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Monday, January 4, 2016

March Portfolio Insurance via SPY

Today the April SPY Puts were closed for a total $276 profit.

A few minutes later, new March 159 Puts were purchased to re-establish downside protection closer in time.

Interesting start to the year with this morning sell off.
 An SPX Chart for future reference:
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So far, we have played 6 long Put positions with 2016 options and overall we haven't lost money.

The goal of these long Puts is not to become rich from them, but to have downside protection. Basically we need to be hedged against market shocks. The fact that, overall, we haven't lost money on these insurance plays is great, as they are generally a sunk cost. So far, our portfolio has been protected against a severe sell off 100% of the time at basically no cost.

Trade Update - January 20, 2016
The March SPY 159 Long Puts were closed for 1.68. A net gain of 1.00 per contract and a total of $700. Link to the date-time stamped tweet

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