I have declined to take a a short iron condor spread on EWW, using options that trade for the last time 51 days hence, on Nov. 16. The hypothetical premium is a $1.01 credit and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $51.12. Since I passed on the trade, of course, neither money nor contracts changed hands.
The trade was proposed by a member of the TastyWorks team, Fauzia, who skewed her position sharply to the downside. That skew provided more protection against a decline and increased the premium, but at a high cost in risk.
It’s that high risk relative reward that persuaded me not to take the trade. I’m not at all criticizing the trade — it’s an excellent way to handle uncertainty — but it moves beyond my own willingness to accept risk. In my book a key element of trading success is knowing your risk limits and knowing when you’re willing to move beyond them.
The profit zone for this position is between $54.01 on the upside and $40.01 on the downside.
Implied volatility stands at 22%, which is 1.8 times the VIX, a measure of the volatility of the S&P 500 index.
EWW’s IV rank stands at 37%, which is high for a fund.
The price used for analysis was $51.03.
The premium is 18.4% of the width of the position’s wings.
The risk/reward ratio is 8.9:1, with maximum risk at $8.99 per share and maximum reward at $1.01 per share. Risk nine times reward is something I’m really reluctant to trade. I get nervous when the ratio exceeds 2:1
The bid/ask spread was 3.9%.
By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, Sept. 26, 2018
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