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Covered Straddle
Covered Strangle
Married Put
Protective Put

Bearish Patterns
Long Puts
Bear Put Spread
Bear Call Spread
Put Backspread
Long Put Ratio Spread
Naked Calls
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Covered Put
Protective Call
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Long Volatility
Long Straddle
Long Strangle
Short Call Butterfly
Short Put Butterfly
Short Iron Butterfly
Short Call Condor
Short Put Condor
Short Iron Condor
Long Guts
Strip
Strap
Short Call Ladder
Short Put Ladder
Long Call Synthetic Straddle
Long Put Synthetic Straddle

Short Volatility
Short Straddle
Short Strangle
Long Call Butterfly
Long Put Butterfly
Long Iron Butterfly
Long Call Condor
Long Put Condor
Long Iron Condor
Short Guts
Long Call Ladder
Long Put Ladder
Call Ratio Spread
Short Call Ratio Spread
Put Ratio Spread
Short Put Ratio Spread
Ratio Call Write
Ratio Put Write
Short Call Synthetic Straddle
Short Put Synthetic Straddle
Variable Ratio Write

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Long Iron Condor

Risk: limited
Reward: limited

General Description
Entering a long iron condor entails buying (1) lower strike put, selling (1) middle strike put, selling (1) higher middle strike call and buying (1) higher strike call (same expiration month, distance between the two lower legs is equal to the distance between the two upper legs). It's essentially a combination of a lower strike bull put spread and a higher strike bear call spread, and it's similar to a long iron butterfly except the short puts are spread out over two strikes.

(draw a long iron condor risk diagram here)

The Thinking
You're confident a stock will trade in a tight range and not move much from its current position. You employ a lower strike bull put spread, which achieves max profitability when the stock rallies, and a higher strike bear call spread, which achieves max profitability when the stock drops. If you're correct, if the stock doesn't stray too far (preferably stays between the two middle strikes), you'll make money on both legs of the overall strategy.

Example
XYZ is trading at $57.50. You sell (1) 55 put for $2.00 and buy (1) 50 put for $0.50 to complete the bull put spread. Then you sell (1) 60 call for $2.00 and buy (1) 65 call for $0.50 to complete the bear call spread. The net credit is $3.00.

Above the highest strike, all puts expire worthless, and the calls expire in-the-money so additional movement doesn’t change the profit/loss. As an example, at $70, the 50 and 55 puts expire worthless ($0.50 loss and $2.00 gain), the 60 calls will be worth $10 ($8.00 loss) and the 65 call will be worth $5 ($4.50 gain). The net of this is a $2.00 loss.

Below the lowest strike, all calls expire worthless, and the puts expire in-the-money so additional movement doesn’t change the profit/loss. As an example, at $45, the 60 and 65 calls will expire worthless ($2.00 gain and $0.50 loss), the 55 put will be worth $10 ($8.00 loss) and the 50 put will be worth $5 ($4.50 gain). The net of this is a $2.00 loss.

Between the middle strikes ($55 and $60), max profitability is achieved. All calls and puts expire worthless, and your profit is equal to the net credit collected when the trade was initiated.

The PL chart below graphically shows where this trade will be profitable and at a loss.