Options Playbook Radio

'Tis the season...earnings season. Instead of avoiding earnings, we are jumping right in, and are going to do so with a long butterfly with calls on GOOG. If you want to follow along with the book, you can find this on page 102.

Today, Brian covers:

  • A review of last time, including a mistake we made with the math
  • GOOG announces earnings after the close on July 28
  • Setting up a butterfly to capture earnings numbers
  • What is the most at-the-money straddle in the nearest-term expiration?
  • Why do we look at this straddle number?
  • What is the outlook?
  • Setting up the butterfly
  • What kind of move is the market expecting?
  • What is our maximum risk? Reward?
  • Choosing the 9-day versus the 2-day expiration
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio118.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:25pm CDT

Brian is back to discuss how things went with the the long call that he discussed last week. Specifically, he discusses:

  • The AMZN long call spread from last week
  • Turning that into a standard butterfly with calls
  • What happened after we placed the paper trade?
  • What was the adjustment?
  • Where do things stand now?
  • How would we close the position?
  • What is the risk? Reward?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio117.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 11:09am CDT

We are back to strategies this week and are looking at long call spreads...with a twist. If you're following along at home, this is on page 60 of the Options Playbook, but you can always find it on OptionsPlaybook.com.

Jumping in:

  • AMZN is announcing earnings in two weeks, but we are looking to avoid those earnings
  • We're taking a traditional long call spread, and trying to make it time/premium positive
  • What does that mean?
  • What is the break-even?
  • Setting up the trade
  • What adjustment would we make to it?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio116.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 1:27pm CDT

Mark and Brian are diving in to listener questions, including:

  • Question from skeball: Where do you see the VIX going, and how will impact stock picking in this market?

Which leads to:

  • Who does the volatility swings benefit? Day traders? Swing traders? Long-term traders?
  • Summer doldrums
  • No more earnings
  • What will the Fed do?
  • When/how does VIX revert to the mean?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio115.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 11:20am CDT