For some background on how the results are presented, please review the dynamic exit posts found on the summary page: Dynamic Exit Iron Condor Articles.
As discussed in the two overview posts on the summary page above, we will look at the same three Iron Condor starting structures that have been backtested on this blog: Standard (STD), Delta Neutral (DN), and Extra Long Put (EL).
Also as discussed in the two overview posts, we will look at three different exits on each of these three starting structures:
- ML40% - this is a Margin Loss % Exit. Trades using this exit strategy either exit at 8 DTE OR if the trade has a loss greater than 40% of the margin requirement for the trade. (ML40% = Max Loss 40%)
- BSP - this is a Price Movement Exit. Trades using this exit strategy either exit at 8 DTE OR if the price of the underlying (RUT) moves below the strike of the short put. (BSP = Below Short Put).
- 0.6:0.6 - This is an Initial Credit % Profit/Loss Exit. Trades using this exit strategy either exit at 8 DTE OR if the trade has a profit of 60% of its initial credit OR if the trade has a loss of 60% of its initial credit.
This equity curve chart below is similar to the equity curves in my prior posts. In the chart below, all of the STD Iron Condor versions have blue equity curves, all of the DN Iron Condor versions have green equity curves, and all of the EL Iron Condor versions have red equity curves. The solid lines represent the equity curves for the "no touch" version, while the dashed lines represent the equity curves for the dynamically exited versions.
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Again, the Standard Iron Condor options trading strategy (STD) without a dynamic exit yielded the highest overall return. The second highest overall return was STD-ML40%, or the standard with a 40% margin loss exit.
The details associated with each of the starting structure backtests can be found in the posts below:
- Standard Iron Condor - RUT - 52 DTE
- Delta Neutral Iron Condor - RUT - 52 DTE
- Extra Long Put Iron Condor - RUT - 52 DTE
In the next post I will show the results for the 52 DTE, 8 delta short strike Iron Condor options trading strategy, with varying Initial Credit % Profit/Loss Exits.
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