How to Backtest a Multi-Leg Option Strategy

Posted by ORATS Team on 12/9/15 2:07 AM

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Backtesting is a great way to see how a strategy performed historically.  The ORATS Wheel helps you to backtest your strategy. Here we backtest a four leg Iron Condor strategy for SPY.


  1. Sign up and request your user key here:
  2. Choose the button 'New Backtest'
  3. Symbol type 'SPY' and dropdown menu choose Iron Condor.
  4. Press the SUBMIT button.
  5. In My Backtests your strategy will say 'processing'
  6. Once complete, click on the strategy link and view the report. The SPY:IronCondor has a 2.39% return with the stock price as the denominator.
  7. Adjust the strategy. Let’s test selling a two week Iron Condor. Edit the strategy and change Days to expiration (dte) new min,max around 14 days become 8,20.
  8. The SPY:IronCondor has a -0.70% return, worse than the 2.39% return so we might prefer the original days to expiration.



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Written by ORATS Team

ORATS is a premier options analytics vendor committed to uncovering untapped alpha-generating solutions. ORATS utilizes an advanced, proprietary volatility analysis to produce implied, forecast, and historical volatilities that have been proven to be more accurate market summarizations than those obtained from most commonly available sources.

Topics: Options Strategy

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