Welcome to this article on trading options for income or as a business. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate the great risk taken on while trading an Iron Condor just before expiration.
Condors can be very rewarding, but at the same time, they can result in catastrophic losses to a trading account. One of the most dangerous ways to trade them is just before expiration.
If you have a few minutes, I would recommend watching the video that we have included with this article. You will see an iron Condor on the spy each demonstrates the type of iron Condor that can wipe out your trading capital. This is the strategy that is taught by 99% of the courses on the Internet. Don’t be misled, and don’t fall into the trap. Take a look at this video and see firsthand the stress and the risk involved with this option strategy.
As this option spread gets closer to expiration it becomes more volatile and more risky. Even though the trade might be yielding a profit, the option trader can lose all of the profit and more in one single day. This is because of the option Greeks. The Gamma is extremely high which causes the Delta position to change in an uncontrollable manner. Please watch the video at the six minute mark to understand better what I am talking about.
Well, let’s exit this article by saying a couple more things. First of all, the condor can definitely make an option trader some decent income, but on the other hand, one bad month can also wipe out a trading account. It’s not an option strategy to mess around with if you do not have the proper training. There are very few option traders who do this trade in a low-risk style. Most option traders take on hazardous risk each month by using this reckless strategy.