I post my personal trades for income in my newsletter on selling commodity options, Time Farming Training Bulletin.
On September 29, 2017, I sold the 1500-strike DEC17 Gold CALL for $40 per option.
On October 17, 2017, I sold the 1500-strike JAN18 Gold CALL for $80 per option.
On November 27, I sold the 1500-strike MAR18 Gold CALL for $100 per option.
On December 07, 2017, I sold the 1100-strike MAR18 Gold PUT for $70 per option.
Selling just two of each of these options gained me a total credit in my account (not incl.commission cost) of $580. These options have expired worthless or are about to expire worthless, which means I keep the credited amount.
When an option expires worthless, I don’t do anything. When you sell options, you get a credit in your account; if the option expires worthless, you do nothing and your broker removes the position from your account. It’s gone. It doesn’t exist anymore. But the money you received for selling it, is still in your account.
It’s almost like you have a license to sell lotto tickets. It’s your chance to be the casino and not the gambler.
On the days I placed these trades, my ThinkOrSwim software (it’s free) told me the “Prob OTM” of each of the options. They were:
DEC17 1500 CALL: 98.86%
OCT17 1500 CALL: 98.05%
NOV17 1500 CALL: 97.37%
MAR18 1100 PUT: 97.23%
“Prob OTM” means the probability the option will expire worthless because it is Out-Of-The-Money (OTM) on the expiration date.
What made me choose these options to SELL (short)?
I examined the price chart for the underlying Gold futures contracts.
I studied a 15-year price history of each of those contracts.
I noted the HIGH and LOW in recent trading years and contracts.
I know from research that historically, when the DOW is UP, gold is neutral to down (meaning with interest rates low and the stock market making higher HIGH’s, that the odds of gold falling or rising in any extreme measure is unlikely.)
The point to be made here is that the income from these expiring options has been coming in for several months – all basically, off only one trading idea.
The parameters that move gold prices haven’t changed much at all over months of time, so it is possible to make income by doing multiple trades off of one market opinion. I’ve done the same over these months with Natural Gas and Grain prices, both which have strong historical seasonal price patterns during this time.
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