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 the month of Oct expiration, OPN portfolio gained +7.7% on a maximum investment on 63.8% of the portfolio capital. This was our 32nd positive month out of past 34 months despite the worst financial crisis since the great depression. These results exclude P&L from speculative trades or trades mentioned on the OptionPundit blog or on InvesCafe. Here is the tally-
However, as I shared fills for my speculative part of the NDX iron condor trade, the trade generated +37% on the original base of $2K/ spread. That’s a magnificent returns considering that NDX moved over 200 points in one direction only and we didn’t do any adjustment since Sept 21.
POT This was another star portfolio that generated excellent returns >+45% for less than 1 weeks holding. This wasn’t a speculative trade, but we let it run as the gains were accumulated due to rising IV while underlying didn’t move much. Google Income portfolio didn’t work out as I was expecting. I didn’t use any other combinations of backspreads/verticals/straight calls or puts (like I did in July) to keep it simple. I have shared my perspective about this portfolio. We played NKE earning as part of Income portfolio and within a day of holding this portfolio generated 91.5% returns.
OP Speculative trades-
These are bonus trades and are not part of the OPNewsletter and hence the P&L IS NOT part of OPNewsletter performance. We spend only a fraction of the overall capital for these trades and think of it is as accelerators (if we are right) but not as a dampner (if we are wrong). For instance, the Google trade delivered almost $1,500 for each $175 investment (for those who had $10K capital) that alone accelerates the capital gains by roughly 15% on the overall portfolio capital.
We were stopped out of TLT, TIN was almost break-even. MOS generated +12 to +17% gains for one day holding, JPM generated from -55% loss to +100% profits; then we had great wins/partial loss on USDJPY pair via YUK calls
OPBlog Trades– Gold, suggested on Sept 2 when it was around 1,250 and since then gold is up almost $100/ounce.
Invescafe/Twitter Positions– I don’t send alerts for these trades as these are neither part of OPN nor bonus trade alerts and the key reason is because the trade time span can be from 5-10mins to hours and OPN members may not be able to reap benefits as by the time they receive these alerts, it will be too late for them.
SIGA for +80% for 1 day holding, EQIX for > +50% profits, intraday, TBT 30/28 BPS > +50% profits, TBT up over 10% since then, AXP +9%, AAPL, NFLX generated +150% and there are many more, check out my InvesCafe updates.
While reviewing these results, pls keep the overall macro economic environmental context in mind. Sept (usually a bad month for markets) was a record month for S&P500 almost in 50years, a challenging month of non-directional income traders!!! The uncertainty is unusual, short interests are sky high. Yields on both Bonds and Stocks are almost at bottom. The expectations on returns are dismal at best.
On the other hand, here at OptionPundit, OPN members/readers out of “stocks” since early April 2010, reminded them there is no such thing as “America Won’t recognize itself by the end of 2010” as projected by several top analysts and time and again talked about Feb Low, 10.3k and 10.7K for Dow. We are not taking unnecessary risk yet our returns are still respectable by almost any rationale standard.
Trading is not about beating the market, always. No one can do that. Just like any other business, trading is a business and needs to be treated that way. We’ll have our shares of wins/losses. As long as we are humble and keep the “ego” at bay, learn from our mistakes and continuously sharpen our craft we’ll develop our own trading style. And if it is indeed a business then it’s not a destination but a journey through thick and thin of varying seasons.
It was and still is, preserving capital is more important than a potential opportunity. Capital is for real, opportunity is “potential”.
Congratulations on another successful month.
Profitable Trading, OP