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Option Block 597: The Impossible VIX Debate

Trading Block: Earnings! Earlier this week: Tuesday - Home Depot, Macy?s, Wal-Mart; Wednesday - Tesla, Fitbit TSLA: Close - $273.51, ATM straddle - $17.16, approx. 6%, Open - $264.08, down 3.4% FITBIT: Close - $5.88, ATM straddle - $.76, approx....
Posted February 24th, 2017

Trading Block: Earnings!

  • Earlier this week: Tuesday - Home Depot, Macy?s, Wal-Mart; Wednesday - Tesla, Fitbit
  • TSLA: Close - $273.51, ATM straddle - $17.16, approx. 6%, Open - $264.08, down 3.4%
  • FITBIT: Close - $5.88, ATM straddle - $.76, approx. 13%, Open - $5.92, effectively unchanged
  • Earnings today: Before the bell - Kohls; After the bell - Nordstrom, BIDU, Herbalife
  • NYSE plans a trial run for Snap IPO.

Odd Block: Calls trade in Carmax Inc (KMX), calls trade in Scientific Games Corp (SGMS) and calls trade in Fireeye Inc (FEYE)

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses specifics in a covered call wheel strategy

Mail Block: Quiz, questions and comments

Options #QuestionOfTheWeek - $VIX has already hit single digits under @realDonaldTrump. How low will it get during the rest of his term?

  • It will not break 10 again
  • Between 9 -10
  • Between 8 - 9
  • Below 8

Listener feedback:

  • Question from Bigtonutz - 9372 $WY Jul21 35 calls went up in 1 block on the PHLX. Are they looking for this to probably going above 35 by July? ?Oh another question since I asked the other one and you did not answer, ahhh why do insiders keep selling shares? Do they feel this will drop for some reason? Just want to get your opinion.

Around the Block: Earnings Friday: JC Penney; Earnings next week: Best Buy, Costco, Target


Options News Rundown: February 24, 2017

Options news you can use for Friday, February 24, 2017.
Posted February 24th, 2017

Options news you can use for Friday, February 24, 2017.


Options News Rundown: February 23, 2017

Options news you can use for Thursday, February 23, 2017.
Posted February 23rd, 2017

Options news you can use for Thursday, February 23, 2017.


Options Insider Radio Interviews: Solving the Looming Liquidity Crisis with IMC

Today Mark is joined by Paul Jiganti, Managing Director at IMC. They discuss: Paul's history in the options industry What is IMC? What is an options wholesaler? How IMC helps lower the barrier to entry Fighting to give the best price to the end user...
Posted February 23rd, 2017

Today Mark is joined by Paul Jiganti, Managing Director at IMC.

They discuss:

  • Paul's history in the options industry
  • What is IMC?
  • What is an options wholesaler?
  • How IMC helps lower the barrier to entry
  • Fighting to give the best price to the end user
  • Taking a dive into the Flash Boys rabbit hole
  • The evolving regulatory environment
  • Incentivizing liquidity
  • The perfect hedge
  • And more

Options Playbook Radio 147: GPS Bull Call Spread

Today we are looking at long call (aka bull call) spreads. You can find this in The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle. Brian discusses: A review of last week's bull call spread in SJM GPS announces earnings on 2/23...
Posted February 23rd, 2017

Today we are looking at long call (aka bull call) spreads. You can find this in The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle.

Brian discusses:

  • A review of last week's bull call spread in SJM
  • GPS announces earnings on 2/23
  • Setting up the trade
  • Picking expirations to capture earnings and beyond
  • Picking strikes based on the expected move
  • What is the cost?

Options News Rundown: February 22, 2017.

Options news you can use for Wednesday, February 22, 2017.
Posted February 22nd, 2017

Options news you can use for Wednesday, February 22, 2017.


Options News Rundown: February 21, 2017

Options news you can use for Tuesday, February 21, 2017.
Posted February 21st, 2017

Options news you can use for Tuesday, February 21, 2017.


This Week in Futures Options 41: Time for a Little Hog Love

Topics this week include: WTI Skew Crude vol Eurodollars Lean Hogs Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments Question from Tom Rios - How has Mexico threatening to buy corn from Brazil and Argentina, rather than the US, impacted...
Posted February 20th, 2017

Topics this week include:

  • WTI Skew
  • Crude vol
  • Eurodollars
  • Lean Hogs

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from Tom Rios - How has Mexico threatening to buy corn from Brazil and Argentina, rather than the US, impacted corn volatility?
  • Question from McTinney - Hello to the TWIFO team and guest! Can you give a little more color on the longer term calls you outlined in gold options last show? Is this the beginning of a trend or just a blip on the radar? Any similar action in silver? Thanks for the show.
  • Comment from Jim Church - I like the rent concept. Was that Nick or Mark's idea? I think it should be a regular segment. Maybe "Who's paying the rent this week?"

Volatility Views 243: Crazy VIX Ratio Call Spreads

Volatility Review: A look back at the week from a volatility perspective. VIX Cash - Just under 11.76 VVIX - 80 CBOE Skew Index - 141, approaching 6-month high of 146 set on Jan 20. VIX Futures: Front month premium to cash - 1.25; Two month premium...
Posted February 20th, 2017

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

  • VIX Cash - Just under 11.76
  • VVIX - 80
  • CBOE Skew Index - 141, approaching 6-month high of 146 set on Jan 20.
  • VIX Futures: Front month premium to cash - 1.25; Two month premium to cash - 2.50.

Russell's Weekly Rundown:

Volatility Voicemail: Quizzes, questions, comments

Options #QuestionOfTheWeek: Trading single #Calls and #Puts is fine, but smart #Options traders use spreads. What is your go-to spread?

  • Vertical/Ratio Vertical
  • Calendar/Diagonal
  • Butterfly/ Iron Butterfly
  • Iron Condor

Listener questions:

  • Question from Nordictan - Is it possible to change the default LiveVol font settings and make it larger? The current setting is simply too small for my multi-monitor setup. My screen devoted to LiveVol is a bit removed from my seating position so I always struggle to read it. A nice pop in the font size would be very useful.
  • Question from Vincent Chase - Why do you say that this earnings cycle is disappointing from a volatility perspective?

Crystal Ball: Your headquarters for wild and reckless prognostication.

Last week:

  • Mark L - 10.45
  • Mark S. - 10.85
  • Russell - 11.75

This week:

  • Mark L. - 11.25
  • Mark S. - 10.75
  • Russell - 12.01

Options News Rundown: February 17, 2017

Options news you can use for Friday, February 17, 2017.
Posted February 17th, 2017

Options news you can use for Friday, February 17, 2017.


Option Block 596: Disastrous 1x3 Call Spreads

Trading Block: Earnings earlier this week. Tuesday - Potbelly, T-Mobile Wednesday - PepsiCo, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Groupon, Marriott International Earnings today. AVP - Crush, stock down 17% intraday. Odd Block: Calls trade in Himax Technologies,...
Posted February 17th, 2017

Trading Block: Earnings earlier this week. Tuesday - Potbelly, T-Mobile
Wednesday - PepsiCo, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Groupon, Marriott International
Earnings today. AVP - Crush, stock down 17% intraday.

Odd Block: Calls trade in Himax Technologies, Inc (HIMX), Calls trade in Health Care SPDR (XLV), Calls and puts trade in Mondelez International Inc (MDLZ)

Mail Block:
#Options #QuestionOfTheWeek - Trading single #Calls and #Puts is fine, but smart #Options traders use spreads. What is your go-to spread?
- Vertical/Ratio Vertical
- Calendar/Diagonal
- Butterfly/ Iron Butterfly
- Iron Condor
Question from Gramercy - So I am interested in $ATVI ahead of earnings. I buy 1 Feb 39.50 call for $1.50. The stock opens up the next day and I sell it out for $5. What am I missing? Why does everyone say this earnings stuff is so hard?
Question from NIZ - Are there options on Snap?
*Note from IPO filing - ?Like many burgeoning tech startups, Snap warned that it ?may never achieve or maintain profitability.?
Question from Mark Tucker - You think MaxPain was the reason to hold $AAPL below $132.40 for closing? Rest of Nasdaq seemed bright green. Thoughts? Thank you.
Question from Richard R. - At 14:00 of episode 553 you stat that a $6 straddle was pricing an 8% move following earnings. Is this just the current ATM straddle?

Around the Block: The market will be closed Monday, February 20 for Presidents Day.
This week in the market - Feb 16: Jobless Claims, Housing Starts
Earnings next week - TSLA, BIDU


Options Playbook Radio 146: SJM Long Calendar Spread

Today we are looking at long calendar spreads. You can find this on pages 90 (calls) and 93 (puts) in The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version. Brian reviews: Review of last week's TSLA calendar spreads with...
Posted February 16th, 2017

Today we are looking at long calendar spreads. You can find this on pages 90 (calls) and 93 (puts) in The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

Brian reviews:

  • Review of last week's TSLA calendar spreads with calls and puts.
  • Long calendar spreads, or bull calendar spreads.

Options News Rundown: February 16, 2017

Options news you can use for Thursday, February 16, 2017.
Posted February 16th, 2017

Options news you can use for Thursday, February 16, 2017.


Options News Rundown: February 15, 2017

Options news you can use for Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
Posted February 15th, 2017

Options news you can use for Wednesday, February 15, 2017.


Advisors Option 52: Fitting Options into Your Portfolio

The Buzz: What are the latest developments in the options market for advisors? Fiduciary rule, revisited. What does it mean? Will options be back on the chopping block? Why does the law of unintended consequences seem to hit options so often? The new...
Posted February 15th, 2017

The Buzz: What are the latest developments in the options market for advisors?

  • Fiduciary rule, revisited. What does it mean? Will options be back on the chopping block? Why does the law of unintended consequences seem to hit options so often?
  • The new white paper from Swan, "Where the DRS Fits in a Portfolio"
  • How to fit options into portfolio allocation?
  • What is the optimal asset allocation?
  • Are there not enough financial advisors (planners) to meet demand?
  • The alts didn't do well last year. Why should advisors increase allocation to what some consider an alt?
  • Are options the veggies of your portfolio?

Option Block 595: Rise of the Yield Hunters

Trading Block: Earnings! Apple did not reach all time highs, but its close price is an all time highs. All time highs happened on April 28, 2015 @ 134.54. MIAX launches 15th options exchange with MIAX-Pearl. ICE Cool on Options: Speaking at the Credit...
Posted February 14th, 2017

Trading Block: Earnings! Apple did not reach all time highs, but its close price is an all time highs. All time highs happened on April 28, 2015 @ 134.54. MIAX launches 15th options exchange with MIAX-Pearl. ICE Cool on Options: Speaking at the Credit Suisse Financial Services Forum in Miami Beach, Fla., Jeff Sprecher, founder, CEO, and chairman of ICE, painted a less than rosy picture of the options market.

Odd Block: Calls trade in True Car Inc (TRUE), calls trade in Union Pacific Corp (UNP) and puts trade in Amgen, Inc (AMGN)

Mail Block: Questions, comments, quizzes.

Options #QuestionOfTheWeek - Trading single #Calls and #Puts is fine, but smart #Options traders use spreads. What is your go-to spread?

  • Vertical/Ratio Vertical
  • Calendar/Diagonal
  • Butterfly/ Iron Butterfly
  • Iron Condor

Listener question:

Question from Game Day Dog - Hi. I have done well buying calls & puts, but have been practicing with credit & debit vertical spreads - see the DPZ trade picture. I am worried about max risk. How is this different than selling a naked option if my 195 protection is OTM at expiration? Can you discuss the "surprises" or things to watch for with vertical spreads? Thanks & great show.

Around the Block: What is on the radar for the rest of this week?

Earnings this Week:

  • Tuesday: Potbelly, T-Mobile
  • Wednesday: PepsiCo, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Groupon, Marriott International
  • Thursday: Time Inc., Waste Management

This Week in the Market

  • Feb 14: Producer Price Index
  • Feb 15: Consumer Price Index, Retail Sales, Industrial Production, Business Inventories
  • Feb 16: Jobless Claims, Housing Starts

Options News Rundown: February 14, 2017

Options news you can use for Tuesday, February 14, 2017.
Posted February 14th, 2017

Options news you can use for Tuesday, February 14, 2017.


Volatility Views 242: The Godfather of VXX

Volatility Viewpoint: Today we have special guest: Greg King, REX ETFs CEO/Founder, "The Godfather of VXX." He discusses: The process for launching VXX How did it come about? The process for launching XIV Why make the switch into a short volatility...
Posted February 13th, 2017

Volatility Viewpoint: Today we have special guest: Greg King, REX ETFs CEO/Founder, "The Godfather of VXX."

He discusses:

  • The process for launching VXX
  • How did it come about?
  • The process for launching XIV
  • Why make the switch into a short volatility product?
  • What is REX ETF?
  • How do the new products work?

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

  • VIX Cash - under 11
  • VVIX - 85.84
  • VIX Futures: Front month premium to cash: 1.1. Two month premium to cash: 2.80.

Russell's Weekly Rundown:

  • VIX Options: ADV - 559k. Mon - 350k, Tues - 519k, Weds - 886k, Thurs - 691k. Total 9.18m (6.82m Calls, 2.36m Puts).
  • VIX Call/Put: 2.8/1
  • CBOE Skew Index - 129, down 4.82 (3.6%)
  • OIV/OVX - 29.50
  • GVZ - 15
  • TYVIX - 5.40

Crystal Ball: Wild and reckless prognostication.

Last week:

  • Mark L. - 10.50!
  • Mark S. - 10.92
  • Russell - 12.01
  • GUEST - 11.34

This week:

  • Mark L. - 10.45
  • Mark S - 10.85
  • Russell - 11.75

This Week in Futures Options 40: Is WTI Paying the Rent?

We have a very special guest this week, Dan Passarelli, the Founder of Market Taker Mentoring. Topics this week include: Brent/WTI Spread Vol Skew Gold Futures Options Feedback: Quizzes and questions and comments TWIFO Pop Quiz: What is your go-to...
Posted February 13th, 2017

We have a very special guest this week, Dan Passarelli, the Founder of Market Taker Mentoring.

Topics this week include:

  • Brent/WTI Spread
  • Vol Skew
  • Gold

Futures Options Feedback: Quizzes and questions and comments

TWIFO Pop Quiz: What is your go-to Futures Options strategy? Did yours not make the cut? Reply/DM with it and we'll read the best on TWIFO

  • Long Call/Vertical
  • Long Put/Vertical
  • Covered Call/Short Put
  • IronCndr/Fly or Butterfly

Listener questions:

  • Question from 65Chevy - This is for TWIFO. Great show. Quick question - Are covered calls as popular in futures options as they are in equity options? Do they have the same performance characteristics?
  • Question from George - Like the OI heat maps. Your stuff is slowly bringing me over to the dark side. I'm looking at brokers now but I'm not clear on FO margin. Is it the same span or portfolio margin like regular options or something different? And when are you going to hit on hogs again?
  • Question from Vegan - During the election we saw the post-election markets crash during the event and then shoot up the next day. When rare events happen odds are the market will have a hard time going down again in the near future. How can you trade options with that in mind?

Options News Rundown: Monday, February 13, 2017

Options news you can use for Monday, February 13, 2017
Posted February 13th, 2017

Options news you can use for Monday, February 13, 2017


Options Insider Radio Interviews: Talking ChiX Acquisition, Dash-Liquidpoint Merger and Options Education with Tony Saliba

Today, Mark is joined by Tony Saliba, Managing Director of Saliba Venture Management. He discusses: His forthcoming book, Managing Expectations: Driving Profitable Option Trading Outcomes through Knowledge, Discipline, and Risk Management How did...
Posted February 10th, 2017

Today, Mark is joined by Tony Saliba, Managing Director of Saliba Venture Management.

He discusses:


Option Block 594: Sports Retail Is Sexy. Who Knew?

Trading Block: Oil prices prop up Wall Street; NASDAQ hits record high. MIAX launches 15th options exchange with MIAX-Pearl. Earnings Today: Before the bell: Coca-Cola, Dunkin Brands Group, Twitter, Viacom After the bell: Activision, Nvidia, Zinga ...
Posted February 10th, 2017

Trading Block: Oil prices prop up Wall Street; NASDAQ hits record high. MIAX launches 15th options exchange with MIAX-Pearl.

Earnings Today:

  • Before the bell: Coca-Cola, Dunkin Brands Group, Twitter, Viacom
  • After the bell: Activision, Nvidia, Zinga

DIS (earnings on Tuesday): Close: $109 - ATM straddle: $3.50, approx. 3.2%; Open: $109.52 - traded as high as $11.42, up 2.2%

Other earnings earlier this week:

  • Tuesday: General Motors, Walt Disney Company, Take Two Interactive
  • Wednesday: GrubHub, Time Warner

Odd Block: Calls trade in Foot Locker Group (FL), calls trade in Chesapeake Energy Co (CHK) and calls trade in Dicks Sporting Goods Inc (DKS)

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses his recent trades in Chevron.

Mail Block: Options #QuestionOfTheWeek - With so many different #Options expiration cycles available (weekly, etc) - which duration do you prefer?

  • Longer than 1 month
  • Monthly
  • Weekly
  • Daily/Intra-day

Listener Questions

  • Question from EdwardUhs - Hey guys, what do you think about CMG? (from Mixlr chat on Monday 2/6)

Around The Block/This Week in the Market:

  • Quarterly earnings continue to roll in as expected economic reports are very slow up until Friday.
  • Feb 9: Jobless Claims
  • Feb 10: Import and Export Prices, Consumer Sentiment, Treasury Budget

Options News Rundown: February 10, 2017

Options news you can use for Friday, February 10, 2017.
Posted February 10th, 2017

Options news you can use for Friday, February 10, 2017.


Options Playbook Radio 145: TSLA Calendar Spread

Today we are looking at calendar spreads. You can find this on pages 90 (calls) and 93 (puts) in The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version. Brian reviews: Review of last week's AMZN iron condor Long calendar...
Posted February 9th, 2017

Today we are looking at calendar spreads. You can find this on pages 90 (calls) and 93 (puts) in The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

Brian reviews:

  • Review of last week's AMZN iron condor
  • Long calendar spreads = net long volatility
  • That doesn't mean that you want a volatile market
  • When might this happen? Earnings!
  • Setting up the trade
  • Picking expirations
  • Picking strikes
  • What is the risk? Reward?

Options News Rundown: February 9, 2017

Options news you can use for Thursday, February 9, 2017.
Posted February 9th, 2017

Options news you can use for Thursday, February 9, 2017.


Options News Rundown: February 8, 2017

Options news you can use for Wednesday, February 8, 2017.
Posted February 8th, 2017

Options news you can use for Wednesday, February 8, 2017.


IRAs and Retirement Planning: The Business Show Episode 12

Mark, Matt & Dylan hit ya with the Mark-et Beat, talk IRAs, and hold a confirmation hearing for Mark for Secretary of the Treasury. Stay tuned after the show for a special surprise from Mark.
Posted February 7th, 2017

Mark, Matt & Dylan hit ya with the Mark-et Beat, talk IRAs, and hold a confirmation hearing for Mark for Secretary of the Treasury. Stay tuned after the show for a special surprise from Mark.


Option Block 593: Can You Trade Options On The Superbowl

Trading Block: Earnings Today Before the bell - Hasbro After the bell - CBOE Holdings, Twenty-First Century Fox But there is more than just earnings. OCC announces Total Cleared Contract Volume was down 9% in January. The Snapchat IPO looms ahead....
Posted February 7th, 2017

Trading Block: Earnings Today

  • Before the bell - Hasbro
  • After the bell - CBOE Holdings, Twenty-First Century Fox

But there is more than just earnings. OCC announces Total Cleared Contract Volume was down 9% in January. The Snapchat IPO looms ahead.

Odd Block: Calls trade in S&P 500 VIX Short Term (VXX), puts trade in T-Mobile Inc (TMUS), alls trade in TrueCar Inc (TRUE).

Mail Block: Options #QuestionOfTheWeek

Time for another Earnings #StraddleBattle : Which stock will outperform its straddle by the largest margin?

  • 35% - Apple (AAPL) (ACTUAL WINNER)
  • 13% - Facebook (FB)
  • 39% - Amazon (AMZN)
  • 13% - Chipotle (CMG)

Options #QuestionOfTheWeek - With so many different #Options expiration cycles available (weekly, etc) - which duration do you prefer?

  • Longer than 1 month
  • Monthly
  • Weekly
  • Daily/Intra-day

Listener question:

  • Question from In-to-it - Why can I not trade options on the Super Bowl?

Around the Block: Earnings!

  • Tuesday: General Motors, Walt Disney Company, Take Two Interactive
  • Wednesday: GrubHub, Time Warner
  • Thursday: Twitter, Coca-Cola, Dunkin Brands Group, Activision, Nvidia, Zinga

This Week in the Market:

  • Feb 7: International Trade
  • Feb 9: Jobless Claims
  • Feb 10: Import and Export Prices, Consumer Sentiment
  • Feb 10: Treasury Budget

Options News Rundown: February 7, 2017

Options news you can use for February 7, 2017.
Posted February 7th, 2017

Options news you can use for February 7, 2017.


This Week in Futures Options 39: Thank Trump for the WTI-Brent Spread

Topics this week include: WTI/Brent spread Gold Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments Question from JVIL: Can we get an update on corn? Question from Alan Mayne: What's it going to take to bump WTI volatility back into the 2016...
Posted February 6th, 2017

Topics this week include:

  • WTI/Brent spread
  • Gold

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from JVIL: Can we get an update on corn?
  • Question from Alan Mayne: What's it going to take to bump WTI volatility back into the 2016 range?
  • Question from TLOCA4: How do I find the quickskew setting on quikstrike? I checked www.cmegroup.com/twio and I can't find it. Am I on the right page?

Volatility Views 241: VIX: The Shining Beacon of Efficiency

Volatility Viewpoint Featuring Mike Menslage of VolSurface Capital Management. He discusses: What is VolSurface Capital Management? What is their typical strategy and product? What is their take on the new volatility and political regime? Are we...
Posted February 6th, 2017

Volatility Viewpoint Featuring Mike Menslage of VolSurface Capital Management.

He discusses:

  • What is VolSurface Capital Management?
  • What is their typical strategy and product?
  • What is their take on the new volatility and political regime? Are we destined for a prolonged period of low volatility?
  • VIX long-term mean of 20?
  • Why is the 30 strike so popular?

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

  • VIX Cash: 11.25
  • VVIX: 88, off its recent highs.
  • VIX Futures: Front month premium to cash: 1.26; Two months premium to cash: 2.6

Russells Weekly Rundown:

  • VIX Options: Thurs - 327k, Weds - 546k, Tues - 442k, Mon - 745k
  • VIX Call/Put: 2.5/1: Total 7.93m (5.88m Calls, 2.05m Puts)
  • OIV/OVX - 29.50
  • GVZ - 15
  • TYVIX - 5.40

Crystal Ball: Wild and reckless prognostication

Last week:

  • Mark L. - 11.50
  • Mark S. - 11.05
  • Russell - 12.99
  • Bill Luby - 11.78

This week:

  • Mark L. - 10.50
  • Mark S. - 10.92
  • Russell - 12.01

Options News Rundown: February 6, 2017

Options news you can use for Monday, February 6
Posted February 6th, 2017

Options news you can use for Monday, February 6


Option Block 592: The Apple of Yesteryear

Trading Block: Earnings edition AAPL: Closed: $121.35, ATM Straddle: $4.25 approx. 3.5%. Opened: $127.09 - up 4.7%, traded as high as $130.49 - up 7.5%. iPhone 7 sales blew away estimates. Apple still sitting on over a quarter of a trillion in cash -...
Posted February 3rd, 2017

Trading Block: Earnings edition

  • AAPL: Closed: $121.35, ATM Straddle: $4.25 approx. 3.5%. Opened: $127.09 - up 4.7%, traded as high as $130.49 - up 7.5%. iPhone 7 sales blew away estimates. Apple still sitting on over a quarter of a trillion in cash - excluding debt.
  • FB: Closed: $133.23, ATM Straddle: $6.70 approx. 5%. traded as high as $135.29 - up 1.5%, today down to $130.70, approx. 2%

After the bell: Amazon, Chipotle, Visa, GoPro

  • AMZN: $839.75, ATM Straddle: $41.50 - approx. 5%
  • CMG: $424.1, ATM Straddle: $20.55 - approx. 5%
  • GOPRO: $10.88, ATM Straddle: $1.25 - approx. 11.5%

Odd Block: Calls trade in Alcoa Inc (AA), calls trade in MetLife Inc (MET) and calls trade in Nordstrom, Inc (JWN).

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses hedging Apple going into earnings

Mail Block: Options #QuestionOfTheWeek

Time for another Earnings #StraddleBattle : Which stock will outperform its straddle by the largest margin?

  • Apple (AAPL)
  • Facebook (FB)
  • Amazon (AMZN)
  • Chipotle (CMG)

Listener Questions and Comments

  • Question from Geoff - Are straddles really better than analysts estimates for predicting stocks?
  • Question from Bob - Concerning earnings - I have been told to take an ATM call and a put and add them together and that is the expected move. Is that correct?

Around the Block: Numbers on the horizon

  • Feb 3: Unemployment
  • Feb 3: Factory Orders

Options News Rundown: February 3, 2017

Options News Rundown: February 3, 2017
Posted February 3rd, 2017

Options News Rundown: February 3, 2017


Options Playbook Radio 144: Iron Condor into AMZN Earnings

Today we are looking at iron condors. You can find this in The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version. Specifically: A review of last week's F call purchase What happened since we put on that trade? Who announced...
Posted February 2nd, 2017

Today we are looking at iron condors. You can find this in The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

Specifically:

  • A review of last week's F call purchase
  • What happened since we put on that trade?
  • Who announced earnings this week?
  • What can we do with AMZN?
  • Where is the AMZN straddle trading?
  • What is the over/under on the upside? Downside?
  • Rationale for picking expiration
  • Rationale for picking strikes
  • What is the maximum risk? Reward?

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


Options News Rundown: February 2, 2017

Options news you can use for Thursday, February 2, 2017.
Posted February 2nd, 2017

Options news you can use for Thursday, February 2, 2017.


Options News Rundown: February 1, 2017

Options news you can use for Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Posted February 1st, 2017

Options news you can use for Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Advisors Option 51: Trump, ETFs, Covered Calls and More

Today, Mark is joined by co-hosts Chris Hausman and Aash Vyas from Swan Global Investments and Russell Rhoads from the CBOE Options Institute. The Buzz: The Dawn of a New Regime - how will it impact the markets? An overview of the STAC Regulatory...
Posted January 31st, 2017

Today, Mark is joined by co-hosts Chris Hausman and Aash Vyas from Swan Global Investments and Russell Rhoads from the CBOE Options Institute.

The Buzz: The Dawn of a New Regime - how will it impact the markets? An overview of the STAC Regulatory Reform Session: the Choice Act, the Volcker Rule, migration of OTC derivates and DOL fiduciary rule.

A breakdown of Inside ETFs Conference:

  • What is it?
  • Who goes to it?
  • What interesting developments/research came out of it?

A preview of the CBOE RMC Conference:

  • What is it?
  • Who attends it?
  • Learn the latest risk management tools and tactics from top traders and strategists.

A new paper from Swan Global Investments: What Return Are You Targeting? Setting Expectations and Benchmarking in a Myopic World

Next Swan Conference:

Office Hours: Options #PopQuiz: What are you primarily looking for when buying an options-oriented fund?

  • Levered Returns (2x, etc)
  • Income Generation
  • Hedge/Protection
  • Other (reply/dm w/answer)

Listener Questions: What's on your mind?

  • Question from Tim Avery - If I choose an advisor that uses options do they traditionally charge higher fees than straight-up equity advisors?
  • Question from Aisling Davis - Seems as though correlation is trending upward across asset classes. Do you find that this is a more favorable environment to trade options vs other assets? What are your clients saying about this?
  • Question from Angelo Miles - Hello. I found your program while searching for options informations for RIAs. Let me just say it was a refreshing breath of fresh air after the dense material available on other outlets and broker sites. It seems that most of them (see here) just say options are risky and link to something called the Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options. What is this omnipresent booklet and why should I care? I tried looking at it a few times and it just put me to sleep.
  • Question from Adam - Could you please explain what it means to "gamma scalp" and why this is not called delta scalping? Thanks and your show has saved me a lot of money now that I have come to the dark side!
  • Question from Yukoner - Are covered calls still a viable strategy in a 401k these days?

Option Block 591: Apple Earnings Preview, Strange VIX Spike

Trading Block: Earnings today include Apple, Under Armour. Odd Bock: Call writer in Coach Inc. (COH), call spreads trade in Constellation Brands, Inc. (STZ) and calls trade in Pfizer Inc. (PFE) Mail Block: Questions, comments, and more. Options...
Posted January 31st, 2017

Trading Block: Earnings today include Apple, Under Armour.

Odd Bock: Call writer in Coach Inc. (COH), call spreads trade in Constellation Brands, Inc. (STZ) and calls trade in Pfizer Inc. (PFE)

Mail Block: Questions, comments, and more.

  • Options #QuestionOfTheWeek - Time for another earnings straddle battle. Which company will outperform their earnings straddle by the largest margin?
  • Apple - $AAPL
  • Facebook - $FB
  • Amazon - $AMZN
  • Chipotle - $CMG

Listner questions:

  • Question from Michael Gavriel - Hey guys, I appreciate all the programming. As far as I can tell, the Option Block podcasts sort of arrive a day late. Maybe its my podcast client? I have not looked into it. What I mean is - for example, the recent Option Block show - Option Block 572, it seems like that is a recap of Thursdays action. But when is it published? I sort of 'need' it to be published on Thursday night i.e. the 10th, or very early in the morning, I guess, on the 11th, if I am going to sort of use it to keep me abreast of action ahead of the trading day? Just curious if this is just how your guys schedules work, maybe you record the next morning, and release mid day, in which case I am a bit out of luck in terms of it being a super timely source. But if it is something I am doing wrong on my end, please do let me know! Thanks.
  • Question from Tom - What does this article mean?
  • Question from Koukas - Researchers say we were in the most narrow equity range since 1933 just before the elction. What's the best way to trade that? Sell out a far out straddle?

Around the Block: Earnings! AAPL, XOM, CMG, AMZN. Trump Twitter watch. Confirmations.


Options News Rundown: January 31, 2017

Options news you can use for Tuesday, January 31, 2017.
Posted January 31st, 2017

Options news you can use for Tuesday, January 31, 2017.


This Week in Futures Options 38: Short-Term Options Palooza- Crude, Gold, Indexes and More

Topics this week include: WTI/Brent spread QuikSkew Gold Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments Question from Sellopod - Why do you not promote or discuss the liquidity and cost-effectiveness for the end user of the big S&P...
Posted January 30th, 2017

Topics this week include:

  • WTI/Brent spread
  • QuikSkew
  • Gold

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from Sellopod - Why do you not promote or discuss the liquidity and cost-effectiveness for the end user of the big S&P option pit?
  • Question from Angelo - I day-trade futures. What are your thoughts on trading options intraday?

OICs Wide World of Options 34: Panel - Rolling With the Markets

WWoO Show 34: Panel - Rolling With the Markets This rebroadcast of OICss webinar panel discusses different approaches to adjusting your options position when markets move in your favor or against you.
Posted January 30th, 2017

WWoO Show 34: Panel - Rolling With the Markets

This rebroadcast of OICss webinar panel discusses different approaches to adjusting your options position when markets move in your favor or against you.


Volatility Views 240: VIX Put Love and Earnings Volatility Debacle

Volatility Review: A look back at the week from a volatility perspective VIX Cash: 10.63 VVIX: 80, off recent highs. VIX Futures: Front month premium to cash: 2.1, two month premium to cash: 3.5 Russell's Weekly Rundown: VIX Options: ADV - 580k;...
Posted January 30th, 2017

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

  • VIX Cash: 10.63
  • VVIX: 80, off recent highs.
  • VIX Futures: Front month premium to cash: 2.1, two month premium to cash: 3.5

Russell's Weekly Rundown:

  • VIX Options: ADV - 580k; Thurs - 638k, Weds - 613k, Tues - 863k, Mon - 427k; VIX Call/Put: 2.5/1
  • Earnings season dramatically underwhelming so far.
  • Google, MSFT, INTC, PayPal, SBUX
  • OIV/OVX - 29.50
  • GVZ - 14.74
  • TYVIX - 5.65

Volatility Voicemail: Question of the week, plus listeners have their say

Options #QuestionOfTheWeek - Lots of earnings on the horizon. Which company will outperform their earnings straddle by the largest margin?

  • Alphabet - $GOOGL
  • Microsoft - $MSFT
  • Intel - $INTC
  • Starbucks - $SBUX
  • Question from VolBug - Hi Mark, Can you and the crew give you assessment of SVXY and whether you think it tracks well and what are some of the vulnerabilities? Thank you sir.

Crystal Ball: Your prognostication headquarters

Last week:

  • Mark L. - 11.55
  • Mark S./Andrew - 12.01
  • Russell - 12.34

This week:

  • Mark L. - 11.50
  • Mark S. - 11.05
  • Russell - 12.99
  • Bill Luby - 11.78

Options News Rundown: January 30, 2017

Options news you can use for Monday, January 30, 2017
Posted January 30th, 2017

Options news you can use for Monday, January 30, 2017


Trading Tech Talk 59: Finding New Market Wizards with FundSeeder

CTO Interview with Jack Schwager: Author extraordinaire and now co-founder of Fund Seeder. Mr. Schwager is the author of Market Wizards, Hedge Fund Market Wizards, A Complete Guide to the Futures Markets: Fundamental Analysis, Trading Spreads and...
Posted January 27th, 2017

CTO Interview with Jack Schwager: Author extraordinaire and now co-founder of Fund Seeder. Mr. Schwager is the author of Market Wizards, Hedge Fund Market Wizards, A Complete Guide to the Futures Markets: Fundamental Analysis, Trading Spreads and Options (and the second edition just hit store shelves!)

He discusses:

  • Was he surprised by the reaction to Market Wizards?
  • How did that book come about?
  • His new project in the trading tech space: FundSeder
  • What is FundSeeder?
  • How does the funding process work?
  • Do traders have to reveal their secret sauce in order to receive funding?

Hot Topics in Tech: What is on our radar from a tech perspective?

  • Tech firm creates Trump monitor for stock markets. A London-based Fintech firm Trading.co.uk is launching an app that will generate trading alerts for shares based on comments made on social media by Donald Trump.
  • Launching an open-outcry trading floor? How very 21st century.Box Options Exchange is building the first new trading floor in Chicago in decades - Boyle expects to attract traders who prefer open outcry for big orders and keep them with a more efficient 21st-century floor model.

Option Block 590: Earnings Straddle Battle - GOOGL, MSFT, SBUX and More

Trading Block: Earnings! Before the bell: Southwest, Caterpillar After the bell: Alphabet, PayPal, E-Trade, Microsoft, Intel GOOGL - $852.70. ATM Straddle: $34, approx. 4% MSFT - $64.05. ATM Straddle: $2.75, approx. 4.3% INTC - $37.6. ATM Straddle:...
Posted January 27th, 2017

Trading Block: Earnings!

  • Before the bell: Southwest, Caterpillar
  • After the bell: Alphabet, PayPal, E-Trade, Microsoft, Intel
  • GOOGL - $852.70. ATM Straddle: $34, approx. 4%
  • MSFT - $64.05. ATM Straddle: $2.75, approx. 4.3%
  • INTC - $37.6. ATM Straddle: $1.25, approx. 3.3%
  • PAYPAL - $41.52. ATM Straddle: $2.12, approx. 5%
  • SBUX - $58.51. ATM Straddle: $2.20, approx. 3.7%

Odd Block: Calls trade in Kate Spade Co. (KATE), calls trade in Technology SPDR (XLK) and puts trade in JPMorgan Alerian MLP index (AMJ)

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses dollar-cost averaging

Mail Block: Questions, comments, polls, and more.

Options #QuestionOfTheWeek: Lots of earnings on the horizon. Which company will outperform their earnings straddle by the largest margin?

  • Alphabet - $GOOGL
  • Microsoft - $MSFT
  • Intel - $INTC
  • Starbucks - $SBUX

Listener questions:

  • Question from Tim Avery - If I choose an advisor that uses options do they traditionally charge higher fees than straight-up equity advisors?
  • Question from Kddidy - I managed to buy 100 NAK Feb 3.00 Puts at .25 when the stock was trading at $3.30. Do you have any idea how this could happen? I am not sure if I should feel lucky or stupid.
  • Question from Yukoner - Are covered calls still a viable strategy in a 401k these days?

Around the Block/This Week in the Market:

  • Jan 26: Jobless Claims, International Trade, New Home Sales
  • Jan 27: Durable Goods, GDP, Consumer Sentiment

Options News Rundown: January 27, 2017

Options news you can use for Friday, January 27, 2017.
Posted January 27th, 2017

Options news you can use for Friday, January 27, 2017.


Options Playbook Radio 143: Ford Back Spreads with Puts

Today we are looking at back spreads with puts. You can find this in the back spreads section of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version. Brian covers: A review of last week What happened since? What to do now?...
Posted January 26th, 2017

Today we are looking at back spreads with puts. You can find this in the back spreads section of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

Brian covers:

  • A review of last week
  • What happened since?
  • What to do now?
  • What is the risk? Reward?
  • What to do now with earnings season?
  • Let's look at Ford (F)
  • How to avoid the crush of volatility
  • Take a look at time value
  • Where is the market right now?
  • What is the upside? Downside?
  • What do we want to happen?

Options News Rundown: January 26, 2017

Options news you can use for Thursday, January 26, 2017.
Posted January 26th, 2017

Options news you can use for Thursday, January 26, 2017.


Options Insider Radio Special Events: How Pending Dodd-Frank Changes Will Impact Derivatives Trading

The Security Traders Association of Chicago (STAC) held their winter conference earlier this month. One of the hot topics of discussion was the pending changes to the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. Mark Longo, Founder and CEO of the Options Insider led a...
Posted January 25th, 2017

The Security Traders Association of Chicago (STAC) held their winter conference earlier this month. One of the hot topics of discussion was the pending changes to the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010.

Mark Longo, Founder and CEO of the Options Insider led a panel to discuss, which included

  • Paul Jiganti, Managing Director, IMC Financial Markets
  • Pat Hickey, Head of Market Structure at Optiver
  • Joe Corcoran, First Vice President and Head of Government Relations, The Options Clearing Corporation
  • John Hague, Partner at RSM US LLP

Options News Rundown: January 25, 2017

Options news you can use for Wednesday, January 25, 2017.
Posted January 25th, 2017

Options news you can use for Wednesday, January 25, 2017.


Option Block 589: Jedi vs. Sith. vs Earnings Season

Trading Block: The Trump Effect: President Donald Trump is set to unleash a cascade of stock-market anxiety - The day of reckoning for the Wall Street is here. McDonalds (MCD) earnings today. Friday close - $122.26; ATM Straddle - $3.52, approx. 3%;...
Posted January 24th, 2017

Trading Block: The Trump Effect: President Donald Trump is set to unleash a cascade of stock-market anxiety - The day of reckoning for the Wall Street is here. McDonalds (MCD) earnings today. Friday close - $122.26; ATM Straddle - $3.52, approx. 3%; Open down $.75, Traded as low as $2.44; No more love for all-day breakfast.

Odd Block: Calls and puts trade in Morgan Stanley (MS), calls trade in Home Depot Inc (HD) and calls trade in Lending Club Corp (LC)

Mail Block: Questions, Comments, Polls, and more

Options #QuestionOfTheWeek

Earnings Season awakens! How do you play earnings using options? Are you an Earnings #Jedi or #Sith?

  • 41% - Dark Side (Short Premium)
  • 26% - Light Side (Long Premium)
  • 25% - No Side - Avoid earnings
  • 08% - Other (Reply/DM w/ideas)

Options #QuestionOfTheWeek - Lots of earnings on the horizon. Which company will outperform their earnings straddle by the largest margin?

  • Alphabet - $GOOGL
  • Microsoft - $MSFT
  • Intel - $INTC
  • Starbucks - $SBUX

Listener questions and comments

  • Comment from Steve Place - CREE it is always CREE
  • Question from Chris - Is there a way to subscribe to your posts as they go up on the website so you can get notified via email or mobile phone? Thanks, Chris
  • Question from Fundconcept - Do you think activist investors opportunities will rise considering their experience with mkt volatility?

Around the Block/Earnings Highlights this Week:

  • Tuesday - Alibaba Group, Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, 3M, Kimberly-Clark
  • Wednesday - Boeing, Abbott Labs, eBay, Qualcomm, AT&T
  • Thursday - Alphabet, PayPal, E-Trade, Microsoft, Southwest, Caterpillar, Intel
  • Friday - Honeywell

Options News Rundown: January 24, 2017

Options news you can use for Tuesday, January 24, 2017.
Posted January 24th, 2017

Options news you can use for Tuesday, January 24, 2017.


Options Insider Radio Interviews: Talking Broker Buyouts, Options Books and Earnings Straddles with TD Ameritrade

In this episode, Mark is joined by JJ Kinahan, Chief Market Strategist at TD Ameritrade. They discuss: The forthcoming Scottrade merger Was the options business a key driver in the merger? What is the timeline for the deal? What are the new things on...
Posted January 24th, 2017

In this episode, Mark is joined by JJ Kinahan, Chief Market Strategist at TD Ameritrade. They discuss:

  • The forthcoming Scottrade merger
  • Was the options business a key driver in the merger?
  • What is the timeline for the deal?
  • What are the new things on the docket for TD Ameritrade?
  • Social analysis and trading opportunities
  • Adding futures options to the platform
  • JJ's book, Essential Options Strategies
  • JJ takes on the question of the week

Volatility Views 239: Trump vs VIX

Volatility Review: A look back at the week from a volatility perspective VIX Cash - 13 VVIX - 86 VIX Futures: Front month premium to cash - 1.5; Two month premium to cash - 2.70 Russells Weekly Rundown: VIX Options: A heavy volume week. ADV 554k,...
Posted January 23rd, 2017

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

  • VIX Cash - 13
  • VVIX - 86
  • VIX Futures: Front month premium to cash - 1.5; Two month premium to cash - 2.70

Russells Weekly Rundown:

  • VIX Options: A heavy volume week. ADV 554k, Thurs - 405k, Weds - 850k, Tues - approx. 1M, Mon - Closed. VIX Call/Put: 2.9/1. Total 5.4M (4M Calls, 1.4M Puts)
  • OIV/OVX - 30.88
  • GVZ - 15.17 - Near the low end of a 52-week range.
  • TYVIX - 5.91

Volatility Voicemail: Listeners get their say

#Options #QuestionOfTheWeek - Earnings Season awakens! How do you play earnings using options? Are you an Earnings #Jedi or #Sith?

  • Dark Side (Short Premium)
  • Light Side (Long Premium)
  • No Side - Avoid earnings
  • Other (Reply/DM w/ideas)
  • Question from Maryanne - How long do you think this period of low volatility will last?

Crystal Ball: Your prognostication headquarters

Last week:

  • Mark L. - 12.25
  • Mark S. - 11.50
  • Guest - 14.51
  • This week:
  • Mark L. - 11.55
  • Andrew - 12.01
  • Russell - 12.34

This Week in Futures Options 37: Trump vs Oil Traders

Today, Nick and Mark are joined by Blu Putnam Chief Economist of CME Group. Topics this week include: The election, inauguration WTI/Brent spread QuikStrike Future Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments Question from Jeff Myers: What is...
Posted January 23rd, 2017

Today, Nick and Mark are joined by Blu Putnam Chief Economist of CME Group.

Topics this week include:

  • The election, inauguration
  • WTI/Brent spread
  • QuikStrike

Future Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from Jeff Myers: What is the prediction for platinum options?
  • Question from Eddy - Is the trade in crude more cautious right now, or are the bulls all in? Is it an all-in trade?
  • Question from Sean - When it come to currency options, is there a market, like Euro, that trades more smoothly?

Options News Rundown: January 23, 2017

Options news you can use for Monday, January 23, 2017
Posted January 23rd, 2017

Options news you can use for Monday, January 23, 2017


Option Block 588: Trump Dump, VIX Pop, NFLX Explosion

Trading Block: Stocks tumble ahead of Trump inauguration - Dow off 100. Netflix: Another crazy earnings for NFLX. Close = $133.26, straddle = $12.60 / 9.5%. Spiked to $145 in the after-hours, opened at $142 today. How a one-two, Trump-Yellen punch may...
Posted January 20th, 2017

Trading Block: Stocks tumble ahead of Trump inauguration - Dow off 100. Netflix: Another crazy earnings for NFLX. Close = $133.26, straddle = $12.60 / 9.5%. Spiked to $145 in the after-hours, opened at $142 today. How a one-two, Trump-Yellen punch may move interest rates.

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses the importance of event risk

Odd Block: Puts trade in 3D Systems Corp (DDD); Calls trade in Avon Products, Inc (AVP); Calls trade in Union Pacific Corp (UNP)

Mail Block/Options QuestionOfTheWeek:

Earnings Season awakens! How do you play earnings using options? Are you an Earnings #Jedi or #Sith?

  • Dark Side (Short Premium)
  • Light Side (Long Premium)
  • No Side - Avoid earnings
  • Other (Reply/DM w/ideas)

Listener questions and comments:

  • Comment from Scott Francis - Generally most short with puts unless stock has been hammered then you get short squeeze
  • Question from Piggyback - Learned about Lightspeed from the last show. Checked out their site and saw $.60 per contract but didn't see a ticket charge. Do they have one? Answer from Kevin:No ticket charge on options. We will tier commissions based on activity, at the lowest activity level we will charge $0.60/contract with $1.00 min. (So a 5 lot is $3.00, a 1 lot will be $1.00.) We can go down to $0.20/contact for active accounts, tiering schedule is on our website. Mention Option Insider when you call Lightspeed we will give them another nickel off the commission.
  • Question from Ski -As for the repealing and recall of Obamacare. How do you price LEAPs on spider biotech? Someone bought 340 Jan 2018 55 Puts on XBI. Is this a bet on the repel of Obamacare? If so, are LEAP puts a good way to go?
  • Question from Sean - If a trader thought that a price was going down, would a put not have been the best trade in the asian session?

Around the Block:

This Week in the Market -Jan 19: Jobless Claims, Housing Starts

Earnings This Week

  • Thursday - Union Pacific - Thursday am; IBM - Thursday pm
  • riday General Electric, Procter & Gamble Co.


Options Playbook Radio 142: Back Spreads with Puts in the S&P500

As promised last time, we are looking at one off trades. You can find this in the back spreads section of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version. Specifically: How to protect ourselves around the election How...
Posted January 19th, 2017

As promised last time, we are looking at one off trades. You can find this in the back spreads section of The Options Playbook, on OptionsPlaybook.com, or in the Amazon Kindle version.

Specifically:

  • How to protect ourselves around the election
  • How do back spreads work?
  • What are we likely to gain?
  • What are we likely to lose?
  • What if we ride until expiration?
  • What is the likelihood of a net credit?

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


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