What a long, strange trip it's been.
This morning the Nikkei is back to its 20-year high of 20,900 but still far shy of the all-time high of 39,000 – hit way back in 1989. We'll forget ancient history and focus on the current move, which is now up 5,000 points since the summer of 2016 – just barely over a year ago. There's nothing too strange about that, the other Global markets have similar gains and Japan's Corporate Profits are up 23% over the same period – so 2/3 of the move may even be justified.
Japan, along with most of the World's markets, has been quite the under-performer for the past decade. Back in May, I was interviewed on China Global Television and we were discussing Brazil's scandals and we decided we liked Brazil's ETF (EWZ) for a bullish play, saying:
So I like EWZ down here ($32.75) and we can take advantage of this dip with the following:
That's net $5,000 on the $10,000 spread that's over $7,000 in the money to start. The upside potential is $5,000 which would be a 100% return on your money and your worst-case downside would be owning 500 shares of EWZ for net $30/share ($15,000). The ordinary margin on the short puts is just $780 so it's a very margin-efficient play as well.