Two of the most time tested trading strategies are trend-following and options selling. Each have their own strengths and weaknesses. Trend-following does well in trending markets, but option selling can have difficulty. Trend-following slowly loses money in sideways markets, while options selling does well.
Double Helix is a unique CTA that attempts to harness the power of both strategies. We sell weekly options on the S&P 500, but sell puts only – no calls. Double Helix employs a sophisticated algorithm that trend-follows the S&P 500 Index. As long as the algorithm is indicating a sideways to higher S&P 500, Double Helix will initiate a new position each day. When the program signals a “market caution”, and potentially a lower S&P 500, the program will cease new positions. Double Helix will continue to monitor markets and reenter when the S&P 500 is back in a sideways to higher pattern.
Risk management is one of Double Helix’s strongest attributes. All positions are monitored 24-hrs a day and managed by our sophisticated risk management system. Each position has a specific risk management level and will be exited, day or night, if that level is reached.