Recommended trade entry for Thursday, May 11
Option Code: SPX170519
Expiration: Friday, May 19. Because this is the regular monthly cycle, the last day to trade this position is Thursday.
The volatility index VIX is still hovering at record lows, but I am suggesting the following trade entry for those subscribers who do not want to sit on the sidelines. More conservative traders may choose not to enter the trade - as always, it is a trader's choice.
Recommended Trade Entry:
- SELL SPX May 19 2420 Call, currently $1.55. Delta of short call: .12.
- BUY SPX May 19 2430 Call, currently $.75.
- SELL SPX May 19 2350 Put, currently $ 2.35. Delta of short put: -.13.
- BUY SPX May 19 2340 Put, currently $1.80.
It is recommended to place the order as a single entry: SELL " Iron Condor".
Current mid price for all four legs: $1.35. We recommend trying to get filled for the current mid or a few cents below; the minimum suggested credit is $1.25. Bid/ask prices can sometimes be wide, so there is no guarantee there will be a fill at the current mid price. Some traders may get filled at a better credit, others may have to cave in a bit to get the order executed.
Please note: Traders should always be aware of any news events that may cause a sudden move in the market. If that occurs, it is recommended to immediately cancel the working order until things settle. Depending on the move that may occur, the above strikes may need to be changed to appropriate strikes within the .10 - .15 range. It is each individual's responsibility to select the strikes they feel most comfortable with, depending on trading style and risk tolerance.
Update will be posted with exact position details when the trade is opened.
For those unfamiliar with the strategy, the trade management guidelines for all Couch Potato Trader strategies can be found here:
Link to Articles
As always, stay keen on your risk management and trade carefully,