CurrencyShares Euro ETF (FXE)
Update 1/11/2018: I exited FXE for a loss as the options composing the position approached their final day of trading, Jan. 19. I shall roll it forward quickly into a new bear position, although I may decide to alter the structure to an iron fly or iron condor to provide greater protection against reversals.
The options went for a $1.99 debit, producing a $0.54 loss. I shall defer calculation of results until completion of the series.
Update 11/7/2017: I have rolled FXE forward to another bear vertical position.
I used options that trade for the last time 73 days hence, on Jan. 19.
Implied volatility stands at 7%, which is 7/10ths of the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.
FXE’s IV stands in the 15th percentile of its annual range and the 22nd percentile of its most recent broad movement.
The premium is 15% of the width of the position’s wings.
The risk/reward ratio is 5.7:1.
The bid/ask spread is 2.2%.
I entered with shares at $111.91. The risk/reward ratio is high, but for a longer-term position buttressed by Elliott wave analysis, I’m willing to take that risk.
Update 11/6/2017: FXE fell steadily after I entered a bear vertical spread on Oct. 26 and exceeded my goal on Nov. 6. I rolled out at 52.4% of maximum potential profit.
The options went for a $0.20 debit with shares at $111.81.
I intend to roll the position forward on Nov. 7, and so will defer calculation of results until the roll series is complete.
FXE tracks the EUR/USD currency pair, which peaked on Sept. 8 and has since been working its way lower. My reading of the Elliott wave count suggests a continuing downtrend, and I shall enter a bear vertical options spread.
I shall use options that trade for the last time 50 days hence, on Dec. 15.
Implied volatility stands at 7%, which is 3/5ths of the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.
FXE’s IV stands in the 19th percentile of its annual range and the 11th percentile of its most recent broad movement.
The price used for analysis was $112.89.
The premium is 21% of the width of the position’s wings.
The risk/reward ratio is 3.8:1.
The bid/ask spread is 4.6%.
Decision for My Account
I have entered a position on FXE as described above. The stock at the time of entry was priced at $112.69.
By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, October 26, 2017
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