Let’s go over the pros and cons of the iron condor as it is becoming a popular option trading strategy. Even though this trade might appear as a very simple one to put on and manage, one should take the time to learn the ins and outs of this trading strategy before putting real money on the line.

The iron condor sounds like an odd strategy – but it is really quite easy to understand. It is just two different credit spreads place on the same underlying.

When asked if the iron condor is a suggested trade for beginning options traders to be putting on, the answer is both ‘yes and no’ – however the strategy really is not recommend if the rookie option trader hasn’t had good, basic training in how options work and how to correctly and effectively manage risk with these types of trades.

One of these risks has to do with the risk to reward of the trade. The risk to reward on these trades can be terrible – allowing for a potential maximum loss in the trade that can be many times greater than the possible reward. Let’s look at an example – we put on an iron condor where our potential max gain is five thousand dollars. The risk to reward on this trade can be just terrible – for example out max possible loss COULD be around twenty five thousand dollars or even more.

However, even though the risk to reward can be so awful – please remember that with the proper understanding of the iron condor trade and the proper management and adjustment techniques – this terrible risk to reward ratio really doesn’t need to present a problem.

The bottom line is that the Iron Condors options strategy is a great way to trade the market for consistent profits – however, like everything else, before running out and just getting started – make sure that you get good training and understand the real ‘key’ or ‘secret’ to making this strategy work – which is to have a full grasp and understanding on how to properly control the risk with this trade – and how to properly manage and adjust the position when things start to go wrong with your position.

Ted ‘Spread’ Nino is an option selling crazy person – unusually fiery about trading the iron condor . Go to his Iron Condor Site to discover more about his Easy Paint By The Numbers Plan for trading the weeklys for consistent profits.

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