The Iron Condor Strategy is a great strategy for option traders looking to profit from the stock market without having to pick direction. Ideally, these option trades perform best in non trending markets, however, they can also be successfully used during trending and more volatile markets as long as the one trading them has the knowledge and the ability to spend the time necessary to properly manage and adjust them.

This is a spread that takes advantage of theta decay in options – the fact that options are a decaying asset and lose value over time. Once an iron condor trade is placed, and expiration day approaches – as long as the ‘sold’ strikes of the position are placed far enough outside of ‘harms way’, these trades can normally expire worthless giving the iron condor trader a substantial return in a very short period of time.

Two individual credit spreads make up an iron condor. Each credit spread is placed above and below where the stock or index being used is presently trading at. Above the underlying is a bear call spread. Below is a bull put spread. This trade can be initially placed either as one whole iron condor spread – all four legs together – or as separetly placed credit spreads.

The goal of the trade is for the underlying to stay contained within the ‘range’ created by the two sold credit spreads. While the trade is on, the underlying can move around on the chart as long as it stays contained within this ‘range’. It the underyling beings moving around too much, or moves too far in either direction, the trade will become threatened and the trader will need to take some sort of action to manage and/or adjust.

This type of trading strategy provides a very high probability of success – and can be profitable most of the time. However, it is important to note that the risk to reward ratio of these trades are NOT ideal – as one losing month, if not properly managed, can wipe out an entire years worth of gains. Learning how to set correct profit targets, exit and stop loss points, as well as gaining the appropriate knowledge on how to properly manage and adjust an iron condor position that is getting into trouble is vital to long term success with this trade.

Many new iron condor traders find that when they first start trading this strategy, they can have many winning months in a row and then suddenly they hit a problem month that winds up wiping out many months worth of gains. This could have been prevented had they just properly educated themselves first on the various management and adjustment techniques available.

If I hadn’t been so hypnotized by the probabilities that come with this trade, I would have taken the time to step back and make sure I was properly prepared before jumping in all the way with the various Adjusting Iron Condors . If I had known of the various hedging and adjustment techniques such as the ones taught at our website, I could have saved myself from significant losses and pain.

Teddy Baby is an option selling addict – passionate remarkably with trading the iron condor option spread . Click over to his Iron Condor Adjustments website to see his super down-to-earth system of trading the weeklys for reliable income – and other terrific option income ‘stuff’.

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