UNDERLYING ETF: EEM
DESCRIPTION: iShares Emerging Market Shares
TRANSACTION TYPE: Covered Call
Frequent readers know that the ICC Trading Plan has called for selling weekly covered calls against an EEM. This strategy has worked well given the relative sideways movement of EEM, the high implied volatility in the options and options priced in $.50 increments. Much to my chagrin, this week there were no $.50 increment option in EEM. I'm not sure if this is a one time development or a permanent change. In any event, if forced to choose between strikes $1 wide (almost 2.5% wide) the trading plan will have to be adjusted to select options with more duration. In conjunction with that change CCI will be examining which other index might be worthwhile to decrease the option strikes selcted to one-week to preserve the time diversification of the strategy.
That leads to this weeks EEM trade described below.
TRANSACTION DATE: Mon. 3/28/13
Action: Sell to Open
Exp. Date: Apr. 12, 2013 (two weeks out)
Net Credit/contract: $.29 after commissions