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Trading Options Greeks: How Time, Volatility, and Other Pricing Factors Drive Profits, 2nd Edition by Dan Passarelli

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CHAPTER 10

Wing Spreads

Condors and Butterflies

The “wing spread” family is a set of option strategies that is very popular, particularly among experienced traders. These strategies make it possible for speculators to accomplish something they could not possibly do by just trading stocks: They provide a means to profit from a truly neutral market in a security. Stocks that don’t move one iota can earn profits month after month for income-generating traders who trade these strategies.

These types of spreads have a lot of moving parts and can be intimidating to newcomers. At their heart, though, they are rather straightforward break-even analysis trades that require little complex math to maintain. A simple at-expiration diagram reveals in black ...

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