It was not a great week for the stock market as the S&P 500 closed lower than it started on Monday, 18th April. Netflix’s dismal quarter brought down the market on Wednesday and while Tesla’s phenomenal quarter brought some hope on Thursday, it was quickly dashed by Federal Reserves Chairman Jerome Powell giving a strong hint that the Fed is planning to hike 50 basis points (0.5%) of interest rates in May 2022.
Selling Long-Dated Covered CALL Contracts
I started the week by first closing all the previous CALL contracts that I have sold and then trying out a new strategy of selling longer-dated CALL options on 3 of my stocks, Tesla, Nvidia and Palantir. These 3 stocks made up close to 88% of my total invested capital in shares that I use for options trading (selling covered CALL options).
More details of the covered CALL trades can be found in this article:
[18 April 22 Trades] Trying The New Strategy Of Selling Longer Dated CALL Covered Contract
I adopted a wait-and-see approach for the rest of my stocks, Nio, Pinterest and AMD as I could not find a strike price that I am comfortable letting go of, even with selling a long-dated CALL option contract.
However, at the end of the week, I did sell the remaining positions on covered CALL as the market was going down and it makes sense to earn some premium off selling covered CALL. More trade details are below:
Rolling Cash Secured PUT Options
Tesla’s great earning results on 20 April and the spike in share price on the following day, gave me the opportunity to roll the Cash-Secured PUT contract that I sold previously. I closed the first contract for a profit of USD1,350 (17 days). I sold a new PUT contract at a lower Strike Price of USD970, with a later expiration date on 27 May 22 and collected almost the same amount of premium as the previous contract.
I wrote a previous article on rolling PUT contracts as the share price rises. You may find this read useful:
Why I Choose To Roll My PUT Option Contract When Share Price Rises
Buying More LEAPS CALL/ CALL Option Contracts
This week, I bought more LEAPS CALL option contracts on the various stocks that I have bought LEAP CALL on previously. The main reason is that the premiums of the existing contracts have dropped significantly and that was an opportunity to average down on these positions.
Details of the CALL option trades made this week are as follows:
When I halved or more than halved the average price on these positions, it gave me a higher chance to break even or to incur a lower loss when I exited these positions provided there is a rally and share prices rebound in the future.
However, if the share prices remain at the same price that I bought or drop lower, then I will lose the extra capital that I use to average down on the LEAPS positions, which equates to a bigger loss.
Below is a summary table of the number of LEAPS contracts that I have for each company, the funds allocated and their expiration dates.
My priority would be to clear those positions that are in the orange box as they are expiring soonest in the coming months. After which, I will be waiting for opportunities to sell away the positions that are expiring in Jan 2023.
I bought many of these LEAPS positions in Dec 2021 when there was a dip in the market but the share prices were still high. Without averaging down, it would be almost impossible to break even on these contracts as the share prices are unlikely to go back to their peak levels in Nov 2021.
It is a humbling experience knowing that whatever works so well for me in 2021, such as the LEAPS strategy, kind of fail miserably in 2022 with all the uncertainties arising from interest rate hikes, Fed’s quantitative tightening policy, inflation, and the war in Ukraine.
It is extremely difficult to predict what lies ahead, so what I can do is to be prepared for all outcomes: market rally (sell PUT, buy CALL), market stagnant (sell CALL), share price volatility (sell PUT & CALL) and market crash (sell CALL).
As I progress in this trading journey, I learn and fine-tune my strategies to achieve my goal of creating a substantial and sustainable sideline income every month that can help me achieve financial freedom.
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Looking for ideas on what stocks to invest in or which stocks to trade? You can take reference from what I have been buying or selling. I try to update them as soon as I can in this section, as well as share my thoughts behind executing these trades:
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