Freedom Capital Advisors

LOWS(Levered Options Writing Strategy)

  • Strategy Options
We take a value approach to investing and try not to overpay for anything.  Our discipline is buying good large cap companies at reasonable valuations and selling puts underneath as a means to initiate positions and create income.  Companies are scrutinized closely and we look at earnings, cash flow, debt, and market cap as well as many other metrics. Often we initiate positions in companies that we have followed for many years and have invested in many times in the past.
We typically are looking at large, dominant Fortune 500 type companies who have attractive valuations.  The LOWS strategy involves selling out-of-the-money puts on companies we would like to own and that involves shorter-term options as well as long-term options.  If put the stock, often we will sell covered calls to reduce our risk further.
Most positions we initiate are in stocks and companies we are familiar with and have read through quarterly earnings reports(10-Q) and annual reports(10-K’s) as well as current news.
The portfolio consists primarily of short options positions (naked puts) and long stocks and covered options positions.  Careful consideration is given to not overweight in any one stock or sector.  There are usually between 10 to 30 companies in the portfolio at any one time and typically a handful of options and strike prices on any one position, typically puts and covered calls.  Our goal is to maximize returns using leverage and employ a “walk before we run” approach.
We would sell a position if the company’s outlook and fundamentals deteriorated and we felt like it would take too long to recover.  Often we will “roll” a position if necessary to lower our cost and reduce risk along with selling an “in the money” covered call.



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Quarterly vs S&P500

Quarterly vs S&P500

Risk score

  • 8.9%

    Best quarter

  • 2.0%

    Worst quarter

    • 1.25% fee
    • $28,000 min
  • Required: Margin account
  • Required: Options trading permission

Performance detail

Performance history disclosure

Performance Portfolio inception December 09, 2015

as of January 17, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Month-to-date 4.5% 1.3%
Quarter-to-date 4.5% 1.3%
Last 365 Days 47.7% 20.6%
Since inception (Annualized) 29.2% 8.9%
2017 (YTD) 4.5% 1.3%
2016 25.9% 9.5%

Risk metrics Last 365 days

as of January 17, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Volatility 24.6% 12.2%
Sharpe Ratio 1.92 1.65
Sortino Ratio 2.38 2.29
Maximum Drawdown -14.7% -5.7%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -5.7% -2.8%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio 1.55
Alpha 12.5%
Beta 1.51
R-Squared 0.56


  • Basic Materials
  • Equity Option

Portfolio commentary

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Latest transactions Average trades per month 6.1

Executed Symbol Security Type Price
January 11, 2017 BMY 170616P00047000 BMY Jun 16, 2017 47 Put Sell short $0.72
January 10, 2017 DUK 170421P00070000 DUK Apr 21, 2017 70 Put Sell short $1.01
January 06, 2017 TGT 170421P00060000 TGT Apr 21, 2017 60 Put Sell short $0.58
December 28, 2016 WMT 170317P00060000 WMT Mar 17, 2017 60 Put Sell short $0.33
December 21, 2016 F 170120P00011500 F Jan 20, 2017 11.5 Put Sell short $0.05
December 21, 2016 VOD 170721P00020000 VOD Jul 21, 2017 20 Put Sell short $0.44
November 30, 2016 XOM 170721P00065000 XOM Jul 21, 2017 65 Put Sell short $0.77
November 29, 2016 GSK 170519P00032000 GSK May 19, 2017 32 Put Sell short $0.55
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  12. This portfolio uses short selling. Short selling is more complex than simply owning securities, involves a high degree of risk, is highly speculative, and is not suitable for all investors. The risk of loss associated with short selling is virtually unlimited. Short selling may also involve additional expenses and risks, including hard-to-borrow stock charges and buy-in risk. You should only select a portfolio using short selling if you are comfortable with the level of risk involved in short selling.
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