#LongCalls #LongPuts #LEAPS #CoveredCalls – Was out nearly all day but had a couple fills from standing orders and the beginning of another experiment 🙂

Bought to Close OLED NOV 23 2018 98.0 Calls @ .05 (sold for .65)

Bought to Close TQQQ NOV 30 2018 55.0 Calls @ .05 (sold for 1.19) re-load tomorrow hopefully…

Risk reduction on one contract taking the small loss…

Bought to Close TQQQ JAN 18 2019 40.0 Put @ 3.50 (sold for 2.50)


One of my most frustrating positions so going to try something. Converting the LABU long LEAP calls to long LEAP puts on LABD. The built in drag should help this and the call side was approaching massive whipsaw risk with sales so far below the LEAPS. New position is out to 2020 instead of 2021. Collect as much premium as I can between now and then and then see where it stands.

To establish the new position, I sold the calls and bought whatever puts were the same price and just rolled the basis to the new position. Long 25 strike puts now so will be selling above those but not nearly the whipsaw risk that the call side had.

Long story short…about 30 cents a week on a 5 lot is the goal. Hopefully can get most of that.

#fuzzies, #pietrades

And the winner is:

#fuzzies during the market volatility. Makes sense, the spread offsets both sides and the income from selling options helps cushion the drop.

Trying to get back into #pietrades but market not really cooperating at the moment.

Some short covering created a few more trades.


MU rolled the 40/40 22 DTE out to 43 DTE for 0.66 credit. cb now 14.69
WDC 40/46.5 8 DTE out to 22 DTE and up to 47 for 0.38 credit. cb now 22.14

Will try to roll these back up and stay ahead of them going deep ITM. If I can’t will ratio.

Now going for bike, hopefully another 1k of decay will happen in EXPE and can roll them when I get back.

No predictions here but I…

No predictions here but I don’t think we bounce until the VIX is in the 20s.

Only trade that is working for me at the moment is /CL. MU, WDC, EXPE, and most of the chips all suck. Good thing they are #fuzzies and still have 1-2 years to break even.

I am now flat on profits for the year in my core account but still have 12k + of decay over the next 35 days. Unfortunately they theta decay is not keeping pace with the dropping market.

TQQQ pietrade

Dipping my fingers in the pie. Thanks @hcgdavis for your help. I welcome constructive criticism on my choice of ticker or strikes.:-)
STO TQQQ Oct12 66.5p @ 1.80



Weekly vs monthly options or…

Weekly vs monthly options or #pietrades vs #optionladder

Not trying to sound greedy but after I converted a lot of #pietrades to #fuzzies and #optionladder, the decay is A LOT slower. Like watching paint dry but there are some advantages and disadvantages. Had a lot of time to think about trading this weekend with tropical storm and hurricane on the way.

higher premiums up front
less frequent adjusting
lower gamma risk, it can move around more before it hurts the overall position.
less trading=less commissions and fewer trades to monitor
easier to adjust
less intensive trading

slower premium decay, much slower my theta is half of what it usually is
less overall premium, you get more up front but 4 weeks of ATM options is a lot more premium than 1 option sale
fewer positions
in the case of diagonals or multi strike calendars, harder to adjust with monthlies. Weeklies let you simply roll up/down/out
less compounding effect, my back of the note pad answer is about 15-20% less annualized returns compared to weeklies

So which one wins? Depends on your goals. Personally I am trying to grow accounts so I will be sticking with mostly weekly and #pietrades. The compounding effects more than offset the additional work.

If you already have everything you need, then #optionladder would probably make more sense.

Some days/months trading is easy, other not so much. These last 6 weeks have been hard for me after earnings went bad and not a lot of time to trade. If it was easy everyone would do it and be good at it.

Thanks again for the ideas. I finally close a lot of these trades in 11 days and can re-deploy capital.

#cat4, #optionladders

#pietrades and making adjustments. I…

#pietrades and making adjustments.

I have some garbage in my accounts right now and just as I start to break even, it moves again. MU, WDC started as #pietrades, converted to #fuzzies. MU was showing a profit yesterday but 5 points down today on MU and 2 on WDC now have created more work. So anyway, here is what I have and will gradually be moving to ETFs. Only problem is some of my accounts are not big enough to handle the good ETFs unless I #fuzzy them which is probably what I should be doing anyway. On a positive note I have made back 25-30% of the SVXY losses in 6 months. Probably another year to make it all back. That was a harder lesson than the /ES in Aug. of 2015 but at least I had a bigger capital base so did not totally destroy the accounts. Will be interesting to see what happens with the premiums when SVXY reverse splits. I will not trade it unhedged!!

MU 55/50 LEAP call rolled out to 8 DTE for 0.42 credit. CB now 10.52
WDC rolled the 15 DTE 60/65 LEAP down to same date but 60 short call for 1.01 credit. Cb now 16.77
EOG 115 LEAP call 15 DTE, no adjustment. Cb 11.20

New trades
LABU STO the 15 DTE 90 put for 1.2. You could do better now.
TQQQ batch 1 cc 65 at 8 DTE for 64.00
TQQQ batch 2 65.5 cc 8 DTE at 64.45
LNG batch 1 66.5 cc 8 DTE at 65.40
LNG batch 2 66.5 cc 8 DTE at 65.65

Added to XBI #fuzzy and now have all Jan 2019 LEAPS and 22 DTE short calls
95/98 leaps at 5.49 this is the new one
87/95 leaps at 6.43
95/95 leaps at 2.95

At least my theta decay is huge.

Need to be better about direction and timing, wil be using my tools more now instead of just placing weekly #pietrades no matter the ticker is doing.

Even with the garbage still made $582 last week but generally stagnant after the last earnings round.

It seems that a lot of my #pietrades have been converted to #fuzzy lately. Maybe I can get to 10 names, 10 contracts each making $1 or more a week, that would be a lot of cash coming in which would offset some of these dogs 🙂