Profits Locked In

Profits Locked In

Hello Smart Option Sellers! AT&T (T) Let's go over the results of yesterday's profit-taking trade on AT&T. We were able to easily get filled on the T buy-back trade at $.05 per contract, as it was offered at that price all day. Here's what we did: Bought back (bought-to-close) all of the T October 2017 $31 put options for an official buy price of $.05 per contract as a closing transaction (bought-to-close). We originally established (sold-to-open) this put option on May 18, 2017 for a sale price of $.25 per contract, and now we took gains by buying it back (bought-to-close) for $.05 per contract. With the fill at $.05, it locked in a gain of $.20 per contract ($20 for every contract traded) and a return on margin (ROM) of roughly 3.2% in about three and a half month's time. If you like to annualize, that's roughly an 11% return. Here's how the margin calculations break down: Whenever we sell an option contract, your broker requires you to maintain a "margin requirement". The margin requirement is just part of your account funds that need to be held aside while the trade is active. You are not borrowing money from anyone nor are you paying margin interest to anyone. The margin requirement is typically 20% of what it would cost to buy 100 shares of the stock at the strike price. In this case: 20% x $3,100 = $620. Your margin requirement at your broker may be slightly higher or lower. Ask them. So our margin requirement is $620 per each put option contract sold. Our profit on this trade is $20 for every contract sold. The return on margin (ROM) comes out to $20/$620 = 3.2%. The fill at $.05 also allowed us to capture 80% of the full profit potential ($.20 gain/$.25 full potential = 80%). When selling options (calls or puts), your full profit potential is capped at what you initially sell the option for. In this case, that amount is $.25 per contract. We like to close trades early before expiration when we can capture at least 80% of the full profit potential (my "80% Rule"). This is just smart money management and it allows us to lock in gains and free up cash to be put towards new trades. If you have not been filled on this trade yet, just keep your order working "GTC" to buy at $.05 per contract or cheaper. Congrats to everyone who was involved with this one. And if you have the means, consider giving a few dollars of your profits to organizations that are helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey. It always feels good to help others. That's all for now. Contact us here Continue to work all other trades as instructed and continue to hold all other open positions as-is. See the Current Portfolio below for current prices & instructions. Quick note on the Current Portfolio - if you are a new subscriber and don't have a position yet on any of our trades, make sure you enter your order at the original recommended sell prices. Do not enter any order unless the current price is at, or higher, than the official recommendation. If you are unsure or have any questions, please ask us! Warren Buffett Report I continue to get good feedback and orders on this new report, so I'll keep this notice going for the time being so everyone has a chance to see it. If you need the link again, click here to read about it. Regards, Lee Let's Grab That Cash!

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