Options Playbook Radio (financial podcast)

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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