It’s been a while since I’ve done a trade post-mortem. Since we have a public trade log, you can still follow on the different trades we give. Here is a current snapshot of our current trade log:
On this post I wish to give a little more color into why we went into those trades (at least more than 140 characters ).
Philip Morris $PM
I started the trade on $PM with selling puts Out of The Money (OTM). I thought that it was a quality company with stable dividends. My plan was to buy $PM if it will breach the puts, or earn the premium if it doesn’t. I ended up being assigned the stocks and I started to sell calls and earn dividends. Here is a chart of $PM during that period:
- The green circle on March is where I was assigned the stock.
- The yellow circles are where I sold calls.
- The red circle at the end of Aug is where I sold the position, to create more buying power for other positions.
Overall, While I managed to find relative good opportunities to sell calls, the violent moves and gaps offset some of the profit. I ended up closing the trade earlier than what I wanted since I needed the buying power for other trades I found after the market crush. Though ended up with a little profit. The profit was not as high as I hoped, and frankly, not sure that was worth the risk…
Walt Disney $DIS
I love tracking mega caps companies and wait for opportunities to enter a position. Mega cap companies are usually leaders in their field, but highly visible so good trade opportunities don’t come often. Usually the market prices them fairly. So although the risk associated with them is lower, there aren’t many trade opportunities in them. However, there are times where you can find opportunity to make profit on them, and when you combine it with options (leverage, higher probability of success or limited loss potential) you can increase your profitability without risking too much.
During the market crush at the end of Aug, Disney fell, and since I was following it, I had a chance to enter a low-risk-high-reward trade. I elaborated on the reasons to buy the company here. The trade ended up yielding almost 200% annualized.
Mondelez International $MDLZ
Again, I saw good opportunity in this Oreo manufacturer. I used the fact that the IV were very high to sell OTM puts, and earn high yield while still maintaining margin of safety.
— OptionSamurai (@OptionSamurai) Sep. 4 at 10:20 PM
Wal-Mart dropped after releasing weak earning results. This got amplified by the market panic. Since $WMT is in a different category than all other discount retailers it looked like a good opportunity. I entered several trades – some were profitable other losing. Overall I think the risk is manageable since if I get assigned I’ll switch to covered calls.
— OptionSamurai (@OptionSamurai) Aug. 27 at 10:00 PM