In the first half of 2013, SteadyOptions produced a 75.6% ROI (Return On Investment), based on maximum of 6 open trades. By allocating 10% per trade (and leaving at least 40% of the account in cash), the account would grow by 45.3%. Please note that those results are based on real fills, not hypothetical performance, and exclude commissions, so your actual results will be lower.
We have made some changes in SteadyOptions trading in order to adjust to low IV environment. Specifically, we are now trading less earnings trades and more theta positive trades like Iron Condors, Calendars etc.
Some of the major achievements:
8 out of 8 consecutive VIX winners this year, with average return of 29.5%.
10 out of 12 earnings calendars winners, with average return of 16.8%.
Double digit winners on many earnings straddles, like NKE, CRM, RVBD, AMZN, QCOM, CMG, PAYX, ARO, FNSR, CNQ, AZO, WMT, BWLD, CAT.
Overall winning ratio in 2013 is 61%, with average winner 16.6% and average loser -14.3%.
A month ago we launched a new portfolio for longer term conservative investors. See details here. I encourage members with larger accounts to shift at least some of the funds to the Anchor trades portfolio. June was a GREAT month for the Anchor strategy. The ETF model returned 2.094% and the stock model returned 3.328%, outperforming the market by significant margin.
On a negative side, we turned couple trades (like RUT butterfly and RUT calendar) to 50%+ losers. Fortunately, the number of those losers was very small, most of the other losers were in a single digits, plus few in the 15-20% range. Considering that we made almost 100 trades in the first half of 2013, those are reasonable numbers. Going forward, we will do everything possible to avoid those 50%+ losers at all.