Wednesday’s Fed Minutes seem to have been a bit of a indicator that the Federal Reserve may be ready to take action. Some observers think the data is not supportive of a rate hike quite yet. The markets however reacted like that a hike is coming this summer, with June as a possibility.
The equity markets have enjoyed a longer term run to the upside since bouncing back this spring. As has been the case over the previous several years, the indices have shown that they love a low interest rate environment. That party may be coming to an end soon, and I expect that the markets will continue act as they have previously; higher interest rates should bring a move to the downside.
Looking at the possibility of a continued move downward I am looking to buy a bear put spread. I like buying the June E Mini S&P 500 2025 -1990 put spread at 10 points ($500.00) or better. Expiration is on June 17th, so we will be in the trade through the June FOMC meeting on the 16th. I have an initial target exit of 20 points. If the market holds steady or has an upside move, I would look to limit a loss to five points. We are long premium so risk is defined to the cost of entry plus fees and commissions.
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