Options Playbook Radio

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

Options Playbook Radio 42: Listener Questions Edition

The Huddle: Listener questions and comments


  • Question from Brian Collamer - Hi Brian! In this show you were describing selling OTM options. You mentioned that when selling options the fastest theta decay occurs in the 45-30 day range. I thought that was only true for ATM options? Do OTM options not decay the fastest at 60-70 days and then kind of flatten out?? Great show, wish it was longer! Thanks, Brian
  • Question Mukund Ambarge: Hi! I had question on theta decay. I understand that delta is in constant flux with every tick move in stock, the delta/gamma changes. IV is in constant flux with buying and selling of options and volume etc. So vega changes with option transactions. But theta decay is the only one which is always in a steady pace i.e. it’s not like it will decay quickly today and slowly tomorrow. The question is when is the theta decay really adjusted in the prices of options. Do the theta decay get adjusted at every tick move? Or every hour? If it is adjusted daily. Then when is the theta decay taken out of options. Early morning before start of trading? Or late in the day like last few minutes that whole days theta is taken out? Also I do not know when is weekend theta taken out of prices? Friday early morning or Friday ending or middle of the day? Basically when does market maker run the prices with the model and set the prices? Only once before trading starts or does he keep adjusting every minute/hour/tick based on demand/supply? Thanks, Mukund            
Direct download: OptionsPlaybook42.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:56pm CDT

Options Playbook Radio 41: Back to Backspreads

In this episode, we cover backspreads. If you’re playing along at home with the hardcover book, this means we’re on pages 84 (calls) and 87 (puts). If you’re following along online, you can find all of this at OptionsPlaybook.com.

Today Brian discusses:

  • A review from last time
  • Looking at an example with Chevron
  • What do we need to happen?
  • What is the risk?
  • What to look for between backspreads and straddles?
  • Why do a backspread?
  • And more…
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio41.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 7:22pm CDT

Options Playbook Radio 40: Backspreads

In this episode, we’re covering Backspreads. For those of you with the hardcover version of the Options Playbook, you can find this on page 84 (calls) and page 87 (puts). It’s also online at OptionsPlaybook.com.

Today, Brian discusses:

  • What are backspreads?
  • An example using calls
  • An example using puts
  • Other names for a backspread
  • Factors that matter, including time 
  • When to use backspreads
  • And more…
Direct download: Options_Playbook_Radio_40__Backspreads.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 10:04pm 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

Options Playbook Radio 38: Diagonal Spreads

In this week’s edition of Option Playbook Radio, we’re covering diagonal spreads. You can find this on page 96 (call) and page 99 (put) of the hardback version, or at OptionsPlaybook.com.

Today, Brian discusses:

  • Calendar/horizontal spreads, and when you would use them
  • What is a diagonal spread?
  • Why is it called a diagonal spread?
  • The history of some of the spread nomenclature
  • Possible outcomes of diagonal spreads
  • And more…
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio38.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 12:12pm CDT

Options Playbook Radio 37: Long Calendar Spreads, Continued

In this episode of Options Playbook Radio, we’re continuing our discussion of long calendar spreads. For those of you with the hardcover version of the book, this is on page 90 (calls) or page 93 (puts). You can also find it on OptionsPlaybook.com.

Today, Brian discusses:

  • A review from last week’s introduction
  • Using an example of FB around earnings
  • What makes earnings season special for calendar spreads
  • Why direction matters
  • How earnings impact implied volatility
  • Implementing a calendar after a major event
  • Using indexes instead of stocks
  • And more



Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio37.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 1:25pm CDT

Options Playbook Radio 36: Long Calendar Spreads

In this episode, we’re talking about long calendar spreads, from the call side. If you have the Playbook, we’re on page 90. Or, you can find what we’re discussing on OptionsPlaybook.com.

Today, Brian discusses:

  • What is a calendar spread?
  • Looking at accelerated time decay, and why does it happen?
  • At-the-money strikes, and why they are used in calendar spreads
  • Front and back month
  • How to construct a calendar spread
  • Why do a calendar spread?
  • Time decay review, and how it impacts the value of your option
  • Maximum profit and loss
  • Time value review, and what happens when it goes away?
  • And more…
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio36.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 7:13pm CDT

Options Playbook Radio 35: Straddles and Strangles, Continued.

Options Playbook Radio 35: Straddles and Strangles, Continued.

Options Playbook Radio is back and today we are on pages 68 and 70. For those of you playing along online, you can find these topics at OptionsPlaybook.com.

Today Brian discusses:

  • What does the math say about Facebook earnings
  • Looking at the FB straddle
  • Why do investors use it?
  • How do weekly options impact it?
  • Quick and dirty formula on p. 17 of the book
  • What are volatility and probability telling us with the math?
  • Using a real-life example with FB 
  • Real world versus what is “supposed” to happen
  • And more…
Direct download: Options_Playbook_35__Straddles__Strangles_Cont.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 11:10am CDT