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This Week in Futures Options 36: The Raging Brent WTI Spread Battle

In this episode of This Week in Futures Options, your hosts discuss: What in the heck is happening in the WTI/Brent spread? The crazy trade of the week The QuikSkew view What's happening in WTI volatility? Futures options feedback: What do you want...
Posted January 17th, 2017

In this episode of This Week in Futures Options, your hosts discuss:

  • What in the heck is happening in the WTI/Brent spread?
  • The crazy trade of the week
  • The QuikSkew view
  • What's happening in WTI volatility?

Futures options feedback: What do you want the hosts to discuss?

  • Roger asks, why can't I find a broker that offers trading on ethanol options? #sad #mad
  • Cooper wants to know about copper.
  • Real Justin thinks gold will continue to run up until the inauguration.

Options News Rundown: January 17, 2017

Options news you can use for Tuesday, January 17, 2017.
Posted January 17th, 2017

Options news you can use for Tuesday, January 17, 2017.


Volatility Views 238: VIX Mullets vs. VIX Tellums

Volatility Review: A much quieter start to 2017 than 2016 so far. VIX Cash - 11.54 VVIX - 90.5 VIX Futures: Front month premium to cash: < 1; Two-month premium to cash: 2.70 Expect 2017 to be more volatile than last year. VIX Options: A heavy...
Posted January 17th, 2017

Volatility Review: A much quieter start to 2017 than 2016 so far.

  • VIX Cash - 11.54
  • VVIX - 90.5
  • VIX Futures: Front month premium to cash: < 1; Two-month premium to cash: 2.70
  • Expect 2017 to be more volatile than last year.
  • VIX Options: A heavy volume week - ADV: 554k; Total 7.5M (5.7m Calls, 1.8m Puts)
  • Oil Volatility: OIV/OVX - 29.87

Volatility Voicemail/QuestionOfTheWeek:

$VIX hit a high of 28 last year. How high will $VIX get in 2017?

  • About the same (27-29)
  • Slightly Lower (24-26)
  • Slightly Higher (30 - 33)
  • Much Higher (Above 33)
  • Listener Question from ChilliBill: The fed report from the last show was pretty damning. Any other secret studies on Volcker and Vol lurking out there?

Crystal Ball: Wherein the hosts prognosticate on where the VIX will close.

Last week:

  • Mark L. - 11.5
  • Russell - 10.99
  • Mark S. - 12.01

This week:

  • Mark L. - 12.25
  • Guest - 14.51
  • Mark S. - 11.5

Options News Rundown: January 13, 2017

Options news you can use for Friday, January 13, 2017.
Posted January 13th, 2017

Options news you can use for Friday, January 13, 2017.


Option Block 587: Epic Drone Smackdown - AMZN vs Trump

Trading Block: Stocks sharply lower: Dow drops about 150 points. Who can slow down the Amazon juggernaut? Odd Block: Calls trade in Cheasepeake Energy (CHK), puts trade in Fiat Chrysler Auto NV (FCAU) and puts trade in Ford Motor Co (F). Mail Block:...
Posted January 13th, 2017

Trading Block: Stocks sharply lower: Dow drops about 150 points. Who can slow down the Amazon juggernaut?

Odd Block: Calls trade in Cheasepeake Energy (CHK), puts trade in Fiat Chrysler Auto NV (FCAU) and puts trade in Ford Motor Co (F).

Mail Block: #QuestionOfTheWeek

$VIX hit a high of 28 last year. How high will $VIX get in 2017?

  • About the same (27-29)
  • Slightly Lower (24-26)
  • Slightly Higher (30 - 33)
  • Much Higher (Above 33)

Listner questions and comments:

  • Question from Ian Wagner: Overheard at #STACMWM retail #options panel: "Customers are market-takers. They do not deserve to trade on our bid." This would seem to be a pretty profound statement. Can you discuss on #OptionBlock?
  • Comment from Max: Who can stop Amazon? Well Trump surely can.
  • Question from RealRX: Hey fellas! Heavy call buying OTM in Bank of America. In particular the Jan 25.5 call expiring on the 20th, and other bank stocks. Looks like protection again massive short sales since smart money usually buys iTM (could be wrong). Do you guys see this as a sign of bearish sentiment on financials with the dollar weakness, multiple rate hikes priced in, etc? Smells funny to me.
  • Comment from The Real Justin: I am think gold will continue to run up to inauguration.

Around the Block/This Week in the Market:

  • Jan 13: PPI, Retail Sales, Consumer Sentiment

Earnings Highlights this Week

  • Thursday - Delta Airlines
  • Friday - Bank of America, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, PNC, Blackrock

Options Playbook Radio 141: How We Roll

As promised last time, we are looking at how to manage positions, specifically rolling positions. You can find this in the appendix of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version. Specifically: What does rolling a...
Posted January 12th, 2017

As promised last time, we are looking at how to manage positions, specifically rolling positions. You can find this in the appendix of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

Specifically:

  • What does rolling a covered call actually mean?
  • When do you want to roll?
  • When do you NOT want to roll?
  • What are we doing if we roll up and out?
  • What if we just go out, not up?
  • What if we go up, not out?
  • Doing things quickly is key
  • What is the likelihood of assignment?

Options News Rundown: January 12, 2017

Options news you can use for Thursday, January 12, 2017.
Posted January 12th, 2017

Options news you can use for Thursday, January 12, 2017.


Options News Rundown: January 11, 2017

Options news you can use for Wednesday, January 11, 2017.
Posted January 11th, 2017

Options news you can use for Wednesday, January 11, 2017.


Option Block 586: Zombie Gold Back From the Dead

Trading Block: Oil drop stymies the Dows march to 20,000. Tech stocks send Nasdaq to record, Apple is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the iPhone. Gold prices settle at highest level in nearly 6 weeks. The options market is not too worried about...
Posted January 10th, 2017

Trading Block: Oil drop stymies the Dows march to 20,000. Tech stocks send Nasdaq to record, Apple is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the iPhone. Gold prices settle at highest level in nearly 6 weeks. The options market is not too worried about retail (XRT) woes, but should it be? Is Amazon.com the mall killer?

Odd Block: Calls trade in 3D System Corp (DDD), calls trade in IAMGOLD Corp (IAG) and calls trade in Direxion Daily Junior Gold Minors (JNUG).

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses trading silver and other metals.

Around the Block:

This Week in the Market

  • Jan 10: JOLTS
  • Jan 12: Jobless Claims, Treasury Budget
  • Jan 13: PPI, Retail Sales, Consumer Sentiment

Earnings this Week

  • Thursday - Delta Airlines
  • Friday - Bank of America, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, PNC, Blackrock

Options News Rundown: January 10, 2017

Options news you can use for Tuesday, January 10, 2017.
Posted January 10th, 2017

Options news you can use for Tuesday, January 10, 2017.


This Week in Futures Options 35: 2016 TWIFO Review Spectacular

Topics in our 2016 Year In Review include: Soybeans, Corn, Wheat Brexit Gold Election Day 2016 Crude Oil/WTI Rates/Eurodollar
Posted January 9th, 2017

Topics in our 2016 Year In Review include:

  • Soybeans, Corn, Wheat
  • Brexit
  • Gold
  • Election Day 2016
  • Crude Oil/WTI
  • Rates/Eurodollar

Volatility Views 237: Surprise Fed Study on Systemic Volatility

Volatility Review: A much quieter start to 2017 than expected. VIX Cash at 11.67. VVIX at 81. VIX Futures: Front month premium at 1.43. 2016 was a good year for the volatility business. From a CBOE press release: Several trading records were set for...
Posted January 9th, 2017

Volatility Review: A much quieter start to 2017 than expected. VIX Cash at 11.67. VVIX at 81. VIX Futures: Front month premium at 1.43. 2016 was a good year for the volatility business. From a CBOE press release: Several trading records were set for the year.

Russells Weekly Rundown

  • VIX Options: ADV: 544k
  • A fairly light volume week to kick off the new year.
  • Total 5.9M (4.4m Calls, 1.5m Puts)
  • What is the impact of the Volcker Rule of volatility?
  • Oil Volatility: OIV/OVX - 31.5, crude Vol creeping back above 30.

Volatility Voicemail: Pop quizzes, questions, and comments

Happy New Year! First #QuestionOfTheWeek for 2017. Total #Options volume dropped 2% last year. How will 2017 #Options volume compare?

  • About the Same (+- .5%)
  • Modest Increase (up 1-2%)
  • Modest Drop (down 1-2%)
  • Big Change (+- over 2%)

#Volatility Pop Quiz - New Years edition: The trillion dollar question - Where will $VIX close at the end of 2017?

  • Below 12
  • Between 12-15
  • Between 15-18
  • Over 18

Listener questions and comments:

  • Comment from Alaran: I think the 30 strike is popular each month simply because big insurance firms need to hedge themselves against calamitous market events. VIX > 30 = calamitous event in the eyes of many.
  • Question from Julio: In the spirit of the new year, when are we going to get new VIX products? Especially Monday through Friday weekly VIX options?

Crystal Ball: Looking into the future

Two weeks ago:

  • Mark L. - 11.25
  • Russell - 12
  • Ghost of Mark S. - 5.2

This week:

  • Mark L. - 11.5
  • Russell - 10.99
  • Mark S. - 12.01

Options News Rundown: January 9, 2017

Options news you can use for Monday, January 9, 2017
Posted January 9th, 2017

Options news you can use for Monday, January 9, 2017


Option Block 585: 2016 Year in Review Spectacular

Trading Block: Looking back at 2016! The thrills of victory. The agonies of defeat. Odd Block: Andrew's favorite Odd Block trades from 2016 Big winner: Calls trade in Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX). Size upside calls trade (buy Jun expiration...
Posted January 6th, 2017

Trading Block: Looking back at 2016! The thrills of victory. The agonies of defeat.

Odd Block: Andrew's favorite Odd Block trades from 2016

Mail Block: Happy New Year!

First #QuestionOfTheWeek for 2017. Total #Options volume dropped 2% last year. How will 2017 #Options volume compare?

  • About the Same (+- .5%)
  • Modest Increase (up 1-2%)
  • Modest Drop (down 1-2%)
  • Big Change (+- over 2%)

Listener questions

  • Question from Scott - I benefited from your unusual activity report (of course there is due diligence on my part). Thank you! Do you have any subscription service for unusual activity? More in depth? Great insight, loved how you filtered the noise. Happy New Year!!"
  • Question from WilliamPZE - Does it make sense to buy Rite Aids puts March 7, as Walgreens will close the deal on 01-27-17? Your reply is much appreciated. Thanks, Bill
  • Question from RealRK - I just entered the industry. I passed the 7 and 66, but I will not be doing a lot in the options arena aside from hedging. I have a lot of time in the next month, do you guys have suggestions for furthering options knowledge and possibly becoming a specialist in the few years?
  • Comment from ELXDX86 - Options Bootcamp is THE best way to start learning options!

Around the Block/This Week in the Market: Nonfarms payrolls for December on Friday, Jan 6.


Options Playbook Radio 140: Deep Dive into Covered Call Writing

As promised last time, we are taking a deeper dive into covered call writing. You can find this in the beginning section of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindleversion. Specifically: Underlying. What stocks make the...
Posted January 5th, 2017

As promised last time, we are taking a deeper dive into covered call writing. You can find this in the beginning section of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindleversion.

Specifically:

  • Underlying. What stocks make the best candidates for covered call writing?
  • Volatility: It's like Goldilocks...not too much, not too little.
  • What can we do in AAPL? BAC?
  • Earnings impications for timing
  • How far out is the right amount?
  • When to roll?

Options News Rundown: January 5, 2017

Options news you can use for Thursday, January 5, 2017.
Posted January 5th, 2017

Options news you can use for Thursday, January 5, 2017.


Options News Rundown: January 4, 2017

Options news you can use for Wednesday, January 4, 2017.
Posted January 4th, 2017

Options news you can use for Wednesday, January 4, 2017.


Volatility Views 236: What a Crazy Year for Volatility

Volatility Review: VIX Cash - 13.45, Where is the Vol coming from? VVIX: 89 VIX Futures: Approx. 1.4 point premium cash vs Jan future, about 1 point narrower than last week. Russells Weekly Rundown Interesting VIX weekly trades VIX Options ADV:...
Posted January 3rd, 2017

Volatility Review: VIX Cash - 13.45, Where is the Vol coming from?

  • VVIX: 89
  • VIX Futures: Approx. 1.4 point premium cash vs Jan future, about 1 point narrower than last week.

Russells Weekly Rundown

  • Interesting VIX weekly trades
  • VIX Options ADV: 550k
  • A very light volume week. 79k contracts on 12/27, lightest of the year. Total 5.25M (3.95m Calls, 1.3m Puts)
  • Oil Volatility: OIV/OVX: 29

Volatility Voicemail/End of Year Volatility Pop Quiz.

$VIX is currently 13.71. Where will $VIX close for 2016?

  • Between 13.75-14
  • Over 14
  • Between 13.5 - 13.75
  • Below 13.50

Listener questions:

  • Question from Tadoom: Biggest volatility surprise of 2016? Mine was Brexit.
  • Question from RealRX: Hey fellas! When Vol is this low and heavy volume in Jan SPY puts of late, what long Vol delta range do you prefer to use in these super cheap premium times?
  • Question from Andrew P.: Which president oversaw the period of greatest volatility?

Crystal Ball: Year-end prognosticating

Last week:

  • Mark S - 11.25
  • Russell - 12

Bonus Round - Next year:

  • Russell - low: 12.50, high: 37.37, avg. 17.50
  • Mark S. - low: 10.50, high: 25.00, avg. 15
  • Mark L. - low: 10.00, high: 34.50, avg. 15.5

The Best of This Week in Futures Options

We dug through the archives to bring you the very best of This Week in Futures Options.
Posted January 3rd, 2017

We dug through the archives to bring you the very best of This Week in Futures Options.


Option Block 584: Winter in Chicago - Close Your Shorts

Trading Block: A look back at the year 2016 in the options market. An overview of Lightspeed Trading with guest co-host Kevin Ott. Oil falls for the first time in nine days as U.S. crude supplies climb. Odd Block: Calls trade in Moblieye NV (MBLY),...
Posted December 30th, 2016

Trading Block: A look back at the year 2016 in the options market. An overview of Lightspeed Trading with guest co-host Kevin Ott. Oil falls for the first time in nine days as U.S. crude supplies climb.

Odd Block: Calls trade in Moblieye NV (MBLY), calls roll in Jetblue Corp (JBLU), puts trade in Kinross Gold (KGC).

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses 1256 contracts

Mail Block: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from Trader Taz1 - Do you have a broker recommendation for someone who is new to options? Maybe with a cash account since I do not want to do margin?
  • Question from Yukoner - Are covered calls still a viable strategy in a 401k these days?
  • Question from JLN84 - I bought a call on a major equity that is now in-the-money. What is my next step? Do I need to do something to get the stock?

Around the Block/This Week in the Market:

Will be a lighter trading week as many traders and investors will be taking the week off because of the holidays. There are a couple of economic reports worth noting listed below. Happy New Year!

  • Dec 27: Consumer Confidence
  • Dec 28: Pending Home Sales
  • Dec 29: Jobless Claims
  • Dec 29: International Trade

The Best of Options News Rundown

A look back at the highlights of some of the options news from 2016.
Posted December 30th, 2016

A look back at the highlights of some of the options news from 2016.


Options Playbook Radio 139: Year-End Listener Question Palooza

In this episode, Brian takes on listener questions, including: Question from Choas - Brian, as a beginner, I have done quite a bit of research on the subject of options. Now of course, I would start by doing the right thing - that is writing a...
Posted December 29th, 2016

In this episode, Brian takes on listener questions, including:

  • Question from Choas - Brian, as a beginner, I have done quite a bit of research on the subject of options. Now of course, I would start by doing the right thing - that is writing a covered call on one of my long positions. The problem I am having, believe it or not, is not knowing the direction of the stock or the expiration, the problem is more basic - not knowing which transaction to choose. As it appears, very little is said about buying to open, buying to close, selling to open and selling to close. These terms are essential in order to communicate the right information. I would therefore appreciate it if you took a few moments or your time and explain each step, and use examples to clarify. Your presentations are fabulous and I have learned a great deal of theory from you. Thank you
  • Question from Goldmaker - I sold a put on a specific stock with a 115 strike price, that was going to expire next week. The stock a gone below, down to 113.48, and I am prepared to take the stock. It was my understanding that the stock would be put to me if a stock went below 115. Right now, the option has not been exercised and I have not been assigned. What action do I do to make them give me the stock at 115?

The Best of the Long and Short of Futures Options

The Best of the Long and Short of Futures Options We took a look a the best episodes from 2016 to pull our favorite segments and interviews, including: Akuna Capital at FIA Boca Derek Sammann at FIA Expo with Nick Howard Brexit; post-Election with...
Posted December 29th, 2016

The Best of the Long and Short of Futures Options

We took a look a the best episodes from 2016 to pull our favorite segments and interviews, including:

  • Akuna Capital at FIA Boca
  • Derek Sammann at FIA Expo with Nick Howard
  • Brexit; post-Election with Blu Putnam
  • Weekly Wednesday with Tim McCourt

The Best of Options News Rundown

A look back at the highlights of some of the options news from 2016.
Posted December 29th, 2016

A look back at the highlights of some of the options news from 2016.


The Best of Options News Rundown

A look back at the highlights of some of the options news from 2016.
Posted December 28th, 2016

A look back at the highlights of some of the options news from 2016.


This Week in Futures Options 34: The Death of Crude Volatility

Topics this week include: WTI vs Brent Crude Oil Volatility Futures Options Feedback/#Question of the Week: Would you ever trade stupids? Heck Yes Hell No I hate stupids Listener questions: Question from Jack K - Are covered calls a viable...
Posted December 27th, 2016

Topics this week include:

  • WTI vs Brent
  • Crude Oil Volatility

Futures Options Feedback/#Question of the Week:

Would you ever trade stupids?

  • Heck Yes
  • Hell No
  • I hate stupids

Listener questions:

  • Question from Jack K - Are covered calls a viable strategy in futures options? Also can I trade futures options in a 401k?
  • Question from Trader Taz1 - Do you guys have a broker recommendation for someone who is new to vol and new to options? Maybe with a cash account, since I do not want to do margin?

Volatility Views 235: The Mysterious Seasonality of Volatility

Volatility Review: A look back at the week from a volatility perspective VIX Cash - 11.75 VVIX at 89, rebounding slightly off late-November ow of 79. VIX Futures: Approx. 2.5 point premium cash vs. Jan future. Russells Weekly Rundown: Watching the...
Posted December 27th, 2016

Volatility Review: A look back at the week from a volatility perspective

  • VIX Cash - 11.75
  • VVIX at 89, rebounding slightly off late-November ow of 79.
  • VIX Futures: Approx. 2.5 point premium cash vs. Jan future.

Russells Weekly Rundown:

  • Watching the Dec 28 strike
  • VIX Options: ADV - 550k. A decent volume week, several days over ADV, light volume on Friday. Total 4.80m (3.55m Calls, 1.26m Puts)
  • Crude Oil: Crude Vol continues to be crushed, now below 30. OIV/OVX - 29, what is the new floor for crude volatility?

Volatility Voicemail: Listener questions and comments

#QuestionOfTheWeek - Major market indices are pushing record highs. Everyone has protection on the brain. How do you protect your portfolio?

  • Just Move to Cash/Bonds
  • Protective ATM/OTM Put
  • Put Spread/Ratio Put Sprd
  • Collar or Collar w/Kicker
  • Question from Ian Wagner - I am confused. Are there tradable RVX options? CBOE has microsite, but not seeing them listed on brokers. Thanks!
  • Question from Eddy - December for volatility; Is this month always the seasonal low for volatility in the year, or is that still reserved for July/August?

Crytsal Ball: Wild prognostication ensues

Last week:

  • Mark L. - 12.25
  • Mark S. - 11.5
  • Russell - 13.5

This week:

  • Mark L. - 11.25
  • Russell - 12

Best of Option Block

We dug through the archives to bring you the very best of the Option Block.
Posted December 27th, 2016

We dug through the archives to bring you the very best of the Option Block.


The Best of Options News Rundown

A look back at the highlights of some of the options news from 2016.
Posted December 27th, 2016

A look back at the highlights of some of the options news from 2016.


Option Block 583: Dow 20,000?

Trading Block: Gold, the Fed and volatility on this last episode before the holiday weekend. Odd Block: Calls trade in Globalstar, Inc. (GSAT), calls roll in Michael Kors Holdings, Ltd (KORS) and call buyers in Eldorado Gold Corp (EGO) Strategy Block:...
Posted December 23rd, 2016

Trading Block: Gold, the Fed and volatility on this last episode before the holiday weekend.

Odd Block: Calls trade in Globalstar, Inc. (GSAT), calls roll in Michael Kors Holdings, Ltd (KORS) and call buyers in Eldorado Gold Corp (EGO)

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses the strategy of "boxing off"

Mail Block: Options question of the week, listener questions and comments

#QuestionOfTheWeek: Major market indices are pushing record highs. Everyone has protection on the brain. How do you protect your portfolio?

  • Just Move to Cash/Bonds
  • Protective ATM/OTM Put
  • Put Spread/Ratio Put Spread
  • Collar or Collar with a Kicker
  • Question from Yukoner - Are covered calls still a viable strategy in a 401k these days?
  • Question from Trader Taz1 - Do you have a broker recommendation for someone who is new to options? Maybe with a cash account, since I do not want to do margin?

Around the Block: Not much happening in the last week of the year.


Startup Investments: The Business Show Episode 11

In this episode of The Business Show, Matt and Dylan get the inside scoop from Mark on investments for new businesses. You'll hear the brand new game, Mark Tank, where the boys pitch Mark fun new business ideas, and even get to meet Secretary of State...
Posted December 23rd, 2016

In this episode of The Business Show, Matt and Dylan get the inside scoop from Mark on investments for new businesses. You'll hear the brand new game, Mark Tank, where the boys pitch Mark fun new business ideas, and even get to meet Secretary of State nominee, Rex Tillerson. Yee-haw!


Options News Rundown: December 22, 2016

Options news you can use for Thursday, December 22, 2016.
Posted December 22nd, 2016

Options news you can use for Thursday, December 22, 2016.


Best of Options Playbook Radio

We dug through the archives to bring you the very best of Options Playbook Radio.
Posted December 22nd, 2016

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


Options News Rundown: December 21, 2016

Options news you can use for Wednesday, December 21, 2016.
Posted December 21st, 2016

Options news you can use for Wednesday, December 21, 2016.


Options News Rundown: December 20, 2016

Options news you can use for Tuesday, December 20, 2016.
Posted December 20th, 2016

Options news you can use for Tuesday, December 20, 2016.


Option Block 582: International Options After Dark

Trading Block: The polar vortex might have snuck into the S&P, a narrow range of movement today. Vol off half a handle. How likely is the Fed to make an announcement before the end of the year? Odd Block: Calls trade in GlobalStar, Inc (GSAT),...
Posted December 20th, 2016

Trading Block: The polar vortex might have snuck into the S&P, a narrow range of movement today. Vol off half a handle. How likely is the Fed to make an announcement before the end of the year?

Odd Block: Calls trade in GlobalStar, Inc (GSAT), calls trade in Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and calls trade in Energy Transfer Equity LP (ETE).

Mail Block: Listener questions, comments, and opinions

#QuestionOfTheWeek: Financial advisors represent the last options frontier. What level of options knowledge do you expect from your advisor?

  • None: I will do it myself
  • Level 1: Buy Puts/Calls
  • Level 2: Income & Vol
  • Level 3:Option Specialist

Listener questions:

  • Question from Roiratpd81: @Options thanks! I am a new trader. How should I interpret this chart? Say for BAC? Thanks!
  • Question from Hitman - Is the crash priced in yet? What about black sawn events? Any options indicators showing one of those may be on the horizon?
  • Question from Martin Stann - I like to trade the 2X levered SSO ETF. What are your thoughts on this and is it a viable candidate for call writing and put writing?
  • Question from Aldo2 - Hey Mark, Lobster and UM. Just wanted to get your guys thoughts on Vanguard as an options broker. I know most people use them for mutual funds but I have most of my assets there. Is it a viable platform for the type of trading you guys advocate? Hope you're surviving the big chill in Chicago.

Around the Block: Expecting a very quiet week.


Advisors Option 50: Mark Cuban Mystery Puts

The Buzz: A rundown of CBOE RMC Asia conference with Russell Rhoads. What is it? Who attends it? What compelling options research came out of the conference? What is the asian perspective on volatility? #QuestionOfTheWeek: Financial advisors...
Posted December 20th, 2016

The Buzz: A rundown of CBOE RMC Asia conference with Russell Rhoads.

  • What is it?
  • Who attends it?
  • What compelling options research came out of the conference?
  • What is the asian perspective on volatility?

#QuestionOfTheWeek: Financial advisors represent the last options frontier. What level of options knowledge do you expect from your advisor?

  • None: I will do it myself
  • Level 1: Buy Puts/Calls
  • Level 2: Income & Vol
  • Level 3: Option Specialist

Trump watch

Office Hours: Listeners have their say

  • Question from Zachary - I am learning a lot about options from your program. I am a relativity new convert so I apologize if you have discusses this on past episodes, but exactly how much of my portfolio should I allocate to defensive strategies like puts? Thank you for providing so much great free content!
  • Question from Rice Landa - Did you guys see this? Is Mark Cuban talking about buying puts or something else? Guess he has a savvy financial advisor?
  • Question from FundConsept: Do you think activist investors will encounter more opportunities in the U.S? seems like they are in the UK

This Week in Futures Options: The WTI/Brent Spread Battle

Topics today include: Crude Oil/WTI The spread between Brent and WTI The crazy trade of the week Eurodollars Futures Options Feedback: Your questions, our answers #QuestionOfTheWeek: Financial advisors represent the last options frontier. What level...
Posted December 19th, 2016

Topics today include:

  • Crude Oil/WTI
  • The spread between Brent and WTI
  • The crazy trade of the week
  • Eurodollars

Futures Options Feedback: Your questions, our answers

#QuestionOfTheWeek: Financial advisors represent the last options frontier. What level of options knowledge do you expect from your advisor?

  • None - I'll do it myself
  • Level 1: Buy Puts/Calls
  • Level 2: Income & Vol
  • Level 3:Option Specialist
  • Question from Vegan - You mentioned the Fed with regards to equities. Should the Fed really care about what market is doing?

Volatility Views 234: The Baskin Robbins of Volatility Skew

Volatility Review: A look back at the week from a volatility perspective VIX Cash: 12.3 VVIX: 91 VIX Futures are about 2.5 handle premium between cash & Jan futures. VIX Options: 845K contracts on Tuesday lighter volume the rest of the week....
Posted December 19th, 2016

Volatility Review: A look back at the week from a volatility perspective

  • VIX Cash: 12.3
  • VVIX: 91
  • VIX Futures are about 2.5 handle premium between cash & Jan futures.
  • VIX Options: 845K contracts on Tuesday lighter volume the rest of the week. Total 7.79m (5.49m Calls, 2.30m Puts)
  • Oil: Crude Vol continues to be crushed with OIV/OVX at 30.

Volatility Voicemail: Question and answer time

#QuestionOfTheWeek: Financial advisors represent the last options frontier. What level of options knowledge do you expect from your advisor?

  • None - I'll do it myself
  • Level 1: Buy Puts/Calls
  • Level 2: Income & Vol
  • Level 3:Option Specialist
  • Question from Hitman - Is the crab priced in yet? What about black swan events? Any options indicators shooing one of those may be on the horizon?
  • Question from Vegan - You mention the Fed with regards to equities. Should the Fed really care about what the market is doing?

Crystal Ball: In which the hosts guess the close of next week's VIX

Last Week:

  • Mark L. - 12.25
  • Mark S. - 11.5
  • Russell - 13.5

This Week:

  • Mark L. - 11.75
  • Andrew - 12.55
  • Russell - 13

Options News Rundown: December 19, 2016

Options news you can use for Monday, December 19, 2016
Posted December 19th, 2016

Options news you can use for Monday, December 19, 2016


Options News Rundown: December 16, 2016

Options news you can use for Friday, December 16, 2016
Posted December 16th, 2016

Options news you can use for Friday, December 16, 2016


Option Block 581: Reasons to Believe

Trading Block: The market and everything else rallied. Vol drops. Fed forecasting. What's the scoop with the shiny stuff? Odd Block: Call trade in Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF), call spreads trade in Michael Kors Holding LTD (KORS), calls trade...
Posted December 16th, 2016

Trading Block: The market and everything else rallied. Vol drops. Fed forecasting. What's the scoop with the shiny stuff?

Odd Block: Call trade in Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF), call spreads trade in Michael Kors Holding LTD (KORS), calls trade in KEY Corp. (KEY)

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses how to choose a financial advisor.

Around the Block: The Fed has spoken. Now what?


Options News Rundown: December 15, 2016

Options news you can use for Thursday, December 15, 2016.
Posted December 15th, 2016

Options news you can use for Thursday, December 15, 2016.


Options Playbook Radio 138: Rolling a Butterfly into a Put Spread

In this episode of Options Playbook Radio we are covering a long butterfly spread with puts. You can find this on page 104 of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version. Specifically: A review of last week's trade...
Posted December 15th, 2016

In this episode of Options Playbook Radio we are covering a long butterfly spread with puts. You can find this on page 104 of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week's trade
  • What was the sentiment?
  • What was the set up?
  • What was the cost?
  • What happened since we put on the trade?
  • Rolling this into a short put spread
  • Don't forget about volatility!
  • How do we roll this?
  • What is the new position?
  • What is the cost?
  • Beware of over trading

Options News Rundown: December 14, 2016

Options news you can use for Wednesday, December 14, 2016.
Posted December 14th, 2016

Options news you can use for Wednesday, December 14, 2016.


Options News Rundown: December 13, 2016

Options news you can use for Tuesday, December 13, 2016.
Posted December 14th, 2016

Options news you can use for Tuesday, December 13, 2016.


Option Block 580: Bringing Sexy Back to Box Spreads

Option Block 580: Bringing Sexy Back to Box Spreads Trading Block: Stocks mixed as Dow hits another new record high, flirting with 20,000. Crude and XLE up too. Wealthy investors show a Trump bump in confidence, UBS Wealth Management Americas reported...
Posted December 13th, 2016

Option Block 580: Bringing Sexy Back to Box Spreads

Trading Block: Stocks mixed as Dow hits another new record high, flirting with 20,000. Crude and XLE up too. Wealthy investors show a Trump bump in confidence, UBS Wealth Management Americas reported Thursday.

Odd Block: Puts trade in Transocean ltd (RIG), calls and puts trade in SPDR S&P 500 trust (SPY) and calls trade in Hain Celestial Group (HAIN).

Mail Block: Question of the week and listener questions

#QuestionOfTheWeek: Financial advisors represent the last options frontier. What level of options knowledge do you expect from your advisor?

  • None: I will do it myself
  • Level 1: Buy Puts/Calls
  • Level 2: Income & Vol
  • Level 3: Option Specialist
  • Question from Adam Sam - Hello again... I figured out a way to predict the direction of the market for the day with 75% accuracy. I am wondering what would be the smartest way to trade this info? Should i sell the opposite options OTM with 45 days? And buy them back at the end of the day? Or buy OTM in the direction it will move? I cannot predict the after hours so i want to get out at the end of the day. How would you hedge such trade? Thank you
  • Question from BGT - What happens to options if the fed raises rates in December?

Around the Block/This Week in the Market:

  • Dec 12 - Treasury Budget
  • Dec 13 - Import and Export
  • Dec 14 - PPI, Retail Sales, FOMC
  • Dec 15 - Jobless Claims, CPI
  • Dec 16 - Housing Starts

Earnings Highlights:

  • Thursday - Adobe, Oracle

This Week in Futures Options 32: Gold and Crude Volatility Apocalypse

Topics this week include: Crude Oil/WTI Gold Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments Question from Jackobin - Is it possible to buy a basket of commodity volatility? Maybe an ETF? Question from Trader Shawn - Are any options that...
Posted December 12th, 2016

Topics this week include:

  • Crude Oil/WTI
  • Gold

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from Jackobin - Is it possible to buy a basket of commodity volatility? Maybe an ETF?
  • Question from Trader Shawn - Are any options that insider tracks that are overly stacked long/short. Also, are there any underlings or indices reaching critical levels right now that I should watch?

Volatility Views 233: A Deep Dive into Asian Volatility

Volatility Review: A look back at the week from a volatility perspective. VIX Cash - 12.3 VVIX - 91 Russells Weekly Rundown: A glimpse into Russells RMC Asia excursion. VIX Options: A heavier volume week this week. Total 6.79m (4.75m Calls, 2.04m...
Posted December 12th, 2016

Volatility Review: A look back at the week from a volatility perspective.

  • VIX Cash - 12.3
  • VVIX - 91

Russells Weekly Rundown:

  • A glimpse into Russells RMC Asia excursion.
  • VIX Options: A heavier volume week this week. Total 6.79m (4.75m Calls, 2.04m Puts)
  • Earnings Volatility: Block Trade Analysis: A buyer of 250,000 XLF Jan 20th 25 calls
  • Oil Vol: Crude Vol gets a smack down. OIV - 32, WTI back over $50 is contributing to the Vol collapse.

Volatility Voicemail: Listener questions and comments

  • Comment from JoeSmith78 - Profit taking after FOMC meeting is my guess, why else would they move together?
  • Question from Jackobin - Is it possible to buy a basket of commodity volatility? Maybe an ETF?

Crystal Ball: Wild, perhaps reckless prognostication.

Last week:

  • Mark L. - 13.5
  • Mark S. - 14.25
  • Russell - 21.2

This week:

  • Mark L. - 12.25
  • Mark S. - 11.5
  • Russell - 13.5

Option Block 579: XLF Call Love and AAPL Box Spreads

Trading Block: Stocks rise as NASDAQ joins Dow, S&P and notch new record highs. Understanding the minutiae of VIX. The Tao of Don: Sell or sell not. There is no buy. Odd Block: Calls trade in CBOE Holding Inc (CBOE), Massive calls trade in...
Posted December 9th, 2016

Trading Block: Stocks rise as NASDAQ joins Dow, S&P and notch new record highs. Understanding the minutiae of VIX. The Tao of Don: Sell or sell not. There is no buy.

Odd Block: Calls trade in CBOE Holding Inc (CBOE), Massive calls trade in Financial Select SPDR (XLF), Calls trade in Bank of America Corp (BAC).

Strategy Block: Uncle Tosaw discusses trading collars in Apple

Mail Block/Options#QuestionOfTheWeek:

#CrudeOil has been volatile lately. $OIV, aka Oil $VIX, is 37.33. Where will #Crude #Volatility close on Friday?

  • Between 37 - 38.5
  • Between 38.5 - 40
  • Below 37
  • Above 40

Around the Block/This Week in the Market: Dec 9: Consumer Sentiment


Options News Rundown: December 9, 2016

Options news you can use for Friday, December 9, 2016.
Posted December 9th, 2016

Options news you can use for Friday, December 9, 2016.


Options Playbook Radio 137: Long Butterfly Spreads with Puts

In this episode of Options Playbook Radio we are covering a put butterfly spread. You can find this on page 104 of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version. Brian covers: A review of the last few weeks What...
Posted December 8th, 2016

In this episode of Options Playbook Radio we are covering a put butterfly spread. You can find this on page 104 of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

Brian covers:

  • A review of the last few weeks
  • What happened at the OPEC meeting?
  • What resulted in the market?
  • Butterflies like time decay and decreases in volatility - IF you are correct on your forecast
  • Where is MRO now?
  • What does that mean for our positions?
  • What could happen next?
  • Don't discount volatility
  • Setting up a new trade in the S&P 500 Index
  • Picking strikes and expiration date (it's a Monday!)

Options News Rundown: December 8, 2016

Options news you can use for Thursday, December 8, 2016.
Posted December 8th, 2016

Options news you can use for Thursday, December 8, 2016.


Moral & Political Investments: The Business Show Episode 10

In this episode the guys talk about investing for moral and political reasons. They also touch on Wal-Mart, hillbillies, Trump, fracking, and hot-boxing a Tesla. The episode is so good it rouses Castro's ghost for a quick interview.
Posted December 7th, 2016

In this episode the guys talk about investing for moral and political reasons. They also touch on Wal-Mart, hillbillies, Trump, fracking, and hot-boxing a Tesla. The episode is so good it rouses Castro's ghost for a quick interview.


Options News Rundown: December 7, 2016

Options news you can use for Wednesday, December 7, 2016.
Posted December 7th, 2016

Options news you can use for Wednesday, December 7, 2016.


The Advisors Option 49: Analyzing the Impact of Post-Election Volatility

Options 101: Looking back at post-election volatility. How has it impacted the options market and your current trade style or outlook? Takeaways: Patient volatility traders won the day. Many options traders were on the sidelines in most names...
Posted December 6th, 2016

Options 101: Looking back at post-election volatility. How has it impacted the options market and your current trade style or outlook?

Takeaways:

  • Patient volatility traders won the day.
  • Many options traders were on the sidelines in most names after-hours.
  • Always watch out for skew.

The Buzz: What do busy advisors need to know?

Office Hours: Taking listener questions and comments

Options#QuestionOfTheWeek: Commodities are capturing a lot of attention and generating a lot of #Volatility. What's your option of choice?

  • $GLD / Comex Gold
  • $USO / $WTI
  • $TLT / ED / 10YR
  • EUR/USD, GPB/USD
  • Question from Jay Allen - What do you typically recommend for hedging portfolio risk SPY puts or SPX puts? Can you please explain some of the differences and why one product is superior to the other. Thanks for the show and the app.
  • Question from JT Monroe - I overwrite calls for a handful of clients mostly in SPY. I?ve tried to grow my options book of business but it seems like I?m mostly lumped into the Alts segment. I refer to it as the Alts ghetto because the allocations are so paltry. How do I get clients to start viewing basic overwrites as part of their traditional equity allocation rather than a paltry 2% Alts allocation?

Option Block 578: A Kung Fu Grip on the Options Market

Trading Block: CBOE sets record volume with S&P 500 Index and CBOE Volatility Index in November. Apple still up on the year. What might next year look like? Lululemon on Wednesday closed $57.16. The ATM straddle is trading at $5.35, or approx. 9%....
Posted December 6th, 2016

Trading Block: CBOE sets record volume with S&P 500 Index and CBOE Volatility Index in November. Apple still up on the year. What might next year look like? Lululemon on Wednesday closed $57.16. The ATM straddle is trading at $5.35, or approx. 9%.

Odd Block: Puts trade in Barrick Gold Corp (ABX), Calls trade in Market Vectors Russia ETF (RSX), Calls trade in Pandora Media Inc (P)

Mail Block/Options#QuestionOfTheWeek:

#CrudeOil has been volatile lately. $OIV, aka Oil $VIX, is 37.33. Where will #Crude #Volatility close on Friday?

  • Between 37 - 38.5
  • Between 38.5 - 40
  • Below 37
  • Above 40
  • Question from Trader Chad - Are ATM straddles really a good way of predicting a stock or are they just more noise like whisper numbers?

Around the Block/This Week in the Market:

  • Dec 6: International Trade, Factory Orders
  • Dec 7: JOLTS
  • Dec 8: Jobless Claims
  • Dec 9: Consumer Sentiment

Earnings Highlights:

  • Tuesday - Toll Brothers, Autozone
  • Wednesday - Costco, Lululemon

Options News Rundown: December 6, 2016

Options news you can use Tuesday, December 6, 2016.
Posted December 6th, 2016

Options news you can use Tuesday, December 6, 2016.


This Week in Futures Options 31: OPEC Drives Crude Options Explosion

There is but one major topic this week: Crude Oil Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments Question from Andrew Martin - Does all that OI on the 60 strike in WTI mean that people expect oil to blow past that level very soon?...
Posted December 5th, 2016

There is but one major topic this week:

  • Crude Oil

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from Andrew Martin - Does all that OI on the 60 strike in WTI mean that people expect oil to blow past that level very soon?
  • Comment from Kay Kamra - OVX almost touching July highs...I expect a pullback in OVX and subsequent pop in /CL
  • Question from JVZ34 - Why such a crude Vol crush this week?

Volatility Views 232: Crude Volatility, VIX Put Love

Volatility Review: The Trump vol selloff seems to have stabilized. VIX Cash: 14. VVIX : 97. VIX Options: Light volume week coming off the holiday, and even mild volume heading into non-farms. Total 5.97m (4.16m Calls, 1.81m Puts). Oil Volatility: OIV:...
Posted December 5th, 2016

Volatility Review: The Trump vol selloff seems to have stabilized. VIX Cash: 14. VVIX : 97. VIX Options: Light volume week coming off the holiday, and even mild volume heading into non-farms. Total 5.97m (4.16m Calls, 1.81m Puts). Oil Volatility: OIV: 40. XLE is up 8% since Tuesday, volume 1.5x ADV - calls slight over puts. USO up over 10% Since Tuesday, volume 2x ADV today - calls over put 2-to-1.

Volatility Voicemail: Listener questions and comments

  • Comment from Kay Kamra - In regards to Faith in OPEC Deal Turns Options Traders Into Oil Bulls - OVX almost touching July highs...I expect a pullback in OVX and subsequent pop in /CL
  • Comment from Mark Brant ?- Selling SPX IBs daily reveals Vol variance not apparent in VIX. We need an ATM VIX @CBOE!
  • Question from RealRK - Speaking of bond volatility, if you have time, what do you guys think of bearish put spreads on HYG/JNK/LQD? With yields increasing, why have the high yield bonds lagged? I assume because of the longer term move more in price because of the lower yields moving more in price with short term yield changes, but I see huge put activity every other day in these high yield bond funds.
  • Comment from TJones - VXXLE who knew? Where are those CBOE guys hiding these indexes? Any more up their sleeves?
  • Comment from Tulip Futures - Low for VIX is no signal, high of VIX is signal that forces in world will come and calm things down.

Crystal Ball: Prognostication headquarters

Last week:

  • Mark L. - 11.75
  • Mark S. - 12.25
  • Russell - 14

This week:

  • Mark L. - 13.5
  • Mark S. - 14.25

Options News Rundown: December 5, 2016

Options news you can use for Monday, December 5
Posted December 5th, 2016

Options news you can use for Monday, December 5


Option Block 577: Mad Man Option Screeners

Trading Block: Earnings after the bell today: TD Ameritrade, Krogers, Lands End, Dollar General. OCC cleared contract volume increased 20% in November. Why was November such a massive month for markets around the world? XLE up 8% since Tuesday. Volume...
Posted December 2nd, 2016

Trading Block: Earnings after the bell today: TD Ameritrade, Krogers, Lands End, Dollar General. OCC cleared contract volume increased 20% in November. Why was November such a massive month for markets around the world? XLE up 8% since Tuesday. Volume 1.5x ADV, calls slightly over puts.USO up over 10% since Tuesday - volume 2x ADV, calls over puts 2-to-1. VOLUME 2X ADV TODAY, CALLS OVER PUTS 2-TO-1. Trump plan to dismantle Dodd-Frank unlikely to be realized, says TABB Group.

Odd Block: (Review from Monday) Calls and puts trade in SPDR S&P Oil and Gas Exp (XOP), alls trade in Financial Select SPDR (XLF), calls trade in Seadrill LTD (SDRL) and calls trade in Ford Motor Co. (F).

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses his new modified collar strategy.

Mail Block/Options#QuestionOfTheWeek:

Commodities are capturing a lot of attention and generating a lot of #Volatility. What's your option of choice?

  • $GLD / Comex Gold
  • $USO / $WTI
  • $TLT / ED / 10YR
  • EUR/USD, GPB/USD
  • Question from Go Hoos - If I buy 10,000 XYZ calls at $1 and sell them for $2, who loses that $1M? The MMs who make $$ on expired option premiums? TIA!

Around the Block/This Week in the Market:

  • Friday - Nonfarm payrolls

Contagion and Deutsche Bank: The Business Show Episode 9

In this episode, the business crew discusses the ins and outs of contagion and Deutsche Bank. They also touch on OPEC, explain Venmo and emojis to Mark, and play another round of Trump or Punk!
Posted December 1st, 2016

In this episode, the business crew discusses the ins and outs of contagion and Deutsche Bank. They also touch on OPEC, explain Venmo and emojis to Mark, and play another round of Trump or Punk!


Options Playbook Radio 136: MRO Butterfly Spread with Calls

In this episode of Options Playbook Radio we are covering a call butterfly spread. You can find this on page 102 of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version. Brian covers: A review of the last strategy Taking...
Posted December 1st, 2016

In this episode of Options Playbook Radio we are covering a call butterfly spread. You can find this on page 102 of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

Brian covers:

  • A review of the last strategy
  • Taking advantage of the OPEC meeting and the ensuing oil volatility
  • Putting on a butterfly in MRO
  • Picking the expiration and the strikes
  • What will it cost? What is the upside? Breakeven?
  • What is our outlook?

OICs Wide World of Options 33: Delta Spreads and OICs Position Simulator

WWoO Show 33: Delta Spreads and OICs Position Simulator Joe Burgoyne speaks with Randy Frederick from Schwab about Delta Spreads and discusses helpful investor resources including OIC's position simulator.
Posted December 1st, 2016

WWoO Show 33: Delta Spreads and OICs Position Simulator

Joe Burgoyne speaks with Randy Frederick from Schwab about Delta Spreads and discusses helpful investor resources including OIC's position simulator.


Futures Options: Exploring Post-Election Volatility

In this episode, we feature Blu Putnam, Chief Economist, CME Group. He discusses: Looking back at pre- and post-election volatility environments: A Tale of Two Volatility Regimes. Was the ferocity of the selloff in the overnight session surprising?...
Posted December 1st, 2016

In this episode, we feature Blu Putnam, Chief Economist, CME Group.

He discusses:

  • Looking back at pre- and post-election volatility environments: A Tale of Two Volatility Regimes.
  • Was the ferocity of the selloff in the overnight session surprising?
  • Were there any interesting quirks or trends in CME options and futures volume that day/night?
  • An overview for volatility going forward
  • Nine Challenges Facing Markets Post-U.S. Election

Listener Mail: Listener questions and comments

Options#QuestionOfTheWeek: Commodities are capturing a lot of attention and generating a lot of volatility. What's your option of choice?

  • $GLD / Comex Gold
  • $USO / $WTI
  • $TLT / ED / 10YR
  • EUR/USD, GPB/USD
  • Question from Alan McKay: I am starting my undergrad next year and I am thinking about majoring in economics with a concentration in derivatives. Any suggestions for programs?
  • Question from Invern3ss: I have a theory regarding why WTI Weekly options don?t trade as much as the monthlies. Could it be because the vast majority of customers are using the product to hedge existing long positions by purchasing puts. So a weekly would not be suited to their needs since it would just waste too much money through decay. Thanks for your great network. Please keep the shows coming. I?m a proud listener, newsletter subscriber, website reader and app user.

Options News Rundown: November 30, 2016

Options news you can use for Wednesday, November 30.
Posted November 30th, 2016

Options news you can use for Wednesday, November 30.


Option Block 576: The Ducky of Maine

Trading Block: Jobs report and the Fed set the holiday table this week. Opinion: How the Trump bump to the U.S. economy could fall flat? Odd Block: Calls trade in VALE SA (VALE), calls and puts trade in SPDR S&P Oil and Gas Exp (XOP) and calls...
Posted November 29th, 2016

Trading Block: Jobs report and the Fed set the holiday table this week. Opinion: How the Trump bump to the U.S. economy could fall flat?

Odd Block: Calls trade in VALE SA (VALE), calls and puts trade in SPDR S&P Oil and Gas Exp (XOP) and calls trade in ArcelorMittal SA (MT)

Mail Block/Options#QuestionOfTheWeek:

Commodities are capturing a lot of attention and generating a lot of #Volatility. What is your option of choice?

  • $GLD / Comex Gold
  • $USO / $WTI
  • $TLT / ED / 10YR
  • EUR/USD, GPB/USD

Listener questions: Listeners have their say

  • Question from Marco - Trading on election night was horses**t! What can an options trader do when the futures are plummeting but the options are not open? So frustrating.
  • Question from Chris Brecher - Is legal pot driving squeeze in $DRYS? Debating now on. Maybe if I was high, I would have believed all the bull flags on the way up:)

Around the Block/Earnings Highlights:

  • Tuesday - Tiffany & Co.
  • Thursday - TD Ameritrade, Krogers, Lands End, Dollar General

Options News Rundown: November 29, 2016

Options news you can use for Tuesday, November 29
Posted November 29th, 2016

Options news you can use for Tuesday, November 29


The Best of This Week in Futures Options: Brexit Breakdown Bonanza

We gave Mark and Nick the day off for Thanksgiving, so to meet your weekly TWIFO fix, we present the Best of This Week in Futures Options, Brexit edition. Do you remember when the Pound sterling hit a 31-year low? Relive the madness here.
Posted November 28th, 2016

We gave Mark and Nick the day off for Thanksgiving, so to meet your weekly TWIFO fix, we present the Best of This Week in Futures Options, Brexit edition. Do you remember when the Pound sterling hit a 31-year low? Relive the madness here.


Best of Volatility Views: Remember Brexit?

It may seem like it was years ago, but Brexit dominated the headlines, and Volatility Views a mere five months ago. In this "Best of Volatility Views" we go back to the episode before the historic vote and look at the ensuing volatility explosion.
Posted November 28th, 2016

It may seem like it was years ago, but Brexit dominated the headlines, and Volatility Views a mere five months ago.

In this "Best of Volatility Views" we go back to the episode before the historic vote and look at the ensuing volatility explosion.


Options News Rundown: November 28, 2016

Options news you can use for Monday, November 28, 2016
Posted November 28th, 2016

Options news you can use for Monday, November 28, 2016


Options Playbook Radio 135: Thanksgiving Huddle Edition

In this episode, recorded the day before Thanksgiving 2016, Brian is joined by Mark, and they take on listener questions and comments. This includes: Options#QuestionOfTheWeek: Great traders need many weapons in their arsenals. But everyone has a...
Posted November 25th, 2016

In this episode, recorded the day before Thanksgiving 2016, Brian is joined by Mark, and they take on listener questions and comments.

This includes:

Options#QuestionOfTheWeek:

Great traders need many weapons in their arsenals. But everyone has a favorite. What is yours?

  • Vertical/Ratio Vertical
  • Iron Condor/Iron Fly
  • Straddle/Strangle
  • Covered Call/Short Put

What is Brian's answer? Long Butterflies!

Listener questions include:

  • When the market is rallying, what's wrong with just buying calls?
  • Has anyone studied the effect of selling weekly options vs monthly options INCLUDING commissions? Seems like that would be a big factor when writing so many contracts.
  • Are skip-strike butterflies the same thing as broken wing butterflies?
  • Why trade volatility versus direction or income?
  • Discuss the delta of VIX

Options News Rundown: November 23, 2016

Options news you can use for Wednesday, November 23, 2016.
Posted November 23rd, 2016

Options news you can use for Wednesday, November 23, 2016.


Option Block 575: Put Spreads Need Love to Grow

Trading Block: Stocks jump as S&P 500 and Nasdaq set new record highs. Goldman insiders underwater options were salvaged by the Trump election.There are still earnings being released. Earnings today: Tyson Foods (before the bell) Palo Alto...
Posted November 22nd, 2016

Trading Block: Stocks jump as S&P 500 and Nasdaq set new record highs. Goldman insiders underwater options were salvaged by the Trump election.There are still earnings being released.

Earnings today:

  • Tyson Foods (before the bell)
  • Palo Alto Networks (after the bell)

Odd Block: Calls trade in NRG Energy Inc (NRG), calls trade in Ultra DJ - AIG Crude Oil ProShares (UCO) and calls trade in Cypress Semiconductor Corp (CY).

Mail Block: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from RealRK - Juice for free is always nice. I would have never thought of mixing in the call time spread. Musk uses the massive short interest, tweets and it goes up ten points. Thanks fellas! Also, check out the call/put ratio on CY (Cypress Semiconductors). OI near and out of the money in the next three months contracts shows huge call buying (Probably 100 million plus in value). Buyout rumors, so I got long a small amount of January 11 calls. Let me know what you guys think Thursday! Thanks

Options #QuestionOfTheWeek

Great traders need many weapons in their arsenals. But everyone has a favorite. What is yours? Reply/DM w/others.

  • Vertical/Ratio Vertical
  • Iron Condor/Iron Fly
  • Straddle/Strangle
  • Covered Call/Short Put
  • Addition from Options_Addict - Options ratio spreads and naked purchases.

More questions:

  • Question from Rico Landa - Did you guys see this? Is Cuban talking about buying puts or something else? Guess he has a savvy financial advisor?
  • Question from JNic - When the market is rallying like it is now what is wrong with just buying calls? Seems to work or is that just too basic?

Around the Block/This Week in the Market:

  • Nov 22: Existing Home Sales
  • Nov 23: Durable Goods, Jobless Claims, New Home Sales, Consumer Sentiment, FOMC Minutes
  • Nov 24: Thanksgiving Day, markets closed
  • Nov 25: International Trade, Markets close at 1:00 pm Eastern.

Options News Rundown: November 22, 2016

Options news you can use for Tuesday, November 22, 2016.
Posted November 22nd, 2016

Options news you can use for Tuesday, November 22, 2016.


This Week in Futures Options 30: Post-Election Volatility Blues

Topics this week include: Crude Oil/WTI Surprise (?) product of the week Crazy trade of the week Gold Futures Options Feedback: Listeners have their say Question from Big Jack - How important are the futures when pricing the options? Should I pay...
Posted November 21st, 2016

Topics this week include:

  • Crude Oil/WTI
  • Surprise (?) product of the week
  • Crazy trade of the week
  • Gold

Futures Options Feedback: Listeners have their say

  • Question from Big Jack - How important are the futures when pricing the options? Should I pay attention to the term structure?
  • Question from Anthony Wheeler - What is the most liquid futures option product?
  • Question from GK6: What is your favorite to trade?

Volatility Views 231: VIX Put Frenzy and Social Media Volatility

Volatility Review: The Trumpocalypse is fading. VIX cash is back below 14. VVIX = 87, back below 100. Russells Weekly Rundown: If a Trump Presidency is scary, why is VIX so low? VIX Options: A lighter volume week than last week - started strong,...
Posted November 21st, 2016

Volatility Review: The Trumpocalypse is fading. VIX cash is back below 14. VVIX = 87, back below 100.

Russells Weekly Rundown:

  • If a Trump Presidency is scary, why is VIX so low?
  • VIX Options: A lighter volume week than last week - started strong, pushing 1M contracts on Tuesday, but then fell off. Total 3.88m (2.80m Calls, 1.08m Puts)
  • Crude Oil: OIV = 48, elevated compared to recent weeks - spiked to 53 on Wednesday.

Volatility Voicemail/Options #Question of the Week

$TSLA ($182.50, down 3%, IV30:41, HV30:31) Straddle says $8.20 move (4.5%) by Friday close. How much will $TSLA actually move?

  • 20% - In line: ($8-$8.50)
  • 37% - Beat Straddle: > $8
  • 23% - Less than Straddle: < $8
  • 20% - Sick of #Musk / $TSLA

Listener questions and comments:

  • Question from Alex Devers - What does the future hold in terms of social media sentiment and volatility. Is there a social volatility index out there already? If not is this something the folks at CBOE are cooking up?
  • Question from Avec - Has anyone studied the effect of selling weekly options vs monthly options INCLUDING commissions? Seems like that would be a big factor when writing so many contracts.

Crystal Ball: Reckless and wild prognostication.

Last Week:

  • Mark L. - 15
  • Mark S. - 12
  • Russell - 13.5

This Week:

  • Mark L. - 11.75
  • Mark S. - 12.25
  • Russell - 14

Options News Rundown: November 21, 2016

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Posted November 21st, 2016

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Options News Rundown: November 18, 2016

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Option Block 574: Laterally Arabesque

Trading Block: A mild market rally today. VIX cash back below the 14-handle. TSLA recovering from some recent losses; was up over 2% at mid-day. Yellen says Fed might hike interest rates relatively soon. Jobless claims in U.S. declined to lowest level...
Posted November 18th, 2016

Trading Block: A mild market rally today. VIX cash back below the 14-handle. TSLA recovering from some recent losses; was up over 2% at mid-day. Yellen says Fed might hike interest rates relatively soon. Jobless claims in U.S. declined to lowest level in four decades.

Odd Block: Size calls trade in Financial Select SPDR (XLF), calls trade in Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and puts trade in Freeport Mc MoRan Inc. (FCX).

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike discusses trading in IBB

Mail Block: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from Mike The Bookie - Yeah, the ETF based volatility indexes. Is here a good place to bracket UVXY or VXX?
  • Question from Ian Wagner ?- Why trade volatility vs direction or income? Preference? More favorable risk/reward profile.

Around the Block/Earning Highlights this Week:

  • Friday - Foot Locker, Abercrombie & Fitch

Options Insider Radio Interviews: Taking on Monopolies with August Capital

In this episode, Mark is joined by Villi Iltchev of August Capital They discuss: Villi's background in the fintech space What is August Capital? What are the barriers to entry in the fintech space? Success breeds success The market data albatross The...
Posted November 17th, 2016

In this episode, Mark is joined by Villi Iltchev of August Capital

They discuss:

  • Villi's background in the fintech space
  • What is August Capital?
  • What are the barriers to entry in the fintech space?
  • Success breeds success
  • The market data albatross
  • The life of the venture capitalist
  • And more

Options Insider Radio Interviews: Discussing Full Disclosure with the Collaborative Fund

In this episode, Mark is joined by Morgan Housel of the Collaborative Fund. They discuss: What is the Collaborative Fund? Morgan's former career in journalism and private equity/investment banking Bringing diverse backgrounds under one roof Should...
Posted November 17th, 2016

In this episode, Mark is joined by Morgan Housel of the Collaborative Fund.

They discuss:

  • What is the Collaborative Fund?
  • Morgan's former career in journalism and private equity/investment banking
  • Bringing diverse backgrounds under one roof
  • Should there be full disclosure on fees?
  • Overwhelming market data fees
  • Innovation versus regulation
  • Taking the long-term view
  • The future of financial advising

Options Playbook Radio 134: Covered Call Writing in FB

What situations might be a good time for covered call writing? There is also the long put spread from last week to discuss. You can follow on pages 50 and 62, respectively, of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle...
Posted November 17th, 2016

What situations might be a good time for covered call writing? There is also the long put spread from last week to discuss. You can follow on pages 50 and 62, respectively, of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

This week, Brian discusses:

  • What has happened to the market since the election?
  • Why is the VIX going up when the market is going up?
  • How did we do from the long put spread from last week?
  • What were the risk parameters?
  • Covered call writing
  • Don't forget about the Thanksgiving holiday
  • What is the timeframe?
  • Looking for the Goldilocks of volatility
  • Avoid earnings
  • Setting up the trade

Do you have questions that you would like answered on the show? Send them to Brian at [email protected].


Options News Rundown: November 17, 2016

Options news you can use for Thursday, November 17, 2016.
Posted November 17th, 2016

Options news you can use for Thursday, November 17, 2016.


Options News Rundown: November 16, 2016

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Posted November 16th, 2016

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Option Block 573: Tesla Tailspin and Dubious DRYS

Trading Block: U.S. stock market Trump rally loses steam. Oil gets left behind in post-Trump rally. Trump presidency raises questions on the future of Wall St. regulation. Odd Block: Calls trade in Canadian Natural Resources LTD (CNQ), calls trade in...
Posted November 15th, 2016

Trading Block: U.S. stock market Trump rally loses steam. Oil gets left behind in post-Trump rally. Trump presidency raises questions on the future of Wall St. regulation.

Odd Block: Calls trade in Canadian Natural Resources LTD (CNQ), calls trade in Financial Select SPDR (XLF) and calls trade in Square Inc (SQ)

Mail Block/Options #Question of the Week:

$TSLA ($182.50, down 3%, IV30:41, HV30:31) Straddle says $8.20 move (4.5%) by Friday close. How much will $TSLA actually move

  • In line: ($8-$8.50)
  • Beat Straddle: > $8
  • Less than Straddle: < $8]
  • Sick of #Musk / $TSLA

Listener questions:

  • Question from Moolla - WTF is up with $DRYS? Thing is going nuts - takeover? Lots of calls trading?
  • Comment from Burgh83: Can you explain what that means exactly?...thanks, I'm trying to figure options out still. But holding MRO, want to buy more...

Around the Block/Earnings Highlights:

  • Tuesday - Home Depot, Dick's Sporting Goods
  • Wednesday - Lowe's, Target, Cisco
  • Thursday - Walmart, Best Buy, Salesforce
  • Friday - Foot Locker, Abercrombie & Fitch

Options News Rundown: November 15, 2016

Options news you can use for Tuesday, November 15, 2016.
Posted November 15th, 2016

Options news you can use for Tuesday, November 15, 2016.


This Week in Futures Options 29: Election Volatility

Topics this week include: Gold/Silver Copper Crude Oil/WTI EuroDollar Soybeans Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments Question from Tom Chase - Can you explain more about QuikSkew? What is it and how do I get it? Is it available...
Posted November 14th, 2016

Topics this week include:

  • Gold/Silver
  • Copper
  • Crude Oil/WTI
  • EuroDollar
  • Soybeans

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from Tom Chase - Can you explain more about QuikSkew? What is it and how do I get it? Is it available for free on the CME site?

You can find all the cool reports Nick talks about on www.cme.com/twio.


Volatility Views 230: Trump Volatility Bonanza

Volatility Review: The Trumpocalypse is here! What a week! VVIX: 102. So, about last night...Patient volatility seller ended up winning big. Volatility shorts cash in despite the shock U.S. election. Volume in non-U.S. trading hours set a new daily...
Posted November 14th, 2016

Volatility Review: The Trumpocalypse is here! What a week! VVIX: 102. So, about last night...Patient volatility seller ended up winning big. Volatility shorts cash in despite the shock U.S. election. Volume in non-U.S. trading hours set a new daily record.

Russells Weekly Rundown:

  • VIX Options - A crazy volume week!
  • Mon - 1.05M, Tues - 1.05M, Weds - 1.03M, Thurs - 1.08M
  • Total 7.08m (4.62m Calls, 2.46m Puts)

Earnings Volatility:

  • Walt Disney Company
  • Nvidia
  • Nordstrom

Volatility Voicemail/Options #QuestionOfTheWeek

$SPX Weds Weekly straddle says 2% move through election. How much will SPX / $SPY move through Weds 11/9?

  • Over 3% - crazy move
  • Between 2-3% - big move
  • Between 1-2% - mild move
  • Less thastockn 1% - meh

Listener questions and comments:

  • Question from Brian: Hi Mark, your shows are the best known to me. Congratulations on your success. I have a topic/question for Volatility Views. I am trying to get a sense of how viable XIV will be in the long term. Are there red flags for ETFs/ETNs that would indicate whether or not they will go broke at some point? Are the bigger ETFs/ETNs a safer bet or is it the ETFs/ETNs that deal with future contracts the ones that end up in trouble? I appreciate and value your advise.
  • Question from Mike The Bookie: Yeah, the ETF based volatility indexes. Is here a good place to bracket UVXY or VXX?

Crystal Ball: Wild prognosticating

Last week:

  • Mark L. - 18.50
  • Mark S. - 10.80
  • Russell - 23.50

This week:

  • Mark L. - 15.00
  • Mark S. - 12.00
  • Russell - 13.50

Options News Rundown, November 14, 2016

Options News Rundown, November 14, 2016
Posted November 14th, 2016

Options News Rundown, November 14, 2016


Option Block 572: Post-Election Market Madness

Trading Block: Volume in non-U.S. trading hours sets a new daily record. Pharma pop on Hillary loss. Earnings After the Bell: DIS - $95.72, ATM Straddle = $2.70, approx. 3% NVDA - $68, ATM Straddle = $5.40, approx. 8% JWN - $57.10, ATM Straddle =...
Posted November 11th, 2016

Trading Block: Volume in non-U.S. trading hours sets a new daily record. Pharma pop on Hillary loss.

Earnings After the Bell:

  • DIS - $95.72, ATM Straddle = $2.70, approx. 3%
  • NVDA - $68, ATM Straddle = $5.40, approx. 8%
  • JWN - $57.10, ATM Straddle = $4.85, approx. 8.5%

Odd Block: Calls roll in YRC Worldwide Inc (YRC), calls trade in Huntington Bankshares Inc. (HBAN) and calls trade in Financial Select SPDR (XLF)

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses what to do when you get called away from a covered call.

Mail Block/Options #QuestionOfTheWeek:

$SPX Weds Weekly straddle says 2% move through election. How much will SPX / $SPY move through Weds 11/9?

  • Over 3% - crazy move
  • Between 2-3% - big move
  • Between 1-2% - mild move
  • Less than 1% - meh

Comment:

  • Comment from Bongsong2: Trump win makes America great again.

Around the Block: Checking back on the earnings straddles from the top of the show. Who will be in the Trump cabinet? Funky sector rotation. Will tech buyers show up?


Options News Rundown: November 11, 2016

Options news you can use for Friday, November 11, 2016.
Posted November 11th, 2016

Options news you can use for Friday, November 11, 2016.


Options News Rundown: November 10, 2016

Options news you can use for Thursday, November 10, 2016.
Posted November 10th, 2016

Options news you can use for Thursday, November 10, 2016.


Options Playbook Radio 133: SPY Long Put Spread

For the last few weeks, we have been looking at earnings plays, including a short call spread (page 64), and today we're looking at a long put spread (page 62) of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version. On tap...
Posted November 10th, 2016

For the last few weeks, we have been looking at earnings plays, including a short call spread (page 64), and today we're looking at a long put spread (page 62) of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

On tap for today:

  • Pushing all-time highs post-election
  • Reviewing last week's FB trade
  • Where is the market right now?
  • Putting on a long put spread in SPY
  • What is the timeframe?
  • Setting up the trade
  • What is the maximum risk? Reward? Break-even?

Do you have questions that you would like answered on the show? Send them to Brian at [email protected].


Options Insider Special Events Live from Stocktoberfest 2016: Franchise Financing Marketplace

Stocktoberfest is the year's premiere gathering of active traders, investors, Fintech entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and financial media.The event featured top names in trading and investing, fintech, and financial media as both presenters and...
Posted November 9th, 2016

Stocktoberfest is the year's premiere gathering of active traders, investors, Fintech entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and financial media.The event featured top names in trading and investing, fintech, and financial media as both presenters and attendees.

This year's theme of the show was "Why it's never been a better time to be an active investor."

Up next, Franchise Financing Marketplace with Jeff Zinn.


Options Insider Special Events Live from Stocktoberfest 2016: The Real Estate Software Venture Landscape

Stocktoberfest is the year's premiere gathering of active traders, investors, Fintech entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and financial media.The event featured top names in trading and investing, fintech, and financial media as both presenters and...
Posted November 9th, 2016

Stocktoberfest is the year's premiere gathering of active traders, investors, Fintech entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and financial media.The event featured top names in trading and investing, fintech, and financial media as both presenters and attendees.

This year's theme of the show was "Why it's never been a better time to be an active investor."

Up next, The Real Estate Software Venture Landscape with Matt Murphy.


Options Insider Special Events Live from Stocktoberfest 2016: Building a Global Startup Investment Portfolio

Stocktoberfest is the year's premiere gathering of active traders, investors, Fintech entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and financial media.The event featured top names in trading and investing, fintech, and financial media as both presenters and...
Posted November 9th, 2016

Stocktoberfest is the year's premiere gathering of active traders, investors, Fintech entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and financial media.The event featured top names in trading and investing, fintech, and financial media as both presenters and attendees.

This year's theme of the show was "Why it's never been a better time to be an active investor."

Up next, Building a Global Startup Investment Portfolio with Audrey Jacobs of Our Crowd.


Options Insider Special Events Live from Stocktoberfest 2016: Banks and Investing in 2020

Stocktoberfest is the year's premiere gathering of active traders, investors, Fintech entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and financial media.The event featured top names in trading and investing, fintech, and financial media as both presenters and...
Posted November 9th, 2016

Stocktoberfest is the year's premiere gathering of active traders, investors, Fintech entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and financial media.The event featured top names in trading and investing, fintech, and financial media as both presenters and attendees.

This year's theme of the show was "Why it's never been a better time to be an active investor."

Up next, will banks and investing look the same in 2020 with Daniel Kimerling, Stuart Sopp and Joseph Sanberg.


Options Insider Special Events Live from Stocktoberfest 2016: Fireside Chat with Anton Zajac

Stocktoberfest is the year's premiere gathering of active traders, investors, Fintech entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and financial media.The event featured top names in trading and investing, fintech, and financial media as both presenters and...
Posted November 9th, 2016

Stocktoberfest is the year's premiere gathering of active traders, investors, Fintech entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and financial media.The event featured top names in trading and investing, fintech, and financial media as both presenters and attendees.

This year's theme of the show was "Why it's never been a better time to be an active investor."

Up next, a fireside chat with Anton Zajac, President, ESET Foundation.


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