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Today was not one of my favorite days. We finally took our medicine and bailed out of our 1535/1550 June bear call spread. It wasn't cheap. In retrospect, we probably should have GTFO a week ago when the SPX pulled back to 1505. It appeared that the market was ready to stop. It faked us out - faked us (me) out of about $5,000. Fortunately, most of you closed the position earlier. Those of us who were too stubborn to pull the trigger took a hit on the bear call spread of $12,240 - 2,060 (premium) = $10,180.

We didn't close out the 1410/1395 bull put spread because we don't need the dollars right now. It's incredibly safe and we can save a few dollars and a few commissions.

Once we deduct the profit from our other two June trades ($1,900 & $1,000), we'll post a net loss for June of $7,280.

Now, with that monkey off our back, we can look for look for ways to start making back. June will be only the fourth losing month out of 55. It's just tough to digest it. It's a cost of doing business, but it's still a difficult emotional decision - one that I should have made a week ago.

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Off To Las Vegas
Tomorrow morning Lydia and I leave for our seminar in Las Vegas. It will be a full house and should be great fun. I won't be able to watch the market Friday morning. Let's hope it behaves itself. Friday is always one of my favorite days to trade. The VIX is still up over 13. It would be nice if the market pulled back and the volatility increased to give us some more opportunities. But we have to be careful not to interpret a little pullback as a change of trend. Been there, done that, paid the price.

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CURRENT JUNE CPTI PORTFOLIO POSITIONS

CPTI June Position #1 - RUT - Bull Put Spread - 847.18

On 5/1, we sold 20 May RUT 720 puts and bought 20 May RUT 710 puts for a credit of $.50 ($1,000). Maintenance is $20,000. We will watch for an opportunity to add a bear call spread to this position to complete our Iron Condor.


CPTI June Position #2 - SPX - Iron Condor - 1530.62

On 3/28, with the SPX at about 1419, we sold 12 May SPX 1300 puts and bought 12 May SPX 1285 puts for a credit of $.70. Then we sold 12 May SPX 1505 calls and bought 12 May SPX 1520 calls for a credit of $.70. Our net credit and profit potential was $1.40 ($1,680). Our maximum profit range is 1300 to 1505. Our total maintenance was $18,000.

On 5/3, with the SPX at about 1501, we rolled out our May position into June by buying back both spreads and establishing the 1535/1550 bear call spread and the 1410/1395 bull put spread for an additional credit of $380. We now have a profit potential of $2,060. On 5/31 closed out bear call spread for a loss of $10,180.

CPTI June Position #3 - RUT - Iron Condor - 847.18

On 5/7, we sold 20 June RUT 760 puts and bought 20 June RUT 750 puts for a credit of $.60 ($1,200). Then we sold 14 June 890 calls and bought 14 June 900 calls for a credit of $.50 ($700). Total potential profit is $1,900. Maximum profit range is 760 to 890. Maintenance is $20,000.

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CURRENT JULY CPTI PORTFOLIO POSITIONS

CPTI July Position #1 - SPX - Bull Put Spread - 847.18

On 5/30, we sold 15 July SPX 1400 puts and bought 15 July SPX 1385 puts for a credit of $.70 ($1,050). Maintenance is $22,500. We will watch for an opportunity to add a bear call spread to this position to complete our Iron Condor.

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ONGOING STRATEGY - THE ZERO-PLUS Strategy
In the past, I outlined a strategy based on an initial investment of $100,000. At that time, $74,000 was spent on zero coupon bonds maturing in about seven years at a value of $100,000. The principal $100,000 investment is guaranteed. We're trading the remaining $26,000 to generate a "risk free" return on the original investment. We are not compounding our profits by dramatically increasing the number of contracts we trade. Our new cash total is $49,610 ($51,050 - $1,440).

RUT Iron Condor - 847.18

On 5/7, we sold 25 June RUT 760 puts and bought 25 June RUT 750 puts for a credit of $.60 ($1,500). Then we sold 20 June 890 calls and bought 20 June 900 calls for a credit of $.50 ($1,000). Total potential profit is $2,500. Maximum profit range is 760 to 890. Maintenance is $25,000.

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It's always a challenge (and a pleasure) for me to have a roomful of bright people who have a passion for, and are excited about, learning. We go over everything imaginable - from the non-directional strategies to the psychology of trading. We cover a lot more than the mechanics. Inquiring minds want to know the whens and the whys -- not just the hows. That way, they're prepared for the best (and the worst) - and know the best way to handle either situation. Contact me and I'll personally call you with all the details.

If you're a SERIOUS options trader, you want to learn the nuances of our advanced non-directional trading strategies and hone your trading skills. Contact me ASAP at mparnos@optioninvestor.com. Send me your phone number. I'll call you with all the pertinent information. The price is a bargain - ONLY $995.00 -- less than the profit from one Iron Condor trade. You'll have a two-day experience that you'll remember, and profit from, for a lifetime. I limit our CPTI seminars to ONLY 25 ATTENDEES. And, as a bonus, if you attend one of my CPTI seminars, you are entitled to RETAKE the seminar a SECOND TIME at NO CHARGE!

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HAPPY TRADING!
Remember the CPTI credo: Our remote batteries and self-discipline should last forever, but mierde happens. Be prepared! In trading, as in life, it's not the cards we're dealt. It's how we play them.
MIKE PARNOS, Your Options Therapist and CPTI Master Strategist

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Couch Potato Trader Disclaimer
All results reported in this section are hypothetical. While the numbers represented here may have been achieved or beaten by our readers, we make no representation that any individual investor achieved these exact results. The tracking for the plays listed in this section uses closing prices for the day the newsletter is published and it is not meant to imply that any reader actually received those prices (though many often do) or participated in these recommendations (even though many do). The portfolio represented here is hypothetical and for investment education purposes only. It is only an illustration of what type of gains a knowledgeable trader might receive utilizing these strategies. If you don't get close to these results, guess what. It isn't the fault of the strategies.

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