Avoiding the “Big Hit” When Selling Options
The biggest fear of many new Option Sellers is having one big loss come along that saps months of hard earned profits. In this Special Feature Video, Michael Gross reveals the 4 common sense steps EVERY Option Seller should take to help insulate their portfolio from unexpected loss and pave the way for more consistent monthly returns.
Avoiding The Big Hit In Option Selling
Hi. This is Michael Gross co-author of “McGraw-Hill’s The Complete To Option Selling” and Director Of Research here at OptionSellers.com. I’m here with your bi-monthly video lesson. The topic of this week’s lesson is Avoiding The Big Hit. This is a great subject to talk about. Recently, we’ve seen some extreme volatility in the stock market. A lot of investors that I’ve spoken to over the last couple of months have expressed concern about those moves in the stock market and start thinking about big hits to their portfolio. So, they’re looking at other investments. They start looking at commodity option selling. One of the top questions is, “That sounds great but, how do I avoid that one big hit that comes along and takes all my profits from the last three months?” That’s always been the knock on option selling is, yes, it can be good, it can be great and then, one bad month and you’re all back to square one because you can lose it all in one shot. It doesn’t have to be that way. We’re going to talk about that. How you avoid those big hits and just keep your steady premium collection going. So, rather than having six steps forward and then one huge step back, we want to keep it going six steps forward, one step back, and then another six steps forward. That’s how build a consistently producing option selling portfolio.
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So let’s talk about avoiding the big hit. First of all, I want to talk about why it’s been on everyone’s mind more lately. This is why it’s been on everyone’s mind more lately. That’s my rendition of the stock market and the way it’s been moving. Depending on when you’re watching this, and we have rebounds, the point is we’ve had some extreme volatility as of late and, a lot of the people that watch these videos and subscribe to our newsletter, etc., they trade index options. They trade either stock options or index options. Trading index options is great. You can apply a lot of the same concepts as commodities but a lot of the guys that trade index options, that’s all they do. So, they only have one asset class in one market to trade. That’s great because you can sell puts all the way up and you’re making money and that can be a great strategy for three, six, twelve months – it’s the greatest thing in the world until this happens. Then what? You’re all in one market. All your option sales, and I don’t care if you’re trading the S&P, or you’re trading the Russell, even the Q’s, you’re really all in stocks. So, this is an undiversified type of portfolio and no matter how you’re trading the S&P, this is saying, “Well, yes, but I sell Calls.” Well, that’s great, but you’re still in one market. So, the thing goes screaming up, you’re going to lose in the Calls. It’s not a diversified portfolio. Great strategy. I don’t not recommend it as part of an overall investment plan but, if you have a lot your capital just riding in the S&P and selling S&P options, you have some exposure there.
So, what’s one way to avoid the big hit? Well, one way is to get diversified in your option selling. The one asset class to that with, the primary asset class you can do that with, if you’re already selling options in stocks or indexes, is of course in commodities. So, one way to avoid the big hit, you get diversified in the commodities. These are all preliminaries. I want to get to my main point here in just a second. So, you get diversified. You’re out of equities, something does blow up in equities, you’re over here in commodities, which move to the beat of their own drummer, for the most part.