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Please get comfortable first, this is going to be a long post (Mini isn’t the only one who can write long posts  )
Let me first of all say that, like Bill, I too shudder seeing how easily new people may be sucked in by the exhuberance of the ones who have been around a bit in real estate.
Owning two or three properties does NOT however make one necesssarily an expert.
There are many pitfalls along the way which many people aren’t as yet aware of. The world’s economy is basically in tatters so those of us with big debts (and no cash reserves) may well be in for a rude awakening shortly.
Coming back to the subject of options I have to however side with people like Richmond.
It is correct that one CAN indeed obtain big returns from options.
One can even teach others what to do in order to be successfull.
That isn’t however a guarantee that such a pupil WILL come out on top as this whole business of investing in shares or derivatives is very much a ‘mental’ game where one’s emotions play a big roll in bringing one ‘undone’.
So knowing what to do and actually doing it isn’t one and the same thing.
I know it can be done as my brother in law for some 14 years or so has been making a decent living writing options.
The difference between him and many other would-be could-be’s is that he has a large capital to work with which enables him to own the underlying shares so he is at least protected from losing his shirt by some of the options he SELLS possibly increasing enormously in value.
Someone with a small working capital [and even someone with a larger sum (like the $ 150K Richmond mentions)] will lose their shirt unless they have first acquired the necessary experience in the school of hard knocks enabling them to succeed.
Those who do happen to make money without first having acquired the skills are bound to lose it at a later stage (and that is an ironclad guarantee) unless they are extremely lucky.
Another important factor is that the individual is betting against the professionals. A private individual offers to buy (or sell) an option, places his order on the market board and will find that his order generally isn’t immediately filled as the market in Australia is too thin.
The almost invariable result is that his order will be filled the moment the price of the underlying share has moved in such a way so as to make the option investor’s offer a bargain, after which his offer is snapped up by one of the professionals. (I liken it to the private individual ‘being raped’).
Which brings us to the situation where Bill perhaps thinks that he is capable of managing someone else’s money.
Firstly, I would be asking such a proposed money manager what his actual (as against his hypothethical) record is over say the past five or six years.
Secondly I would ask whether he is licenced and whether he carries Personal Indemnity insurance.
Thirdly, chances are that someone who has been succesfull in making money on his own behalf, may well ‘freeze up’ the moment he is handling other people’s money. So my third qualification I would be asking is whether he has a record of handling other people’s money.
So unless I could be satisfied about such a manager’s experience I would not deal with him and I don’t think it would be a good idea for others to ignore the same selection standards.
Now Bill has been around a long time so I don’t think he could possibly object to someone applying the selection rules I mentioned above.
Isn’t that so Bill ?
You have missed my point!
I am not writing options on behalf of anyone on the Forum.
I do not do biz with anyone until we have met and get to know one another, if we are like minded then maybe.
As for R/E… I have never said “sell up” but warned others that buying IP’s now is a certain loser.
Just be patient and wait.
Bill O’MaraAdministratorKeymaster@piadminJoin Date: 2013Post Count: 3,225
>>You have missed my point!
I am not writing options on behalf of anyone on the Forum.<<
No one says that you did Bill, only that apparently you suggested to someone (or perhaps several persons) to let you handle a large sum of money.
Hence my post providing some rules in selecting a money manager.
>>I have never said “sell up” but warned others that buying IP’s now is a certain loser.
Just be patient and wait.<<
If your outlook is wrong, all that happens is that one may have lost a bit of time. If you are right then the logical outcome will be that one will profit.
I can only agree with what you are saying there.
I note however that you haven’t answered my question about the selection rules Bill (just in case that someone else comes up with an options managing proposal).
And I am not ‘just’ picking on you Bill, I feel that similar caution is warranted when going into a real estate venture with someone.
well it seems like now is a very good time for all to be explained in regards to Bill. As Bill appears to have a failing memory for what he does and doesn’t do. i need to explain so everyone gets the truth. This might be lengthy but its important reading.
Bill you contacted a member of this forum and asked him if he would be prepared to hand over $175,000 and that you would invest this money for him (with a commission for yourself). Bill you promissed this man, who you had never met, a personal Guarantee on the $175,000. You informed him you would make 40-60% return. You said there was no risk. you said you wanted the extra cash because, for as mixture of reasons one being, you didn’t want to sell one of your properties. You said you could achieve this return because that is what the past 20 yr average has been. This person who wished to remain Unknown asked me for advice, As he didn’t have a clue what writting option was. I know this because he forwarded your email to me.
I must say when i first saw the email i was shocked and worried for this person. You have just mentioned “A forumite cotacted you Westan for a second opinion on Option Writing…. what would you know? In any case the prson concerned dismissed your comments as uninformed and lacking in any real Knowledge.” In regard to disagreeing with my advice (actually my pleading is more to the point), i’m saddened he hear that, because this is what i told him. You tell me if it is sensible advice.
i said don’t had over $175,000 to someone you have only ever met on the internet. We have no idea who this guy really is. i said his personal garantee is worth nothing if he is in Rio spending your $175,000. i told him that writing options can be a good way of making money but people aren’t making 40-60%, well not every year (some years you can be lucky, and some people lose money (yes Bill sometime you are forced to sell below the price you buy at). I told him if you were making 40% PA you wouldn’t need to be asking others for money you would be loaded. AT 40% your money is doubling nearly every 2 yrs (so even 50k invested for 20 yrs with compounding interest it would be worth $30 million today).
And Bill, Mini asked the Question on the forum whether you asking people to give you money so you could write options, you reacted with disgust that anyone would do such a terrible thing. You denied it even though i rang another member of the forum to check and you had asked him if he was interested in doing it also. Why ract with discust when you knew you had done it twice at least. You attached Mini for even asking the question. and you asked all your “followers” to stand behind you in you time of accusation. Rather than coming clean and being honest you attacked those who asked questions of you and your behaviour. Now that everyone knows the truth perhaps you would like first to accept what you have done and apologize to mini and then to all those on the forum. I feel those who respect you deserve the biggest apology because they are the ones who believed you. When the heat was on last time you packed up and took off Why???
Finally, you are telling everyone on the forum to SELL there homes. Yet in your own words you asked for $175,000 so you didn’t have to sell a property. This is contridictory behaviour Bill.
anyway, there it is people, i’m sorry that many of you will feel down after reading this sad tale but it needed to be said.
I find +ve cashflow deals in New Zealand which I sell to other investors. To be on my database send an e-mail to [email protected]Still in SchoolMember@still-in-schoolJoin Date: 2003Post Count: 1,844
Well said Westan, totally agree with has been said and known… [^][^][^]
sisenduserMember@enduserJoin Date: 2003Post Count: 74
An agent told me that when Ballarat agents return to fixed prices, or “offers up to..”, rather than the still common “offers above…”, then the market is in equilibrium again.
Another told me that late March will be when the 50% NOT selling at auction in Melbourne will have amounted to a large enough stock of unsold properties to reduce prices.
It’s too early yet for either effect but our monitoring methodology indicates an easing in advertised prices in Melbourne right now.enduserMember@enduserJoin Date: 2003Post Count: 74
Steve, re looking at Video rental stores, read page 18, Monday, Feb 9th, of the Australian Financial Review. If you must invest in a business, buy large coffee lounges with good staff.MiniMogulParticipant@minimogulJoin Date: 2002Post Count: 1,414
the relief that this is out in the open is excruciating
yes i’m sorry Mini, you were the poor person who had to cop all the anger(just because you asked the questions), i really wanted to protect the poor guy who emailed me other wise i would have revealed all months ago. As Bill has returned to the forum and continued the discussion i thought that it was now time to remind him of the facts.
mini at least you are vindicated in front of everyone, perhaps some would like to take this chance to clear the air by apologizing to you ??? and then we can all move on ahead with what we are here for to share ideas, encourage, caution and learn.
I find +ve cashflow deals in New Zealand which I sell to other investors. To be on my database send an e-mail to [email protected]Alexander2Participant@alexander2Join Date: 2003Post Count: 82
That’s right Westan, I think everybody who read this thread can take something from it… the fundamental reason for the site is to help and learn, let’s get back to the fundamentals[^]Steve McKnightKeymaster@stevemcknightJoin Date: 2001Post Count: 1,750
To be fair here – I asked Bill for his opinion which he was kind enough to provide. I believe his opinions, while perhpas different to mine, nevertheless add to the forum to create balance.
In respect to comments about Bill. Several months ago Bill had his say and now the other side has been aired as well.
I think, short of Bill having a final right of reply if he chooses, that’s enough said.
Remember that this is a forum about investing and not a spanish inquisition.
Remember that success comes from doing things differently.
Steve McKnight | PropertyInvesting.com Pty Ltd | CEO
Success comes from doing things differentlysalaciousMember@salaciousJoin Date: 2003Post Count: 373
I dont share everybodys opinion on bill from OZ, nor im sure does Dorthy. And from the previous posts i have read from bill he is nothing but trouble on this forum <<edited>> I am sick or reading the conflicts between members can we just get on with Property investing and not options .
Steve… I gladly accept your right of reply….
I just spent 30 minutes in doing so….typo in my password…and lost it all.
Will re do another time soon…as it is time the Forum has all the facts and they are not what is being portrayed.
Bill O’MaraTzakiMember@tzakiJoin Date: 2003Post Count: 36Originally posted by Shushar:
In addition, this is the year of the feral election and rising interest rates make very bad press. Shushar
hehehe Feral election [}] well..comming from Canberra I can assure you that once in the Parliment the pollies DO turn ferral!
Opportunity knocks softly, listen carefully!
that was a good slip wasn’t it.
but while we are at it you made two
Comming is actually coming
and ferral is actually feral.
welcome to the forum, please don’t check my spelling too closely i’m a shocker.
I find +ve cashflow deals in New Zealand which I sell to other investors. To be on my database send an e-mail to [email protected]melbearMember@melbearJoin Date: 2003Post Count: 2,429
I’m going to defend Bill on this one, as I believe this has gone a bit far.
Firstly, I too have seen this email that has been mentioned several times.
The forumite was told not to deal with somebody they had met over the internet. Bill specifically states that there are many issues to discuss, and this MUST be face to face.
He also said that he was not asking the forumite to take any risk whatsoever. He is willing to sign a personal guarantee to that effect. Why does this mean that he’s going to take off and leave the country? Caveats can be placed on properties etc. etc., and there are many other means of ‘covering oneself’ in case Bill were to do a runner. Not likely.
He also told this person that he would pay a monthly in advance payment so that they could cover their commitments on a very negatively geared property investment. I also believe that there is implied in the contents an offer to prove his trading history. If I saw his history, and saw continued income of 40-60%, including losses, I’d happily hand over my money. Heck, how money financial planners happily show us their portfolios before we give them money to buy managed funds? None that I’ve heard of – cos they’re all broke. (OK, not all)
A MINIMUM profit of $21K per annum is guaranteed. 12% is not to be sneezed at surely! With no risk to you? Wow, this looks good. And Bill spells out exactly how he would win too. Isn’t this full disclosure? Don’t we want people to do that? Don’t wrappers advocate that for win/win?
Now, how did this person get in contact with Bill? Did Bill approach them? I think not. I think this person was one of the many 100’s, including me, who contacted Bill to ask for help, or in my case to touch base as I saw he mentioned Canberra? Before I had even met Bill he forwarded me a scenario that someone had sent him, asking for advice on what to do about their super neg geared property. He asked if I had any thoughts. I gave quite a few options, which were then passed back to the person, who eventually made their own decision. Perhaps it was the same person? Who knows!!! I don’t, because the person’s name was never revealed to me.
I personally have borrowed $180K from various friends, and offered them a 50% return on their money, with a max term of 18 months, and a min term of 3 months. We signed agreements with them, and they were more than happy.
I have met with Bill several times now, and found that he has as much integrity as anyone I have met. You all question his length of time in real estate – well Bill was one of the most successful agents in Canberra for a number of years, and has testimonies put together by a local radio station to prove it. Yes, he’s a bloody negative bugger at the moment, and I have had words with him about saying the same thing over and over. But then you don’t know the amount of people who approached Bill when he started putting his email up, asking him for help. Some of the people he helped stood to lose a whole lot of money in deals they had naively got themselves into.
However, with all his negativity, he has not advocated to sell all properties you own. He’s said to sell the dogs – which I would have thought was good advice. He’s offered plenty of advice, and some advertising tips to get your fair price. He’s offered to do a financial analysis, which often takes a couple of hours, and produces something like a 9 page report – completely free of charge. He’s offered his phone number if people wish to talk with him. I really wonder if the full story from ‘both’ of these people have come out. As I said, I’ve met with Bill many times, and not once has option trading come up. I would give him some money if he wanted it.
How can you say that having $200K cash in the bank is not ‘loaded’. I would think it is. You don’t know what Bill’s other assets are. He might be ‘diversifying’ his portfolio. He might have enough invested in real estate, and might enjoy the challenge of writing options – he’s obviously bloody good at it. I’m not – tried it once, didn’t like it (or was that s.., no, never mind). It’s a strategy that peter Spann advocates to help you fund your properties.
I think I’ve said enough. I’m sure there’ll be a lot of you that now think less of me, but that’s life I guess. I need to say it as I see it, as you all have done.
MelMiniMogulParticipant@minimogulJoin Date: 2002Post Count: 1,414
“If I saw his history, and saw continued income of 40-60%, including losses, I’d happily hand over my money.”
good luck. What I mean is, i doubt it very much. if that *was* his trading history, surely he wouldn’t have to ask someone for money to make a margin on for himself?
He would be ‘loaded’ just like westan said.
Also he wouldn’t have fled when people asked questions, he would have just answered. simple.
He’d made people scared to do due diligence so they felt they had to do it secretly, which to me is the opposite of integrity – you should be *encouraging* your clients to do due diligence on you, it’s one of the ways of saying ‘I have nothing to hide’.
I also didn’t like that campaigning of his ‘followers’ behind the scenes to go on the forum and stick up for him. Did you see that email too? That was so lame.
It wasn’t a good look. Why lie? I would have had more respect for him if he’d answered the bloody question truthfully instead of lying. If he’d just said, yeah, I’m offering free mentoring to get possible leads for my option writing.’
well, at least that would have been the truth.
this was after a long period of telling everyone to sell up. On the forums at least.
Of course you people can give your money to anyone you choose, but if there is the odd shark out there, the only way to find out if one is or not is to ask questions and do due diligence. Bill hates that term – ‘due diligence’ – and for a long time I wondered why. i came to the conclusion (after all the hooha) that he must have hated the term because he didn’t want due diligence to be done on *him*.
G’day to all at the Forum….
I know if your reading this you’ve had a gutful, but as I have said “I am not the ripp off merchant some would have you believe”. I write this, acknowledging that I cannot change a mind made up..irrespective of the truth.
The gentleman who sent out the email asked my permission before doing so…I had no objections.
He informed me of Westan’s very negative point of view.
Westan emailed me and suggested that he had thought about” my band of followers” and suggested it was a perfect way to “get friendly” then fleece them. The thought never entered my mind, but Westan certainly entertained the idea as the “perfect way”.
I had hours on the phone with the person who, nearing retirement needed his finance re-organised as his broker was ill informed. Many calls, both email and phone corrected this just prior to Xmas. I discussed option writing with him and an amount that given my guarantee of making his mortgage payments and sharing in the profits he would need $150 – $200k to make it worthwhile. We decided to put it off as he was going overseas and I had not finalised another opportunity discussed with him to diversify our capital.
While we are at it Westan…please educate yourself in the difference between an option Buyer and an Option Writer(Seller) Your comment that I must surely lose when I am wrong…. you are confusing the two positions and referring to a trader who buys options.
The reason I write options is that 85% expire worthless and as you read up a simple book you will then understand the difference.
One thing is for sure I do not do business with anyone I have not met and we have got to know one another. No I am not writing options for the person in question or any other Forum member for that matter. The person has expressed an interest in visiting my Canberra clients and join us in an Investment that has both State & Federal Govt, grants and yes…we will probably write Options with some of the generated profits.
Mini….many months ago I offered to send you all that I was sending out to members of the Forum…to put your mind at rest. Yo had attacked my integrity and still do with your cohort Westan…. however you refused to accept the info and wanted it posted on the Forum. An impossible task…6 pages of Q’s and a 9 page report…something I have been doing face to face, by invitation for 20 years.Who knows,you may have learnt something. I did however send a copy to Admin at PI.Com. Perhaps I could also send them verification that I managed to get a Forumite out of a $706k scam at Docklands… after contracts exchanged…with his full deposit refunded.
I have had many emails from ex Forumites and a few of the remaining ones expressing their concern that I still have not put up my own web site.
I returned to PI.Com recently expecting “it would have all blown away” not to be…still the sniping and attacks on my Integrity. So I guess I will have to do as I said regarding my website. The content will surprise you, but as I have zero skills in that area will have to rely on the Forumites who have offered to do it for me… and like me FREE!
A handfull of property purchases in a rising market does not make you an expert. There is no such thing. After 30 odd years I can still learn something each day..usually about “herd mentallity” &”closed minds”.
Before I go…I do not advocate you selling your R/E, but warn you that if you have purchased recently or intend to, that you will do better in waiting until 2005… the race has been well and truly run.
Steve, I thank you for the right of reply and am probably kidding myself that this is the end of it.
All the best for 2004
The only reason I hate the term “due dilligence” is because it’s Steve’s term. I have always referred too it as either… doing your sums…doing your homework…educating yourself… checking it out etc
The majority of the Forum don’t even have a mind of their own. To see people constantly using “Steve’s words”….like “due dilligence” suggests they are like a mob of sheep.