Update 5/24/2019: Ninth try is the charm. I exited IYR after attempting in nine sequential market sessions to get a fill on my order at 50% of maximum potential profit, my exit target, with a bid price of $0.19. One sticking point was that a leg of the short iron condor had become valueless.
The fill came for a $0.19 return on the position. Shares were trading at $88.45 at the fill, up $1.35 from their entry price. The implied volatility rank declined by nine points, to 29, helping to bring the position to its profitable exit point.
The stock price meandered on a sideways course, reaching a high of $88.52 on May 16 and then exceeding that on the day my exit order was was filled, with a high of $88.56. In other words, it was a perfect short iron condor position: Little price movement, giving Theta time decay and a declining IV rank time to do their work.
Shares rose by 1.6% over 23 days, or a 25% annual rate. The options position produced a 100.0% return for a 1,587% annual rate.
I have entered a short iron condor spread on IYR, using options that trade for the last time 51 days hence, on June 21. The premium is a $0.38 credit and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $87.10.
The profit zone for this position is between $91.38 on the upside and $79.38 on the downside.
The implied volatility rank (IVR) stands at 35.
The premium is 15.2% of the width of the position’s wings.
The risk/reward ratio is 5.6:1.
By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, May 1, 2019
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