14 April 2020 – TUESDAY


On April 1, 2020, I sold the JUN2020 45-strike Crude Oil CALL for 0.14.


This week, I’m adding a short put, selling the $10-strike JUN2020 PUT for .14 or better for a $140 credit.

I am short the total STRANGLE  JUN2020   45C/10P now for a total of .14 + .14 = 0.28 ($280). 
Expiration is in only 4 weeks (30 days) on 14MAY2020.  Prob OTM today is about 93%.

If you are just now creating a trade: The current initial margin for this short strangle is about: $2688
This means that currently the maximum potential return could be: $280/2688 or about 10.4% (excl comm.)

Although I expect more market volatility, I think these strike will contain price moves.

Be careful, these are perilous times with unexpected price swings.

Stay well everyone.  

PS: In case you “missed the memo,”  I am aside in other markets for now due to extreme volatility and risk.  I do plan to resume grain, gold, and other trades this summer.  I have dropped all membership charges for now, as I am unable to deliver a sufficient number of trades during these market extremes.  A decision I made a few weeks ago.  The website, for now, is open to all and free without any login or subscription charges.  Please tell your friends if you like. They are welcomed to follow along.- Don

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