Juggling With Knives: Profits, protection and planning for volatility in stocks, bonds, real estate, and real life.
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On the market’s risk complacency, I’m adding another VIX call to my Volatility Portfolio–this one for October
The CBOE S&P Volatility Index (VIX) dropped 8.9% on Friday, June 4, to 16.44. It’ up just slightly today to 16.73 (up 1.89%) as of 2 p.m. New York time. That’s, in my opinion, an extremely low reading on the fear index considering how many potentially market moving volatility events we’ve got ahead of us over the next six months. (For a list see my Special Report: 5 picks and 5 hedges for a falling market on my JubakAM.com subscription site.) So today, June 7, I’m adding another Call Option on the ViX to my Volatility Portfolio.
When I added shares of Build-A-Bear Workshop (BBW) to my Volatility Portfolio on March 31, 2021, I was thinking that the stock would move up in price as pandemic restrictions that had forced the closing of most of the company’s stores eased. The company had made a huge and successful shift to online selling and I thought that Build-A-Bear would be able to continue that success as well as reap the revenue gains that would come from the reopening of its brick and mortar stores. But I certainly didn’t expect the stock to gain 103.91% from then until the close on May 26. The stock climbed another 39.31% today on the release of earnings and is now up 100.14% in the last three month; 78.10% in the last month, and 56.33% in the last week. I’m selling the shares today, May 27, on the great news in the earnings report for the quarter.
The Disney July 16 Call Options (strike price $170) are up another 17.98% today, May 25, as of 1:30 p.m. New York time to $9.91. I’m going to make my profit in this option position today ahead of the potential volatility later this week ahead of Friday’s big inflation data release. I bought these options back on May 17 at $7.17 a contract. I’m closing the position with a 32.6% gain.
Researchers looking for a way to improve the tolerance of the Arabica coffee plant that accounts for 56% of global coffee production may have found their cuppa in Sierra Leone. Coffea stenophylla grows at a mean annual temperature up to 12.24 degrees higher than Arabica. And coffee tasters say, according to Bloomberg, it has a flavor similar to Arabica rather than to the more temperature tolerant Robusta coffee used now in instant and other bulk coffees. Global coffee production is threatened by rising temperatures
Hold off on those VIX hedges for a bit–a robust start to earnings season from the big banks this week could send the “fear index” even lower
Over the weekend I posted that I’d be looking at a possible buy of Call Options on the CBOE S&P 500 Volatility Index (VIX) today–depending on how the VIX behaved in the Monday action. Today the VIX regained some of the ground that it gave up last week, closing ahead 1.92% to 1701 after closing at 16.69 on Friday. And I’m going to hold off on buying VIX Call Options until I see the trend in first quarter earnings reports.
Back on March 17, I added shares of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts (WH) to my Jubak Picks Portfolio because I thought the stock was among those issues most likely to climb in a "post-vaccine rally." Sine then the shares are up 3.39% as of 3 p.m. on April 7. But in my last...
The one certainty in the stock market right now, I’d say, is volatility. Both to the upside and to the downside. So I think we should take what the market is giving us. Using these three moves in the short term.
Shares of Chargepoint (CHPT) were up 15.40% as of 2:30 p.m. New York time today, March 31. Charging station competitor Blink Charging (BLNK) was up 8.69%. The big jump came on speculation that the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan with its emphasis on growing the number of electric vehicles in use would include incentives and money for expanding the woefully inadequate U.S. network of charging stations for electric cars.
Today, March 24, I’m going to add another hedge against a drop in stock prices, one that’s a more general market hedge against a more general market decline.
In my last installment on my JubakAM.com subscription site to my Special Report: Profit and Protect--What you need to know about stock market stages for 2021"--I added two hedges for volatility protection. The U.S. Copper Index Fund ETF (CPER) and the Invesco KBW Bank...