Objective Financial Planning LLC

Options Income Generation

  • Strategy Options
My view is that strong investment returns can help overcome shortfalls in other areas, such as poor planning.  This is why my focus has always been on providing the highest return for a given amount of risk. With markets in a guessing game as to the real value of assets due to the global monetary experiment being played, buying and selling stocks or indexes is not a place where I feel I can add value. This uncertainty is why I feel the right option strategies provide much more potential for positive returns due to a much greater room for error.  It is easier to hit the dartboard than the bullseye.
My option strategy focus is on a major index (versus an individual stock) as I want to avoid major price fluctuations.  The strategy utilized here is a lower risk, income generator where the credit spread (simultaneous purchase and sale of either a put or call) is far out of the money.  Typically there will be anywhere from one to three open spreads at a time as market trends can impact when I choose to open a spread. I also do not want one position to dominate a portfolio (i.e. avoid putting all your eggs in one basket) to help lower overall risk.
I have used this strategy with clients for over 5 years as a supplement to the rest of their traditional portfolio (mix of stocks, bonds, cash.) Each year, the strategy has evolved in terms of the size of the spread, how far to open away from the current price, and the amount of profit as well as the optimal point to close a position.
The current underlying security being utilized is the SPY (SPDR S&P 500) ETF as it is very liquid in the option world with most bid/ask spreads of 1 cent. There will typically be a cash cushion in place as a means of risk control in case positions need to be closed unexpectedly.  Total spreads open at one time will never exceed three and will never make up more than 90% of the Net Liquidation Value.  Expiration dates will also never exceed 30 days. On average, there is one spread opened every week with the positions expiring the vast majority of the time (>90% of the time).
Open spreads are closed only if the risk hits a predetermined level of potential loss. This depends on time to expiration, dollar value of potential loss, and VIX (volatility index).
The only time exceptions come into play are if a known major event is upcoming such as a Federal Reserve meeting announcement.



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Quarterly vs S&P500

Quarterly vs S&P500

Risk score

  • 4.9%

    Best quarter

  • 3.3%

    Worst quarter

    • 1.5% fee
    • $12,000 min
  • Required: Margin account
  • Required: Options trading permission

Performance detail

Performance history disclosure

Performance Portfolio inception February 18, 2016

as of March 28, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF S&P 500
Month-to-date 1.0% -0.4% -0.2%
Quarter-to-date 5.1% 0.3% 5.3%
Last 365 Days 18.5% -1.7% 15.8%
Since inception (Annualized) 19.0% -0.9% 20.0%
2017 (YTD) 5.1% 0.3% 5.3%

Risk metrics Last 365 days

as of March 28, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF S&P 500
Volatility 9.9% 3.5% 10.1%
Sharpe Ratio 1.80 -0.70 1.49
Sortino Ratio 2.10 -0.99 1.95
Maximum Drawdown -3.5% -5.4% -5.6%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -2.3% -0.8% -2.3%
U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio 1.87 0.36
Alpha 16.9% 7.0%
Beta -0.32 0.69
R-Squared 0.01 0.50


  • Equity Option

Portfolio commentary

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Latest transactions Average trades per month 5.2

Executed Symbol Security Type Price
March 06, 2017 SPY 170329P00215000 SPY Mar 29, 2017 215 Put Buy $0.12
March 06, 2017 SPY 170329P00225000 SPY Mar 29, 2017 225 Put Sell short $0.28
February 28, 2017 SPY 170317P00223000 SPY Mar 17, 2017 223 Put Sell short $0.28
February 28, 2017 SPY 170317P00213000 SPY Mar 17, 2017 213 Put Buy $0.12
February 24, 2017 SPY 170310P00225000 SPY Mar 10, 2017 225 Put Sell short $0.23
February 24, 2017 SPY 170310P00215000 SPY Mar 10, 2017 215 Put Buy $0.09
February 16, 2017 SPY 170303P00215000 SPY Mar 03, 2017 215 Put Buy $0.12
February 16, 2017 SPY 170303P00224000 SPY Mar 03, 2017 224 Put Sell short $0.25
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