Butterfly Spread – Trading With Gangsters

May 20, 2012 by Ted Nino  
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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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Trading Iron Condors – Riding The Iron Condor Spread Trade To Bring In Option Cashflow

May 12, 2012 by Ted Nino  
Filed under Investment

A number of different techniques and strategies are available to option investors to help assist them in achieving consistent and reliable monthly income from the option market.

For example there is the butterfly spread, the iron condor , the diagonal (an/or the double diagonal), and the calendar spread, the double calendar spread – and, the vertical spread, which is sometimes also referred to as the credit spread.

The vertical spread (or credit spread) is a foundational trade that can be found in many other option income strategies. The iron condor spread is in actuality just two vertical spreads placed on either side of where the market is trading.

Also take a look at the butterfly. This strategy is comprised of verticals as well. One in the upper half of the position and one in the lower half. Also the iron butterfly is made up of two credit – or vertical spreads. A put vertical and a call vertical – both sold at a credit.

The vertical spread trade can be built from either call options or also put options.

Following is an illustration of a bear call vertical spread on the imaginary stock XYZ…

Sell 5 RIMM 50 Call Purchase 5 RIMM 50 Call

The vertical spread in the example above is a bearish position. Our hypothetical trader who placed this trade believed that RIMM would be moving lower – or staying in it’s general vicinity on the chart.

Some might think that because we are using calls this should be a bullish position, however this is not the case since we are selling the option that is closer to money, hoping to capture the time premium in the event that the stock moves down.

As long as the outlook on this trade is correct and RIMM stays where it is at or heads downwards, this trade will ‘win’ and the initial credit received when the trade was first placed will become the profit. Also keep in mind that this strategy can be used with both call options and put options at the same to build what is called an iron condor trade.

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Riding The Iron Calendar Spread – Firing The Calendar Spread To Bring In Option Gains

May 11, 2012 by Ted Nino  
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The Calendar Spread is an option cash-flow technique that is loved by both pro option traders as well as the retail crowd to create a consistent monthly income.

The calendar spread is an option strategy that makes it’s money from the fact that options are an evaporation asset that loses it’s value over a period of time. decaying value. This is how the trade makes money. As expiration day approaches, the premium that was sold in the near month option loses it’s value – allowing the option trader to buy it back much cheaper than it was sold for.

To construct a calendar spread trade, we need to sell a closest month option while buying a later month option at the identical strike price. During the trade, the time premium in the closer month option (the one that was sold) loses it’s value at a much brisker rate than the option that was bought. This difference is how the profit is generated.

Following is a made up example of a calendar spread place on SPY: Buy 1 Aug 105 call. Sell 1 Sept 105 call.

While in this hypothetical example, the calendar position was made up of strikes on months that were right next to each other (April and May) – they don’t have to be built this way. You can use any combination of different months.

To prove this point, instead of using the December options in the trade example above, January could have been used. Or even February.

Ideally the the calendar technique is used with stocks or options that are trading in a range without a lot of movement. However, they can also be profitably traded in trending markets as long as the strikes who were bought and sold are near where the underlying ends up trading at expiration.

Since some option traders feel that the calendar spread is one of the most easiest option trades to manage, they like trading them better than some other option trades, like the iron condor, credit spread, and butterfly. Regardless, it really comes down to personal preference and in the end, all option traders would agree that this strategy is a wonderful technique to have in their ‘trade toolbox’.

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The Iron Condor Strategy – Firing The Option Iron Condor To Reap Option Returns

May 10, 2012 by Ted Nino  
Filed under Investment

The iron condor has two faces (and I thank the good lord above that neither one of these faces belongs to Babs – but then again, perhaps it’s even worse)

Usually when the iron condor and the new option trader meet, the iron condor comes across as this amazing beautiful trade – a holy grail type of method that almost guarantees success with every single trade. A spread that only takes a few minutes every month to put on and manage – and one that spits out consistent cash like a broken Las Vegas slot machine.

Of course, new option traders go gaga over this strategy – and who could blame them. It seems to be a trade that’s almost too good to be real.

And sadly, sooner or later (mostly sooner) they discover that it IS too good to be true.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

See, the iron condor IS a magnificent trade – and it DOES take very little time to manage – and it CAN kick off outstanding returns.

BUT – and a big but here – what the gaga eyed option trader who is so head over heels in love with this trade doesn’t yet realize – is that this strategy can get a nasty streak every now and then that if not properly handled can completely annihilate all those amazing returns our unsuspecting trader manage to rack up. And then some…

It all boils down to the risk to reward ratio of these trades. They have a high probability of winning many small trades – but just ONE loss can completely DESTROY a trading account. And if the one trading these birds don’t realize and fully understand this – and more importantly how to properly manage these trades and how to make effective iron condor adjustments – before long they will get creamed and blasted out of the market possibly with a huge, unrecoverable loss.

But again – it doesn’t have to go down this way. The iron condor can be tamed – and trained – to produce consistent and reliable monthly income – even through the occasional one or two tantrums and fits it might throw around every year. The key is to learn how to correctly manage these trades from the get go – from the day they get put on – AND – how to utilize the various iron condor adjustments that are available to keep these trades profitable and from getting out of hand in whatever market condition. Learning iron condor adjustments is the KEY.

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