Options Playbook Radio

Options Playbook Radio 52: Front Spreads, Part Two

In this episode, we’re covering front spreads. For those of you with the hardcover book, that information can be found on page 80 (calls) or page 82 (puts). You can also find everything on OptionsPlaybook.com.

Today, Brian discusses:

  • A review from last week, what is a front spread, what about risk, etc.
  • Why do this instead of a cash-secured put?
  • Let’s look at this using AAPL as an example
  • Comparing a covered call and front spread
  • What price does the underlying need to hit to get a benefit?
  • Ways in which the front spread works better
  • The tradeoffs between a covered call and front spread
  • When does a front spread make more sense?
  • Now again with puts




Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio52.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 10:45am CDT

Options Playbook Radio 51: Front Spreads

In this episode, we’re talking about the front spread. In the book, this is on page 80 (calls) and page 82 (puts). Or, just find it on OptionsPlaybook.com.

In this episode, Brian discusses:

  • What is a front spread?
  • What about unlimited risk?
  •  What is the goal of this spread?
  • Maximum risk, maximum gain, and breakeven
  • How to do a front spread combined with stock
  • And more…



Direct download: OptionsPlabyookRadio51.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 11:48pm CDT

Options Playbook Radio 50: Listener Takeover

Today, Brian and Mark huddle up to discuss:

  • What is time premium? Why does it exist? Why can’t you trade an option for its intrinsic value?
  • Are there any tips to help a new trader process so much options-related information?
Direct download: OptionsPlabyookRadio50.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 7:12pm 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 48: Theta, Revisited

In this episode, Mark and Brian are back and taking on your questions.

In this episode, they discuss:

  • Theta data
  • When decay flattens out
  • Riding the road of premium decay
  • What is the optimal ratio of theta versus gamma?
  • And more…
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio48.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:57pm CDT

Options Playbook Radio 47: When to Roll Protective Puts

Today, Mark and Brian answer listener questions, including:

  • When to roll protective puts?
  • What to pay?
  • How far out should you look?
  • And more…
Direct download: Options_Playbook_47_finalV2.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 10:58am CDT

Options Playbook Radio 46: Paper Trade for ABX Earnings

In this episode, we are covering a specific paper trade strategy around an earnings report.  It will be a long calendar spread with calls, which is on page 90. You can also find it on OptionsPlaybook.com.  You can also learn about long calendar spreads in Options Playbook Radio episode 37.

Today, Brian discusses:

  • The forecast based on the chart
  • The chains for selecting the paper trade
  • Volatility of ABX
  • 52-week history of ABX, and dividend
  • Selecting the right options, and don’t forget weekly options
  • What to keep in mind when trading around earnings
  • Looking at various scenarios
  • And more



Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio46.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 11:19am CDT

Options Playbook Radio 45: Combinations, continued.

Continuing from last week, we are still discussing combinations. This information can be found on pages 76 and 78 of the hardcover book, or on OptionsPlaybook.com.


Today, Brian discusses:

  • Clarification on combinations using a real example: AAPL
  • Long combination, instead of outright stock purchase
  • Looking out to January 2016
  • Rights and obligations
  • How the combination works and its financial impact
  • Don’t forget about margin!
  • How does it work?
  • Who does it work for?
  • What about doing this in an IRA Account?
  • Let’s do the math
  • What about dividends?
  • Let’s take a look at GOOG.
  • Advantages/disadvantages
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio45.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:46pm CDT

Options Playbook Radio 44: Combinations

Welcome back to Options Playbook Radio, where today we’re discussion combinations, or combos. If you have the book, we’re on page 76 (long) or 78 (short). For those of you following along online, you can find it on OptionsPlaybook.com

Today Brian discusses:

  • Before we get to combos, let’s first discuss synthetic relationships
  • What are synthetic positions?
  • Why create them?
  • How to create them?
  • What do the pros do?



Direct download: OptionsPlaybook44.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- 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