Why Apple Is Not A Good Stock For Options Traders (Sellers)? | And Which Stocks Are?

I currently own some stocks in my portfolio that I wish to hold for long-term investment as well as do short-term trading using the Wheel strategy and earn a sideline income every month.

One of the stocks is Apple and in this article, I will share my thoughts on why Apple may seem like a very strong and stable company but it is not generating good returns for options trading (from the seller’s perspective).

The rest of my stocks in my portfolio can be seen in this below table:

To understand why Apple is not generating returns for options contract sellers, we need to understand the concept of Implied Volatility (IV). Implied Volatility (IV) refers to the probability of the fluctuation in the market price of a stock, in short, it is a prediction of how volatile the stock can be at a certain point. The higher the IV, the more volatile in price movement the stock is expected to be.

So, for stocks with a higher IV (more volatile), the seller can command a higher premium as he is bearing higher risk of the price movement not going his way. For fundamentally great companies like Apple, they are usually very stable and price volatility is very minimum. It is very unlikely to see the world’s most valuable company drop by 50% or rise by 50% in a few weeks.

Looking at the 5-year price movement of Apple, you can tell it is slowly and steadily increasing over the years.

If you compare the IV chart for the last 180 days of Apple, it is around 20 to 30 plus percent.

You know this range is low IV when you compare with the other stocks in the S&P 500 stocks. The most valuable and second most valuable companies in the world, Apple and Microsoft, are ranked 2 of the lowest in the IV table.

If you want to see a high IV (highly volatile) stock, this graph below for AMC stock is for your reference:

Therefore, for a low IV stock like Apple, whereby the volatility and probability of price fluctuation is low, the options will not be able to command a higher premium and thus earn a lower return on the premium contract, whether it is selling PUT contract or CALL contract.

Which Stocks Are Good For Options Trading?

Having said that, Apple is still a stock to invest and hold for the long term because it is a fundamentally great business, growing profits every quarter, and has huge cash reserves. But when it comes to options trading, I would prefer to sell options contracts on higher IV stocks such as Tesla, Nvidia or Palantir. But it is worth noting that while higher IV stocks generate higher returns, it also comes with a higher risk of the options contract not going your way and getting the contract exercised. So, do weigh your risk accordingly.

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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.
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