As we all know gold is breaching all time highs right now and leading on from my post yesterday http://www.internationalstockforums.com/index.php/topic,4.0.html there is some interesting developments from an option trader's point of view in that implied volatility (vis a vis option premium) is spiking well above current realized volatility.
Here is the last three months of volatility history on GLD (Gold SPDR)
As is obvious, implied volatilities are well over the odds. As you would expect, most of the meat is in the higher strikes as shown by this skew graph:
This means call option buyers, particularly OTM call option buyers need further dramatic rises to turn a profit, whereas on the face of it, writers would have an edge here. That's on the face of it. Who you be game to write call options here? Not this little black duck; not yet. I've got some naked put shorts I wrote at the end of august in anticipation of the seasonal gold bull, plus trading the moves with various strategies, but would I write more puts here?
Well I prefer to write puts at potential pivot point lows and that ain't here. (With the caveat that it has to make statistical sense to do so)
This situation is still developing from my point of view and worth watching for a nice writing opportunity. The $64,000 question is whether realized volatility catches up with implied, or whether gold bugs are just having another "Gold to $5,000 oz" party, are wrong again and IVs collapse back to current reality. We would need some very strong moves, relatively, to justify this IV.