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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.

Credit Spread – How To Lose Your ENTIRE Trading Account Quickly

Of all the many option trading strategies available, the Credit Spread is quite possibly the most popular, most discussed, most utilized – and most DANGEROUS strategy of them all.

The problem is that way too many new option traders slap down significant money and start trading credit spreads immediately upon discovering them without first equiping themselves with the proper knowledge and skills needed to trade them properly. They are so captivated by the stories and claims of ten percent months and 90 percent probabilities that somehow they don’t stop to think about what they are going to do if their trade doesn’t go exactly as planned.

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 wait –

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

I LOVE credit spreads.

And yes – I really do think it’s a great and dependable way to 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 big problem is that there is some very important information being left out of those credit spread claims and stories. Information that I’m sure would keep alot of rookie option traders – who frankly just don’t know any better – from blindly making that ‘over-confident’ leap into the credit spread abyss.

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 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!

Because once you do the math you find that even with those glorious monthly returns with 80 to 90 percent probability of winning – all it takes is just one problem month to come along and cause a loss that will completely obliterate the 8 to 9 wins you’ve managed to rack up – as well as potentially the rest of your entire account!

However…

There is still hope…

Like I said before, I LOVE the credit spread trade.

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

So clearly there must be a way to profitably trade this strategy without allowing that awful risk to reward issue to get in the way.

And yes, there certainly is.

It all revolves around how you go about handling 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 a much ‘better’ way to trade the Credit Spread trade for monthly income, visit this Credit Spread training website for simple step-by-step instructions on how to correctly place, manage, and ADJUST credit spread trades.