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Friday, October 6, 2017

Weekly Trade Summary: October 1 - October 7

I did not enter any new trades this week, but I did adjust 3 trades.  Details of this week's trading below:

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November 30 Weekly Expiration Trade (#43) - Adjusted 04-Oct, 05-Oct
  • 15-September Entry (post)
  • 20-September Adjustment (post)
  • 29-September Adjustment (post)

November 24 Weekly Expiration Trade (#44) - Adjusted 02-Oct, 06-Oct
  • 21-September Entry (post)
  • 29-September Adjustment (post)

December 15 Monthly Expiration Trade (#45) - Adjusted 02-Oct, 05-Oct
  • 27-September Entry (post)
  • 29-September Adjustment (post)

I currently have 7 open trades, with expirations in Oct (1), Nov (5), and Dec (1):

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Total defined risk for these trades 59.8% of the account net liquidation value.

38 trades have been closed this year...22 wins and 16 losses. Return on the account for the year is at 3.9%.  Total win rate is at 58%. The win rate on the core trades is at 65%. Not happy with the win rate, but at least it is improving and the losses have been small. All 7 of my open trades currently have positive P&L.

Next week I will be looking for new trades in the 22-Dec expiration (if available) and/or the 29 Dec expiration. I will make adjustments in my existing trades as follows:
  • Highly likely: N/A
  • Likely: N/A
  • Possible: #44, #45
  • Unlikely: #39, #40, #41, #42, #43

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Weekly Trade Summary: September 24 - September 30

This week I closed the three October 20 expiration trades for small profits, entered 1 new trade, and adjusted all open trades.  Details of this week's trading below:

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October 20 Monthly Expiration Trade (#36) - Closed 27-Sep (+3.2%)
  • 27-July Entry (post)
  • 08-September Adjustment (post)
  • 12-September Adjustment (post)
  • 15-September Adjustment (post)
  • 18-September Adjustment (post)

October 20 Weekly Expiration Trade (#37) - Closed 27-Sep (+3.3%)
  • 01-August Entry (post)
  • 08-September Adjustment (post)
  • 12-September Adjustment (post)
  • 15-September Adjustment (post)
  • 18-September Adjustment (post)

October 20 Weekly Expiration Trade (#38) - Closed 27-Sep (+4.6%)
  • 09-August Entry (post)
  • 08-September Adjustment (post)
  • 12-September Adjustment (post)
  • 15-September Adjustment (post)

October 31 Weekly Expiration Trade (#39) - Adjusted 27-Sep
  • 24-August Entry (post)
  • 08-September Adjustment (post)
  • 12-September Adjustment (post)
  • 15-September Adjustment (post)

November 3 Weekly Expiration Trade (#40) - Adjusted 27-Sep, 29-Sep
  • 01-September Entry (post)
  • 12-September Adjustment (post)
  • 15-September Adjustment (post)
  • 20-September Adjustment (post)

November 17 Weekly Expiration Trade (#41) - Adjusted 27-Sep, 29-Sep
  • 01-September Entry (post)
  • 15-September Adjustment (post)
  • 20-September Adjustment (post)

November 17 Monthly Expiration Trade (#42) - Adjusted 27-Sep, 29-Sep
  • 08-September Entry (post)
  • 15-September Adjustment (post)
  • 20-September Adjustment (post)

November 30 Weekly Expiration Trade (#43) - Adjusted 29-Sep
  • 15-September Entry (post)
  • 20-September Adjustment (post)

November 24 Weekly Expiration Trade (#44) - Adjusted 29-Sep
  • 21-September Entry (post)

December 15 Monthly Expiration Trade (#45) - Adjusted 29-Sep
  • 27-September Entry

I currently have 7 open trades, with expirations in Oct (1), Nov (5), and Dec (1):

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Total defined risk for these trades 56.7% of the account net liquidation value.

38 trades have been closed this year...22 wins and 16 losses. Return on the account for the year is at 3.9%.  Total win rate is at 58%. The win rate on the core trades is at 65%. Not happy with the win rate, but at least it is improving and the losses have been small.

Of the 7 open trades, 5 currently have a positive P&L. The trades with negative P&L were entered during the last two weeks:
  • trade #44 - Nov 24 expiration (-0.03%)
  • trade #45 - Dec 15 expiration (-0.39%)

I will likely enter one new trade next week (01-Dec or 08-Dec expiration) and will make adjustments as follows:
  • Highly likely: N/A
  • Likely: #44
  • Possible: #43, #45
  • Unlikely: #39, #40, #41, #42


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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Weekly Trade Summary: September 17 - September 23

This week I closed 2 trades for small profits, entered 1 new trade, and adjusted 6 trades.  Details of this week's trading below:

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September 29 Weekly Expiration Trade (#34) - Closed 18-Sep (+1.32%)
  • 19-July Entry (post)
  • 25-July Adjustment (post)

September 29 Weekly Expiration Trade (#35) - Closed 18-Sep (+1.64%)
  • 19-July Entry (post)
  • 01-September Adjustment (post)
  • 08-September Adjustment (post)

October 20 Monthly Expiration Trade (#36) - Adjusted 18-Sep
  • 27-July Entry (post)
  • 08-September Adjustment (post)
  • 12-September Adjustment (post)
  • 15-September Adjustment (post)

October 20 Weekly Expiration Trade (#37) - Adjusted 18-Sep
  • 01-August Entry (post)
  • 08-September Adjustment (post)
  • 12-September Adjustment (post)
  • 15-September Adjustment (post)

November 3 Weekly Expiration Trade (#40) - Adjusted 20-Sep
  • 01-September Entry (post)
  • 12-September Adjustment (post)
  • 15-September Adjustment (post)

November 17 Monthly Expiration Trade (#42) - Adjusted 20-Sep
  • 08-September Entry (post)
  • 15-September Adjustment (post)

November 17 Weekly Expiration Trade (#41) - Adjusted 20-Sep
  • 01-September Entry (post)
  • 15-September Adjustment (post)

November 30 Weekly Expiration Trade (#43) - Adjusted 20-Sep
  • 15-September Entry (post)

I currently have 9 open trades, with expirations in Oct (4) and Nov (5):

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Total defined risk for these trades 70.9% of the account net liquidation value.

35 trades have been closed this year...19 wins and 16 losses. Return on the account for the year is at 2.9%.  Total win rate is at 54%. The win rate on the core trades is at 61%. Not happy with the win rates, but at least the losses have been small.

Of the 9 open trades, 8 currently have a positive P&L. The 1 trade that has a negative P&L was entered this week (1 trade on Sep-21). This week's trade is down -0.32% on margin...this is typical in the first week or so of the trade.

I will likely enter one new trade next week and will make adjustments as follows:
  • Highly likely: #40, #41
  • Likely: #39, #42
  • Possible: #43
  • Unlikely: #36, #37, #38, #44


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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Weekly Trade Summary: September 10 - September 16

This week I entered 1 new trade and adjusted 7 trades.  Details of this week's trading below:

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October 20 Monthly Expiration Trade - Adjusted 12-Sep & 15-Sep
  • 27-July Entry (post)
  • 08-September Adjustment (post)

October 20 Weekly Expiration Trade - Adjusted 12-Sep & 15-Sep
  • 01-August Entry (post)
  • 08-September Adjustment (post)

October 20 Weekly Expiration Trade - Adjusted 12-Sep & 15-Sep
  • 09-August Entry (post)
  • 08-September Adjustment (post)

October 31 Weekly Expiration Trade - Adjusted 12-Sep & 15-Sep
  • 24-August Entry (post)
  • 08-September Adjustment (post)

November 3 Weekly Expiration Trade - Adjusted 12-Sep & 15-Sep
  • 01-September Entry (post)

November 17 Monthly Expiration Trade - Adjusted 15-Sep
  • 08-September Entry (post)

November 17 Weekly Expiration Trade - Adjusted 15-Sep
  • 01-September Entry (post)

I currently have 10 open trades, with expirations in Sep (2), Oct (4), and Nov (4):

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Total defined risk for these trades 68.5% of the account net liquidation value.

33 trades have been closed this year...17 wins and 16 losses. Return on the account for the year is at 2.8%.  Total win rate is at 52%. The win rate on the core trades is at 59%. Not happy with the win rates, but at least the losses have been small. Of the 10 open trades, 8 currently have a positive P&L. The 2 trades that have a negative P&L were entered this week (1 trade on 15-Sep) and last week (1 trade on Sep-8). This week's trade is down -0.15% on margin, and last week's trade is down 0.46% on margin...these numbers are typical in the first week or so of the trade.

Next week I will close trades #34 and #35 as they have little profit remaining and closing them will free up some margin. Besides entering one new trade next week, I will make adjustments as follows:
  • Highly likely: #36, #37
  • Likely: #40
  • Possible: #39, #41, #42
  • Unlikely: #38, #43


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Friday, September 8, 2017

Weekly Trade Summary: September 3 - September 9

This week I entered one new trade and adjusted five trades.  Details of this week's trading below:

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September 29 Weekly Expiration Trade - Adjusted
  • 19-July Entry (post)
  • 01-September Adjustment (post)

October 20 Expiration Trade - Adjusted
  • 27-July Entry (post)

October 20 Weekly Expiration Trade - Adjusted
  • 01-August Entry (post)

October 20 Weekly Expiration Trade - Adjusted
  • 09-August Entry (post)

October 31 Weekly Expiration Trade - Adjusted
  • 24-August Entry (post)

I currently have 9 open trades, with expirations in Sep (2), Oct (4), and Nov (3):

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Total defined risk for these trades 53.3% of the account net liquidation value.

33 trades have been closed this year...17 wins and 16 losses. Return on the account for the year is at 2.8%.  Total win rate is at 52%. The win rate on the core trades is at 59%. Not happy with the win rates, but at least the losses have been small. Of the 9 open trades, 6 currently have a positive P&L. The 3 trades that have a negative P&L were entered this week(1 trade on Sep-8) and last week (2 trades on Sep-1).


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Weekly Trade Summary: August 27 - September 2

Continuing to be super busy with work and family activities as summer comes to a close. Spent the long Labor Day weekend in the mountains at an Oktoberfest Celebration...good fun that caused a delay in getting this summary out.

I expired one trade for a tiny loss, closed another trade for a small gain, adjusted one trade, and entered two more trades. Details of this week's trading below:

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August 31 Expiration Trade - Expired (-0.46% return on margin)
  • 21-June Entry (post)
  • 17-July Adjustment (post)
  • 25-July Adjustment (post)

September 15 Expiration Trade - Closed (+1.70% return on margin)
  • 27-June Entry (post)
  • 17-July Adjustment (post)
  • 25-July Adjustment (post)

September 29 Expiration Trade - Adjusted
  • 19-July Entry (post)

I currently have 8 open trades, with expirations in Sep (2), Oct (4), and Nov (2):

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Total defined risk for these trades 45.2% of the account net liquidation value.

33 trades have been closed this year...17 wins and 16 losses. Return on the account for the year is at 2.8%.  Total win rate is at 52%. The win rate on the core trades is at 59%. Not happy with the win rates, but at least the losses have been small.


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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Iron Condor Results Summary - Part 4 - Top Performers By Metric

In this article we will look at a subset of the 3024 iron condor strategy variations that were tested between January 2007 and September 2016. Specifically, we will look at the 1512 iron condor strategy variations that used both stop losses and profit targets. Out of these 1512 variations we will look at the top performers in terms of the following metrics:
  1. P&L / Trade (total return)
  2. Largest Loss % (looking for the smallest value)
  3. P&L / Day
  4. Win Rate
  5. Profit Factor
  6. Sortino Ratio
  7. Shortest time in trade for winning trades (in terms of % of DTE)

The top scoring iron condor strategy variations for each of these seven categories are listed below. For each metric, the metric value is listed first, followed by the details of the iron condor strategy variation that generated that value, followed by win rates, and finally the strategy score as described in the last article here.
  1. P&L / Trade (9.1%): 
    • 80 DTE
    • ST structure
    • 50 pt. wings
    • 20 delta shorts 
    • 300% stop loss / 75% profit taking
    • 2007 - 2016 win rate: 79%
    • 2016 - 2017 win rate: 75%
    • Strategy score: 67
  2. Largest Loss % (-11%): 
    • 66 DTE
    • DN structure
    • 75 pt. wings
    • 8 delta shorts
    • 100% stop loss / 50% profit taking
    • 2007 - 2016 win rate: 82%
    • 2016 - 2017 win rate: 92%
    • Strategy score: 72
  3. P&L / Day (0.18%): 
    • 45 DTE
    • DN structure
    • 25 pt. wings
    • 20 delta shorts
    • 300% stop loss / 50% profit taking
    • 2007 - 2016 win rate: 86%
    • 2016 - 2017 win rate: 75%
    • Strategy score: 74
  4. Win Rate (96%): 
    • 80 DTE
    • ST structure
    • 25 pt. wings
    • 8 delta shorts
    • 300% stop loss / 50% profit taking
    • 2007 - 2016 win rate: 96%
    • 2016 - 2017 win rate: 83%
    • Strategy score: 90
  5. Profit Factor (4.5%): 
    • 80 DTE
    • ST structure
    • 25 pt. wings
    • 8 delta shorts
    • 300% stop loss / 50% profit taking
    • 2007 - 2016 win rate: 96%
    • 2016 - 2017 win rate: 83%
    • Strategy score: 90
  6. Sortino Ratio (0.25): 
    • 80 DTE
    • DN structure
    • 50 pt. wings
    • 8 delta shorts
    • 100% stop loss / 75% profit taking
    • 2007 - 2016 win rate: 77%
    • 2016 - 2017 win rate: 75%
    • Strategy score: 69
  7. %DTE (30%): 
    • 80 DTE
    • EL structure
    • 25 pt. wings
    • 8 delta shorts
    • 100% stop loss / 50% profit taking
    • 2007 - 2016 win rate: 79%
    • 2016 - 2017 win rate: 67%
    • Strategy score: 74

Out of these seven iron condor strategy variations, there was one duplicate...the strategy that generated the top win rate was also the strategy that generated the top profit factor. Now, lets look at the equity curves for these six strategy variations. Note, for reference, an SPX chart is included below the equity curve chart.

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The two iron condor strategy variations using 20 delta short strikes had the highest returns, but also the least smooth equity curves. The strategy variation with the highest win rate, had the third highest returns on this chart, but has been under performing in 2017.

The return distribution for these monthly trades for the initial test range (January 2007 through September 2016) is shown in the table below.

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The strategy variation with the shortest time in trade, also had the smallest absolute loss, but not the smallest loss as a percentage of capital at risk. This table doesn't provide any new information, but does provide some data driving the shapes of the equity curves shown above.

Now let's take a look at the returns for the one year period running from July 2016 expiration through the June 2017 expiration.

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During this recent one year period, the win rates and returns for these iron condor strategy variations (except for one!) have lagged their historical averages.

The one strategy variation that bucked this under performance trend was the one with the smallest "Largest Loss" number...the 66 DTE, DN structure, 75 pt. wing, 8 delta short iron condor with a 100% stop loss and a 50% profit taking level. This strategy had a 25.2% return during this most recent one year test period, with a win rate of 92%. Historically, this strategy returned 18% per year, with a win rate of 82%. Note, this is the strategy with the solid red equity curve above.

The other strategy variation that was closest to it's historical metrics was the one with the highest Sortino Ratio...the 80 DTE, DN structure, 50 pt. wing, 8 delta short iron condor with a 100% stop loss and a 75% profit taking level. This strategy had a 20.1% return during this most recent one year test period, with a win rate of 75%. Historically, this strategy returned 32% per year, with a win rate of 77%. Note, this is the strategy with the red dashed equity curve above.

The two better preforming strategy variations during this recent one year period were both delta neutral (DN) structures.

In the next article, we'll look at a few of the higher scoring iron condors. These tended to be initiated at 80 DTE, with short strike deltas at either 8 or 12.


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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Weekly Trade Summary: August 20 - August 26

I've been super busy with work and family activities as summer comes to a close. This has meant that the blog has dropped in priority, but will pick up in the coming weeks.

I didn't close any trades this week, but I entered one new trade.  Details of this week's trading below:

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I currently have 8 open trades, with expirations in Aug (1), Sep (3), and Oct (4):

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Total defined risk for these trades 44.6% of the account net liquidation value.

31 trades have been closed this year...16 wins and 15 losses. Return on the account for the year is at 2.6%.  Total win rate is at 52%. The win rate on the core trades is at 59%. Not happy with the win rates, but at least the losses have been small. Of the 8 open trades, 7 currently have a positive P&L (all but the trade entered this week).


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Weekly Trade Summary: August 13 - August 19

No trading this week...had quite a bit of work this week and wasn't able to trade.

I still have 7 open trades, with expirations in Aug (1), and Sep (3), Oct (3):

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Total defined risk for these trades 40.5% of the account net liquidation value.

31 trades have been closed this year...16 wins and 15 losses. Return on the account for the year is at 2.6%.  Total win rate is at 52%. The win rate on the core trades is at 59%. Not happy with the win rates, but at least the losses have been small.


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Weekly Trade Summary: August 6 - August 12

I didn't close any trades this week, but I entered one new trade and expired another for a very small loss.  Details of this week's trading below:

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The trade that expired was the August 11 expiration trade, trade #31, and the related posts can be found below:

I currently have 7 open trades, with expirations in Aug (1), and Sep (3), Oct (3):

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Total defined risk for these trades 40.5% of the account net liquidation value.

31 trades have been closed this year...16 wins and 15 losses. Return on the account for the year is at 2.6%.  Total win rate is at 52%. The win rate on the core trades is at 59%. Not happy with the win rates, but at least the losses have been small.


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Monday, August 7, 2017

Iron Condor Results Summary - Part 3 - 2017 Results

In this article we'll look more deeply at the following iron condor (IC) strategy variations:
  1. 38 DTE, 25 pt. wings, 20 delta shorts, 100% stop loss, 50% profit taking
  2. 80 DTE, 25 pt. wings, 20 delta shorts, 100% stop loss, 50% profit taking
  3. 80 DTE, 75 pt. wings, 12 delta shorts, 200% stop loss, 50% profit taking
These strategy variations appeared to be the strongest based on their metrics, and the stability of their metrics. A summary of all of the articles in this series can be found here.

Recall, that in this series of IC articles we looked at three different starting structures (see introduction):
  1. Standard (ST): equal number of call spreads and put spreads
  2. Delta Neutral (DN): fewer call spreads than put spreads ... can better withstand up moves
  3. Extra Long Put (EL): same as ST, but with one extra long put ... can better withstand down moves
In the sections below, we'll look at how these three structures (ST, DN, EL) perform relative to each other in each of the three strategy variations listed at the top of this page.

Lastly, in the prior articles in this series, I  used data from trades running from the January 2007 expiration through the September 2016 expiration.  In this article I have expanded the results to include trades from the January 2007 expiration through the June 2017 expiration.


IC Strategy 1  (38 DTE, 25 pt. wings, 20 delta shorts, 100% stop loss, 50% profit taking)

The equity curves for the three structures, executing trades only using the monthly options, are shown below.

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The equity curves for the standard (ST) and delta neutral (DN) look better than the extra long put structure, with the DN looking the best. Neither the DN or ST structures really started performing well until January 2012. Overall, these equity curves at 38 DTE are pretty jagged.

The returns for each of these structures over the last 12 months of backtests are shown in the tables below.

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The July 2016 expiration hit the DN and ST structures pretty hard, but the EL structure made money during that expiration. The V bottom at the end of June triggered stop loss exits on the DN and ST structures.

The December 2016 expiration was the next losing trade, with upside stop losses being triggered (DN 8-Dec-2016, EL 25-Nov-2016, ST 7-Dec-2016). The smallest loss on this expiration occurred with the EL structure.

The March 2017 expiration was again the result of upside stop losses being triggered (DN 23-Feb-2017, EL 15-Feb-2017, ST 15-Feb-2017). The smallest loss on this expiration occurred with the DN structured.

The highest total returns for this 12 month period were associated with the EL structure, with second place going to the ST structure.

The metrics for each of the three structures are shown in the table below. There are three major groupings in this table, with each grouping containing the results for a specific structure (DN, EL, ST). For each structure, there are three rows of metrics organized as follows:
  1. First row - results from trades on weekly expirations from Jan 2007 through Sep 2016
  2. Second row - results from trades on weekly expirations from Jan 2007 through June 2017
  3. Third row - results from trades on monthly expirations from Jan 2007 through June 2017
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In general, the metrics are pretty stable across the different time periods and frequencies. Metrics for the last 12 months were:
  1. DN - win rate: 75%; average p&l/trade: 1.3%
  2. EL - win rate: 83%; average p&l/trade: 6.3%
  3. ST - win rate: 75%; average p&l/trade: 3.5%


IC Strategy 2  (80 DTE, 25 pt. wings, 20 delta shorts, 100% stop loss, 50% profit taking)

The equity curves for the three structures, executing trades only using the monthly options, are shown below.

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None of these equity curves look great, but the DN equity curve looks the best and has been in an uptrend since March 2009. As with the 38 DTE strategies presented first, these 80 DTE variations have fairly jagged equity curves.

The returns for each of these structures over the last 12 months of backtests are shown in the tables below.

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The trade on the September 2016 expiration was a loser for both the EL and ST structures. Upside stop losses were triggered on these trades on 8-Jul-2016 and 18-Jul-2016 respectively.

The January 2017 expiration was a loser across all three structures. Upside stop losses were triggered on all of these structures on the following dates: 1) DN 6-Jan-2017, 2) EL 21-Nov-2016, and 3) ST 7-Dec-2016.

The February 2017 expiration was a loser for the EL and ST structures. Upside stop losses were triggered on these trades on 13-Dec-2016 and 10-Feb-2017 respectively.

The last losing trades occurred on the April 2017 expiration for both the EL and ST structures. Upside stop losses were triggered on these trades on 15-Feb-2017 and 24-Feb-2017 respectively.

All of the losses on these 80 DTE trades occurred due to upside moves. Not surprisingly, the DN structure performed the best during the last year since it better handles upside moves.

The metrics for each of the three structures are shown in the table below. As mentioned above, this table first groups the metrics by structure (DN, EL, ST), and then by time period / frequency.

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The metrics for the DN and EL structures were fairly consistent across time periods and frequency. The ST structure was not as stable, specifically with its P&L/trade numbers. The Jan-2007 through Sep-2016 period had the highest returns, and these return numbers dropped significantly when the period was expanded to Jan-2007 through Jun-2017. Trading this structure on a monthly cycle reduced the per trade returns even more. Metrics for the last 12 months were:
  1. DN - win rate: 92%; average p&l/trade: 9.2%
  2. EL - win rate: 67%; average p&l/trade: 0.4%
  3. ST - win rate: 67%; average p&l/trade: 0.4%


IC Strategy 3  (80 DTE, 75 pt. wings, 12 delta shorts, 200% stop loss, 50% profit taking)

The equity curves for the three structures, executing trades only using the monthly options, are shown below.

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With the lower delta short strikes and larger stop loss, the equity curves for this family of strategies were generally smoother than the prior two families of strategies.  The equity curve for the DN structure appears to be the most consistent, but the curves for all of these structures have been flat to down for the last two years.

The returns for each of these structures over the last 12 months of backtests are shown in the tables below.

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The first losing trades occurred with the September 2016 expiration for the EL and ST structures. Upside stop losses were triggered on 14-Jul-2016, and 20-Jul-2016 respectively. This was a losing month with the other 80 DTE strategy for these structures as well.

The January 2017 expiration trades were losers for all three structures. Upside stop losses were triggered for all three structures: 1) DN 13-Dec-2016, 2) EL 8-Dec-2016, and 3) ST 9-Dec-2016.

The last losing trades occurred with the April 2017 expiration and were the result of upside stop losses being hit on the EL and ST structures. Both of these trades were exited on 1-Mar-2017.

All of the losses for these 80 DTE trades were again due to upside moves. The DN structure was the clear winner with the other two structures having negative returns for the last 12 month period.

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The metrics for the DN structure was fairly consistent across time periods and frequency. The EL and ST structures were not as stable, specifically with their P&L/trade numbers. The Jan-2007 through Sep-2016 period had the highest returns, and these return numbers dropped when the period was expanded to Jan-2007 through June-2017. Trading this structure on a monthly cycle reduced the per trade returns even more. Metrics for the last 12 months were:
  1. DN - win rate: 92%; average p&l/trade: 3.0%
  2. EL - win rate: 75%; average p&l/trade: -2.7%
  3. ST - win rate: 75%; average p&l/trade: -2.8%


Summary

I didn't really like the performance of these three families of strategies, and was a bit disappointed with their equity curves. After looking at this data, I decided to look at all 3024 strategy variations again and rank them.

I created a composite score for each of the 3024 strategy variations by equal weighting 7 metrics:
  1. Avg. P&L / trade
  2. Biggest Loss
  3. Avg. P&L / day
  4. Win %
  5. Sortino Ratio
  6. Profit Factor
  7. Avg DIT Winner (%DTE). 
Each strategy ended up with an integer score from 2 to 92, with the possible range being 0 to 100. Using this approach, many strategies ended up having the same score. The scores of the strategy variations covered in this article were:
  1. 38 DTE, 25 pt. wings, 20 delta shorts, 100% stop loss, 50% profit taking
    1. DN: 70
    2. EL: 43
    3. ST: 60
  2. 80 DTE, 25 pt. wings, 20 delta shorts, 100% stop loss, 50% profit taking
    1. DN: 62
    2. EL: 36
    3. ST: 73
  3. 80 DTE, 75 pt. wings, 12 delta shorts, 200% stop loss, 50% profit taking
    1. DN: 81
    2. EL: 81
    3. ST: 83
Out of the 3024 strategy variations tested, only 1512 used both stop losses and profit targets. Out of these 1512 strategy variations, only 54 have a score of 80 or greater. In the next article, we'll try to find some better performing strategy variations.


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Friday, August 4, 2017

Weekly Trade Summary: July 30 - August 5

I didn't close any trades this week, but I entered one new trade.  Details of this week's trading below:

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I currently have 7 open trades, with expirations in Aug (2), and Sep (3), Oct (2):

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Total defined risk for these trades 39.8% of the account net liquidation value.

30 trades have been closed this year...16 wins and 14 losses. Return on the account for the year is at 2.7%.  Total win rate is at 53%. The win rate on the core trades is at 62%. Not happy with the core trade win rate. Of the 7 open trades, 3 currently have a positive P&L.

Broken wing butterflies are not performing as well as last year. I am digging into the iron condor backtest results a bit more right now to see how well they have performed in 2017.

I plan to work on part 3 and part 4 of the the IC backtest summary this weekend. If all goes well, I will publish part 3 next week.


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Weekly Trade Summary: July 23 - July 29

Having a difficult time creating these weekly trade update blog posts...super busy with work...so this is one week late.

I didn't close any trades this week, but I made three adjustments and entered one new trade.  Details of last week's trading below:

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The details of the adjusted trades are shown below:
  • Original Trade Entry: June 21 - BWB on the Aug 31 expiration (post)
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  • Adjustment: July 17 - BWB on the Aug 31 expiration (post)
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  • Original Trade Entry: June 27 - BWB on the Sep 15 expiration (post)
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  • Adjustment: July 17 - BWB on the Sep 15 expiration (post)
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  • Original Trade Entry: July 19 - BWB on the Sep 29 expiration (post)
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I currently have 6 open trades, with expirations in Aug (2), and Sep (3), Oct (1):
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Total defined risk for these trades 33.3% of the account net liquidation value.

30 trades have been closed this year...16 wins and 14 losses. Return on the account for the year is at 2.7%.  Total win rate is at 53%. The win rate on the core trades is at 62%. Not happy with the core trade win rate. Of the 6 open trades, 3 currently have a positive P&L.

Broken wing butterflies are not performing as well as last year. I am digging into the iron condor backtest results a bit more right now to see how well they have performed in 2017. My IC research has been on hold for about one month now due to vacation and work.


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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Weekly Trade Summary: July 16 - July 22

I had a number of adjustments last week, as well as a new trade (that ended up getting split across two days), and two expired trades.  I was a bit late in adjusting because I was on vacation...I chose to not login and check my trades while on vacation and figured that worst case those trades would end up being small losses.  Details of last week's trading below:

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The details of the expired trades are shown below...both of these trades expired for small losses. Totally my fault since I failed to watch and adjust these trades (work and vacation!):
  • Original Trade Entry: May 12 - BWB on the Jul 21 expiration (post)
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  • Adjustment: June 21 - moved some upper longs on the Jul 21 expiration (post)
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  • Original Trade Entry: May 18 - BWB on the Jul 21 expiration (post)
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  • Adjustment: June 21 - moved some upper longs on the Jul 21 expiration (post)
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The details of the adjusted trades are shown below:
  • Original Trade Entry: June 8 - BWB on the Aug 11 expiration (post)
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  • Original Trade Entry: June 21 - BWB on the Aug 31 expiration (post)
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  • Original Trade Entry: June 27 - BWB on the Sep 15 expiration (post)
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I currently have 5 open trades, with expirations in Aug (2), and Sep (3):

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Total defined risk for these trades had dropped to 24.4% of the account net liquidation value.

30 trades have been closed this year...16 wins and 14 losses. Return on the account for the year is at 2.7%...not happy with that number!  Total win rate is at 53%. The win rate on the core trades is at 62%. Not happy with the core trade win rate. Of the 5 open trades, 3 currently have a positive P&L.

Broken wing butterflies are really struggling lately and not performing as well as last year. I am digging into the iron condor backtest results a bit more right now to see how well they have performed in 2017. My IC research has been on hold for about one month now due to vacation and work.


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