After the relief rally which happened on 15th June 22 when Federal Reserves announced a 75 basis point interest hike, the stock market plunged again on 16th June 22 as fears of a deeper recession engulfed investors.
The S&P 500 fell by 3.25% to 3,666.77, its lowest level since Dec. 2020. It also erased gains after rising 1.5% on Wednesday. The Nasdaq Composite plunged by more than 4%, bringing the index down by more than 30% for the year to date. The Dow sank by 741 points, or 2.4%, to close below 30,000 for the first time since January 2021.
Buying More LEAPS PUT (Alphabet, Meta & Tesla)
I add more LEAPS PUT positions, mainly in Alphabet, Meta and Tesla as the plunge continued through the day. I added some LEAP PUT contracts on 14th June before the FOMC meeting and was tempted to add on more when the rally occurred on 15th June. However, I decided to wait till the rally is over before making my trades as buying PUT is a bearish bet, a market rise actually means we are losing money on the premium.
You can view more details of the trades I made below. The capital size of the LEAPS PUT portfolio is now 2.7% of the capital size of the LEAPS CALL portfolio. I intend to add on in the coming months to 10% to hedge against the losses from the LEAPS CALL portfolio.
Change My Mind On Buying Tesla PUT
I changed my mind regarding buying Tesla LEAPS PUT and initiated a contract with relatively small capital. In my previous article (Plan B of Saving my LEAPS Portfolio), I did mention that I am not buying Tesla PUT to hedge against the market crash because I am already doing so by rolling my covered CALL on my 200 Tesla shares.
However, I think there is a chance that Tesla’s share price may just keep going lower, especially with a less than ideal earning quarter coming up due to falling Bitcoin prices and the shutdown of Giga Shanghai factory. Therefore it is an opportunity to capitalise on the market trend to generate some returns from this downward trend.
Bye Bye Nio LEAPS CALL
My previous ITM LEAPS CALL contract that I bought in July 2021 is expiring worthless today, thus it will be the first group of options contracts to expire worthless in my LEAPS CALL portfolio. I started the contract ITM as Nio’s share price was higher than USD30 in July 2021 but the share price just keep plunging until it became OTM. The loss on this group of contracts was SGD$3,245 (USD2,404).
If 2022 is going to be the opposite of 2021, then we have to reverse the strategies used in 2021 to make money in 2022. In 2021, I used the LEAPS CALL strategy to earn more than 80% of my total returns in trading. However, I was too late to exit in 2022 and was down 90% on my 453k LEAPS CALL portfolio. If this year is going to be on a downtrend, then the LEAPS PUT strategy may just help to generate good returns. I am using the spare cash accumulated from making fewer trades in the past few weeks and those premiums generated from doing the Wheel strategy to fund and build up my new LEAPS PUT portfolio. Hopefully, it is not just a hedge and can help me generate good returns in 2022 as well.
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