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9 December 2023 Cash Secured Puts Stock Options Trades Yield 15.6%

Stock Picking, Options Trading for Income - Mon Nov 27, 2023

By Donald E. L. Johnson

Cautious Speculator

  • Low volatility on most of the best stocks makes finding good cash secured puts trades difficult.
  • Nine puts trades on six stocks are producing about 15.6% annualized returns.
  • Led by the moderately high implied volatility of AMD, the nine trades average IV was 30.4% when the trades were filled.
  • The December naked puts options trades also involve KMI, META, NEM, PANW and PFE.

The CBOE Volatility Index ($VIX)  Monday slipped to 12.94 from an early November high of almost 22 as a result of the rally in stocks this month.

A low VIX signals that puts and calls options on stocks in the S&P 500 are cheap. That makes it hard for sellers of naked puts and covered call to get good prices when they sell those options.

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The initial nine trades on six stocks are producing options premium income that averages 0.808% in RoR, or 15.586% annualized. AROR assumes that every month during the next 12 months, the RoR will be about the same as December’s estimated returns. November’s 31 trades on 18 stocks produced an average ARoR of about 10.255%. Returns vary month to month depending on volatility, stock and options prices and how good your luck is.

I’ve done three December expiration puts trades on Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) . It closed Monday at $122.65.

AMD’s bullish point and figure chart price objective on is $146.47. AMD is a 72% buy on rates AMD three stars and its fair value estimate on the stock is $125.’s discounted cash flow calculator produces a FVE of $110 per share. AMD’s implied volatility was a relatively high 37% to 39% when I did the trades. The first of three AMD puts trades expires on 12.1.23. Different assumptions and discount rates produce different fair value estimates. Higher volatility puts and calls options trades can be riskier than lower ones depending on the strikes used in the trades.

Of the six stocks in the December expiration portfolio, Palo Alto Networks Inc. (PANW)  was the only newcomer. I sold 12.8.23 and 12.15.23 expiration puts with $250 and $252 per share strikes. By selling different expiration dates and strike prices, I diversified my options portfolio a bit.

The two PANW trades’ implied volatility was 28.7% to 29.5%. The returns on risk were 0.344% and 0.536%, or 8.96% and 10.867% annualized. Their margins of safety were 4.533% and 6.093%. PANW closed Monday at $269.09.


PANW’s bullish point and figure price objective is $324.14.

Four other stocks in the December list include Kinder Morgan (KMI) , Meta Platforms Inc. (META) , Newmont Mining Corp. (NEM)  and Pfizer Inc. (PFE) , which I discussed in a previous post. I’ve owned the dividend stocks KMI, NEM and PFE for a long time. META was a new speculative puts trade in November.

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On the date of publication, Donald E.L. Johnson had a position in: AMD, KMI, META, NEM, PANW, PFE. All information and data in this article is solely for informational purposes. For more information please view the Barchart Disclosure Policy here.