Options Playbook Radio

Options Playbook Radio 45: Combinations, continued.

Continuing from last week, we are still discussing combinations. This information can be found on pages 76 and 78 of the hardcover book, or on OptionsPlaybook.com.


Today, Brian discusses:

  • Clarification on combinations using a real example: AAPL
  • Long combination, instead of outright stock purchase
  • Looking out to January 2016
  • Rights and obligations
  • How the combination works and its financial impact
  • Don’t forget about margin!
  • How does it work?
  • Who does it work for?
  • What about doing this in an IRA Account?
  • Let’s do the math
  • What about dividends?
  • Let’s take a look at GOOG.
  • Advantages/disadvantages
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio45.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:46pm CDT

Options Playbook Radio 44: Combinations

Welcome back to Options Playbook Radio, where today we’re discussion combinations, or combos. If you have the book, we’re on page 76 (long) or 78 (short). For those of you following along online, you can find it on OptionsPlaybook.com

Today Brian discusses:

  • Before we get to combos, let’s first discuss synthetic relationships
  • What are synthetic positions?
  • Why create them?
  • How to create them?
  • What do the pros do?



Direct download: OptionsPlaybook44.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 3:05pm CDT

Options Playbook Radio 43: Listener Question Palooza, Continued

The Huddle:



  • Question from Anthony Enyo - Thank you for this wonderful program Brian. I am certainly learning a great deal. I have a few questions about dividends and options. I’ve heard there are some telltale signs in the options that reveal that a dividend is approaching. Is this true and if so what are they?
  • Question from Joseph G - ‏@Options Gamma? Are them those rays that turned Dr. Bruce Banner into the Hulk? lol...Seriously - can you sum up what I need to be concerned about with gamma when selling weekly put options? Mostly OTM with 4-7 days to expiration.


Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio43.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:33pm CDT

Options Playbook Radio 42: Listener Questions Edition

The Huddle: Listener questions and comments


  • Question from Brian Collamer - Hi Brian! In this show you were describing selling OTM options. You mentioned that when selling options the fastest theta decay occurs in the 45-30 day range. I thought that was only true for ATM options? Do OTM options not decay the fastest at 60-70 days and then kind of flatten out?? Great show, wish it was longer! Thanks, Brian
  • Question Mukund Ambarge: Hi! I had question on theta decay. I understand that delta is in constant flux with every tick move in stock, the delta/gamma changes. IV is in constant flux with buying and selling of options and volume etc. So vega changes with option transactions. But theta decay is the only one which is always in a steady pace i.e. it’s not like it will decay quickly today and slowly tomorrow. The question is when is the theta decay really adjusted in the prices of options. Do the theta decay get adjusted at every tick move? Or every hour? If it is adjusted daily. Then when is the theta decay taken out of options. Early morning before start of trading? Or late in the day like last few minutes that whole days theta is taken out? Also I do not know when is weekend theta taken out of prices? Friday early morning or Friday ending or middle of the day? Basically when does market maker run the prices with the model and set the prices? Only once before trading starts or does he keep adjusting every minute/hour/tick based on demand/supply? Thanks, Mukund            
Direct download: OptionsPlaybook42.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:56pm CDT