The Option Trade in Alibaba That is Working Right Now, In This Market, Exactly
Date Published: 2018-11-12
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PrefaceThis is why you have a Trade Machine membership. We can ride the evergreen patterns, and we have, for years. But when the market shifts, we need a minimum amount of data to adjust, and succeed -- now we will. This is our time.
It's time to take advantage of volatility. Fear, uncertainty, doubt, unclear news headlines -- these are all trade-able events, at anytime, without concern for earnings. Today we look at exactly what has worked. Across the board for several technology companies, and specifically today, we look at Alibaba (BABA). Please check your Trade Machine for AAPL, NVDA, and others. Now is our time.
The Short-term Option Volatility Trade in Alibaba Group Holding
We will examine the outcome of going long a short-term at-the-money (50 delta) straddle, in options that are the closest to five-days from expiration. But we have a rule -- it's a stop and a limit of 10%, and, we back-test re-opening the position immediately, as opposed to waiting for 5-days later.
Here is the stock chart for Alibaba since October 1st -- focus on the volatility, not the direction -- these are daily candles.
So we see the wild gyrations -- let's not worry about direction, let's try to find a back-test that benefits from that volatility. Here it is, first, we enter the long straddle.
Second, we set a very specific type of stop and limit:
At the end of each day, the back-tester checks to see if the long straddle is up or down 10%. If it is, it closes the position, and re-opens at the same time, another long straddle, but this one now re-adjusted for what is the newest at-the-money strike price.
We have a full blown tutorial write up on this type of stop/limit behavior in the Discover Tab: Stops & Limits Roll Timing What does "open again at normal time" vs "immediately" mean?
We back-tested this only over the last six-weeks. We are hyper focusing not on a long drawn out pattern, but rather this time, right now, this period of volatility.
The mechanics of the TradeMachine® Stock Option Backtester are that it uses end of day prices for every back-test entry and exit (every trigger).
Notice that this has triggered a trade 20 times in the last six-weeks. This is a fast moving, re-adjusting straddle. The idea is simple:
Take well bounded risk, small, and direction-less, and let a tweet, a news headline, an Apple headline, a day of pessimism or a day of optimism, whatever -- move the market, as it has so often in this new volatility regime.
Setting ExpectationsSince we use end of day open and closes, while this strategy has an overall return of 408%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
➡ The average percent return per trade was 23.4%.
➡ The average percent return per winning trade was 49.2%.
➡ The percent return per losing trade was -24.6%.
Not only are we seeing a high winning percentage, but also that the average win is twice as large as the average loss. Further, this trade takes no stock direction risk at all.
WHAT HAPPENEDThis is why you have a Trade Machine membership. We can ride the evergreen patterns, and we have, for years. But when the market shifts, we need a minimum amount of data to adjust, and succeed. This is how people profit from the option market.
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You should read the Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options.
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