New Trade Entry : SPX Weekly Credit Spread for August 2 cycle. Below is the credit spread position entered this morning:

SPX Credit Spread Position Entered Friday, August 2, 7 days prior to expiration. The Option Code for this cycle is SPXW130809, expiring August 9.

The 20 day Moving Average was at 1682.31 at the time of entry, with SPX at 1704.81. Because the price of SPX was above the Moving Average, a Put Credit Spread was entered.

SPX August 2 Credit Spread shortly after entry

Time of entry: 10:30 am Eastern. SPX price: 1,704.81 at entry; VIX at 12.45

Trade Details:

SOLD August 1 1675 Put. Delta -.15 at time of entry

BOUGHT August 1 1665 Put

Credit received: $.85

Maximum margin/risk is $915. Maximum risk is the width of the spread ($1,000 less credit received $85).

Target Gain: $63.75 (75% of credit received). This gain represents a 7.0% gain on actual margin.

Maximum Loss: $85

I recommend that a "good to cancel" order be entered to close the position for either target gain or max loss. This can be done using an OCO (one-cancels-other) order on most broker's platforms. Each broker is a bit different; I suggest that you contact your broker for the proper setup of the OCO. Having this in place removes the emotions that can sometimes cloud a trader's judgement, and reduces the amount of time needed to be at your computer monitoring the position.

For those unfamiliar with this trade, the guidelines were published on May 12, 2013. The article can be found here: Link to Articles

The original guidelines call for a Tuesday entry, however, but I have found that sufficient credit is often available for an entry as late as Friday.

I have not yet entered a 10 point-wide Iron Condor; as of this writing there is not sufficient credit for the strikes with a delta around 10. I have been watching the 1730 Call and 1665 Put for the short strikes, but the current credit is only 1.15, too low for the risk. This is likely due to a decrease in volatility following the news events the last couple of days. If the credit improves this afternoon, I will consider trade entry and post details. Otherwise, there will not be an Iron Condor trade this week.

Trade updates will be posted as appropriate.

As always, stay keen on your risk management and trade carefully.

Dot Hazlin