Short term
Trade view / 14 September 2016 at 8:35 GMT

Selling junk in high-yield bonds

Product Manager Futures and Options / Saxo Bank

The high-yield bond market has been relatively strong and shares of the iShares Iboxx ETF (HYG) have been on fire for the last several months, gaining some 17% since March. 

A pause of this rally is in the works and we expect the distressed debt to take a breather in the next four to five weeks. This gives an opportunity to collect some credit using a short vertical call spread.

The long-term trend in still unclear as the need for higher yield is still in demand. 

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Source: Saxo Bank
Management and risk description

We are selling this two-point wide bearish vertical call spread in the high-yield bond market. Volatility has increased in the last three days which gives us better premiums.  We only need for the price to trade below $86 for the next four to five weeks to collect on at least 80% of the premium. 

It is a defined risk strategy with limited risk


Underlying Price: $85.41

Trade: SELL -1 Vertical HYG 100 21 OCT 16 86/88 CALL @ $.54 (to open)

Max. gain (expiration) = $.54
Max. loss (expiration) = $1.46
Breakeven(expiration) = $86.54

ROR= 37%

Entry: today, for a credit of $.54 but no less than $.50 per contract.

Stop: no stop.

Target: shares to trade below $86, to capture at least 80% of premium.

Time horizon: four weeks.

— Edited by Michael McKenna

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14 September
Market Predator Market Predator
Hello Georgio, could you please unveil how do you generate ideas? There are thousands and thousands instruments in SaxoTrader, why exactly HYG? I wish to have this qualification too :)
14 September
Georgio Stoev Georgio Stoev
Hi Predator, for the most part through observation of the different asset classes on daily basis. And the Saxo Trader helps me have them all:) So watching through futures, mostly, rates, equity indices, energy, metals, forex and so on. When we have identify an opportunity in a market, then we need to select the product we want to trade => the underlying future, index, option or an ETF (options on ETF) Keeping these very liquid is key. We may offer a ton, but not all products are liquid . Trying to stay away of obscure biotech name no one really is making market in. That simple:)
14 September
Georgio Stoev Georgio Stoev
It's a good topic for a webinar or article:) Thanks for following and asking questions
14 September
Feders Feders
Hello Georgio, at the moment the market is closed, and with the last traded values I can't sell the call spread for 0.54. When did you get those values?
14 September
Georgio Stoev Georgio Stoev
as of last night - not much change at the open now at $0.56
14 September
Market Predator Market Predator
@Georgio: please, manage such kind of webinar, there is no doubt this serious topic!


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