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Selling a Crude Oil Strangle

Crude’s volatility has picked up making its options richer. I am taking advantage by selling November premium. I anticipate buying back the strangle for a debit which will be less than the initial credit received. This will likely be possible as time passes, volatility decreases and if the price of…
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Gold Looks Good Here So I Am Selling Puts

Gold prices pulled back sharply so I am taking this opportunity to increase my long exposure by selling puts. The options have a solid volatility component and futures are capital efficient so options on futures are my preferred product for this trade. Sold /GC Sep 1930P for a credit of…
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Selling an Iron Condor in Zoom Video (ZM)

Selling strangles in high priced stocks takes a lot of buying power. I prefer selling iron condors in these cases to conserve buying power. Zoom Video has decent implied volatility so I am selling a wide iron condor that mimics a strangle. The maximum loss would be $6,300 for a…
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Selling Puts in TLRY

Tilray (TLRY) is scheduled to release earnings on August 10. The stock price has dropped precipitously during this past year and the options are rich in premium so I am selling puts. The volatility component of the options should decrease after earnings so my plan is to buy back the…
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Buying FPX Nickel (FPX)

FPX Nickel (FPX) is a junior nickel mining company developing the Decar Nickel District in central British Columbia. This company is already one of my largest holdings, but I am buying another tranche during the share price pullback today. I will consider it an opening position in keeping with the…
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Selling a Corn Put

Corn has a higher volatility ranking component to its options than wheat or soybean and it is the most beaten up in price. I am selling a put to take advantage of that volatility with expectations that the price of corn will find a bid. I will keep rolling if…
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Selling an Unbalanced Iron Fly in GDXJ

I am interested in adding more extrinsic value to my portfolio so I am putting on this position that will benefit from time and possibly volatility decay. This unbalanced iron fly can only become a loser if the gold complex continues to climb so it is a decent hedge to…
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Adding a Bullish Put Spread in Amazon

I am adding a defined risk bullish trade in Amazon in anticipation of its upcoming earnings release. The stock has pulled back some in recent days so I am playing for a bounce. The maximum loss is limited to the width of the strike minus the credit received ($495 per…
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Going Long Silver

I want to add to my precious metals exposure. I have plenty of gold exposure already so it’s time to add more silver. Finding quality exposure to equities is more difficult for silver compared to gold. There are few solid silver stocks on the market. So I am going to…
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Selling a Wheat Put

Wheat has a high volatility component to its options. I am selling a put to take advantage of that volatility with expectations that the price of Wheat will not decline drastically from here. Commodities are finding a bid with pressure on the US dollar which is a great backdrop for…
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Selling a Corn Strangle

Corn’s volatility is providing an opportunity to sell rich options. I am selling strikes that are equidistant from being at the money so there is no directional bet. I just need time to pass and/or volatility to decrease to make some money on this trade (and the corn price not…
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Taking a Long Position on Natural Gas

Natural gas prices have been decimated. There are plenty of narratives to explain it including seasonal weakness, greater supply due to additional oil production as crude prices rise, etc. None of that matters to me. I am betting on a mean reversion and I will sell options to express my…
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Opening a NOB Spread

This Notes Over Bonds spread has widened out so I am going to fade it in anticipation of a relief rally. Let’s see how long this takes to work out. Sold /ZB Sep 177′ 28 and bought 2 x /ZN Sep 138′ 305.
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Selling a Crude Oil Strangle

I am selling a neutral strangle in crude oil. It is a decent accompanying position to my short crude futures position. My plan is to take off the short futures on further declines in crude, but leave on the strangle and manage as necessary. Sold /CL Jul 33P/37C strangle for…
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Jumping into Gold Again

I do not usually buy options, but I am making an exception to buy out of the money calls on gold. The value of these options will continue to decline and do so rapidly unless the gold price spikes up again in the near term so this could become a…
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Going Long Gold

I want to increase my exposure to gold as its price has dropped recently. This will be a two part trade. I will sell a /GC put to collect premium and then use this premium to buy an out of the money /GC call. It’s a feel good trade in…
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Selling a Gold Strangle

I am selling a wide gold strangle in June to take advantage of its decent volatility. I expect gold to go higher in the long run, but I want to take advantage of its volatility in the short term. /GC Jun -1620P-1915C for a credit of 17.00.
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Selling Tanker Puts

I am selling in the money puts in a tanker company called Euronav (EURN). Its options are fairly rich and I believe tanker stock prices will benefit from excellent earnings. Getting assigned would not be a poor outcome. Sold EURN Jun 10 Put for a credit of 1.80.
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Selling a Vertical Put Spread in Gold

I am selling a vertical put spread in gold. Volatility is decent and the long term prospects for gold are excellent. The maximum loss for each spread is $1,420. [$2,500 (1635-1660) – $1,080 (credit received) = $1,420] I would try rolling it for another credit into the next month if…
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