When do you close the trade? At expiry of options or buy them back early at 20-25% of sold price? Also do you have more than 1 trade active at a time in same direction? Just trying to understand bit better here as the one example you gave was 10 days long trade....
When I first started, I had a rule that if I could realize 90% of the premium I sold on a monday/tuesday of the expiration week, I would close them. I have found that I have left money on the table doing that, so now, I just let them expire.
It really depends on what opportunities present themselves as to what I have on...right now, I'm flat.
On 4/17, I had 1465 puts and 1615 calls that I sold the week of 4/1 that were expiring on 4/19 and I also had 1465 puts that I sold on 4/15 that were expiring on 4/26. So, in that scenario, I had two positions in the same direction in two different expiration weeks.
The sell off on 4/15 didn't increase the premium received on the 1465s puts I sold the week of 4/1 (4/3 and 4/5 respectively) to the point to where I could add another bunch to that expiration week, so I initiated a new trade in the same strike for the following weeks' expiration.
Right now, stats show that there is a 75% probability that this weeks high in ES will be greater than the previous weeks high. If that does happen, the most common range extensions past the previous weeks high are 3 and 8 points respectively. The 70th percentile of range extension past the previous weeks high is 18 point.
So, if I'm going to think about selling calls, I am going to wait, at the very least, for this weeks high to break last weeks high by 3-8 points...and then I will start looking at WK2 call strikes.
On the put side, I like the 1440, 1465, 1475 strikes in general, but on this move up, they are obviously deflating...so, I'm not thinking about that right now. ES would have to start selling off for me to think about selling puts.
Not sure if that's more helpful or more confusing...sorry if it's more confusing.
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It's more the latter...there could be weeks where I have nothing expiring and weeks where I have multiple contracts expiring.
I'd like it to be contracts expiring every Friday, but that just hasn't played out.
I've thought about expanding to different products as well, but the learning curve is steep and just haven't started.
Starting from page one, I'm still on page 18 of this thread...haha...still need to read through all the pages first.
There is one piece that I have seen about how you calculate ROI. It may be redundant, but if possible...do you think you could use a real world example in ES in how you do it? If you would be willing, could you do it on the WK2 1620 calls? (from TOS = EW2K3C1620)
IM @ OX $2,984.30. We use 2X for cash excess. Friday's settlement 0.95. 14 DTE for Friday. I'll use OX commissions and fees of 4.07.
((47.50-4.07) / (2984.30 x 3)) / 14 *30= 1.2% monthly ROI
Now I see it is bid at 1.90. If the margin does not go up by the same percentage as the premium today then ROI would be higher.
I haven't followed this enough to know how the margin would react today. Does the weekend time erosion make up for the increase in futures price today and margin doesn't increase? Or is it so close to ITM that the margin increases anyways?