Weekly SPX Iron Condor order filled.
Order executed for this week's position:
- SOLD SPX March 2110 Calls, currently $.70. Delta of short call: .07.
- BOUGHT SPX March 2120 Calls, currently $.35.
- SOLD SPX March 2000 Puts, currently $3.40. Delta of short put: -.13.
- BOUGHT SPX March 1990 Puts, currently $2.20.
Order was filled as an "Iron Condor" for $1.55 net credit (all four legs).
Margin/Risk is calculated by the width of the wings ($1,000), less credit received.
Margin/Risk for this week's trade: $845.
Target Gain: 7% of margin/risk or $60.
Max loss: 10% of margin/risk or $85.
Please note: Immediately after the order filled, SPX dropped another few points and is currently down over 16 points. This is outside the recommended guidelines for trade entry; the guidelines call for not entering if SPX has moved a one-day standard deviation in either direction. For those who may not have entered this position, it is recommended to hold off until later in the day, or sit on the sidelines for the week. But our position has been filled, so I will manage the trade as per the guidelines.
Below is the risk graph of this week's position as shown on my broker's platform:
SPX March Weekly Iron Condor:
Below is the SPX chart showing the short strikes:
SPX 6 month chart
The guidelines call for the position to remain open until target gain is reached, as long as SPX stays between the short strikes. They also call for exiting at the pre-set max loss, or if SPX reaches either short strike.
Having said that, it is a traderâ€™s individual decision whether to wait for target gain, or max loss, on any position. Trading is a blend of oneâ€™s individual style, risk tolerance, and intuition. This combination can help reach your annual trade plan results. I recommend following your own trade style; there is nothing wrong with exiting a position early. Remember with weekly trades, there are 52 opportunities in a year to trade so it is important to be comfortable with your trade size and position. Remember, trading is an art, not a science.
For those unfamiliar with the strategy, the trade management guidelines were updated on August 7, 2014, and can be found here:
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Trade updates will be posted as appropriate.
As always, stay keen on your risk management and trade carefully,