Master Iron Condors - Double the credit for half the risk

The Iron Condor is one of the most popular Options strategies, and it is the undisputed "King of Time Decay strategies".
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Published 3/2013 English

Course Description

THE IRON CONDOR STRATEGY - KING OF TIME DECAY STRATEGIES

 

The Iron Condor Spread is one of the most popular trades of all Options trades, and it is the undisputed "King of Time Decay or Income strategies". It is special because you get to double the premium collected, reduce your risk levels as compared to normal credit spreads, double the amount of time decay, and maintain a delta neutral position, at least when the trade is first put on. The negative with the strategy is that it's a heavily Vega negative position. We dissect the Iron Condor in this trade, put on a real trade on AAPL, and take it through a couple of weeks. We analyze the risks, set adjustment points, and discuss suitable adjustment strategies for different market situations as the trade develops. 


What you will master

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  • How do we construct an Iron Condor
  • Why choosing the right strike prices are important for the Iron condor
  • Should we try to make it a delta neutral trade and why
  • What are its special characteristics
  • How is the premium doubled
  • Why is the Iron Condor a popular trade
  • Why are margin requirements less on an Iron Condor
  • What should we watch for in terms of Vega exposure
  • What are good adjustments for an Iron Condor
  • When do we use the simple adjustments and when do we use the complex one
  • Is Rolling an Iron condor leg a viable strategy
  • What are the options if we don't want to roll a losing Iron condor leg
  • Why is there an automatic profit component in an Iron Condor
  • How can we optimize the entry of an Iron condor

 

What are the requirements?

  • Excellent knowledge of Credit spreads and all material before it
  • Excellent understanding of Time decay and Implied Volatility concepts

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand what an Iron Condor strategy is
  • Master the trade setup criteria for an Iron Condor
  • Understand the profit mechanics from an Iron Condor
  • Why the Iron Condor is one of the most popular strategies of professional traders
  • What are the danger points in an Iron Condor and how do we deal with them
  • What are appropriate adjustment strategies for Iron Condors
  • How do we manage the losing the side of an Iron Condor
  • What is "rolling a spread" and how can we roll a losing side profitably

Who is the target audience?

  • This is an advanced level course, so students must be familiar with Credit spreads
  • Anyone wanting to create consistent monthly income strategies
  • Busy professionals who don't have much time to look at the markets but need a reliable risk-defined strategy for monthly income

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to the Iron Condor Strategy
13:40
What is an Iron Condor strategy, and why is it called an Iron Condor. This lecture explains the basics of an iron condor, its construction and analyzes the time decay and Volatility considerations. Please also see supplementary video
Section 2: Putting an Iron Condor on Apple (AAPL)
13:34
A detailed analysis of an Iron Condor trade on Apple (AAPL), before the trade is executed.
Section 3: Iron Condor Trade Management
19:02
After we put the Iron Condor on AAPL, what is the stock doing and how do we manage this position.
06:42
The mechanics of how the Iron condor makes a profit, and what are the considerations for a great exit on the trade
Section 4: Iron Condor adjustments
12:20
An overview of the two most common (or simple) adjustments for the Iron condor.
10:45
This is a more complex but very effective adjustment for Iron Condors. We show you exactly how to take a losing side of the Iron condor and "roll it" into the next month in a profitable manner, and in a way that recovers its current losses
06:40
A wrap-up of this amazing strategy. Includes a couple of advanced tips on how to maximize trade entry for Iron condors using a very nifty technique.
Iron Condors Quiz
5 questions

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Instructor Biography

360-Degree Education in Markets Hari Swaminathan, Options Mentor, Financial markets educator, Trader, Investor

Knowledge. Strategy. Execution.

Hari Swaminathan is the founder of OptionTiger, a cutting-edge Options Mentoring company, and a full-circle educator in all areas of Financial Markets, Hari has developed several proprietary Intellectual Property "methods and approaches" around enhancing base case Options strategies (which favor the Market Makers) and turns that deficit into a massive EDGE on the trader's side.. Like building a powerful Strategy "for all Option Strategies". 

Hari is self-taught in Options and actively trading these instruments for almost 10 years, mostly through trial and error. Trial and error in general, is an excellent method of learning, but applied in this context, trial and error CAN BE EXPENSIVE. My courseware focuses on this aspect mostly, so you can avoid losing money in the 1 to 2 years when you're learning. Yes, it does take that long, if not more. If the markets were indeed simple, you'd have everyone involved in it. Patience, Diligence, and Determination are what you need during this time.

Hari has a Bachelors degree in Engineering from India, and MBA's from Columbia University in NYC and London Business School in London UK. 

More than ever, its become important for normal people to take charge of their financial situation, and truly understand how financial markets, and the various asset classes, trading nuances really work. Investing in the financial markets is no longer a HANDS-OFF ACTIVITY. There's no point blaming financial advisors after the fact. Now, it's become crucial for everyone to do "their OWN homework", so you can decide for yourself whether something is good or risky. This is of course easier said than done, and that's exactly where we come in.

My mission is to educate everyday people on the deep, strategic underpinnings of the stock markets, and exploit that knowledge with the use of OPTIONS.  THERE IS NOTHING RANDOM about the markets. There are surprises all the time, but there's always a method behind every madness. And my goal is to get you to this point of understanding and awareness. That's when it starts to fit in. 

Knowledge, Education, Crafting Breakthrough strategy, Technical analysis, Following Smart Money, Risk management, Disciplined Money management, and near flawless Execution approaches are just a few of the crucial points emphasized in all the Courses. Video-based education courseware, Practical workshops, several elite proprietary Advanced systems, a 4-week Live Mentoring program are just a few things we offer. The goal is to provide a "full circle" education in the Markets, which is necessary before it starts "fitting in". 

Let's break down the Options game in a realistic manner. 

The Pluses

1. Options were invented out of thin air. And the people who invented them won Nobel Prizes for their invention (Fisher and Black). It is purely a "Mathematical" concept, with no real connections to the external world except for one, that's defined implicitly in its design.. Its fascinating, mathematical, strategic, risky, but can also provide the basis for life-long income streams. There's focus on Analysis, Data science, Statistical Modeling and Probability theory.

2. This gives rise to very complex but interesting  analytical scenarios. It also gives us the ability to model Options with a set of tools like a car dashboard. In many cases, you don't need to see what's going in the Markets, or the Stocks themselves. This data is embedded in the mathematical formulas that underpin Options structure itself, and you can operate on the basis of your Dashboard.

3. Because everything in Options is defined in mathematical terms, its also important to realize that OPTIONS will always be the same. The math behind Options will always be the same. Forever. Unless they discover serious flaws in the formulas and models used by these Nobel winners. And of course, sadly, if it were the case, the Nobel prizes would have to be retracted and we go back to the drawing board again. But today, several well developed markets around the world exist purely based on their Mathematical Modeling of RISK.

4. Options and Chess have LARGE overlaps. You may agree that Chess is a game of "skill". It's a game of Strategy and depends upon how well you can plan (ahead) to attack, defend or take a neutral position. We also believe that Chess is strategy-focused and depends upon certain mathematical principles. Why or How do we know this - The reason we know its a game of skill is : Try to play 100 chess games with Kasparov or Anand. Normal people are almost guaranteed a loss in all 100 games. So it has to be a game of skill. And why do we know its underlying features are mathematics based. The fact that a computer like Deep Blue beat the GrandMaster Garry Kasparov in 1997, proved to be both shocking, and revealing at the same time. While human beings abilities have not increased in exponential terms during the last 20 years, and we may be able to plan 3 or 4 or 5 moves ahead, the computer of today can calculate a 1000 moves ahead, go down every possible path, and record the outcomes like photographic memory.  This is a capability that humans may never achieve, proving that Math plays a key role. So today, every professional Chess player refuses to play the machine, because it's almost guaranteed that the Masters WILL LOSE EVERY GAME

5. Lastly, You MUST believe this completely -  Options, just like Chess, are a "skill set", and requires acquiring a deep set of analytical skills much more so than most skill sets in the world, and THEY can only be MASTERED over a period of time. Once you understand Options better, you'll realize how true this is. We cannot turn into a Kasparov in a matter of weeks or even a few months. It does NOT work like that. But once you go through this process that can go for 1 to 2 years or more (depending upon your commitment to this process), there is a very powerful light at the end of this tunnel. You build a skill set for life.  Age, Geographical location, Lifestyles, or Weather are no longer a barrier to creating consistent income streams, regardless of who you are, where you are, or how old you are. 

This is very POWERFUL stuff. 

Now let's look at the negatives. This is what most people will NOT tell you. Anyone that tells you Options are SIMPLE, and you can make extra ordinary income easily, is JUST NOT TRUE. I will tell you Options can be brutal if you simply apply speculative methodologies. Then you should just STICK TO STOCKS, which are nothing BUT speculation, with a minute role in STRATEGY Give yourself time to master this CRAFT. And once you can develop a SYSTEMATIC approach to every situation (which is the Real Game), you'll be well on your way to consistent performance.


MINUSES


Options are easily the most fascinating financial instrument with several upside benefits, but also an equally powerful set of negatives. 

1. Options have a steep learning curve. Don't expect to become Kasparov in a couple of months. Or even a year or two. And why is this important to realize: Because we are playing a Kasparov or Anand every time we enter the Options market. Market Makers who are 99% of the time, the counter party to all Options trades, are Options professionals, with 10 to 20 years of experience, in performing their "legal duty" of providing liquidity. While we have hours to plan our attack, the Market Maker literally has a few seconds. In a normal  day, a market maker can do many thousands of trades. One can only be in awe of their skills. 

2. If you're interested in Options, try NOT approach it with a mindset or requirement of making money. This is not only NOT going to happen, but its a recipe for disaster. It's like a student of Medicine wanting to practice their skills after 2 months of study. To develop a meaningful batting average, you will need Time, Patience, and Perseverance. They don't develop overnight. Focus completely on the learning, ideally practicing on paper money accounts because you WILL LOSE at first. 

3) As someone that has self-learnt Options and through making mistakes from Trial and Error, I can tell you Options trading is not something you should take lightly. You will hear people talking of fantastic triple and quadruple digit returns. I'm here to be brutally honest with you - 

- Be very very careful in the first 12 months of Options trading. 

- This is when everyone is the most vulnerable to losing money. 

- Your main objective during this time is to focus on learning this craft and NOT lose (too much) money

Having said that, if you can get past the first 12 months and acquire the expertise in a Systematic manner with Systematic approaches to every situation, true financial independence awaits.

You can trade Options from anywhere in the world, regardless of how old you are. You never have to worry about job security any more because you have a skill that can produce consistent income month after month. 

But you have some serious but exciting work to do before you get there, and I'm here to help you in this journey. 

Watch my Free Mini-courses or my YouTube channel , all of which have the highest quality education in Options as well as Financial Markets.. 

And join me in my UDemy courses, where I share cutting-edge theoretical knowledge mixed with practical insights, strategy and impeccable execution approaches, through live trading examples. How do we know it's all this (don't just go by my word). Check what 25,000 students have to say in 2100 Reviews, with almost 2000 of them being 5-Star or 4-Star

If you have any questions at any time, please feel free to message me on Udemy.

The order to follow on my Udemy courses

Comprehensive guide to Financial Markets, Investing and Trading

Options Trading Beginners Bundle (3-course Bundle)

Advanced Options Concepts

Options spreads and credit spreads Bundle

Technical analysis and Chart reading Bundle

After this, the order does not matter. You can take any of the courses as per your interest.

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