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Cry Havoc

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From time to time, a question will appear in the comments section which is worthy of a response in a post. Havoc left just such a comment (I’ve boldfaced some of it for emphasis):

Questions…. I’ve been watching you trade for about 15 years, and you have made adjustments to your method over that time. Your style has similarities and differences to my own, and I’m curious as to how you honestly feel about the long-dated options-only method. I still am very impressed with your strategy of holding dozens of individual short positions (while I only short the SPX in a couple of ways). You have convinced me of the benefit in a crashing market of the added time it takes to exit all those positions, for example. How do you value the price of the options in your spreadsheet, is it the midpoint of the bid/ask? When you decide to enter, or exit a position, are you entering limit orders to prevent bad fills within these wide spreads? Most importantly, in what ways have you found this style to be better than being actually short the individual stock? I’ve actually started building a portfolio of options that expire in 1/24, and am finding peace of mind with it.