Sell a Strangle Close to Expiration
There’s always risk when you buy
any investment and there’s even more risk when you sell short an investment.
Add in options and you’re looking at a very risky proposition. With that
warning, selling a combination of a Call and a Put within days of expiration is
a good way to make money while limiting your risk.
will have to approve your account for the blind selling of options which is not
an immediate setting and requires additional paperwork. In addition, you should
select investments that are liquid (a lot of options volume) in which the
underlying asset does not have a high beta, does not move with wild swings
I picked the SPDRs (SPY) with the March 140 Call and the March 129 Put. A Strangle
itself limits your risk exposure because you are both long and short the same
asset at the same time. But selling both the Call and the Put also kicks in the
time value of the options which is decreasing rapidly as the expiration
approaches. This is a one day trade and as soon as a 20% gain is made, I would
be looking to close the position.