Options Playbook Radio

Options Playbook Radio 25: How We Roll

We’re on page 134 in the book, or look for “How We Roll” in the Options Playbook website.

In this episode, Brian discusses:

  • Position management: what does it mean?
  • How the covered call rules apply
  • A deep dive with an example
  • Looking for an option that will cover the cost of rolling
  • And more...





Direct download: OptionsPlaybook25.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:49pm CST

Options Playbook Radio 24: The Fig Leaf Strategy

In this episode, we’re on page 56 of the Playbook. Or, look for the fig leaf in the strategies tab online, or look for the plays in the Kindle version.

Today, Brian discusses:

  • Where did the name originate?
  • What is it? What is it NOT?
  • How is it composed?
  • Determining goals and finding appropriate options.
  • Key considerations and nuances
  • Max loss and max gain
  • How to avoid assignment, or rolling
  • And more




Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio24.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 1:24pm CST

Options Playbook Radio 23: Combining Cash-Secured Put Selling with Covered Call Writing

For those of you with the hardback version of the Playbook, today we’re on pages 48 and 44, respectively.

Brian discusses:

  • A review of what makes for a decent covered call underlying
  • How to approach a stock that you like
  • What is dollar-cost averaging?
  • What happens when your stock doesn’t go up?
  • The dividend question
  • How to carry on with this strategy
  • And more…



Direct download: OptionsPlaybook23.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:43pm CST

Options Playbook Radio 22: Cash-Secured Puts

For those of you playing the home game, we’re on page 48. Or, just look for cash-secured puts in the rookies section, or the plays section.

This time, Brian covers:

  • What it means to be cash-secured
  • What it means to sell a put
  • Scenarios with different stock prices
  • Considerations and catches
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio22.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 10:42am CST

Options Playbook Radio 21: Continuing with the Covered Call

For those of you with the book, we’re on page 50, or on OptionsPlaybook.com, go to the strategies tab, and go to “Covered Calls.”

This time, Brian covers:

  • What criteria a stock needs to be a good candidate for a covered call
  • If it looks too good to be true, it probably is
  • Implied volatility
  • Factors effecting premium
  • And more…
Direct download: OptionsPlaybook21.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:52pm CST

Options Playbook 20: Covered Call Writing

For those of you with the book, we’re on page 50. Or, you can find it on OptionsPlaybook.com in the “Rookies” tab  and look for “Covered Calls Strategies.”

Today Brian discusses:


  • What are covered calls? (Sometimes called a buy / write)
  • When to run a covered call.
  • Strike price and expiration.
  • Unwinding a covered call. 
  • Caveats, including right to dividends.
Direct download: Options_Playbook_20_final.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 7:00pm CST

Options Playbook Radio 19: Listener Q/A, Part Three – Long Puts

In this episode, Mark and Brian continue to take on listener questions.

They discuss long puts:

  • When would you use them?
  • When can you not use them?
  • Choosing money-ness
  • What about volatility?
  • Forecasting and risk



Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio19.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 3:31pm CST

Options Playbook Radio 18: Listener Q/A Part 2

In this episode, Mark and Brian take on more listener questions, including:

Put/call ratio

  • What is it?
  • What does it mean?
  • What do Brian and Mark think about it?

Call/put ratio in the VIX

  • Selling a put instead of buying a stock
  • Why does no one talk about this?
  • Hidden risk or downside
  • Gap risk
Direct download: OptionsPlaybook18.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 9:46am CST

Options Playbook Radio 17: Listeners Ask about Open Interest

In this episode, Mark and Brian take on listener questions.

Open interest:

  • What is it?
  • How is it calculated?
  • What’s the difference between open interest and volume?
  • How does it affect pricing?
  • How important is it?



Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio17.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 9:58am CST

Options Playbook 16: Buying LEAPS Calls as a Stock Substitute

For those of you with the book, we’re on page 32. Or, you can find it on OptionsPlaybook.com in the “Rookies” tab  and look for “Buying LEAPS Calls as a Stock Substitute.”

Today Brian discusses:

  • A review of buying calls, in-, at-, and out-of-the-money
  • How LEAPS can be an alternative to buying a short-term, out-of-the-money call
  • What are LEAPS?
  • What impact does delta have on long-term options?
  • Using a real IBM option as an example
  • Caveats, including dividends and bid/ask spreads