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Global markets woke up yesterday morning in a free fall – the same one they’ve been stuck in for six trading days straight.
The coronavirus has a chokehold on stocks around the world, and it doesn’t appear to be loosening any time soon. It’s pulling markets into correction territory fast.
South Korea’s Kospi index has fallen more than 9% below its high made in January. Germany’s DAX was already in trouble – now, it’s shedding more points every day, already 2.2% lower at yesterday’s open, alongside France’s CAC 40.
This week alone, the Dow has lost more than 2,000 points, and the S&P 500 is officially negative for the year. The 10-year Treasury yield continues to hit record lows every single day.
You know that dream where you’re falling through the air and wake up right before you hit the ground? That’s what this market reminds me of… except we aren’t waking up. We just keep falling.
But don’t pull your parachute just yet. It’s time to take advantage of the free fall. Because this market isn’t a reason to panic – it’s actually the best place to snag high-probability, short-term profits.
While investors are moving their money around in a desperate cry for help, smart traders are grabbing cash like it’s floating in an arcade’s wind booth. And now, it’s your turn.
Here’s how to harness the market’s moneymaking opportunity right now…
Use the Bear Call Spread to Take Profits in a Falling Market
There’s an old adage that goes, “the bulls climb up the stairs and the bears fall out the window.”
Basically, stocks fall faster than they rise – and that statement has never been more true. The Dow has been climbing to new highs all year long. And then, Monday, February 24 hit. And every single one of those gains were erased, all in one day.
This came after news that the coronavirus had continued its spread outside China, cases spiking in South Korea, Italy, and Iran. People are scared – and fear grows like wildfire. As wealth dissipates, fear increases, and a vicious circle ensues…
But there’s a way to measure the fear in this market and use it to your advantage. The Chicago Board Options Exchange’s CBOE Volatility Index (SVIX), also called the “Fear Index,” is an averaged implied volatility (IV) of at-the-money (ATM) S&P 500 index options.
As you can see in the above $VIX chart, fear hasn’t been this high since October’s U.S.-China trade war. But here’s the thing about fear – it comes and goes. That much is evident in the chart above. Eventually, the fear will subside.
But before that happens, you can take advantage of the trading environment that this fear is setting up. Stocks are tanking, bears have fallen out the window, bulls will take time to rise, and options are expensive. The strategy is simple…
Sell expensive credit spreads far away from the price action and beyond reach of a short-term recovery.
Here’s what I mean…
Now, opening this spread doesn’t cost you any money. In fact, it gives you a credit! Simply subtract the price of the call you’re buying from the price of the call you’re selling, and there you have it. Your account has been credited $100!
As long as the stock stays below $120 for the next 16 days, you can take this high-probability profit to the bank!
In summary, here are the four steps to selling a bearish credit spread:
- Find stocks that have dropped hard below support and preferably the 50-day and 200-day moving averages.
- If you have two or more resistance levels (including moving averages), sell a bearish spread above as many resistance levels as possible. More is better.
- Receive at least 1% of credit for each day in the trade. In the example above, we will receive 25% for 16 days of time in the trade, fitting this rule.
- If the stock closes above your short strike, close (buy back) the spread for a small loss.
It doesn’t matter if the market is heading up, down, or sideways. There’s always profit potential there – if you know where to look.
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Have a great weekend,
America’s #1 Pattern Trader