Another trading month has ended and I thought it would be useful to share my current portfolio and the earnings that I have made from options trading for the month of April 2022.
April has traditionally been a good month for the stock market as Q1 results help to boost share prices which in turn lift up the market. However, as we know that 2022 is always going to be a different year, with the Federal Reserves tightening monetary policy to curb inflation and the ongoing war in Ukraine and China Covid lockdowns adding more woes and uncertainties to the global supply chain and the stock market.
As a result, the stock market (using S&P 500 as an indicator) falls close to 9% in the month of April. There is no rally like what we have seen in March 2022 and some companies such as Netflix, and Amazon, have seen their share prices crash after bad earning calls.
My Current Portfolio (Shares That I Own)
The below table shows the shares that I own and the quantity of each stock. Every stock is at least 100 shares and it serves 2 purposes, one is for long-term investment, and the second purpose is for short-term options trading (selling covered CALL contracts).
The bought price is my purchase price, which is the strike price of my previous PUT contract when it was exercised. With the premium earned from the PUT contract and subsequent premiums earned from selling CALL using the shares, I have managed to lower the breakeven price for each stock.
I also own 40 Alibaba stocks which I purchased in another trading account, apart from my Interactive Brokers account. As I have bought those BABA stocks in Jan 2021, way before they crash (due to a series of crackdowns and delist fears), my breakeven price was $264.63
Open Options Contracts (Selling CALL & PUT)
My open option contracts (as of 30th April 2022) are listed below. These options contracts are part of my Wheel Strategy Portfolio that is helping me generate monthly income through selling covered CALL and cash-secured PUT.
Open Options Contracts (Buying LEAPS CALL)
The Wheel Strategy Portfolio makes up slightly more than 50% of my total capital. The remaining capital is used to buy LEAPS CALL options, as part of my LEAPS Strategy Portfolio. The unfortunate thing is that the Nasdaq has corrected so much during the last 5 months that most of my LEAPS positions are stuck.
I am still looking for opportunities to clear the LEAPS contracts that are expiring soonest (in the orange box). I have tried to average down in recent weeks to try to stand a higher chance of breaking even or minimizing loss.
Profit/ Loss Table
In the month of April, my profits and losses are summarized in the table below.
(Colour Code: Light Red: Cash-secured PUT, Yellow: Covered CALL, Blue: Open Contracts)
I just realised that I did not make any loss in April and most of my gains come from selling covered CALL as the market kept dropping.
I tried this new strategy of selling covered CALL to help me generate a higher return, which includes earmomg USD1,400 in a single day from my Tesla trade.
I Discovered A Way To Generate Higher Returns From Selling Covered CALL For Low IV Stocks Like Apple
My biggest winnings in April comes from Tesla, where I have a CALL and PUT contract currently. When Tesla’s share price rises, I roll my PUT contracts:
Why I Choose To Roll My PUT Option Contract When Share Price Rises
When Tesla’s share price falls, I roll my CALL contracts:
Why I Choose To Roll My CALL Option Contract When Share Price Falls
SGD23,288.85 Gains In April 2022
My total gains increased by SGD23,288.85 (USD17,251) after the end of April 2022. This increase includes future months’ premiums as I am selling longer-dated covered CALL (based on my new strategy) for a higher delta, which helps me get more profits if share prices drop.
The percentage yield from my overall capital for the month of April is 2.51%. However, the returns come mainly from my Wheel Strategy Portfolio. If based on the capital allocated in the Wheel Portfolio, then my percentage yield would be 4.75%.
I hope this sharing has been useful and if there is further info that you need as reference, feel free to let me know in the comments.
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