It is much easier (and fun) to manage your investments in a flat or up market. Down markets take knowledge and skills that I am improving but still have lots to learn.
Market has been tough the past six days. Doing my best to protect the gains from the past year…and have cash available if we see some bargains. In the past week I have reduced the number (tried to keep the less volatile stocks) and size of the positions. In the chart on the right the green line is the swing in cash (from carrying margin of $150,000 to cash of $100,000).
Hopefully we can continue to protect the capital and have either the patience to wait or be successful in testing some bearish strategies.
Unfortunately my Schwab accounts have been hit harder as the positions are much larger and more complicated to get in and out of. The iron condors are holding up…so far…but if the market keeps falling they will create some challenges.
Table below is tracking the open Iron Condors (IC), Bull Put Spreads (BuPS) and Diagonal Bull Put Spreads (DiagBuPS). So far the combination of put strategies is generating a profit of $5,231. We have $135,300 of capital “reserved” against the positions. Return on Capital is 3.87% in less than a month. The Diagonal Put Spreads are showing a loss…not unexpected as the goal is to write additional Put options against the base position over the next several months. Not included are a couple of adjustments. The initial IC on ABT was too “tight” (difference between the strike price of the short put and short call). We closed the position and established a new one with more width. We also reduced the size if the position from 30 contracts to 10…..we don’t have enough experience for IC with 30 contracts. The position was closed for a $1,200 profit that is not included. We made similar adjustments to the DXCM and SPY positions (wider width) at minimal cost.
It has been challenging to achieve the “tasty trade” recommendation of generating premium = 1/3 of the width between the strike prices (example long put at $110 and short put at $115 …..$5 spread x 1/3).
Unfortunately it is very time consuming to track the strategies. The download from Schwab does not include the “strategy” information even though Schwab do include it in the online account summary information. Downloaded historical and current information needs to be put in a table and queried. Over time I hope to figure out a more efficient way to track the individual strategies. Recommendations are welcome!
This morning we initiated a new CC in RTX. Purchased 1000 shares and sold 10 Feb 26 $74.50 Call options. Net price was $72.33. In addition to capturing the call premium we are looking to capture the dividend of $.475 that goes ex-div 2/25. Stock is up $.93 since we bought the position. Max profit if the stock reaches and stays above $74.50 is $2.17 ($74.50 strike price – net price of $72.33) + dividend ($.475) = $2.645 (3.7% in 7 days). Our break even is $72.33 (net price) – $.475 (dividend) = $71.855. Our intent is to capture the dividend and exit the position next Friday.
We currently have 10 positions (9 different stocks, tracking two SDC positions entered differently). 8 of the 9 positions are profitable generating unrealized profit of $143,975. The stocks have performed very well generating most of the profits.
Below are graphs of each position over time. In addition to selling calls against the stock we have selectively started using put options. If one of our stocks has a drop and we feel it will rebound we will sell a Bull Put Spread looking to profit from the rebound in stock price. We have also sold some naked puts if we are interested in acquiring more shares in the company (did this to acquire more SDC…..by selling a naked put you bring in premium but sign up to purchase the stock if the stock drops below the strike price….downside is large potential loss if the stock were drop significantly so very selective on where to use this (used in on ATEC and stock went up).
PTON stock had a big decline today despite announcing their first $1B revenue quarter. Sounded like a key issue is trying to fill the order backlog if in a timely manner…..not a bad problem to figure out.
Based on the expectation the stock will bounce back once the “earnings traders” fade away we purchased 25 Bull Put Spreads. Stock was at $143 when we made the trade.
Established new CC on DHI. Bought 200 shares @$77.68 and sold 2 “in the money” Feb 19 $75 Calls for $3.94. Net price $73.74. If stock stays above $75 potential profit of $1.26 on the position + $.20 dividend (ex div 2/16) = 1.9% in 17 days, 43% annualized. Almost $4 of downside protection on the position.
On 12/11 we opened a CC position on ATEC by purchasing 500 shares and selling 5 Jan 15 $10 Call options. In we also sold 5 naked Jan 15 $10 Puts as we were bullish on the stock and prepared to buy an additional 500 shares if assigned.
In subsequent trades we rolled the Jan 15 $10 Calls to $12.50 and then to $15. We also rolled the Jan 15 $10 Puts to $12.50.
Our IB Account had a good week increasing by 4.23% to $358,143 a new high. MTD Dec is up 9.5%.
Account positions are in the table below. On Friday the monthly and weekly options expired. In the column below under Options we show the trade/position we moved into for next week/month. ATEC, BCRX, DXCM and STE are monthly options so the diagonal trades changed our positions from Dec 18 expiry to Jan 15 expiry. The positions are carrying an unrealized gain of $101,089.
Last week we opened a new position on BMY. We are bullish on the stock and looking to capture the upcoming $.49 dividend. We were aggressive in setting up the initial position. We purchased the stock at $61.52, and sold Dec 24 $65 Calls for $.11 to establish the covered call. We also bought a Dec 24 $63/$65 Bull Call Spread (looking to make a profit on the stock rising and closing at $63+ at expiry on Dec 24) and sold a Dec 24 $62 Put (looking to generate profit by capturing $1.08 premium if the stock stays above $62….with the risk of having to purchase more BMY shares if the stock were to go below $62).
On Friday we closed the Bull Call Spread selling the Dec 24 $63 Calls and buying back the Dec 24 $65 Calls making a small profit on the position. Goldman Sachs had upgraded BMY and increased the target price from $82 to $86 which made us comfortable with the bull call spread strategy anticipating the stock would run up. When the run up seemed to stall on Friday we closed the bull call spread.
If the three days the position has been open we generated a mostly unrealized profit of $734, a return of 4% or 484% annualized so far.
Account gained 1.39% last week increasing the account by $4,649. Still not back to all time high ($347,541) but we are getting close.
YTD the account is up 77.59%.
We carry 9 positions forward into next week. The tickers with the P at the end were positions where we added a long put to the covered call strategy. We exited most of the Puts on Friday as the cost of the “insurance” was exceeding the benefit (may regret it one day when the market has a significant drop). Adding complexity (Puts) to the CC positions made it difficult to track and monitor the profitability. Selling calls that are more “in the money” may be a more effective insurance (it will reduce potential return as a trade off).
8 of the 9 positions are profitable. We are carrying unrealized profits of $82,776. ATEC CC was a new addition last week. Dec 18 will be a big trade day as all of the positions have calls expiring.
The covered call strategy on NIO has been an interesting one to manage due to the volatility on the stock. Our return would be higher if we bought and held the stock (+$32,361). On 11/23 (see green section in table below) we added a new element to the strategy with the purchase of a Put hoping we can mitigate the impact of the price swings. In hindsight we overpaid for the “protection” of the put. So far the Put is doing what was intended as it gained value with the recent pull back in price.
Managing the covered call strategy on such a volatile stock is a wild ride. Time will tell if adding the Put element enhances the profitability. It does make us more comfortable to have the additional downside protection and protect the gains we have.