Butterfly Spread – Trading With Gangsters

May 20, 2012 by Ted Nino  
Filed under Investment

One of the most solid, steady, robust, reliable, and profitable strategies available to us option traders is the butterfly spread.

In lazy, quiet market conditions there is very little – if anything – to do to manage these trades other than sit there in your chair and watch your trading account grow as your 0 day risk graph line rises steadily up into the air. In fact, it’s so hypnotizing that it’s actually sort of difficult to stick to your rules and take the darn thing off when you pass through your profit target for the month.

Then again – during the quieter times in the stock market – most likely the same is true for the other ‘option income’ strategies – such as the iron condor, the calendar spread, the diagonal – and the double calendar.

What sets the butterfly spread apart from the others is how this trade performs during extreme market conditions.

Ever since the crash in late 2008, theta positive, monthly income option trading has been a challenging endeavor to say the least. Sure, all those afore mentioned trading strategies can and have worked – however through many of the months there’s been a lot more work, adjustments, annoyance, and stress involved then in past more peaceful trading times.

Out of all of those strategies (and I’ve had the ‘pleasure’ to trade them all through this period) the butterfly spread – and in particular the iron butterfly and the broken wing – is the one option strategy that has been the most robust – the most consistent – the most reliable – and the one that has given me the least amount of problems – and the most amount of profits.

Sure, I still do like – and trade – the other strategies – like the iron condor, the credit spread, the calendar, etc…

I just prefer – in a big way – the butterfly spread.

Oh lordy.

I get all emotional and choked up just thinking about it.

Okay, here – let me try and pull myself together…

Basically it comes down to this -

If a low down dirty thug walked into my trading room one day and forced me at gunpoint to pick just ONE trading strategy I was allowed to trade for the rest of my life – I’d have to choose the butterfly spread.

Butterfly Spread – I love you.

Ah man…anybody have a kleenex?

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