Monday, 20 April 2020

Systematic Put Write - April 2020


Last Friday was Option Expiration day and it is time to review the movements done following our strategy.

IBEX 35 on April 17th 2020. Source Investing

After last month´s crash, the IBEX 35 bounced back, although not as much as the markets in the USA, for instance. The index closed at 6875 points, gaining 335 points (or +6,70%).

As I commented last month, the opening of new short positions was forbidden (and it keeps that way) by the CNMV (Spanish market regulator) so I could not perform the usual PUT selling. Instead, in order to keep the same exposure level, I bought a contract of the IBEX 35 future (which is the underlying asset of the PUT option) at 6110 points and sold it last Friday at 6940 points, booking a gain of 822,8€.

However, I don´t think that is fair to record this gain, since the strategy only involves selling ATM PUT options. Instead, I will record the theoretical gains that I would have obtained by selling the corresponding April 2020 6400 PUT: +437,50€ (or +6,42%).

Considering all this, since its inception, the strategy is at -24%. During the same period, the IBEX 35 lost -27,9%.