Stock Option Investment Advice

Answering a Few Questions

We’ve been getting quite lot of questions related to PowerOptionsApplied lately, so we’re going to address some of them.

Question #1: What does revised credit of .55 mean?


The Iron Condor trades are posted with a net credit amount. This amount represents the total positive cash flow from entering the position. A short put option is sold, say for example a $1, and a long put is purchased, say for $0.50. The net credit or positive cash flow for this trade is $1-$0.50 for a net credit of $0.50. Likewise, a long call option is sold, say for $2, and a long call option is purchased, say for $1.20. The net credit for this transaction is $2-$1.20 or $0.80. The total net credit would be $1.30, the sum of the put spread credit of $0.50 and the call spread net credit of $0.80. So, the trade is executed if the minimum net credit can be achieved, if the minimum net credit cannot be achieved, then the trade is not executed.

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After posting the initial trade, if the trade does not execute, we may post a revised net credit in order to facilitate the execution of the trade, which is what the “revised credit of .55” was referring to.

Question #2: What does roll mean?


Positions for the Chromium Iron Condor TradeFolio are rolled after being in the trade for a number of days in order to realize additional potential income. The direction of the roll depends upon the direction the market moves. If the market moves up, then the bull-put credit spread portion of the Iron Condor is rolled, and if the market moves down, then the bear-call spread portion of the Iron Condor is rolled. Rolling entails replacing a stock option or stock options with a different stock option or stock options.

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Additionally, covered call and collar (Titanium & Pallasium) positions may be rolled if the underlying stock increases or decreases after entry. If the underlying stock increases in price, then the short call option may be rolled to a higher strike price in order to realize more potential profit. If the stock decreases in price, then the short call option may be rolled to a lower strike price in order to recoup or recover from a loss.

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Question #3:

Your Titanium service prior to 2009 was lackluster to say the least. Have you been using the exact trding strategy now as you were before 2009? Thanks for you indulgence.


No, we have modified Titanium’s strategy. For example, we introduced rolling of positions and we also have modified the selection criteria.

Question #4 & #5:

I am currently enrolled in Autotrade for the Chromium program and have a $5k trade limit set. I would like to increase that limit. Is there any particular time of the month I should do that or can it safely be done at any time?

I would also like to start the Palladium program in another account. Again, must this initial setup be done at a particular time of the month, or is anytime ok?


You can change the trade limit at anytime, but you may end with one trade with $5K and one trade that is larger or smaller, depending upon how you change the limit. This is ok, but not optimal. The best time to change the trade limit would the week of stock options expiration when we don’t add new trades and do very few trade updates. The next week of stock options expiration is from Feb 15-19.

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The initial setup can be performed at anytime, as the new trades will all have the same allocation.

Question #6:

I subscribed to PowerOptionsApplied, but I’m not receiving any of the emails?


At some point previous, you unsubscribed from receiving emails from our service. We use a third party email provider which abides by the CAN-SPAM act, and as a result, we cannot resubscribe you for receiving our emails. In order to receive our emails, you will need to select an email which was sent from us by the third party email provider (iContact) and resubscribe. After finding and opening the email you will want to look for the link “Manage your subsription” located at the very bottom of the email. You can manage your email options by selecting this link.

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Question #7:

My husband and I are both wanting to autotrade your TradeFolios, do we need two subscriptions?


No, you and your husband may both subscribe to autotrade our TradeFolios with one subscription, but you will need to have one email address which is the same across both accounts with your broker.

Question #8:

How do I maintain a reserve in my account for rolling positions and for stop-losses?


We recommend that when the reserve amount of capital in an account approaches 10%, the amount allocated for the next trade be set to zero. This will stop the broker from executing new trades. We recommend the box “Next New Trade” remain checked, as this will allow the broker to execute any managment trades that we post to existing positions.

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Additionally, if the account reserve drops below 7%, we recommend closing a position or positions, preferably profitable positions, in order to maintain an acount reserve of 10%.

Question #9:

I’m trying to set up OptionsXpress for Palladium and am unclear about how to set up Trade Amount given the large/variable number of trades. I have set it up for Optium because there are always going to be four contracts. But how should I set up OptionsXpress for Palladium? Specifically, if I wanted to invest $100K, what would the values for Amount Type and Trade Amount be?


1.We recommend you not use # of contracts for Optium, as you will have different amounts invested between the four positions. Optium’s spreads (difference between short and long stock option) can vary from 5 to 25. Four contracts of a 5 spread will be an investment of $2000 and four contracts of a 25 spread will be an investment of $10,000. We recommend the amount invested be set to a specific dollar amount or % of account, but not # contracts.

2.Palladium will usually have about 10 positions, so $9,000 per position would be good which would be about $90,000 on average, leaving a reserve of $10,000 (10%) for rolling positions.

3.To maintain a reserve, but continue to participate in position rolls, you can change the trade amount to 0 when you have reached your reserve limit. You would also leave “Next New Trade” checked in order to participate in rolls.

Question #10:

BTW, do you publish any additional information on strategies for Palladium? The approach for Optium seems pretty straightforward but it’s not clear how positions get chosen for Palladium. How do you determine whether to trade covered call or collars? How does market trend (up/down) influence the trades, etc.? I’m really interested in understanding the overlap in risk between Optium and Palladium.


Positions for Palladium are selected from Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). Positions are selected for ETFs which are in an uptrend, which we think will continue in an uptrend and for which we can receive a reasonable potential return (greater than 2% in a month).

The decision to trade covered calls or collars for Palladium is based on whether we consider the market to be in a situation where it might reverse course. If the market appears to be primed for a reversal, then we will post collars, if not, then we will post covered calls. We’ve posted collars for the last two months and so far the market has not reversed, but we think the market will eventually have a short term pull-back and that we are just a little early.

In general, as long as the market continues in the same direction, up or down, Palladium will be profitable. If the market is in an uptrend we will place positions based on standard ETFs. If the market is in a downtrend, then we will post positions for inverse ETFs. Inverse ETFs move counter to the movement of the market.

Optium does not perform well for large market movements, up or down, over one month. Palladium does not perform well when a market switches from bullish to bearish or vice-versa.

Optium performs well in relatively quiet markets. Palladium performs well when the market continues in the same direction, up or down.

So for a market in an uptrend which has been in an uptrend, a large movement up may cause a loss for Optium, but a nice profit for Palladium. A large movement down in the same market may cause a loss for Optium and also for Palladium.

Also, a market which were to switch “calmly” from bearish to bullish might be profitable for Optium with Palladium experiencing losses.

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