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UnclePennybags
Posted : Monday, August 07, 2017 1:07:14 PM
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First, my option spread experience to date includes vertical debit and credit spreads. Strangles and straddles are outisde my wheelhouse at the moment. Hence, this post. :)

Second, I'm loving Bruce's TC2000 implementation of the TTM Squeeze. 

Regardless of whether I'm looking at a TTM Squeeze, original classic Bollinger Band Squeeze, or other low volatility squeeze setup, I usually look at previous price action and/or a larger timeframe to make an educated guess about which way the squeeze will break ... then I use a vertical debit spread to decrease my cost and lower my breakeven. It's still a directional play though, and of course there are no guarantees about which way price will break out of a squeeze. You can wait to see, but the longer you wait the more of the move you miss. There are also those pesky squeeze breakout "headfakes".

So, my question for folks who know their way around a strangle...

What are the pros and cons of using a strangle in a low volatility environment? I was watching a video (link below) that made it sound easy peasy. This way you don't even need a directional bias - you don't care which way it breaks.

It can't be this easy. What am I missing?

Using a Strangle on a Bollinger Squeeze

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