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Thursday, November 10, 2016

December SPX Unbalanced Iron Condor

Today I initiated a December30 Unbalanced Iron Condor in SPX:


Trade details:

BUY  20 December30 SPX 1990 Put @8.30
SELL 20 December30 SPX 2000 Put @9.00
SELL 12 December30 SPX 2270 Call @3.50
BUY  12 December30 SPX 2280 Call @2.70


Total  Credit received: $2,360 (0.80 from Calls * 12 + 0.70 from Puts * 20)
Days to expiration: 50


An end of day SPX chart for future reference and self-study:
(Click on image to enlarge)

Trade Update - December 8, 2016

Closed 12 DEC30 SPX 2270/2280 Credit Call Spreads 2.80 debit
Original Credit was 0.80. Net Loss is -2.00  (-$2,400 in 12 spreads)

Closed 20 DEC30 SPX 1990/2000 Credit Put Spreads 0.10 debit
Original Credit was 0.70. Net Gain is 0.60  ($1,200 in 20 spreads)

So, after closing the original position, there is a net loss of $1,200, or a little more than 1% of the portfolio. New spreads were deployed to obtain more credit: 
 
Opened 12 DEC30 SPX 2305/2315 Credit Call Spreads 0.70 credit ($840)
Opened 12 DEC30 SPX 2140/2150 Credit Put Spreads 0.55 credit  ($660)

Total new credit is $1,500. I didn't increase the size of the bet on the Call side. Same 12 spreads. At the same time, I am playing the Put side with fewer spreads (12) than when the original Iron Condor was played (20). This is due to the current overbought environment, which is not the ideal scenario for Credit Put spread selling.

Trade Update - December 13, 2016

Closed 12 DEC30 SPX 2305/2315 Credit Call 2.45 debit
Original Credit was 0.70. Net Loss is -1.75  (-$2,100 in 12 spreads)

A New spread was deployed using January 2017 options:  
Opened 40 JAN SPX 2370/2375 Credit Call Spread 0.45 credit ($1,600)

Up until now we have combined losses of -$2400 + $1200 - $2100 = $3,300

We also have the following position:
12 SPX DEC30 2140/2150 Credit Call spreads ($660 credit)
20 SPX JAN 2370/2375 Credit Call spreads ( $1,600 credit)

Assuming the remaining position becomes a full winner, the current $3,300 loss would decrease by $2,260 to $1,040. But this one will be a loser no matter what even in that case. The mission now is to decrease the current loss as much as possible.

Trade Update - January 20, 2017

20 SPX JAN 2370/2375 Credit Call spreads expire for max profit of $1,600


This is the first position closed in 2017 but it is an adjustment to the December Unbalanced Iron Condor. The final result on the entire position is therefore:
-$2400 + $1200 - $2100 + $660 + $1600 = -$1,040

But, 2017 wise, the SPX JAN 2370/2375 Credit Call spread alone is a winner



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