“I am going to change my trading habits slightly come the new year…”
Welcome to the fifth instalment of the ‘Can I make a living from Football Index’ series and the last one of 2019!
What a year it has been. My first (crazy) January window, the share split, the new scoring matrix, the dividend increase and one or two deposit bonuses. Plus all the other bits here and there we get thrown from the FI headquarters.
I joined the index in Sep 2018 and regretted not finding this thing earlier. Over a year later, I am glad I found it to begin with. There are still so many people who haven’t even heard of it, never mind refuse to acknowledge it and call it a scam. They are all missing out!
If you had told me a year ago the amount of money I would have in the index I wouldn’t have believed you. I am a man who bets cautiously. I may stick a tenner on something now and then, £50 if I am ultra-confident (very rare) but more often stick a couple of quid on an accumulator. That’s about it.
The numbers I am “playing with” are eye-watering on this kind of scale. I don’t have an exact clear number but looking back I committed somewhere between £2.5 and £3k of my own money, which was a big commitment. Trust me. Most of us had our own doubts over this product when we first joined up but I got over them and went for it.
Finish the year on a high?
“If he does, he could really rocket.”
December was a slow start and this new app update that shows you your all-time trading profit every time you log in is really annoying me. 😀
I have always kept a spreadsheet of my ongoing all-time profit which I would update pretty regular and it was a nice surprise to see where I was at and how much I made since the last update.
Now, it’s in my face all the time and it’s like watching a kettle that never boils. If it’s going down it’s pretty annoying. This little function seemed like a nice addition at first, but you only want to see it if it’s going up! If you can turn it off someone let me know.
Some December trades
I made some trades that look to be decent this month. First up is Alphonso Davies. This 19-year-old kid has put in some decent PB scores and if he continues to make the left-back spot his own at Bayern he may well be switched to a defender.
If he does, he could really rocket. Not that Bayern like to keep too many clean sheets these days!
I have noticed the impressive performances of Emiliano Buendia, PB wise as well as on the real-life pitch. He looked like a decent player to get involved in, so put a decent amount of shares into him given PL was the only league going over the Xmas period. I’m currently up 20p.
Someone else I have put a decent amount of faith into lately is Marcel Halstenberg. I stuck in a fair amount when he was sticking in that impressive PB score not too long back and sold most of them.
Once he had a dip I ploughed back in and have high hopes for him once the Bundesliga is back. Surely a £2 player in the making very soon.
Some other lads I got into more than my usual amount were Hamed Junior Traore and Julian Brandt. Both stuck in a fine PB performance with a goal to their name, so were guaranteed to receive action.
I sold both of these prematurely. You can’t always predict the future but a little more patience regarding the significance of the Xmas break situation was needed. T
Now, the number of shares I stuck into them is something I would like to go into a bot more below.
New Year’s Resolution?
I am going to change my trading habits slightly come the new year and be more aggressive with the number of shares bought and (try to be) more patient with the time I think of selling.
Using the above trades as examples. Davies was a good trade but I should have bought more. Brandt and Traore were 1200 and 900 share size trades but sold too soon. It basically comes down to thinking more like a trader rather than profiter.
Not all trades are perfect and things happen you don’t always count on but if I think someone will get a nice solid rise over a period of time I shud commit to it more in shares bought and time given for it to happen.
Let’s see how that goes.
What about the 200 club?
Some additions this month were Jadon Sancho and Paulo Dybala for varied reasons. I couldn’t ignore the PB victory Sancho stuck in and with the inevitable transfer spec in January around the corner, I grabbed 200 just before he went over £7 and he has had a lovely rise since.
Dybala hasn’t moved but he has grabbed a PB win after I bought in and I have high hopes for him if Sarri gets his head out of his rear end and play him for 90 mins week in week out. He is the best player he has at his disposal and it doesn’t take a PhD to work that out.
There have been some big dips in the 200 club which has been a hole in my all-time profit figure. It has been a non-stop battle between me and my all-time profit figure staring back at me!
Messi has fallen off a cliff and I am only just in profit with him Cap App wise. He has dropped 56p this month and is a £1 off-peak. His dividends accumulated thus far is his saving grace.
Kroos and TAA also had significant falls with the latter only recovering this past few days with a big PB score to remind people of his quality. Kroos is down 30p and him breaking £5 wasn’t that long ago.
Then there is Memphis Depay. His ACL injury clearly devastated his price but I can report I saw the news pretty quickly and instant sold him before his epic drop and massive opening up of his spread.
So, I can’t complain about that one. What I did do was buy him back once I thought he had bottomed out and I plan to keep him for when he returns at the start of next season.
There is no reason why he won’t return to at least the price he was before the injury and if the prices at the top end increase significantly, on the platform as a whole, he could be worth even more than what he was
The club has the following active members: Sancho, Dybala, Neymar, Trent, Messi and Kroos. Although this may have changed come the next episode.
Gimme some numbers
I finish the calendar year with the following:
Let’s get straight down to the overall picture and I have an all-time profit of £35,930. I am writing this on 30th Dec so there is another day left to get to that £36k mark, fingers crossed I can do it. Nice little target.
The Dividends finish off at £5,248 which is up considerably from where I started the year and around has increased by £1k from last month. A thousand pound of divs is not bad at all for a trader like myself.
IPDs have played a huge part in this over my time. They have been a steady earner for me over the year and will continue to be so in 2020. The addition of Match Day divs has been very welcome and I have hit these at a regular rate this season.
For some overall perspective of 2019, I tracked down my all-time profit email from last November and the difference from then to now is there to be seen.
Remember, I haven’t deposited anything that remained in the Index, I have actually increased my withdrawals over this time period. The activity on the Index is profit feeding profit, over and over again.
I mean, that it is just a bit ridiculous. 😀
The overall average profit per week since I started this blog series is now at £1,219.65. This has been over a period of 20 weeks.
Quick maths will tell you the total profit have made since starting this on 11th Aug is £24,393.07. This is an increase of 364% in 20 weeks. Lovely.
As for December specifically, the all-time profit is up £5,218 from the last episode which isn’t bad. It is over the £1k a week pattern that started to establish from the opening months of the season, which is kind of a benchmark I use each week as I go.
If you can be bothered, have a quick look back at the previous episodes as a nice outlook on the progress each month. I did not expect these numbers when I started. 😀
Here’s to a cracking 2020
As we toast a fond farewell to 2019, let’s hope 2020 is even bigger!
FI are pushing again this January with their marketing campaign to bring in new users and new money which can only be a good thing. Hopefully, prices at the top really start to get charging as it brings the rest of the market with it.
Another thing I would like to touch on is the #FICommunity. We are seeing more and more sad little morons creating all kinds of crap on the #footballindex hashtag to either rip people off with fake transfer stories or fake accusations trying to make names for themselves.
These people are a plague and need to be stopped. The next time you see something on Twitter claiming to either be a transfer source or saying this user has done this, that or the other, look at what you are actually seeing.
Look at the “evidence” provided in isolation and make your own minds up. These ppl need banishing and having zero credibility given to them whatsoever. I get my fair share but so do others.
Lots of us know who the fake story pumpers are, so blacklist them. Next time you see someone trying to discredit another user’s good name with no actual evidence whatsoever, blacklist them as well.
I am not talking about other users you just happen to disagree with on something and are looking for revenge, I am talking about the clear agenda riddled cowboys out for a quick buck or quick 5 mins of attention. These people are either scum or moronic, perhaps both. We don’t them.
We can all block and mute but a quick word to others as to what they are won’t hurt.
Here’s to 2020. I wish you good luck!
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