Profit Results - ORCL

Profit Results - Oracle Corp. (ORCL) Hello Smart Option Sellers! Another profitable trade locked in. We had no problem getting filled on yesterday's buy-back order on ORCL. Here's what we did: Bought back (bought-to-close) all of the ORCL January 17, 2020 $40 strike put option contracts for an official buy price of $.05 per contract as a closing transaction (bought-to-close). Most of the trades went across the tape at $.05 per, but I did see a few $.04 trades as well. Maybe you were one of them? Here are the profit details: We originally established (sold-to-open) this put option on September 12, 2019 for a sale price of $.27 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 $.22 per contract ($22 for every contract traded) and a return-on-margin (ROM) of roughly 2.75% in two month's time. If you like to annualize, that's roughly a 16.5% return. You might notice, that although our dollar gains are typically the same for each trade, our ROM can fluctuate quite a bit. The reason being - the strike price has everything to do with how much margin you will be required to hold aside, and thus, will affect your ROM. The higher the strike price, the higher the margin requirement. And vice versa. This is the main reason why I like to focus on lower-priced stocks - typically $50 and under. To understand how the margin works and the calculations involved, here's the breakdown: Whenever we sell an option contract, your broker will require you to maintain a "margin requirement". The margin requirement is made up of funds that are already in your account and will need to be held aside while the trade is active. Think of it as collateral. You are not borrowing money from anyone nor are you paying interest to anyone. Some people can confuse the margin requirement with "trading on margin". They are completely different concepts. We are not "trading on margin" when selling put options (you can read my Margin Primer in the Members-Only section of the website). 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 $4,000 = $800. Your specific margin requirement at you