Freedom Capital Advisors

LOWS(Levered Options Writing Strategy)

  • Strategy Options
We take a value approach to investing and try not to overpay for anything.  Our discipline is buying good large cap companies at reasonable valuations and selling puts underneath as a means to initiate positions and create income.  Companies are scrutinized closely and we look at earnings, cash flow, debt, and market cap as well as many other metrics. Often we initiate positions in companies that we have followed for many years and have invested in many times in the past.
We typically are looking at large, dominant Fortune 500 type companies who have attractive valuations.  The LOWS strategy involves selling out-of-the-money puts on companies we would like to own and that involves shorter-term options as well as long-term options.  If put the stock, often we will sell covered calls to reduce our risk further.
Most positions we initiate are in stocks and companies we are familiar with and have read through quarterly earnings reports(10-Q) and annual reports(10-K’s) as well as current news.
The portfolio consists primarily of short options positions (naked puts) and long stocks and covered options positions.  Careful consideration is given to not overweight in any one stock or sector.  There are usually between 10 to 30 companies in the portfolio at any one time and typically a handful of options and strike prices on any one position, typically puts and covered calls.  Our goal is to maximize returns using leverage and employ a “walk before we run” approach.
We would sell a position if the company’s outlook and fundamentals deteriorated and we felt like it would take too long to recover.  Often we will “roll” a position if necessary to lower our cost and reduce risk along with selling an “in the money” covered call.

Portfolio Manager performance


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Last 90 days



Last 365 days


Quarterly vs S&P500

Quarterly vs S&P500

Risk score

  • 8.9%

    Best quarter

  • -1.9%

    Worst quarter

    • 1.25% fee
    • $30,000 min
  • Required: Margin account
  • Required: Options trading permission

Portfolio Manager performance graph

Performance history disclosure

All performance information on this page is based on the performance of the Portfolio Manager’s account. Client performance may differ. Client account performance is displayed on the client dashboard.

Performance Portfolio inception December 09, 2015

as of September 18, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Last 30 days 1.7% 3.2%
Last 90 days 2.5% 2.7%
Last 365 Days 9.3% 17.0%
Since inception (Annualized) 17.5% 11.5%
2017 (YTD) 4.7% 11.8%
2016 25.9% 9.5%

Risk metrics Last 365 days

as of September 18, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Volatility 9.3% 7.7%
Sharpe Ratio 0.89 2.08
Sortino Ratio 1.27 3.00
Maximum Drawdown -6.0% -4.2%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -2.2% -1.8%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio -0.78
Alpha 3.1%
Beta 0.39
R-Squared 0.10


  • Basic Materials
  • Consumer, Cyclical
  • Equity Option

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Latest transactions Average trades per month 5.4

Executed Symbol Security Type Price
September 13, 2017 QCOM 180119P00045000 QCOM Jan 19, 2018 45 Put Sell short $1.02
July 13, 2017 INTC 180119P00030000 INTC Jan 19, 2018 30 Put Sell short $0.78
June 30, 2017 VZ 170915P00041000 VZ Sep 15, 2017 41 Put Sell short $0.45
May 25, 2017 MOS 170915P00020000 MOS Sep 15, 2017 20 Put Sell short $0.57
May 22, 2017 F 180119C00012000 F Jan 19, 2018 12 Call Sell short $0.38
May 11, 2017 T 180119P00031000 T Jan 19, 2018 31 Put Sell short $0.49
April 24, 2017 TGT Target Corp Sell $55.21
April 24, 2017 TGT 180119P00055000 TGT Jan 19, 2018 55 Put Sell short $4.80
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