Update 3/20/2020: One day after I entered the SPY, lot 10, short bear call spread, the S&P 500 declined, and I exited the position. The debit at exit was $0.55 per contract share, a $0.87 profit that is 61.3% of maximum potential profit, as shares traded for $235.11 per share, down $1.50 from the entry price.
During the lifespan of the trade the S&P 500 was executing an upward correction and a downward reverse, all at a small scale. The implied volatility rank was 65.8% at exit, down 29.2% from the entry level. The profit from the trade came largely from the rapidly declining implied volatility, along with the usual supply and demand impacts.
Shares declined by 0.6% over one day, or a -0.4% annual rate. The options position produced a 156.41% return for a +57,736% annual rate.
I have entered a short bear call spread on SPY, lot 11, using options that trade for the last time 57 days hence, on May 15. The premium is a $1.42 credit per contract share and the stock at the time of entry was priced at $236.64.
The implied volatility rank (IVR) stands at 95.0%.
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The premium is 47.3% of the width of the position’s wing.
The profit zone covers a 19.8% move to the upside.
The risk/reward ratio is 3.2:1, with maximum risk of $458 and maximum reward of $142 per contract.
By Tim Bovee, Portland, Oregon, March 19, 2020
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