SteadyOptions is an options trading forum where you can find solutions from top options traders. TRY IT FREE!

We’ve all been there… researching options strategies and unable to find the answers we’re looking for. SteadyOptions has your solution.

What Is The Best Options Strategy?


I'm often asked by novice options traders what is the best options strategy. The answer is that there is no such thing "the best options strategy". Each strategy has its pros and cons. Each strategy will work the best under certain market conditions, and no strategy will work under all market conditions.

Whoever says that a certain strategy will work all the time is misleading you. Continue reading for more options trading advice.

 

One of the first things you need to decide before placing your first trade is: do I want to bet on direction (bullish/bearish) or I want to be able to make money regardless of market direction? In the first case, you have the choice of the following major strategies:

 

Bullish strategies:

  • Long call
  • Bull call spread
  • Bull put spread
  • Covered call
  • Naked put

 

Bearish strategies:

  • Long put
  • Bear put spread
  • Bear call spread

 

Non-directional strategies:

 

Again, each strategy has its pros and cons. For example, when IV (Implied Volatility) is high, you would prefer to use Iron condor. When IV is low, calendar spread might be preferable.

 

Even within the same strategy, you can change the P/L chart by selecting different strikes, expiration etc. For example, Iron condor doesn't have to have lousy risk/reward. You can select strikes closer to the underlying price and improve your risk/reward. By doing that, you also decrease your probability of success. You have to select one of them - you cannot have both, as I showed in my article Risk Reward Or Probability Of Success?

 

The following infographics might help you to understand the basics of options trading and few basic options strategies:

 

You can read the following articles to understand few basic strategies we use at SteadyOptions:

 

Management is What Matters, Not the Strategy

 

The bottom line is that no single trading strategy is perfect and no strategy will work all the time. To paraphrase a famous quote, "it's not the strategy that matters, it's how you use it".

 

Nevertheless, there are some "gurus" out there who claim that the strategy they use is the only one that can be profitable and all other strategies are "crap". For example, as many of you know, tastytrade advocate a strategy based on selling Options using Implied Volatility Rank as a guideline. They conduct a lot of studies supporting their theory. In one of my previous articles I described a study done by tastytrade, claiming that buying premium before earnings does not work. I demonstrated that their study was highly flawed, for several reasons (strikes selection, stocks selection, timing etc.).

 

Quoting a trader I respect very much:

 

They (tastytrade) will discredit any strategy you name. The only thing that works is selling options based on implied volatility rank above 50%. A newbie trader will tend to adhere to this options trading advice as the Bible, especially when heard from two market veterans of 2-3 decades and this is what I have a problem with. It discourages research, it discourages self-discovery and study on the individual rookie trader limiting their growth and potential and tying them to one system which in the end is no holy grail, just another vision for trading the markets. Where does this leave the thousands of very successful investors that have made fortunes over the years not selling Credit Spreads? Where does this leave the countless CTAs that have been able to ride monster futures' trends in the past whose returns have been properly audited and documented?

 

At SteadyOptions, we encourage open discussions about variety of strategies. Our strategies work for us, but you will never hear us saying that they are the only thing that works.

 

If you want to learn more how to use our profitable strategies and increase your odds:

 

Start Your Free Trial

What Is SteadyOptions?

Full Trading Plan

Complete Portfolio Approach

Diversified Options Strategies

Exclusive Community Forum

Steady And Consistent Gains

High Quality Education

Risk Management, Portfolio Size

Performance based on real fills

Try It Free

Non-directional Options Strategies

10-15 trade Ideas Per Month

Targets 5-7% Monthly Net Return

Visit our Education Center

Recent Articles

Articles

  • Things To Think About Before Getting Involved In Investing

    There are various benefits associated with investing. It can be a great way to boost your income, providing you with financial security during a troubling time. Smart investing also comes with the possibility of long-term returns, meaning it can be better to invest your money than leave it in your regular bank account (even if you are earning interest). 

    By Kim,

    • 0 comments
    • 185 views
  • Micron Technology (MU) Earnings Report June 30, 2022

    Welcome to the ORATS earnings report where we scan for companies with upcoming earnings announcements, check out historical earnings information, and find a potential options trade. Read on or watch the video overview here: https://youtu.be/IDgR3FzONnI.

    By ORATS_Matt,

    • 0 comments
    • 224 views
  • Does “Managing Winners” Add Value to Short Strangles?

    Some option educators suggest short strangles have historically benefited from actively managed exit strategies. A widely popularized approach is to enter S&P 500 strangles at 45 DTE and exit at 50% of the credit received or a 21 DTE time stop, whichever occurs first.

    By Jesse,

    • 2 comments
    • 4,702 views
  • NKE Earnings Report June 27, 2022

    Welcome to the ORATS earnings report where we scan for companies with upcoming earnings announcements, check out historical earnings information, and find a potential options trade. Read on or watch the video overview here: https://youtu.be/2mtx2ja-VwQ.

    By ORATS_Matt,

    • 0 comments
    • 233 views
  • KBH Earnings Report June 22, 2022

    Welcome to the ORATS earnings report where we scan for companies with upcoming earnings announcements, check out historical earnings information, and find a potential options trade.

    Read on or watch here:

    By ORATS_Matt,

    • 0 comments
    • 297 views
  • Know How To Trade Before Making An Investment

    Everyone is searching for a way to improve their living quality. Plenty of scopes are coming to the forefront and people are grabbing the opportunities with the hope of receiving the best revenue against their investment. A share market is a place that can return the high revenue of your investment.

    By Kim,

    • 0 comments
    • 319 views
  • Implied Volatility and Standard Deviation

    1. Isn't holding a naked long call (as a result of locking in a profit or plain buying outright call) in general a bad idea? Reason I think so is because of the nature of IV: it mostly falls when the underlying is rising. So you have short theta and a big long vega moving against you.

    By Mark Wolfinger,

    • 0 comments
    • 299 views
  • Introducing a "Risk Free" Trade

    A few weeks ago, I got the following email from one of our former members: "I would like to share with you an article about "projected no risk trades" or "no risk trades". Of course I was skeptical. But when he shared the setup with me, I became intrigued. How does the following risk profile look to you?

    By Kim,

    • 6 comments
    • 1,391 views
  • What You Trade Matters

    Traders love to tell people that they can trade anything. That if you have the skills to be a trader, the specific item traded is unimportant. That may be true for some professional traders who are skilled technicians. However, it’s very different for gullible amateurs.

    By Mark Wolfinger,

    • 0 comments
    • 632 views
  • The Big Loss

    At his blog, Joey offers his perspective on the top reason that so many trader wannabes are not, and will not, become profitable traders. His post is titled: Learn to Lose Money to Make Money. Here are the Excerpts from the blog.

    By Mark Wolfinger,

    • 0 comments
    • 822 views

  Report Article

We want to hear from you!


There are no comments to display.



Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account. It's easy and free!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now

Options Trading Blogs Expertido