Update 6/4/2019: My short iron condor on AAPL returned, barely, to profitability, with 17 day remaining until the options expired. Under my rules, I continue to hold unprofitable positions after the 21-day mark. Afterward, rather than waiting for profit reaching the 50% of its potential maximum, I exit at any sign of a profit.
In AAPL’s case, the profit was $0.02, with an exit debit of $1.16. That price was 2.5% of maximum potential profit. This won’t be enough to cover trading fees. But that’s my problem, not the market’s. I count this as a win for my new “sudden death” strategy for exits.
AAPL fell four days into the trade and continued to fall until the exit day, when it joined the market as a whole in a sharp rise. The stock price fell $10.46 during my holding period. The implied volatility rank rose 5.1 points to 44.4% at exit, providing no help in producing a profit. (With short options positions, declining implied volatility contributes to profitability.)
The shares decline was 5.5% over 18 days, or a -112% annual rate. The options position produced a 1.7% return for a +35% annual rate.
I have entered a short iron condor spread on AAPL, using options that trade for the last time 35 days hence, on June 21. The premium is a $1.19 credit and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $189.98.
The profit zone for this position is between $206.18 on the upside and $171.18 on the downside.
The implied volatility rank (IVR) stands at 39.
The premium is 23.6% of the width of the position’s wings.
The risk/reward ratio is 3.2:1.
By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, May 17, 2019
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