Today, I had an interesting conversation with an option trader who is still searching for the magic formula to making consistent returns with option trading. He said many things which were so familiar to me.
The thing in particular that really stood out to me was when he alleged “Non-directional option investing doesn’t mean we will produce a return on investment in every direction. It really means that we produce a return if the asset doesn’t move in any direction. Another way to look at it, it’s really a directional strategy, sideways.” This is very true, and most schools say that it’s easy to manufacture returns with options simply because we can produce money for every direction the market goes. This is true in some points of view and false in others.
Those investing with Condors understand what I am saying, especially if you are investing in the Iron Condors which most programs and written materials preach. If you are investing with this option strategy during 2008 and 2009, you most likely aren’t doing much good. The reason for this is that the Iron Condor is just as directional as other option positions only that its direction is called “Sideways.” For most traders, it’s just as difficult to forecast a neutral move as it is to predict an upward move or downward one.
I have had many calls over the years from people losing huge chunks of their accounts trading credit spreads and condors. They all say the same thing… “I was doing great for several months, and then all the sudden I lost nearly my whole account in one day.” I have heard this story over and over again.
This is the reason why I don’t push the popular Iron Condors, Bear Calls or Bull Puts. If you are a couple days from expiration, and the RUT is really near the sold strike, then at that moment you are in a very risky position. I’ll remind you that this is the same risky method that many other investors are using to manage this option spread. Shortly all of your friends will be hearing the same story, but you won’t be sharing this news with your wife! You smile at the moment, but you won’t be if it happens to your trading portfolio. Another sad thing about this investing style is that the fear level is so astronomical that it really hurts your personal life. It makes it tough to sleep or even just relax each day.
Anyway, to deal with this problem San Jose Options Mentoring has redesigned Iron Condors and Credit Spreads. We have a different technique which gives the underlying much more wiggle room, lowering our stress level and keeping us out of dangerous situations. Remember, the less you have to adjust your condor, the better off you will be in most cases.
Besides teaching a safer way to trade Condors, we’ve also developed techniques to lock-in our profits on them. Most option traders exit their trades when they make a profit, but we can lock-in our profits and stay in the trade.
There’s yet another technique we’ve developed that I’d like to mention before we go. Every trader has some trades that don’t work out right? Well we obviously do too, but in our case, we usually end up with a Bonus Trade which gives us a chance to make back our loss with very little or no risk at all. It’s these little details to trading that make all the difference at the end of the year.
So there you have it! Whether it’s a winning trade or a loser, we have really developed some nice trading tactics that can improve your personal trading immensely.
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