Options Playbook Radio (general)

Tilray Inc. (TLRY) has gone up over 100% in two days. With stocks that move like this, it's a great learning experience. 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's NKE diagonal spread
  • What did we want to happen?
  • What actually happened?
  • What does that mean for the contract we bought?
  • What do to now? Let's roll!
  • Crazy moves in TLRY
  • Why are the puts so pricey?
  • What would Brian do? (WWBD?)
  • Super high implied volatility
  • 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: OptionsPlaybookRadio226.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:10pm CDT

Nike (NKE) has been in the news a lot lately and will announce earnings on September 25. Let's take a look at a diagonal trade. 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
  • What happened to the SPX?
  • Did you get out, or did you get the stupid award?
  • NKE is near all-time highs
  • Setting up the trade
  • Selecting strikes and expirations
  • Pay attention to the delta of the trade
  • Addressing different scenarios

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: OptionsPlaybookRadio225.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:22pm CDT

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:

  • A review of last week
  • Setting up a long put butterfly in SPX
  • Where is the SPX now?
  • Where is volatility?
  • Selecting strikes
  • Using the nearest-term expiration
  • Settlement is at the close on Friday
  • What's the upside? Downside?
  • What do we want to happen?
  • How to roll into a short put spread
  • Remember commissions!

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.

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:30pm CDT

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:

  • A review of last week
  • What happened if you stuck around to the close on Friday?
  • How did we do?
  • Markets are closed for Labor Day
  • How do we take the holiday into account?
  • Where is the S&P 500 right now?
  • Selecting strikes and expiration
  • What do we want to happen?
  • What if it starts to go south?
  • How to turn this into a 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: OptionsPlaybookRadio233.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:24pm CDT

Huddle, up listeners! It's time for Brian and Mark to take on listener questions, including:

  • Options question of the week: Earnings season in in full swing. Which names will dominate your options trading this week?
    • 47% - AAPL
    • 37% - TSLA
    • 6% - GPRO
    • 10% - CBOE
  • Question from Imhad1: Is HMNY now the most option-like stock ever? Back to $.08 after reverse splitting up to $14. Crazy! Who would buy an option on this thing?
  • Question from Ling: I've heard some educators say that you should never hold out for the max profit in an options spread trade because that means you held onto it too long. Is this the case? Do you agree? Thx and enjoying the handbook.
  • Question from Flyguy: Hey what do you guys do with your long calendar spreads? Do you close out the short leg if the stock doesn't move then keep the long leg or just close the whole spread out?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio221.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:18pm CDT

We are in the heart of earnings season, and next week a lot of the FANG stocks will announce. Two weeks ago, we did a diagonal spread in GOOGL. Let's follow up on how that went, and look at a skip-strike butterfly, as well. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • How was the diagonal spread set up?
  • What happened to GOOGL since the paper trade was established?
  • What are we doing now?
  • Setting up the skip strike butterfly
  • Selecting strikes and expiration date
  • What is the cost?
  • Remember implied volatilities!
  • What happens if we are wrong? Right?
  • 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: OptionsPlaybookRadio219.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:43pm CDT

Huddle up, listeners. It's time for listener questions. If you have questions about anyoptions plays, you can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • How do you like to trade options during earnings season? Do you hold a position through an announcement?
  • How do you determine a strategy or direction? How to select strikes and expiration?
  • What the brokers versus the regulators have to say about defined risk trades

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: OptionsPlaybookRadio218.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:04pm CDT

We are in the heart of earnings season, and next week a lot of the FANG stocks will announce. Let's take a look at a diagonal spread in GOOGL. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • Why a diagonal spread?
  • What is a diagonal spread?
  • Setting up a trade
  • GOOGL announces earnigns on 7/23
  • Selecting the strikes and expirations
  • What do we want to happen? What do we want to avoid?
  • What is the risk? Reward?
  • Remember margin!

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: OptionsPlaybookRadio217.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:43pm CDT

We are back into earnings season. Let's take a look at a skip-strike butterfly in NFLX. 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 Boeing calendar spread from last time
  • What happened since the paper trade was put on?
  • Looking ahead to NFLX earnings
  • Where is NFLX now?
  • What is the expected move?
  • What happens if we are wrong?
  • What is the maximum return? Reward?

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: OptionsPlaybookRadio216.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:15am CDT

Tariff turmoil is rocking the market and is beating up some stocks, including Boeing (BA). You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • Implied volatility is spiking because of talk of tariffs
  • BA announces earnings on 7/25
  • Stock has fallen about 40 points over the last month
  • Putting on a long call spread
  • Selecting strikes and expirations
  • What is the total cost?
  • What do we want to happen?
  • What is the maximum risk? Reward?
  • Rolling and adjusting options

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: OptionsPlaybookRadio215.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30am CDT

News out of Canada regarding the legalization of marijuana has impacted volatility of medical marijuana stocks. This is an interesting opportunity to get back to basics, including a covered call and a cash-secured 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 did the trade work out?
  • Legal pot in Canada? That impacts IV for CGC
  • What is our outlook?
  • Setting up the trade
  • 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: OptionsPlaybookRadio214.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:23am CDT

This week we will look at a long butterfly with calls. You can find more on page 102 in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • A review from last week (diagonal spread with calls)
  • Staying in FedEx
  • Earnings! June 19'
  • Setting up the trade
  • Selecting strikes, expiration
  • What is the maximum risk? Reward?
  • What do we want to happen?
  • 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: OptionsPlaybookRadio213.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:42pm CDT

Huddle up, listeners. It's all listener questions today on Options Playbook Radio.

Including:

  • Is there a rule of thumb on how many strikes to skip in a skip strike butterfly?
  • What is Brian's favorite underlying for trading options
  • Do you trade options on stocks below $5?

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: OptionsPlaybookRadio211.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:32pm CDT

We are back in the saddle discussing options strategies. With the VIX in the low- to mid-teens, that makes for an interesting time to look at volatility. We are going to look at a long call spread, possibly with a roll. 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
  • Looking to do this trade for positive theta
  • Selecting expriations
  • What's a time bomb butterfly?
  • 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: OptionsPlaybookRadio209B.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:06pm CDT

Mark and Brian are on location at the Options Industry Conference, the annual event that brings everyone in the options industry together. They discuss:

  • Are covered calls really the best strategy for novice options traders?
  • Is there a good rule of thumb on when to use a ratio spread?
  • Should trading be concentrated in the last 30 minutes of the day to take advantage of liquidity?

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: OptionsPlaybookRadio209.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:47pm CDT

We are in the tech portion of earnings season, so let's take a look at Facebook. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • Where is FB trading right now?
  • What is the situation with FB?
  • Can we sell the put spread for enough of a credit to buy a call?
  • Setting up the put spread
  • Selecting strikes
  • Looking to buy a call from the proceeds
  • Selecting the strike
  • What do we want to happen?
  • What is the risk? Reward?
  • How you can double up to catch up
  • Some rationale on time frame

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: OptionsPlaybookRadio206.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:42pm CDT

In this episode, Brian looks at a NFLX butterfly before earnings, including:

  • Selecting strikes & expiration
  • Watch out for skew
  • Plan the trade, trade the plan
  • And more...
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio204.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:04pm CDT

We are back in the saddle discussing options strategies. As we are a few days away from earnings, let's look at something that is not driven by earnings. While we're waiting for volatility to slow down, let's look at a short-term butterfly in UNH. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • UNH announces earnings on 4/16
  • Doing a very short-term butterfly to not contain earnings
  • What are we hoping to happen?
  • What is the implied volatility?
  • Selecting strikes
  • Setting up the trade
  • What is the maximum risk? Reward?
  • What about time decay?

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: OptionsPlaybookRadio203.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:45pm CDT

It's time to huddle up, in which Brian and Mark address listener questions and comments.

In this episode:

  • Question from Ed Bankert: Debating on using covered calls or short puts. Which is better for a less experienced options trader who wants to make money?
  • Question from Duffy: How do you handle the fixed-time aspect of trading options?
  • Comment from Charlie T.: Not really an options guy. I don't need the headache of yet another unknown element aka time. It’s hard enough just picking my stocks, deciding price points, exit points, etc.

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: OptionsPlaybookRadio202.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:18pm CDT

As we approach the end of earnings season, there are still a few names left to announce. Last week we talked about a FedEx butterfly. Let's revisit what has happened since. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week's FDX butterfly
  • What has happened to FDX since the paper trade?
  • What is happening in Nike?
  • How about a back spread?
  • Looking for volatility
  • Hoping the stock will move more than the expected move
  • Selecting expiration
  • Selecting strikes
  • What is 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: OptionsPlaybookRadio201.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45pm CDT

Last week we talked about a Costco butterfly. Let's revisit what has happened since. You can find more on page 102 (butterfly) and page 126 (iron condor) of The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week's comparison of the butterfly vs. iron condor in COST
  • Breaking down the butterfly
  • What about the iron condor?
  • What happened after COST announced earnings?
  • Implied volatility and time decay as factors
  • Moving on to FedEx, which reports earnings on 3/20
  • How to set up a trade to contain the earnings
  • Selecting strikes
  • What is the cost?
  • What is the maximum 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: OptionsPlaybookRadio200.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:23am CDT

Let's review the skip-strike butterfly in PCLN from last week. You can find more on page 108 of The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition. The long butterfly (used on the Costco paper trade) is on page 102.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week
  • A change of name
  • Did you adjust?
  • Was time on your side?
  • Who is up next? Costco Holdings!
  • What are we looking for?
  • Putting on an at-the-money butterfly
  • Selecting strikes
  • What is the break even?
  • Avoiding the "stupid award"

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: OptionsPlaybookRadio198.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:16pm CDT

As we enter the end of earnings season, there are still a few big names left to report, including Priceline, PCLN. This is an interesting opportunity for a 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:

  • Earnings + expiration + implied volatility = interesting situation
  • Goal: do the trade for a net credit
  • PLCN announces earnings on 2/27
  • What is the expected move?
  • What is the implied volatility?
  • Selecting the strikes
  • Remember commissions!
  • What's the risk? Reward?
  • When to get out?

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: OptionsPlaybookRadio197.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:07pm CDT

We are back to the playbook this week and taking a close look at Wynn Resorts. There is a lot of volatility in the stock these days with the CEO in the news quite a bit these days. We are looking at a very short-term butterfly. You can find more on page 104 of The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • Why a very short-term trade?
  • What is the desired outcome?
  • What about the stock going ex-dividend?
  • Setting up the trade
  • Why use puts?
  • Selecting strikes
  • What is the cost?
  • When to get out?
  • Looking at net theta versus net delta

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: OptionsPlaybookRadio196.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:46pm CDT

It's time to huddle up and take on listener questions in this episode of Options Playbook Radio.

  • Question from Janice: Hi Brian! I have a question about the way you talk about the alternatives available for managing the LEAPS option put spread if the market goes down. Can you please explain?
  • Question from Matt: What's up with the FB $5 calls?
  • Question from Johnny Bananas: If you buy a put option and the strike price is $5 and the stock drops to $3, is it still worth money?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio195.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:38pm CDT

In this episode, Brian covers:

  • Using a pricing calculator to review different scenarios
  • Buying an out-of-the-money option
  • What happens to delta?
  • Looking at probability
  • When time is your ally
  • When to buy an out-of-the-money option
  • How to get low time premium
  • Closer to expiration = higher delta
  • What about at-the-money options?
  • When to buy, and when not to
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio175.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:03pm CDT

 

Last week, we started the back to the basics with 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, Brian discusses:

  • Looking at probability using a 90-day option as an example
  • What is the probability of an $8 move in a $60 stock in 90 days?
  • Where do you think the option will be trading at in 90 days?

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: OptionsPlaybookRadio174.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:01pm CDT

Since it's still earnings, season we are going to continue to look at expensive stocks. Today's subject is Alibaba (BABA), and we are exploring a backspread. You can find backspreads in The Options Playbook. This is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

The details:

  • The difference bewteen a skip-strike butterfly and a backspread
  • What do we want to happen?
  • Why a backspread over a skip-strike butterfly?
  • Earnings-related considerations
  • What is the marketplace expecting after the earnings?
  • Selecting strikes
  • What will this cost?
  • What is the timeframe?
  • 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: OptionsPlaybookRadio171.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:26pm CDT

Today we are looking at back spreads with puts. You can find this in the back spreads section of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

Brian covers:

  • A review of last week
  • What happened since?
  • What to do now?
  • What is the risk? Reward?
  • What to do now with earnings season?
  • Let's look at Ford (F)
  • How to avoid the crush of volatility
  • Take a look at time value
  • Where is the market right now?
  • What is the upside? Downside?
  • What do we want to happen?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio143.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:31pm CDT

We dug through the archives to bring you the very best of Options Playbook Radio.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:05am CDT

Options Playbook Radio 49: Long Calendar Spreads into Earnings

In this episode, we are covering trading around earnings. For those of you with the hardcover book, you can find this on page 94. If you’re following along online, you can find it on OptionsPlaybook.com.

Today, Brian and Mark discuss:

  • If you put on a long calendar spread, what do you want to happen to volatility after the trade is put on?
  • Good places to review are episodes 36 and 37
  • At look at LULU pre-earnings
  • Setting up a LULU calendar spread
  • What do you want to happen?
  • What is a realistic profit outlook?

 

 

 

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio49.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:05pm CDT

Options Playbook Radio 43: Listener Question Palooza, Continued

The Huddle:

 

 

  • Question from Anthony Enyo - Thank you for this wonderful program Brian. I am certainly learning a great deal. I have a few questions about dividends and options. I’ve heard there are some telltale signs in the options that reveal that a dividend is approaching. Is this true and if so what are they?
  • Question from Joseph G - ‏@Options Gamma? Are them those rays that turned Dr. Bruce Banner into the Hulk? lol...Seriously - can you sum up what I need to be concerned about with gamma when selling weekly put options? Mostly OTM with 4-7 days to expiration.

 

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio43.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:33pm CDT

Options Playbook Radio 39: Diagonal Spreads, Continued

This week’s edition of Options Playbook Radio is continuing our coverage of diagonal spreads. For those of you with the hardcover version of the book, we’re on page 96 (calls) and page 99 (puts). If you’re following along online, you can find what you need at OptionsPlaybook.com.

Today Brian covers:

  • Review from last week
  • Tesla example, and why a diagonal spread works for this example
  • Paying attention to delta
  • What to watch for and when to get out of the trade

 

 

Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio39.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:57pm CDT