- Consider selling closer to the money (higher delta). If you're used to selling options with a delta of 3 or 4 (.03 or .04), I wouldn't recommend going completely out of your comfort zone and selling 20 delta options, but maybe you could double the delta and/or sell farther out in time. Watch the quantities, though, you may want to scale them back until you're comfortable with the adjusted strategy.
- Find some high IV in single name stock options.
- Take a look at what still has decent IV: coffee, lean hogs, wheat, corn, soymeal. The IV in these products is down from the recent past, but it's not at multi-year lows like crude or VIX. I'm torn on nat gas. It's quite low historically speaking, but ATM IV is still about 29 or 30%, almost 2x crude.
Last edited by CafeGrande; May 29th, 2014 at 12:01 PM.
Same here, when I first started I was full of piss and vinegar. I went from 36K to 70K in 8 months, but I was an idiot. Went with coffee summer 2008, coffee calls at 180 and above. Overpositioned to the max, but it worked out well. Made about 23K in two months! Than Nat Gas calls, made like 6-8K there, had a few setbacks with soybeans, but overall eye popping gains if I hit for fences. Also comes with extreme nervousness and sleepless nights too, lol.
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I'm short a few options on the 6E future expiring in 2 days. I've noticed some interesting activity in similar put options. As of 3pm today, 1.33 Put Options are bid $0.05 which is $63. This for an option with a Delta of 1.35% and only 2 days to expiry. I know that it is only 2 days of ROI, but the ROI on that is 38.74%.
What am I missing about the 6E? Is there a major announcement coming up that I don't know about? Why would it be bid so high, so close to expiration?
Here is the option chain that I created to follow it.
-Columns G - M are derived from SPAN files
-Column N is the real-time price from ThinkorSwim
-Column O - R are real-time prices from broker Open E Cry
-Column S is the Option Value based on TOS's price in column N
-Column U is the ROI based on TOS's price in column N
-Column V is the ROI based on the real-time bid price in column P
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I am short both calls and puts. I exited a few puts at a loss today to lighten my load in front of the ECB meeting. Historically, 2-3 points of movement in 2 days is not that much. Recently, with the lower volatility, it seems like an extreme move. Don't let the big premiums fool you - a surprise ECB announcement could easily send it 2-3 points in either direction. But, it may be just as likely that the market has priced in what is generally considered to be inevitable with Euro rates.
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With the options priced like they are, I suspected it was event related. In looking at the ECB website, it looks like they meet every 2 weeks. Is tomorrow's meeting different than the one scheduled for 6/17 & 7/3?