What is the 0-SPX strategy?
SPX weekly options that expire on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we trade them on the day it expires. So, there is no overnight risk. Usually we open an Iron Condor when the market open around 9:50 A.M EST, and we close the trade before market close same day around 4:00 P.M EST. That is why it is called 0-SPX, which is also know as same day option trade.
Why 0SPX strategy?
1. Can Profit if SPX increase, decrease, or doesn’t move at all. (High probability of making money)
2. Limited loss potential. Never worry about “blowing up” an account when the market makes any huge moves (we suggest to only allocated 10% of your account to strategy). *Anything above 20% is extremely risky.
3. Very simple strategy. The two primary credit spread strategies only have two components.
4. Consistent daily/weekly income. (Exactly why we love to trade this strategy. )
What is SPX?
SPX, or the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, is a stock index based on the 500 largest companies with shares listed for trading on the NYSE or NASDAQ. The term “largest” refers to each firm’s market capitalization or its stock price multiplied by the number of shares it has outstanding.
The SPX itself may not be traded, but both futures contracts and options certainly do so.
1. SPX Options expire on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (Will be everyday in the near future!)
2. SPX pays no Dividend.
3. SPX Cash Settled when the market closes at 4:00 P.M EST.
No risk of early assignment and loss of dividends, no portfolio disruption on assignment.
What is a Credit Spread?
A credit spread where we sell an option at one strike and simultaneously buy an option at another. The way we use this in the SPX Spread Trader is to use a 5 pt spread between the 2 strike prices. So if we are selling a 4400 call we are purchasing a 4450 call at the same time. By entering these two trades as a single credit spread order, there is only a single commission cost. The difference in prices between these two options provides a net credit to your account. The beauty of this approach, is that there is no price movement in the SPX required to be profitable. SPX can go flat or have little movement at all, and our trade will still be profitable. All we need is for the SPX to close below 3100 (in this example), and both options will expire worthless and we retain the credit.
SELL TO OPEN -1 SPX NOV 15 2019 4400 CALL
BUY TO OPEN +1 SPX NOV 15 2019 4450 CALL
Net credit of $0.70. max loss:$2.10
in this example, we are investing $500 to open a bear call spread, receiving $70, and risking $2.10. as long as SPX stays below 4400 at 4:00p.m. EST, we will keep $70 per contract.
Most of the time, we don’t wait until market close. We close the trade at 50-60% profit target, and 2-2.5X credit stop loss.
in this example, we would close it for $0.25. So, we would make 0.70-0.25=$0.45 profit. OR, we would stopped out at $2.50 which is at 2.10-0.70=$1.40 loss.