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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Butterfly Spread: Churning Out Monthly Cash Flow

October 23, 2011 by Ted Nino  
Filed under Investment

A great system for option traders who feel the underlying instrument they’re working with will probably be range bound for the next 2, 3, or 4 weeks of time or so is the butterfly spread .

This theta positive option strategy produces profits when the stock or index that is being traded remains within a contained range on the graph or ends up on expiration day at or near the short strikes of the trade.

Here is an illustration of this tactic:

Buy 5 contracts of SPY 100 calls. Sell 10 contracts of SPY 105 calls. Purchase 5 contracts of SPY 110 calls.

These trades can generate quick gains for the investor as a result of the short strikes in the position (the strikes that have been sold) providing so much premium into the traders account. This is because the strikes that are usually sold in these trades are the ‘at the money’ strikes – or the strikes that reside closest to where the underlying is actually trading at when the trade is first put on. The ‘at the money’ strikes always contain the most amount of time premium, which is what option traders are looking to benefit from when trading these type of income positions.

While you can find numerous mutations of the butterfly spread, the two most popular are the standard butterfly distribute which is traded for a debit, and then there’s the iron butterfly, which is put on for a credit. It is true that these two individual versions of the butterfly spread are indeed different, if you would look at the risk graph of one and then compare it to the other, they would look exactly the same, and they actually perform the same as well.

The butterfly option strategy is a ‘delta neutral’ strategy, meaning that investors who use this technique do not have an opinion on market direction or believe that the underlying being traded will remain in its general location on the chart for the duration of the trade.

With the proper knowledge, the butterfly spread can be a lucrative, low pressure, and pleasant investing system that doesn’t require one to be glued to their computer screen stressing out over every tick of the market all day.

To find out more about this strategy, visit this Iron Condor Training Website for tons of free training videos, examples, reports and easy step by step instructions on how to trade the Butterfly Spread to generate a consistent income.


Butterfly Spread – Milking The Butterfly Spread For Consistent Bling

October 16, 2011 by Ted Nino  
Filed under Investment

The butterfly spread trade – with is a trade made up from puts and calls , is a preferred strategy with option income enthusiasts. Not only does this trade give the trader a substantial quantity of premium at the start of the trade which might be parlayed into an important monthly cash flow, it also provides an extremely effective position structure which can put up with and tolerate a variety of trading circumstances, including particularly volatile situations like the ones we are seeing now. In a wild stock market exactly where a lot of other option methods do not have a chance, the butterfly spread may be put on and if appropriately monitored, come out smelling like a rose.

When you look at a risk graph of the buttefly spread, you will see that the butterfly payoff is tremendous – specially when analyzed side to side with other option income methods – for instance the iron condor, the credit spread, the diagonal, double diagonal, the calendar, double calendar, and so on.

Depending on exactly where the wings are placed on these trades, or to put it differently, how close or far the long options are puchased in relation to strikes sold, it’s possible to develop a butterfly trade where by the possible reward is numerous times more than the danger taken on.

Nevertheless, in the occurances where the reward is numerous times greater than the risk being assumed, it is due to the fact that the wings that are being purchased are incredibly close to the strikes being sold, creating an incredibly tall yet really narrow ‘profit tent’ which the underlying has to remain inside of to realize that massive payoff – which the odds will probably be incredibly low.

Even so, if the underlying remains inside the overall space of this tall, narrow profit tent – plus the trader does not plan to stay with the trade all of the way until expiration day – a good earnings can still be extracted from these lower probability straddles trade as the zero day income line on the risk graph soars up pretty rapidly and a first rate return is usually grabbed within a short level of time.

Ted Nino is an option selling evangelist – particularly fanatical about trading straddles , the Double Calendar, the Credit Spread, and the Butterfly Spread. Visit his puts and calls Blog to learn more about these option strategies.