Options Playbook Radio (financial podcast)

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


  • 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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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.


  • 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 CDT

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.


  • 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 CDT