Update 2/4/2020: I exited my short iron condor on XLI 17 days before expiration, for 21.7% of maximum potential profit. The exit debit was $0.36 per contract share, for a $0.10 profit, with shares trading at $83.58, up $0.91 from the entry level.
XLI followed the broad market pattern of peaking in mid-January, about a week after I entered the position, and then falling for more than a week thereafter. The implied volatility rank closed at 35.5%, which is 3.5 points higher than the level at entry. For the short iron condor strategy, the hope is always for a falling IVR as the options approach expiration.
Shares rose by 1.1% over 28 days, or a +14% annual rate. The options position produced a 27.8% return for a 362% annual rate.
I have entered a short iron condor spread on XLI, using options that trade for the last time 45 days hence, on February 21. The premium is a $0.46 credit and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $82.67
The profit zone for this position is between $86.46 on the upside and $77.46 on the downside.
The implied volatility rank (IVR) stands at 31.1.
The premium is 30.7% of the width of the position’s wings.
The profit zone covers a 4.6% move to the upside and a 6.7% move to the downside of the entry price, for total coverage of 11.3%
The risk/reward ratio is 2.3:1, with maximum risk of $104 and maximum reward of $46 per contract.
By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, January 7, 2020
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