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Options News Rundown: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Posted September 19th, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Options News Rundown: Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Options news you can use for Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Posted September 18th, 2018

Options news you can use for Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Option Block 744: AMZN Spinoff, plus Mastering the Wheel

Trading Block: Trade war concerns are renewed as Trump keeps turning up the rhetoric. $AMZN in Chicago! A new Amazon Go store opens down the street from our studio - the first outside of Seattle. Amazon spinoff AWS heats up. FedEx (FDX) - $255.23, ATM...
Posted September 18th, 2018

Trading Block: Trade war concerns are renewed as Trump keeps turning up the rhetoric. $AMZN in Chicago! A new Amazon Go store opens down the street from our studio - the first outside of Seattle. Amazon spinoff AWS heats up. FedEx (FDX) - $255.23, ATM straddle: $8.50 approx. 3.3%. Oracle (ORCL) - $49.25, ATM straddle: $2.75 approx. 5.5%.

Odd Block: Call love in Cigna Corporation (CI), calls trade in Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY), and call love in Antero Resources Corp (AR).

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses how to trade the Wheel strategy.

Mail Block: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from Liznder -If you had to start over with learning about and trading options what would you do differently?
  • Question from Tamavil - Does it make sense for an active trader to become a member of the exchanges anymore or are those days gone?

Around the Block/This Week in the Markets:

  • Sep 18: Treasury International Capital
  • Sep 19: Housing Starts
  • Sep 20: Jobless Claims, Existing Home Sales, Fed Balance Sheet

Options News Rundown: Monday, September 17, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, September 17, 2018
Posted September 17th, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, September 17, 2018


Volatility Views 321: Investigating VIX and Debunking VXX

Volatility Review: A look back at the week from a volatility perspective VIX Cash - 12.2, down 2.2 from last show RVX - 13.9, down 2 points from last week VVIX - 91, nine handles lower than last show VIX Options - ADV: 459k, VIX call/put: 3/1, Total...
Posted September 17th, 2018

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

  • VIX Cash - 12.2, down 2.2 from last show
  • RVX - 13.9, down 2 points from last week
  • VVIX - 91, nine handles lower than last show
  • VIX Options - ADV: 459k, VIX call/put: 3/1, Total 8.66m (6.48m Calls, 2.18m Puts)
  • Why go 1x2 when you can go 1x4!?
  • VXX - 27.80, nearly 3 points lower than last show

Volatility Voicemail: Volatility Flash Poll

VIX is threatening 15 and VXX is back above 30. Is this the return of volatility or just a blip? Quite simply - where will we be at the end of next week?

  • 14% - Here: VIX=14, VXX=30
  • 32% - Low: VIX=<13, VXX=<29
  • 15% - Lower: VIX=<12, VXX=<28
  • 39% - Higher: VIX=<15, VXX=<30

Listnener Questions and Comments:

  • Question from Eleva7 - Since VXX erodes so aggressively is the best bet for long players to overwrite calls aggressively? Slight OTM, ATM or perhaps even ITM? Has anyone researched this to see if that outperforms long only?
  • Comment from Louis Pena - Insider should create its own indicator. Some sort of VXX erosion indicator. The Erosionator?

Crystal Ball: Wild prognostication

Last week:

  • Mark L. - 13.75
  • Mark S. - 13.00

This week:

  • Mark L. - 11.67
  • Mark S. - 12.75

Option Block 743: Is Volatility Making a Comeback?

Trading Block: Volatility Flash Poll! VIX is threatening 15 and $VXX is back above 30. Is this the return of volatility or just a blip? Quite simply - where will we be at the end of next week? 14%- Here: VIX=14, VXX=30(ash) 32% - Low: VIX=<13,...
Posted September 14th, 2018

Trading Block: Volatility Flash Poll!

VIX is threatening 15 and $VXX is back above 30. Is this the return of volatility or just a blip? Quite simply - where will we be at the end of next week?

  • 14%- Here: VIX=14, VXX=30(ash)
  • 32% - Low: VIX=<13, VXX=<29
  • 15% - Lower: VIX=<12, VXX=<28
  • 39% - Higher: VIX=<15, VXX=<30

Earnings!

  • Kroger, Adobe, Radiant
  • Apple unveils iPhone 10plus

Odd Block: Call love in Caesars Entertainment Corp (CZR), XRX Call weirdness in Xerox Corp (XRX), call sweep in MGM Resorts International (MGM).

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses the joys and dangers of gamma

Mail Block: Listnener questions and comments

  • Question from TNKA - I 've got about $25k worth of SPY. How many puts do I need to protect myself?

Around The Block/This Week In the Markets

  • Sep 13: Retail Sales, Consumer Sentiment

Options News Rundown: Friday, September 14, 2018

Options news you can use for Friday, September 14, 2018
Posted September 14th, 2018

Options news you can use for Friday, September 14, 2018


This Week in Futures Options 118: Putting First Things First

Topics this week include: Equities/Russell Crude/WTI Gold/Silver/Copper Crypto/Bitcoin Ags/Corn Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments Question from Varga - Which strategy should futures options traders learn about and focus on...
Posted September 14th, 2018

Topics this week include:

  • Equities/Russell
  • Crude/WTI
  • Gold/Silver/Copper
  • Crypto/Bitcoin
  • Ags/Corn

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from Varga - Which strategy should futures options traders learn about and focus on first?
  • Question from BelaRussian - I'm long futures options and they are ITM. If I want to exercise it now as oppose to selling them, I can do that any time it is ITM right? Aren't futures traded in American style option when one can exercise it if it is ITM?

Options Playbook Radio 225: NKE Diagonal Spread

Nike (NKE) has been in the news a lot lately and will announce earnings on September 25. Let's take a look at a diagonal trade. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle...
Posted September 13th, 2018

Nike (NKE) has been in the news a lot lately and will announce earnings on September 25. Let's take a look at a diagonal trade. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week
  • What happened to the SPX?
  • Did you get out, or did you get the stupid award?
  • NKE is near all-time highs
  • Setting up the trade
  • Selecting strikes and expirations
  • Pay attention to the delta of the trade
  • Addressing different scenarios

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at [email protected], or to the Options Insider at [email protected].


Options News Rundown: Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Posted September 12th, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, September 12, 2018


Options Insider Radio Interview: Building a Better Digital Wallet with Sweetbridge

In this episode, Mark is joined by Scott Nelson, CEO of Sweetbridge. They discuss: What is Sweetbridge? Why blockchain? The Sweetbridge wallet What brought him to the Voice of Blockchain conference? Is Chicago becoming the hub of crypto trading? What...
Posted September 11th, 2018

In this episode, Mark is joined by Scott Nelson, CEO of Sweetbridge.

They discuss:

  • What is Sweetbridge?
  • Why blockchain?
  • The Sweetbridge wallet
  • What brought him to the Voice of Blockchain conference?
  • Is Chicago becoming the hub of crypto trading?
  • What should we look for in the crypto derivatives space?
  • Where can you find out more? Sweetbridge.com
  • And more...

Options News Rundown: Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Options news you can use for Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Posted September 11th, 2018

Options news you can use for Tuesday, September 11, 2018


Option Block 742: FB Crazy Calls Plus TSLA, AAPL and Rickets

Trading Block: VIX is back to 14, and VXX is back below 30. Earnings. If Apple made phone in U.S. they would cost 20% more, according to BAML analyst. SEC rejects bitcoin ETFs. Odd Block: Upside calls in Altice USA Inc. (ATUS), short puts in PagSeguro...
Posted September 10th, 2018

Trading Block: VIX is back to 14, and VXX is back below 30. Earnings. If Apple made phone in U.S. they would cost 20% more, according to BAML analyst. SEC rejects bitcoin ETFs.

Odd Block: Upside calls in Altice USA Inc. (ATUS), short puts in PagSeguro Digital Ltd (PAGS) from 4-16, and size calls in Regions Financial Corp (RF) from 2-26.

Mail Block: Listner questions and comments

  • Question from EB18 - What do you think of $FB calls profiled on Options Action last week?
  • Question from Anzew - If I go out of the money with my options are they more sensitive to price movements in the stock? I've had out of the money positions move over 25% when the stock only moved 5%.

Around the Block/This Week in the Markets

  • Sep 10: JOLTS
  • Sep 11: PPI
  • Sep 12: CPI, Jobless Claims, Treasury Budget
  • Sep 13: Retail Sales, Consumer Sentiment

OICs Wide World of Options 53: Options Pros Talk Technical Analysis

This rebroadcast of OIC?s webinar panel program discusses how options professionals use technical analysis as they?re forming an opinion on underlying assets.
Posted September 10th, 2018

This rebroadcast of OIC?s webinar panel program discusses how options professionals use technical analysis as they?re forming an opinion on underlying assets.


Volatility Views 320: Talking VIX, VXX, SPX, TSLA, NVDA, BTC and more

Volatility Review: A look at last week from a volatility perspective VIX Cash - 14.4, up 2.4 from two weeks ago RVX - 15.90 VVIX - 100 - 7 handles higher than last show VIX Options - ADV: 459k, VIX call/put: 3.3/1, Total 7.62m (5.82m Calls, 1.80m...
Posted September 10th, 2018

Volatility Review: A look at last week from a volatility perspective

VIX Cash - 14.4, up 2.4 from two weeks ago

  • RVX - 15.90
  • VVIX - 100 - 7 handles higher than last show
  • VIX Options - ADV: 459k, VIX call/put: 3.3/1, Total 7.62m (5.82m Calls, 1.80m Puts)
  • VXX - 30.40, nearly 2-points higher than last show

Crystal Ball: Your prognostication headquarters

Last week:

  • Mark L. 11.55
  • Mark S. - 11.95

This week:

  • Mark L. - 13.75
  • Mark S. - 13.00

Options News Rundown: Monday, September 10, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, September 10, 2018
Posted September 10th, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, September 10, 2018


This Week in Futures Options 117: A Deep Dive into Equity Volume and Volatility

Topics this week include: Equities Russell/EMini Crude Crypto Futures Options Feedback: Listeners have their say Options question of the week: We talked about crypto derivatives at the @BlockchainVoice Conference. So this week we want to know which...
Posted September 7th, 2018

Topics this week include:

  • Equities
  • Russell/EMini
  • Crude
  • Crypto

Futures Options Feedback: Listeners have their say

Options question of the week: We talked about crypto derivatives at the @BlockchainVoice Conference. So this week we want to know which Crypto product you'd like to see listed on a major venue next.

  • 72% - Bitcoin Options
  • 8% - Ripple Options/Futures
  • 15% - Ether Options/Futures
  • 5% - Litecoin Options/Futures

Listener questions and comments

  • Comment from Ledger8: Enjoyed your panel on crypto derivatives. Good job hitting the big points. But I was disappointed that #bitcoin options don't seem to be on the radar anytime soon. The CME rep made it sound like we won't see them listed this year. Bummer!
  • Question from Allani: I trade a fair amount of EMini S&P options. I'm eyeing the Dow but don't see a significant amount of volume there. I've heard you mention this before on the TWIFO program. Why do you think the S&P contract generates so much more interest than the Dow contract? After all Dow is probably quoted more in the media than the S&P?

Option Block 741: We Are Back Talking TSLA, VIX, SPY and More

Trading Block. There are still names reporting earnings. Namely, Barnes & Noble and GameStop. Odd Block: Cheapie calls in Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NOG) from 5/21. Crazy put palooza in Dean Foods Co (DF) from 4/30. Call love in Devon Energy...
Posted September 7th, 2018

Trading Block. There are still names reporting earnings. Namely, Barnes & Noble and GameStop.

Odd Block: Cheapie calls in Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NOG) from 5/21. Crazy put palooza in Dean Foods Co (DF) from 4/30. Call love in Devon Energy Corp (DVN) from 4/16

Mail Block: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from Jason Anstey: Would you or your followers have a recommendation on best discount brokerage? Ideally low cost per contract and the ability to enter spread orders on a mobile device. Thanks. Appreciate it.
  • Question from Florence: When trades go against you do you close or roll the whole thing out or only the losing parts?

Around The Block/This Week In the Markets:

  • Sep 4 - Construction Spending
  • Sep 5 - International Trade
  • Sep 6 - Jobless Claims, Productivity and Costs, Factory Orders
  • Sep 7 - Unemployment

Options News Rundown: Friday, September 7, 2018

Options news you can use for Friday, September 7, 2018
Posted September 7th, 2018

Options news you can use for Friday, September 7, 2018


Options Playbook Radio 234: Bearish Butterfly in SPX

Now that earnings season is over, it's time to get back to the basics. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition. Specifically: A review of last week Setting up a long...
Posted September 6th, 2018

Now that earnings season is over, it's time to get back to the basics. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week
  • Setting up a long put butterfly in SPX
  • Where is the SPX now?
  • Where is volatility?
  • Selecting strikes
  • Using the nearest-term expiration
  • Settlement is at the close on Friday
  • What's the upside? Downside?
  • What do we want to happen?
  • How to roll into a short put spread
  • Remember commissions!

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at [email protected], or to the Options Insider at [email protected].


Options News Rundown: Thursday, September 6, 2018

Options news you can use for Thursday, September 6, 2018
Posted September 6th, 2018

Options news you can use for Thursday, September 6, 2018


Options News Rundown: Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Posted September 5th, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, September 5, 2018


Options News Rundown: Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Options news you can use for Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Posted September 4th, 2018

Options news you can use for Tuesday, September 4, 2018


Best of Volatility Views 269: One More VXX Reverse Split

This episode was originally posted on August 28th, 2017. Volatility Review: A look back at the week from a volatility perspective. The numbers: VIX Cash - 12.33, a high of 14.45 on Monday. VVIX - 100 CBOE Skew Index - 130 Russell's Weekly Rundown ...
Posted August 31st, 2018

This episode was originally posted on August 28th, 2017.

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

  • VIX Cash - 12.33, a high of 14.45 on Monday.
  • VVIX - 100
  • CBOE Skew Index - 130

Russell's Weekly Rundown

  • VIX Options: ADV - 764k, VIX Call/Put - 3.4, Total 11.5m (8.88m Calls, 2.66m Puts)
  • VXX reverse split trade

Volatility Voicemail: Listener questions and comments

  • Comment from JLC - That $VIX 60 guy is just nuts. He's just trying to make a name for himself with that prediction. $SPX wld need to drop over 10% to be right.
  • Question from FContangotrader - What is your thought on $VIXH? Maybe every episode you can give an intro into various Vol ETN and ETF. Thanks and keep with good work
  • Comment from FContangotrader - Mark Sebastian, so how do you hedge your gamma and your mother in law?

Crystal Ball: Wild and reckless prognostication Last week

  • Mark L. - 13.55
  • Mark S. - 12
  • Kevin - 18.25
  • Guest - 14.30

This week

  • Mark L. - 11.75
  • Mark S. - 11.00
  • Russell - 10.80

Options News Rundown: Friday, August 31, 2018

Options news you can use for Friday, August 31, 2018
Posted August 31st, 2018

Options news you can use for Friday, August 31, 2018


Options Playbook Radio 233: SPX Long Call Spread into the Holiday Weekend

Now that earnings season is over, it's time to get back to the basics. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition. Specifically: A review of last week What happened if...
Posted August 30th, 2018

Now that earnings season is over, it's time to get back to the basics. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week
  • What happened if you stuck around to the close on Friday?
  • How did we do?
  • Markets are closed for Labor Day
  • How do we take the holiday into account?
  • Where is the S&P 500 right now?
  • Selecting strikes and expiration
  • What do we want to happen?
  • What if it starts to go south?
  • How to turn this into a butterfly
  • And more....

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at [email protected], or to the Options Insider at [email protected].


Best of Option Block 648: Everyone Loves Cheap Lottery Tickets

This episode was originally posted on August 29th, 2017 Trading Block: A quiet day in the market. Odd Block: Ratio put spread in Expedia Inc. (EXPE), ratio risk reversal in Dollar General Corp. (DG), and put-palooza in Pure Storage Inc. (PSTG). Mail...
Posted August 30th, 2018

This episode was originally posted on August 29th, 2017

Trading Block: A quiet day in the market. Odd Block: Ratio put spread in Expedia Inc. (EXPE), ratio risk reversal in Dollar General Corp. (DG), and put-palooza in Pure Storage Inc. (PSTG). Mail Block: Options Question of the Week Look at #MayweatherMcGregor as #Options traders. @TheNotoriousMMA calls cost $1, pay $3. #Floyd calls cost $4, pay $1. Your trade?

  • 30% - Buy #Connor Calls?
  • 32% - Buy #Floyd Calls?
  • 16% - I'd rather sell premium
  • 22 - Whoever Wins We Love

Listener questions:

  • Question from Allan8 - Did Mark cash any calls on Floyd?
  • Question from LAXX - Is it me or do the Vegas odds makers do a very similar job to options market makers?

Another Options Question of the Week: Let's get cheap! If you had to buy "lottery ticket" December calls for $.05 in one name - which would you choose? #HomeRun

  • AMZN
  • AAPL
  • Tesla
  • VIX

MORE listener questions:

  • Comment from The_Quantum_Revloution - Which options are trading at $0.05 though that's the question?
  • Comment from Randy Wright - AAPL, and I just might join you.
  • Question from NTT - Can you clarify the question from last show. Was that SPX put-call spread guy asking about selling OTM calls vs. OTM puts or same strike?
  • Comment from Dennis Lyrintzis - Wow over 15,000 Jan 55 calls bought for AAL. Thanks for the Alert.
  • Question from ReallyG? - Love your #podcasts! Question: market profile displays limit orders. Is there a service that displays stop orders? Just wondering
  • Question from KBX32: What is the cheapest way to hedge my portfolio w options?

Around the Block: Upcoming Earnings LULU (8/31)


Best of This Week in Futures Options 66: Hurricane for Crude

This episode was originally posted on August 28th, 2017 Topics this week include: S&P and other indexes Silver and Gold Crude Oil Winners: Copper, Soybean oil Losers: Lean hogs, corn Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments ...
Posted August 30th, 2018

This episode was originally posted on August 28th, 2017

Topics this week include:

  • S&P and other indexes
  • Silver and Gold
  • Crude Oil
  • Winners: Copper, Soybean oil
  • Losers: Lean hogs, corn

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from Sho Odwa -Hi! Which website publishes real-time commodity options quotes
  • Comment from Allan -I would have thought KC Wheat would be the winner?
  • Question from NN0M -Why did Tosaw put on a two year collar in silver? Why that time frame?
  • Question from ReallyG -Love your #podcasts! Question: market profile displays limit orders. Is there a service that displays stop orders? Just wondering

Question from TheBiggers: Calls are typically more bid in futures options than equity options. So does it stand that collars are more effective in futures options?


Options Insider Radio Special Events: The Future of Crypto Derivatives

Mark recently participated in the Voice of Blockchain Conference to talk about crypto derivatives. Panelists included: Tony Saliba, CEO at Matrix Holding Group and Mercury Digital Assets Matt Amberson, Owner, Options Research & Technology...
Posted August 30th, 2018

Mark recently participated in the Voice of Blockchain Conference to talk about crypto derivatives. Panelists included:

  • Tony Saliba, CEO at Matrix Holding Group and Mercury Digital Assets
  • Matt Amberson, Owner, Options Research & Technology Services
  • Julie Winkler, CME Group Chief Commercial Officer

Options News Rundown: Wednesday, August 28, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, August 28, 2018
Posted August 29th, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, August 28, 2018


Volatility Views 319: Talking VIX, VXX, VOLI and NVDA Volatility

Volatility Review: A look back at the week from a volatility perspective VIX Cash - 12, down one point from last week. VVIX - 93, ten handles lower than last week. VIX OPTIONS - ADV: 462k, VIX call/put: 3.3/1, Total 6.31m (4.83m Calls, 1.48m Puts)...
Posted August 27th, 2018

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

  • VIX Cash - 12, down one point from last week.
  • VVIX - 93, ten handles lower than last week.
  • VIX OPTIONS - ADV: 462k, VIX call/put: 3.3/1, Total 6.31m (4.83m Calls, 1.48m Puts)
  • Return of the 1x2?
  • VXX - 28.65, one and a half points lower than last week.
  • Earnings Volatility: NVDA - ATM straddle: $16.50, approx. 6%
  • VIX lawsuit press release - Kessler Topaz chosen as co-lead counsel overseeing national antitrust case alleging manipulation of CBOE's Volatility Index

Volatility Voicemail: Options question of the week

We're talking about crypto derivatives at the @BlockchainVoice Conference. So this week we want to know which crypto product you'd like to see listed on a major venue next?

  • Bitcoin Options
  • Ripple Options/Futures
  • Ether Options/Futures
  • Litecoin Options/Futures

Listener questions and comments

  • Comment from Vixologist: VolTwits should listen to @ScottNations on latest installment of Volatility Views from @Options https://tinyurl.com/yb9uebww Scott talks about the alt volatility measures he has developed.
  • Comment from Middling Radical: I have his thinkorswim indices up but confess I find the VIX complex and certain ratios just as helpful.
  • Comment from FearMerchant: I have them on my screen and I was tracking a ratio of VIX/VOLI for a while to see when they diverge/converge. It proved to be of little value.
  • Comment from David Lincoln : They have some good people on that show....... ;)
  • Comment from FContangotrader: VIX at 12.28 and the market at ATH says everyone are hedged with puts SPX,VVIX over 100 says lot of VIX calls buying as a hedge also, market will break to the upside.
  • Comment from Nathan L.: All these people buying VIX puts have me confused. How low can this vol bear trend really get - maybe 9? So the downside is quite limited. I definitely prefer bull call spreads in this environment with potentially selling OTM puts as a financing tool.

Crystal BallL Your prognostication headquarters

Last week:

  • Mark L.: 12.25
  • Mark S.: 11.95

Next week:

  • Mark L.: 11.55
  • Mark S.: 11.95

Best of Option Block 614: Unleash the Liberator Puts

This episode was originally posted on April 25th, 2017 Trading Block: Earnings today Alcoa: $33, ATM Straddle $2 - approx. 6% Chipotle: ATM Straddle $25.25, approx. 5.4% VIX 'fear' gauge plummets as French election results spark global relief rally. ...
Posted August 27th, 2018

This episode was originally posted on April 25th, 2017

Trading Block: Earnings today

  • Alcoa: $33, ATM Straddle $2 - approx. 6%
  • Chipotle: ATM Straddle $25.25, approx. 5.4%
  • VIX 'fear' gauge plummets as French election results spark global relief rally.

Odd Block: Calls and puts trade in GGP Inc. (GGP), puts trade in Exelon Corp. (EXC) and calls trade in MGM Resorts Intl. (MGM). Mail Block: Question of the Week: Earnings Season is upon us. Big names are reporting soon. Which is your pick for the largest % move post-earnings?

  • $AMZN
  • $GOOGL
  • $CMG
  • $MSFT

Listener questions and comments:

  • Follow-up comments from GameDay Dog:

You nailed it. I was assigned on 2 of the options. I knew that, but the (-) in my margin account was "alarming". My main thought was losing more than my spread safety net. The math did not make sense immediately. Glad to ask a question that made others ask questions. My bad...just heard episode 608...Yeah, I got assigned 2 of 3 my put spread. Way too early! I will get into better detail next time. Episode 208 had an excellent answer. That big negative number was stupid scary! I closed all the positions & sold the stock. The 1 short put & 3 long puts made it a back ratio spread when I closed it. It's funny now! PS - thanks for managing to get my questions on air. Once I closed the positions, I was able to sleep that night!!! Feels like I lost more than $300 though. By getting assigned the shares, it felt like I had more at risk and loss was influenced by the price of the underlying instead of the option. If that makes sense. Seeing the large margin number was not pleasant. My credit spread had a 30% chance of being ITM when I sold it too! Hahaha.

  • Question from Lesnod -How do you get out of the straddles? One side of a straddle is always a loss correct?

Around the Block/This Week in the Market

  • Apr 25: New Home Sales, Consumer Confidence
  • Apr 27: Jobless Claims, International Trade, Pending Home Sales
  • Apr 28: GDP, Consumer Sentiment

OICs Wide World of Options 52: Gamma Scalping

OIC's Wide World of Options 52: Gamma Scalping Curious about what Gamma Scalping is and how you can use it as a part of your investment strategy? Host Joe Burgoyne has you covered as he welcomes Stan Freifeld of McMillan Analysis Corp who will discuss...
Posted August 27th, 2018

OIC's Wide World of Options 52: Gamma Scalping

Curious about what Gamma Scalping is and how you can use it as a part of your investment strategy? Host Joe Burgoyne has you covered as he welcomes Stan Freifeld of McMillan Analysis Corp who will discuss its trading methodologies. Also, Michael Thomsett, a prolificauthor of several options-related books, joins Joe for Profiles & Perspectives.


Options News Rundown: Monday, August 27, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, August 27, 2018
Posted August 27th, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, August 27, 2018


Advisors Option 70: Exploring the Dark World of Reverse Calendars

Options 101: A review of the fundamentals Short Calendars What is it and why use it? Any other thoughts on the short calendar? The Buzz: What do informed advisors need to know? The Dow just registered its longest stint in correction territory in...
Posted August 27th, 2018

Options 101: A review of the fundamentals

  • Short Calendars
  • What is it and why use it?
  • Any other thoughts on the short calendar?

The Buzz: What do informed advisors need to know?

  • The Dow just registered its longest stint in correction territory in nearly 60 years- failing to move 10% above the closing low hit earlier in the year.
  • The majority of fund managers expect the next recession to begin in the second half of next year or the first half of 2020.
  • Exchange-listed options mean opportunity for pensions and endowments.
  • Best& Worst BDs for Advisors: J.D. Power ? 2018
  • Average satisfaction score - 726, up from 719 a year ago, on a scale of 1 to 1,000.

Office Hours: Options question of the week

We're talking about #Crypto #Derivatives at the @BlockchainVoiceConference. So this week we want to know which #Crypto product you'd like to see listed on a major venue next.

  • 68% - Bitcoin options
  • 8% - Ripple Options/Futures
  • 18% - Ether Options/Futures
  • 6% - Litecoin options/Futures

Listener questions and comments: What's on your mind?

  • Question from Allen T. - Does it count as a calendar if it's on two different underlyings? Or is that more of a pairs trade?
  • Question from Gall - How many options are actually traded by RIAs?
  • Question from D Riley:I have a general question because I'm struggling with hedges. Do most people buy calls or put options as hedges? Do they hedge in, at or out of the money?

This Week in Futures Options 116: Metals, Energy and Hedging Equities with Treasury Options

Topics this week include: Crude Equities/S&P Metals/Silver Bitcoin/Crypto Futures Options Feedback: Options question of the week We're talking about #Crypto #Derivatives at the upcoming @BlockchainVoice Conference (register at...
Posted August 24th, 2018

Topics this week include:

  • Crude
  • Equities/S&P
  • Metals/Silver
  • Bitcoin/Crypto

Futures Options Feedback: Options question of the week

We're talking about #Crypto #Derivatives at the upcoming @BlockchainVoice Conference (register at http://VoiceOfBlockChain.com). So this week we want to know which #Crypto product you'd like to see listed on a major venue next.

  • 72% - Bitcoin Options
  • 8% - Ripple Options/Futures
  • 15% - Ether Options/Futures
  • 5% - Litecoin Options/Futures

Listener questions and comments:

  • Comment from Umesh - (SEC rejecting Bitcoin ETFs) May be they only like to trade futures #BTC
  • Comment from Apex Trading - Good. I have several wells and the low gas price has been sucking!
  • Question from Lil Danger - First selloff, then NVDA, now SEC rejects bitcoin. Is the bloom off the crypto rose?
  • Comment from LVers - Hogs please.
  • Question from Splitsville - Why is long put/covered call a "collar" while short put/long call is a "risk reversal?" Never understood that one.

Options News Rundown: Friday, August 24, 2018

Options news you can use for Friday, August 24, 2018
Posted August 24th, 2018

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Option Block 740: Trade Wars and Cannabis Stocks

Trading Block: Trump trade war is back on the tape - China implemented more tariffs on U.S. goods. Earnings: Thursday - HP, Intuit, Gap Friday - Foot Locker Odd Block: Rolling calls in Union Pacific Corporation (UNP), bullish paper in Coty Inc....
Posted August 24th, 2018

Trading Block: Trump trade war is back on the tape - China implemented more tariffs on U.S. goods. Earnings:

  • Thursday - HP, Intuit, Gap
  • Friday - Foot Locker

Odd Block: Rolling calls in Union Pacific Corporation (UNP), bullish paper in Coty Inc. (COTY) and opening puts in CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (CBL) Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses investing in marijuana stocks. Mail Block: Options question of the week We're talking about #Crypto #Derivatives at the upcoming @BlockchainVoice Conference (register at http://VoiceOfBlockChain.com). So this week we want to know which #Crypto product you'd like to see listed on a major venue next.

  • 72% - Bitcoin Options
  • 8% - Ripple Options/Futures
  • 15% - Ether Options/Futures
  • 5% - Litecoin Options/Futures

Listener questions and comments: What's on your mind?

  • Comment from TradingTrooper -$CGC begins trading weekly options today
  • Comment from FContangotrader [email protected] @OptionVol greasy meatball and rock lobster combo lol
  • Re: Olive Garden $300 all you can eat pass: Comment from Volatility Trading -Low carb diets be damned

Around the Block: What are we watching?


Options Playbook Radio 222: S&P 500 Skip Strike Butterfly

Now that earnings season is over, it's time to get back to the basics. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition. Specifically: Why choose the S&P 500 index?...
Posted August 24th, 2018

Now that earnings season is over, it's time to get back to the basics. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • Why choose the S&P 500 index?
  • Selecting the expiration (just two days!)
  • Selecting strikes
  • What is the risk?
  • Remember commissions, especially with a three-legged trade
  • Interesting downside considerations
  • What do we want to happen?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at [email protected], or to the Options Insider at [email protected].


Options News Rundown: Thursday, August 23, 2018

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Options News Rundown: Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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Option Block 739: TSLA Is Crazy

Trading Block: Earnings! Wednesday - Target, Lowe's, Barnes & Noble Thursday - HP, Intuit, Gap Friday - Foot Locker Plus, TSLA has major issues - SEC investigation, drug cartels, etc. Odd Block: Put roll in QEP Resources Inc (QEP), Roling puts...
Posted August 21st, 2018

Trading Block: Earnings!

  • Wednesday - Target, Lowe's, Barnes & Noble
  • Thursday - HP, Intuit, Gap
  • Friday - Foot Locker

Plus, TSLA has major issues - SEC investigation, drug cartels, etc.

Odd Block: Put roll in QEP Resources Inc (QEP), Roling puts in Flower Foods Inc (FLO), Call palooza in PayPal (PYPL)

Mail Block: Options question of the week

This week we would like to know more about your level of #options expertise. Quite simply - how would you describe yourself at a dinner party?

  • 13% - Current/Former Pro
  • 18% - Retail Options Wiz
  • 47% - Retail Options Dabbler
  • 22% - Looking to Get Started

ANOTHER Options question of the week: We're talking about #Crypto #Derivatives at the upcoming @BlockchainVoice Conference (register at http://VoiceOfBlockChain.com ). So this week we want to know which #Crypto product you'd like to see listed on a major venue next. Reply/DM w/others #Bitcoin $XRT $ETH $LTC

  • Bitcoin Options
  • Ripple Options/Futures
  • Ether Options/Futures
  • Litecoin Options/Futures

Listener questions and comments:

  • Question From Cbade: Looking to sell some Ford weekly 9.50 puts for $.25. My broker says I don't have enough cash in my account to cover a 10 lot. How much money do I need to have to sell 10 puts on a $9 stock?

Around the Block: What's coming up this week?


Options News Rundown: August 21, 2018

Options news you can use for Tuesday, August 21, 2018
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Volatility Views 318: Exploring VIX Competitors with NationsShares

Volatility Review, featuring special guest Scott Nations, CNBC Contributor & Creator of VolDex. He discusses: An update on SkewDex/VolDex. Will Nasdaq list it soon? Does the current debate over VIX manipulation create an opportunity for VolDex,...
Posted August 20th, 2018

Volatility Review, featuring special guest Scott Nations, CNBC Contributor & Creator of VolDex.

He discusses:

  • An update on SkewDex/VolDex.
  • Will Nasdaq list it soon?
  • Does the current debate over VIX manipulation create an opportunity for VolDex, or does it muddy the waters for all volatility products?
  • Is he hearing more clients and customers who are interested in a skew-less VIX?

A look back at the week from a volatility perspective

  • We 've had a volatility whipsaw recently - we 're up, then we 're down.
  • VIX Cash - 13, slightly up from last week.
  • VVIX - 103.5, higher than last week.
  • VIX Options - ADV: 451k, VIX call/put: 2.9/1, Total 8.79m (6.56m Calls, 2.22m Puts)
  • VXX - 30.25, slightly higher than last week.

Volatility Voicemail: Listeners weigh in

  • Question from B Bort - Why does skew exist in VIX options?
  • Question from Lisl - I looked at VXX Jan 10 puts then ended up moving up the chain to the 20s. Got some ranging from $.65-$.82. So a little bit more but I think my odds are better. Although I could get 60-80 of the other puts for every one of these. Do you hate?

Volatility flash poll: Play along with the Volatility Views crew and make your own guess for the Crystal Ball segment. Where will VIX be at 1pm Central on Friday (aka the end of the show).

  • 12.5-12.99
  • 13-13.49
  • 13.5-13.99
  • 14-14.5

Crystal Ball: Your prognostication headquarters

Last week:

  • Mark L. - 12.25
  • Andrew - 11.01
  • Guest - 13.05

This week:

  • Mark L. - 12.25
  • Mark S. - 11.95

Options News Rundown: Monday, August 20, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, August 20, 2018
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Options Insider Radio Interviews: How the Crypto and Derivatives World Collide

In this episode, Mark is joined by Joe Hernandez, Founder & CEO of the Chicago Blockchain Project, aka Disruption Joe They discuss: Where does Disruption Joe come from? His Bitcoin backstory Chicago Blockchain Project Their upcoming event at Navy...
Posted August 17th, 2018

In this episode, Mark is joined by Joe Hernandez, Founder & CEO of the Chicago Blockchain Project, aka Disruption Joe

They discuss:

  • Where does Disruption Joe come from?
  • His Bitcoin backstory
  • Chicago Blockchain Project
  • Their upcoming event at Navy Pier, The Voice of Blockchain Conference
  • The Chicago trading mindset versus the crypto/Blockchain mindset
  • And more...

This Week in Futures Options 115: Crude, Beans, Crypto and Funky Gold Paper

Topics this week include: Crude/WTI Ags/Soybeans Equities Metals/Gold Bitcoin/Crypto Futures Options Feedback: Listeners take the reins Comments on the U.S./China soybean battlefield Ned Brown has comments on the switch from soybeans to sugar cane...
Posted August 17th, 2018

Topics this week include:

  • Crude/WTI
  • Ags/Soybeans
  • Equities
  • Metals/Gold
  • Bitcoin/Crypto

Futures Options Feedback: Listeners take the reins

  • Comments on the U.S./China soybean battlefield
  • Ned Brown has comments on the switch from soybeans to sugar cane
  • Keifer says don't expect business to come back to the U.S. once the tariff is lifted.
  • Liz O. wants to know where to find all of Blu's research (Right here!)
  • Wild Tiger likes the July options review
  • XRP Please: Thanks for the hard work to build XRP liquidity

Options News Rundown: Friday, August 17, 2018

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Option Block 738: Talking VIX, NVDA, WMT, TSLA and More

Trading Block: A look back at the week from a trading perspective VIX briefly back over 14. Earnings: Wednesday - Macy's, Cisco Thursday - Walmart, JD.com, Nordstrom, Nvidia Friday - John Deere Walmart (WMT) had a blowout quarter and shares are...
Posted August 17th, 2018

Trading Block: A look back at the week from a trading perspective

VIX briefly back over 14.

Earnings:

  • Wednesday - Macy's, Cisco
  • Thursday - Walmart, JD.com, Nordstrom, Nvidia
  • Friday - John Deere
  • Walmart (WMT) had a blowout quarter and shares are surging.
  • Nvidia (NVDA) - ATM straddle: $16.50, approx. 6%

Odd Block: Bullish risk reversal in Discovery Communications Inc. (DISCA) (From 7/19), Well-timed bullish stupid in Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. (CLF) (From 7/16), and earning bet in Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (IPG) (From 7/16).

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses bad practices in financial advisors who claim to know options.

Mail Block: Options question of the week

This week we would like to know more about your level of #options expertise. Quite simply - how would you describe yourself at a dinner party?

  • 12% - Current/Former Pro
  • 21% - Retail Options Wiz
  • 48% - Retail Options Dabbler
  • 19% - Looking to Get Started

Around The Block/This Week In the Markets:

  • Aug 16 - Jobless Claims, Housing Starts
  • Aug 17 - Consumer Sentiment

Options Playbook Radio 221: You May Be Holding Onto Spreads Too Long

Huddle, up listeners! It's time for Brian and Mark to take on listener questions, including: Options question of the week: Earnings season in in full swing. Which names will dominate your options trading this week? 47% - AAPL 37% - TSLA 6% - GPRO...
Posted August 16th, 2018

Huddle, up listeners! It's time for Brian and Mark to take on listener questions, including:

  • Options question of the week: Earnings season in in full swing. Which names will dominate your options trading this week?
    • 47% - AAPL
    • 37% - TSLA
    • 6% - GPRO
    • 10% - CBOE
  • Question from Imhad1: Is HMNY now the most option-like stock ever? Back to $.08 after reverse splitting up to $14. Crazy! Who would buy an option on this thing?
  • Question from Ling: I've heard some educators say that you should never hold out for the max profit in an options spread trade because that means you held onto it too long. Is this the case? Do you agree? Thx and enjoying the handbook.
  • Question from Flyguy: Hey what do you guys do with your long calendar spreads? Do you close out the short leg if the stock doesn't move then keep the long leg or just close the whole spread out?

Options News Rundown: Thursday, August 16, 2018

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Options News Rundown: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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Options News Rundown: Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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Option Block 737: VIX Roars while Musk Dances

Trading Block: The week in trading (so far!) VIX is back over 14! Earnings: Tuesday - Home Depot Wednesday - Macy's, Cisco Thursday - Walmart, JD.com, Nordstrom, Nvidia Friday - John Deere Odd Block: Shares surge in Rent-A-Center Inc. (RCII) (from...
Posted August 14th, 2018

Trading Block: The week in trading (so far!)

  • VIX is back over 14!

Earnings:

  • Tuesday - Home Depot
  • Wednesday - Macy's, Cisco
  • Thursday - Walmart, JD.com, Nordstrom, Nvidia
  • Friday - John Deere

Odd Block: Shares surge in Rent-A-Center Inc. (RCII) (from 6/18), put spread in IQIYI Inc. (IQ) (from 6/21), ratio call spread in Melco Resorts & Entertainment (MLCO) (from 6/4)

Mail Block: Listeners take over

QOTW: This week we would like to know more about your level of #options expertise. Quite simply - how would you describe yourself at a dinner party?

  • Current/Former Pro
  • Retail Options Wiz
  • Retail Options Dabbler
  • Looking to Get Started

Listener questions and comments:

  • Comment from CNelsen - Puts, calls. Calls, puts. Does it really matter?
  • Question from Ling - I've heard some educators say that you should never hold out for the max profit in an options spread trade because that means you held onto it too long. Is this the case? Do you agree? Thx.
  • Question from GunPowderJim - How do you calculate profit/loss on a ratio spread? If I buy 1 call and then sell 2 more do I average across the 3 contracts to determine the P/L on the spread?

Around the Block/This Week in the Markets:

  • Aug 14 - Import and Export Prices
  • Aug 15 - Retail Sales, Industrial Production, Treasury International Capital
  • Aug 16 - Jobless Claims, Housing Starts
  • Aug 17 - Consumer Sentiment

Volatility Views 317: Return of Dr. VIX

Volatility Review with very special guest co-host Russell Rhoads, Head of Derivatives Research at the Tabb Group. Volatility and selloffs return briefly during earning season. VIX Cash - 11.83, down slightly from last week. VVIX - 88, unchanged from...
Posted August 13th, 2018

Volatility Review with very special guest co-host Russell Rhoads, Head of Derivatives Research at the Tabb Group.

  • Volatility and selloffs return briefly during earning season.
  • VIX Cash - 11.83, down slightly from last week.
  • VVIX - 88, unchanged from last week.
  • VIX Options - ADV: 440k, VIX call/put: 3/1, Total 7.95m (5.96m Calls, 1.99m Puts)
  • VXX - 28.5, 2 points lower than last week.

Volatility options question of the week: VXX has finally broken through the 30 handle. Many of you are fascinated with the ongoing saga of the VXX Jan 10 Puts. OI is over 200k and thousands continue to trade for $.01. Our question: Would you trade these puts?

  • 57% - Yes: Buy for $.01
  • 14% - Yes: Sell for $.01
  • 23% - No. It's Just Gambling
  • 6% - I have enough VXX Puts

Volatility Voicemail: Listeners have their say

  • Question from VolBug - When it's all said and done, is the bottom line that all inverse VIX products, whether short term or mid-term, can be subject to an acceleration event like SVXY given a high enough spike in the VIX? Thanks!
  • Question from LL09 - Are you guys still trading these things? Saw 1k go up yesterday. Was that meatball?
  • Comment from LVAC2 - Etrade wants to charge me $159.95 to buy 200 of those VXX Jan 10 puts. That's highway robbery!

Crystal Ball: Getting our prognosticating on

Last week:

  • Mark L. -11.45
  • Mark S. -12.76
  • Guest - 12.05

This week:

  • Mark L. -12.25
  • Andrew -11.01
  • Russell - 13.05

Options News Rundown: Monday, August 13, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, August 13, 2018
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Option Block 736: New Bat Time, Same Bat Channel

Trading Block: A week in review from a trading perspective. The 30 handle is in the rear-view mirror for VXX - more puts hotting the tape. OCC Cleared Contract Volume Up 15 Percent in July Earnings: Monday - Tyson, Marriott, Tenet, NeoPhotonics,...
Posted August 10th, 2018

Trading Block: A week in review from a trading perspective.

  • The 30 handle is in the rear-view mirror for VXX - more puts hotting the tape.
  • OCC Cleared Contract Volume Up 15 Percent in July

Earnings:

  • Monday - Tyson, Marriott, Tenet, NeoPhotonics, Vericel
  • Tuesday - Snap, Disney
  • Wednesday - CVS, Roku
  • Thursday - Coca-Cola, Viacom, Dropbox

Odd Block: Review from 7/9: Rolling July put spread in iShares Russell 2000 Growth Index (IWO), vertical opening in Endo International PLC (ENDP), and small verticals in Amgen, Inc. (AMGN)

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses both metals to buy now and WWF Champs from 1984-1988!

Mail Block: Volatility quesiton of the week

VXX has finally broken through the 30 handle. Many of you are fascinated with the ongoing saga of the $VXX Jan 10 Puts. OI is over 200k and thousands continue to trade for $.01. Our question: Would you trade these puts?

  • Yes: Buy for $.01
  • Yes: Sell for $.01
  • No. It's Just Gambling
  • I have enough $VXX Puts

Around the Block/This Week in the Markets:

  • Aug 7 - JOLTS
  • Aug 9 - Jobless Claims, PPI
  • Aug 10: Consumer Price Index, Treasury Budget

This Week in Futures Options 114: Equity Volatility, Metals Collars and More

Today we are joined by: Mike Tosaw from St. Charles wealth management Sean Smith, Managing Director of Derivatives Licensing at FTSE Russell Ron Bundy, CEO of Benchmarks, North America at FTSE Russell Topics this week include: Equities...
Posted August 10th, 2018

Today we are joined by:

  • Mike Tosaw from St. Charles wealth management
  • Sean Smith, Managing Director of Derivatives Licensing at FTSE Russell
  • Ron Bundy, CEO of Benchmarks, North America at FTSE Russell

Topics this week include:

  • Equities
  • Indices/Russell
  • Crude/WTI
  • Metals/Silver
  • Winners: Oats, Nat Gas, Iron Ore
  • Losers: Rough Rice, WTI, Lumber

Futures Options Feedback: Listeners weigh in

  • Question from Dolamite - What's the best way to harvest the higher levels of volatility in the Russell 2000?
  • Question from Leevy - Is this a favorable environment for metals collars - looking at mostly gold and silver not copper or industrial.

Options News Rundown: Friday, August 10, 2018

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Options Playbook Radio 220: GOOGL Fly Update Plus New BKNG Earnings Fly

As earnings season winds down, we are looking at strategies before, during, and after announcements. Last week, we did a skip-strike butterfly in GOOGL. Let's follow up on how that went. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always...
Posted August 9th, 2018

As earnings season winds down, we are looking at strategies before, during, and after announcements. Last week, we did a skip-strike butterfly in GOOGL. Let's follow up on how that went. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • A review of the skip-strike butterfly
  • What has happened to GOOGL since then?
  • BKNG (formerly Priceline) is about to announce earnings
  • Setting up the trade
  • Selecting strikes, expiration
  • What is the cost?
  • What do we want to happen?
  • Why a butterfly versus a skip strike butterfly?
  • And more...

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at [email protected], or to the Options Insider at [email protected].


Options News Rundown: Thursday, August 9, 2018

Options news you can use for Thursday, August 9, 2018
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Options news you can use for Thursday, August 9, 2018


Options Insider Radio Interviews: Looking Ahead to the Big STA Conference

In this episode, Mark is joined by Jim Toes, President of the Security Traders Association They discuss: The Wisconsin STA Conference Working with FINRA The DC STA Conference: October 3-5 What do they have for options traders? And more
Posted August 8th, 2018

In this episode, Mark is joined by Jim Toes, President of the Security Traders Association

They discuss:

  • The Wisconsin STA Conference
  • Working with FINRA
  • The DC STA Conference: October 3-5
  • What do they have for options traders?
  • And more

Options News Rundown: Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, August 8, 2018
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Option Block Quick Hit: Volume Breakdown And Your Question

Sometimes technology gets the best of us. This was one of those cases. We were able to discuss: Picard vs. Kirk VXX breaking the 30-handle OCC volume numbers for July Options question of the week How to handle the fixed time aspect of trading options?
Posted August 7th, 2018

Sometimes technology gets the best of us. This was one of those cases.

We were able to discuss:

  • Picard vs. Kirk
  • VXX breaking the 30-handle
  • OCC volume numbers for July
  • Options question of the week
  • How to handle the fixed time aspect of trading options?

Options News Rundown: Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Options news you can use for Tuesday, August 7, 2018
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Volatility Views 316: So Much Love for VXX Puts

Volatility Review: A review of the week from a volatility point of view, featuring guest co-host David Lincoln of The Short Vol Show. VIX Cash - 11.83, down slightly from last week. VVIX - 88, three-points lower than last week. VIX Options - ADV:...
Posted August 6th, 2018

Volatility Review: A review of the week from a volatility point of view, featuring guest co-host David Lincoln of The Short Vol Show.

  • VIX Cash - 11.83, down slightly from last week.
  • VVIX - 88, three-points lower than last week.
  • VIX Options - ADV: 440k, VIX call/put: 2.9/1, Total 6.44m (4.79m Calls, 1.64m Puts)
  • VXX - 30.5, half a point lower than last week.
  • Earnings Volatility: Apple, Tesla, Activision/Blizzard, Shake Shack, Blue Apron, Go Pro and Cboe

Volatility Voicemail: Listners take over

Options question of the week: Earnings season is still in full swing. Which names will dominate your #Options trading this week?

  • 46% - Apple, $AAPL
  • 40% - Tesla, $TSLA
  • 8% - GoPro, $GPRO
  • 6% - CBOE, $CBOE

Listener questions and comments:

  • Question from Nils - You guys buying any more of those VXX puts?
  • Question from Roxy -Explain to me again how buying thousands of worthless January puts in VXX is a good trade?
  • Question from Elan - My broker doesn't list the $VIX futures alongside the options. It's damn confusing! Why don't they all just post them so I can see what I'm trading my options on? Instead I have to pull up a separate platform with the futures quotes so I can make sense of it all.

Crystal Ball: Wild and reckless prognostication

Last week:

  • Mark L. -12.45
  • Andrew -13.25

This week:

  • Mark L. -11.45
  • Mark S. -12.76
  • David - 12.05

OICs Wide World of Options 51: Panel - Volatility, The Fuel That Moves Options

This rebroadcast of OIC's webinar panel discussion covers why implied volatility levels drive options premiums and why it's important to trading and strategy session
Posted August 6th, 2018

This rebroadcast of OIC's webinar panel discussion covers why implied volatility levels drive options premiums and why it's important to trading and strategy session


Options News Rundown: Monday, August 6, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, August 6, 2018
Posted August 6th, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, August 6, 2018


Option Block 735: The AAPL, TSLA, VIX Trifecta

Trading Block: A review of the week from a trading perspective. APPL (earnings were on Tuesday) Apple makes history by becoming first U.S. company to reach $1 trillion market value Earnings: Thursday - Activision/Blizzard, Shake Shack, Blue Apron,...
Posted August 3rd, 2018

Trading Block: A review of the week from a trading perspective.

Earnings:

  • Thursday - Activision/Blizzard, Shake Shack, Blue Apron, Go Pro
  • Friday - CBOE

Odd Block: WMB Call-palooza and GRPN Pre-Earnings Call 1x2.

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses the possible outcome of more rate hikes.

Mail Block: Listener questions and comments

Question of the week: EarningsSeason is still in full swing. Which names will dominate your #Options trading this week?

  • Apple - $AAPL
  • Tesla- $TSLA
  • GoPro - $GPRO
  • CBOE - $CBOE

Listners weigh in:

  • Question from Andrew Lane - I tried searching for options on the major advisor news sources including Pensions & Investments and Financial Advisors magazine and came up blank. Why do these mainstream outlets ignore this space? Where should I go to learn more about options for advisors?

Around the Block: What's coming up of interest?


This Week in Futures Options 113: Blu Breaks Down Oil, Ags, Equities and Crypto

Our featured guest in this episode is Blu Putnam, Chief Economist at CME Group. Topics this week include: Crude/Brent/WTI Equities/Russell Ags/Soybeans Question form Robinar - La nina or el nino? Which one is good for U.S. Ags? I always forget. ...
Posted August 3rd, 2018

Our featured guest in this episode is Blu Putnam, Chief Economist at CME Group.

Topics this week include:

  • Crude/Brent/WTI
  • Equities/Russell
  • Ags/Soybeans
    • Question form Robinar - La nina or el nino? Which one is good for U.S. Ags? I always forget.
  • Gold/Metals
  • Bitcoin/Crypto

Options News Rundown: Friday, August 3, 2018

Options news you can use for Friday, August 3, 2018
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Options news you can use for Friday, August 3, 2018


Options Playbook Radio 219: GOOGL Options Trades Post-Earnings

We are in the heart of earnings season, and next week a lot of the FANG stocks will announce. Two weeks ago, we did a diagonal spread in GOOGL. Let's follow up on how that went, and look at a skip-strike butterfly, as well. You can find more in The...
Posted August 2nd, 2018

We are in the heart of earnings season, and next week a lot of the FANG stocks will announce. Two weeks ago, we did a diagonal spread in GOOGL. Let's follow up on how that went, and look at a skip-strike butterfly, as well. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • How was the diagonal spread set up?
  • What happened to GOOGL since the paper trade was established?
  • What are we doing now?
  • Setting up the skip strike butterfly
  • Selecting strikes and expiration date
  • What is the cost?
  • Remember implied volatilities!
  • What happens if we are wrong? Right?
  • And more...

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at [email protected], or to the Options Insider at [email protected].


OIC 2018 Panel - Options and the Institutional Investor

Options and the Institutional Investor Richard Johnson, from Greenwich Associates, presents findings from their Institutional Participant research study, followed by a conversation with industry panelists.
Posted August 2nd, 2018

Options and the Institutional Investor
Richard Johnson, from Greenwich Associates, presents findings from their Institutional Participant research study, followed by a conversation with industry panelists.


Options News Rundown: Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Posted August 1st, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, August 1, 2018


Option Block 734: Talking AAPL, TSLA, VIX and More

Trading Block: The week in trading (so far) Social media tech stocks are taking a bath Earnings: Tuesday - Apple Wednesday - Tesla Thursday - Activision/Blizzard, Shake Shack, Blue Apron, Go Pro Friday - CBOE Odd Block: More Jan 2019 50 Puts in...
Posted July 31st, 2018

Trading Block: The week in trading (so far)

  • Social media tech stocks are taking a bath

Earnings:

  • Tuesday - Apple
  • Wednesday - Tesla
  • Thursday - Activision/Blizzard, Shake Shack, Blue Apron, Go Pro
  • Friday - CBOE

Odd Block: More Jan 2019 50 Puts in Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA), line-in-the-sand puts in Adient PLC (ADNT), and put sweeps in AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS).

Mail Block: Options question of the week

EarningsSeason is still in full swing. Which names will dominate your options trading this week?

  • Apple, $AAPL
  • Tesla, $TSLA
  • GoPro, $GPRO
  • CBOE, $CBOE

Listener comments:

  • Comment from Value Dissenter -Tesla. Yay puts.
  • Question from Ellen - When would you buy those $TSLA Jan 50 puts?
  • Question from LOO7 -I think the market is top heavy here. What should I be looking at in terms of options trades? I mostly own spy in my portfolio. Straight 5% OTM puts or something else?

Around the Block: What's on the radar for the rest of the week?


Advisors Option 69: Trading Options During Earnings Season

The Buzz: What do busy financial advisors need to know? Coffee with Cott from the Options Industry Conference. Earning Season and Options Trading ORATS Earnings Volatility Analysis Options question of the week: Trading options during earnings season...
Posted July 31st, 2018

The Buzz: What do busy financial advisors need to know?

Options question of the week: Trading options during earnings season can be challenging. Some live for it while others avoid it. Do you hold options positions through earnings announcements? If so, what is your approach? Or do you prefer to trade just before/after the event? Or is it all too risky?

  • 28% - Yes, Short Premium
  • 20% - Yes, Long Premium
  • 25% - No,Too Risky
  • 27% - I trade around the event

OIC'S Annual Summit on Fundamental and Technical Analysis

  • OIC recently hosted its annual Summit on Fundamental and Technical Analysis.
  • How did that go?
  • What was the reception for your panel?
  • What is an important takeaway?

Office Hours: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from Options Knight - Loving the AO show. Great stuff as usual from OI network. Was surprised to hear a whole episode about calendar spreads. Are there a lot of advisors out there doing calendars for their clients? Or is that more of an educational piece for the bleeding edge of the advisor space who are looking for something a little more compelling for their high-end clients? Either way I loved the episode and think more advisors should be doing this stuff. Just wondered what you boots-on-the-ground guys thought about the actual reach of the strategy.
  • Question from FlyGuy - Hey what do you guys do with your long calendar spreads? Do you close out the short leg if the stock doesn't move then keep the long leg or just close the whole spread out?
  • Comment from DaLegit - Great show on calendars. I'm still working up to that level. Not sure I'm ready yet but when I am you guys will be the first to know.
  • Question from Teal C. - Can you do a show on short calendars? Why use? Pros/cons vs. long calendars? Maybe a cool backtest or two?

Volatility Views 315: VIX Worm Turns, Plus FB, AMZN and More

Volatility Review: A look back at the week from a volatility perspective Trump threatens $500B more tariffs, the market still shrugs. VIX Cash - 12.14 VVIX - 91, nine points lower than last week. VIX Options - ADV: 460k, VIX call/put: 3.1/1, Total...
Posted July 30th, 2018

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

  • Trump threatens $500B more tariffs, the market still shrugs.
  • VIX Cash - 12.14
  • VVIX - 91, nine points lower than last week.
  • VIX Options - ADV: 460k, VIX call/put: 3.1/1, Total 6.44m (4.79m Calls, 1.64m Puts)
  • VXX - 30.5, ADV: 248k, Total 2.49m (1.20m Calls, 1.30m Puts)

Earnings:

  • Monday - Google
  • Tuesday - AT&T, Verizon
  • Wednesday - UPS, Boeing, Coca Cola, GM, FB, PayPal, Qualcomm
  • Thursday - Amazon, McDonalds, Comcast, Starbucks, Nokia
  • Friday - Twitter, Merck

Volatility Voicemail: Listener questions and comments?

  • Question from Vizinator - Are there $VXX equivalents for Nasdaq, Dow and Russell?
  • Comment from Paul F. - Andrew should change his VIX zones to go negative to indicate when VIX is in drawdown mode. Also, shame on him for nickeling Longo on Crystal Ball. He should lose just for that.
  • Question from Dawiz - Gun to head, best VIX options strategy? No dawdling. Top of your head.

Crystal Ball: Your prognostication headquarters

Last week's guesses:

  • Mark L. - 12.23
  • Andrew - 12.22

This week's guesses:

  • Mark L. - 12.45
  • Andrew - 13.25

Options News Rundown: Monday, July 30, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, July 30, 2018
Posted July 30th, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, July 30, 2018


Option Block 733: Earnings Palooza - FB, AMZN, INTC, CMG and More

Trading Block: A review of the week from a trading perspective Earnings: Thursday - Amazon, McDonalds, Comcast, Starbucks, Nokia Friday - Twitter, Merck Facebook (FB) is 'face-planting' after hours tonight. Earnings Flash Poll: Facebook (FB) is...
Posted July 27th, 2018

Trading Block: A review of the week from a trading perspective

  • Earnings: Thursday - Amazon, McDonalds, Comcast, Starbucks, Nokia
  • Friday - Twitter, Merck
  • Facebook (FB) is 'face-planting' after hours tonight.

Earnings Flash Poll: Facebook (FB) is getting crushed post-earnings, trading down nearly 20% after-hours. Assuming it opens at that level, what's your next FB options trade? Other suggestions? Submit them below:

  • Buy Calls/Spreads
  • Buy Puts/Spreads
  • Sell Puts/Spreads
  • Sell Calls/Spreads
  • Comment from ProBuck:Sell OTM monthly puts
  • Comment JackDanielsTrades:Prob stay away

Odd Block: More Jan 2019 50 Puts in Tesla Motors

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses pros and cons of getting long Facebook.

Mail Block: Listener questions and comments

Volatility Flash Poll: VXX is back in the erosion zone. Many short vol traders are anxiously waiting for it to break the 30 handle. When do you think VXX will finally break 30? This week? Next Week? Never? Let us know below:

  • 5% - Week Ending Fri 7/20
  • 32% - Week Ending Fri 7/27
  • 32% - Week Ending Fri 8/3
  • 31% - Never! I'm Long Vol!

Listener question:

  • Question from Allen T. -Does it count as a calendar if it?s on two different underlyings? Or is that more of a pairs trade?

Around the Block/This Week in the Market:

  • Jul 27 - GDP, Consumer Confidence

This Week in Futures Options 112: Crazy Crude, Crypto and Beans

Topics this week include: Crude Ags/Soybeans Question from LLN9 - Are beans calls showing any hope for an upside move in next six months? Bitcoin/Crypto Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments Question from HLC - I have a...
Posted July 27th, 2018

Topics this week include:

  • Crude
  • Ags/Soybeans
    • Question from LLN9 - Are beans calls showing any hope for an upside move in next six months?
  • Bitcoin/Crypto

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from HLC - I have a couple of FOPs that are going to expire deep in the money but covered by the underlying long future position. When should I expect the long position to disappear from my account so I can hedge accordingly? Would I have the position till EOD Friday or is Thursday the last day? Or it would disappear from my account anytime during Friday?
  • Question from Joanna Lan - What kind of courses do they offer at the CME institute? Are they all in-person or online?
  • Question from Da Brezner - Nick from QuikStrike has suggested being long gold with a hedge. Is he just suggesting being long the futures with a long put hedge or just long gold deltas through something like a risk reversal and then having a long put kicker?

Options Playbook Radio 218: The Dark Art of Butterfly Margin

Huddle up, listeners. It's time for listener questions. If you have questions about anyoptions plays, you can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition. Specifically: How do...
Posted July 26th, 2018

Huddle up, listeners. It's time for listener questions. If you have questions about anyoptions plays, you can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • How do you like to trade options during earnings season? Do you hold a position through an announcement?
  • How do you determine a strategy or direction? How to select strikes and expiration?
  • What the brokers versus the regulators have to say about defined risk trades

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at [email protected], or to the Options Insider at [email protected].


Options Insider Special Events: 2018 Swan CIO Summit, Part 5

Swan Global Investments, our long-time partner for the Advisors Option, has an event every year that brings together leaders from the industry to promote an open dialogue to discuss and share ideas on some of the most challenging issues facing...
Posted July 25th, 2018

Swan Global Investments, our long-time partner for the Advisors Option, has an event every year that brings together leaders from the industry to promote an open dialogue to discuss and share ideas on some of the most challenging issues facing investors.

We are pleased to bring you audio from this event.

Part 5: Where Hedged Equity Fits and Many Options with Options

  1. Roles Hedged Equity Serves in a Portfolio presented by Marc Odo, CFA, CAIA, CIPM, CFP - Dir. of Investment Solutions, Swan Global Investments
  2. Expanding the Opportunity Set for Risk Management Across Multiple Structures

Moderator: Panelists: Marc Odo, CFA, CAIA, CIPM, CFP - Dir. of Investment Solutions, Swan Global Investments

Panelists:

  • Micah Wakefield, CAIA - Dir. of Research & Product Development, Swan Global Investments
  • Chris Hausman, CMT - Dir. of Risk Management & Chief Technical Strategist, Swan Global Investments

Options Insider Special Events: 2018 Swan CIO Summit, Part 4

Swan Global Investments, our long-time partner for the Advisors Option, has an event every year that brings together leaders from the industry to promote an open dialogue to discuss and share ideas on some of the most challenging issues facing...
Posted July 25th, 2018

Swan Global Investments, our long-time partner for the Advisors Option, has an event every year that brings together leaders from the industry to promote an open dialogue to discuss and share ideas on some of the most challenging issues facing investors.

We are pleased to bring you audio from this event.

Part 4: RIA Roundtable: Implementations for Wealth Management

Moderator: Gib Watson III, CIMA - Managing Partner, Trident Wealth Management Consulting, LLC

Panelists:

  • Bill Harding, CFA - CIO, Jackson National Asset Management, LLC
  • Zoe Brunson, CFA - SVP Investment Strategies Group, Asset Mark, Inc.
  • Paul Courtney, CFA , CAIA - Co-Founder & Director of Research, SpringTide Partners

Options Insider Special Events: 2018 Swan CIO Summit, Part 3

Swan Global Investments, our long-time partner for the Advisors Option, has an event every year that brings together leaders from the industry to promote an open dialogue to discuss and share ideas on some of the most challenging issues facing...
Posted July 25th, 2018

Swan Global Investments, our long-time partner for the Advisors Option, has an event every year that brings together leaders from the industry to promote an open dialogue to discuss and share ideas on some of the most challenging issues facing investors.

We are pleased to bring you audio from this event.

Part 3: The Coming Age of Transformation, How It Will Change Everything

Guest Speaker: John Mauldin - Chairman of Mauldin Economics, President of Mauldin Solutions, LLC


Options News Rundown: Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, July 25, 2018.
Posted July 25th, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, July 25, 2018.


Options Insider Special Events: 2018 Swan CIO Summit, Part 2

Swan Global Investments, our long-time partner for the Advisors Option, has an event every year that brings together leaders from the industry to promote an open dialogue to discuss and share ideas on some of the most challenging issues facing...
Posted July 24th, 2018

Swan Global Investments, our long-time partner for the Advisors Option, has an event every year that brings together leaders from the industry to promote an open dialogue to discuss and share ideas on some of the most challenging issues facing investors.

We are pleased to bring you audio from this event.

Part 2: A Strategy to Define Risk 20-Year Perspective on Risk Management

Moderator: Sean McCaffrey - Managing Director, Head of Distribution, Swan Global Investments

Panelists:

  • Randy Swan - Founder, CEO, and Lead Portfolio Manager, Swan Global Investments
  • Rob Swan - COO and Portfolio Manager, Swan Global Investments

Best of Option Block: Revenge of the Schwartzotron

This best of Option Block episode was originally posted on July 22nd, 2016 Trading Block: Most major markets off 0.5% or more. VIX cash watch. Earnings today (before) Dunkin Brands,General Motors, Marriott Vacations, Southwest Airlines; (after)...
Posted July 24th, 2018

This best of Option Block episode was originally posted on July 22nd, 2016

Trading Block: Most major markets off 0.5% or more. VIX cash watch. Earnings today (before) Dunkin Brands,General Motors, Marriott Vacations, Southwest Airlines; (after) AT&T, Chipotle Mexican Grill, E*Trade Financial (ETFC). Apple Watch is a flop! Odd Block: Calls trade in Nobel Corporation (NE), calls trade in Teucrium Corn Fund (CORN), calls and puts trade in Ebay Inc (EBAY), and calls trade in Mattel Corp (MAT). Mail Block: Listener questions and comments....LIVE!

  • Size aside, what are the primary benefits of using SPX instead of SPY.
  • What is going on in the VIX Aug 13 puts?
  • Which names are the most reliable premium writes each quarter?
  • Is there a tradeable pair between VIX and another member of the family of volatility products?
  • What to do with the upcoming UVXY reverse split?

Around the Block: Earnings on Friday: American Airlines, General Electric Company, TCF Financial, Whirlpool Corporation.


Options News Rundown: Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Options news you can use for Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Posted July 24th, 2018

Options news you can use for Tuesday, July 24, 2018


Options Insider Special Events: 2018 Swan CIO Summit, Part 1

Swan Global Investments, our long-time partner for the Advisors Option, has an event every year that brings together leaders from the industry to promote an open dialogue to discuss and share ideas on some of the most challenging issues facing...
Posted July 24th, 2018

Swan Global Investments, our long-time partner for the Advisors Option, has an event every year that brings together leaders from the industry to promote an open dialogue to discuss and share ideas on some of the most challenging issues facing investors.

We are pleased to bring you audio from this event.

Part 1: Perspectives on Risk Management Seeking Solutions for Endowments, Foundations, and Pensions

Moderator: Gib Watson III, CIMA - Managing Partner, Trident Wealth Management Consulting, LLC

Panelists:

  • Samuel Gallo, CPA, CAIA - CIO, University System of Maryland Foundation
  • Carlos Chujoy, CFA - CIO, Employment Retirement System of Texas
  • Sean P. McChesney - Vice President, Hedged Strategies Research, Fund Evaluation Group, LLC

OICs Wide World of Options 50: Protection Strategies and Options Resources

OIC instructor Bill Ryan joins host Joe Burgoyne in a discussion about protection strategies. Then, Mark Benzaquen from OIC?s Investor Services talks about how his group can help with your options-related questions.
Posted July 23rd, 2018

OIC instructor Bill Ryan joins host Joe Burgoyne in a discussion about protection strategies. Then, Mark Benzaquen from OIC?s Investor Services talks about how his group can help with your options-related questions.


Volatility Views 314: Talking VIX and VXX; plus NFLX and MSFT Volatility

Volatility Review: A look back at the week from a volatility perspective More trade war! Trump threatens $500B more tariffs, the market shrugs. VIX Cash - 12.50 VVIX - 100 VIX Options - ADV: 460k, VIX call/put: 3.1/1, Total 5.42m (4.09m Calls, 1.34m...
Posted July 23rd, 2018

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

  • More trade war! Trump threatens $500B more tariffs, the market shrugs.
  • VIX Cash - 12.50
  • VVIX - 100
  • VIX Options - ADV: 460k, VIX call/put: 3.1/1, Total 5.42m (4.09m Calls, 1.34m Puts)
  • VXX - 31, ADV: 255k
  • Earnings: Netflix and Microsoft

Volatility Voicemail: Listeners have their say

QOTW: Trading Options during earnings season can be challenging. Some live for it while others avoid it. Do you hold Options positions through Earnings announcements? If so, what is your approach? Or do you prefer to trade just before/after the event? Or is it all too risky?

  • 28% - Yes, Short Premium
  • 20% - Yes, Long Premium
  • 25% - No, Too Risky
  • 27% - I trade around the event

QOTW, part deux: Yup it's earnings season once again. Options traders are gearing up for a busy season. Which names do you think will dominate your options trading this season?

  • NFLX
  • AMZN
  • TSLA
  • GOOGL

Listener questions and comments:

  • Question from BigDawg - Are there any of the proprietary vol indicators out there that you guys follow regularly?
  • Question from Lil Vig - Is VXX the greatest trading vehicle ever created? So much sweet erosion.

Crystal Ball: Your prognostication headquarters

Last week:

  • Mark L. -12.20
  • Andrew -12.25
  • Guest - 11.99

Next week:

  • Mark L. - 12.23
  • Andrew - 12.22

Options News Rundown: Monday, July 23, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, July 23, 2018
Posted July 23rd, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, July 23, 2018


Option Block 732: Talking MSFT, TSLA, VIX, and VXX; plus Pairs Trading

Trading Block: A review of the week in trading Amazon and Apple: The race to $1 trillion. Earnings! Thursday - Microsoft Friday - GE, Honeywell MSFT (after the bell) - $104.70, ATM straddle: $3.70, approx. 3.5% Odd Block: Bullish risk reversal in...
Posted July 20th, 2018

Trading Block: A review of the week in trading

  • Amazon and Apple: The race to $1 trillion.

Earnings!

  • Thursday - Microsoft
  • Friday - GE, Honeywell
  • MSFT (after the bell) - $104.70, ATM straddle: $3.70, approx. 3.5%

Odd Block: Bullish risk reversal in Discovery Communications Inc. (DISCA), Rolling call speeds in Omnicom Group Inc. (OMC), Call 3-way in Hanesbrands Inc. (HBI)

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses options pairs vs. stock pairs.

Mail Block: Listeners weigh in

Volatility Flash Poll: $VXX is back in the erosion zone. Many short vol traders are anxiously waiting for it to break the 30 handle. When do you think $VXX will finally break 30? This week? Next Week? Never? Let us know below:

  • Week Ending Fri 7/20
  • Week Ending Fri 7/27
  • Week Ending Fri 8/3
  • Never! I'm Long Vol!

Last week's option question of the week: Yup it's earnings season once again. Options traders are gearing up for a busy season. Which names do you think will dominate your options trading this season?

  • 17% - $NFLX
  • 44% - $AMZN
  • 22% - $TSLA
  • 17% - $GOOGL

Around The Block/This Week in the Markets:

  • Jul 19 - Jobless Claims

Options News Rundown: Friday, July 20, 2018

Options news you can use for Friday, July 20, 2018
Posted July 20th, 2018

Options news you can use for Friday, July 20, 2018


This Week in Futures Options 111: Fun with Silver

Topics This Week Include: Silver/Gold Crude Equities/Russell Futures Options Feedback Question from Daniel - Saw what looked like a gold fly in the TWIFO report but Nick from QuikStrike said he didn't see it in the block reports. Why is that? Are...
Posted July 20th, 2018

Topics This Week Include:

  • Silver/Gold
  • Crude
  • Equities/Russell

Futures Options Feedback

  • Question from Daniel - Saw what looked like a gold fly in the TWIFO report but Nick from QuikStrike said he didn't see it in the block reports. Why is that? Are all trades not reported in the block trade reports?
  • Question from Yancy - I heard it said that there are 20 active names and about 75 tradeable names in the equity options market for retail and that's about it. How does it shake out in futures options?

Options Insider Radio Interviews: Talking Options TCA with S3

In this episode, Mark is joined by Mark Davies and John Standerfer, the CEO and CTO of S3. They discuss: What does S3 do? Volume and volatility are back Liquidity and execution issues Too many options symbols? More exchanges TCA in the options market...
Posted July 19th, 2018

In this episode, Mark is joined by Mark Davies and John Standerfer, the CEO and CTO of S3.

They discuss:

  • What does S3 do?
  • Volume and volatility are back
  • Liquidity and execution issues
  • Too many options symbols?
  • More exchanges
  • TCA in the options market
  • Crypto obsession
  • And more....

Options Insider Radio Interviews: Talking Risk, Market Makers and More with Rival Systems

In this episode, Mark is joined by Rob D'Arco, CEO at Rival Systems. They discuss: How was Rival formed? What does Rival do? What are the new functions customers can expect at Rival? Liquidity and the plight of market makers Generating new business...
Posted July 19th, 2018

In this episode, Mark is joined by Rob D'Arco, CEO at Rival Systems.

They discuss:

  • How was Rival formed?
  • What does Rival do?
  • What are the new functions customers can expect at Rival?
  • Liquidity and the plight of market makers
  • Generating new business
  • And more...

Options Playbook Radio 217: GOOGL Diagonal into Earnings

We are in the heart of earnings season, and next week a lot of the FANG stocks will announce. Let's take a look at a diagonal spread in GOOGL. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the...
Posted July 19th, 2018

We are in the heart of earnings season, and next week a lot of the FANG stocks will announce. Let's take a look at a diagonal spread in GOOGL. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • Why a diagonal spread?
  • What is a diagonal spread?
  • Setting up a trade
  • GOOGL announces earnigns on 7/23
  • Selecting the strikes and expirations
  • What do we want to happen? What do we want to avoid?
  • What is the risk? Reward?
  • Remember margin!

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at [email protected], or to the Options Insider at [email protected].


Options News Rundown: Thursday, July 19, 2018

Options news you can use for Thursday, July 19, 2018
Posted July 19th, 2018

Options news you can use for Thursday, July 19, 2018


Options News Rundown: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Posted July 18th, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, July 18, 2018


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