When John identifies a strategic exit point, he will send you an alert with specific trade information as to what security to sell, when to sell it, and at what price. Most often, it will be to TAKE PROFITS, but, on rare occasions, it will be to exercise a STOP LOSS at a predetermined price to adhere to strict risk management discipline.
Trade Alert – (TLT) – TAKE PROFITS
SELL the iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (TLT) February 2021 $162-$165 in-the-money vertical Bear Put spread at $2.95 or best
Closing Trade – NOT FOR NEW SUBSCRIBERS
expiration date: February 19, 2020
Portfolio weighting: 10%
Number of Contracts = 40 contracts
All of the profit in this position is from time decay. In only nine trading days, we have captured 90% of the maximum potential profit in this position. The risk/reward of continuing is no longer favorable.
Better to free up cash and use it for other opportunities that are raining down upon us.
I am therefore selling the iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (TLT) February 2021 $162-$165 in-the-money vertical Bear Put spread at $2.95 or best. As a result, you get to take home $1,800, or 18.00% in 9 trading days. Well done, and on to the next trade.
I believe that the ongoing bond market crash will continue.
With 2021 expected to be one of the strongest years for economic growth in history, there is no chance you’ll see a major rally in the US Treasury bond market from here. The only question is how fast it will fall.
The fundamentals of this trade are very simple. The national debt rose from a record $23 trillion to an eye-popping $28 trillion in 2020. In 2021, it is expected to explode to $32 trillion. The US Treasury demands on the bond market are going to be incredible.
It is almost mathematically impossible for bond prices to rise substantially from here. They can only go sideways at best, or down big in the worst case. Sounds like a great short to me.
This was a bet that the (TLT) will not rise above $162.00 by the February 19 option expiration in 24 trading days. To lose money on this position, ten-year US Treasury yields would have to approach 0.65%, which they won’t.
Here are the specific trades you need to exit this position:
Sell 40 February 2021 (TLT) $165 puts at……………………………$12.00
Buy to cover short 40 February 2021 (TLT) $162 puts at……..…$9.05
Profit: $2.95 – $2.50 = $0.45
(40 X 100 X $0.45) = $1,800, or 18.00% in 9 trading days.
The Fat Lady is Singing for the Bond Market
If you are uncertain on how to execute an options spread, please watch my training video by clicking here.
The best execution can be had by placing your bid for the entire spread in the middle market and waiting for the market to come to you. The difference between the bid and the offer on these deep in-the-money spread trades can be enormous.
Don’t execute the legs individually or you will end up losing much of your profit. Spread pricing can be very volatile on expiration months farther out.
Keep in mind that these are ballpark prices at best. After the alerts go out, prices can be all over the map.