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The Collar, which is a covered call with a protective put, involves purchasing stock, selling a call on that stock and buying a protective put to define the overall risk

The Collar strategy employs the same strategy as a Covered Call by purchasing 100 shares of a large capitalization stock with high liquidity and then selling a call option on those 100 shares, collecting a credit. However, in addition to the Covered Call, the simultaneous purchase of a Protective Put defines the amount of risk in the overall position and guards against a large downward move in the price of the stock.

The Protective Put is typically about 10-20% out-of-the-money and its cost will typically be less than the credit received on the sale of the call. With the Protective Put in place, we are covering any downside move in the underlying below our protective Put.

The Collar strategy provides the opportunity to roll the options from month to month, thereby collecting additional premiums against the long stock position and reducing the cost and risk of each trade. This can work to the client’s benefit if it is anticipated that the underlying stock is going to continue to trade in a relatively narrow range. The client may also have the benefit of dividend payments on many of the stocks TradeWise recommends for this strategy.

In some cases, TradeWise may recommend a Collar with a call in a further-out month and a Protective Put in a month that is closer to options expiration. This can reduce the cost for the protection until the put expires. In the event a trade is initiated with the call and put in different months, it provides the opportunity to either close the trade or roll the long put. This will depend upon the pricing of the individual options and the price movement of the underlying stock over the time frame of the trade.

Typically the shares of stock purchased will be trading for less than $50 per share so for those who elect to Autotrade, an allocation of $5,000 should ensure participation in each recommended trade.

Of the various strategies recommended by TradeWise, the Collar entails the least risk but is the most capital intensive and there can still be no assurance that an individual collar trade will be successful.

The length of any specific Collar recommendation will typically be 20 to 180 days.

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Trade Advisory

January 25, 2019

 

TradeWise Strategy:   Collar Advisory

Underlying:   Intel Corp. (INTC)

Status:  Opening Trade

Trade:  BUY +1 COLLAR INTC 100 15 MAR 19 49/45 CALL/PUT/INTC @47.00 LMT [TO OPEN/TO OPEN/TO OPEN]

Trade Price:   $47.00 Debit

Underlying Price:  $46.40

Trade Risk:    $47.00

Trade Duration:  Medium Term

Buying Power Reduction: $4700

 

Trade Explanation:  For the Collar Advisory in Intel, we are buying (INTC) stock, buying the 15 Mar 45 puts and selling the 15 Mar 49 calls for a debit of $47.00 to open.

 
Price Action:   To initiate this Collar position, we buy 100 shares of the underlying equity (INTC), buy 1 contract of the 15 Mar 45 puts and sell 1 contract of the 15 Mar 49 calls for a net debit of $47.00.  Our total cost on the trade is the price we pay for the stock, plus the put, minus the premium received for the calls on this trade.  INTC shares have pulled back from recent highs after weaker than expected guidance.  We expect the shares to stabilize and perhaps retrace higher as the pullback seems a little overdone. 

 

Volatility:  Volatility is below average with an current IV rank of 32%.  The recent pullback in share price gives us a good entry point.

 

Probability:   With the recent fall, we are giving ourselves a positive probability for the shares to turn higher.  We expect the shares to move back towards $49.

 

Risk:   We are risking $2.00 to make a potential $2.00, plus a potential $0.315 dividend in early February on each individual collar. Although the Buying Power reduction is high due to the stock, the long put acts as protection to the downside to limit risk. We will have an opportunity to roll our options from month to month but only if it reduces risk and costs. Our initial break-even price is $47.00 on this position.

 

Trade Duration:   We have 49 days to adjust or close this trade by 15 Mar expiration. 

 

Logic:   We are buying the Collar to take advantage of the recent downturn, and an upcoming potential $0.315 dividend scheduled in early February.  The selloff in INTC appears to be overdone at this level, and could stage a recovery from these levels. An attractive entry point should provide a favorable opportunity for this position going forward.

 

We will continuously monitor all of our positions to determine if adjustments need to be made or when to close out of a trade.

 

TradeWise

 

Original Trade Price: $47.00  Debit         

Closing/Adjustment Price

 

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Trade Advisory

February 6, 2019

 

TradeWise Strategy:   Collar Advisory

Underlying:  Intel Corp. (INTC)

Status:  Closing Trade

Trade:   SELL -1 COLLAR INTC 100 15 MAR 19 49/45 CALL/PUT/INTC @48.16 LMT [TO CLOSE/TO CLOSE/TO CLOSE]

Trade Price:   $48.16 Credit 

Underlying Price:  $50.35

Trade Risk:   N/A

Trade Duration:  Medium Term

Buying Power Reduction: N/A

 

Trade Explanation:  For the Collar Advisory in Intel issued on January 25th, we are selling (INTC) stock, selling the 15 Mar 45 puts and buying the 15 Mar 49 calls for a credit of $48.16 to close.  

 
Price Action:  To initiate this Collar position, we bought 100 shares of the underlying equity (INTC), bought 1 contract of the 15 Mar 45 puts and sold 1 contract of the 15 Mar 49 calls for a net debit of $47.00.  Our total cost on the trade was the price we paid for the stock, plus the put, minus the premium received for the calls on this trade.  INTC shares had pulled back from recent highs after weaker than expected guidance.  We anticipated that the shares would begin to stabilize and perhaps retrace higher as the pullback seemed a little overdone. 

 

Shares of INTC have since managed to rally over $4 in six straight winning sessions which have helped to quickly expand the value of the collar. We also qualify for a $0.315 dividend today being long the shares which helps to increase the overall gain on the trade. We want to take advantage of ideal conditions to exit the trade early at a credit of $48.16 as shares appear to be reaching a major resistance level.  With a total credit of $48.475 captured, a gain of $1.475 or 74% will be realized in just over a week.  

 

We will continuously monitor all of our positions to determine if adjustments need to be made or when to close out of a trade.

 

TradeWise

 

Original Trade Price: $47.00  Debit         

Closing/Adjustment Price: $0.315 Dividend; $48.16 Credit to close (Resulting Gain= $1.475) 

 

 

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The Covered Call strategy consists of purchasing 100 shares of a large capitalization stock, ETF or index-based ETF ("underlying") and then selling one call option on each 100 shares for a credit.

The Covered Call strategy is designed to profit in two different scenarios. Upon selling a call, the credit received effectively reduces the cost of the trade, thus reducing the overall amount of money risked on the trade. If the price of the underlying moves above the strike price of the call, the client will likely be assigned and will be obligated to sell the underlying at the strike price at expiration. This will result in a profit, as the client will keep the profit realized from selling the underlying at a higher price than was initially paid, as well as the initial credit received for selling the call (less any applicable commissions and assignment fees).

If the price of the underlying trades in a relatively narrow trading range and stays below the strike price, the strategy provides an opportunity to roll the call option from month to month (buying back the short call and then selling a further-out month call), thereby collecting additional premium each month and further reducing the amount of money risked on the trade. The client may also have the benefit of receiving dividend payments on many of the stocks TradeWise recommends for this strategy. Of course, this is only possible if the client remains in the position and does not get assigned.

The Covered Call strategy may be utilized when an investor believes the underlying will either move up or remain in a relatively narrow trading range over the life of the call option. There is limited upside potential for this strategy, up to the strike price of the call. If the stock moves above the strike price of the call, the client likely will not keep the underlying shares as they will be called away and is obligated to sell theunderlying at the strike price as described above. Also, the strategy does not provide downside protection beyond the credit received when the call was sold, should the underlying lose significant value. In the event the underlying experiences a large down move of more than a 25% drop in price, TradeWise may send out a recommendation to close out of the trade. For Autotrade clients, TradeWise will attempt to close out the trade.

Typically the shares of the underlying purchased will be trading for less than $50 per share so for those who elect to autotrade, an allocation of $5,000 should ensure participation in each recommended trade.

This strategy is capital intensive and there can be no assurance that an individual covered call trade will be successful. As with any other strategy, any adjustments or rolling of the position will incur applicable commission fees.

The length of any specific Covered Call recommendation will typically at least 30 days.

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Trade Advisory

February 14, 2019

 

TradeWise Strategy:  Covered Call Advisory

Underlying:  Coca-Cola (KO)

StatusOpening Trade

Trade:  BUY +1 COVERED KO 100 18 APR 19 48 CALL/KO @45.90 LMT [TO OPEN/TO OPEN]

Trade Price:  $45.90 Debit

Underlying Price:  $46.31

Trade Risk:  $4590.00

Trade Duration:  Long Term

Buying Power Reduction:  $4590.00

 

Trade Explanation: For the Covered Call Advisory in Coke, we are buying (KO) stock and selling the 18 Apr 48 Calls for a net debit of $45.90 to open. 

 

Price Action:  To initiate this Covered call position, we buy 100 shares of the underlying equity (KO) and sell 1 contract of the 18 Apr 48 calls for a net debit of $45.90. Our total cost on the trade is the price we pay for the stock minus the premium received for the calls on this trade. KO shares are down 7% this morning after a mixed earnings result. We expect the shares to eventually stabilize and begin to retrace higher in the long-term as the shares appear to be reaching a solid support level.  

 

Volatility:  Volatility is higher in KO on the slide, which increases the credit collected on the short call in the strategy. Any increase in volatility should provide good opportunities to roll our short 18 Apr 48 calls to further-term months for additional credits in order to reduce risk.

 

Probability:  With the recent fall, we are giving ourselves a great probability for the shares to turn higher.  We have a cushion of over 2% to the downside before we reach our break-even.

 

Risk:   We are risking our initiation price of $45.90 on this position. We will have multiple opportunities to roll our short calls from month to month which will gradually decrease this risk. The company pays a quarterly dividend of $0.39 also, which can help reduce risk and potentially increase profitability should we own shares over the ex-dividend period. 

 

Trade Duration:  We have 63 days to adjust or close this trade by 18 Apr expiration. 

 

Logic:  We are buying the Covered Call to take advantage of the recent adjustment in the shares and the potential upside in this stock. A solid 3.5% dividend yield provides an appealing long/neutral opportunity. With this strategy, we have plenty of time for Coke shares to rebound as we look to take advantage of any stabilization near our strike.

 

We will continuously monitor our positions to determine if adjustments need to be made or when to close out of a trade.

 

TradeWise

Original Trade Price: $45.90 debit   

      

Closing/Adjustment Price

 

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The Volatility Strategy will use a variety of TradeWise Strategies. We aim to take advantage of this product by offering clients a way to participate in event-driven markets and short-term volatility trading strategies. Because of the event-driven nature, the Volatility Strategy will allow clients the opportunity to trade many different option strategies in a short-term time frame in all market sectors.

 

The Volatility Strategy is most appropriate for experienced option traders. TradeWise clients using this strategy must be extremely attentive to their positions as changes to underlying prices and days to expiration will have a larger impact due to the shorter time frame.

 

We will use any combination of monthly, quarterly or Weekly option cycles when trading the Volatility Strategy. We generally look for short-term opportunities of approximately 1-60 days. Since we will be using the various strategies listed in this Form ADV Part 2, please see the strategy descriptions listed above to review the details of each strategy. We will look for news-based events for directional trades or high volatility for market-neutral positions. We generally look for high volatility underlyings so that there is the opportunity to sell short-term options that decay at a very fast pace due to the shorter time frame to expiration.

 

We will use the following strategies: buying single options, buying or selling Vertical Spreads, buying Calendars, buying Diagonals, buying Double Calendars/Diagonals, buying Butterflies* (see description below) and buying or selling Iron Condors. The strategy implemented by TradeWise on any particular trade will depend on many variables such as the underlying, beta, volatility, timeline and event. The same risks will apply to the trade recommendations in the TradeWise Volatility strategy as detailed in the descriptions of the individual strategies within this Form ADV Part 2. Each trade recommendation that we make will define the strategy that is being used, as well as outline details on the various dynamics of the individual trade.

 

For the underlying, we will recommend options in equities, ETFs and Indices.

 

* A butterfly is a 3-legged, complex option strategy, comprised of two verticals. It is the simultaneous sale of one call vertical spread and the purchase of another call vertical spread, with a common short strike. Therefore, a butterfly will consist of 4 contracts, but only 3 legs due to the overlapping short strikes. The same would be true of a put butterfly spread.

 

Suggested Allocation

A minimum of at least $1,000 is required to Autotrade this strategy. There is no assurance that any individual recommendation in the Volatility Strategy will be successful. We recommend that clients who use this strategy have a strong working knowledge of the other TradeWise strategies as described above.

 

The frequency of TradeWise trade recommendations in Volatility will be similar to the other TradeWise strategies. However, the frequency may increase or decrease from time to time, as the recommendations are more dependent on specific market events such as earnings season.

 

Potential Benefits 

 

•Short-term defined risk in that the client cannot lose more than their allocation (not including commissions charged by your broker-dealer or dividend risk).

 

• May appeal to the active trader as these options trade more frequently and for a shorter time frame than the other options used in different TradeWise strategies. Potential Risks

 

• You could potentially lose 100% of your allocation per trade plus any commissions charged by your broker-dealer.

 

• Potential gains will be reduced or possibly eliminated by the commissions the client pays for the recommended transactions.

 

• Weekly options are often more volatile due to the shorter time to expiration and Weeklys will lose time value at an accelerated rate compared to monthly options.

 

• There can be no assurance this strategy will be successful over time. 

 

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Trade Advisory

March 1, 2019

 

**For our Autotrade Clients, we initiated a 50% allocation only due to the underlying; If you would normally trade 10 spreads, you only received 5 on this trade**

 

TradeWise Strategy: Volatility Advisory

Underlying: Boeing  (BA)

Status:  Opening Trade – 50% allocation

Trade:  SELL -1 VERTICAL BA 100 (Weeklys) 5 APR 19 455/457.5 CALL @.88 LMT [TO OPEN/TO OPEN]

Trade Price:  $0.88 Credit

Underlying Price:  $443.50

Trade Risk:  $1.62

Trade Duration: Medium Term

Buying Power Reduction: $162.00

 

Trade Explanation:  For the Volatility Advisory in BA, we are selling the 5 Apr Weekly 455 Calls and buying the 457.5 Calls for a credit of $0.88 to open on a 50% allocation.

 

Price Action:  We are selling this neutral/bearish $2.5-wide out-of-the-money call vertical in the aerospace manufacturer. Shares have rallied over 50% since a 52 week low of $292.47 at the end of December, as some trade tensions seem to be thawing. The shares are extremely overbought at these levels. We have a cushion just over 2% to the upside before BA reaches our break-even of $455.88.

 

Volatility: Volatility has lowered and will be expected to remain low considering the overbought levels.

 

Probability: There is a 64% probability that our short $455 strike will be out of the money at 5 Apr expiration. This fits in our guideline of over 60% for short credit vertical positions. Time Decay (Theta) also works in our favor as our short vertical loses value over the life of the trade.

 

Risk:  We are risking $1.62 to make a potential $0.88 on this short vertical position.  We profit in three out of four scenarios: if BA trades lower, remains at current levels or still trades slightly higher but remains below our break-even level at expiration.

 

Trade Duration:  We have 35 days to adjust or close this trade by 5 Apr Weekly expiration.

 

Logic:  We have good probabilities for the amount of credit collected vs. the risk in the trade. We feel that BA will reverse at this level with shares over-extended given the extreme climb. We also expect to see some potential profit taking as the stock is now up over 50% since the December lows. We will look for any viable opportunity to adjust the position in order to reduce the original amount of exposure capped at $1.62.  Only a 50% allocation was utilized due to the contra-trend nature of the position.  

  

We will continuously monitor our positions to determine if adjustments need to be made or when to close out of the trade.

 

TradeWise

 

Original Trade Price: $0.88 Credit       

Closing/Adjustment Price:  

 

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Trade Advisory

March 7, 2019

 

**For our Autotrade Clients, we initiated a 50% allocation only due to the underlying; If you would normally trade 10 spreads, you only received 5 on this trade**

 

TradeWise Strategy: Volatility Advisory

Underlying: Boeing  (BA)

Status:  Closing balance of the Vertical

Trade:  BUY +1 VERTICAL BA 100 (Weeklys) 5 APR 19 455/457.5 CALL @.26 LMT [TO CLOSE/TO CLOSE]

Trade Price:  $0.26 Debit

Underlying Price: $418.50

Trade Risk:  N/A

Trade Duration: Medium Term

Buying Power Reduction: N/A

 

Trade Explanation:  For the Volatility Advisory initiated on March 1st in BA, we are buying the balance of the 5 Apr Weekly 455 Calls and selling the last half of the 457.5 Calls for a debit of $0.26 to close. 

 

We sold this neutral/bearish $2.5-wide out-of-the-money call vertical in the aerospace manufacturer as shares had rallied over 50% since a 52 week low of $292.47 was recorded at the end of December with some trade tensions thawing. The shares were extremely overbought at these levels. We had a cushion just over 2% to the upside before BA would reach our break-even of $455.88. We finally saw a large reversal in BA to the downside develop on the 4th of March. This lowered the price of our spread significantly, which prompted action to close 50% of the vertical for a $0.51 debit.  This locked in a $0.37 gain on half of the position while lowering our overall risk by over 61%.  

 

Shares of BA have continued to slide with nearly a 2% drop coming in today's session.  We want to capture the ideal price action to close the balance of the spread for a $0.26 debit in order to secure a solid profit on the trade with 29 days still remaining. With an average closing price of $0.385 obtained, a solid gain of $0.495 will be registered off the original 50% allocation. The entry point proved to be the exact turn-around point as the trade immediately worked in our favor with a 5th straight down-day taking place in today's session.   

 

We will continuously monitor our positions to determine if adjustments need to be made or when to close out of the trade.

 

TradeWise

 

Original Trade Price: $0.88 Credit       

Closing/Adjustment Price:  $0.51 Debit to close 50% of the Vertical; $0.26 Debit to close 50% of the Vertical (Avg. Closing Price of $0.385=$0.495 Gain)

 

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*****Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. Customers must consider all relevant risk factors including their own personal financial situation before trading. Every investor who uses options should read and understand the publication Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options. A copy can be obtained from The Chicago Board Options Exchange (1-800-OPTIONS) or from your broker. The investor considering options should consult their tax advisor as to how taxes may affect the outcome of contemplated options transactions. A prospectus, which discusses the role of the Options Clearing Corporation, is also available without charge upon request at the Options Clearing Corporation, 440 S LaSalle St, Suite 908, Chicago, Illinois 60605.*****

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The “Range Bound” strategy consists of four possible trade types – “an Iron Condor” a “Double Calendar,” a “Double Diagonal” or a “Straddle/Strangle Swap.” The underlying securities (“underlying”) will be highly liquid individual stocks, ETFs and Indexes (e.g. the SPY, IWM, or DIA) with medium correlation to market movements (beta). The “Range Bound” strategy is the most complex of the strategies we recommend. Accordingly, it is important to have a clear understanding of all previous strategies listed in order to comprehend the nature of a 4 legged spread as it involves simultaneously buying and selling options with more than one strike price, expiration date or sensitivity to the underlying asset’s price.
 
An “Iron Condor” is an option strategy involving a single complex option spread. It entails the simultaneous sale of an out-of-the-money call “vertical” and an out-of-the-money put “vertical,” in the same month in the same underlying (see the “Directional Spreads” strategy description for additional information about verticals). A call is out-of-the-money when the price of the underlying is lower than the option's strike price: a put is out-of-the-money when the price of the underlying is higher than the put's strike price. When looking for an Iron Condor to recommend, we are seeking a calculated probability of approximately 70-80% that the short Call Vertical and the short Put Vertical will not close in the money at options expiration. Only one side of the recommended trade can possibly close in the money since it is structured by means of a vertical on the upside, and a vertical on the downside. An Iron Condor is designed to profit when the underlying remains in a reasonably narrow trading range during the expiration cycle positions that we recommend.
 
The trade recommendations that we make for an Iron Condor will typically involve collecting a credit upon initiation of the trade. The goal is to keep the initial credit collected upon initiation, which will occur if the underlying stays between the short Put Vertical strike price and short Call Vertical strike price. Depending on market movements and the time remaining to options expiration, we may recommend adjustments to the trade. In some instances, TradeWise may also recommend purchasing Iron Condors in an environment of extremely low volatility with the debit amount being the maximum risk on the trade.
 
A “Double Calendar” is the purchase of two Calendars, buying a call calendar above the strike price of the underlying and buying a put calendar below the strike price of the underlying. The Double Calendars that we recommend will always involve paying a debit upon initiation of the recommended trades. As the shorter term options that were sold decay and lose value, the idea is that we recommend you buy those shorter term options back by rolling to subsequent cycles, collecting a credit, and therefore reducing the amount of risk on the trade. If our recommendations are successful, upon rolling the two Calendars, you will collect a credit for either a put Calendar roll and/or a call Calendar roll.
 
“Double Diagonal” - Unlike the Double Calendar, where the strike prices will be the same in both the front and back month, in the Double Diagonal the front month strike prices will be different than the back month strike prices. A Diagonal spread combines a Calendar spread (since the options expire at different times) and a Vertical spread (since the strike prices are different). A Double Diagonal is simply two diagonals. When the diagonals are rolled (collecting a credit on each one), the resulting position will be an Iron Condor. At that point, we will be looking for the same conditions as in the Iron Condor strategy The biggest difference between the Double Diagonal and the Iron Condor is that the Double Diagonal requires more buying power because of the make-up of the trade.
 
A “Straddle / Strangle Swap” is the sale of a shorter term at-the-money call and an at-the-money put, which is known as a “Straddle.” This is coupled with the purchase of a longer term out-of-the-money Call and an out-of-the-money put, which is known as a “Strangle.” The call and the put are typically the same distance away from the price at which the underlying is trading. The goal is to roll the short strikes for credits.
 
Suggested Allocation
A minimum allocation of at least $1,000 is required to Autotrade this strategy. There is no assurance that an individual trade will be successful.
The length of any specific trade recommendation in the “Range Bound” strategy typically ranges from 1 to 50 days.
 
Potential Benefits
• You cannot lose more than your allocation (not including commissions charged by your broker- dealer or dividend risk).
• Potential gains are possible when the trade remains in a defined trading range.
• Investor education.
 
Potential Risks
• Any large moves to the upside or to the downside before we have a chance to recommend adjustments could potentially result in a loss of 100% of your allocation plus any commissions charged by your broker-dealer.
• Potential gains will be reduced or possibly eliminated by the commissions you pay your broker-dealer for the recommended transactions.
• There can be no assurance this strategy will be successful over time.

For additional information about this TradeWise service, please see the ADV Part II

Trade Advisory

May 8, 2019

 

**For our Autotrade Clients, we initiated a 50% allocation only due to the upcoming earnings announcement; If you would normally trade 10 spreads, you only received 5 on this trade**

 

TradeWise Strategy:  Range Bound Advisory

Underlying:  Disney  (DIS)

Status:  SELL -1 IRON CONDOR DIS 100 (Weeklys) 10 MAY 19 140/142/130/128 CALL/PUT @.72 LMT [TO OPEN/TO OPEN/TO OPEN/TO OPEN]

Trade Price:  $0.72 Credit

Underlying Price:  $135.50

Trade Risk:   $1.28

Trade Duration:  Short Term

Buying Power Reduction:  $128.00

 

Price Action: We are selling this Iron Condor in the entertainment giant for a credit of $0.72 on a 50% allocation. For an Iron Condor trade, we sell an out-of-the-money Call Vertical (140/142) and Put Vertical (130/128) simultaneously. The shares have seen a surge following the popularity of their Avengers blockbuster film which was released just last month. We expect the shares to consolidate somewhat following their earnings event and remain within a range as the expected move is about +/- $5.00 at this stage. We need the shares to continue to trade between our break-even levels of $129.28 on the downside and $140.72 on the upside.

 

Volatility: Volatility is elevated due to earnings and the IV Percentile Rank for DIS is at 62%. The event risk increases the credit received on a short Iron Condor and expands the selected width of the short strikes. We expect volatility to fall sharply after the report, which should contract the value of this short-term neutral position especially due to the shorter time-period.

 

Probability:  There is a 75% probability that DIS shares will be below the $140 level and an 78% probability that it will be above the $130 level at 10 May Weekly expiration this Friday. This trade offers a good Risk/Reward scenario with the amount of credit collected vs. the probabilities weighed for this position.

 

Risk:  We are risking $1.28 to make a potential $0.72 on this Iron Condor. The position is risk-defined and any adjustment or closing trade never increases the overall risk on the trade.

 

Trade Duration:  We have only 2 days to 10 May Weekly expiration in this position. This is a short-term position and time decay will melt quickly due to the condensed time frame should the underlying price remain between either short strike.

 

Logic:  We want to take advantage of inflated option pricing with volatility levels  by initiating this neutral strategy ahead of earnings. The short strikes are near the expected move of $5 priced in by the options market, with a $10 width between the short strikes.The shares will hopefully remain safely between our short verticals for the best outcome as we will be aggressive in adjusting or closing the trade at some point by the end of the week due to the condensed time frame.

 

We will continuously monitor our positions to determine if adjustments need to be made or when to close out of the trade.

 

TradeWise

 

Original Trade Price:  $0.72 Credit

Closing/Adjustment Price:  

 

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Trade Advisory

May 9, 2019

 

**For our Autotrade Clients, we initiated a 50% allocation only due to the upcoming earnings announcement; If you would normally trade 10 spreads, you only received 5 on this trade**

 

TradeWise Strategy:  Range Bound Advisory

Underlying:  Disney  (DIS)

Status:  Closing Trade

Trade:BUY +1 IRON CONDOR DIS 100 (Weeklys) 10 MAY 19 140/142/130/128 CALL/PUT @.24 LMT [TO CLOSE/TO CLOSE/TO CLOSE/TO CLOSE]

Trade Price:  $0.24 Debit

Underlying Price:  $135.15

Trade Risk:   N/A

Trade Duration:  Short Term

Buying Power Reduction:  N/A

 

Trade Explanation:  For the Range Bound Advisory in DIS issued yesterday, we are selling the 10 May Weekly 128 Puts and 142 Calls and buying the 10 May Weekly 130 Puts and 140 Calls for a net debit of $0.24 to close.  

 

We sold this Iron Condor in the entertainment giant for a credit of $0.72 yesterday, on a 50% allocation. For this Iron Condor trade, we sold an out-of-the-money Call Vertical (140/142) and Put Vertical (130/128) simultaneously. The shares had seen a surge following the popularity of their Avengers blockbuster film which was released just last month. We expected the shares to consolidate somewhat following their earnings event and remain within a range as the expected move is about +/- $5.00 . We needed the shares to continue to trade between our break-even levels of $129.28 on the downside and $140.72 on the upside.

 

DIS reported positive earnings after the close yesterday, but the expenses involved in launching the company’s streaming service have kept the shares from moving higher.  With the shares trading relatively unchanged, we are going to take action and close the iron condor for a nice $0.24 debit. This locks in a great $0.48 gain on this 50% allocation overnight . We want to be proactive closing the trade in light of the ongoing trade negotiations as any resolution could easily move the underlying closer to either strike by expiration tomorrow.  

 

 

We will continuously monitor our positions to determine if adjustments need to be made or when to close out of the trade.

 

TradeWise

 

Original Trade Price:  $0.72 Credit

Closing/Adjustment Price:  $0.24 Debit to close the Iron Condor (Net gain = $0.48)

 

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The “Time Spread ” strategy involves:
 
• The simultaneous sale of a shorter term call option and the purchase of a longer term call option, at the same strike price, in the same underlying, which is known as a “Call Calendar”; or
• The simultaneous sale of a shorter term put option and the purchase of a longer term put option, at the same strike price, in the same underlying, which is known as a “Put Calendar”; or
• The simultaneous sale of a shorter term call/put option and the purchase of a longer term call/put option, at a different strike price, in the same underlying, which is known as a “Diagonal Spread”.
 
The underlying investment (“underlying”) can either be an individual mid to large cap company or an exchange traded fund (ETF) based on the major Indices (e.g. SPY, DIA, IWM) with high liquidity and medium correlation to market movements (beta).
 
The structure of a Time Spread will always be short (selling) the shorter term option and long (buying) the longer term option. The positions that TradeWise recommends can be initiated as either a net debit or credit depending on the structure. Both the short and long position that is recommended will be entered simultaneously, so that they are not done as two transactions, known as either a “Calendar spread or a Diagonal spread.”
 
When recommending a Time Spread, we generally want to see the underlying trading at or near the strike price of the option position. As option expiration gets closer, the shorter term option should decay (lose premium) faster than the longer term option. This would ideally provide the opportunity to buy the short option back for less than it was sold for and then either sell the long option in the back month to close the position or possibly collect additional premium by rolling the short strike to an additional expiration cycle.. We will monitor the recommended trade and will seek to make further recommendations intended to take advantage of such opportunities and/or suggest when to adjust or close the trade.
 
Suggested Allocation
A minimum of at least $500 is required to Autotrade this strategy. There is no assurance that an individual Time Spread trade will be successful.
The length of any specific trade recommendation in the Time Spread strategy typically ranges from 5 to 50 days.
 
Potential Benefits
• You cannot lose more than your allocation (not including commissions charged by your broker-dealer or dividend risk).
• Potential gains are possible when the underlying remains in a defined trading range and credits generated by rolling the options exceed the debit paid at inception.
• Investor education.
 
Potential Risks
• Any large moves to the upside or to the downside may negatively affect this position.
• If the underlying should move too quickly and there is not a chance to roll, you could potentially lose 100% of your allocation plus any commissions charged by your broker-dealer.
• Potential gains will be reduced or possibly eliminated by the commissions you pay for the recommended transactions.
• There can be no assurance this strategy will be successful over time.

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*****Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. Customers must consider all relevant risk factors including their own personal financial situation before trading. Every investor who uses options should read and understand the publication Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options. A copy can be obtained from The Chicago Board Options Exchange (1-800-OPTIONS) or from your broker. The investor considering options should consult their tax advisor as to how taxes may affect the outcome of contemplated options transactions. A prospectus, which discusses the role of the Options Clearing Corporation, is also available without charge upon request at the Options Clearing Corporation, 440 S LaSalle St, Suite 908, Chicago, Illinois 60605.*****

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The “Directional” strategy is a defined-risk setup that looks to take advantage of a market move in one particular direction. TradeWise can make trade recommendations using either long single options, long/short vertical call spreads or long/short vertical put spreads in underlying securities (“underlying”) such as individual stocks, ETFs or Indices with high liquidity and generally with moderate volatility. The spread is considered a “Vertical” because the options are on the same underlying in the same expiration month but at different strike prices. The details of each specific trade will be stated in the trade recommendation email that we send you.
 
A Call Vertical spread involves simultaneously buying one call option and selling another call option at a different strike price in the same underlying, in the same expiration month. A Put Vertical spread involves simultaneously buying a put option and selling another put option, at a different strike price in the same underlying, in the same expiration month. Generally, we will be recommending, “selling” a vertical call or put spread, because there is a higher probability that the recommended trade will be successful.
 
We will generally recommend selling out-of-the-money Call Verticals or out-of-the-money Put Verticals but reserve the right to recommend individual calls or puts based on volatility. Upon selling the Vertical, an initial credit will be collected. There are three out of four market situations where this type of trade can be successful.
 
(1) If the underlying is moves sideways for a period of time while seeing a decrease in volatility;
(2) If the underlying moves away from the short strike; or
(3) If the underlying moves towards the short strike, but does not surpass the break-even point by expiration.
 
We may also periodically recommend ”Single” long Calls or Puts with a bullish or bearish bias as they are still considered a risk-defined trade. Selling premium against the original long position at a later date can be accomplished as long as the position remains risk-defined.
 
Suggested Allocation
A minimum of at least of $500 is required to Autotrade this strategy. There is no assurance that an individual Directional trade will be successful.
The length of any specific trade recommendation in the Directional strategy typically ranges from 5 to 50 days.
 
Potential Benefits
• You cannot lose more than your allocation (not including commissions charged by your broker-dealer or dividend risk).
• Potential gain on selling Verticals when the underlying remains in a relatively narrow trading range or on buying Singles/Verticals when the underlying moves in the desired direction.
• Investor education.
 
Potential Risks
• You could potentially lose 100% of your allocation per trade plus any commissions charged by your broker-dealer.
• Potential gains will be reduced or possibly eliminated by the commissions you pay your broker-dealer for the recommended transactions.
• There can be no assurance this strategy will be successful over time.

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Trade Advisory

May 6, 2019

  

TradeWise Strategy:   Directional  Advisory

Underlying:  American Express (AXP)

Status:  Opening Trade

Trade:   SELL -1 VERTICAL AXP 100 (Weeklys) 31 MAY 19 121/123 CALL @.57 LMT [TO OPEN/TO OPEN]

Trade Price:   $0.57 Credit

Underlying Price:  $118.75

Trade Risk:    $1.43

Trade Duration:  Short Term

Buying Power Reduction:  $143.00

 

Trade Explanation: For the Directional Advisory in American Express, we are selling the 31 May Weekly 121 calls and buying the 31 May Weekly 123 calls for a credit of $0.57 to open

Price Action: We are selling this $2 wide call vertical in the financial services company for a credit of $0.57. AXP has rallied from lower levels prior to earnings,  and the shares appear to be meeting resistance at this point. We expect the shares to either begin to consolidate or start reversing lower but we still have a cushion of $2.82 to the upside to allow for modest upside. We need AXP to continue to trade well below our break-even level of $121.57 for the best results.

 

Volatility:  Volatility has remained consistent in AXP since earnings were released 3 weeks ago. This gives us a good entry point on a short call vertical. Volatility could moderate with any consolidation in the stock price which would also have a positive effect on the spread. 

 

Probability: There is an 68% probability that AXP shares will expire below the short call on the 31st of May which offers an advantage to selling this shorter-term call vertical.  

 

Risk:   We are risking $1.43 to potentially capture up to a $0.57 credit should shares begin to stall out. The position is risk-defined and any adjustment or closing trade never increases the overall risk on the trade.

 

Trade Duration:  We have 25 days to reach 31 May expiration in this position. This is a short-term position and time decay will begin to increase quickly due to the time frame.

 

Logic:  We want to take advantage of the recent rise in AXP by initiating this downside to neutral trade recommendation. The shares will hopefully begin to pull back to allow for faster time decay ahead of expiration. The shares should reject this current level near their 52 week high and begin moving lower off any continued delay on an elusive trade deal with China. We will monitor the position closely and look to take action if there is an extreme move in either direction  

 

We will continuously monitor all of our positions to determine if adjustments need to be made or when to close out of a trade.

 

TradeWise

 

Opening Trade Price:  $0.57 credit         

Closing/Adjustment Price:  

 

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*****Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. Customers must consider all relevant risk factors including their own personal financial situation before trading. Every investor who uses options should read and understand the publication Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options. A copy can be obtained from The Chicago Board Options Exchange (1-800-OPTIONS) or from your broker. The investor considering options should consult their tax advisor as to how taxes may affect the outcome of contemplated options transactions. A prospectus, which discusses the role of the Options Clearing Corporation, is also available without charge upon request at the Options Clearing Corporation, 440 S LaSalle St, Suite 908, Chicago, Illinois 60605.*****

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