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NaughtyPines NaughtyPines FXE, W, a year ago
FXE: WHAT I'M LOOKING AT NEXT WEEK: MON, EWZ, VIX PRODUCTS, FXE
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FXE, W
WHAT I'M LOOKING AT NEXT WEEK: MON, EWZ, VIX PRODUCTS, FXE

With VIX at sub-14 levels and without much on the earnings calendar that is ideally playable with options from a premium selling standpoint, next week is likely to be a schnooze in the absence of a broad market volatility pop. Nevertheless, there are a couple of plays I might consider. MON: MON announces earnings on April 6th before market open. With an implied ...

NaughtyPines NaughtyPines VXX, W, Long , a year ago
VXX: TRADE IDEA: VXX SYNTHETIC/POOR MAN'S COVERED CALL
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VXX, W Long
TRADE IDEA: VXX SYNTHETIC/POOR MAN'S COVERED CALL

Synthetic covered calls using options are a good way to utilize capital efficiently as compared to buying the underlying outright and initiating, for example, a covered call. Were you to buy 100 shares of VXX at $14, it would cost $1400, with the current value of the short call reducing that cost basis by about $160, so it would cost around $1240 to put on, as ...

NaughtyPines NaughtyPines USO, D, a year ago
USO: BOUGHT TO CLOSE USO JAN 17 7/APRIL 1ST 8.5 SYNTHETIC LONG
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USO, D
BOUGHT TO CLOSE USO JAN 17 7/APRIL 1ST 8.5 SYNTHETIC LONG

Closing this synthetic long USO play here for a small profit. My timing was a bit off as to entry (I went long on the break of the 2009 low at 32.70), and we may have seen the short-term end of the up move here. Will consider reloading another synthetic long now that a new low of some kind has been put in ... .

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