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PhilStockWorld July Portfolio Review – The Butterfly Portfolio

Image result for one million dollars animated gif$1,151,934!   

That's up $62,254 since our last review and the Butterfly Portfolio is our oldest and most consistent portfolio as it truly follows the PSW mantra of "Be the House – NOT the Gambler!"  This is the only one of our portfolios we didn't cash out in September of 2019 since there's really no reason to – it's market-neutral.  Just like a casino, we are happy to take bets on either side of the roll and we simply collect the premiums along the way.  

Of course, we do make the occasional bet – that's why we have 160 Apple (AAPL) bull call spreads.  It didn't start out that way but they kept throwing a sale on AAPL and we kept buying it and now it's hit our target at $150 18 months ahead of schedule.  Even so, our 160 2023 $120/150 bull call spread with the short Sept puts and calls is "only" net $204,350 out of a potential $480,000 so there's $275,650 (134.8%) left to gain if AAPL simply holds $150 18 months from now.  Of course we're going to sell more short puts and calls for more income along the way (if they ever pull back).

The Butterfly Portfolio is a low-touch portfolio and we only add perhaps one trade per quarter but that's all we need and the returns compound over time so, after 3 active years (Jan 2nd, 2018), the returns are monstrous – as you can see:  

  • AAPL – Are we upset that we're down $42,600 on the short calls?  Not if it puts our $480,000 spread into the money.  We have 18 months to roll the calls and, of course, we gained on the short puts, which we can now buy back and wait for a dip to sell more put premium.  Our worst upside case is AAPL goes even higher and we have to buy another set of bullish spreads to cover and we make another $200,000 on that spread – oh no!   BECAUSE we have $654,439 on the side, we can do things like that.
  • AMZN – Another one where we're getting burned on short calls and those calls expire today so we're going to roll our 2 short July $3,500 calls at $133 ($26,000) to 2 short Sept $3,600 calls at $187 ($37,400).  So we're selling another $11,400 in premium and waiting for AMZN to stop being silly and pull back.  Meanwhile, our 2023 $3,300/3,800 bull call spread is $180,000 in the money at net $146,070 and a potential $300,000 (2x) at $3,800, so we're only protecting our gains.  Unlike AAPL, I don't want to be caught owning AMZN so we're not selling short puts.  

So here we have a net $76,700 spread and we previously made money on 4 short April $3,300 calls ($32,000) and 2 short April $2,600 puts ($9,500) so we're actually in this spread now for net $35,200 and we're able to sell $15,000 worth of premium every couple of months!  That's why we don't project position gains in the Butterfly Portfolio – they are incidental – we're really in it for the short put and call sales and any gains in the spread – even if it's $300,000 – is incidental.  It's just a side effect of the main strategy!  

  • Hakuna Matata: Cool African Wildlife Notebook Blank Lined Journal Gift For  Timon & Pumbaa Fan: Heaven, Bujo: 9781076893741: BooksDIS – These positions do get big as the portfolio ages.  That's because we tend to add on the dips.  The dates look new because we roll but DIS was here from day one.  They are right on track to put our $225,000 spread 100% in the money at $200 in 18 months and, at the moment, we're down net $6,300 on the puts and calls we sold due to this week's $15 pop. 
  • Otherwise, we were nailing the target.  We have a month to adjust the calls so we'll see how earnings are but we could roll them to the Jan $190s, which are $11 and that would put our main spread $6 ($45,000) more in the money before we owed a penny of that back.  So why should we worry?  

  • F – We're nailing the short calls on this one.
  • GNW – Fairly new but coming along already.  
  • GOLD – We're waiting for it to get back to $25 to sell more calls.  Patience is very important in this portfolio.

  • IMAX – They came down hard and fast and the short calls will go worthless but we'll have to roll the 5 short July $21 puts at $3.60 ($1,800) to 10 short Sept $18 puts at $1.65 ($1,650) and they should bounce here after a 25% drop so we'll wait on selling short calls.
  • KO – They just popped up and messed up our short calls.  I think we'll just close the July calls and see how it plays out as our $15,000 spread is now 100% in the money from our net $1,225 entry so we're not going to sweat losing $455 along the way, are we?

That's why the Key to the Butterfly Portfolio is to pick FUNDAMENTALLY SOUND POSITIONS that will go up over time.  Knowing that, we try to sell a little more bullish premium than bearish as we're very well covered to the bull side by our main position.  KO went up $2.50 this week and cost us $455 but our long spread went $3,750 more in the money.  It's a good trade-off.

  • MJ – This thing is crazy but the premiums are great to sell.  We sold 40 July $17s for $20,000 and now they are $4,900 so we made $15,100 and the long spread is up $11,050 already.  The whole position was a $10,000 credit to start and our 100 long calls are $30,000 in the money.  Aren't options fun?  We have over $80,000 of upside potential so it's silly not to sell some longs – even if we think we're low in the channel.  The premiums aren't what they used to be but let's sell 30 Jan $19 calls for $2 ($6,000) and we already have 30 short Jan puts that are in the money, so let's leave it as that for now.  

  • WBA – The short July calls will go worthless for a $4,000 profit on the net $2,075 spread in the first two months.  For our next trick, let's buy back the 25 short 2023 $60 calls for $1.78 ($4,450) and wait for a bounce off $45 to sell more.   We only have 10 short 2023 $45 puts, so let's sell 10 more of those for $6.63 to collect another $6,630 against our $2,075 spread.

That's why that cash balance keeps sneaking higher on us – we're always selling more puts and calls and dropping more and more cash into the portfolio and we only have to get lucky one time with our targets and the shorts expire worthless and we keep the cash and lose the obligations.  FUN!

WHR – We're just waiting to collect the full $75,000 on this trade as it's run it's course.  What a fantastic company.  Currently net $67,837 so all we have to do is wait 6 months to collect $7,163 more and we have nothing better to do with the cash and margin – so fine with us.

It's kind of a boring way to invest but, in any kind of market, the Butterfly Portfolio is good for spitting out steady profits.  

Have a great weekend, 

- Phil


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  1. Good morning!  

    Sorry but, I was about to make a Top Trade Alert for WHR and I realized we actually sold 10 Aug $210 calls on WHR last month for $11.50 and those are currently down $5,150 – so not quite as good as we thought in the Butterfly Portfolio last month.

    Still, WHR is, of course, what the Durable Good Report is all about – home appliances.  

    The numbers have not been thrilling but WHR is kicking ass with near record profits last year and certainly this year.

    Year End 31st Dec 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 TTM 2021E 2022E CAGR / Avg
    Total Revenue

    20,891 20,718 21,253 21,037 20,419 19,456 20,489 21,844 21,816 -1.41%
    Operating Profit

    1,242 1,368 1,136 279 1,571 1,623 1,981     5.50%
    Net Profit

    783 888 350 -183 1,184 1,081 1,362 1,504 1,378 6.66%
    EPS Reported

    9.83 11.5 10.3 -2.93 19.5 17.1 21.4     11.7%
    EPS Normalised

    12.5 14.3 13.5 6.68 16.3 20.4 24.7 23.8 23.2 10.4%
    EPS Growth

    +31.3 +14.6 -5.55 -50.5 +144 +25.0 +95.5 +16.6 -2.49  
    PE Ratio

              10.9 9.03 9.36 9.60  

              0.656 0.542   3.10  

    Because the sector is out of favor, this baby has been thrown out with the bath water but $223 is only $14Bn in market cap for a company dropping $1.5Bn to the bottom line with probably 5% sales growth.  They pay a 2.5% ($5) dividend but I just like the good old options play for the Long-Term Portfolio:

    • Sell 5 WHR 2023 $200 puts at $25 ($12,500) 
    • Buy 20 WHR 2023 $200 calls for $42 ($84,000) 
    • Sell 20 WHR 2023 $230 calls for $28 ($56,000) 

    That's net $15,500 on the $60,000 spread that's currently $44,000 in the money.  The upside potential is $44,500 (287%) at $230, which is very conservative.  Of course we'll sell some short calls along the way but let's see earnings first.  Selling just 5 Sept $230 calls for $7.50 would bring in $3,750 for 63 of the 553 days we have to sell, so we're in no hurry.  

    Worst case is owning 500 shares of WHR at net $231 (assuming the $15,500 is wiped out and we're assigned at $200) so it's a little aggressive but happy to DD if WHR is below $200 and then we'd have 1,000 shares at $215 average and we'd sell $30 worth of calls to cover and our basis would be $185 so, if we don't REALLY want to own 1,000 shares of WHR at $185, we have no business selling 5 2023 $200 puts for $25 but, if owning WHR at that price appeals to us (it does), then the rest of the trade is a no-brainer.  

  2. I am out of here at noon today – heading down to Key West with the girls.

    Image 1 - Key West Nautical Chart, Florida, Map, Lighthouse, FL Keys Bridge etc - Postcard

    This is how we roll: 

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  3. Jackie is very excited to see the sun rise in the east and set in the west from beaches on the same day.  

  4. Hey Phil, been following your strategies and appreciate the learning. One question, how do you manage your short calls? For example on the WHR trade you mention selling calls for Sept (obviously very short term). Do you typically do this planning to buy the stock or planning to manage if stock price goes down?

    I haven't taken the risk on short calls yet but feel ready to consider it.

  5. Have a fun day Phil. LOve Key West though the last time there got hit by a Sting Ray while snorkeling. Carry some ammonia with you as they REALLY hurt and burn. Thankfully someone on the beach had some so I didn't have an emergency hospital visit. The trick, I was told was to scan the top of waves to spot them. Hard to see when waves are coming in. Easier when calm.

  6. Good Morning.

  7. Phil – Enjoy your day with the kidz!  :)

  8. Phil, have fun with the family.   If its a jelly fish sting, you could just pee on it.  I swam with the stingrays in Grand Caymans, but those are more tame. 

  9. WHR/Swamp – Well it depends what happens.  We rarely buy stock to cover.  Sometimes we buy long calls but we already have a long position and those gains should outpace any losses on the short calls.  I'd start out small, with positions where you can laugh off a 20% move against you (in the stock price, maybe 200% on the options).  

    Sting rays/Pirate – Guys have built-in ammonia dispensers!  wink

    Woops, little dip here at the open.


    A little nervousness from Delta maybe?


  10. F   Ford,   yesterday someone sold 15,000 June22 $12 puts for $1.17

  11. Stockbern-we tried the pee. Helped a little but the natives all carry the ammonia. I was in shock after the hit and was dragged out of the water. I'm blasted allergic so an Epi pen would have been in order. Live and learn.

  12. The dollar is doomed over the long term – Gundlach

  13. Pirat pee without rum is not so good.!!!!

  14. Umm, guys? Sting ray and jellyfish toxin are heat-labile proteins. Stick your foot or other body part in a bucket of hot water for 10-20 minutes, and no more toxin.

  15. Have a great weekend folks,

    - Phil

  16. Well that got a lot worse after I left.  

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