Dan Harvey, the Iron Condor supertrader, created the popular Weirdor trade several years ago. Jim Riggio, Paul Demers and others modified Dan's Weirdor with different trade management rules. This variation was named the Jeep trade to distinguish it from Dan's Weirdor. The trade was named the Jeep because the expiration lines are … [Read more...] about Jeep Trade Alerts Initial Trial
Time decay in options, also called "Theta", is the measurement of how much the value of an option will lose or gain each day as it gets closer to expiration. Time decay is not linear - the theoretical rate of decay accelerates as the option gets closer to expiration. The best way to explain time decay is using an example. The example … [Read more...] about How Time Decay in Options Works
Dan Harvey is a well known options trader who specialized in Iron Condor trading for many years. Dan had an article published about him in SFO magazine in 2008. Over time, Dan noticed several problems with Iron Condors so he modified them to address their shortcomings. The new version was a weird looking Iron Condor so Dan called it a … [Read more...] about The Reverse Harvey
One measure of risk that is common for option traders is to use standard deviations of movement. I built a popular Standard deviation calculator to calculate the range of movement for a given set of numbers. It was accessed nearly 500 times in the past week! An option trader can also use Delta to estimate the probability that an … [Read more...] about Is Your Trade As Safe As You Think It Is?
This article originally appeared at Locke In Your Success. I remember back in the day when I was learning “income trading”. I used to trade the “not so” mighty iron condor strategies. Yes, the very same strategies that have regained popularity in the low volatility markets over the last 2 years. I can still recall how everyone loved … [Read more...] about Loving the M3
I put an SPX Jun 28 Broken Wing Butterfly (BWB) on yesterday. They seem to be what many of my option trading friends are trading these days. With volatility at historic lows, trading Iron Condors, Weirdors and Jeeps is very difficult because the premium is so low. The Russell 2000 Index (RUT) has been especially challenging. SV … [Read more...] about Jun 28 SPX Broken Wing Butterfly
Jim Riggio presented the Jeep trade at the Options Tribe this week. Here is the replay of the meeting: You can download the slides at http://cdurl.us/slides Jim Riggio created the Jeep are a modification to Dan Harvey's Weirdor. The Weirdor and Jeep are asymmetric iron condors with hedges near the spot price. This is what a typical Jeep … [Read more...] about R The Jeep Trade