Options Playbook Radio (financial podcast)

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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: Options_Playbook_189_final.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 10:25am CST

In this episode, we are looking at a covered call, but with a twist: a credit spread around stock you already own. You can find more on page 80 of The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • FedEx announced earnings on 12/20, was up 3.5% after the announcement
  • It hit the all-time high on 12/20
  • What are the benefits of doing a credit spread instead of just a covered call?
  • Setting up the trade: picking expiration (and why that date)
  • Selecting strikes
  • What is the approach?
  • What is the 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: OptionsPlaybookRadio188.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:33pm CST

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

  • Question from Ariell - Why should I ever buy puts? I can use a stop order in the stock for free and then put that extra capital to work in my trading account. By my math using stops instead of puts can boost your account 5-10% per year. That’s a lot of cheese.
  • Question from The Financial Grynch - Do you REALLY reckon long options is profitable?
  • Question from Lonesome - Could you explain Theta and how it helps/hurts options traders? Should anyone ever buy OTM options?
  • Question from Tom Matt - What happened to minis? Are they ever coming back?

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: OptionsPlaybookRadio187.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 1:22pm CST

In this episode, we revisit an old favorite: the 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:

  • Broadcomm announces earnings soon, and has been very volatile lately
  • Why a skip-strike butterfly?
  • What is the outlook?
  • Selecting strikes
  • What is the cost?
  • What about 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: OptionsPlaybookRadio186.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 12:57pm CST

In this episode, Brian explores covered calls to get out of positions before the end of the year.You can find more on page 134 of The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • If you need to thin out your portfolio before the end of the year, consider covered calls
  • Looking at AAPL
  • Selecting an expiration
  • Selecting strikes
  • What is the cost?
  • What do we want to happen?
  • An alternative strategy
  • What is the moral to the story?

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: OptionsPlaybookRadio185.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 1:07pm CST

For your listening pleasure, we bring you an all-listener question episode of Options Playbook Radio.

Direct download: BestofOptionsPlaybookRadio-ListenerQuestions.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm CST

The holiday season brings to mind covered calls.

In this episode, Brian covers:

  • Last week's trade in DIS
  • What did we want to happen?
  • What DID happen?
  • Avoidint the stupid award
  • The holidays are coming, that means shortened trading weeks
  • It might be a good time to trade covered calls
  • Getting "free" time decay with holidays
  • Where is AAPL?
  • Selecting strikes
  • And more...
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio184.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 1:16pm CST

Since it is still earnings season, it makes sense to capture the movement surrounding earnings announcements. In this case, we are looking at a bullish ratio spread in DIS.

In this episode:

  • A recap of what happened with last week's FB position
  • After AMZN, FB looked a little boring
  • DIS reports earnings after the close on Thursday, November 9
  • What is the sentiment on DIS?
  • Looking at the long straddle to figure out pricing
  • Setting up a backspread in DIS
  • Picking the strikes and expirations
  • What is the downside? Upside?
  • What do we want to happen?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio183.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 9:30am CST

Today we are going to look at a ratio spread with puts on FB.

In this episode:

  • A review of last week's skip-strike butterfly in AMZN.
  • What was the strategy? Expectation?
  • Where is AMZN now?
  • What about GOOGL?
  • How do you want the market to move when you have a butterfly position?
  • FB earnings are coming up. Let's look at a ratio spread.
  • What is the outlook?
  • Setting up the trade.
  • Selecting strikes.
  • What is the cost?
  • What do we want to happen?
  • What is the cost?
  • Remember volatility.
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio182.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:10pm CST

This is probably the biggest week of earnings reporting, when the most valuable stocks report. There are things to take into account because of earnings:

  • Remember that implied volatilities rise around earnings
  • Why a skip strike butterfly?
  • Setting up the trade to pay for itself
  • Where is AMZN trading right now?
  • What is the long straddle aka the expected move
  • Using the long straddle to select strikes
  • Earnings-related risks
  • What is the expected move?
  • Setting up the trade
  • What is the upside? Downside?
  • Nuances of options pricing
  • Remember time premium
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio181.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 11:55am CST

Mark and Brian are back to answer listener questions.

  • Question from Ejh4isu - Let's say you're short naked a bunch of puts and the trade goes against you, and you don't have the money to pony up? What can your broker do?
  • Question from LCB - This is a challenging time to sell options due to low volatility. So does it stand that the opposite is true? Is it a good time to buy options? Particularly protective puts?
  • Question from Andrew Lane - I tried searching for options on the major advisor news sources including Pensions & Investments and Financial Advisors magazine and came up blank. Why do these mainstream outlets ignore this space? Where should I go to learn more about options for advisors?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio180.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 1:46pm CST

It's time to tackle listener questions again on Options Playbook Radio. In this episode, Mark and Brian cover:

  • Question from Albert Deckel - First, I want to thank you for all the effort you place into the options playbook. I find your lessons absolutely clear, understandable and instructive....a rare combination!! I bought your book and find that, also, clear and concise and very informative. Two questions: While I understand how to convert a "Delta" into meaning, I really don't understand what consists of a "high" vs. "low" Gamma, Theta or Vega. For example, when is theta so high that it makes the purchase of an contract dubious, or Vega so high that it makes the purchase of an OTM contract desirable? Also, if I were to write an ITM put, what combination of Delta, Gamma, Theta or Vega am I looking for? Thanks so much!! Al
  • Question from Tim - Why isn't it standard or maybe required to let people close out shorts for free below $.10?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio179.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 3:38pm CST

We are continuing the discussion of options pricing. This week we take a deep dive into pricing of a butterfly.

Specifically:

  • Looking at a 10-day butterfly in AAPL
  • Picking a five-point spread
  • What strikes and expirations to choose?
  • What will this cost?
  • What is the maximum risk and reward?
  • What do we want to happen?
  • What impacts the pricing of butterflies?
  • Managing expectations
  • Looking at the same thing for a November 17 expiration
  • What is the ideal scenario?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRaido178.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 1:44pm CST

Today Brian is covering a short call spread (which is bearish) on AAPL. All of this applies on the put side, but in this episode, calls are being featured.

Specifically:

  • What dynamics do you need to think about when trading short spreads?
  • Look at the most at-the-money straddle to get an idea about pricing
  • Example 1: November 17 expriation; 52 days out
    • Selecting strikes
    • What will this cost?
    • What is the max risk? Reward?
  • Example 2: October 6 expiration; 10 days out
    • Selecting strikes
    • What will this cost?
    • What is the max risk? Reward?
  • Which would you choose?
  • How to close out the trade?
  • How to roll the trade?

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: OptionsPlaybookRadio177.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 1:01pm CST

In this episode, Brian explores long spreads. Specifically, long call spreads and long put spreads. These can be found on pages 60 and 62, respectively, of The Options Playbook. This is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Details include:

  • The dynamics of spread trading
  • Using AAPL as an example
  • What to consider regarding forecasting and timing
  • The value of the spread does not provide quick rewards
  • Selecting strikes
  • What is the maximum risk?
  • What is the maximum reward?
  • Always look at how much time premium you have

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: OptionsPlaybookRadio176.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 1:38pm CST

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

In this episode:

  • A review of last time
  • Using the Greeks
  • What does a delta do?
  • Meet the Greeks in The Options Playbook
  • As expiration approaches, what happens to delta? For that, you need gamma
  • What about theta?
  • Delta when a contract is in-, at- or out-of-the-mooney
  • Delta moves slower than other Greeks
  • You can't have slow time decay on a fast moving option

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: OptionsPlaybookRadio173.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 4:25pm CST

With MRVL still to announce earnings, it might be interesting to look at a long call spread in the name. You can find this on page 60 of The Options Playbook. This is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

In this episode:

  • A review of last time
  • MRVL announces earnings on 8/24 after the close
  • What is the outlook for MRVL
  • Selecting the expiration
  • What is the most at-the-money strike?
  • Buying as much time premium as selling
  • What is maximum risk? Reward?
  • Selecting a different expriation
  • What is maximum risk? Reward?
  • Why does one trade cost more than the other?
  • Time premium caveats

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: OptionsPlaybookRadio172.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 3:02pm CST

It's time for listener questions on Options Playbook Radio. 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.

In this episode Mark and Brian discuss:

  • Question from LesNod: How the heck do you actually get out of straddles? One side of a straddle is always a loss!
  • Question from Jelly: Can I buy longer-term options than LEAPS?
  • Question from Kim D.: How high to rates need to go before I need to worry about rho?
  • Question from Axel D.: Why do they update open interest only once a day?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio170.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:37pm CST

Since we are still in the middle of earnings season, it makes sense to continue with stocks that are about to release earnings, in this case Tesla, which announces earnings after the recording of this show. You can find skip strike butterflies on page 108 of The Options Playbook. This is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

In this episode, Brian covers:

  • A review of last time
  • Where did the AMZN skip strike butterfly end up?
  • Where is TSLA?
  • What is the outlook?
  • What is the expected move?
  • Setting up the trade: selecting strikes
  • What's the maximum risk? Reward?
  • What do you 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: OptionsPlaybookRadio169.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 1:19pm CST

We are back in earnings season. Given the possibility for big moves, we will look at the skip strike butterfly with calls, which you can find on page 108 of The Options Playbook. This is always available onoptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

In this episode:

  • What happens to implied volatiilty around earnings?
  • The dynamics of the trade
  • The more costly the underlying, the more costly the option
  • AMZN announces earnings on 7/27 after the close
  • What is the "expected move"?
  • Picking a close expiration
  • Selecting strikes
  • What is the maximum risk?
  • What is the break-even point?
  • What if we are completely wrong?
  • What is the best-case scenario?

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: OptionsPlaybookRadio168.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 3:23pm CST

It's huddle time again on Options Playbook Radio. This is when Mark and Brian answer listener questions. 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.

The Bobster wants to know if options can be traded outside of U.S. trading hours.

  • Short answer: yes and no
  • Longer answer: liquidity issues, wider spreads, other nuances.
  • Should there be regular after hours?
  • Should it be limited to a number of names?
  • Index versus equity options

Nelly2 wants to know about assignment. Just so I am clear on the spread assignment thing. If I am in SPX, then I just get cash if the index closes inside my spread. But if I am in a stock, then I get the stock?

  • Cash-settled
  • Guidelines for cash-settled versus regular settled
  • Sellers and buyers rights and obligations
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio167.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 11:43am CST

For the last few episodes, we were reviewing skip-strike butterflies in GOOGL. You can find this on page 87 of The Options Playbook. This is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

In this episode:

  • A review of the last few weeks of strategies in GOOGL
  • Looking at IBM, which will announce earnings on July 18
  • Remember: earnings add a bit of volatility to the underlying
  • Where is the IV?
  • Having a neutral to bullish outlook
  • Going out further in time. Why?
  • Time is on your side
  • Picking the expiration
  • Picking the strikes
  • What will this cost?
  • What is the maximum risk? Reward?

Do you have a question that you want featured on an upcoming episode of Options Playbook Radio? Send Brian an email at: theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio166.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 8:51am CST

Last week we looked at a GOOGL skip-strike butterfly. Staying on the same page, we will put on a new paper trade as a follow up for that one. You can find this on page 108 of The Options Playbook. This is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

In this episode:

  • A review of last week
  • What was the trade?
  • What did it cost?
  • What happened since?
  • What are we doing now?
  • Setting up the trade
  • Selecting strikes
  • What about expirations?
  • Max loss and gain?

Do you have a question that you want featured on an upcoming episode of Options Playbook Radio? Send Brian an email at: theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio165.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 3:59pm CST

Today Brian covers a skip-strike butterfly, which you can find on page 109 of The Options Playbook. This is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • What are the right circumstances for trading a skip-strike butterfly?
  • A bad news event in GOOGL creates an interesting situation for options traders
  • Where is GOOGL right now?
  • What exactly is a skip-strike butterfly?
  • What's our forecast?
  • Where is the at-the-money straddle?
  • Setting up the trade
  • Picking strikes
  • Picking expiration
  • What's the maximum risk?
  • What will this cost?
  • Butterfly considerations
  • What do we want to happen?

Do you have a question that you want featured on an upcoming episode of Options Playbook Radio? Send Brian an email at: theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio164.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 12:37pm CST

The Huddle: Listeners weigh in with questions

  • Question from Steve - With the VIX so low, I am not selling a lot of options anymore, because I am afraid that I will not collect enough premium. Am I thinking of this incorrectly?
  • Question from Lincan -My go-to options strat is to sell covered puts on stocks that I want to buy then get paid to wait. If the stock comes my way I eventually trade out of it using a covered call. What do you think? Savvy or stupid?

Do you have a question that you want featured on an upcoming episode of Options Playbook Radio? Send Brian an email at: theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio163.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 12:21pm CST

It's all listener questions in this special edition of Options Playbook Radio

  • Question from Ejh4isu - If I buy/sell a vertical on SPX (or any equity stock for that matter) and hold until expiration, and SPX settles between the strikes, what happens ? Example: sell 2395/2400 and SPX settles at 2397.
  • Question from Kraken1975 - Which of the Greeks do you utilize the most and why?
  • Question from ButcherBoyz - What options trading strategy would you say is best suited to people with absolutely zero knowledge of options? Thanks.

Do you have a question that you want featured on an upcoming episode of Options Playbook Radio? Send Brian an email at: theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio162.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:26pm CST

In this episode, Brian reviews two paper trades from previous episodes and opens up a third. You can find the backspread with calls on page 84 of The Options Playbook, and the put debit spread is on page 62. Plus, this week we'll look at the fig leaf, which you can find on page 56. This is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Today, Brian discusses:

  • A review of the AMD backspread
  • What did AMD do since putting on the trade?
  • A review of the FCX debit put spread
  • What did FCS do since putting on the trade?
  • Re-introducing the fig leaf with AMD
  • Using a LEAPS option
  • Setting up the trade
  • Picking strikes
  • What will it cost?
  • Why not just do a covered call?

Do you have questions that you want to have answered on an episode of Options Playbook Radio? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio161.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 9:12am CST

Last week's episode looked at a backspread with calls. That strategy is on page 83 of the Options Playbook. This week, we will cover a debit put spread, which is on page 62.

In this session, Brian covers:

  • A review of last week's AMD backspread
  • Why look at FCX?
  • Why a long put spread?
  • Erring on the side of being too short or too long
  • Intrinsic value considerations
  • Picking strikes and expiration dates
  • Buying as much time premium as selling
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio160.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:22pm CST

Today, we will explore back spread with calls in AMD (page 84). This is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle edition.

In this episode, Brian covers:

  • What are the benefits and risks of the back spread with calls?
  • What has happened since we put the trade on?
  • Setting up the trade.
  • What is the maximum risk? Reward?
  • What is the ideal scenario?
Direct download: Options_Playbook_159_final.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 7:22am CST

It's all listener questions in this special edition of Options Playbook Radio.

  • Question from JDog - I just got an options pitch that says that options buyer lose money on 7 out of every 10 trades. Is that true?
  • Question from Alan Shepard - Why would I ever buy an option when 90% of them expire worthless?
  • Question from Lesnod - How do you get out of the straddles? One side of a straddle is always a loss correct?
  • Question from Bob - Concerning options: I have been told to take an ATM call and put, add them together and that is the expected move. Is that correct?

If you have questions for Brian, send them to theoptionsguy@ally.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio158-2.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 11:14am CST

It's all listener questions in this episode of Options Playbook Radio. Do you have questions that you would like answered on the show? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@tradeking.com.

  • Question from JLaws: My dad is coming over to the dark side slowly but surely/ He is thinking about dipping his toes in the options pool. What product do you recommend for an options newcomer making his first trade?
  • Question from Sharkcake: I have been approved to trade options by my Brokerage but I have yet to execute my first trade. What trade do you recommend?
  • Question from Meats: Would you describe successful options trading as primarily singles and doubles or more swing-for-the-fences home runs?
  • Question from Mary: What is the shortest expiry available for plain vanilla options?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio158.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 12:54pm CST

Last week we looked at an inverse, skip-strike butterfly on AAPL before earnings (page 112). Today, we will explore a FB iron condor (page 126). This is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle edition.

In this episode, Brian covers:

  • A review of last week
  • What are the benefits and risks of the skip-strike butterfly?
  • What has happened since we put the trade on?
  • What should you have done?
  • What is going on with FB?
  • Setting up the trade
  • What is the expected move after earnings?
  • Selecting the expriation
  • Selecting the strikes
  • What is the maximum risk? Reward?
  • What is the ideal scenario?

Do you have questions that you would like answered on the show? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@tradeking.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio157.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 1:52pm CST

It's earnings season again. As such, we're looking at an inverse skip-strike butterfly to capture some earnings move. You can find skip-strike butterflies with calls on page 108, and inverse skip-strike butterflies with calls on page 112 of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle edition.

In this episode, Brian covers:

  • A review of last week's AMZN butterfly
  • Lesson to learn: Time makes the trade cheaper
  • Determining strike prices
  • Making sure you do not get blown out
  • Looking at the implied volatility
  • How to use time premium
  • What is the net credit?
  • What is the maximum risk?
Direct download: Options_Playbook_156_final.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 9:21am CST

It's earnings season again. As such, we're looking at a skip-strike butterfly to capture some earnings move. You can find skip-strike butterfiles on page 108 of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle edition.

In this episode, Brian covers:

  • A review of last week's UAL butterfly
  • Lesson to learn: Don't try to hit a home run with a butterfly
  • Putting on a skip-strike butterfly with calls
  • Picking the expiration
  • Looking at the implied volatility
  • Picking strikes
  • What is the net credit?
  • What is the maximum risk?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio155.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 3:01pm CST

For the last few episodes, we explored backspreads in SNAP. This week we shift gears to another name that is highly volatile right now, United Air Lines. Let's explore a long butterfly spread with UAL calls.

In this episode:

  • A review of the SNAP backspreads
  • Volatility in UAL skyrockted
  • Why choose a butterfly spread?
  • Choosing a one-day trade
  • Selecting strikes
  • Setting up the trade
  • What is the cost?
  • What do we want to happen?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio154.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 12:25pm CST

SNAP's recent IPO has had the name in the news quite a bit these days, so let's take a look at SNAP backspread with puts, which is on page 84 (calls) and page 87 (puts) of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle edition.

In this episode, Brian reviews:

  • The SNAP backspread with calls from last time
  • What has SNAP done since last time?
  • Where are the SNAP options now?
  • What about implied volatility?
  • When will earnings be announced?
  • Taking a bearish view this week
  • Setting up the trade
  • What is the expected move on the May 19 contracts?
  • What is the cost?

Do you have questions that you would like answered on the show? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@tradeking.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio153.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 9:29am CST

SNAP's recent IPO has had the name in the news quite a bit these days, so let's take a look at SNAP backspread with calls, which is on page 84 of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle edition.

In this episode, Brian covers:

  • A review of last week's long call on PFE
  • Still figuring out the SNAP valuation
  • Where is implied volatility?
  • Why a backspread instead of a straddle?
  • Selecting the expiration date
  • What about earnings?
  • Selecting strikes
  • What is the expected movement?
  • What is the risk? Upside?

Do you have questions that you would like answered on the show? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@tradeking.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio152.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 1:38pm CST

This week we will buy options in a stock that is at the low end of the implied volatility range. You can find long calls on page 40 of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle. To review the long calendar spread with calls, see page 90.

In this episode:

  • A review of last week's AAPL long calendar spread
  • Implied volatility of PFE is somewhat low
  • General rules of buying options contracts
  • What contract to buy and why?
  • Picking the strike and expiration
  • What will it cost?
  • You get more delta when you have more time on OTM options
  • What about the dividend?

Do you have questions that you would like answered on the show? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@tradeking.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio151.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 11:30am CST

Today we are going to take a look at long calendar spread with calls on a little known company called Apple. This is on page 90 of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle.

Specifically:

  • What can you do going into earnings?
  • How to "control" implied volatility around earnings
  • AAPL indicates that it will announce earnings on April 25
  • What are the implied volatilities for the at-the-money calls expiring around that date?
  • Setting up the trade: picking strikes and expirations
  • What is the net cost for the spread?
  • What do we want to happen?
  • Plus, reviewing the GPS butterfly and the ABT straddle

Do you have questions that you would like answered on the show? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@tradeking.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio150.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 1:20pm CST

Today we are looking at a long straddle. You can find this in The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle.

In this episode, Brian discusses:

  • A review of the long GPS put spread that was adjusted into a butterfly
  • How was the butterfly constructed, and for what price?
  • What has happened since the adjustment?
  • What to do now?
  • Remember, butterflies love time decay
  • Moving into the healthcare sector, implied volatility is low in Abbot Labs
  • Where is 30-day IV in Abbott Labs?
  • When does ABT announce earnings?
  • Putting on a 35-day straddle
  • Picking strikes
  • What is the cost?
  • What about a fig leaf? (aka leveraged covered call)
  • Picking the strikes
  • What is the cost?

Do you have questions that you would like answered on the show? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@tradeking.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio149.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 12:46pm CST

Last week we put on two long spreads to coincide with GPS earnings. We knew that one of them would not work, and planned on adjusting it into a butterfly. In this episode, Brian rolls the long put spread into a butterfly.

Specifically, Brian discusses:

  • A review of last week
  • What happened since GPS announced earnings?
  • Which trade didn't work?
  • Adjusting the long put spread
  • What do we want to happen?
  • Setting up the trade, picking strikes
  • What is the net risk? Reward?
  • What is the plan until expiration?

Do you have questions that you would like answered on the show? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@tradeking.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio148.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 12:36pm CST

Today we are looking at long call (aka bull call) spreads. You can find this in The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle.

Brian discusses:

  • A review of last week's bull call spread in SJM
  • GPS announces earnings on 2/23
  • Setting up the trade
  • Picking expirations to capture earnings and beyond
  • Picking strikes based on the expected move
  • What is the cost?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio147.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 8:32am CST

Today we are looking at long calendar spreads. You can find this on pages 90 (calls) and 93 (puts) in The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle.

Brian reviews:

  • Review of last week's TSLA calendar spreads with calls and puts.
  • Long calendar spreads, or bull calendar spreads.
Direct download: Options_Playbook_146_final.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 11:15am CST

Today we are looking at calendar spreads. You can find this on pages 90 (calls) and 93 (puts) in The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

Brian reviews:

  • Review of last week's AMZN iron condor
  • Long calendar spreads = net long volatility
  • That doesn't mean that you want a volatile market
  • When might this happen? Earnings!
  • Setting up the trade
  • Picking expirations
  • Picking strikes
  • What is the risk? Reward?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio145.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:24pm CST

Today we are looking at iron condors. You can find this in The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week's F call purchase
  • What happened since we put on that trade?
  • Who announced earnings this week?
  • What can we do with AMZN?
  • Where is the AMZN straddle trading?
  • What is the over/under on the upside? Downside?
  • Rationale for picking expiration
  • Rationale for picking strikes
  • What is the maximum risk? Reward?

Do you have questions that you would like answered on the show? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@tradeking.com

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio144.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 12:43pm CST

As promised last time, we are looking at one off trades. You can find this in the back spreads section of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

Specifically:

  • How to protect ourselves around the election
  • How do back spreads work?
  • What are we likely to gain?
  • What are we likely to lose?
  • What if we ride until expiration?
  • What is the likelihood of a net credit?
Direct download: Options_Playbook_142_final.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 9:19am CST

As promised last time, we are looking at how to manage positions, specifically rolling positions. You can find this in the appendix of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

Specifically:

  • What does rolling a covered call actually mean?
  • When do you want to roll?
  • When do you NOT want to roll?
  • What are we doing if we roll up and out?
  • What if we just go out, not up?
  • What if we go up, not out?
  • Doing things quickly is key
  • What is the likelihood of assignment?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio141.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 1:05pm CST

As promised last time, we are taking a deeper dive into covered call writing. You can find this in the beginning section of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindleversion.

Specifically:

  • Underlying. What stocks make the best candidates for covered call writing?
  • Volatility: It's like Goldilocks...not too much, not too little.
  • What can we do in AAPL? BAC?
  • Earnings impications for timing
  • How far out is the right amount?
  • When to roll?
Direct download: OptionPlaybookRadio140.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 12:10pm CST

In this episode, Brian takes on listener questions, including:

  • Question from Choas - Brian, as a beginner, I have done quite a bit of research on the subject of options. Now of course, I would start by doing the right thing - that is writing a covered call on one of my long positions. The problem I am having, believe it or not, is not knowing the direction of the stock or the expiration, the problem is more basic - not knowing which transaction to choose. As it appears, very little is said about buying to open, buying to close, selling to open and selling to close. These terms are essential in order to communicate the right information. I would therefore appreciate it if you took a few moments or your time and explain each step, and use examples to clarify. Your presentations are fabulous and I have learned a great deal of theory from you. Thank you
  • Question from Goldmaker - I sold a put on a specific stock with a 115 strike price, that was going to expire next week. The stock a gone below, down to 113.48, and I am prepared to take the stock. It was my understanding that the stock would be put to me if a stock went below 115. Right now, the option has not been exercised and I have not been assigned. What action do I do to make them give me the stock at 115?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio139.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 1:44pm CST

In this episode of Options Playbook Radio we are covering a long butterfly spread with puts. You can find this on page 104 of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week's trade
  • What was the sentiment?
  • What was the set up?
  • What was the cost?
  • What happened since we put on the trade?
  • Rolling this into a short put spread
  • Don't forget about volatility!
  • How do we roll this?
  • What is the new position?
  • What is the cost?
  • Beware of over trading
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio138.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 10:02am CST

In this episode of Options Playbook Radio we are covering a put butterfly spread. You can find this on page 104 of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

Brian covers:

  • A review of the last few weeks
  • What happened at the OPEC meeting?
  • What resulted in the market?
  • Butterflies like time decay and decreases in volatility - IF you are correct on your forecast
  • Where is MRO now?
  • What does that mean for our positions?
  • What could happen next?
  • Don't discount volatility
  • Setting up a new trade in the S&P 500 Index
  • Picking strikes and expiration date (it's a Monday!)
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio137.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:49pm CST

In this episode of Options Playbook Radio we are covering a call butterfly spread. You can find this on page 102 of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

Brian covers:

  • A review of the last strategy
  • Taking advantage of the OPEC meeting and the ensuing oil volatility
  • Putting on a butterfly in MRO
  • Picking the expiration and the strikes
  • What will it cost? What is the upside? Breakeven?
  • What is our outlook?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio136.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 12:30pm CST

In this episode, recorded the day before Thanksgiving 2016, Brian is joined by Mark, and they take on listener questions and comments.

This includes:

Options#QuestionOfTheWeek:

Great traders need many weapons in their arsenals. But everyone has a favorite. What is yours?

  • Vertical/Ratio Vertical
  • Iron Condor/Iron Fly
  • Straddle/Strangle
  • Covered Call/Short Put

What is Brian's answer? Long Butterflies!

Listener questions include:

  • When the market is rallying, what's wrong with just buying calls?
  • Has anyone studied the effect of selling weekly options vs monthly options INCLUDING commissions? Seems like that would be a big factor when writing so many contracts.
  • Are skip-strike butterflies the same thing as broken wing butterflies?
  • Why trade volatility versus direction or income?
  • Discuss the delta of VIX
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio135.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 11:39am CST

What situations might be a good time for covered call writing? There is also the long put spread from last week to discuss. You can follow on pages 50 and 62, respectively, of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

This week, Brian discusses:

  • What has happened to the market since the election?
  • Why is the VIX going up when the market is going up?
  • How did we do from the long put spread from last week?
  • What were the risk parameters?
  • Covered call writing
  • Don't forget about the Thanksgiving holiday
  • What is the timeframe?
  • Looking for the Goldilocks of volatility
  • Avoid earnings
  • Setting up the trade

Do you have questions that you would like answered on the show? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@tradeking.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio134.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 12:18pm CST

For the last few weeks, we have been looking at earnings plays, including a short call spread (page 64), and today we're looking at a long put spread (page 62) of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

On tap for today:

  • Pushing all-time highs post-election
  • Reviewing last week's FB trade
  • Where is the market right now?
  • Putting on a long put spread in SPY
  • What is the timeframe?
  • Setting up the trade
  • What is the maximum risk? Reward? Break-even?

Do you have questions that you would like answered on the show? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@tradeking.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio133.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 10:59am CST

'Tis the season. Earnings season, that is. Let's take a look at another earnings play, specifically a short call spread. You can find this on page 80 of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

Today Brian discusses:

  • A review of last week's CVX front spread
  • Facebook (FB) announced earnings just after this recording
  • What is the expected move post-earnings?
  • Do we agree with that prediction?
  • Selecting an expiration
  • Setting up the trade
  • What's the risk? Reward?

Do you have questions that you would like answered on the show? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@tradeking.com.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio132.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 1:25pm CST

In this episode of Options Playbook Radio, we are talking about a front spread with calls.You can find this on page 80 of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

In this episode, Brian discusses:

  • A review of last week
  • Chevron (CVX) will announce earnings before the open on 10/28
  • What kind of move can we expect?
  • Setting up the trade
  • Picking the expiration
  • What strikes to use?
  • What is the maximum upside? Risk?
  • What about margin?

Do you have questions that you would like answered on the show? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@tradeking.com

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio131.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 12:50pm CST

We are going to look at a backspread with puts this week. You can find that on page 87 of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

Today, Brian discusses:

  • A review of the MRO covered call from last week
  • Making an adjustment based on new outlook
  • Walgreens, which is merging with Rite-Aid, has earnings coming up
  • What can we do with that? A backspread with puts
  • What is the outlook?
  • Setting up the trade
  • What is the risk? Reward?
  • How to stay out of the valley of death

Do you have questions that you would like answered on the show? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@tradeking.com

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio130.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 11:27am CST

We are taking a look at covered calls today. If you want to follow along, we are on page 50 in the Options Playbook. You can always follow along on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Today, Brian covers:

  • A long-term straddle that we looked at about four weeks ago on the S&P 500
  • A covered call in MRO
  • What is the option chain in MRO?
  • Figuring out the upside
  • What is the cost?
  • What is the outlook?

Do you have questions that you would like answered on the show? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@tradeking.com

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio129.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 12:22pm CST

In this episode, Brian and Mark huddle up to answer listener questions. They take on:

  • Question from Yukoner: Do you ever do spreads in LEAPS. Why and how? So I used to trade the LEAPS rather than buy the stock. Is that a good use case?
  • Question from Tradecraft: Is there a correlation between high options OI and options price levels?

Do you have questions that you would like answered on the show? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@tradeking.com

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio128.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 9:24am CST

This week we are going to look at a cash-secured put, which you can find on page 48 of the Options Playbook. You can always find it online at OptionsPlabyook.com, or in an Amazon Kindle version. Today Brian discusses:

  • OPEC decided to cut oil production, so oil prices and stocks spiked
  • Looking at Marathon Oil, MRO
  • Where is it trading today?
  • How to put on a cash-secured put in MRO?
  • Why is the timing right to do an oil play?
  • Selecting the expiration
  • Remember that you want to be put the stock
  • Where are you willing to buy the stock? That's how you pick your strike
  • Where is IV right now?
  • What will it cost?
  • What is the maximum cost if you're put the stock?
  • What happens if you're wrong on the strike?
  • How to get more upside? Sell a put to pay for a bull call spread

Do you have a question that you would like to have answered on Options Playbook Radio? You can submit your feedback right on the Options Playbook Radio Facebook page. There, you will also find past episodes, and more from your host Brian Overby.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio127.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 9:30am CST

Last week we talked about diagonal spreads, which can be found on page 99 of the Options Playbook. You can always find this on the Options Playbook website.

First up, a listener question:

  • Question from Mike - Hello Brian, Love the show. I am curious as to why one would ever use a collar instead of a bull put spread. Am I incorrect in thinking these strategies are identical with respect to risk/reward? Since the put spread will cost less to put on, it seems like the better trade. As an additional advantage, there is no need to tie up the capitol to hold the underlying.
  • If you want to read the blog post Brian mentions, you can find it here.

Next, a review of last time:

  • We were bearish going into earnings in LEN
  • What happened after the paper trade?
  • The gaggle of securities (it started out as a strangle)

Do you have a question that you would like to have answered on Options Playbook Radio? You can submit your feedback right on the Options Playbook Radio Facebook page. There, you will also find past episodes, and more from your host Brian Overby.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio126.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 12:11pm CST

We have recently been doing a lot of long spreads, and then adjusting based on market conditions. If you want to follow along with The Options Playbook, you can find long spreads on page 60, and long strangles on page 72.

Today, Brian discusses:

  • A review of last time
  • News since the last episode
  • Putting on a position because of the chart
  • Looking at selling aput below the 2100 strike
  • What will it cost?
  • What is the current position?
  • We now have a gaggle of securities
  • Putting on a diagonal spread in LEN

Do you have a question that you would like to have answered on Options Playbook Radio? You can submit your feedback right on the Options Playbook Radio Facebook page. There, you will also find past episodes, and more from your host Brian Overby.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio125.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 12:11pm CST

For the last few weeks, we have been discussing long put spreads, which can be found on page 62 of The Options Playbook. You can always follow along online on OptionsPlaybook.com.

This week Brian discusses:

  • A reivew of the last two trades he covered
  • What has the market done since?
  • Where does it leave the spread?
  • What do we do now?
  • How will we reduce risk?
  • Setting up the trade
  • When do we close out?
  • Setting up a new trade
  • What is the outlook?

Do you have a question that you would like to have answered on Options Playbook Radio? You can submit your feedback right on the Options Playbook Radio Facebook page. There, you will also find past episodes, and more from your host Brian Overby.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio124.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 11:49am CST

Continuing with the long SPX put spread that we put on last week, Brian looks at current market conditions and decides if and how to make any adjustments. If you want to follow along in the Options Playbook, this is on page 62. You can always find this information on OptionsPlaybook.com.

This week Brian discusses:

  • What happened after the Fed meeting last week?
  • A recap of last week's strategy
  • What did the market do?
  • Based on how the market moved, how do we make an adjustment?
  • Picking the strikes
  • What is the risk? Cost basis?
  • What are the possibilities within the strikes of the butterfly?
  • Given where the market is, what should we do?
  • What is the outlook?
  • What is the adjustment

Do you have a question that you would like to have answered on Options Playbook Radio? You can submit your feedback right on the Options Playbook Radio Facebook page. There, you will also find past episodes, and more from your host Brian Overby.

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio123.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 12:21pm CST

This week, we are moving past earnings to look a the overall market. To do this, we'll try a long put spread, which is on page 62 of The Options Playbook. You can always find the information online at OptionsPlaybook.com.

Today, we discuss:

  • A review of last week's bull call spread on FL
  • What was our forecast?
  • What happened?
  • Now that earnings are mostly over, let's look at the general, overall market
  • Setting up a long put spread in the S&P 500
  • Picking expriations: why weekly options over standard options?
  • With these expriations, we are selling more time premium that we are buying
  • Picking strikes: where is the SPX right now?
  • Will Labor Day impact the spread?
  • What was the net cost? Risk?
  • Don't forget about commissions!
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio122.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 11:17am CST

To follow along, you can find long call spreads on page 60 of the Options Playbook. You can also play along online at OptionsPlaybook.com In this episode, Brian discusses:

  • A review of last week's episode featuring TIF
  • What happened since putting on the TIF paper trade?
  • Moving on to FL, which reports earnings tomorrow, August 19
  • Where is the long straddle trading on the options expiring on August 19?
  • What is the outlook on FL?
  • Setting up the trade
  • What is the risk? Reward?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio121.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 4:39pm CST

This week Brian takes a look back at his previous earnings trade on PCLN. What went right? What went wrong? Tune in to this episode of Options Playbook Radio to find out.

Have a question for Brian? He's happy to answer them directly via the TradeKing Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/tradeking.

Direct download: Options_Playbook_120_final.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 11:34am CST

We're still in earnings season, so let's take a look at Priceline. Sticking with butterflies, this week we are looking at put butterflies. You can find this on page 104 in The Options Playbook, but you can always find this online at OptionsPlaybook.com.

This week we cover:

  • Review of last week's GOOG butterfly
  • What a difference choosing expirations can make
  • Upcoming Priceline earnings (before the open on Aug. 4)
  • What is the at-the-money long straddle?
  • What is the outlook?
  • Setting up the butterfly
  • What kind of move is the market expecting?
  • What is our maximum risk?
  • Reward?
  • And more
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio119.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 5:01pm CST

'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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

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 CST

In this episode, Brian is joined by Mark to take on listener questions.

They discuss:

  • What indexes or products work best for synthetic covered calls?

That brings up:

  • Fig leaf
  • Greeks
  • How to roll
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio114.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:31pm CST

In this episode, Brian is joined by Bill Ryan, Managing Director at the NYSE.

They discuss:

  • What are ByRDs?
  • What about pricing?
  • Is time on your side?
  • Probabilities and their relative factors
  • VWAP matters: find out more at nyse.com/byrds
  • What products have ByRDs?
  • What type of expirations are there?
  • Can you sell ByRDs to bring in a credit?
  • Can retail customers trade ByRDs?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio113.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:11pm CST

Mark and Brian are taking your questions.

  • Question from Jim Duggan: FOMC and Brexit are approaching. What are some good ways to use options to play Brexit or FOMC?
  • Question from Vegan: For an options newbie, how would I construct a trade with most possibilities to win? I understand that the potential profit might be small. What time frame is good as well?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio112.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:08pm CST

This week, we are continuing the conversation about long butterfly spreads with puts that started last time. You can find this information on page 104 of the Options Playbook, or on OptionsPlaybook.com.

In this episode, Brian discusses:

  • A review of last week.
  • What was the plan?
  • Does the plan need to be revised?
  • Can we still make a profit?
  • How to manipulate the legs to create a new, profitable positions.
  • What is the new plan?
  • What is the maximum risk? Reward?
  • What do we want to happen?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio111.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 1:44pm CST

Today we're looking at a strategy based on the overall market, a long butterfly with puts. You can find this on page 104 of the Options Playbook, or you can always find it on OptionsPlaybook.com

Specifically:

  • Looking at the overall market: where is the S&P 500?
  • Will there be a new all-time high, or will there be a pullback?
  • European verus American style options
  • Weekly versus monthly options
  • Setting up the trade
  • Maximum risk & profit
  • What will happen to implied volatilities?
  • Contingency plans
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio110.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:17pm CST

Coming to you live (to tape) from the Options Industry Conference, Mark and Brian are back and they have more listener questions to address. This week, they are taking on:

  • Do the remaining specialists/DPMs do a good job of making markets, or are there too few of them?
  • Are there too many strikes? Expirations?
  • Why have the more exotic stratgies become more popular?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio109.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:43pm CST

Huddle up, listeners. We're taking listener questions.

Vega: Do puts and calls become more expensive ahead of events due to risk premium? If so, how do I avoid that?

  • When do you want implied volatility to increase?
  • How to avoid swings around earnings

Critter: Is selling premium less risky than buying premium?

  • Build your strategy around your forecast
  • Common misconceptions
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio108.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:21pm CST

Huddle Up: Listener questions and comments

  • Bean bag: Could you discuss the put/call ratio, its use, and metrics as a tool?
  • Reid: Do options stats or unusual activity predict stock movements accurately?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio107.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 10:19am CST

You can find information on iron condors in the Options Playbook on page 126. You can also always find all of this information on OptionsPlaybook.com. In this episode, Brian discusses

  • The AMZN iron condor from last week
  • General guidelines for earnings trades
  • A review of the GOOG trade from a few weeks ago
  • A deep look at TSLA
  • What is the ATM straddle for the nearest expiration?
  • Picking the strikes
  • Determining the over/under so you can stay away from that
  • What is the upside? Downside?
  • Understanding the odds. Remember that you CAN lose.
  • Rationale for the expiration date
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio106.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 1:59pm CST

With it being earnings season, let's take a look at a strategy around AMZN earnings. You can always find information on iron condors on OptionsPlaybook.com.

Today Brian discusses:

  • A review of the GOOG skip-strike butterfly from last week
  • Taking a look at AMZN going into earnings
  • Where is the long straddle of the nearest-term expiration?
  • Why a skip-strike butterfly didn't work in this case.
  • Why was this the case?
  • How to make the most of the high implied volatility?
  • How to get way out-of-the-money?
  • Setting up the iron condor
  • What is the maximum risk? Gain?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybook105.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 3:32pm CST

Today we are looking at a skip strike butterfly with calls on GOOG, which announces earnings after the close the day of this recording. You can find this information on page 104 of the Options Playbook, or on OptionsPlaybook.com. This includes:

  • A quick review of the VZ paper trade we put on last week
  • What's going on in GOOG
  • Why are we setting up a skip strike butterfly?
  • Setting up the trade
  • How are we paying for the trade?
  • What's the upside? Downside?
  • The worst case scenario
  • The best case scenario
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio104.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 4:06pm CST

Last week, we initiated a bull put spread paper trade in GPS, and reviewed a YHOO skip-strike butterfly. Now, we will review. Specifically:

  • Reviewing strategies. What strategies work best and when?
  • Looking at the long call, which is on page 40 of The Options Playbook, or on OptionsPlaybook.com
  • What happened since GPS announced sales?
  • What is going on with YHOO?
  • Setting up a paper trade in VZ
  • What is notable right now in VZ
  • Looking at buying an out-of-the-money put in VZ
  • The setup, the cost, the delta, and IV
  • Under what circumstances would you buy an out-of-the-money option?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio103.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 11:06am CST

Last week, we discussed skip-strike butterflies on YHOO, and put on a paper trade. Today, we are looking at Gap Stores (GPS), and putting on a paper trade that is based on a neutral to bullish outlook.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week
  • What did we want YHOO to do?
  • What did YHOO do?
  • Time decay and expiration
  • Taking a look at GPS
  • Where is the underlying?
  • What is the trading range?
  • What is the outlook?
  • Setting up the trade
  • What is the maximum risk?
  • What is the maxiumum upside?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio102.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 9:38am CST

Great thanks to everyone who participated in the Options Playbook Radio 100th episode extravaganza. Today, we are heading back to the playbook and looking at a YHOO skip-strike butterflies with an approximately 15-day expiration.

Specifically:

  • Avoiding the expiration that has the earnings
  • Setting up the trade
  • What is the maximum profit?
  • What is the maximum risk?
  • What do we want to happen in YHOO?
  • When would you use a skip-strike butterfly?
  • What's the worst-case scenario?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio101.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:32pm CST