Options Playbook Radio

Being in the heart of FAANG earnings season, let's look at GOOGL and AMZN. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • What is happening in the markets right now?
  • What about GOOGL and AMZN, specifically?
  • What are the expected moves?
  • What is our strategy?
  • We're looking for positive theta, but negative vega
  • Let's look at a GOOGL skip-strike butterfly
  • Selecting strikes and expiration
  • What is the cost? Maximum risk? Remember margin!
  • Remember the risk of gap-up or gap-down
  • What do we want to happen?
  • What about AMZN?
  • What is the expected move?
  • Selecting strikes and expiration
  • What is the maximum risk? Reward?
  • 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: OptionsPlaybookRadio231.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:17pm CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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