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To read the first part Click Here. As I mentioned in my previous post this is a virtual trade. I bought this MSFT Sep 13 33/36 debit put spread for 1.33. As you can see below it's currently trading for 2.58 which is 93% profit so far. The maximum possible profit of this spread is 125%. There is no sense to wait until September for a few more percentige point so I will exit the trade next week. Below I also included the price chart for MIcrosoft.
MSFT was already overbought in April and showed some weakness since then. A divergence was forming between the RSI indicator and the price chart. Prices were moving higher but RSI was moving lower. The price chart shows that MSFT clearly lost momentum and some kind of top was forming. Continue reading below the chart.
One way to take advantage of a correction like this is to buy a Debit Put Spread. A Debit Put Spread consist of a long Put with a higher strike price and a short Put with a lower strike price. What we pay is the difference, a Net Debit.
Buying a Put and Selling another Put lowers the cost but there are other benefits too. The time decay and volatility is sort of neutralized since the long and short position cancels out each other. Even if the price doesn’t change time decay won’t take a bite out of your position.
Another advantage whit debit spreads is that you will know ahead of time the Maximum Profit and the Break-Even Point at expiration. For as long as your position is open these parameters won’t change. Depending on how you choose the strike prices the Break-Even Point could be very close to the current price. This way even if the stock only slightly moves you can still make money.
In the current example I used my Virtual Trading account to open this position. I bought 20 MSFT Sep 13 33/36 Put Spread for 1.33 Net Debit each. The total cost was 1.33x100x20 = $2660. The Maximum Profit = (36-33)-1.33x100x20 = $3340 which is 125%. The Break-Even Point is 36-1.33 = $34.67. I entered this position on 6/12/2013 when MSFT closed at $35.00. In this case as you can see if the price moves down more than 1% until September we are going make money. Today, when MSFT closed at $33.26 the value of this position is 1.83 for the total of $3660. It already made $1000 or 37% in 9 days.
If this was real money in a real account I would probably exit the trade and take the profit. For now in my Virtual Account I will leave this trade open since I see further weakness during the next few weeks.
"Virtual trading", "paper trading" or "simulated trading" all refer to a virtual account setup by a broker which can give you real life trading experience without losing your money. It doesn't matter how many years of trading experience you have there are benefits of virtual trading.
If you don't have any trading experience at all virtual trading is where you can learn and practice without the emotional stress of losing money. You can try various strategies and you can get familiar with the market. You can also learn how much "money" are you able to make. Virtual trading can help you to fine tune your trading style or establish one.
If you have some experience this is the place where you can test various trading strategies simultaneosly. Trading trends is relatively easy but if you want to learn how to trade market tops and bottoms or trading ranges virtual trading is where you should start.
Even in your virtual trading account you shouldn't gamble, treat it as if it was real money. Remeber what you learn there you want to apply in real life whit real money. If you take virtual trading seriously you will able to learn a lot about your risk tolerance and comfort zone. Once you have a solid foundation you can move on to trade with real money.