Date Published: 2017-04-12
Written by Ophir Gottlieb
As NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) stock has met a new found volatility, often times surrounding differing views from Wall Street analysts, a deft hand and a clever option investor may have an opportunity to profit from the stock swings, irrespective of the direction.
The volatility in NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) shares over the last year and even pinpointing down to the last six-months has opened up an opportunity in the option market.
Owning Option Premium
Here are the results of owning naked options in NVIDIA over the last year -- we're looking at out-of-the-money strangles, and always avoiding earnings.
Just owning out of the money options has returned nearly 80% over the last year -- but there's a huge risk in this approach.
Instead of buying naked options in Nvidia to invest in a strategy that benefits from stock volatility, we will sell options that are further out of the money to offset the expense of the purchases. The strategy we are going to look at is called a condor (or an iron condor). Here are the results of both avoiding earnings and selling out of the money options against the long options:
It's remarkable, but these are the realities of option trading. The results went from a 79.7% gain, to a 95.5% gain by reducing risk -- that is, by selling options against the long options.
We can do this over the last six-months as well:
Now we see a 65.8% return as the stock has returned 48% -- and again, this strategy does not make a stock direction bet -- either way will do, volatility is the key.
WHAT JUST HAPPENED
This is how people profit from the option market - it's preparation, not luck.
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Thanks for reading.
You should read the Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options.
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The author is long stock in NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) as of this writing.