My Dec TSLA Jade came off this morning for 50% profit, here’s a Jan reset:
$380 put (sell)/$740 call (sell)/$750 call (buy) $9.80 credit. $9.80 cr on a $10-wide call spread leaves $20 net risk to upside. BE delta is 9 on the downside. Basically risk free to upside.
#closing #jadelizard WYNN
Nov. 12, sold a post earnings Dec. 18, 77.50/90/92.50 for 3.50, closed today for 2.28
Sold Dec. 18, 10/14/15 for 1.13
WYNN has been dropping after a pretty big runup. Sold Dec. 18, 77.50/90/92.50 for 3.50. No upside risk, downside break even is 74, stock at 88.
#closing CHWY DKNG #jadelizard #shortputs
CHWY Sept. 10, sold a jade lizard with a long put, making it an iron condor. CHWY went down quite a bit, selling the long put and a couple rolls, closed the position today for a gain
DKNG Sept. 21, sold an Oct. 9, 41 put for .80, bought today for .08
#earnings #rolling CHWY
Sept. 10, sold a #jadelizard with long put protection, actually an iron condor, 55/59.50/62.50/64 for 2.13. Today sold the long put and rolled the short to Oct. 16.
#earnings CHWY #jadelizard with a long put
Sold Sept. 18, 55.50/59.50/62.50/64 for 2.13
Thanks for the data Jeff
#earnings #jadelizard NTAP
Sold Sept. 18, 38/42.50/43.50 jade lizard for 1.26
Thanks for the earnings data Jeff
#coveredcalls #jadelizard MRO WBA AMD
MRO sold Sept. 18, 6 call for .17
WBA sold Sept. 4, 41.50 call for .28
AMD sold Sept. 18, 73/90/91 for 1.11 #tastytradefollow modification
Sold July 17, 32/32/34 jade lizard for 2.31.
#closing #earnings LOW
May 19 sold #jadelizard for 2.59, bought today for 2.07
June 19, 105/119/121
One last trade as we cruise into the close of the market
Sold a June 19, 31.50/43/45 #jadelizard for 2.16
#earnings LOW #shortputs VFC
VFC sold May 29, 52.50 put for .70
LOW Sold June 19 105/119/121 #jadelizard for 2.59
#earnings #closing WMT KSS
WMT bought #jadelizard for 1.68, sold yesterday for 2.09
KSS bought #shortstraddle for 3.72, sold yesterday for 4.22
#earnings #jadelizard WMT
Sold June 19, 116/128/130 jade lizard for 2.09
#ironcondor #jadelizard QQQ
Sold April 17, 167/177/205/207 for 2.04
#jadelizard AAL #calendar SPY
AAL Sold May 15, short 16 call/long 21 call/short 16 put for 5.25
SPY bought April 1/April 8 217 put calendar for 1.62
Couldn’t resist selling MSFT Apr 3 105 puts for 1.35….will be much higher in the morning it looks like.
On 11/15/19 STO AMAT Dec 6 62/63/62 #jadelizard @2.14….on 11/22/19 with the 62 Put DITM it was rolled out til Dec 13 for 0.24 credit….11/22 BTC 62/63 BeCS @0.05 debit….
12/11/19 assigned on the 62 Put with a cost basis of $59.68….
Six #coveredcalls have been sold reducing my cost basis to $56.84……With the stock closing today 2/14/20 at $66.85 I was called away at $66.00
On the move up this AM taking 50%….BTC LK 21 FEB 44/44.5/28 #jadelizard @.55….STO 1/30 @1.13..
$CMG STO 2/7 820 put and STO 900/910 BECS at total credit of 9.75 Thanks for the data @jeffcp66
#jadelizard After FB’s drop opened a JadeLizard 195/212.5/215 March13 for 3.31, can get better now
#earnings #closing #jadelizard SQ
This goes back to Aug. 1, sold a jade lizard with a short 75 put, SQ was at about 81. It dropped into the 50s in Sept. and Oct.
Bought Feb. 21, 75 put for a gain after many trades over 6 months.
Now what to do with a disastrous TSLA position.
BTC AAL 24 JAN 20 29.5/30/27.5 jadelizard @.45….STO 12/17 @.98
STO EWZ 21 Feb 48/49/45 @1.25..
I could not find a hashtag for Jade Lizards, so I’ll post here.
Please let me know if another hashtag would be more appropriate.
BTC SQ jade liz for .74 (17 Jan 62/66/67)
Was STO on Dec 23 for 1.43
This mornings upgrade will likely push it above the 66C
#earnings #jadelizard FIVE
Sold Dec. 20, 105/118/120 for 2.50.
Thanks for the earnings data Jeff
#earnings #jadelizard M
Sold Dec. 20, 15/15.50/16.50 for 1.15.
I’m long 105 shares from assignment a long time ago with a cost basis in the 30s. Will add a couple long puts to protect that horrid position.
#earnings HD KSS
#jadelizard #ironcondor #shortstrangles
HD This is a jade lizard set up with a protective put, making it an iron condor
HD Sold Dec. 20, 210/225/240/242.50 for 2.60
KSS sold Dec. 20, 50/65 strangle for 1.65
Thanks for the data Jeff
Rolled the 125 #jadelizard converted to a #fuzzy down to 95/95 strikes. Short option 15 DTE. When all cleared my cost basis is now 37.33. Need about 0.33 per week to break even and have until Jan 2022 to do it.
I am done with earnings. Too random and binary. 6 out of 9 of my earnings trades this year imploded even with some limited risk positions.
This one trade reduced my yearly profits by about 20% for the year even being only a 7% position in my portfolio.
Black swans are more common than the options price for.
Did not take my own advice, tried another earnings trade and now losing 6 out of 9. EXPE missed earnings by 0.60 and down over night by 17. Opened this morning down 31 or 22%. Had a #jadelizard at 125/144/145. Obviously the 125 are now way ITM.
Converted to a #fuzzy but will take a long time to make the loss back. Bought the 2022 125 put for 27.92 plus will use some more cash to roll my short put down and out.
Will let the call side expire worthless just to now spend any more money on the trade. This had been my biggest winner for the year. 1 night wiped out 11 months of gains on EXPE.
#earnings #jadelizard GS
Jade lizard with downside protection. Sold Nov. 15, 195 short put/205 short call/210 long call for 5.01. Bought Oct. 15, 195 put for .70.
Thanks for the data Jeff
Is showing a possible reversal on the 5 minute for /ES.
IBB STO the other side of the strangle at 103 c for 0.65 for 11/8 exp. Strangle is now the 101.5/103 for 3.45 credit total after some rolls. I am trying this as an experiment based on the TT research. Open initially at 43-45 DTE then manage at 21 DTE no matter what. Rolled the put side last week. They showed that beats all other management tactics for selling options so seeing how it works in real time with real money. 10 contracts so there is some skin in the game. So far so good, showing an $875 profit even with the puts being ITM. If it works will set up ladders on various ETFs. Single tickers would use #jadelizard to avoid upside risk.
XBI rolled the short 80 put from 10 DTE out to 24 DTE for 0.42 credit. Cb 13.66.
LNG 60/65 rolled out to 45 DTE for 0.52 credit. Cb 7.12.
#earnings #closing COST
Closed Nov. 15 #jadelizard and Oct. 18 long put spread from yesterday, made $70.
#earnings #jadelizard COST
Sold Nov. 15, 265/290/295 jade lizard for 5.67
bought Oct. 18, 250/260 long put spread for .55 as a downside hedge
Thanks for the data Jeff
I have been trying to move out of the leveraged ETFs but am stuck in a few for a while. Tastytrade did some research that shows trading options on the leveraged has much lower returns than just trading the regular ETF. Even accounting for contango/drift/ backwardization. My personal results show that as well. I know a lot of people here trade them but it may be more effective to not option trade them. As a hedge, sure they work but for options not so much. With the volatility over the last month or so, I have had trouble staying ahead of the fluctuations. The premiums are huge but the options are not priced for the movement for selling them.
With that said rolled
LABU 35 cc out 29 DTE for 1 and cost basis down to 33.80. My plan is to let call out if ITM and use it on something else.
TQQQ 60 CC rolled out to next week fr 0.98. Cb 57.52. Same as above.
LABU 35.5 cc rolled out 22 DTE and down to 35 for 0.90. Cb 33.49. Same
EXPE STO the 29 DTE 123 put for 2.05. Timing could not have been worse, market reversed 2 minute after that.
XBI #fuzzy rolled 80/80 out to 22 DTE for 0.65 credit. Cb now 0.85. Still have until 2021 to keep making $ on this one.
XBI #fuzzy 80/83 rolled down to 80/80 and 29 DTE for 0.88 credit. Cb 3.99.
LNG 65/62.5/61/60 rolled this weeks 61 and 62.5 to 61 and 62 for 22 and 29 DTE for 0.56 and 0.88 credits. Cb now 5.34
Also don’t know if any of you saw the Tastytrade episodes, market measures in the summer, search back to around page 7-12 on strangles showing that managing strangles/trades at 21 DTE beat all other management strategies, period. Even better than 50% profits. There are about 3-4 sessions on that. I have an IBB experiment going on starting 43-45 DTE and managing at 21-22 DTE. Hard to tell how it is working with the volatility but I rolled IBB yesterday (just the put side). Will re-establish the strangle depending on where we end up this week or next. I also have an ITM #jadelizard experiment going on at opening at 21 DTE. Will let you know results once I have a few cycles.
Not trying to brag but my core account just hit an all time high so I must be doing something right. That wipes out the SVXY losses on 1 account. 2 others still have a way to go but this is my largest trading account so nice to know I covered those losses in 21 months. I originally thought it would take much longer. I suspect the other 2 accounts will take another 12 months on 1 and 24 on the other. Chipping away and will hope to never make that mistake again!!!!
Trade smart, stay nimble 🙂
#earnings #jadelizard MU
Sold Oct. 18, 37/41/46 jade lizard for 1.77. I have an inverted 37/41 Oct. 18 strangle and would prefer that MU go down.
I have once again proven my inability to time the market. Yesterday converted a bunch of ATM and ITM XBI puts on a ladder to #fuzzy to avoid the increasing margin. Of course it was up 2+ points yesterday and another 1.5 today. Will manage as #fuzzy. I had already rolled several times and converted to #jadelizard but was still facing increasing margin requirement.
Cost basis 13.80 on 20 lots and already rolled next week 78 up to Oct 11 80 for 1.07 credit so 10 lots at 12.73 but have until Dec 2021 to manage. These are on the put side. LEAPS at 80 strike, shorts at 78, 79.5, and 80 now.
9/6…BTC OXY 20 SEP 19 45/46/42.5 #jadelizard @.76….STO 8/23 @1.21…Thanks @thomberg1201 for the idea
Sold Sept. 20 #jadelizard for.3.38, 85/93.50/94
Bought Sept. 1370/80 long put spread for 1.20
Aug. 21 sold a #jadelizard for 1.38, bought today for .83
#earnings #closing FIVE
Bought 105/120/121 #jadelizard 1.00, sold yesterday for 2.20.
I was considering a 100/140 strangle yesterday. There wasn’t much liquidity at those strikes and it would now take awhile to close with the big up move. Jade Lizard wins this one.
Thanks to fuzzball for starting me thinking about using these for earnings.
#earnings #jadelizard FIVE
Sold Sept. 20, 105/120/121 for 2.20
#earnings #closing TIF ADSK
bought ADSK, Sept. 20, 125/175 strangle for 1.00, sold yesterday for 2.44
bought TIF, Sept. 20, 75/84/85 #jadelizard .95, sold yesterday for 1.57.
SPLK still refusing to cooperate from earnings the other day grrr
As always, thanks to Jeff for the data that guides the trade decisions.
#earnings #jadelizard TIF #shortstrangles ADSK
TIF sold Sept. 20, 75/84/85 for 1.58.
ADSK sold Sept. 20, 125/175 strangle for 2.44
Thanks for the data Jeff.
BTC $HD 1.925 Puts @0.4 – was the put side of a #jadelizard #earnings trade which was STO @1.84 on 8/19/2019.
#JadeLizard – Out a couple weeks for another try. Selling put side at the expected move.
Sold ISRG SEP 6 2019 465.0/495.0/500.0 Jade Lizard @ 5.50
$ISRG BTC 8/23 500/505/485 jade lizard for 1.60. STO at 5.67. Thank you @fuzzballl
$OKTA BTC 8/23 135 put at .40. STO 8/14 at 5.60
#tastytradefollow QCOM OXY AMZN
Plagiarizing Sept. 20 expirations all 3.
QCOM #jadelizard 69/79/80 for 1.07
OXY #jadelizard 42.50/45/46 for 1.38
AMZN #callbutterfly 1925/1940/1940/1970 for .88
Sold Sept. 20 #jadelizard 192.50/210/212.50 for 2.77. Thanks for the data Jeff.
#jadelizard Sold a jade lizard with protection, Sept. 13, 95/102/108/109 for 1.63.
SQ 8/23 65 puts closed for 3.95 or 2.72 loss per contract. I was going to convert to a #jadelizard but do not have time and also took the loss to avoid margin issues so I can stay in my other trades.
First losing trade on SQ this year.
Lots of other trades/puts are ITM but they still have good theta decay so will adjust those tomorrow.
Had a few extra minutes for lunch so:
LNG 67.5/67.5 #fuzzy rolled down to 60 for 1.55 debit and cb of 9.30.
EOG 87.5/87.5 #fuzzy expiring this week rolled down to 75/75 for next week for 3.16 debit. Cb now 18.34
Sorry about the radio silence for a few months. After my injury and recovery I have been too busy at work to post. Does not mean I have not been trading, just did not have time to post. I am finally caught up to the point I can contribute again.
So anyway, hope everyone is doing well. I sorted out how to separate my personal trades from the service and will start posting again. Most trades will be posted end of day but they are usually good for a few days. I also have too many on for update so will just start fresh and post as we go. I mostly trade on Thursdays so that is when updates should occur.
As some of you know I traded full time for 5 weeks as I was recovering. I am also part of the Traders Reserve family and have been working with them professionally. While I was off I binged watched tastytrade, looked at all of the research we have been doing, and experimented with several new tactics that have all been very successful. I will try to keep this short but some of the things I have learned have changed my trading techniques.
So here we go as a summary. Took the case study account from 50k to $75,983 from Jan 1 to June 30. It was more than that but this weeks pull back dropped it a few thousand. Regardless, a 50% increase in 6 months is not too shabby. This included some losing trades, I am not cherry picking here and will attach a screen shot to show this is legit and you can see I am up another 10k from June 30.
So here is what I have and have become very mechanical in my trading. Some people may think it is boring but I trade to make money, not for excitement. If I want excitement will go ski, kiteboard, bike race, or mt bike and hopefully not break any bones again.
- Selling options works. The only thing is have to be able to control those big losses that can occur from selling naked options. If you control that you win in the long run.
- I am not a directional trader. Congratulations to those that can do it, but even full time trading I could not make it work. However, adding a directional component to option selling has increased my win/loss ratio which improves returns.
- Keeping a portfolio hedge on at all times allows you to be much more aggressive selling options. That way if SPY goes to zero the hedges will be worth way more than the accounts. I target hedging each account for a 10% correction meaning that much of a drop will result in no losses. Any more than that and I have a winning lottery ticket. I will explain next time I roll my hedges but have been using /ES. SPX or SPY also work. I also hedge using a risk twist or ratio write so it does not cost as much or a debit spread if I am hedging a fixed amount.
- I finance the hedges by selling options so they only cost me house money.
- I usually start a position by selling puts. If it moves against me will roll. If that does not work will convert to a #jadelizard. After a few rolls of the jade lizard if that does not work will convert to a LEAP spread and manage it from there.
- A position may last a week or several months to years. Depends on what I am trying to accomplish but the end goal is steady income.
- TT found 45 DTE opening to managing at 50% returns or 21 DTE closing is ideal for theta decay. We have found 21 DTE may be even better (not in all situations). Our research has found that most OTM options will crush 90% in 10 days after opening at 21-22 DTE. Allows recycling capital quicker, faster decay, but less trades have to be adjusted. Has been the sweet spot this year. As market conditions change that may change as well.
- Jade lizard trades allow skewing, flexibility with adjusting, and huge income up front.
- Trading through market volatility increases returns once the market rebounds because you are always recycling your cash and adding to positions and basically hyper compounding.
- Keep margin balance to no more than 25-50% of total available that way you don’t get margin calls when the market is melting down.
- Don’t be emotional when trading (hard to do when your account is down) but must be done. Most people sell at the absolute bottom or buy at the top because of emotions. If they just stayed in the market they would be better off. It is only money, not your life, or face 🙂
- Be willing to adapt to what the market is doing. Too many people trade the same way no matter what the market is doing. Different tactics work in different markets but you have to trade the market you are in.
This community helped me realize a lot of this. Most of you are willing to take a chance, experiment with new tactics, and stay in the market even when the proverbial sh#$ hits the fan. Thanks for the help and happy to be back!
Took me a while to figure out how to post a screen shot, but here are the returns for the year so far.
#Earnings Sold $ANET Aug 2nd 255/265-290/292.5 broken-wing condor for 3.80. #BrokenWingCondor
#Earnings Bought to close $SHOP 275/300-330/332.5 Broken-Wing Condors for 1.90. Sold yesterday for 4.50.
I left the long 275 put in place, since it has no bid and thus may have prevented a fill. Fill price is .60 better than if I had allowed call side to expire ITM.
#Earnings Sold to Open $SHOP 275/300-330/332.5 Broken-Wing Condor for 4.50.
My version of #JadeLizard with disaster put. If SHOP goes higher, this will be at least a 2.00 profit.
#Earnings #JadeLizard – The usual. Playing for a down move just outside the expected move with no upside risk. Going out to Aug monthly for a little more room.
Sold AAPL AUG 16 2019 195.0/212.5/215.0 Jade Lizard @ 2.51
#Earnings Sold to Open #JadeLizard with disaster protection, making it a Broken-Wing Iron Condor:
Sold Aug 2nd 230/232.5 call spread AND 175/145 put spread, for 3.87. No upside risk… downside max risk 30.00.
#Earnings I have not traded this one yet. Thinking of Aug 2nd #JadeLizard, sell 180 put, and sell 250/252.5 call spread. Going for 5.45 credit. No upside risk. Thoughts?
#Earnings #JadeLizard – Big bounce right out of the gate so booking it in case the call spread gets in trouble.
Bought to Close XLNX JUL 26 2019 121/129/132 Jade Lizards @ 1.39 (sold for 3.03)
#JadeLizards #Earnings – Playing this the same way I played ULTA using the modified #JadeLizard (unbalanced skewed iron condor?) with some downside protection and little to no upside risk.
Sold 1 CMG JUL 26 2019 600/660/720/725 @ 4.91
Playing this to the downside with only 9 cents of upside risk. What do I need? Needing a decent down move below 720 while staying above 660. Spent a little extra for a 600 strike disaster put since you just never know. The expected move (45 points) to the downside would be perfect!
#Earnings – Normally don’t enter these until the day of earnings but taking a shot with today’s pullback. Might leg into a #JadeLizard on a bounce. Selling the put side down at the 50ma. Hasn’t been a whole lot to do last week or so. Just letting some earlier sales wind down.
Sold ISRG JUL 19 2019 505.0 Put @ 6.70
#JadeLizard – Better than nothing…
Bought to Close STZ JUN 28 2019 177.5/190.0/192.5 Jade Lizard @ 2.25 (put side expiring) (sold for 3.00)
$STZ BTC 6/28 190/192.50 BECS at 2.20. STO at 1.04. I will let the 6/28 177.50 put expire. STO at 1.91. Thank you @fuzzball for the trade.
#JadeLizard – No upside risk and selling the put at the expected move. Stock basis would be down around the May spike low if it implodes…
Sold STZ JUN 28 2019 177.5/190.0/192.5 Jade Lizard @ 3.00
$AVGO BTC 6/14 265 put at 4.50. STO at 2.45. When BECS 280/285 expires tonight, trade will lose .60.
#Earnings #JadeLizard – Never had much luck with this one but IV is high enough to give it a shot…
Sold RH JUN 14 2019 80.0/100.0/103.0 Jade Lizard @ 3.15
#Earnings #JadeLizard – Going for extra downside protection again so selling the call side at the money. As usual no upside risk and playing for a move down to the 200ma.
Sold FIVE JUN 7 2019 117.0/126.0/129.0 Jade Lizard @ 3.10
#Earnings #JadeLizard – Taking what I can get. Could hold until Friday and hope for a pullback but gonna go ahead and close it.
Bought to Close CRM JUN 7 2019 142.0/150.0/152.5 Jade Lizard @ 2.05 (sold for 2.90)
#JadeLizard #Earnings – Selling the lizard with the put side at the expected move and the call side nearly at the money with the stock up 4 dollars today. Playing for a slight down move with no upside risk.
Sold CRM JUN 7 2019 142.0/150.0/152.5 Jade Lizard @ 2.90
#Earnings – The Modified #JadeLizard (unbalanced skewed iron condor?) worked out pretty good. A little down move but held support.
Bought to Close ULTA MAY 31 2019 280/305/340/345 @ .20 (sold for 5.12)
#optionsexpiration and actually these are for next week, I rolled everything today.
Sorry I have not had time to post for anyone that was following trades. I will do a better job of at least a weekly update. That is how I trade. 95% of my trades are on Thurs. so a weekly update should keep things up to date.
Lots of trading last few weeks but equity curve flat. Need the trade tariff BS to end. Not good for business 😦
Most of my trades have been converted to #fuzzy or #lizardpies for recovery.
/ES 62 DTE 2610/2605 back ratio has made a few $. It’s real purpose is to guard against a 2/6/18 or 8/24/15 event. Hope I don’t need it but would get a lot of cash then. However like an insurance policy I expect to lose on this.
LABU 45 cc at 44.25 cb and 40 cc at 37.13 and another batch of 40 cc at 38.42
TNA 60 cc at 59.69
TQQQ 63 cc at 62.15
AMAT 22 DTE 42 CC at 41.04. Assigned off a 43 put but had some credits as a cushion
EOG 92.5/90 rolled down to 87.5/87.5 for a little debit. Cost basis 15.44 but because I had made some on the longs it put some cash back in the account.
GILD 65/65 rolled next week for 0.29 credit. Cost basis 5.91. Should not be too much longer for a free trade.
LNG 67.5/67.5 rolled for 0.34 credit. Cost basis 9.99 down from 15.57 at onset only 4 weeks ago.
XBI 80/80/85 rolled for 0.70 and cb 5.57
XBI 80/85 cb 12.50. This is a new batch we are doing live as an experiment. Avg. about 4% cost reduction per week. With monthlies it is larger about 6-8% but the theta decay is slower. 6% per month is 96% per year.
GILD 65/65 rolled for 0.28 for cb of 3.78. Freebie soon I hope 🙂 but this is also an experiment that will be taken all the way to expiration in 2021.
GILD 65/65 rolled for 0.28 at 6.45. Same as above but this is tracking the compounded addition of contracts as the rolls spit off cash.
IBB 103.5 rolled down to 102/102/102.5 for total credit of 0.84. This has been recovered all the way from 107/109 strikes. Shows the flexibility of the #jadelizard as a tactic for adjustments.
IWM rolled down from 150 to 149/149/149.5. Reduced debit from 2.11 to 1.63 as I have recovered this from 155/157 strikes. I gave back a little credit to reduce margin.
SQ 63.5/63.5/64 rolled for total credit of 2.19. Looks like it found a bottom.
XBI 81.5 rolled down to 81/81/81.5 for total credit of 2.35.
LNG 64/64/64.5 rolled down from 66 for 1.68 total credit.
Once I can close a few of these, hopefully next week, will start some 21 DTE #lizardpies and create ladders. Some of them will be skewed to downside to just have steady income with every expiration and let them expire each week. Add new ones every Monday or Thurs.
Stay nimble, I suspect there is more volatility ahead but take advantage of the increased premiums 🙂
Here is an example of a 22 DTE #lizardpies I am looking at.
7 points of downside protection. No risk to upside. Income over 3 weeks, can probably close early for 50% or more profit.
Modified #JadeLizard (unbalanced skewed iron condor?) with some downside protection and no upside risk. Breakeven down near the 200ma and near the average move of the stock on earnings.
Sold 1 ULTA MAY 31 2019 280/305/340/345 @ 5.12
#JadeLizard #Earnings – Almost identical to ADSK. This thing can go anywhere. If it tanks I’ll get the stock around the 50ma. A nickel of upside risk…
Sold SPLK MAY 24 2019 121/132/135 Jade Lizard @ 2.95
#JadeLizard #Earnings – Copy and paste from last earnings with slightly different strikes. Playing for a down move to no more than the 200ma.
#JadeLizard – This thing can go anywhere. If it tanks I’ll get the stock around the 50ma. No upside risk…
Sold ADSK MAY 24 2019 152.5/170.0/172.5 Jade Lizard @ 2.60