Live: Friday, March 13, 2020

3:20 p.m. New York time

Not that I’m superstitious, but Friday the 13th does seem like the perfect day to clean out losing trades, entered before the crash, that expire next week. So appropriate for a day dedicated to the revelries of vampires and werewolves and things that go bump in the night.

I exited five short iron condor positions expiring after the closing bell on March 20 — next Friday. They are XLB, XLE, XLI, XLP and XLV. I shall update with results — all losses — over the weekend.

Two positions, my short iron condors on SMH and XLK, had short in-the-money puts exercised, and I ended up with shares in my account, which I sold, doing partial exits on those two symbols. I’ll total up the damage after the positions expire entirely.

I also rid myself of put wing of my short iron condor position on QQQ, leaving a nearly valueless bear call spread. I’ll leave the results calculation on this as well until expiration.

By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, March 13, 2020


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