Options Playbook Radio (financial podcast)

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT