Today, given the extreme oversold readings, I’m going to open a position in the Nasdaq 100 ETF (QQQ), more specifically a bull put spread. I also intend on adding several more positions for the October 21 expiration cycle over the coming days.
The IV rank in QQQ is well above normal and I have no problem selling premium anytime we see an IV rank above 40. So, when the IV rank is sitting at 67.5, there is no doubt options premium is inflated and it’s a good time to sell a credit spread.
IV Rank: 67.5
Expected Move (Range): The expected move (range) for the QQQ October 21, 2022, expiration cycle is from 270 to 320.
With the QQQ trading for 295.24 I want to place a short-term bull put spread going out 44 days. My intent is to take off the trade well before the October 21, 2022 expiration date.
Sell to Open QQQ October 21, 2022, 260 put strike
Buy to Open QQQ October 21, 2022, 255 put strike for a total of $0.62 (As always, the price of spread will vary, so please adjust accordingly.)
Delta of spread: 3
Probability of Profit: 82.08%
Probability of Touch: 34.89%
Total net credit: $0.62
Total risk per spread: $4.38
Max return: 14.2%
Since we know how much we stand to make and lose prior to order entry, we can precisely define our position size on every trade we place. Position size is the most important factor when managing risk, so by keeping each trade at a reasonable level (I use 1% to 5% per trade) it allows not only the Law of Large Numbers to work in your favor … it also allows you to sleep well at night.
I tend to set a stop-loss that sits 1 to 2 times my original credit. Since I’m selling the 260/255 bull put spread for roughly $0.62, if my bull put spread reaches $1.24 to $1.86 I will exit the trade. As always, I will keep you updated on the status of the position as it progresses and send any necessary updates as needed.
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