What a brutal sell off to start the year. RUT is down 9% this week and SPX is a little over 8%. Yesterday was fine. Most of the trades were in our tents and profits were good. Today was a different story, the huge move and increase in volatility had the trades under water and, for many trades, outside the tent. The fills were horrendous and I resorted to shorting some ES/F, buying debit spreads and bearish butterflies to hedge the positions. I managed to close out a few higher BFs at a loss. The Rhino and RT trades can handle a lot, and they handled the 5-6% move this week fantastically but when it dipped below 9% and volatility increased, we started having problems with our P/L and with the trades themselves. That said, we’re positioned well into tomorrow and we would welcome a stall and decrease in volatility to get the trades in a good place.
Tomorrow, I’ll continue to add March Rhino positions with the great prices we’re getting and they’ll naturally be negative delta which will help hedge the other trades. My slight concern is a massive bounce which causes issues for the Rhino. I’ll also continue to add bearish butterflies and debit spreads as a hedge. The problem is not so much the big moves down but the fact that they’re occurring over night and there’s not much you can do about them when they already occur.
All in all, these trades are way easier to manage both emotionally and technically over the M3 and Weirdor trades. I was laughing (literally) yesterday when the market was down 5% for the week and my P/L neutral to up, however, that changed today and instead of laughing I was crying a bit 🙂 The increased vol and the terrible pricing on fills and the subsequent effect it had on P/L was a tad stressful.