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I am a rule-based intraday and a passionate trainer trying to help budding traders to find their trading edge. Trained over 500+ traders in online and classroom programs. I believe a disciplined mindset and impeccable execution are the holy grail of trading.

I have been actively investing and trading in Indian markets since 2013. I use price action, market profile and options delta neutral concepts to analyze and opt for my intraday and swing trades.


I have published my book MASTERMIND OF DAY TRADING, which talks about how to succeed in day trading by adopting rule-based techniques of market profile, price action and money management.


Apart from trading and training, I also write blogs and actively answer the questions on trading and investing in my Quora profile.


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MASTERMIND OF DAY TRADING explains the rule-based ideas of market profile, price action, and various money management topics, especially for intraday trading. How to make Money with breakout trading is a part of price action lesson that discusses how to Make Money with trading the candlestick charts and trading the price action trends.

Options strategies that work in real-world | Profitable Intraday Options Strategy ๐Ÿค‘ ๐Ÿค‘ ๐Ÿค‘

Updated: Jun 11, 2021

Options trading is becoming a contemporary approach in the Indian trading community, especially after introducing Weekly Options in indices.

You can try many variations and methods in options trading; below are the classification of options strategies; refer to the below image.

Here is a thing, having worked on many combinations & strategies, I have found that Short straddle and Short strangle are the simplest yet highly rewardable options strategies. Especially for intraday trading.

let's dive in understand more about straddle and strangles,

Short Straddle

We have been conditioned about options writing, saying that it carries unlimited risk'; it's not safe to write the options. Still, you need to understand that time decay is the primary advantage of this strategy. You know that time decay is inevitable!


Short Straddle is a combination of two ATM strikes of both CE & PE, and as the name implies, one need to short ATM CE & PE of the same expiry at the same time to construct the short straddle.

Let me give you an example, and show you how its P&L behaves across various scenarios.

Here is an example, consider BANKNIFTY is in 22662. If you round off this number to strike difference, which is 100 in the BANKNIFTY case, then it is 22700 strike ATM. The option premiums are as follows โ€“

  • 22700 CE is trading at 346.95

  • 22700 PE is trading at 419.65

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So we need to short both these options simultaneously, so let's assume we shorted both at 346 + 419 = 765.

The primary thing to consider is that we short the same strike, the same expiry simultaneously.

Now, let's understand what happens to the profit and loss in different cases.

Case 1 โ€“ Market expires at 21500 In this case, the put option gives a loss even after the premium we have collected here. Below is the outcome of this scenario

  • 22700CE will expire at zero as it is OTM on expiry; hence, we benefit from complete premium as profit, i.e., 346 points

  • 22700PE will have an intrinsic value of 1200 points. If we reduce PE's premium, then we will get the outcome here, 419-700 = -781 Points

  • The net outline would be 781-346 = โ€“ 435 Points

As the CE gain has erased by the loss of the PE option, we made a loss of -435 points in this case.

Case 2 โ€“ Market expires at 21935

It's a breakeven scenario, let's see,

  • 22700CE would expire as OTM; hence the premium received is a profit. The profit here is 346 points.

  • 22700PE would have an intrinsic value of 765, in which we have collected 419 as a premium. Hence our loss would be 765 โ€“ 419 = -346

  • The profit of the call option is equivalent to the loss of put options. Therefore we neither make money nor lose money here.

Case 3 โ€“ Market expires at 22700

It is the most fruitful point for the straddle. At 22700, both the call and put option would expire as OTM, and therefore the premium received from both the call and put option will be a profit. We make a profit of 765 points.

So this means that you make maximum money in a short straddle when the markets don't move from the ATM strike!

So, the PnL varies as and when the spot varies compared to the strike price entered. Refer to the below image to get clarity on the payoff of the strategy.

Short Strangle


The short strangle is similar to the straddle except for the strike selection. Compared to straddle, it is a more conservative approach, and winning chances are high in this approach.

Here instead of ATM strikes, we select OTM strikes of the same expiry, and as usual, we short it simultaneously.

For example, Let's consider the straddle scenario only where the spot was 22662; in this case, the OTM CE starts from 22700+. Similarly, OTM PE starts from 22600.

Below is the payoff chart of this approach.


As I mentioned earlier, one can try different variations for straddles and strangles. As per my experience, these are the two simple yet powerful methods for successful options strategies, either for day trading or positional trading. The interesting part here is that trader no need to predict the market directions.

If you can create rules around these concepts, there is a fair possibility of making consistent profits irrespective of the market environments.

Here are the real trade result of these strategies (Not the backtested results),

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Final thoughts

Options are excellent tools as it provides a wide variety of combinations and also opportunities. There is nothing as of right or wrong approach in the market. One must create or form rules and plan then stick with them for the long run with a disciplined approach.

And also, risk and money management play's a crucial role in trading.

Well, I hope this blog helped you. If you like the content, hit the like button and share it with your trading friends.

If you have any questions, kindly post them in the comment :)

Happy Trading ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Wishing you most and more,

Nataraj Malavade

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