Live: Monday, June 3, 2019

3:50 p.m. New York time

GDXJ order filled and analysis posted.

2:45 p.m. New York time

I looked at five other potential short iron condor trades, besides GDXJ (which still has no fill at a $0.21 ask), but I rejected them without a full analysis.

  • XLP, with an implied volatility rank of 53%, had a poor grid for matching my need for short options close to 16 delta, and the best reasonable risk/reward ratio I could get was 5.8:1, too high for my appetite. A pity, really. XLP is a fund that tracks consumer staples, and if we are as I suspect in the third phase of the business cycle, then consumer staples are a good place to be.
  • BIDU, 44% IVR is being panned mercilessly by analysts, and maybe the China markets are a bit risky these days for a direction neutral play such as an iron condor.
  • CSCO, 41% IVR has an ex-dividend date that I’d prefer to avoid.
  • EEM, 37% IVR, is an emerging markets fund with heavy exposure to China.
  • SPY, at long last, has regained some volatility, with a 35% IVR. But I already hold IWM, the Russell 2000, and they tend to closely mirror each others moves. I’d prefer a bit more diversification.

2:35 p.m. New York time

Full results at the exit of my short iron condor on XBI.

1:40 p.m. New York time

I’ve placed an entry order for a short iron condor on GDXJ, short $35 calls and short $36 puts, with the wings each $1 wide. Full analysis to follow if I get a fill.

1:30 p.m. New York time

XBI filled for a debit of $0.68 with shares at $80.92. Full results to follow.

12 p.m. New York time

With 18 days left until expiration, XBI has become profitable, at 23% of maximum potential profit, and I’ve put in an exit order for a debit of $0.63. We’re now in the “sudden death” phase for June options under my exit rules, so any profit gets an immediate exit order.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, June 3, 2019


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