The most valuable hedging strategy you aren't using:
The IRON FLY STRATEGY.
Knowing how to use it will protect you from gaps and intraday spikes and 10x your hedging experience.
Here's the step-by-step guide:
Collaborated with @niki_poojary
Here's what you'll learn in this thread:
1. What is an iron fly
2. Perks and Drawbacks
3. What to do when in profit?
4. How to adjust when in loss?
5. Thread on How to keep shifting an iron fly for max credit?
6. Risk-free trades benefits
Let's dive in ↓
1/ What is an iron fly?
Sell ATM CE and PE (Short straddle)
Buy OTM CE and PE (Hedge it by buying on both sides)
Look at the picture below for an example of an iron fly in current weekly options.
2/ Why do traders like iron fly?
Many traders want to receive maximum theta or max credit.
This is why they sell straddles.
But straddles have unlimited risk in them, and can't handle gaps or intraday spikes.
This is why traders like knowing the maximum loss in their trades.
3/ Perks of Iron Fly
Low capital required—Possible to buy first, sell later
Limit losses—Know your maximum loss upfront
Adjustments—Can reduce losses to zero or almost nothing
Weekly earnings—Possible on a weekly basis
Jackpot—Potential for a jackpot if it expires in middle