Options Playbook Radio

This week, we are moving past earnings to look a the overall market. To do this, we'll try a long put spread, which is on page 62 of The Options Playbook. You can always find the information online at OptionsPlaybook.com.

Today, we discuss:

  • A review of last week's bull call spread on FL
  • What was our forecast?
  • What happened?
  • Now that earnings are mostly over, let's look at the general, overall market
  • Setting up a long put spread in the S&P 500
  • Picking expriations: why weekly options over standard options?
  • With these expriations, we are selling more time premium that we are buying
  • Picking strikes: where is the SPX right now?
  • Will Labor Day impact the spread?
  • What was the net cost? Risk?
  • Don't forget about commissions!
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio122.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 11:17am CDT

To follow along, you can find long call spreads on page 60 of the Options Playbook. You can also play along online at OptionsPlaybook.com In this episode, Brian discusses:

  • A review of last week's episode featuring TIF
  • What happened since putting on the TIF paper trade?
  • Moving on to FL, which reports earnings tomorrow, August 19
  • Where is the long straddle trading on the options expiring on August 19?
  • What is the outlook on FL?
  • Setting up the trade
  • What is the risk? Reward?
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio121.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 4:39pm CDT

This week Brian takes a look back at his previous earnings trade on PCLN. What went right? What went wrong? Tune in to this episode of Options Playbook Radio to find out.

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Direct download: Options_Playbook_120_final.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 11:34am CDT

We're still in earnings season, so let's take a look at Priceline. Sticking with butterflies, this week we are looking at put butterflies. You can find this on page 104 in The Options Playbook, but you can always find this online at OptionsPlaybook.com.

This week we cover:

  • Review of last week's GOOG butterfly
  • What a difference choosing expirations can make
  • Upcoming Priceline earnings (before the open on Aug. 4)
  • What is the at-the-money long straddle?
  • What is the outlook?
  • Setting up the butterfly
  • What kind of move is the market expecting?
  • What is our maximum risk?
  • Reward?
  • And more
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio119.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 5:01pm CDT

'Tis the season...earnings season. Instead of avoiding earnings, we are jumping right in, and are going to do so with a long butterfly with calls on GOOG. If you want to follow along with the book, you can find this on page 102.

Today, Brian covers:

  • A review of last time, including a mistake we made with the math
  • GOOG announces earnings after the close on July 28
  • Setting up a butterfly to capture earnings numbers
  • What is the most at-the-money straddle in the nearest-term expiration?
  • Why do we look at this straddle number?
  • What is the outlook?
  • Setting up the butterfly
  • What kind of move is the market expecting?
  • What is our maximum risk? Reward?
  • Choosing the 9-day versus the 2-day expiration
Direct download: OptionsPlaybookRadio118.mp3
Category:financial podcast -- posted at: 2:25pm CDT

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