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Combining Trend Following and Option Selling Strategies

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Historically, two of the most successful approaches to trading have been trend following and option selling. Trend following and momentum investing are strategies known to just about everybody, and option selling (i.e. collecting the volatility risk premium), while not quite as famous, is hardly a closely-held secret. Usually, these two approaches are treated as strangers. Momentum/trend traders are conceptually long volatility in that they are willing to accept small, frequent losses from choppy markets in order to reap gains…

Q4 2010 Condor Options Performance Review

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


In last quarter’s review, I mentioned two things: that we were adding a dynamic delta hedging component to the official newsletter strategy, and that after the newsletter’s underperformance in Q3, the long-term historical record for the strategy suggested that it was actually an optimal time to increase exposure. Happily, that expectation turned out to be true, and the delta hedging component had a very positive effect on performance. The strategy returned 5.67% in the last quarter of the year (and,…

Volatility Tracker: Hiccup or Hangover?

Monday, November 2, 2009


Volatility Tracker for the week of November 1, 2009 Equity markets have been drunk on the wine of federal stimulus for most of this year. While the increased volatility in the latter half of last week could amount to a mere hiccup in the reflation rally, indicators suggest that more participants are concerned about an equity market “hangover” than at any time since the market bottom. The transition to a different market environment may have just occurred, and in the…

Mean Reversion after Expiration

Monday, December 1, 2008

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Traders tend to pay a lot of attention to expiration week, and for good reason. There are also some post-expiration phenomena worth noticing: in particular, unsophisticated options sellers often allow their front-month contracts to expire before selling the next series. There’s an apocryphal story about a big SPX condor seller who always used to wait until the Monday morning after expiration to route his single monster trade for the month. But we’ll leave discussion of the disadvantages of that…


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