6,700 as of 25th September. That’s a 100% profit return in just over 6 weeks. To be specific it’s actually £6,852.40 and 102% but you get the picture.
These are crazy returns and something I did not expect to get so soon. As I was tracking my progress, I saw my profit continuing to rise its way to potentially getting to this 100% ROI marker by the end of the month.
It seemed more like a possibility as the days ticked by and then the 10% net spend Birthday Bonus landed on the 24th September and gave it a big boost over the line. Boom! Happy f**king Birthday! 😀
Before I lay out the numbers I would like to mention that I took some money out last week. £800 to be exact as August was one hell of an expensive month and I needed a boost. What’s making money if you can’t use it eh?
So with that in mind, the actual numbers are as follows:
I have £12,752.40 in the index. If you include the £800 that would be £13,552.40.
This is a total of £6,852.40 made since I started this series on 11th August.
This is a 102% return made over the course of just over 6 weeks. 45 days to be exact.
This works out at a running profit of just over £1000 a week and £150 a day.
(The below is what my “Port” and account balance looks like as of 27th Sep.)
Looking at the last episode I was going at a similar rate of around £1000 a week and I was fully expecting this to slow down but it’s just ploughed on. The birthday bonus has helped no doubt over the past 24 hours or so but it was still chugging along at a very healthy rate regardless.
I will say I don’t expect it to continue but I said that last time! Plus I still have the actual 10% to land in my account in a few weeks which will be a nice thing to receive. For the record on that, I had just over £6k in my account balance when it was announced and I will spend all of that come 30th Sep so I expect it to be receiving around £610. Lovely.
My all-time profit now stands at £18,352 which is just crazy when you consider a year ago I was testing the waters after just joining with £50, then a few hundred, before committing a couple grand more. I never expected these returns. Never.
What I did this month
“Not all flips make money and go to plan.”
Well, some of the first things I did this month were sales. I still had on my hands the Bundesliga front line trio of Mr Weghorst, Waldschmidt and Petersen and after a quiet weekend they had come to their expiry life in my port and I instant sold the lot.
I also decided to get rid of Sven Bender who I had invested a fair share in and had high hopes but even though his PB did outscore Tah, he just hadn’t quite hit the heights and I sensed a sell-off coming, so cut the rope myself.
I had made very good profits on all of these players but given I instant sold them, I took a little hit with the spreads and commission paid but I did the right thing, as they all had a little dip with other traders following suit and selling themselves.
As far as buys go, I make so many trades when it comes to writing it up it’s a difficult task. So, what I will do is follow on from something I did last time and make a list of some Hits, Flips and Misses to show some of the action that went down over the month of September.
Domenico Berardi – bought 600 for £99p – Sits now at £1.69
I have a new man crush. What a lad he is. He is involved in everything Sassuolo do going forward, he takes free-kicks and corners and if he isn’t scoring himself he is setting someone else up.
I bought him on 6th Sep for the single-game day against Brescia on the 4th Oct in mind. I knew he had performance in him so decided to get in on him nice and early within the 30 days for IPDs.
From that time he has bagged two goals away at Roma and grabbed two assists in the next match against Spal. I am currently 70% up on him and feeling pretty sweet.
I had already flipped him when he got his hat trick on the 1st September before buying him again, so he has returned a very healthy amount already…and he hasn’t even got to the game I bought him for yet!
Also wanna quick shout out for his mate Alfred Duncan who I also got 600 at just 39p. I have sold him now when he reached 59p but he is never too far away from setting up Berardi and are a great double act.
Javairo Dilrosun – 900 for 86p – Sits now at £1.25
Hertha Berlin had/have some decent fixtures in the month of Sep/Oct and there was a bit of talk on one of their exciting players Dilrosun coming back into the team, so I kept my eye on him.
He went and obliged immediately by taking on 3 or 4 defenders against Paderborn before slotting one in the net, so I went in. He later picked up an assist so grabbed me 2p of IPDs and some very sweet CA was to follow.
He has gone up and up since I bought him and is currently at a 40% rise and with some single games to come, I won’t be moving him on anytime soon. Cracking little player.
Martin Odegaard – 300 for £2.16 – Sits now at £3.25
Most traders know about or have at least heard of Odegaard and his move to Sociedad was an interesting one to keep an eye on. As soon as he scored and also put in some decent PB scores I went in.
He has gone up way more than I anticipated and wish I had invested more than 300 shares. He broke the £3 mark with birthday bonus money piling into him and with a fantastic performance with an outrageous assist vs Alaves I am now sat at over a £1 rise.
Robert Lewandowski – 300 for £1.58 – Sits now at £1.84
This wasn’t my usual type of player to buy. Lewa is the type of player on the Index that can score in a game but his price goes down afterwards. However, when Bayern went to Leipzig they had some cracking fixtures afterwards.
So, I made a pact with myself that whoever scored in the game I would buy for the IPD discount and keep for these games. Within a couple of minutes, old Lewa bagged one and I was in.
I only went for 300 given my reservations with him but after a few more goals in games after bringing more IPDs and the birthday bonus giving him a very healthy price injection he is sat on £1.85 as I type. Decent trade if I can get out at a good price. We shall see.
Philippe Coutinho – 300 for £2.15 – Sits now at £2.66 (over 5 days)
I couldn’t ignore Coutinho’s PB winning score the last week of 298. He also took a pen when Lewandowski was on a hat-trick which tells me he could be the designated taker.
I grabbed 300 as I felt a score like that won’t go ignored and within an hour he was up 15 to 20p. He has had an extra injection with the bonus money piling in, like many have, and I will keep him to see how he gets on.
Casimir Ninga – 600 for 47p – Sits at 67p
I flipped this lad when he bagged a hat trick off the bench for around 1200 shares. I wish I had just kept him and took the IPDs on top as in the next game he put in a quality PB score and grabbed an assist.
I decided to go in on him and I am glad I did as he has gone up 20p in a matter of days. Hopefully, he will not only keep his price but continue his form, helping Angers sit joint top with PSG. Crazy
I make a lot of trades including flips so I will do my best to list some below. I’ll do it in most recent first as I can remember those easier when I trawl through my transaction history.
When the Beta site is up and running I will start downloading my transaction history. Its too complex to go through how much paid and sold for atm so I will list names below and how many flipped.
The following are just from the past week alone since Tuesday’s Champion League night:
Oyarzabal 600, Ocampos 300, Oliver Torres 300, D’Ambrosio 900, Yacine Adli 600, Golovin 600, Arthur 900, Ninga 1200, Benes 300, Thuram 600, Cresswell 300, Budimir 300, Nyom 600, Caputo 600, Saracchi 600, Sabitzer 300, Orban 600, Chris Wood 900, Alario 600, Cazorla 600, Stengs 600, Saka 600, Di Maria 300, Valbuena 600, Tagliafico 900, Edson Alvarez 900, Szoboszlai 300, Haaland 900 on 1st goal 600 on 2nd goal.
As you can see I make a lot of trades in-play. Whenever a goal goes in, I always check who it is and his price with his spread. If it seems viable I will jump on. If not but I think another goal or assist would be, I may buy 1 share to have him there ready.
Not all flips make money and go to plan. Some I get on too late or don’t rise as much as anticipated. It isn’t as easy or straight forward as it may seem. Some people will not go anywhere near in-play action due to its nature.
I have had a lot of practice which has brought its fair share of burns but its all experience. Like anything, the more you do it the better you get. That will do, not listing anymore, be here all day! 😀
Erling Braut Haaland
You may have caught that I flipped him in-play when he went on a scoring spree on his Champions League debut, but my profits on him could have been so much more.
I bought him a few days earlier when he put in another performance for Salzburg but sold him not long after to free up some money, completely forgetting he was due to finally play a PB game.
During that time he rocketed up an eye-watering amount by the time that game kicked off. D’oh!
This one is a bit hit and miss, as I had bought 600 Malen at a similar time as Haaland on that weekend, as he scored 5 goals for PSV in one game. Unlike Haaland. I kept hold of Donyell for a few days and made good money as he went up about 30p or so.
Problem is after Haaland went crazy on Tuesday night, the market decided that Malen may do the same so he had another injection of money piled into him and went up a further 40p. Very annoying.
Now this one really p*ssed me off 😀 I sat and watched the likes of Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku rise for a course of a couple of weeks or so, as traders were looking forward to Belgium hammering San Marino.
That’s fine, except in the back of my head I had a feeling they weren’t gonna play and Martinez would give Batshuayi a run out instead. The day before the game I had notifications on IndexGain set up on Michy’s name and it was now a simple case of waiting for the team news.
When the team news came out, where was I? Sneaking off for a quick piss and left my phone to charge so completely missed it and the 13p rise that came. Blew my top on that one!
If Batshuayi blew my top, waking up to all those IPO’s already out and pumped as they were released in the middle of the night was nothing short of devastating. Could have cried 😀
What makes it worse, is I was on IndexGain at half-past midnight cracking jokes as to whether they will release some soon. I quote, “If I worked there I would release one now for a laugh”
If I had taken my own wild sense of humour more seriously and stayed up just 40 mins longer I would have cashed in. I reckon I missed out on a couple of grand there at least. But I am over it now…honest.
Main strategy on the index
“I couldn’t recommend this type of in-play/fixture buy strategy enough”
The above were some picked out Hits, Flips and Misses but if you ask me what my main strategy is at the minute it’s fixture buying. I can buy a player looking ahead of anywhere up to a month. I don’t really go too far beyond that.
Fixtures I look out for are any regular single game days in a short period of time or literally just decent fixtures back to back in the 30 days window for IPDs. It really isn’t rocket science, you just have to think about the timing of trades to make the most out of it.
Another aspect of this I have been actively doing lately is merging my in-play stuff with future fixture buying. My Lewandowski and Coutinho trades are an example of that. I knew Bayern’s games coming up so grabbed a discount.
I couldn’t recommend this type of in-play/fixture buy strategy enough. It doesn’t even need to be a long list of upcoming fixtures. It can literally just be the next game.
If there is a single game coming up for a team and their relatively cheap striker bags one or even two IPDs, get on him and just wait. Traders will always look for players in form and buy accordingly in the days leading up to the next match.
I did this with Loren Moron a couple of weeks back and he went up sh*t loads by the time the next game had come along. Traders see his goals and assists and decide he is a good buy. The trick is getting in early before these trades commence.
Another example is Amine Harit. I saw that Schalke had a nice looking single game on a Friday night, so kept my eye on their match before this vs Paderborn. They smashed them 5-1 with Harit scoring twice.
He was the best player on this pitch so I invested heavily in him. I took the IPDs and kept for the next fixture as other traders were bound to catch on to his skills. Sure enough, he went up gradually during the week and sat 30p higher than what I paid for him.
Now, the problem for me is that as I was working that Friday night I couldn’t keep track of him so I sold him the day before the match. He went on to be star man and I missed out on some serious profit but that’s for me to chew over. Point is, the theory works.
So if you want my advice, look at the fixture lists. Keep an eye on Twitter for accounts showing single game days or 5 game double days and make a note. Even just a mental note. It can be a very solid and consistent way of making money on the Index.
I’m gonna wrap this episode up here as I don’t want them to be essays. I am looking forward to the next one and seeing if this rate of income can continue. If I had to make a bet on it I would say it will dip but you never know.
When I look at some of the opportunities that I missed over the past month it shows what can be achieved if you are on it and sharp on a regular basis. The index can offer you many ways to make money it’s just a case of taking advantage.
The IPOs happening in the middle of the night is an example. The Birthday Bonus is another. The international games offering PB and IPDs is another. Next month could see something else come up. FI can be the gift that keeps on giving if you are set to take it.
I mean, I’ve made 100% ROI in 6 weeks of starting this blog series. That is crazy.
Thanks for reading and see you on the next one. Don’t forget you can find me on Twitter @GingerPirlo_FI and I’m always on IndexGain. I am also now apart of an FI Newsletter with FIG and co so keep a lookout for that. It comes out every fortnight.