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Trade Alert - (MS)
Sell Short the Morgan Stanley (MS) September $12-$14 put spread at $0.18 or best
expiration date: 9-21-2012
Portfolio weighting: 5%
($5,000/100/$0.18) = 60 Contracts
There is a risk that I am dead wrong in my expectation of a market selloff in September. Therefore, I want to protect my exiting position in the (MS) October $13-$15 put spread from a continued sideways, or move up, in the market.
I intend to do this by converting my existing (MS) October $13-$15 put spread into a 1:1:1:1 September/October $15-$14-$13-$12 put ratio. I will do this by selling short the Morgan Stanley (MS) September $14-$12 put spread at $0.18 or best, and keeping the existing October $13-$15 put spread. I know this sounds complicated. But it is the best way to cut your cost of entry to your (MS) $13-$15 put spread in a margin efficient way, while still participating on the downside.
Please also note that I am shorting September (MS) put spread against my long October (MS) put spread. This is known as a calendar spread, or a cylinder, and should reduce your margin requirement. This means that I will have limited downside participation until the September 21 expiration in 15 trading days, and unlimited participation after that.
If (MS) stock stays above $14 by the September 21 expiration, this should add (60 X .18 X 100) = $1,080, or 1.08% to your performance for the notional $100,000 model portfolio.
Here are the trades that you should execute:
Sell short the September, 2012 (MS) $14 puts at??$0.24
Buy the September, 2012 (MS) $12 puts at????.$0.06
Net Premium Proceeds:????.???????...$0.18