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2017 Mid-Year Performance Review

Despite the global uncertainty and the turmoil in the US political landscape, the global markets have had a relatively subdued six months since the start of the new year. Large caps have climbed over 7%, with most of the gains coming in the first two months of the year. Treasuries and gold are nearly flat, while oil has tumbled substantially, despite weakness in the US dollar.

Amid all the market churn, our Iron Condor and Trend newsletters both delivered healthy performance numbers and are well positioned for the second half of 2017. Let's check in on the numbers for the first six months of 2017:

Iron Condor Newsletter

Overall, the Iron Condor newsletter returned $854 over the first six months of the year, with only one month - March - finishing in the red. Using the recommended $2500 trading capital to run this program (to cover four 5 point iron condors plus $500 for early net-debit closes) translates to a 35% return on capital.

Looking at the...