Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) : Trading StraddlesDate Published: 2017-01-28
As we look at Alphabet Inc we note that deciding whether to buy or sell options (in this case a straddle) is probably the most important question when it comes to option trading. But a cursory analysis of a short straddle will miss the fine points required -- especially surrounding earnings.
There's a broader question we are looking to answer -- has owning options or selling options been the winner in Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) .
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There's lot less luck involved in successful option trading than some people have come to know. We'll get specific with short straddles on GOOGL. Let's look at a three-year back-test of a short straddle strategy with these quick guidelines:
* Test monthly options (roll the trade every 30-days).
* Avoid earnings.
* Examine the at the money straddles.
* Test a short straddle looking back at three-years of data.
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And now the findings.
If we did this short straddle in Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) over the last three-years but always skipped earnings we get these findings:
Selling a straddle every 30-days in GOOGL has been a pretty substantial winner over the last three-years returning Even better, the strategy has outperformed the short straddle that was held during earnings.
GOING FURTHER WITH ALPHABET INC
That first step of analyzing a short straddle while avoiding earnings is nice -- but let's go deeper.
Let's look at the same analysis, but we will only look at earnings. Specifically, we will short the straddle two-days before earnings, then close the option position two-days after earnings.
Here are those results for the same short straddle:
While Selling an uncovered straddle in Alphabet Inc during earnings did prove to be a winner, more importantly, it returned less than the same short straddle that avoided earnings. But, there's a bigger picture here.
Having historical analysis in hand before option trading maps the decision process about what to trade, when to trade, and even if the trade is worth it at all. Now let's go beyond Alphabet Inc and trading short straddles to something that makes a difference in our trading lives.