Brazil ETF (EWZ): Using Options To Profit Off Implied Volatility

Gavin McMaster

When implied volatility on the Brazil ETF (NYSEARCA: EWZ) went through the roof earlier in the month, I took notice.

Having previously hovered around the 25-30% mark for most of the year, the spike to nearly 60% was huge.

Sure, the ETF had experienced a rough run and Brazil is renowned for political turmoil, but 60% implied volatility and juicy option premiums were too tempting to pass up.

EWZ Volatility Chart

I was actually a little early on the trade, entering on August 29, when IV was at 48%, but the trade still worked out well.

Date: August 29, 2018

ETF Price: $32.91

Trade Details: EWZ Short Straddle with Delta Hedge

Sell 3 EWZ Oct 19th $33 calls @ $2.33
Sell 2 EWZ Oct 19th $33 calls @ $2.46

Premium: $1,437 Net Credit

Buy 17 shares at $32.91 = -$559.47

Here is the initial risk graph:

By September 5, EWZ had declined and the positive had positive delta of 65, so I sold 65 shares at $31.18 to get back to delta neutral.

On September 19th I bought 20 shares at $32.52.

As of September 25, the trade is sitting at +$391 with the Straddle declining from $1,437 to $930 while I’ve made a loss of $116 on the shares used in the delta hedging.

I’ll be looking to exit the trade soon, perhaps if it gets to +$500.

The video below explains the process if you would like to see another example. I really like using this strategy when I see a stock or ETF with really high implied volatility compared to the previous 12 months.

VIDEO

 

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