Just an observation, not a criticism of the thread (I found value this thread):
Interesting to observe that interest in this has died down relatively after a bad period (end of Aug) is just like a reflection of market participation. How the mass/herd jump onto a bull market and interest peaks at the top & people lose interest after it drops. The "entering when others are fearful" would dictate great conditions for selling options in S&P after the spike - which it did, with VIX stably decreasing from 50+ to 15 over almost 2 months, the ideal scenario for shorting volatility.
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The nice thing about hindsight is that it is always 20/20. The problem is that nobody knows the future.
Nobody knew the VIX would have a nice stable drop over 2 months. Nobody knew that at the Sept FOMC statement was to hold rates. What if they had announced a rate increase? Nobody knew if this would be a repeat of Sept 1/2008 on the SPX. Volatility was high that day, imagine if you had decided to sell puts that day.
Sure it might have been ideal but you can see the backtests Ron posted that you could have made good money 6 months ago as well when volatility was an all time low. I did do some selling but reduced my number of contracts. I also bought Puts in VIX to limit my risk if it shot back up during the FOMC statement and I made some money when it dropped.
Preserving capital and reducing risk is not a bad strategy if you know you can make money when things calm down
It is always easy to pick the tops and bottoms looking at historical 20 year charts
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The parameters are sell one ES put at a 5.00 delta and buy two ES puts at a 1.50 delta of the same month. They would have made a nice profit on 8/24 and they would have allowed you to ride out other big drops. So they give you the combination of making money on a Black Swan event and also making slightly more ROI during normal times. But just like a naked option they do not protect you from a long term drop in ES.
I do not understand your question #2.
I have found that this strategy does not work at all for CL or NG. Neither puts or calls. Nor any other strategy I have tried. Anybody else have any ideas for those commodities?
I am now working on GC and KC. There may be something there.
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