The market continued to sell off in January 2022 as the Santa Claus rally that happened in Dec 2021 was short-lived. I cut loss on some of my LEAPS positions to free up capital for new options trading contracts.
This is the profit/ loss table for closing my LEAPS positions in January 2022:
I suffered a great loss (45%) for my ITM Disney LEAPS that I bought in April 2021. The share price of Disney has since tumbled from the highs of 190+ to the current share price of $130+. As the LEAPS were ITM, they come at a higher premium and thus a larger capital is lost when the trades do not go well.
On the other half of my portfolio selling covered CALL and cash-secured PUT, I lost money trying to close on positions when the share prices shot up near the expiration date. The biggest losing trades happened for Palantir as I lost more than USD2k in 2 trades. The 2nd biggest loss came when I closed my PUT contract for AMD earlier to raise funds to sell a PUT contract on Nvidia.
Despite the losses that I made in Jan 2022, I still managed to make some profits in Jan 2022, which is the worst trading month in my 1-year options trading journey.
The total return of my total capital is a mere 0.73% due to several reasons, one of which is mentioned above regarding the losses that I have cut on LEAPS and the losses I suffered when closing my covered CALL positions to avoid the contracts being exercised.
The other reason is that 56% of my total capital is stuck in my LEAPS contracts as the market kept going down. The LEAPS contracts are all in the red and not generating any income for me during this period. That is the risk of trading LEAPS contracts and I have share more in this article.
2022 will be a very different year as compared to 2021 and 2020 as the market transits from being reliant on stimulus money to trying to stand on its own without these free money pouring into the market. I have since changed my strategies for 2022 because what works in 2021 may not work anymore in 2022.
Other than that, I also learn to prepare myself pyschologically for a very volatile market ahead with plenty of uncertainties. Lastly, I learn to celebrate the small wins and be thankful for every profit that I make as well as the lessons learnt this year.
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I concluded my first year of options trading with more than USD160k of gain, see how I do it and the capital I use for every month to give you a sensing of the percentage yield I get out of my gains:
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This blog is as authentic and as transparent as I can share, I do not just show the wins and hide the loss. I have made some very bad decisions in the first 8 years of investing and paid a huge price for them. Here is the loss I have accumulated during these years. I hope you learn some lessons from my mistakes.
I Cut $135,715 Worth Of Losses In The Last 1.5 Months
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2 thoughts on “How Much Did I Make (Or Lose) In My Worst Trading Month (Jan 2022)?”
I am still holding some Disney shares in my portfolio… I bought them in the past for dividend which at moment of course are not paying. Will see the future what serves but overall I think Disney is a good and reputable company that after this pandemic will recover.
Hi Silverio, I believe Disney will recover once the pandemic is over and the macro environment uncertainties surrounding inflation and interest rate hike is over. Disney has the streaming business as well as the theme parks and owns ESPN. In fact, the stock price has start to recover a little from the recent lows, especially fears over omnicron is starting to subside. Wish you all the best in your investment!
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