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  2. Aristotle33

    Leveraged Anchor: A Three Month Review

    I discovered that CBOE has a new index, BXMC, which conditionally writes calls when the VIX is above 20. It improved performance a bit over BXM. I only write covered calls occasionally but it does tend to reduce the volatility of returns while not necessarily improving CAGR
  3. AlexInAlaska

    Tradier Brokerage Special Offer

    Interesting. I got a follow up email about my ITM options being exercised by 3:30pm ET yesterday. That didn’t happen. Heh
  4. SBrooks154

    Iron Condor adjustments

    Yeah it wasn't tested as much in reality as I guess it was my expecations through prior moves! Yeah I just started following the guys from Tasty Trade I'll be sure to look at that example! Thanks for the input!
  5. TrustyJules

    Iron Condor adjustments

    I have seen this advertised by the guys from Tasty Trade for example - I think you reduce the space in which you can make profits and therefore the probability of a profitable trade. What you are buying is an insurance that your original thought of a range bound underlying is covered in case you were wrong, if you change your opinion about that range then the trade as a whole should be questioned. In those case I understand - but note I am far from expert - that its better to move the whole condor up or down as may be appropriate and to do so without delay. With a condor your worry is that one of your legs is going to get punched through so adjustments should reflect that. Not sure if you are signed up to creating alpha? However if you do look at @SBatch Elephant trade which is a remarkable trade where he picks a range for the underlying (TLT in his case) and through many many tweaks throughout the trade lifetime moves that range if the market requires it basically selling potential final profit in exchange for security that we remain in the profit range. As subtle as that strategy is and as well as it works even then we cannot always avoid a loss due to an unexpectedly large and fast movement in SD of the underlying. There is no such thing as a free lunch.
  6. TrustyJules

    Iron Condor adjustments

    If you were able to close the short on the side you were worried about for 0.04$ then it cant have been very heavily challenged. As a rule closing shorts when they are worth pennies is a good idea. As for lottery tickets - remember options are probabilistic and tend to follow the rule of averages that you can either make many small gains very frequently and then have the occasional whopping loss or to have near total wipeouts every time except for the occasional whopping win. In the long run unless you have some edge this is a zero sum game. What is certainly true is that nothing beats being long and right on direction with an option - the problem we all have: how do we know when to be long?
  7. Dennis

    Iron Condor adjustments

    What are your thoughts on financing that hedge on the challenged side by harvesting profits on the unchallenged side, maybe moving the short option down a strike or two?
  8. Last week
  9. SBrooks154

    Iron Condor adjustments

    Also today I bought a 4 cent call just as a lottery ticket for tomorrow on a stock that I had an iron condor on! The order filled as a close on the call side which was the side I was worried about! I called in a panic that I had botched the iron condor and she told me that I was better off now because that challenged side was ok now and I had my lottery tickets in case the stock rallies tomorrow! If what she told me is true to me that's an excellent way to adjust an iron condor before it goes bad! Can you verify this for me so I know everything she told me was the truth! Sounds almost too good to be true! Thank you for any feedback!
  10. SBrooks154

    Iron Condor adjustments

    I'm sorry I meant sell a call or put on the opposite side! Thanks for the feedback I'll look into those stradegies!👍
  11. RapperT

    Welcome to Steady Futures

    will be monday as code runs automatically on friday
  12. ex3y7s

    Tradier Brokerage Special Offer

    I called Tradier and they confirmed that the email went out a day early because of the holiday.
  13. TrustyJules

    Tradier Brokerage Special Offer

    Actually I had the message from Tasty Works as well
  14. Wandering

    Tradier Brokerage Special Offer

    I got the same e-mail as well, and have asked for clarification.
  15. AlexInAlaska

    Tradier Brokerage Special Offer

    I got that email this morning too. Seems like an error.
  16. ex3y7s

    Welcome to Steady Futures

    For a short week like this week do the rolls take place tomorrow on Thursday or wait until Monday?
  17. akito

    Tradier Brokerage Special Offer

    Yup. I also received the same thing and I've sent them an email asking for clarification. Most likely an error on their part.
  18. rigulator

    Tradier Brokerage Special Offer

    I was wondering too about that email. Probably a mistake. We'll see, whether they send another mail few hours before market close as they usually do.
  19. ex3y7s

    Tradier Brokerage Special Offer

    Did anyone else get an email from Tradier notifying them they have options positions expiring today? I have many April 18th positions, but no Wednesday options. I know Friday is a market holiday, but the April 18th equity options trade until the close tomorrow, Thursday, April 18th, correct?
  20. TrustyJules

    Iron Condor adjustments

    I am not sure I understand why you'd want to sell an additional call or put on the side being challenged. Thats like doubling down with the risk of making things worse. The most typical corrective measure I heard of is to buy a call or put in a future expiry a few strikes out from the challenged side. The time to do this is when the underlying is reaching the short strike. The number of hedges you buy depends on your condor but a factor of 1:10 is advised for index options. So if you have a 10 unit Iron Condor you would buy one hedge when challenged. If the underlying rips through the short you will be covered for some of the loss by the growth in the long position. if it falls back you liquidate the long and chalk the cost up to insurance for having a safe trade.
  21. SBrooks154

    Iron Condor adjustments

    What is the best way to adjust an iron condor! I'm hearing sell a call or put on the losing side but sometimes there's not enough premium left! I thought about doing a debit spread next to the side being comprimised! Then you are not promised it will blow through your limits! I've heard to buy out of the money positions not sure how that helps unless the price moves that far against you! What happens if you close out as soon as the price gets in the money! Do you only lose your profit instead of about 3 times your profit as is with most iron condors? I'm new to options so sorry if this makes no sense! Thanks!
  22. SBrooks154

    Benefits of Volatility on an option

    It almost has me wanting to pay more premium to take advantage of volatility! Your max profit is also not capped you just need to find the real winners! What is the best way to adjust an iron condor! I'm hearing sell a call or put on the losing side but sometimes there's not enough premium left! I thought about doing a debit spread next to the side being comprimised! Then you are not promised it will blow through your limits! I've heard to buy out of the money positions not sure how that helps unless the price moves that far against you! What happens if you close out as soon as the price gets in the money! Do you only lose your profit instead of about 3 times your profit as is with most iron condors?
  23. Yowster

    Benefits of Volatility on an option

    If your spread is using the same (or close to the same) expiration for equal number of short and long legs whose strikes are relatively close to each other - then yes, the short and long legs IV will to a large degree offset each other out and therefore minimize the effect of volatility changes. BTW, IMO this is why TV shows such as Options Action typically use these spreads when placing their directional trades, so they don't have to get into all the complexities about IV changes (since the trades are mostly directional with the largest greek impact coming from theta).
  24. I have noticed when trading let's say a single call with a decent amount of time left until expiration te stock will blow up not because of price but because of volatility! I have just started trading different kinds on spreads that lesson your break even point! Since then I haven't really noticed any spikes on volatility! My question is does the volitility from the call whether sell or buy offset the volitility of a put whether sell or buy! Also does a sold call and bought call cancel out volatility! I may be way off it could have just been a coincidence since I'm fairly new! Thanks for any help!
  25. cwelsh

    Option Equivalence

    “I have an IRA in which I trade options. I wanted to sell a put, but my broker won’t allow the sale of puts in my account. Isn’t it true that opposite option positions are equivalent? In other words, instead of selling a put at strike X, couldn’t I just buy the call at Strike X and get the exact same risk and/or return?” I was quite taken aback by the question, but after digging around, I learned that many investors believe opposite option positions are equivalent. This is not true. Rather, equivalent option positions can be found through one simple equation: S = C – P Where S is the stock, C is a call at strike X and P is a put at strike X. In other words, the following two positions are equivalent: Sell 5 contracts of the March 31 100 puts on stock ABC; AND Buy 500 shares of ABC Sell 5 contracts of the March 31 100 call. This position is called a “synthetic stock” position, which can be constructed by going long a call and short a put at the same strike. A trader can rearrange the above equation and get: C = S + P (also known as a “married put”) Or P = C – S These three differing positions should perform the same with the same returns. Of course, in reality that is not what occurs for a variety of reasons: A. Commission Costs An investor pays X commission to purchase stocks (e.g. $7.99/trade). The same investor pays X+ to purchase options. (Buying options is typically more expensive, although commissions vary for different products.) Buying a single side of the equation likely will reduce the cost of the trade, thereby changing the performance of the overall trade. Any experience option trader knows that commissions eat more into gains than any other single factor (other than making horrible trades). B. Bid/Ask Spreads Every option has a bid/ask spread. On highly traded instruments, this might be a penny or two. On less liquid options, there may be a spread of a few dollars. On the other hand, with stocks, the bid/ask spread is almost always smaller than the bid/ask spread on the options on the same instrument. This means constructing a synthetic stock position will almost always cost more than simply buying the stock. Of course, a synthetic stock position also gives an investor the opportunity for leverage, not available with just going long on a stock. Investors are encouraged to work through the risk/reward of using leveraged through synthetic stock rather than simply buying the stock for a lower total cost. Depending on each trader’s goals, risk tolerances, and the specific trade, leverage through synthetic options may be a better trade setup – or it may not. C. Exiting Before Expiration Options stop trading the Friday of their expiration at the market close. But the underlying stocks typically continue to trade in the after-hours markets. (This is known as expiration risk). Because of this, on the day of expiration, option positions that are at the money or only slightly out of the money maintain a premium on the positions. In other words, if an option position is only slightly out of the money on the day of expiration, the position won’t close for $0.00, even though the above equation suggests that it should be able to do so. A trader likely would have to pay (or receive depending on the position)at least a nickel to exit the position. This slippage also results in the positions not being exactly equivalent – despite theory and math suggesting they should. Option traders should be well aware of the basic equations with equivalences. There are times, due to inefficiencies in option pricing from volume/demand/market maker errors, when entering an equivalent position may result in more profit. At other times, knowing the equivalent positions will allow investors to enter into trades in restricted accounts that they may not otherwise have been able to enter. Still in other situations, depending on an investor’s margin requirements, entering into an equivalent position may save margin interest – or free up cash to enter into more trades (e.g. leverage). To experienced option traders, the above is blindingly obvious. If an investor does not understand option equivalence, it might be best to take a step back and study more, trade on paper, and learn more before putting capital at risk. Christopher Welsh is a licensed investment advisor and president of LorintineCapital, LP. He provides investment advice to clients all over the United States and around the world. Christopher has been in financial services since 2008 and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. Working with a CFP® professional represents the highest standard of financial planning advice. Christopher has a J.D. from the SMU Dedman School of Law, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics. Christopher is a regular contributor to the Steady Options Anchor Strategy and and Lorintine CapitalBlog.
  26. No i'm pretty sure they don't use the same source because often they don't agree. For AMAT, i don't know the stock but there is this date : http://investors.appliedmaterials.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=112059&p=irol-calendar I don't know if they change their date.
  27. You were not the only person impacted, that's why. My previous message was just to state that i take performance, downtime and fast data import seriously. I'm not sure how i'm going to improve it but i will try.
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