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SMB TRAINING OPTIONS TRAINING PROGRAM Presents:. The M3 Trading System Part 2 Extreme Volatility, October 2011 Expiration. Brought to you by SMB Training A World Leader in Options Education Created and taught by John Locke Locke in Your Success, LLC.

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the m3 trading system part 2 extreme volatility october 2011 expiration
The M3 Trading SystemPart 2 Extreme Volatility, October 2011 Expiration
  • Brought to you bySMB Training

A World Leader in Options Education

Created and taught by John Locke

Locke in Your Success, LLC.

“Know what you want, make it happen!”

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hypothetical trades disclaimer
Hypothetical Trades Disclaimer
  • Please note: Hypothetical computer simulated performance results are believed to be accurately presented. However, they are not guaranteed as to accuracy or completeness and are subject to change without any notice. Hypothetical or simulated performance results have certain inherent limitations. Unlike an actual performance record, simulated results do not represent actual trading. Since, also, the trades have not actually been executed; the results may have been under or over compensated for the impact, if any, of certain market factors such as liquidity, slippage and commisions. Simulated trading programs in general are also subject to the fact that they are designed with the benefit of hindsight. No representation is being made that any portfolio will, or is likely to achieve profits or losses similar to those shown. All investments and trades carry risks.
october 2011 expiration risk management and profit targets
October 2011 ExpirationRisk Management and Profit Targets
  • Trade Size: 1 RUT or 10 IWM Calls
  • Butterfly Call Ratio: 20 Butterflies to 1 RUT Call (2/1 ratio)
  • Planned Capital - $75,000
  • Profit Target - $7,500
  • Max Loss - $7,500
entry position price chart october expiration 2011
Entry Position Price ChartOctober Expiration 2011

We’ve had the crash and are entering into extremely volatile market conditions

  • Delta, Theta and Gamma are OK
  • Positive Vega creates possibility of T+0 line collapsing
  • Best Options

(RUT has been up 62 points in 2 trading days!)

  • Roll Butterflies Up
  • Add Vertical Spread
  • Delta, Theta, Vega and Gamma are OK
  • Negative Gamma trend combined with positive Delta and negative Vega to the downside creates a excessive downside price movement risk
  • Best Options

(RUT has been down 60+ points in 2 trading days, still 29 DTE and IV is very high!)

  • Roll butterflies down
  • Add put options
what would you do
What would you do?
  • Add puts
  • Remove calls
  • Remove bullish verticals or add bearish verticals
  • Nothing
adding puts
Adding Puts
  • Correct Gamma trend
  • Correct Delta
  • Things to consider…
  • We just had a major support break and put prices will be insanely expensive with a further downside move already priced into them. Therefore “IF” we are wrong and the market reverses, stabilizes or even continues to go down slowly, then we will likely lose a significant amount of money which may result in an unnecessary loss.
removing calls removing bullish verticals or adding bearish verticals
Removing calls, removing bullish verticals or adding bearish verticals
  • Correct Delta
  • Things to consider
  • Selling the calls, removing bullish and/or adding bearish verticals will help considerably to the downside. But it will also CREATE a Gamma trend problem to the upside. If the market stays put you’ll do fine but IF you are wrong and a hard whipsaw occurs then you will likely create an unnecessary loss.
doing nothing
Doing nothing
  • Hey the Delta/Theta ratio is fine.
  • Why let the fact that RUT has dropped over 80 points in 4 days and broken a major support line concern you…. But even so, doing nothing is probably a better choice than the other things we mentioned although a bit irresponsible.
a safer approach
A safer approach
  • Roll the butterflies back.
  • Correct Delta and allows more downside room without the negative effect of hurting the position if the market reverses.
  • Delta and Gamma are OK
  • Positive Vega creates possibility of T+0 line collapsing
  • Negative Theta this close to expiration will collapse T+0 line even faster
  • Best Options

(RUT has been up 75 points in 4 trading days!)

  • Roll butterflies up
  • Add Vertical Spreads

I sold 20 – 600 butterflies and bought 10 – 650 butterflies. I altered the butterfly/call ratio. I did this because the expense of buying 20 butterflies this late in the trade would throw off the balance between the butterflies and the calls.

analyze graph7
Analyze Graph

I would be concerned about downside risk

Sell useless 600 and 640 puts, buy back 650 short puts, buy 10 - 660 long puts and buy 10 - 740 long calls
trade expiration
Trade Expiration
  • RUT does not settle on Thursday night!
  • The RUT settlement is calculated by taking the opening price of each of the Russell 2000 stocks on Friday.
  • An issue with this process is that the stocks do not start trading at the same time nor are they equally “weighted”. This means that the settlement value can be significantly different than both the closing price on Thursday and opening price of RUT on Friday.
  • In some cases the settlement price can even be outside the range of the RUT daily bars on both days.
  • Make sure you have plenty of room!
this example went through
This example went through…
  • Entry in an extreme high volatility environment
  • Very bad entry timing and a situation where the market “took our money”
  • Extreme up and down moves in a range of 130 +/- points
  • Position drew down less than ½ our max loss
  • Position was checked only 1 time per day
  • Never took excessive risk in either direction
  • This win did not hinge on exact timing of adjustments nor speculating on a market direction!
  • This trade was entered in an extremely volatile market environment.
  • We had a very large, fast up move immediately after the position was entered which created a Vega problem.
  • After considering the violent reversals and very large price fluctuations that were being experienced at the time, we chose to add vertical spreads rather than roll up the butterflies to control our Vega risk because we did not want to take on the downside risk associated with rolling up the butterflies.
  • When the price reversed to the down side, we chose to roll the butterflies back several times rather than to add OTM put options because put option prices tend to be over inflated with violent down moves and buying put options at an over inflated price can create large, unneeded losses if the market stabilizes, reverses or continues down at a slow pace. Buying puts in this situation typically requires the market to continue an aggressive down move and for you to properly time your sale of those puts in order to benefit from them. By rolling the butterflies back, we were able to protect against further down movement without the negative effects of buying puts.
  • When the price reversed violently to the upside, we chose to add vertical spreads rather than roll up the butterflies to control Vega risk because we did not want to take on the downside risk associated with rolling up the butterflies, again, considering the violent reversals and very large price fluctuations we were still experiencing at the time.
  • With the continued up move and timeframe to expiration, the verticals were no longer effective in correcting our risk with the butterflies in their current position so the butterflies had to be rolled up.
  • As we got closer to expiration, the price of rolling up the butterflies became too costly to stay within our risk parameters but something had to be done, so we rolled up the butterflies and reduced the butterfly/call ratio to control our Delta and Gamma trend instead of rolling up and adding calls.
  • Finally, as we took the trade into expiration week and the position became more sensitive to price movement, we utilized puts to help control our downside Greeks and Greek trends and to protect our account from an excessive loss. We can use puts more effectively now because, close to expiration, you can purchase puts to control your risk fairly inexpensively.
  • Notice how we didn’t just look at our Greeks to decide when and how to adjust our position, we also looked at the analyze graph to analyze our Greek trends and we also considered recent price movement, IV levels and DTE to decide the best move to deal with unacceptable risk without taking on excessive risk in the opposite direction.
up next in part 3
Up Next in Part 3
  • Review Trade Set Up
  • Review Trade Entry
  • Go though August 2011 market crash, Sept 2011 expiration
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