Credit Spread – Oh Man, I Want My Mommy…

October 12, 2011 by Ted Nino  
Filed under Investment

The Credit Spread Option Trading Strategy is perhaps the most dangerous option strategy around.

The thing is, when rookie option traders first hear of the credit spread – very few seem to able to resist the temptation to jump right into trading them – with too much real hard earned money on the line – and not nearly enough education.

And unfortunately what always seems to happen to a high percentage of them is that they promptly wind up getting their trading accounts demolished and their heads handed to them on a platter.

Now wait -

Let me explain something here before you start to get the wrong impression.

I absolutely LOVE credit spreads. ALOT. In fact, the credit spread is right up there as one of my favorite trading strategies.

I think that the credit spread really IS a great trade.

And yes, I absolutely believe all those stories and claims you hear swirling around about credit spreads generating ten percent plus monthly returns and providing trades that have the probability of winning somewhere in the range of eighty to ninety percent. In fact, I KNOW those stories are true because I see it happen all the time in my very own trading account.

The problem is – there is something big that is being left out of all those claims and stories – and this something is causing way too many fresh new doe eyed option traders to misunderstand this strategy right from the beginning and blindly jump into them with completely wrong expectations.

See, while it may be true that the credit spread and iron condor strategies can kick off yields of over ten percent monthly and that they favor the trader by offering high probabilities of winning (in some instances as high as 80 and 90 percent) – what isn’t being talked about is the risk to reward ratio of these trades – which can be as high as 10 to 1.

That means that while trading these trades you are putting at risk 10 bucks for the chance to make just 1. Or – in reality, in the instance of say a standard ten lot index iron condor, you are risking ten thousand dollars for the chance to make just one thousand dollars.

And as mammy used to say to us kids – ‘that ain’t nothin but a real awful bad egg’.

Just do the math. With a risk to reward like that, even with the great probabilities and wonderful monthly returns – before long a problem month could come along and completely wipe out your entire account!


All isn’t lost. There IS hope…

Because – as I wrote previously – I REALLY DO like the credit spread strategy.

And – I consistently make money from it.

So obviously there’s a way around that horrible risk to reward issue and the inevitable problematic losing months.

And there absolutely is.

It all has to do with the management of the trade.

As soon as you discover the ‘right way’ to place these trades initially – and then how to properly go about managing and adjusting them – that risk to reward dilemma instantly vanishes and goes away.

Once you possess the correct credit spread trading knowledge and know how – and understand how to apply a couple super easy to implement adjustment tricks – you’ll know exactly how to exterminate any problematic market threat that comes your way, allowing you to experience the Credit Spread strategy for all that it’s ‘actually’ cracked up to be.

To learn these ‘tricks’ to trading the Credit Spread , go to this Weekly Options site and watch our free video. It will show you an extremely simple method for properly placing, managing, and ADJUTING credit spread option trades.