Category: Calendar spread

  • How To Calculate VIX Options Calendar Spreads Margin Requirement

    The Volatility Index (VIX), also widely known as “The Fear Index” has been gaining lot of popularity especially after the recent financial crisis. These days almost every major asset class has its corresponding VIX, and in fact several countries have introduced VIX equivalent for their leading market indices. After several months of trading it personally…

  • OPNewsletter Oct’10 Up 7.7%, Gear-up for Earnings

    Undoubtedly GOOG earning play was a star trade generating over +800% gains in a day. It wasn’t sheer luck, we prepared ourselves for it. I shall share our exact trade after earning season is over as we plan to use similar strategies for AAPL and later for some more counters during this earning season. For…

  • OPNewsletter Aug +8.4% (closed), Sept +4.3% (Open)

    OPNewsletter delivered +8.46% for the Aug 2010 Income portfolio on a 51% portfolio capital investment. As you may know, since mid of April 2010 we reduced our capital allocation to trading as we were anticipating this market meltdown which started around 3-4th week of April. For Sept 2010 opened portfolios, we are up +4.3% and…

  • Agility Vs Doing Nothing

    While at times market action may require one to be extremely agile, other times it requires you to do nothing. And the hardest thing for a trader is to do nothing . That’s the business of Trading which deals with human emotions, uncertainly and dependency. This is like uncertainty raised to the power of 3. Let me elaborate…

  • OPNewsletter Jul 2010 Up +8.3%

    We are on track for our 28th positive month of OPNewsletter phase-2, as of last Friday close OPNewsletter Jul 2010 portfolio is up +8.3% on the maximum investment of almost 60% of portfolio capital. We have started opening Aug 2010 portfolios and our first portfolio is already positive. Let’s talk consistency first, especially on trades…

  • OPNewsletter April (Open) +9.8%, May (Open) +2.6%

    Though we shifted our option trading strategy in way so that more trading alerts can be sent during “pre and post market hours” vs during market hours to allow even working professionals to benefit, OPNewsletter is still not about “make money” in 5min per day. It still requires one to think and act vs let…