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The Iron Condors – Starting These Beasts For Steady Returns

The iron condor strategy is one of the most popular option strategies available to traders. Unfortunately, it is also possibly the most dangerous.

See here’s the deal: when a new fresh faced option trader first hears of this trading strategy – he or she becomes so enamored with it that they just can’t seem to help but jump right into trading them – risking way too much money – and without much thought of what they are going to do if the trade starts to go wrong.

And it seems that a good percentage of them – if not most of them – promptly wind up getting their groins kicked in, their heads ripped off, their eyes poked out, and getting hurt really, really bad.

Now stop – wait – hold on just a second.

Before you start to get the wrong impression, please, let me clarify something here.

I LOVE iron condors.

I think the iron condor really IS a great trade.

And those claims and stories of ten percent monthly gains and ninety percent probabilities? They are absolutely true.

The big problem is that there is some very important information being left out of those iron condor claims and stories. Information that I’m sure would keep a lot of rookie option traders – who frankly just don’t know any better – from blindly making that ‘over-confident’ leap into the iron condor abyss.

See, while it may be true that the iron condor and credit spread 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.

10 to 1! That means that in order to try and make just one dollar, you need to be willing to risk ten. Or, put another way – in order to make 100 dollars, you need to risk 1,000 dollars. Or – risk $10,000.00 to hopefully make just $1,000.00!

And as my dear old mammy used to say: ‘that smells a lot like an awful bad egg’. Which in fact it is. That risk to reward ratio is nothing but a low down, no good, smelly rotten deal!

Even with the ten percent monthly returns and the high probabilities – all that needs to happen is for a problem month to come along (and it WILL, believe me) – and the next thing you know you’ll be staring at a gigantic loss and a zero balance account!

However…

There is still hope…

Like I said before, I LOVE the iron condor trade.

Over the last ten years it’s been extremely profitable for me.

So apparently, even with that atrocious risk to reward quandary, there must be a method to generate consistent income with this trade.

And there is.

It all revolves around how you go about handling the trade.

As long as you learn the correct way to initially place these trades, then combine that with a super simple management technique and a few easy adjustment tricks – this risk to reward issue can be completely eliminated and no longer presents a problem.

Once you possess the correct iron condor 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 iron condor trading strategy for all that it’s ‘actually’ cracked up to be.

Teddy Baby is an option selling fanatic – markedly zealous about trading the option butterfly spread. Visit iron condors Website to find out more about his Undemanding Paint By The Numbers Plan for trading the weeklys for consistent profits.

The Credit Spread Option Trading Method – The Groundwork of Ongoing Option Earnings

The Weekly Options credit spread is one of the more popular strategies among option traders. Along with being one of the easier option trading strategies to understand, another reason newer option traders in particular gravitate to this strategy is that it can require very little time to manage it while it is on. Another way to put it, is that credit spread sellers don’t need to be glued to their computer screens all day watching every tick of the market in order to generate consistent income with this trade.

The credit spread trade is a basic building block of many if not most other more complex option trading strategies such as the iron condor spread, the butterfly, and the double diagonal trade. For example, the butterfly is created using one credit spread and one debit spread, while the iron condor is made up from two credit spreads, one on either side of where the underlying is currently trading at.

Traders like to sell these vertical spreads because when invested correctly the trades have a good probability of success and can allow the investor to still profit and ‘win’ without having to be exactly right with priced direction and movement. When sold correctly, credit spreads can bring the trader a good monthly return while the individual actually placing the trade could be incorrect with their belief and ‘prediction’ of where the stock market would be heading next.

To demonstrate let’s invent a trade where the option trader feels as if the stock being traded is about to tank. Because he believes that this specific stock will not advance any higher from it’s current position a bear call vertical spread is sold, bringing in a nice credit.

The only way this spread trade can lose money is if the stock winds up doing 1 out of 4 possible scenarios – giving our trader a three out of four likelihood of winning. If the stock moves down as our trader predicts he wins. If the stock stays stagnant and goes nowhere, he wins. In fact, even if the stock moves against our trader and heads upward he wins just so long as the underlying doesn’t move so far as to breach the spread sold. The only our trader loses is if the underlying moves far enough upwards passing the option strike price that was sold – which if it does, our trader could still salvage the position through appropriate management and adjustment methods – adding up to yet another reason why option sellers love this strategy so much which is also called the Iron Condor .

To be taught these ‘tricks’ to trading the credit spread, iron condor, vertical spread and the weekly options , head over to this Iron Condor site and observe my free video. It will teach an extremely minimal system for acceptably placing, managing, and ADJUSTING these types of trades.

Iron Condor – When To Take Profits

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 I’ve changed my game plan since then.

After spending far too many nights worrying and not being able to fall asleep – along with a lot of expiration day close calls – painful ulcers – and a near hernia or two – I’ve altered the way I manage my iron condor trades.

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.

Crazy?

Personally I don’t think so.

Sure I might make less than if I tried to milk them all the way through to the very end.

But as you will see – that’s not necessarily correct.

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 (at least for me) – is that by closing my iron condor trade early, I have LOCKED IN FOREVER the majority of the gains on that side of the trade. And no matter what happens going forward – those gains that I’ve just banked CAN’T be taken away from me.

I have also lessened my exposure.

AND – I also now have the ability to generate ADDITIONAL profits from this iron condor position – more than what was possible when I originally placed the trade. And I can generate this additional profit in the trade WITHOUT an increase in the trades original risk.

Let me show you what I am talking about here:

Option premiums can decay quickly. Really quickly. As a matter of fact, I’ve seen them almost drain completely over the course of just a few days.

Going back to our example – let’s pretend that I put an iron condor on about 40 days until expiration. For the trade I receive around a 1.00 credit. Fifty cents for each credit spread on either end of the position.

The day after I place the trade, our stock – XYZ – all of a sudden turns south – and proceeds to move down over the next 3 or 4 days.

Four days after I initiated the trade, I discover that I can now purchase the call credit spread of the position for just ten cents.

If I do nothing, I am choosing to risk that CALL spread margin for the next 36 DAYS for a measly $10.00 of remaining profit (per spread).

But – if I instead just spend the ten measly bucks to pull off that upper credit spread – I will LOCK IN the majority of the profit that was available in that spread – and earn a great return on investment in just four days.

Then, if XYZ bounces back up – which it will often do after a drop – I no longer have any risk on the upside.

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 of course I don’t have to resell any spreads. Let’s just say I repurchase them at ten cent to take off whole iron condor trade. What have I done? I’ve diminished my risk – I’ve freed up my trading capital – I’ve increased my ‘return on investment’ over number of days in the trade – and I’ve exited the market much sooner than I would have had I stayed in the trade all the way to expiry. And to me, all of these things are GOOD things.

This allows me to totally get away from trading for a few days – or weeks (or however long until the next expiration cycle starts) – and enjoy the other things in my life without having to always be wondering what’s happening to my trade – or the market – or worrying about the next big crash.

And being able to temporarily take some time to ‘get away’ from the game – from the iron condor and ‘option trading’ and ‘vega’ and ‘adjustments’ and ‘theta decay’ – to be able to go out and do other things during market hours without always feeling the need to check quotes on my phone to see what the market is doing – and just having the opportunity to fall into bed at night and sleep like a baby without a care or worry about whether or not there will be a huge gap tomorrow morning at the open…

That’s priceless.

Or – at the very least, it’s DEFINITELY worth the.20 or so it costs me to exit early out of the trade…for what is STILL a remarkable monthly profit.

Ted ‘Spread’ Nino is an option selling wild man – exceptionally enthusiastic about trading the iron condor . Go to his iron condor Site to find out more about his easy paint by the numbers system for riding this strategy for dependable returns.

Butterfly Spread – Trading At Gun Point

The butterfly spread is one of the most powerful and reliable option trading strategies around.

There really is not much you have to do in order to realize a profit when trading this strategy in calmer more docile months. They are what I like to refer to as a ‘lazy’ trade – one that quite quickly kicks off a profit – as long as the underlying – and the stock market in general – behaves itself and stays contained nicely in a range.

But, I guess the same thing could be said for our other bread and butter monthly income strategies as well – like the weekly options iron condor, the diagonal, the calendar and the double calendar. At least during those beautifully lazy, calm, quiet trading months.

But what is different about the butterfly spread – what makes this trade stand out from those others – is how it handles during the difficult months.

Most of the normal ‘bread and butter’ option income trades – like the iron condor, the calendar, and the diagonal – have been somewhat difficult to trade ever since the big crash in 2008. Can they still be traded – and can they still produce profits? Absolutely. However – in order to do so effectively one needs be on their toes – and there is just more management involved – and stress – and work.

However – the butterfly spread – has, and continues to work incredibly well – even with volatility levels going off the map. I’ve traded calendars, and condors, and diagonals – and a lot of other option strategies through this more wild time in the market – and I have to say the strategy that stands out head and shoulder above the others is the butterfly spread. It’s the most robust – the most consistent – the easiest to manage – it absorbs big moves the best. It’s the trade the 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 mamma.

I get all emotional and choked up just thinking about it.

Hold on one moment please. Allow me to get my composure here…

All right. Here’s the deal…

If a good for nothing, toothless, smelly, pants-on-the-ground, gansta kicked open the door to my trading room, shuffled in and demanded at gun point that I choose just 1 trading strategy to trade for the rest of my days – without blinking an eye I’d select the butterfly spread.

Weekly Options Butterfly Spread – I love you.

Oh man…where’s a tissue…

To be taught more about the iron condor scheme, click over to Ted Nino’s website on how to suitably place, take off, control and adjust the Weekly Options for steady gains.

Weekly Options Gamma Trade – Calling The Market a ‘Sissy’

With Weekly Options there is a little known option trading strategy that can provide consistent profits from markets that seem too wild and choppy to use the usual strategies like iron condors, calendars, and credit spreads. This strategy works best in crazy markets unlike the standard option income strategies such as the iron condor, the calendar spread, credit spread, etc.

One way to think of gamma scalping is to compare it to day trading – where the trader is looking to capture profits from quick little moves – however the difference here is that due to this strategy set up – most of the risk that is normally associated with day trading has been removed. Think of gamma scalping as a way to day trade without having to pick direction – taking away most of the risks that are normally associated with day trading.

When gamma scalping – the trader doesn’t care which way the market will be heading. Up or down, it doesn’t matter. We are properly set up to profit either way. And moves that are bigger make it better.

Once a profit is realized from a move either up or down, the trader locks in that gain using a super easy to implement adjustment method that not only captures that profit – but also re-sets the position to once again profit either way the underlying winds up going. This method allows the trader to continually grab – or ‘scalp’ – profits from the same trade position – and this can be done, over and over again on the same position.

How many times have you purchased a stock or option and wound up actually being right and seeing some profits – only to have the underlying immediately turn around and retreat back to it’s starting position wiping out all the profits?

Gamma Scalping eliminates this. And once again, using the method used to lock that profit in, positions the trade back to it’s starting point – where if the underlying continues moving in the same direction – or stops and returns back to where it came from – MORE profits can continue. This is a dynamic way to trade that can be low stress and even quite enjoyable.

For option income traders who are struggling in these especially volatile times trying to use the standard income trades like condors, credit spreads, and calendars, Gamma Trading is a good method to learn and consider using and adding to their collection of other option strategies.

And along with being profitable – trading this way using weekly options is actually quite an enjoyable way to trade too.

To be trained a much ‘better’ technique to trade the iron condor for monthly income, go over to this Weekly Options website for plain step-by-step blueprint on how to suitably place, manage, and ADJUST these trades.