LEAPS is a powerful strategy that can help us magnify our gains when the stock is on a bullish run. However, the opposite is also true as in a downtrend, as LEAPS will be magnifying your percentage premium loss faster than the percentage share price drop. So, we need to understand the risk if we wish to use this strategy. In this article, I wish to share 3 reasons or scenarios why I will be selling my LEAPS contracts.
Reason 1: To lock in profits when the uptrend reverses
LEAPS premium can increase exponentially if the share price is on a bull run but I will be selling the LEAPS contract if I notice that the trend is reversing. This usually happens when the gains start to get lower and eventually sideways before going down. However, some stocks can rise fast and fall fast too. As a general rule of thumb, if the entire market is going through a correction, I will take profits on my LEAPS and realize my gains.
Reason 2: To cut loss on losing trades
I have made some bad decisions when it comes to picking my LEAPS and lost money on companies such as Disney, Twitter, Pinterest as their share price dropped significantly over time. In such scenarios, I may choose to cut my loss and prevent a bigger loss, if I feel that the future looks bleak for these companies. Recently, I did a spring cleaning on my LEAPS portfolio and cut losses on those LEAPS that are expiring soon.
Reason 3: To release capital for other trades
There were times where my available funds were low and I had to source for capital to buy options on stocks that I believe are at an attractive price. In such scenarios, I may sell off some LEAPS contracts, regardless of whether they are in profits or loss, to free up the cash that I need to make new trades. I recently sold my Disney LEAPS at a loss to free up capital to buy Tesla LEAPS.
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