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EducationalMay 4, 2021

Calendar Spreads in Bitcoin: 5 Essential Tips to Master Your Trade

Shubham Goyal
Product Specialist
May 4, 2021

Derivatives were extremely popular in 2020, with wonderful reasons to believe that the trend is all set to continue in 2021 and beyond. Coupled with the 2020 bull run of Bitcoin still carrying momentum (breaking an all-time high of $60,000 as recently as March 2021), surely the question “How to Get Bitcoins” is on the minds of a vast majority of crypto investors across the planet.

One of the main reasons that cause anxiety for novice crypto enthusiasts is the inherent volatility of Bitcoin. Let’s face it, Bitcoin’s volatility is a major cause for concern, as people are losing/gaining money at seemingly unpredictable rates. The Bitcoin Calendar Spreads can be used to help limit the downsides caused by this inherent volatility, and even help you profit from sideways price movement when done correctly.

Here are 5 essential tips to master Calendar Spread strategy in Bitcoin, regardless of whether you’re using it for hedging, or speculative purposes.

1. Pick Expiration Months, Just Like You Would For A Covered Call

Try looking at a Bitcoin option calendar spread strategy, just like you would look at a covered call. In fact, we’d go as far as to say that a calendar spread strategy can be approached just like a covered call, but the caveat being that the investor doesn’t actually own the Bitcoin. By treating calendar spreads like covered calls, it will be easier for investors to choose long options two to three months out (on average, depends on TA and forecast), and the trader can opt to sell the shortest dated option available. These short strikes lose value the fastest and can be rolled out multiple times over the life of the trade.

2. Have an Exit Plan – Manage Your Risks

Calendar spread strategy should be treated like any other levered Bitcoin derivative instrument. While it is true that the calendar spread strategy does limit the maximum losses you can face in a trade, it is important for the traders to ensure that they pull the trigger when they decide that the prices are no longer acting according to their TA. Inherently, Calendar spread strategies have limited upsides in the early stages, and can even be called a neutral trading strategy while both legs are in play.

3. Leg into a Calendar Spread

For traders who already own calls or puts against Bitcoin, they can sell an option against their previous position, and leg into a calendar spread strategy at any point in time. Legging strategy can be used to ride out short-term momentum losses and dips that Bitcoin is notorious for, while still being in the run for the long term benefits.

4. Be aware of Expiry Dates

Expiration dates, in itself, are a risk factor, when it comes to option calendar spreads/ calendar spread futures. Never hold through the expiration week of the front month, as it helps avoid the gamma risk. In fact, as the expiration date is approaching, it is essential to take action, one way or the other.

Special attention must be paid to short options, as after the expiry, the trader can decide whether or not it’s worth it to roll with the position.

5. Ill-timed entries are fatal

While it is true that market timing is not critical when trading in calendar spread strategy, an ill-timed entry can result in a maximum loss very quickly. Make sure to survey the condition of the overall market, and ensure that they trade in the same direction as the underlying trend of Bitcoin.

Bitcoin Calendar spreads can be the difference between an everyday investor lying at the mercy of Bitcoin’s volatility, and an experienced trader profiting from the volatility. If you’re looking to purchase BTC futures, Options, or Spreads – Delta Exchange is the place to go.

Along with trading in Bitcoin options, you can also choose to trade over 35 altcoins, with up to 100x leverage, in a safe, secure, and decentralized manner.

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