Weeklys In the Money,At the Money or Out of the Money? What strike price is the best to trade for max bang for the buck? First you have to get the direction right and assuming you did that next you have to decide which strike price is the best to play for max profit in a short time period. Attached is a chart that shows the SPY
trades we followed over 2 weeks that we were mostly out of the money with one trade at the start the SPY
191.50 CALL bought at $2.00 then sold at $3.85 for a 90% profit. We noticed that the out of the money option were up around 200% in one day. So the at the money was profitable but the out of the money options were noticeably more profitable. During the following 2 weeks we followed mostly out of the money options with remarkable profits. On Thursday March 3 2016 we followed 2 options bought on Thursday when we got a bottom signal. They were out of the money options, one option was SPY
Mar 11 201 CALL bought at $.90 that had a high for the day of $1.74 on Friday for a 90% profit.
We usually follow options with at least 2 full trading days to expiration to allow time for the option time to play out. But on Thursday we decided to also followed an out of the money option with less than 2 days to expiration which we called The Gambler it was a SPY
Mar 04 200 CALL bought at $.40. We decided on the 200 strike because we wanted something that was out of the money but had a chance of getting in the money. It got to $1.36 for a high and a 240% profit. The bottom line is the out of the money options apparently have the greatest profit potential but you have to be aware of the risk involve especially as you approach expiration and the accelerated time decay on Thursday and Friday the week of expiration
Options involve risks and are not suitable for everyone. Option trading can be speculative in nature and carry substantial risk of loss. Only invest with risk capital.