SPX puts stopped

#SPXcampaign I love these short-term reverse rolls when a rally starts, but of course they only work with a sustained rally… since January, sustained rallies haven’t been happening. Thus, got whipsawed on this one, albeit without much damage. Stopped out when we started dropping for the third time, and of course, that led to the strongest bounce. Will likely roll into a condor later, depending on how the day shakes out.

Closed $SPX April 20th 2690/2665 put spreads for 5.35. Sold for 4.35 as a #ReverseRoll on Tuesday.

SPX calls stopped

#SPXcampaign Closed $SPX May 4th 2760/2785 call spreads for 4.25. Sold for 1.70 on Apr 3rd.

#reverseroll

SPX trades

#SPXcampaign Spent the morning doing mostly the reverse of yesterday… putting on call spreads and taking off put spreads.

Closed $SPX Apr 6th 2475/2450 put spreads for 1.30. Sold yesterday for 2.20.
Sold Apr 6th 2650/2675 call spreads for 3.65
Bought to Open Apr 13th 2450/2425 LONG put spreads for 2.30.
Sold May 4th 2760/2785 call spreads for 1.70.
Stopped Apr 27th 2460/2435 put spreads for 3.80. Sold Thursday for 1.75.
#ReverseRoll Sold Apr 13th 2670/2695 call spreads for 3.75.

SPX whipsaw

#SPXcampaign I have never been so whipsawed in my trading career. I have been stopped out at extremes too many times to count. I am forced now to take a new approach:

1. Tone down the aggression.
2. Only sell at extremes. How do I define extremes? That’s not always easy, but I would say yesterday’s close and today’s close would qualify.
3. Try some cheap long spreads, purchase at extremes. The amount I’m getting eaten alive with short spreads makes me always wish I’d been long rather than short. Need to try it.

That will have to do until VIX gets back below 17.76 (at least), and not comfortable going back to aggressive strategies until it’s below 12.61.

Today:
Stopped $SPX Apr 27th 2770/2795 call spreads for 3.75. Sold yesterday for 1.60. This was well over 4.00 at the highs, which is my stop point, so at least I waited for some pullback.
#ReverseRoll – plan was to sell a condor as a roll, I was filled on put side, then never filled on call side. And then, I had to stop out. Great illustration of how difficult this strategy is in this market.
Sold Apr 4th 2560/2535 put spreads for 1.95. Stopped later for 5.35.

Stopped Apr 13th 2550/2525 put spreads for 5.95. Sold yesterday in a #CondorRoll for 6.30, when a CALL spread was stopped.

Stopped Apr 27th 2550/2525 put spreads for 2.50. Sold yesterday for 1.75. At least I got out on this one at a bounce.

SPX trades

#SPXcampaign The whipsaw I suffered in the morning yesterday was a buzzkill, because I’ve been correct about direction just horrible at my intraday timing. Here are remaining trades from yesterday and some this morning..

Sold $SPX April 19th 2540/2515 put spreads for 2.85, #Rolling with 1.5x position size.
Sold $SPX March 26th 2575/2550 put spreads for 1.75, expires Monday
Stopped Apr 6th 2550/2525 put spreads for 2.90. Sold for 1.95 on Mar 7th.
#ReverseRoll Sold March 26th 2680/2705 call spreads for 3.10.

Closed on GTC orders:
March 29th 2760/2785 call spreads for .30. Sold for 3.45 on Monday.
April 13th 2850/2875 call spreads for .20. Sold for 1.70 last Friday.

#ITMroll
Sold April 13th 2775/2750 put spreads for 22.25. This is an #ITM roll from the March 29th 2790/2765 spreads I’m currently trying to close. Probably be paying close to 24.00.

SPX trades 2

#SPXcampaign Sold to Open $SPX Apr 19th (monthlys) 2475/2450 put spreads for 1.80.

#ReverseRoll Sold March 26th 2700/2725 call spreads for 4.30, as a roll from Apr 20th puts stopped earlier. One of my very short term reverse rolls to make up premium quickly, or possibly explode in my face. Keeps things interesting.

SPX trades

#SPXcampaign I’ve a feeling we’re going lower.

Stopped: $SPX Apr 19th 2580/2555 put spreads for 3.25. Sold for 1.75 on Monday.
#ReverseRoll Sold March 28th 2735/2760 call spreads for 3.35

Stopped: SPX Apr 20th 2595/2570 put spreads for 3.85. Sold for 2.00 as a 1.5x roll on Mar 14th.
No roll yet.

Closed SPX Apr 13th 2870/2895 call spreads for .25. Sold for 1.80 on Mar 14th.