Index Options: Earn a Living Trading Options – Video 6

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Good morning tradeologists.

Today is Monday, May 12, and we’re going to take a quick look at our trades for today.  Now we’re going into expiration week and, as I mentioned, we had a little insurance policy on the QQQs just in case we got a big drop in the markets over the weekend.  It cost us $65 but that’s cheap insurance because we’re already up over $140 for today.  We have an open profit of $935 dollars.  Let’s take a quick look at our analyze tab.  That $65insurance was well worth it because we made up more than that just in the profit today as we open and it really didn’t cost us anything at all and the insurance was very, very good for us.

So here we are today.  Like I said, we’re up $135.  We are moving back towards the center very nicely on our position.  We are going to keep a close eye on this position.  Of course we are in expiration week and I normally like to get out earlier.  However,we are going to try and squeeze every little bit of profit out of our positions as possible.

We have the positions on the DIA, the EEMs, the IWM, and the SPY.  We want to take a quick look at the VIX.  Let’s take a look at where we are.  We went up here a little bit.  If you can take a look down here in thecorner, we’ve been dropping significantly.  Well, I didn’t know for sure but I thought possibly we could  jump up here and retest this level around $21.50 or $22.00 and that didn’t happen this morningso that’s why we closed out our insurance.  We bought the QQQs as insurance and we closed those out early this morning when we saw that, in fact, the market was not going to drop like a rock and retest those VIX levels so we’re falling back down again.  I think we’re going to retest these 18 levels so we should be up for the day.

We’ll see exactly and keep monitoring our position but at this time we don’t really have to do anything as long as we stay to the upside.  We’ve got plenty of room to move to the upside here and we’re going to continue to make a profit on this position today.  We should be close to $1,000 in open profit.  Now remember we’re only trading one or two contracts so this is a pretty good profit and all we have to do is just be patient and wait.  This white line here which is our current profit and loss position is joining the expiration green line here which is only 5 days away.

Let’s take a look at our monitor tab or our trade tab and we can see there’s only four trading days left in this position.  Ideally we’d like to be at the center and all of our positions would expire absolutely worthless and that will give us the maximum profit.  So we just have to sit back, relax and just monitor.

Normally during a trade when you’reputting on trades 30 to 40 days ahead of time, you don’t really have to be that concerned with the day-to-day market fluctuations but as we get closer to expiration that’s where you really want to pay attention to your position.  So that’s what we’re going to do if you want to extract as much profit as possible.  However, I do not recommend holding positions into expiration week.  Price is the biggest risk during expiration week.

Let’s take a quick look at our monitor tab for a second and take a look at our numbers.  Our delta is a very nice little positive 94, our gamma is  190, and all gamma really means is that it’s the amount that the delta is going to change based on the overall position.  Theta has increased to a nice $129 a day.

So going into expiration week we should expect to collect another $128 every single day that we’re in expiration.  Our vega is at 121and that’s a positive number, meaningthat if the vega goes up we will increase our profits by $121.  However, given that delta is also a positive number they kind of neutralize each other there.  So what we want to do in our current profitable open is 925and we want to just take a look atour analyze tab for a second.  As long as we can continue to move up, where the Dow Jones is right now up about 30 points, we will be doing very, very nicely. We’re going to keep an eye on the market very closely.

We want to be able to stay in the center position and I think we’re going to be in really good shape to extract some moreprofit.  Now let’s take a quick look.  We are here and we’ve got $934 of profit in the position and if we go to expiration we’ll have about$1,800 if we stay stable as far as price goes.  So we’ve got another $900 in profit that we could extract from this position and we’re going to try to hang in there as long as we possibly can.  I mean I don’t want to get too greedy but we’re at 50 percent profit here.  We’re also up about 30 percent on our margin because our margin is $3,600.  We’ve got $900 profit on $3,600 of margin.  That’s a 30 percent return on margin so we’re doing really, really well.

Price doesn’t seem to be too much of a risk right now so we’re going to hang in there.  If things start to get a little bit more volatile, we’ll probably close out this position.  You know 30 percent return on margin is pretty awesome.  We’ve only been in theposition for about four weeks now so that’s a great monthly return.

All right tradeologists, hey trade withconfidence.

 

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