The iron condor spread trade has two faces – and thankfully for us option traders, neither face belongs to Babs. But then again, it’s almost just as bad (almost)

See, usually when new option traders first catch wind of the iron condor trade, they completely flip out – believing it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. I know I did. Once I wrapped my head around the method I simply couldn’t believe such a trade existed and that no one had ever told me about this thing before. I was convinced this was a holy grail type trade that left very little possibility for losses. Heck, it was just like they all said – it was like being the casino. Just spend a few minutes every month slapping one of these things on and the let it sail to victory – month after month after month…

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.

The problem – is that it is too good to be true.

Sort of.

You see – in actuality, the iron condor really is a pretty amazing trade. One that can take a very small amount of time to manage – and yes, one that can spit out some pretty incredible returns.

It’s that most new option traders don’t take the time to really learn and understand this strategy. If they did, they would become aware that the trade has two faces – or two sides if you will – and one of those sides can be quite dangerous – that if is not managed and handled correctly can deliver some pretty ugly losses to a trading account.

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.

The key to winning with this strategy is to understand that the the iron condor does have a dark side – but as long as a trader has the proper knowledge to manage those tantrums and fits that are occasionally thrown by the iron condor – and know how to make effective iron condor spread , this trade really can turn out to be all that it’s cracked up to be.

Ted ‘The Spread’ Nino is an option selling crazy person – exceptionally fervent about trading the option butterfly spread. Click over to his iron condors Site to discover more about his Easy Paint By The Numbers Instructions for trading the weeklys for steady returns.

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