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I posted a few bearish opportunities in USO last week. In that article I mentioned the current heightened levels of volatility to show that there are trading opportunities everywhere! And as some of you already know, when implied volatility (IV) is high, as seen through IV rank, IV percentile and various other measures, options selling strategies (preferably those with a high probability of success) are the preferred choice.
Typically, we must hunt for inflated levels of IV. Otherwise, we are simply selling premium when IV is at normal levels. That being said, as a long-time options trader who predominantly sells options (although I will use debit spreads and occasionally buy calls and puts) I’ve rarely seen this many opportunities to sell premium using a high-probability approach. Options selling opportunities are available across the board, regardless of your directional bias.
Jason Goepfert of Sundial Capital Research recently said, “The average volatility gauge across markets is in the top 2% of their yearly ranges.”
Courtesy of Sentimentrader.com
Even the volatility of volatility is nearing an extreme.
Courtesy of SlopeofHope.com
And if that wasn’t enough, take a look at the IV rank and IV percentile in the major ETFs.
*IV Rank – tells us if current implied volatility (IV) is considered high or low on an underlying security in comparison to all other IV readings over the past 12 months.
*IV Percentile – tells us the percentage of days that implied volatility (IV) has been below the current level of IV over the past 12 months.
So, as you can see, the volatility bull market has arrived. The question is: How are you going to take advantage of it?
Whether you’re a bull, bear or somewhere in between, opportunities to sell options premium are plentiful. Take advantage!
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