Entries by Dan Sheridan

HIGH OCTANE 4 DAY SPX IRON CONDOR

The below trade was discussed earlier today in a webinar with Ally Invest. B 1  JUL 6  2750 C, S 1  JUL 6  2745 C,  S 1  JUL 6  2660 P,  B 1  JUL 6  2655 P,   1.35 Credit. Margin or Risk per 1 contract is $365. I have an order in now for 1.35 credit at 12:27 pm central with SPX at 2704  -14. Not filled yet. Mid Price Range is between 1.25 and 1.35. My Profit Target is 15 % of my Max Risk of 365 and My Max Risk is 20% of $365. Would do smaller size than an 18 Day or 45 Day Iron Condor. There is more price Risk as you get closer to Duration and this trade expires this Friday in 4 Days! The beginning Greeks are :  Deltas  -.76,  Gamma  -.15,  Theta 24,  Vega  -18.   Dan Sheridan dan@sheridanmentoring.com

Why should Covered Writes be Illegal?

Now that I have your attention, why the  dramatic  title?  Let’s start with a discussion of what covered writes  are , then lets get into a discussion on a better alternative. Covered Write example: Buy 100 shares XYZ at $90 and sell 1 August 95 Call at $1. Your generally buying stock and selling  an out-of-the money call against the long stock. Why would someone do this versus just buying the stock? Extra Income. As long as the stock doesn’t go up too much over a designated duration, you can make money on the stock appreciating and also some additional  income from the call your selling , as long as the stock doesn’t appreciate past the short strike. What’s the problem with this trade? Cost! In a retirement account, you would have to put up the full value of the stock minus the premium of the short call. In this case, you would pay $9000 for 100 shares of stock minus the  $100 premium from the short call, or $8900. What is a reasonable monthly yield on this type of strategy? About 1%. Is that bad? It’s not horrible, but for the risk and capital you have to put up, […]

Why VIX is soaring? ATR is the Culprit!

This week, the SPX has been between 2700 and 2723 if you just look at the closing prices of SPX this week and today. Big Deal?  No.  Twenty three  point range in a $2700 vehicle over the last 4 days? No big deal. Let’s look closer.  Monday and Wednesday had huge intra-day  price ranges, that’s a big deal if you have positions on. Monday had a 44 point range intra-day from 2698 to  2742   and closed at 2717. Wednesday this week had a range of 2699 to 2746 and closed at about 2700. When you see intra day ranges between 45-55, that’s huge. Those are the types of ranges you saw at the beginning of the correction in early February. That makes trading short term trades very difficult, especially if the IV is rising. With the VIX at about 18.39 as I  speak,  I am a little more comfortable with putting on short term , short Vega strategies like Butterflies and Iron Condors  , even with intra-day ranges exploding, why? Because I am now getting some compensation for the volatility in terms of farther ranges in my Iron Condors and cheaper prices and wider Break even points in my […]

Live Trade: SPX 11 Day Butterfly

SPX  2770.59 at 12:15 central.  Jun  29  Expiration.  11 Day Unbalanced Butterfly B 1   2740 C,  S 2  2770 C,  B 1  2795 C    9.65 Debit. Margin/Risk $965 Beginning Greeks:  Price  2770     Deltas  -1.38   Theta  19    Vega  -58 Profit target and Max Loss:  8 % Profit and 10% Max Loss of Margin/Risk of $965. Will keep it simple and use no adjustments. Mid Price now is 9.65 and not filled yet but still keeping my bid at 9.65 Debit.

Live AAPL Butterfly Trade

B 1  Jun 1  182.5 Call,  S 2  Jun 1  187.5 C,  B 1  Jun 1  192.5 C,  1.84 Debit.  Margin and Risk  $184.  11 Day Butterfly Trade. Filled at 12:09 PM CT, with AAPL at 188. Profit Target : 20% or $35 for every 1 contract. Sell out Butterfly at $2.19 Credit. Max Loss is 20% or $35 for every 1 contract. If Butterfly price goes from 1.84 to $1.49, get out. Why am I trying to get 20%?  Because 10% Profit target for every 1 contract would be only $18, and after commissions , there wouldn’t be much less. This is a very cheap dollar trade, only an outlay ( debit) of $184 for every 1 contract. Dan Sheridan  dan@sheridanmentoring.com

Live Double Calendar in SPX

Double Calendar  B 1  Jun 8  2750 C,  B 1  Jun 8  2690 P, S 1  May 25  2750 C, S 1  May 25  2690 P  16.30 Debit Profit target: Sell Spread at 17.45 credit for about 7% profit. Max Loss when Spread decreases under 14.80, loss of around 10% Dan, covered the trade in more detail in the video below.

How to Cheaply Trade Cash Secured Puts in a Retirement Account?

Trading Cash Secured Puts or Covered Writes, basically the same trade, is outrageously expensive in a retirement account. With FB at 165 today, Buying 100 shares at 165 and selling one 170 call at $4.50, expiring in 32 days, cost’s about $16,000 to trade!!! If doing an almost identical strategy called a cash secured Put, selling one 160 P at $4.50, the capital requirement is still going to be near $16,000. How do I do this type of a strategy in a very cost efficient way? Sell a wide put Credit Spread. Using FB as an example today. With FB at $165, I can sell the 160 Put at $4.50. Because the capital requirement is very high to sell the put naked, even if I have the capital too do it, I will look to buy a put against it at 15% the cost of my short put. My short put is going for 4.50, 15% of 4.50 is about $65, so look to hedge the short 160 put with the 140 Put . The May 18 expiration 140 Put is currently trading for .65. Now I have a 20 wide put credit spread, short the 160 Put and long […]

Live FB Pre-Earnings Calendar Trade

With FB at 159.83 at 11:34 central time today April 9, I did a Live Pre- Earnings  Calendar Step 1: Set up:  Buy 1  Apr 27  160 Call,  Sell 1  Apr 20  160 Call,  2.82 Debit.  Implied Volatility of long call is 47.71 and  Implied Volatility of short call is  35.98. Step 2:  Profit Target and Max Loss:  Looking to make $30-$40 for every 1 contract, which would be 10-15% on Capital of $282. Max Loss would be around $50 or about an 18% loss on $282. So for a profit, when the Calendar price goes to the 3.15-3.25 area,  would  take off . When the price of the Calendar goes to around 2.30 from the initial debit of 2.82, I would get out for a loss. Step 3 is When to Adjust and Step 4 is how to adjust. For today’s trade, I will stick with just step 1 and Step 2 and not get into Adjustments.  For people new to this type of a Calendar, let’s learn to walk before we learn to run.

Live Iron Condor in BABA

Currently trading at $187, the stock has been in a range between roughly 170 and 200 since Mid August, about 6 months. I put on an Iron Condor today. Sell 1  Apr 6  207.5 Call,  Buy 1  Apr 6  212.5 Call, Sell 1  Apr 6  167.5 Put, Buy 1  Apr 6  162.5 Put,  Total Credit  $85. Margin or risk for 1 contract is $415. The expiration of April 6 is 31 days from today. Looking to buy in the spread around .30  Debit.  The profit target would be $55 on capital of $415 for 1 contract, or a yield of 13%. If Baba goes against me price wise, I will close out the Iron Condor if the spread price that I sold for .85 credit, trades over $2. Dan Sheridan dan@sheridanmentoring.com

Live Iron Condor Trade

18 Day SPX Iron Condor Live Trade put on around 11:30 am central today when SPX was about 2715.  S 1  Mar 23  2805 C,  B 1  Mar 23  2815 C, S 1  Mar 23  2575 P,  B 1  Mar 23  2565 P, $1.70 Credit, Margin $830. Delta of short put and call at trade entry was  12 and 13. Plan is to make 7-8% of $830 and not to lose more than 10% of $830. As of 2:43 central today, SPX has run up to 2727, up 36 for the day. The spread is trading at around $2 right now, we are down 30 divided by 830 or 3.6% now. Would look for possible adjustment when short call delta hits around 19, right now it’s at 16, with SPX at 2726. I might roll up my short calls 5 points  at an adjustment point as a possible adjustment. Dan Sheridan dan@sheridanmentoring.com