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How Outliers Affect Options

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How do outliers affect short premium positions during and at the end of the trade?

  • SPY, 2005 to present
  • 45 DTE
  • Sold 30∆ Strangles (short 30∆ put and short 30∆ call) the day before an outlier move (+- 3, 4, and 5%)
  • Held to expiration in order to study the entire 45 day period
  • Observed the effects of the outlier move on the strangle P/L

We find that initially, our positions take a hit due to the outlier move, but at the end of the trade, our positions were profitable on average.

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