Options Playbook Radio

Options Playbook Radio 41: Back to Backspreads

In this episode, we cover backspreads. If you’re playing along at home with the hardcover book, this means we’re on pages 84 (calls) and 87 (puts). If you’re following along online, you can find all of this at OptionsPlaybook.com.

Today Brian discusses:

  • A review from last time
  • Looking at an example with Chevron
  • What do we need to happen?
  • What is the risk?
  • What to look for between backspreads and straddles?
  • Why do a backspread?
  • And more…
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio41.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 7:22pm CDT

Options Playbook Radio 40: Backspreads

In this episode, we’re covering Backspreads. For those of you with the hardcover version of the Options Playbook, you can find this on page 84 (calls) and page 87 (puts). It’s also online at OptionsPlaybook.com.

Today, Brian discusses:

  • What are backspreads?
  • An example using calls
  • An example using puts
  • Other names for a backspread
  • Factors that matter, including time 
  • When to use backspreads
  • And more…
Direct download: Options_Playbook_Radio_40__Backspreads.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 10:04pm CDT

Options Playbook Radio 39: Diagonal Spreads, Continued

This week’s edition of Options Playbook Radio is continuing our coverage of diagonal spreads. For those of you with the hardcover version of the book, we’re on page 96 (calls) and page 99 (puts). If you’re following along online, you can find what you need at OptionsPlaybook.com.

Today Brian covers:

  • Review from last week
  • Tesla example, and why a diagonal spread works for this example
  • Paying attention to delta
  • What to watch for and when to get out of the trade

 

 

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio39.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:57pm CDT

Options Playbook Radio 38: Diagonal Spreads

In this week’s edition of Option Playbook Radio, we’re covering diagonal spreads. You can find this on page 96 (call) and page 99 (put) of the hardback version, or at OptionsPlaybook.com.

Today, Brian discusses:

  • Calendar/horizontal spreads, and when you would use them
  • What is a diagonal spread?
  • Why is it called a diagonal spread?
  • The history of some of the spread nomenclature
  • Possible outcomes of diagonal spreads
  • And more…
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio38.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 12:12pm CDT

Options Playbook Radio 37: Long Calendar Spreads, Continued

In this episode of Options Playbook Radio, we’re continuing our discussion of long calendar spreads. For those of you with the hardcover version of the book, this is on page 90 (calls) or page 93 (puts). You can also find it on OptionsPlaybook.com.

Today, Brian discusses:

  • A review from last week’s introduction
  • Using an example of FB around earnings
  • What makes earnings season special for calendar spreads
  • Why direction matters
  • How earnings impact implied volatility
  • Implementing a calendar after a major event
  • Using indexes instead of stocks
  • And more

 

 

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio37.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 1:25pm CDT

Options Playbook Radio 36: Long Calendar Spreads

In this episode, we’re talking about long calendar spreads, from the call side. If you have the Playbook, we’re on page 90. Or, you can find what we’re discussing on OptionsPlaybook.com.

Today, Brian discusses:

  • What is a calendar spread?
  • Looking at accelerated time decay, and why does it happen?
  • At-the-money strikes, and why they are used in calendar spreads
  • Front and back month
  • How to construct a calendar spread
  • Why do a calendar spread?
  • Time decay review, and how it impacts the value of your option
  • Maximum profit and loss
  • Time value review, and what happens when it goes away?
  • And more…
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio36.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 7:13pm CDT

Options Playbook Radio 35: Straddles and Strangles, Continued.

Options Playbook Radio 35: Straddles and Strangles, Continued.

Options Playbook Radio is back and today we are on pages 68 and 70. For those of you playing along online, you can find these topics at OptionsPlaybook.com.

Today Brian discusses:

  • What does the math say about Facebook earnings
  • Looking at the FB straddle
  • Why do investors use it?
  • How do weekly options impact it?
  • Quick and dirty formula on p. 17 of the book
  • What are volatility and probability telling us with the math?
  • Using a real-life example with FB 
  • Real world versus what is “supposed” to happen
  • And more…
Direct download: Options_Playbook_35__Straddles__Strangles_Cont.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 11:10am CDT

Options Playbook Radio 34: Buying Straddles & Strangles

Welcome back to Options Playbook Radio. For those of you with the book, today we are on pages 48 and 52. You can also find this information on OptionsPlaybook.com.

Today Brian discusses:

  • A quick review of long spreads, including risk/reward
  • A quick homework assignment: review sessions 4 and 5
  • A generic example of a long straddle
  • A generic example of a long strangle
  • What does the math say 70% of the time?
  • And more

 

 

Direct download: OptionsPlaybook34.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 1:54pm CDT

Options Playbook 33: Selling Spreads, Continued

For those of you playing the home game, today we are on pages 64 and66 . If you are following along online, you can access everything you need at OptionsPlaybook.com.

Today Brian discusses:

  • Overview of last week on timing and probability when selling spreads
  • If you need a volatility review, please refer to episode 4
  • Real-life example using AAPL
  • Impact of timeframes
  • Premium relative to probability of success (and what is success?)
  • And more...
Direct download: Options_Playbook_33__Selling_Spreads_Continued_.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 6:37pm CDT

Options Playbook Radio 32: Selling Spreads

Welcome back to Options Playbook Radio! For those of you with the hardcover book, today we’re on pages 64 (short call spread) and 66 (short put spread). Or, you can find information on our discussion on OptionsPlaybook.com

Today Brian discusses:

  • They’re also known as bear call or bear put spreads
  • Using out-of-the-money options
  • Examples using calls
  • What is the maximum profit?
  • What is the maximum risk?
  • Probability of success
  • Don’t forget about commissions
  • Timeframe implications
  • And more

 

 

Direct download: OptionsPlaybook32.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 11:41am CDT