Iron Condor – How To Fix An Ulcer

June 15, 2012 by Ted Nino  
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When I first began trading the Iron Condor, my game plan was to leave the trade on all the way to the bitter end.

Then – if everything went well and the trade stayed beneath my profit tent – I’d just them expire worthless and keep all that sold premium in my account.

Back then I believed this was the best way to play the trade, because not only would I not have to pay my broker to take the trades off – I would also be able to keep the entire amount.

But that was a long time ago – and since then – things have changed.

Now, after experiencing too many nights where I couldn’t sleep, a number of very ‘close calls’, more than my fair share of stinging ulcers and even a near hernia, I’ve made a change to the way I trade iron condors.

Here’s what I do now: Right after I put on my iron condor, I tell my options broker (through the use of automatic contingent orders) to buy back both the put credit spread and the call credit as soon as I make the bulk of available profit in each spread.

As an example – if I received a credit of a dollar (let’s say about fifty cents each side) when I put an iron condor trade on – I would immediately ask my broker to set up an order to buy the vertical spreads on each side back when the price on them has been reduced to about ten cents or so.

After I place the trade, I would set up two contingent orders with my broker. One would be to buy back the upper half spread of the iron condor for ten cents – and the other to buy back the lower half spread of the condor for five or ten cents.

Now a lot of iron condor traders might say this would be a dumb thing to do.

But personally – I completely disagree.

Okay, maybe it’s true that doing this will cause me to make less profit than if I were to just hold the trade through expiration and let the options expire worthless.

But not necessarily.

Let’s take a second look at the amount of money we are talking about here. Ten cents per side – or twenty cents total. Okay – sure – it’s nothing to sneeze at – but when you step back, get a broader look, and start to take a few other things into consideration – it can actually start to look quite miniscule.

What’s more important to me, is that by buying back those credit spreads, I’ve LOCKED IN the BULK of the profit.

AND – my risk in the trade has been reduced.

AND – I’ve created the potential to make even MORE money on the trade than was originally possible when I first initiated the trade – WITHOUT increasing my original risk.

Let me show you what I am talking about here:

I’ve found that many times during a trade, the premiums in options can drain quite rapidly. In fact, its possible for a spread to drain the majority of its premium in a matter of days.

Say I put an Iron Condor on XYZ – 40 days from expiration – for a credit of $1.00 – or.50 each side.

Immediately after placing the trade, XYZ heads downward over a number of days.

4 days after I put the trade on, I see that I can buy back my CALL side of the Iron Condor for.10.

Now, if I don’t do anything and just let the trade continue to play – what I am actually doing is risking that upper side spread margin – for the next thirty six days until expiration – for just ten little dollars of additional potential profit. And that doesn’t really seem that worth it to me.

On the other hand, if I buy it back for.10, I lock in the bulk of the profit for the CALL side – making that ROI in just 4 days.

And then, if our underlying suddenly turns around and shoots back up (which actually happens quite often) – I have no worries whatsoever since I no longer have any upside risk in the trade.

And – for icing on the cake – if it DOES head back up we have the opportunity to ‘resell’ those identical credit spreads – the same ones we just bought back for ten cents – for potentially the same amount of credit we originally sold them for – or perhaps even more. Doing this it’s possible to wind up with an even greater ROI then were were hoping for when we first initialized the iron condor trade.

But let’s just say we didn’t ‘re sell’ any options. Let’s just assume that we closed the trade entirely when our contingent orders were hit. In this case what we’ve done is eliminated risk (good thing) – freed up capital (good thing) – enlarged our return on investment over the number of days we have been in the trade (good thing) – and gotten completely out of the market a while lot sooner than if we had to sit around and wait until expiration day rolls around (and in my opinion this is a good thing too!).

See, I really love the idea of being able to tad a ‘trading vacation’ – or what I mean by that is a ‘break’ away from trading – of having to one way or another ‘engaged’ in the stock market every day. I love being able to be in a trade for a week or so – and then take a week or so off – away from my trading computer screen. I love being able to get out and do other things without having that little worrisome ‘trading nag’ in the back of my head – always wondering what’s going on in the stock market and wondering if my position is doing okay.

Getting this ‘trading break’ away from the iron condor- this freedom to go out and do things without always feeling the need to check quotes on my phone – not having to worry about always being ‘on game’ and strategizing in my head about what adjustments I might have to make – just being able to sleep in mornings for as long as I please without stressing out about whether the market is going to make an opening gap…

These things are priceless.

Or at the very least they are WITHOUT A DOUBT worth every penny of the ridiculously small .20 cents or so of potential profit left on the table in exchange for getting out of my monthly iron condor trade early – at what is STILL an incredible monthly return.

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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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Does The Iron Condor Strategy Actually ‘Do It’?

May 14, 2012 by Ted Nino  
Filed under Investment

What exactly is the iron condor? This is a trade that makes profit when the underlying market being used is range bound. Of course options traders try to utilize strategies that can take advantage of movements in the market. Many times – and maybe most of the times – there is not a lot of movement and the underlying just trades in a range, leaving the options being traded to expire with no value on expiration day. These types of trading range markets are ideally suited for the iron condor option trading strategy.

You can imagine the iron condor strategy trade as a purchased strangle and a sold strangle. ‘Strangles’ can be both bought and sold and it is a trade where both a put and a call option is purchased some distance away from where the underlying is trading at. The premiums a trader can expect to take from a strangle position will be less than a straddle due to the fact that the options being sold are some distance away from ‘at the money’. A different way to imagine the iron condor option trading strategy is to think of it as 2 credit spreads – a bull put spread and a bear call spread. The long calls or puts above and below where the short options are placed at are the wings.

For example, let’s take a look and we find that the SPX is trading at around thirteen hundred and so we buy the jan call option at 1375 bringing in right around $245, and at the exact same time we buy the january put option for $4.38. If you are working with an options friendly broker – the required margin will be the difference between the two strikes – or the difference in the spread. In this example you would need around thirteen hundred dollars or so for this spread trade.

The calculation would be:

1380 at $2.45

1350 at $4.00

That’s around a credit premium that has been brought in of around two dollars or so.

$15 dollars minus $2 dollars = Thirteen – then times this by one spread (100 contracts) equals about $1,320.00 dollars.

Just as long as the underlying stays below the short strike levels the entire credit that was pulled into the account can be kept – which can be a very good short term return.

This is the call side spread of the iron condor trade we are referring to. To finish off the iron condor completely, you would need to add another credit spread – a put credit spread – down below.

This trading strategy can work wonderfully if you know what you are doing and the market conditions are right – and there are some option traders who use it as their primary trading strategy. But it’s not without its potential pitfalls and dangers.

Knowing which stock or index to use – as well as knowing how and when to properly place, exit, manage and adjust the iron condor is essential. And perhaps the most important of all of these is understanding how and when to correctly manage and adjust the position. If you don’t understand this strategy fully – or if you have a game plan that you will follow strictly – could be your downfall and wind up costing you significant losses. I know this from first hand experience.

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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  
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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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Iron Condor – Here Comes The Pain

May 6, 2012 by Ted Nino  
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In order to properly trade the iron condor, you need to have a game plan in place first regarding adjustments. Before you even think about what strikes you will use you should have this management plan already in place. If you don’t you could get utterly destroyed by a big move in the market or the underlying and you wouldn’t have a clue what to do. Remember, the way that the iron condor is set up, with it’s skewed risk to reward ratio, it could take a few of these – or maybe even just one – to utterly destroy your trading account.

Another way of looking at the iron condor is to view it as a sold strangle with purchased wings on the outer edges for protection. The strangle trade is an option trade where the one who is putting the trade either buys or sells an out of the money put and call on either side where the stock being used is trading at. Strangles’ premiums are less than those of straddles due to the fact that the contracts are out of the money. This is basically just a call option spread up above where the stock is trading at, and a put option spread position down below where the underlying is trading at. Your paired positions are the condor’s wings.

The reason it is so important to have a sound management plan in place before such a move is due to the risk to reward ratio that the iron condor strategy carries with it. By finding a way to put the probability factor of this option trading strategy in our favor we can use that to help us be much more successful with this trade. A big move either way – or even just a move in the underlying that is larger than you were expecting – can have disastrous results on your trade and your profits.

The Keys to Successful Iron Condor Strategy

- Know that there are different ways for adjusting iron condors. There isn’t a ‘particular’ way you you need to do so. 


- Protecting your profits and your account should always come first. 


- Never allow the inevitable small losses to morph into big losses. 


- Don’t get bored with taking small consistent wins.

Your key to success in trading this strategy is consistency in gaining profits. These profits must be protected. Adjusting iron condors must be done according to one or more pre-planned strategies whenever the possibility for a large loss looms.

I always used to make great monthly returns trading this strategy for a number of trading cycles in a row – but somehow always seemed to give it all up during the few volatile months that always seem to come along in a year. BUT – all that changed after I discovered this very simple to follow step-by-step method of adjusting iron condor positions. After discovering the methods taught at this iron condor website, I now know exactly what to do when a problem month comes along to keep from losing the rest of my iron condor profits I’ve accumulated throughout the year.

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The Correct Use of Forex Trading Basics

April 16, 2012 by Adam Woods  
Filed under Finance

In this article readers will get tips on using the forex trading basics of support and resistance in order to promote their individual strategies. The use of management information can make a difference to the perception of the market. For example the prices quoted on professional charts can enable the trader to run their business concept. Moreover asset valuation is assisted through the use of these tools.

The exploration of chart patterns is one of the cardinal considerations for the market in terms of implementing any new model. There are certain price levels which will prevent the movement of equity either up or down. For an illustrative model, you can consider a trader who realizes that his or her assets never seem to pass the $50 mark even if it regularly gets close to that milestone. This will be known as the resistance mark.

How price manipulation can work to your advantage

When you are considering support, it is important to understand that this is the point below which the asset value is not allowed to deteriorate. A perception of value at this level means that prices will be pushed up. Trend lines will be critical for making consistent decisions. Tracking must therefore implemented as part of the strategy that is being used by the entrepreneur.

You have the choice to trade in the short run, in the medium term and in the long term depending on your requirements. One of the strategies that might work is to release assets at or near the resistance level. You can then buy others towards the support point. A case in point is a resistance mark of $200 and a support of point $100. Assets could be bought at $110 and sold at $140 in order to make a profit of $30 or 27%.

Using trend lines can enable you to trade for a period extending over several years. Peaks in the decline are a priority for entrepreneurs when the market is trending down. A short position can be achieved by stringing the highlights together using the famous peak and trough analysis model.

Information as a powerful tool

In order to make sustainable assumptions you will need accurate data. Traders with limited skills are fixated on rough figure asset values. This makes them vulnerable to big players who can flood the system with units priced by differences of a few decimal points. You can avoid these barriers by being a bit more open about your requirements.

Traders with limited experience might insist on purchasing an asset at $100 because they think that that is an accurate representation of its cost. A major player that then floods the market with $100.01 asset units is likely to overwhelm you. Instead utilize moving averages in order to understand momentum. The forex trading basics should also make reference to psychological factors and the concept of oscillation.

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Forex Expert Advisor Review – Reviews About Forex Expert Advisor

February 17, 2012 by Patrick Robinson  
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If you are trying to engage in the foreign exchange business and you want to use a robot for your transactions, then it can be a big help if you are going to read a Forex Expert Advisor review first. This way, you will be able to fully assess if you are really using a good tool for your investments. As you already know, this kind of business is rather risky and unpredictable.

If you want to make sure that you will have a safer ground in the foreign exchange, you need to be equipped with these kinds of tools. With these robots, there is a greater chance that you will succeed. But, as mentioned, you need to read a good Forex Expert Advisor review first so that you will have an idea as to what you should use.

When reading a Forex Expert Advisor review, you must realize that not all of the robots that are available can really provide a risk-free investment. They can help you analyze the market and make a better assessment of your investments. The economic indicators will be presented to you but it is still up to you to determine if the market is favorable.

There are several kinds of robots out there. There are those that can provide all the necessary data that you need. As a matter of fact, there are also those that can complete a transaction in your behalf. Some are fully automated that they can even place bets in your behalf.

So if you want to be certain that you will be able to make it work for your advantage, it is necessary that you know what you should look for. One of the things that you should consider is your trading style. This is necessary if you want to make sure that the robot will really work for your advantage.

As with any kind of venture, you should realize that you cannot just depend on these tools. They will be able to assist you with your transactions but it is still up to you how you will be able to make them work for your advantage.

Although, you cannot just depend on a Forex Expert Advisor review, there is still a need for you to look for other sources of information such as online forums and discussions.

In general, the foreign exchange is indeed a very unpredictable market so it will do you good if you will look for a good tool that can assist you with your transactions.

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What is trading in Forex?

February 4, 2012 by Sara Ferguson  
Filed under Finance

You have quite a few options when it comes to deciding which market to trade. Forex has become one of the most popular in recent years. There is a lot of money to be made in Forex and many people do quite well. Like all markets there is risk and you need to know the basics before you get started.

One way to learn about trading in Forex is to take a class on it. You will a learn and especially the basics which is very important. That way you will feel comfortable making the investments. If you have never done trading in the stock market before then you will need to learn a lot of the basic language used in trading and in Forex. It isn’t hard to learn but will be new for you.

You can find a lot of tips and strategies for trading in Forex. There is a lot of information online, at bookstores, and in weekly publications. As you gain experience you will quickly go from a beginner to a professional but it will take time and knowledge. One great tip is to look at the history of the market, while it won’t tell you what is going to happen next you can gain a much better understand by knowing the history of how it works and acts.

As always don’t invest money you can’t afford to lose. Start out with small investments and work your way to larger ones as you gain more experience and get more comfortable investing in the market.

Another great tip is once you start trading in Forex, seek out those who have been trading in Forex longer. You can get some help and valuable information for trading in Forex. If you run into something you don’t understand they can also explain things a bit better. Never pass up learning something new when trading in Forex, it might not be as much help but knowledge is the key to investing in Forex.

Learn more about trading in Forex. Knowledge is the key to successful investing in Forex.

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