The market continues its rally despite my assumption last week that we will see a drop this week. Unless the market turns around in the coming 2 days, it won't happen. I must say, it's testing my portfolio, even though I am playing both sides with strangles.
Large moves in one direction over a short period of time is always challenging for options traders. That's just the nature of the business. The only thing I could do was to roll up the put side on a few of my positions.
So what's my trade for today?
I could not resist taking a shot at the #BABA (#AliBaba) earnings tomorrow before market open.
The expected move is $10 and I went double that on both sides (put, call).
The risk with earnings trades is fairly high and I would normally avoid earnings, however if this doesn't work out (meaning that there will be a significant move to one direction) then I have a strategy that I wanted to test.
Trade Type: Short Strangle
Strike: $75 / 120
Expiry: 19 Aug
IV Rank: 33
Cap Req: $1915
Annualised Prof at Expiry: 100%
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Let me know your thoughts.
Closed at $0.53 for an annualised profit of 591%.