Friday, August 16, 2013

Will 1,650 Offer Buying Support for the SP500?

Earlier this week we shared with our readers a great article from our trading partner J.W. Jones where he covered in detail the loomimg correction in the equity markets. Now what? Here's a follow up article that includes the trades J.W. closed this week.......

In my most recent article, I discussed how I was expecting U.S. financial markets to reverse to the downside in the near future. I illustrated the various divergences in a variety of underlying technical indicators which have issued warnings in the past.

Unlike many financial journalists or newsletter operators, I am an option trader first and a writer second. My primary focus is typically to sell option spreads that focus on the passage of time for profitability and/or take advantage of large implied volatility spikes which help to improve my probability of success on each trade taken. Unfortunately in 2013 Mr. Market has not accommodated my style of trading as we have had very low volatility most of the year.

Low volatility levels many times force option traders to take more directional trades which ultimately leads to lower probabilities of success. I still take advantage of stocks that have had implied volatility spikes, but ultimately this market has forced theta sellers to get more aggressive, take more risk, and accept less potential profitability.

I have recently closed several winning positions with members of Options Trading Signals service during the August expiration. Several positions were actually closed Thursday August 15th for gains.

However, what might surprise readers is that several positions that I closed for gains this week and even today were long biased positions. In fact, one of my largest winning trades for the August monthly option expiration cycle was the EWZ Call Debit Spread that was essentially long Brazilian equities.

Here are the detailed results of J.W.'s recent trades

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