Meredith Kelley Zidek

Meredith Kelley Zidek

Meredith is a private investor whose interests include equities, options, and commodities. She began trading equities in 2007, and since then has cultivated interests in corn, energy, and most recently, index and equity options. Almost all of her trading, which can be seen on grapestrades.blogspot.com, involves short options on volatility-related instruments. She studies the movements of world indexes and analyzes options chains to determine advantageous timing for short-selling of contracts. Meredith holds a B.A. from Loyola University, and resides in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

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Whistling Over the Bridge

At my last writing I had taken an accounting-sheet loss by simply exchanging one security for a comparable one and then selling some options against that position with the intention of bringing in some extra return on that position.  Refresher: Converted to: (shown after just a few minutes as the position immediately resumed producing red […]






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Trick Now, Treat Later

After having a pretty good week shorting anything with a ticker (no, not really – just a few select names) and getting away with it, I got caught with my shorts up on Friday afternoon.  Who can predict green ticks higher than the Empire State Building that materialize while you’re waiting by the microwave for […]






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Back to VIX Specials

Summer didn’t draw to a close without telling us it was doing so.  If any VIX-watchers were sleeping, they’re awake now. Most of the summer seemed flat and long as a football field, and while that should’ve been easy, I made it difficult for myself by trying from July 19th onward to profit from something […]






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See a Profit, Pick it Up

She sells short shares down by the SVXY shore… Or something like that goes the nursery rhyme.  But does she buy calls to go with those shares?  Probably not. Here’s why I did it: I wanted a chance to benefit from the SVXY downside I envisioned without worrying excessively about the potential penalty for being […]






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Happy VIX-entines Day

The funniest part of my last post was the quote from my last sentence, “…VIX, which I doubt will stay the same every minute from here on out…” because it has basically stayed right where it was at the time of that writing more than a month ago.  Spanning 11-13 that day set the tone […]






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Rinse and Repeat

At my last writing on Monday, May 9th, my position was ten short SVXY puts for the March 13th expiration at the 54 strike, sold at $1.40 per contract, or $1,385.20 received.  My choices in disposing of the position (or allowing it to be disposed for me) was to either buy these puts back before […]






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Shaking down the $SHAK

A trading friend of mine, who wishes to be called “Chip” in the telling of this story, is clamoring for me to tell this story on his behalf.  The brief but detailed saga is basically a chronicle of Chip’s studious, calculated transactions that allowed him to benefit from a particular company’s stock price trajectory over […]






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The Iceman Selleth

Sometimes it’s worth letting something simmer on the stove a while to get impressive results, or in this case it’s more like letting something ferment in earthenware pots buried in a forgotten location. But the feast five months later is worth the wait and the worry! Back in September I asked an offhand question of […]