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I just finished viewing yesterday live session recording and you commented on my losing calendar-fly conversion [Note: Position was converted from a calendar spread to a butterfly].
At the time when converting to a fly, I must admit that I did not fully understand how the butterfly profits. I only thought about delta: for my 630/640/650P fly, it’s the miracle finish at 640 that grabs attention and thus my thought was any downward movement closer to 640 would be good.
Yes, that 640 ‘finish’ would be great. But, as you know, a sudden dive to that area would not be all that profitable for the butterfly. A more complete explanation of why this is true is offered below.
Anyway, I still must ask: is it good for RUT to move towards the middle short strike?
BIG ‘YES.’ It is better. But what you really want to know is whether it is profitable.
Can delta overwhelm vega on the put fly?
Delta is often more important than vega. However when things get wild, vega easily overwhelms delta.
Look at it this way. The higher the implied volatility of the options, the more likely it is that the underlying asset will make one or more substantial moves prior to expiration. Thus, no matter where the stock is priced today (even if it is right where you want it – at that middle strike), volatile stocks do not suddenly stop moving. That’s why butterfly spreads of VERY volatile stocks have little value right up to the very last day. In fact, the wide bid ask spreads would probably combine to show a bid of less than zero for the fly. And the real world bid would not be much higher than zero. To understand why this is true, consider this: