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Increasing Size in Iron Condors

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When trading an Iron Condor, we can mimic the risk of a wider Iron Condor with a larger quantity of tighter Iron Condors. In this segment of Market Measures, we compare selling one wider Iron Condor with multiple tighter Iron Condors that equate to the same risk.

  • S&P 500 (SPY), 2005 to Present
  • Using 45 DTE options, sold Iron Condor:
    • Short 30 Δ options & Long $6-wide wings
    • Short 30 Δ options & Long $3-wide wings (x2)
    • Short 30 Δ options & Long $2-wide wings (x3)
      • Managed trades at 50% of max profit
  • Since Iron Condors have a defined amount of risk, we can reduce the spread width and increase the size to equate the risk while increasing the credit.
  • Although these equate to the same risk, the tighter Iron Condor performs worse because it has max loss reached more often than the wider Iron Condor.

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