Managing Vega With Dynamic Vega Option Spreads
SJ Options specializes in second order Greeks, which are used to dynamically manage your portfolio of options.
Second Order Greeks
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could simple remove the effects of volatility from your option trading? This is one of the primary goals of all option traders who are educated. But how can we do it? If we construct an option spread with negative Vega, then we lose when IV rises. If we construct a spread with positive Vega, we lose when IV falls.
Many advanced option traders try to balance off the effects of the ever-changing IV by creating a portfolio with negative and positive Vega spreads. But does this really work? Now we have a situation where one trade loses while the other makes money, and they tend to cancel each other out. By trading this way, most traders end up with a hodgepodge portfolio that is hard to manage and doesn’t profit in the long run.
Now, by using second order Greeks properly, you can actually create a single spread that benefits from an IV drop as well as an increase in IV. This is the approach we take to solve this problem, but you have to understand how to use second order Greeks to do this. Vanna, Veta and Vomma are used for this.
Instead of employing two strategies which cancel each other’s profits out, we can profit from any move in implied volatility. And the best characteristic of all is that if we face another “Flash Crash”, our dynamic Vega implementation will make a profit instead of causing great losses on our account. It’s a wonderful thing to be trading with insurance that is not eating into the profits of your trade.
Isn’t it time you learn to trade with higher order Greeks? Learn it here at San Jose Options, Inc.