Options Playbook Radio

Huddle up, listeners. It's time for Mark and Brian to answer your questions.

  • Question from BuseKrus D - New to options, and working with a small account size. Looked to put on a trade with a strategy from the playbook (Christmas tree butterfly I think) with a 57-60-66 2x3x1 call fly for a total debit of 1.30.  I've always heard that for a defined risk debit trade the max risk is the amount paid.  However, the brokerage was saying I needed around 740 in my account to be able to put on the trade.  Is there an explanation? Is the capital required to put on a trade greater than the possible max loss on defined risk debit spreads?  Thanks.
  • Question from Ron S6 - What’s your suggested minimum account size to start trading options?
  • Question from Lance Everett: Hello again Brian. Still enjoying the options playbook radio program. It's my quick options education fix for the week. I listen on my commute to work every Thursday. I have a few questions for your next Huddle episode if don't mind.  If you can only answer one then that's fine too.
    1. You talked front spreads on episode 227. Do you ever use more traditional ratio spreads- outside of repair scenarios, of course? Bonus points if you know where the term front spread came from.
    2. What are your thoughts on the crypto boom? No options yet but they are coming.  Is Ally planning to jump on the train?
    3. Do you ever use short calendars - so selling longer term and buying the near term?
    4. Is there a sequel to the playbook in the works? Although the show is kind of like an ongoing live update/ sequel so that's probably better. Thanks again for making my Thursdays fun and informative.
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio230.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:33am CDT

Let's go back in time and review the last two weeks' worth of trades, including:

  • Bearish COST backspread
  • What was the trade?
  • What did we want to happen?
  • How did it turn out?
  • What did we learn?
  • Then there was a NFLX calendar
  • What was the trade?
  • What did we want to happen?
  • What did happen?
  • Let's look at the VIX
  • What about a TSLA fly?
  • Setting up the trade
  • What is the cost?
  • What is the upside?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio229.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:13pm CDT

Earnings in FAANG stocks are coming up, with NFLX leading the way on 10/16. We're going to do a long calendar spread with calls. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week
  • Why a calendar spread?
  • Where is NFLX now?
  • Earnings are released on 10/16
  • What is the expected earnings?
  • Selecting a strike
  • Setting up the trade
  • What is the maximum risk? Reward?
  • What do we want to happen?
  • What is the net delta?
  • And more

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio228.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:24pm CDT

Costco (COST) has earnings coming up next week. We're going to do a backspread with puts, or a ratio volatility spread. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week
  • COST will announce earnings on 10/4
  • What does the chart say?
  • Let's do a backspread with puts
  • What's the expected move?
  • What's our take?
  • Selecting the expiration and strikes
  • What if we're wrong?
  • What if we're right?
  • What is the maxium risk? Reward?
  • What happens the farther you go out in time?
  • Does it work for every underlying?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio227.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:01pm CDT

Tilray Inc. (TLRY) has gone up over 100% in two days. With stocks that move like this, it's a great learning experience. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week's NKE diagonal spread
  • What did we want to happen?
  • What actually happened?
  • What does that mean for the contract we bought?
  • What do to now? Let's roll!
  • Crazy moves in TLRY
  • Why are the puts so pricey?
  • What would Brian do? (WWBD?)
  • Super high implied volatility
  • And more....

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio226.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:10pm CDT

Nike (NKE) has been in the news a lot lately and will announce earnings on September 25. Let's take a look at a diagonal trade. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week
  • What happened to the SPX?
  • Did you get out, or did you get the stupid award?
  • NKE is near all-time highs
  • Setting up the trade
  • Selecting strikes and expirations
  • Pay attention to the delta of the trade
  • Addressing different scenarios

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio225.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:22pm CDT

Now that earnings season is over, it's time to get back to the basics. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week
  • Setting up a long put butterfly in SPX
  • Where is the SPX now?
  • Where is volatility?
  • Selecting strikes
  • Using the nearest-term expiration
  • Settlement is at the close on Friday
  • What's the upside? Downside?
  • What do we want to happen?
  • How to roll into a short put spread
  • Remember commissions!

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlabyookRadio234.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30pm CDT

Now that earnings season is over, it's time to get back to the basics. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week
  • What happened if you stuck around to the close on Friday?
  • How did we do?
  • Markets are closed for Labor Day
  • How do we take the holiday into account?
  • Where is the S&P 500 right now?
  • Selecting strikes and expiration
  • What do we want to happen?
  • What if it starts to go south?
  • How to turn this into a butterfly
  • And more....

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio233.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:24pm CDT

Now that earnings season is over, it's time to get back to the basics. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • Why choose the S&P 500 index?
  • Selecting the expiration (just two days!)
  • Selecting strikes
  • What is the risk?
  • Remember commissions, especially with a three-legged trade
  • Interesting downside considerations
  • What do we want to happen?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio222.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 8:33pm CDT

Huddle, up listeners! It's time for Brian and Mark to take on listener questions, including:

  • Options question of the week: Earnings season in in full swing. Which names will dominate your options trading this week?
    • 47% - AAPL
    • 37% - TSLA
    • 6% - GPRO
    • 10% - CBOE
  • Question from Imhad1: Is HMNY now the most option-like stock ever? Back to $.08 after reverse splitting up to $14. Crazy! Who would buy an option on this thing?
  • Question from Ling: I've heard some educators say that you should never hold out for the max profit in an options spread trade because that means you held onto it too long. Is this the case? Do you agree? Thx and enjoying the handbook.
  • Question from Flyguy: Hey what do you guys do with your long calendar spreads? Do you close out the short leg if the stock doesn't move then keep the long leg or just close the whole spread out?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio221.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:18pm CDT

As earnings season winds down, we are looking at strategies before, during, and after announcements. Last week, we did a skip-strike butterfly in GOOGL. Let's follow up on how that went. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • A review of the skip-strike butterfly
  • What has happened to GOOGL since then?
  • BKNG (formerly Priceline) is about to announce earnings
  • Setting up the trade
  • Selecting strikes, expiration
  • What is the cost?
  • What do we want to happen?
  • Why a butterfly versus a skip strike butterfly?
  • And more...

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio220.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 11:39am CDT

We are in the heart of earnings season, and next week a lot of the FANG stocks will announce. Two weeks ago, we did a diagonal spread in GOOGL. Let's follow up on how that went, and look at a skip-strike butterfly, as well. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • How was the diagonal spread set up?
  • What happened to GOOGL since the paper trade was established?
  • What are we doing now?
  • Setting up the skip strike butterfly
  • Selecting strikes and expiration date
  • What is the cost?
  • Remember implied volatilities!
  • What happens if we are wrong? Right?
  • And more...

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio219.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:43pm CDT

Huddle up, listeners. It's time for listener questions. If you have questions about anyoptions plays, you can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • How do you like to trade options during earnings season? Do you hold a position through an announcement?
  • How do you determine a strategy or direction? How to select strikes and expiration?
  • What the brokers versus the regulators have to say about defined risk trades

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio218.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:04pm CDT

We are in the heart of earnings season, and next week a lot of the FANG stocks will announce. Let's take a look at a diagonal spread in GOOGL. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • Why a diagonal spread?
  • What is a diagonal spread?
  • Setting up a trade
  • GOOGL announces earnigns on 7/23
  • Selecting the strikes and expirations
  • What do we want to happen? What do we want to avoid?
  • What is the risk? Reward?
  • Remember margin!

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio217.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:43pm CDT

We are back into earnings season. Let's take a look at a skip-strike butterfly in NFLX. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • A review of the Boeing calendar spread from last time
  • What happened since the paper trade was put on?
  • Looking ahead to NFLX earnings
  • Where is NFLX now?
  • What is the expected move?
  • What happens if we are wrong?
  • What is the maximum return? Reward?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio216.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:15am CDT

Today we are bringing you the best of Options Playbook Radio. 

Originally posted December 28th, 2017

Mark and Brian are back to answer listener questions. In particular:

  • Question from Taj Penaso - Hi, will there be options for bitcoin once the futures are traded?? or just the futures until there are tradeable ETFs available? Thanks.
  • #Options #QOTW - Now it's a party! #Bitcoin futures are live on both @CMEGroup & @CBOE. But everyone's asking us the $1M question - "When will we get #Bitcoin #Options?" So we thought we'd ask you - When will we be able to trade #options on these futures? 52% - Q1 2018, 19% - Q2 2018, 14% - Q3 2018, 5% - Q4 2018
  • Question from L Penguin - I have a question for the option playbook. I'm a new options trader and I want to buy a LEAP call bc it looks like the stock is going to go to up in the next 12 months, but I don't want to commit yet. I also want to generate income while I hold that position. What are your thoughts on selling the call while I have the leap? Also, this stock has an attractive dividend that I'd like to capture. Is this even possible? Interested in your thoughts, thanks!...I was thinking about buying a deep in the money call for the LEAP, and then depending on where the stock is trading at the time, sell closer to the money.
  • Question from VLL98 - What happens to my options if the company declares bankruptcy? Can I still exercise my calls and buy the stock at the strike price?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

 

Direct download: BestOfOPR189.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 12:24pm CDT

Tariff turmoil is rocking the market and is beating up some stocks, including Boeing (BA). You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • Implied volatility is spiking because of talk of tariffs
  • BA announces earnings on 7/25
  • Stock has fallen about 40 points over the last month
  • Putting on a long call spread
  • Selecting strikes and expirations
  • What is the total cost?
  • What do we want to happen?
  • What is the maximum risk? Reward?
  • Rolling and adjusting options

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio215.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30am CDT

News out of Canada regarding the legalization of marijuana has impacted volatility of medical marijuana stocks. This is an interesting opportunity to get back to basics, including a covered call and a cash-secured put. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week
  • How did the trade work out?
  • Legal pot in Canada? That impacts IV for CGC
  • What is our outlook?
  • Setting up the trade
  • What do we want to happen?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio214.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:23am CDT

This week we will look at a long butterfly with calls. You can find more on page 102 in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • A review from last week (diagonal spread with calls)
  • Staying in FedEx
  • Earnings! June 19'
  • Setting up the trade
  • Selecting strikes, expiration
  • What is the maximum risk? Reward?
  • What do we want to happen?
  • And more...

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio213.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:42pm CDT

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: Options_Playbook_212_final.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:12pm CDT

Huddle up, listeners. It's all listener questions today on Options Playbook Radio.

Including:

  • Is there a rule of thumb on how many strikes to skip in a skip strike butterfly?
  • What is Brian's favorite underlying for trading options
  • Do you trade options on stocks below $5?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio211.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:32pm CDT

We looked at doing a long call spread last week, which was net positive theta time premium. This week we will be looking at indexes. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • Indexes and volatility
  • Rolling out of SPY put flys into credit spreads
  • Trading it directionally
  • Setting up the trade
  • Selecting strikes
  • What do we want to happen?
  • What is the max risk? Reward?
  • To adjust or not to adjust?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: Options_Playbook_210_final.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 10:32am CDT

We are back in the saddle discussing options strategies. With the VIX in the low- to mid-teens, that makes for an interesting time to look at volatility. We are going to look at a long call spread, possibly with a roll. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • Indexes and volatility
  • Looking to do this trade for positive theta
  • Selecting expriations
  • What's a time bomb butterfly?
  • Setting up the trade
  • Selecting strikes
  • What do we want to happen?
  • What is the max risk? Reward?
  • To adjust or not to adjust?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio209B.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:06pm CDT

Mark and Brian are on location at the Options Industry Conference, the annual event that brings everyone in the options industry together. They discuss:

  • Are covered calls really the best strategy for novice options traders?
  • Is there a good rule of thumb on when to use a ratio spread?
  • Should trading be concentrated in the last 30 minutes of the day to take advantage of liquidity?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio209.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:47pm CDT

Mark and Brian are on location at the Options Industry Conference, the annual event that brings everyone in the options industry together. They discuss:

Specifically:

  • Launching new products to meet retail investor needs
  • Liquidity concerns
  • Exchanges fragmenting liquidity through extra strikes and expirations
  • What about price improvement?
  • Unlimited quoting
  • What did they learn at this year's event?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio207.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 1:42pm CDT

We are in the tech portion of earnings season, so let's take a look at Facebook. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • Where is FB trading right now?
  • What is the situation with FB?
  • Can we sell the put spread for enough of a credit to buy a call?
  • Setting up the put spread
  • Selecting strikes
  • Looking to buy a call from the proceeds
  • Selecting the strike
  • What do we want to happen?
  • What is the risk? Reward?
  • How you can double up to catch up
  • Some rationale on time frame

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio206.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:42pm CDT

Welcome to Options Playbook Radio

On this episode we discuss:

  • A review of our earnings trade in NFLX
  • A complete breakdown of our new earnings skip-strike butterfly in GOOGL.
Direct download: Options_Playbook_205_final.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 6:18pm CDT

In this episode, Brian looks at a NFLX butterfly before earnings, including:

  • Selecting strikes & expiration
  • Watch out for skew
  • Plan the trade, trade the plan
  • And more...
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio204.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:04pm CDT

We are back in the saddle discussing options strategies. As we are a few days away from earnings, let's look at something that is not driven by earnings. While we're waiting for volatility to slow down, let's look at a short-term butterfly in UNH. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • UNH announces earnings on 4/16
  • Doing a very short-term butterfly to not contain earnings
  • What are we hoping to happen?
  • What is the implied volatility?
  • Selecting strikes
  • Setting up the trade
  • What is the maximum risk? Reward?
  • What about time decay?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio203.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:45pm CDT

It's time to huddle up, in which Brian and Mark address listener questions and comments.

In this episode:

  • Question from Ed Bankert: Debating on using covered calls or short puts. Which is better for a less experienced options trader who wants to make money?
  • Question from Duffy: How do you handle the fixed-time aspect of trading options?
  • Comment from Charlie T.: Not really an options guy. I don't need the headache of yet another unknown element aka time. It’s hard enough just picking my stocks, deciding price points, exit points, etc.

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio202.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:18pm CDT

As we approach the end of earnings season, there are still a few names left to announce. Last week we talked about a FedEx butterfly. Let's revisit what has happened since. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week's FDX butterfly
  • What has happened to FDX since the paper trade?
  • What is happening in Nike?
  • How about a back spread?
  • Looking for volatility
  • Hoping the stock will move more than the expected move
  • Selecting expiration
  • Selecting strikes
  • What is the maximum gain? Loss?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio201.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45pm CDT

Last week we talked about a Costco butterfly. Let's revisit what has happened since. You can find more on page 102 (butterfly) and page 126 (iron condor) of The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week's comparison of the butterfly vs. iron condor in COST
  • Breaking down the butterfly
  • What about the iron condor?
  • What happened after COST announced earnings?
  • Implied volatility and time decay as factors
  • Moving on to FedEx, which reports earnings on 3/20
  • How to set up a trade to contain the earnings
  • Selecting strikes
  • What is the cost?
  • What is the maximum risk?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio200.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:23am CDT

Last week we talked about a Costco butterfly. Let's revisit what has happened since. You can find more on page 102 of The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week
  • Where is Costco trading now?
  • Setting up the trade
  • Why timing matters
  • Comparing this to an iron condor
  • Why timing matters, part two
  • More risk, more reward?
  • Selecting strikes
  • What is the desired outcome

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio199.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:33pm CDT

Let's review the skip-strike butterfly in PCLN from last week. You can find more on page 108 of The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition. The long butterfly (used on the Costco paper trade) is on page 102.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week
  • A change of name
  • Did you adjust?
  • Was time on your side?
  • Who is up next? Costco Holdings!
  • What are we looking for?
  • Putting on an at-the-money butterfly
  • Selecting strikes
  • What is the break even?
  • Avoiding the "stupid award"

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio198.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:16pm CDT

As we enter the end of earnings season, there are still a few big names left to report, including Priceline, PCLN. This is an interesting opportunity for a skip-strike butterfly. You can find more on page 108 of The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • Earnings + expiration + implied volatility = interesting situation
  • Goal: do the trade for a net credit
  • PLCN announces earnings on 2/27
  • What is the expected move?
  • What is the implied volatility?
  • Selecting the strikes
  • Remember commissions!
  • What's the risk? Reward?
  • When to get out?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio197.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:07pm CDT

We are back to the playbook this week and taking a close look at Wynn Resorts. There is a lot of volatility in the stock these days with the CEO in the news quite a bit these days. We are looking at a very short-term butterfly. You can find more on page 104 of The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • Why a very short-term trade?
  • What is the desired outcome?
  • What about the stock going ex-dividend?
  • Setting up the trade
  • Why use puts?
  • Selecting strikes
  • What is the cost?
  • When to get out?
  • Looking at net theta versus net delta

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio196.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:46pm CDT

It's time to huddle up and take on listener questions in this episode of Options Playbook Radio.

  • Question from Janice: Hi Brian! I have a question about the way you talk about the alternatives available for managing the LEAPS option put spread if the market goes down. Can you please explain?
  • Question from Matt: What's up with the FB $5 calls?
  • Question from Johnny Bananas: If you buy a put option and the strike price is $5 and the stock drops to $3, is it still worth money?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio195.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:38pm CDT

Continuing with the idea of FAANG stock earnings, today we're looking at an AAPL protective put. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week
  • How do you protect yourself against a big move in AAPL after earnings?
  • Where is AAPL now?
  • What is the outlook?
  • Selecting a strike and expiration
  • What is the cost? Upside?
  • Meeting the "deductible"
  • What about a protective put spread?
  • What is the cost?
  • Why do it?
  • How do weeklys impact the ability to buy insurance around earnings?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio194.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:03pm CDT

In this episode, we are looking at a calendar trade around earnings in TSLA. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • Where is TSLA trading as of this recording?
  • When are they expected to announce earnings?
  • Where is the at-the-money straddle right now?
  • Setting up a trade into earnings
  • Selecting a strike
  • The volatility caveat
  • What is the desired outcome?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio193.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 3:53pm CDT

In this episode, we are looking beyond the Options Playbook and are selling a put credit spread to pay for a long call. You can find more on p. 76 of The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • Looking at Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (ISRG), which has been on a tear lately
  • Earnings pushed the stock even higher
  • Expensive underlying = expensive options
  • Taking a long view using LEAPS
  • Selecting strikes for the put spread
  • Buying the at-the-money call
  • How does the trade work?
  • What is the cost?
  • What is the risk?
  • How to close it out?
  • Alternatives to the trade as described

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio192.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 3:28pm CDT

In this episode, we are looking beyond the Options Playbook and are using a long combination to create a synthetic stock and buy protection. You can find more on p. 76 of The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week's episode
  • What is a synthetic long stock?
  • Where is Facebook now?
  • How to create a synthetic long position
  • Adding a twist...using a put spread
  • Selecting expirations and strikes
  • What is the cost? Risk?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio191.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:55pm CDT

Welcome to 2018! Let's jump right into strategies, specifically around earnings. In this episode, we are looking at a long calendar spread with puts in FCX. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • Why are we picking FCX?
  • When does FCX announce earnings?
  • What is the implied volatility?
  • Why are we expecting a major announcement?
  • Why pick a calendar around earnings?
  • Defining a calendar spread
  • Remember, if you do this, you're long implied volatility
  • Caveats and other considerations
  • Setting up the trade
  • What is the cost? Risk?
  • What do we want to happen?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio190.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 12:26pm CDT

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