Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW) : The Exact Trigger that Indicates Volatility
Date Published: 2019-03-23
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PrefaceThere is a trigger in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company that has preceded a large stock move and that move has created a powerful option trading opportunity in the past. The strategy won't work forever, but for now it is a volatility back-test that has not only returned 454.5%, but has also shown a win-rate of 67% while taking no stock direction risk.
Simply owning puts and calls together, like a straddle or a strangle, can be a huge winner, as it was at the end of 2018. But, equally, it has been a huge losing strategy outside of that time frame. So, the need has arisen -- an empirical and structured trigger that indicates when a large stock move is coming so owning a strangle has a higher probability of succeeding.
There is such a technical condition, and we will review it, right now.
Here is a quick 3 minute video that demonstrates the back-test:
The Short-term Option Volatility Trade in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:WLTW)It's time to take advantage of volatility. Fear, uncertainty, doubt, unclear news headlines -- these are all trade-able events. Today we look at exactly what has worked in WLTW, and the special technical trigger that starts it off.
We will examine the outcome of going long a short-term out-of-the-money (40 delta) strangle (buying an out of the money call and buying an out of the money put), in options that are the closest to 14-days from expiration. But we follow three rules:
* Never Trade Earnings
Let's not worry about stock direction or earnings, let's try to find a back-test that benefits from volatility. Here it is, first, we enter the long strangle.
* Use a technical trigger to start the trade, specifically:
Wait until the day that the stock price crosses below the 200-day moving average and the stock price is below the 10-day moving average. Here is a nice simple image of the technical requirement:
* Finally, we set a very specific type of limit:
* Use a 20% limit
* Close the trade after 10 days, if the limit has not been hit.
At the end of each day, the back-tester checks to see if the long strangle is up 20%. If it is, it closes the position. If after 10-days the limit has not been hit, the strangle is closed so not to suffer total time decay.
RESULTSHere are the results over the last five-years in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company:
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).
We can also see that this strategy hasn't been a winner all the time, rather it has won 24 times and lost 12 times, for a 67% win-rate and again, that 454.5% return in less than six-full months of trading.
Setting ExpectationsWhile this strategy had an overall return of 454.5%, the trade details keep us in bounds with expectations:
➡ The average percent return per trade was 38.32%.
Checking the Moving AverageYou can check to see the moment a stock dips below the 200-day MA for WLTW on the Pivot Points tab on www.CMLviz.com.
Back-testing More Time Periods in Willis Towers Watson Public Limited CompanyNow we can look at just the last year as well:
We're now looking at 61.8% returns, on 4 winning trades and 2 losing trades.
➡ The average percent return over the last year per trade was 7.02%.
WHAT HAPPENEDThere's a better way -- try pattern recognition. Tap here to try it for yourself
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Please note that the executions and other statistics in this article are hypothetical, and do not reflect the impact, if any, of certain market factors such as liquidity and slippage.
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