

Constructing a Deltaneutral strategy  
Trading in derivative products is largely viewed as speculative, and why not? When most position are built around just the ‘view’ of the trader. However, if the trader’s market outlook were faulty, the position would result in huge losses. A Deltaneutral strategy is a strategy by which you one make money without having to forecast the direction of the market. The delta of an option is the rate of change in an option’s price relative to a oneunit change in the price of the underlying asset. So, for example, if a call option has a delta of 0.35 and the price increases by one Re, the option’s price should increase by 35 paise. In the example above, the option has a delta of 0.35. Traders and brokers refer to that as “35 deltas.” Simply multiply the delta by 100 to make it a percentage. However, make sure you understand that “35 deltas” really means 0.35. For the purpose of our discussion, whenever we mention the delta of an option, we are referring to the actual decimal value because that is what’s actually used in all mathematical models. What exactly is Delta Neutral? The term “Delta Neutral” refers to any strategy where the sum of your deltas is equal to zero. So, for instance, if you buy 10 call options, each having a delta of 0.60 and you also buy 20 put options, each having a delta of 0.30 you have the following: …(10 x 0.60) + (20 x 0.30) = 6.00 + 6.00 = 0 Your position delta (total delta) is zero, which means you are delta neutral. The technique you are about to learn, is just one application of delta neutral. It is a general trading approach that is used by some of the largest and most successful trading firms. It allows you to make money without having to forecast the direction of the market. You can use it on any market (stocks, futures, whatever), just as long as options are available and … the market is moving. It doesn’t matter whether or not the market is trending, but it won’t work if the market is really flat. The principle behind delta neutral is based upon the way an option’s delta changes as the option moves further into or out of the money. Consider the following example:
You will notice the following characteristics of an option’s delta:
All of the deltas mentioned above assume that you are buying the options or the underlying asset, that is, you have a long position. If instead, you sold the options or the asset, establishing a short position, all of the deltas would be reversed. So, in the example above, if you sold a call option with a strike price of 100, and the price of the underlying asset was 110, the delta would be 0.9226 x 1 = 0.9226. If you short the underlying, the delta would be 1.0 instead of +1.0. Keeping all of this in mind, we can construct the following delta neutral trade:
How it works:
If the futures increase from 110 up to 112: Profit = 2 x 2.00 = 4.00 The put options will decrease from 0.91 down to 0.28 (each) Loss on put options = 5 x (0.91 – 0.28) = 5 x 0.63 = 3.15 Net profit = 4.00 – 3.15 = 0.85 If the futures price decreases from 110 down to 108: Loss = 2 x 2.00 = 4.00 The put options will increase from 0.91 up to 2.14 (each) Profit on put options = 5 x (2.14 – 0.91) = 5 x 1.23 = 6.15 Net profit = 6.15 – 4.00 = 2.15We can summarize this delta neutral approach as follows:If you buy the underlying and buy put options so your position is delta neutral:
If you sell (short) the underlying and buy call options so your position is delta neutral:
When you do this kind of delta neutral trading, you need to follow a few rules:
Keep an eye on the implied volatility of the options you’re using. If it moves toward the high end of its 2year range, stay away from this position for a while. Otherwise, you might have excessive time decay in your options when the implied volatility starts to drop. The options you buy should have at least 3060 days remaining before expiration. Remember that time decay accelerates as the option’s expiration date approaches, so if you allow more time, you minimize the time decay. As you have seen, these trade positions benefit by price movement in the underlying asset. It puts you in the enviable position of being able to take full advantage of big price moves, in any direction. 
pravin says
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vasu thakkar says
nifty delta stategy
Surya Narayan Lad says
Sir Please Constructing Deltaneutral strategy on NIFTY FUTUR with Example.
Rajandran sir I need to know deltaneutral strategy and example with NIFTY FUTURE please send me on my email.
Ashok Shah says
When Delta Neutral Position is created, then your Position of delta is zero. So how to make profit out of it?
ravinder says
sir,
where can i find delta value of nsei derivatives
Rajandran R says
Try with Options Oracle software http://www.marketcalls.in/softwares/workingsolutionoptionsoracle.html
UDAY says
I did paper trading today to see what you mentioned above is right. But it did not follow so. Here is the data. Nifty Fut was 7650 @ 12 noon on 7/8/14 and the 7650 PE was 88.50 with a Delta of 0.43. When the nifty future moved to 7669 @ 13.30 Pm today, the 7650 PE fell down to 76.10. So calc. would be as follows;
1. Nifty Future profit  7669  7650 = Rs. 19 Profit * (1 lot or 50 shares) = Rs. 850/= Profit
2. 7650 PE Loss  76.1088.85 = Rs.12.75 Loss * (2 lots of Nifty to neutralize delta) = Rs. 1275/= Loss
3 Net loss = Rs. 425/ =
Please comment.
prasanna says
Uday, This delta neutral strategy is positional and you need to hold for few days. this is definitely not for 90 ( 12.00 to 1.30) minutes trading. you need to stay calm for few days then the time volatility will automatically reduce the premium of Option and then you will start seeing PROFITS. Prasanna.
MukesSabharwalh says
I am planning to trade in nifty options from next month using Delta Neutral Strategy. But instead of Shorting any option at some strike price and buying the same at another strike price, I am planning to short both put and call options. For example if Nifty is trading at 8300 I will sell put option at strike price say 7900/7800 and also sell call option at strike price say 8700/8800 and try to earn full premium amount at the time of expiry assuming hopefully that nifty doesn’t cross either strike price. Please tell me will this strategy work? Also inform me what precautions should I take?
Mahender says
Hi MukesSabharwalh,
If I’m not wrong this sound like Short Strangle. Of course it works.
High Implied Volatility is good when initiating Short Strangle Trades
and Timedecay is your friend….
huge risk on both sides (if underlying makes a big moves).
Instead prefer IronCondor.
Mahender
Nitesh Kumar says
Dear Sir,
I want to know how to protect my sell option. I am comfortable with option selling . So if i sort any call option with delta less than 0.5 then how i can protect my loss in case the underlying increases and due to that delta increases . I want to know about strategy to minimise my risk with put sell and future call . Looking forward for your response.I have seen your description above but not able to formulate. So request you to please explain as mentioned in my subject.
Regards
Nitesh Kumar
Narayana swamy says
Sir how would it be good if I short in the money put and call options. like if market is 9300 I will sell 10000 put and 8600 call. what happens till expiry in different situations. Waiting for your fast reply sir.