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Monday, February 25th 2019

How to Backtest a Multi-Leg Option Strategy

How to Backtest a Multi-Leg Option Strategy


Backtesting a multi-leg option strategy can be done using the ORATS Wheel. To backtest a four leg Iron Condor strategy for SPY, sign up and request a user key, choose "New Backtest," select "SPY" and "Iron Condor," and press "SUBMIT." Once complete, view the report and adjust the strategy as needed.

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.


  • Sign up and request your user key here:
  • Choose the button 'New Backtest'
  • Symbol type 'SPY' and dropdown menu choose Iron Condor.
  • Press the SUBMIT button.
  • In My Backtests your strategy will say 'processing'
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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