About meI started trading in 1998 and have traded most of the styles, from day trading, swing trading, forex, futures, and options. Now I trade only using options since I believe is the best way to be a consistently profitable trader.
Dividend Capture strategy for easy cash flow on XOM
Exxon Mobil pays .82 per share quarterly and the ex-dividend date is this Friday (2/8/2019) the dividend pay date is on 3/11/19. So yearly Will get $3.28 (.82x4)for a dividend yield of 4.4% not bad.
But by selling the ATM Put for $1.02 I will increase the premium plus dividend paid for the year to $4.30...
When trading in a small account, it is very important to be efficient with the capital used. That is why, even though is not the optimal trade we are forced to trade using defined risk strategies like Iron Condors.
This is the continuation of the portfolio started in our How to trade options series, where we start a portfolio from scratch. We started a $5,000...
This is a short Iron condor Example for Accounts that can't do naked options.
Instead of a Strangle We can buy the wings ($5 wide minimum) and make it an Iron Condor. This will defined our risk and our capital need it for the trade is just $325.
This is a neutral strategy with a little downward skew given the rally the last couple of days.
After a brief moment of Backwardation this week in the term structure of the Vix futures, we came back into Contango. To me it looks like there is still some fear and buying protection is not getting cheaper, especially with earnings coming up on some of the big dogs. I believe volatility will start to come off during the next couple of days, so I want to add to...
With over 20% move to the upside in the last 29 days, I think is time for OIH to have some sort of pullback or correction. The last 5 candles couldn't close outside of the Upper Bollinger Band, so it looks like is losing momentum and most likely retrace at least to the midline.
Implied Volatility Rank is at 54 so I sold the 28/27 Put Ratio Spread (2 Short Puts...
Yesterday We got a close above the 200 Moving average and EWW is right inside the Volume area, and right at the Point of control. So I expect two-way action between buyers and sellers, giving me a chance to make a neutral trade.
With EWW IV Rank at 57, I sold the 54/50 Strangle (30 Delta) that expires in February, to take advantage of the high...
If an investor wants to buy stocks, a better way to do it is Selling Put options.
What are Put options?
A put option is an option contract giving the owner the right, but not the obligation, to sell a specified amount of an underlying security at a specified price (called Strike Price) within a specified time (called Time to Expiration). This is the opposite of a...
I don't have any Bitcoin, but there are a lot of people wanting to know if this is the beginning of the end or a buy the dip opportunity. So here is my take and forecast for the next couple of weeks.
We are now in the middle of the correction and right at the point where it is the moment of truth. So this is either the continuation of the C wave down or we are...
The Implied Volatility Rank of IYR is at 65 and with a down move of around 6% in the last 20 days, I expect we are going to start a correction soon around the value area. So I decided to sell a Strangle to collect some premium. With 37 days to expiration I Sold the 80/76 Strangle for 0.95 credit. That will give me a 58% probability to make money, but if I close...
The Utilities sector have been underperforming. With IV Rank of 67.5 and down around 10% since December we are getting at least some premium to sell. I don't want to risk a move upward, so I Sold a Big Lizard (Straddle at 51 and bought the 52 call) to eliminate the risk to the upside. This is a high probability trade above 70% and we make money as long as it...
With the strong move to the upside, I am betting that we are starting a new auction between 78 and the 71 levels. So with an Implied volatility Rank of 37, I sold a Strangle at the 30 deltas for a $1.36 credit. As long as the price stays between $78.35 and $71.65, we will be making money.
Short 73 Puts
Short 77 Calls
Credit $1.36 per contract
QQQ have outperfomed SPY and with an IVR of 42 we are getting at least something for taking the risk against this Raging Bull Market.
Also we have divergence and already over 2 standard deviation move in the last 20 days to help us make the case to go short.
42 days to Expiration
Short the 165 Calls
For $1.22 Credit
Probability of profit 72%
New Year, and the market continues to go up with no mercy. With the over extension of the 20 EMA, Eventually it will have to make a correction, so I am trying to pin the down move for max profit at the nearest high volume area. Implied Volatility is still very low with the VIX at ~9 and IVR of 14, but we have to keep trading. Would make money as long as we stay...
This is a directional play, BABA looks over extended and I think we will get a move back to the 20 EMA or even lower sometime between the next month. So I sold a Call vertical spread for $2.25 ea.
This is a directional play and is basically a 58% probability of making money. Our max loss is $275 per contract and max win $225. Will look to close it early.
I am betting the market will be ranging and we can get a quick win by next week. The trade is like an iron condor, but with 2x the Calls vs the puts taking advantage of the skew and giving us more space to the downside.
Our break evens are far away from the expected move at 5969.20 and 5648.1. This gives us a high chance of making money about 80% of the...
With a small increase in the VIX today and FB still around 50 IV rank I added this trade to my FB positions to slowly start to have trades expiring in oct.
Expiration date - Oct 20, 2017
Long 150 Put
Short 155 Put
Short 185 Call
Long 190 Call
Max loss: $390
Probability of profit 67%
The Euro have been on a tear and is due a correction. However I think it will be slowly and gradually start a new range, giving us time to take profit of a volatility contraction.
With 50 days to go I am selling a strangle of the DEC17 Euro Future Symbol /6EZ7. I am giving me some more space to the downside skewing the Strangle a little bit down to around the...