Iron Condors (Paperback)

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Iron Condors (Paperback)

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Iron Condors is the third book in the "Best Option Strategies" series and each offers a hands-on education for some of the most useful option strategies. It is intended to be very different from all other books about iron condors. Expect to learn the basic concepts of trading iron condors: (1) How to decide which options are suitable for your iron condor. Know in advance that there is seldom a single 'best' position that suits all traders; (2) Ideas -- with specific examples -- on how to manage risk; (3) Figuring out when to exit. We'll discuss the pros and cons of locking in profits quickly (not a good idea) vs. holding longer (but not too long). There is more that makes this book so special. It is not just a "how to" book because I share lessons learned from a lifetime of trading options (starting in 1977 when I became a CBOE market maker). I share my philosophy on iron condor trading and ideas on how a winning trader thinks. The goal is to offer guidance that allows you to develop good trade habits and an intelligent way of thinking about trading. We all learn as we gain experience, but some experience can be destructive when mindsets -- that are dangerous to your longevity as a trader -- become ingrained habits. This book helps traders avoid developing a difficult-to-break way of thinking. This book was prepared for an audience that already understands the most basic concepts about options. Although some of the material is suitable for rookies. If you do not understand the difference between a put and call or have zero trading experience, I encourage you to begin with the most basic concepts about options before continuing. There are numerous sources of information, but I recommend my recently updated (2013) The Rookie's Guide to Options, 2nd edition. Another decision involves the pre-planned (I encourage preparation of a trade plan for each trade) exit when the target profit is achieved. If you have no profit target, then you will be hard pressed to exit when the trade continues to earn money. As profits accumulate, it becomes a daily decision: hold or exit. It is important to recognize when there is too little remaining profit potential for the prudent trader to hold. The trade plan helps with making good and timely decisions -- and that makes you a more disciplined trader. Closing the position could also be a gut-wrenching decision that locks in a loss and is made because it has become essential to take risk-reducing action. The book offers a solid introduction to risk management for iron condor traders. The following points represent the foundation of my beliefs, and the book is written accordingly: (1)The ability to manage risk is the most important skill for any trader; (2) Take time to learn about the Greeks. It is not difficult, and it allows you to recognize the risk (and reward) potential for any position; (3) Discipline is necessary when managing risk. It is one thing to say that you understand what risk management is all about, but it is another to put it into practice; (4) Let another trader earn the last nickel or dime on the call and put spreads that comprise the iron condor. Pay a small sum to exit, lock in profits, and eliminate all risk. The iron condor is most often traded as a single transaction, consisting of four legs. However, it is managed as if it were two positions. This is not a contradiction. This mindset is covered in detail.
I first began trading options in 1975; just two years after the CBOE (Chicago Board Options Exchange) opened its trading floor. My strategy of choice was writing covered calls. In late 1976, I was employed by Monsanto Company as a research chemist when a friend bought a seat on the CBOE. We had lengthy discussions about his new venture. Long story short, he gave me an opportunity to come to Chicago and trade as a market maker as his nominee because he did not want to trade himself. I accepted, quit my job and drove to Chicago. That was December 20, 1976 and my life changed forever. I'm still in the options business, 37 years later. I left the CBOE trading floor in the year 2000. Since that time I've been trading my own account - just as you do - as a retail customer. But, I added something new when I began writing and teaching others how to trade options with a conservative bias. My first book was published in 2002 (The Short Book on Options) and others followed. I published a blog for several years, and the contents are still available. My current projects include a) developing this blog at about.com and would love to hear from you with comments, questions, requests for topics to discuss, etc., and b) writing a series of eBooks on individual option strategies. My books: - The Rookies Guide to Options, 2nd Edition (2013) - Create your own Hedge Fund (2005) - The Short Book on Options (2002) My eBooks: - Introduction to Options: The Basics (2014) - Writing Naked Puts (2014) - The Short Book on Options (2002, 2014) - The Option Trader's Mindset: Think Like a Winner (2012) - Lessons of a Lifetime: My 33 years as an Option Trader (2010)
Product Details ISBN: 9780988843936
ISBN-10: 0988843935
Publisher: Options for Rookies
Publication Date: July 28th, 2014
Pages: 144
Language: English