SPX Straddle - 52 DTE - Results Summary

Over the last five blog posts we looked at the backtest results for 4120 options straddles sold on the S&P 500 Index (SPX) at 52 days-to-expiration (DTE).  Eight different loss approaches were tested on these straddles.  On top of these eight loss approaches, tests were conducted with no profit taking, and profit taking at 10%, 25%, 35%, and 45% of the credit received.

For background information associated with the results in this post, please see the following posts:


The results in this post are summarized in six heat map tables.  In these tables, each row corresponds to a different loss exit percentage.  For example, the first row (25) corresponds to the strategy variations where losses were taken at 25% of the credit received.  These rows have values from 25 to 200.  The columns are a little more complicated, and are grouped first by implied volatility rank (IVR) level, and then by profit exit percentage.  You can see that each IVR percentage level contains five columns (10, 25, 35, 45, and NA)...with each column representing a profit taking percentage.  For example, the first column lists all of the strategy variations where the IVR was less than 25% and profits were taken at 10% of the credit received.

The first table shows the average normalized P&L per day by IVR, profit taking percentage, and loss taking percentage. The highest daily returns are concentrated in the IVR > 50% columns, specifically the columns associated with profit taking at 35%, 45%, and NA.  So far, the highest P&L per day readings occurred with the 45 DTE variations at 25% and 35% profit taking.  The best 52 DTE readings were lower than the best readings from the 38 DTE and 45 DTE variations.

52 DTE SPX Short Straddle Summary Normalized Percent P&L Per Day
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The second table shows the average P&L per trade by IVR, profit taking percentage, and loss taking percentage.  The area with the highest P&L per trade values was IVR > 50%, profit taking at 35%, 45%, and no profit management (NA).  There is another interesting point in this table...the trade returns in the IVR < 25% section with profit management at 25%, 35%, and 45%.  The returns in this section at 52 DTE are much better than the returns in this section at 38 DTE and 45 DTE.

52 DTE SPX Short Straddle Summary Normalized Percent P&L Per Trade
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The third table shows the win percent / win rate by IVR, profit taking percentage, and loss taking percentage.  The highest win rates occur at lower profit taking levels...the lower the profit taking percentage, the higher the win rate for a given IVR grouping.  This highest individual win rates occur with an IVR < 25% and profit taking at 10%.  This section was also the strongest for the 38 DTE trade variations.

52 DTE SPX Short Straddle Summary Win Rate
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In the fourth table, we see the Sortino Ratio by IVR, profit taking percentage, and loss taking percentage.  The highest Sortino Ratios were associated with profit taking at 45% and 35%, loss taking at 25%, and no IVR filter.  Another region of strength was associated with an IVR <25%, profit taking at 25%, 35%, and 45%, and loss taking at 25%, 50%, and 75%.  The best Sortinos at 52 DTE were lower than the best Sortinos at 38 DTE and 45 DTE.

52 DTE SPX Short Straddle Summary Sortino Ratio
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The fifth table shows the profit factor by IVR, profit taking percentage, and loss taking percentage.  The largest profit factor values were associated with an IVR > 50%, profit taking at 45% and NA,  and low loss taking percentages (25% through 125%).  The other region of strength was associated with an IVR  < 25% , profit taking at 25% and 35%, and loss taking at 25% through 125%.

52 DTE SPX Short Straddle Summary Profit Factor
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The last table shows the average days-in-trade (DIT) by IVR, profit taking percentage, and loss taking percentage.  Nothing new here...the quicker the profit taking, the shorter the time spent in a trade.  Limiting your losses to 25% of the credit received also took you out of the trades sooner.

52 DTE SPX Short Straddle Summary Days In Trade
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Which variation of the 52 DTE straddle is best?  As I've mentioned before, that depends on your risk tolerance.  If I was going to trade a 52 DTE ATM SPX straddle on a monthly basis, I would gravitate towards the non-IVR filtered version that takes profits at 25% and losses between 50% and 100%.  If I just wanted to trade these more opportunistically, then I would look for trades when the IVR is greater than 50%, and manage with profit taking at 45% and loss taking at 50% to 100%.  You can find links to all of my SPX straddle articles on the SPX Straddle Summary Page.

In the next post, we will start looking at the automated backtest results for the short straddle on the SPX at 59 DTE.


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