RUT Strangle - High Loss Threshold - 73 DTE

This post reviews the backtest results of selling one-lot options strangles on the Russell 2000 Index (RUT), initiated at 73 days-to-expiration (DTE).  The results in this post were derived from 2312 individual trades entered by the backtester.  The results are grouped by the delta of the short strikes.  For example, a 4 delta strangle is constructed by selling a -4 delta put, and selling a +4 delta call.

For background on the setup for the backtests, as well as the nomenclature used in the charts and tables below, please see the introductory article for this series: Option Strangle Series - Higher Loss Thresholds

In the trade metrics tables, I have highlighted the rows to indicate values that are in the upper half of the readings.  One of the metrics to note is the average P&L per day in percentage terms (Trade Details (%) - Avg. P&L / Day).  This is a measure of the P&L per day normalized to the maximum initial portfolio margin (initial PM) required for that trade run...it tells us the effectiveness of theta with respect to our margin requirement.

Also note, that all of the blog posts for the RUT strangle series have equity curves with identical y-axis scales, unless otherwise noted.

4 Delta Short Strikes
Short Options Strangle Equity Curves RUT 73 DTE 4 Delta Risk:Reward Exits
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Short Options Strangle Trade Metrics RUT 73 DTE 4 Delta Risk:Reward Exits
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For the 73 DTE, 4 delta RUT short strangles, the top exit approaches indicated by the metrics were the: 300:50, 200:50 / ExOut 200:50, and 200:75 variations.  The highest return occurred with the 200:75 exit, but it's average P&L % / day number was lower than others.


6 Delta Short Strikes
Short Options Strangle Equity Curves RUT 73 DTE 6 Delta Risk:Reward Exits
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Short Options Strangle Trade Metrics RUT 73 DTE 6 Delta Risk:Reward Exits
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For the 73 DTE, 6 delta RUT short strangles, the top exit approaches indicated by the metrics were the: 300:50, ExOut 200:50 and 200:50 variations.  The highest return again occurred with the 200:75 exit, but it's average P&L % / day number was lower than others.


8 Delta Short Strikes
Short Options Strangle Equity Curves RUT 73 DTE 8 Delta Risk:Reward Exits
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Short Options Strangle Trade Metrics RUT 73 DTE 8 Delta Risk:Reward Exits
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For the 73 DTE, 8 delta RUT short strangles, the top exit approaches indicated by the metrics were the: 300:50, ExOut 200:50, and 200:75 variations.

With the 73 DTE tests, the highest average P&L per day readings occurred with the 8 delta short strike variations, with an average of 0.21% per day.  The highest overall P&L per day reading occurred with the 6 delta 200:25 variation, at 0.26% per day. In the next post we will look at these same deltas and exits, but on the RUT 80 DTE short strangle.


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