Risk free strategy?

Discussion in 'Strategy Development' started by esherman281, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. What am I missing here? I'll lay out my strategy... buy 100 shares of the SPY, buy the same dollars worth of the inverse S&P 500 ETF (SH) (or use the SSO, divided by two) and then sell at the money calls on a monthly basis on the SPY, which will get ya around $300 a month.

    So with this strategy you'd be pocketing about $300 a month from selling the at the money call, all while being totally hedged 1 for 1. However it seems too good to be true, so what am I missing here?
  2. johnk49


    If SPY goes past your atm calls your short position will be losing more,your long position is capped by your atm calls.
  3. In essence you have a naked short call position. Maximum profit is premium received . whereas max loss is unlimited if market rises. You can counter that by buying delta neutral futures.
  4. You could have stopped with these statements :D