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Option Block 753: VIX Prediction Umbrage, Plus AMZN, TWTR and more

Trading Block: Economic Calendar - Top 5 Things to Watch This Week and U.S. midterms a mere blip on equity options traders' radar. Odd Block: Call sale in EnLink Midstream Partners LP (ENLK), puts trade in Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (MLNX), and risk...
Posted October 23rd, 2018

Trading Block: Economic Calendar - Top 5 Things to Watch This Week and U.S. midterms a mere blip on equity options traders' radar.

Odd Block: Call sale in EnLink Midstream Partners LP (ENLK), puts trade in Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (MLNX), and risk reversal/collar in Harley-Davidson Inc (HOG)

Mail Block: Options question of the week

Earnings are back with big tech names on the docket. Which of the following will be lighting up your options trading this week? Bonus points for your preferred strategies - e.g. call vertical, straddle, etc.

  • Microsoft MSFT
  • Amazon AMZN
  • Alphabet GOOGL
  • Twitter TWTR

Listener questions and comments:

  • Comment from Kelly Lef - Thought the user tip to exercise deep ITM calls to save on the spread was a good one. So I checked a few of my stock replacement positions that had gone ITM. Turned out the spreads were fairly similar to the spread on the underlying stock index so the any savings were pretty small. Not really worth the hassle to go through the exercise process. Maybe I'm just trading a more liquid index than that listener or am I missing something?

Around the Block/This Week in the Markets

  • Oct 24 - New Home Sales, Beige Book
  • Oct 25 - Durable Goods, International Trade, Jobless Claims
  • Oct 26 - GDP, Consumer Sentiment

Volatility Views 326: Getting Real about Volatility

Volatility Viewpoint: Featuring special guest Bob Krause of Demand Derivatives. He discusses: What is Demand Derivatives? What happened to VolX? What's new from Demand Derivatives? Limited-risk futures contracts Taking a cue from Buffett Converting...
Posted October 22nd, 2018

Volatility Viewpoint: Featuring special guest Bob Krause of Demand Derivatives.

He discusses:

  • What is Demand Derivatives?
  • What happened to VolX?
  • What's new from Demand Derivatives?
  • Limited-risk futures contracts
  • Taking a cue from Buffett
  • Converting the skeptics

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

  • VIX cash: 2.5 points lower than last show
  • VIX range this week: 17.06 - 22.89
  • VVIX 10 handles lower than last show
  • VIX futures curve: super backward again
  • Vol is expensive

Crystal Ball: Wild and reckless prognostication

Last week:

  • Mark: 17.65
  • Andrew: 26.01

This week:

  • Mark L.: 17.75
  • Mark S.: 16.25

Options News Rundown: Monday, October 22, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, October 22, 2018
Posted October 22nd, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, October 22, 2018


Options News Rundown: Friday, October 19, 2018

Options news you can use for Friday, October 19, 2018
Posted October 19th, 2018

Options news you can use for Friday, October 19, 2018


Option Block 752: The Funky Bunch

Trading Block: What a week - volatility is coming back down, and the crystal ball is looking nice! Dow tumbles 350 points as technology and communication-services stocks tank in midday trading. Odd Block: Tesla put summary, funky put palooza in...
Posted October 19th, 2018

Trading Block: What a week - volatility is coming back down, and the crystal ball is looking nice! Dow tumbles 350 points as technology and communication-services stocks tank in midday trading.

Odd Block: Tesla put summary, funky put palooza in General Electric Company (GE), put sale in Activision Blizzard Inc. (ATVI) and call palooza in KeyCorp (KEY).

Mail Block: Options question of the week

Time to break out your crystal balls. Volatility is on everyone's mind these days. Will earnings season add to the growing storm? Or will cooler heads prevail this week? Quite simply - Where will $VIX close this Friday 10/19?

  • Here: 19-22
  • Higher: > 22
  • Lower: 17-18.99
  • Even Lower: <17

Listener questions and comments:

  • Question from N45 - When is it not worth closing out losing long options positions and just keep them on as lottery ticket flyers? Is it a nickel?
  • Comment from Mark Brant - SPX -4d/-6d/+8d Calendar Ratio Straddle div +35% PREMIUM! Easily getting filled at the mid-point. Also sold SNAP 41d $7 Puts 0.81! Just get the crash over with. Why drag it out for years? Also bought June 2020 TSLA $10 puts for a buck!

Around the Block/This Week in the Markets:

  • Oct 19: Existing Home Sales

This Week in Futures Options 123: Futures Options Are On Fire

Topics this week include: Energy/Crude Equities Metals/Gold Rates Ags Futures Options Feedback: Listeners take over Question from Mate7 - Good talk on ex. and settle on last show. I'm looking over the CME website option specs pages and I don't see...
Posted October 19th, 2018

Topics this week include:

  • Energy/Crude
  • Equities
  • Metals/Gold
  • Rates
  • Ags

Futures Options Feedback: Listeners take over

  • Question from Mate7 - Good talk on ex. and settle on last show. I'm looking over the CME website option specs pages and I don't see many American style contracts. Why does CME use so many European contracts? Are they against early exercise?

Options Playbook Radio 230: Options Account Questions plus Crypto and Calendars

Huddle up, listeners. It's time for Mark and Brian to answer your questions. Question from BuseKrus D - New to options, and working with a small account size. Looked to put on a trade with a strategy from the playbook (Christmas tree butterfly I...
Posted October 18th, 2018

Huddle up, listeners. It's time for Mark and Brian to answer your questions.

  • Question from BuseKrus D - New to options, and working with a small account size. Looked to put on a trade with a strategy from the playbook (Christmas tree butterfly I think) with a 57-60-66 2x3x1 call fly for a total debit of 1.30. I've always heard that for a defined risk debit trade the max risk is the amount paid. However, the brokerage was saying I needed around 740 in my account to be able to put on the trade. Is there an explanation? Is the capital required to put on a trade greater than the possible max loss on defined risk debit spreads? Thanks.
  • Question from Ron S6 - What's your suggested minimum account size to start trading options?
  • Question from Lance Everett: Hello again Brian. Still enjoying the options playbook radio program. It's my quick options education fix for the week. I listen on my commute to work every Thursday. I have a few questions for your next Huddle episode if don't mind. If you can only answer one then that's fine too.
    1. You talked front spreads on episode 227. Do you ever use more traditional ratio spreads- outside of repair scenarios, of course? Bonus points if you know where the term front spread came from.
    2. What are your thoughts on the crypto boom? No options yet but they are coming. Is Ally planning to jump on the train?
    3. Do you ever use short calendars - so selling longer term and buying the near term?
    4. Is there a sequel to the playbook in the works? Although the show is kind of like an ongoing live update/ sequel so that's probably better. Thanks again for making my Thursdays fun and informative.

Options News Rundown: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Options news you can use for Thursday, October 18, 2018
Posted October 18th, 2018

Options news you can use for Thursday, October 18, 2018


Options Insider Radio Interviews: Exploring the Securities Markets with Wedbush Securities

In this episode, Mark is joined by Sahak Manuelian, Managing Director of Equity Trading at Wedbush Securities. They discuss: What services does Wedbush offer? Covering the healthcare, consumers, tech and financial sectors Biotech's insulation from...
Posted October 17th, 2018

In this episode, Mark is joined by Sahak Manuelian, Managing Director of Equity Trading at Wedbush Securities.

They discuss:

  • What services does Wedbush offer?
  • Covering the healthcare, consumers, tech and financial sectors
  • Biotech's insulation from trade war concerns
  • Is it a stock-pickers market?
  • Passive investing versus active stock selection
  • The explosion of ETF offerings
  • Market fragmentation
  • The importance of talking to policymakers
  • Tick pilot
  • And more...

Options News Rundown: Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Posted October 17th, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Options News Rundown: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Options news you can use for Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Posted October 16th, 2018

Options news you can use for Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Option Block 751: What the Heck Is Going On?

Trading Block: What a week! Uncle Mike leaves and the market falls apart. Earnings move reports available now. Chinese operatives were able to infiltrate motherboards made by a US company that sold to Apple and Amazon: Bloomberg Odd Block: TSLA 50...
Posted October 16th, 2018

Trading Block: What a week! Uncle Mike leaves and the market falls apart. Earnings move reports available now. Chinese operatives were able to infiltrate motherboards made by a US company that sold to Apple and Amazon: Bloomberg

Odd Block: TSLA 50 mystery put update. Plus, TSLA put palooza.

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses how to get bullish in a market like this. 20,360 RRC Jan20 13.0 puts traded for $1.19. 3599 HBAN Nov 15.0 calls trade for $0.24. 2000 LPI Nov 7.0 calls traded for $0.21.

Mail Block: Options Flash Poll

Time to break out your crystal balls. Volatility is on everyone's mind these days. Will #EarningsSeason add to the growing storm? Or will cooler heads prevail this week? Quite simply - Where will $VIX close this Friday 10/19?

  • Here: 19-22
  • Higher: > 22
  • Lower: 17 - 18.99
  • Even Lower: < 17

Around The Block/ This Week In the Markets

  • Oct 15: Retail Sales
  • Oct 16: Industrial Production, JOLTS
  • Oct 17: Housing Starts, FOMC Minutes
  • Oct 18: Jobless Claims
  • Oct 19: Existing Home Sales

Volatility Views 325: VIXocalypse Redux

Volatility Review: VIX Cash - 22.35, 6 point from last show, up nearly 10 points from two weeks ago. VVIX - 126, 15 handles higher than last show, 34 higher than two weeks ago. VIX Options - ADV: 541k, VIX call/put: 2.7/1, Total 9.53m (6.93m Calls,...
Posted October 15th, 2018

Volatility Review: VIX Cash - 22.35, 6 point from last show, up nearly 10 points from two weeks ago. VVIX - 126, 15 handles higher than last show, 34 higher than two weeks ago. VIX Options - ADV: 541k, VIX call/put: 2.7/1, Total 9.53m (6.93m Calls, 2.60m Puts), VXX - 35.65, 9 points higher than last show.

Volatility Voicemail: Listener questions and comments

  • Comment from DelVecchio - Dude WTF #VIX.
  • Comment from XXX - "THERE IS A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL FOR PEOPLE WHO QUOTE VIX AS A PERCENT."
  • Comment from Martin Ryan - XIV imploded. TVIX is alive and kicking - I've used it for years. The other options have their advantages and disadvantages too - good luck trying to get a reasonable fill from options traders in a fast market. At least with an ETF or ETN I have liquidity...
  • Question from Grigs - Why would shorting volatility during VIX futures contango fail?
  • Question from JasonNolk - Suggestions on how to be best net neutral here?

Crystal Ball: Wild and reckless prognostication

Last week:

  • Mark L. - 12.55
  • Andrew - 13.25

This week:

  • Mark L. - 17.65
  • Andrew - 26.01

Options News Rundown: Monday, October 15, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, October 15, 2018
Posted October 15th, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, October 15, 2018


This Week in Futures Options 122: The Revenge of Volatility

Topics This Week Include: Crude Rates Equities Metals Ags Crypto Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments Question from Cambel: Oh no! Did the millennials kill cheese? Are they coming for fluid milk next? Question from Inlo: Is it...
Posted October 12th, 2018

Topics This Week Include:

  • Crude
  • Rates
  • Equities
  • Metals
  • Ags
  • Crypto

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from Cambel: Oh no! Did the millennials kill cheese? Are they coming for fluid milk next?
  • Question from Inlo: Is it only possible to exercise a FOP that has the same month as the underlying future? If I?m long an April CL future do I also need an April put option? Or can I exercise a May CL option on a April CL future?
  • Comment from Olivetrader2: I like the Thursday show, actually. I was supposed to be downtown but I couldn't go. Listening to your show instead.
  • Question from Sam Harris: Question for TWIFO. Hello Nick, Mark and Sean. Fun program. I particularly like the research guests since they usually bring up topics that are new to me. I was talking with a friend recently about exercise and settlement (nerds, I know). He brought up an interesting time frame to exercise an option - when it goes ITM and the spread is simply too wide. Exercise may actually be the cheaper option.
  • Question from Mizander: Why exercise future option early? Doesn't seem make much sense?

Options News Rundown: Friday, October 12, 2018

Options news you can use for Friday, October 12, 2018
Posted October 12th, 2018

Options news you can use for Friday, October 12, 2018


Option Block 750: Live from Duke University

Trading Block: OCC cleared contract volume up 8.7% in September. Total cleared volume up 18.6% year-to-date. Equity options volume up 14.3% in September and up 21.7 percent year-to-date. Odd Block: Call sale in Glu Mobile Inc. (GLUU), Puts trade in...
Posted October 11th, 2018

Trading Block: OCC cleared contract volume up 8.7% in September. Total cleared volume up 18.6% year-to-date. Equity options volume up 14.3% in September and up 21.7 percent year-to-date.

Odd Block: Call sale in Glu Mobile Inc. (GLUU), Puts trade in AMETEK, Inc. (AME), and Call-palooza in Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL)

Mail Block: Volatility flash poll, plus live questions from Duke University

VIX has soared to 18.50 & $VVIX hit 120. Is this the new normal or a quick blip? Let's put that to the test starting with this week. Quite simply - Where do you think VIX will close this Friday?

  • Here: 18-19.5
  • Higher: > 19.5
  • Lower: 16 - 17.99
  • Lowest: < 16

Around the Block: What's on the radar going into the weekend?


Options Playbook Radio 229: The VIX Surge, TSLA Fly, plus COST and NFLX

Let's go back in time and review the last two weeks' worth of trades, including: Bearish COST backspread What was the trade? What did we want to happen? How did it turn out? What did we learn? Then there was a NFLX calendar What was the trade? What...
Posted October 11th, 2018

Let's go back in time and review the last two weeks' worth of trades, including:

  • Bearish COST backspread
  • What was the trade?
  • What did we want to happen?
  • How did it turn out?
  • What did we learn?
  • Then there was a NFLX calendar
  • What was the trade?
  • What did we want to happen?
  • What did happen?
  • Let's look at the VIX
  • What about a TSLA fly?
  • Setting up the trade
  • What is the cost?
  • What is the upside?

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: October 11, 2018

Options news you can use for Thursday, October 11, 2018
Posted October 11th, 2018

Options news you can use for Thursday, October 11, 2018


Options Insider Radio Interviews: Talking Volatility, Paper Trading and Crypto with Sterling Trading Tech

In this episode, Mark is joined by Ravi Jain and Andrew Actman from Sterling Trading Tech. They discuss: What's new in Sterling Vol Trader? Integrations and subsequent challenges What is driving growth? Taking on real-time risk analytics Cloud-based...
Posted October 10th, 2018

In this episode, Mark is joined by Ravi Jain and Andrew Actman from Sterling Trading Tech.

They discuss:

  • What's new in Sterling Vol Trader?
  • Integrations and subsequent challenges
  • What is driving growth?
  • Taking on real-time risk analytics
  • Cloud-based services
  • Keeping costs down
  • Thoughts on crypto
  • Potential crypto partnerships
  • Advanced trading simulator
  • And more...

Options Insider Radio Interviews: Talking Advanced Portfolio Trading with Dash Financial

In this episode, Mark is joined by Peter Maragos, CEO of Dash Financial. They discuss: Coming up for air after integration The Advanced Portfolio Trading Solution What brings Peter to STA? Ensuring a level playing field Transparency by design Best...
Posted October 10th, 2018

In this episode, Mark is joined by Peter Maragos, CEO of Dash Financial.

They discuss:

  • Coming up for air after integration
  • The Advanced Portfolio Trading Solution
  • What brings Peter to STA?
  • Ensuring a level playing field
  • Transparency by design
  • Best execution is an art, not a science
  • How important is open outcry to their business?
  • And more...

Options News Rundown: Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Posted October 10th, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, October 10, 2018


Options Insider Radio Interviews: Talking Options, Crypto and More with Vela Trading

In this episode, Mark is joined by Jen Nayar, CEO of Vela. They discuss: Acquisitions and their integration Any surprises? The callenges of regulation Asset expansion plans New CTO How do they plan to bring in new users? What about crypto? The STA...
Posted October 9th, 2018

In this episode, Mark is joined by Jen Nayar, CEO of Vela.

They discuss:

  • Acquisitions and their integration
  • Any surprises?
  • The callenges of regulation
  • Asset expansion plans
  • New CTO
  • How do they plan to bring in new users?
  • What about crypto?
  • The STA Conference
  • And more

Options News Rundown: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Options news you can use for Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Posted October 9th, 2018

Options news you can use for Tuesday, October 9, 2018


Options News Rundown: Monday, October 8, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, October 8, 2018
Posted October 8th, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, October 8, 2018


Option Block 749: Birthday Strategy and Question Palooza

Trading Block: An overview of STA 2018: Stocks, stocks and more stocks. Google searches for hedges is ticking up. VIX searches anemic compared to Feb. Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses 1x2 ratio spreads Mail Block: Listener questions and...
Posted October 5th, 2018

Trading Block: An overview of STA 2018: Stocks, stocks and more stocks. Google searches for hedges is ticking up. VIX searches anemic compared to Feb.

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses 1x2 ratio spreads

Mail Block: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from David Kotlyar - Hey mark, Could you discuss the Jun 2019 400 SPY calls? Very cheap and getting some love (5000+ contracts OI)
  • Question from JL Smith - How important is OI when you're trading options? Are there other indicators that you focus on instead?
  • Question from One0761 - Are we in the midst of a major correction.
  • Question from JustinCredible18 - Any thoughts on BBD Nov calls? Nice Brazil stock rally going on.
  • Question from KBX32 - What is the cheapest way to hedge my portfolio with options?

Around the Block/This Week in the Markets

  • Oct 5: Unemployment, Consumer Credit

Options News Rundown: Friday, October 5, 2018

Options news you can use for Friday, October 5, 2018
Posted October 5th, 2018

Options news you can use for Friday, October 5, 2018


This Week in Futures Options 121: The Ultimate British Pound Opportunity

Topics this week include: FX Metals/Gold Crude/WTI Equities Crypto< Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments. Question from Leo Orland: What is the base mining/production cost for gold? Are we approaching that level? Question...
Posted October 5th, 2018

Topics this week include:

  • FX
  • Metals/Gold
  • Crude/WTI
  • Equities
  • Crypto<

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments.

  • Question from Leo Orland: What is the base mining/production cost for gold? Are we approaching that level?
  • Question from Tatlas: Love Vol Views and TWIFO. I miss the Two-fer Fridays with both shows. Keep up the crude info. Have a somewhat basic question. Can I trade options on WTI/Brent or just futures. Thx again.
  • Question from One0761: Are we in the mist of a major correction.

Options Playbook Radio 228: NFLX Long Calendar Spread

Earnings in FAANG stocks are coming up, with NFLX leading the way on 10/16. We're going to do a long calendar spread with calls. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle...
Posted October 4th, 2018

Earnings in FAANG stocks are coming up, with NFLX leading the way on 10/16. We're going to do a long calendar spread with calls. 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
  • Why a calendar spread?
  • Where is NFLX now?
  • Earnings are released on 10/16
  • What is the expected earnings?
  • Selecting a strike
  • Setting up the trade
  • What is the maximum risk? Reward?
  • What do we want to happen?
  • What is the net delta?
  • 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, October 4, 2018

Options news you can use for Thursday, October 4, 2018
Posted October 4th, 2018

Options news you can use for Thursday, October 4, 2018


Options Insider Radio Interviews: Getting Bitcoin Up to Speed with bloXroute

In this episode, Mark is joined by Soumya Basu, CTO at bloXroute. They discuss: What is bloXroute? What does Soumya do there? Closing the Bitcoin data gap What makes their approach different? Rethinking the block size What is it about Chicago? And...
Posted October 3rd, 2018

In this episode, Mark is joined by Soumya Basu, CTO at bloXroute.

They discuss:

  • What is bloXroute?
  • What does Soumya do there?
  • Closing the Bitcoin data gap
  • What makes their approach different?
  • Rethinking the block size
  • What is it about Chicago?
  • And more...

Options News Rundown: Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Posted October 3rd, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, October 3, 2018


Options News Rundown: October 2, 2018

Options news you can use for Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Posted October 2nd, 2018

Options news you can use for Tuesday, October 2, 2018


Option Block 748: Talking TSLA, Trade Wars and Cannabis Beverages

Trading Block: The Trump trade deal: Bringing Canada and Mexico back to the table. The Tesla investigation was a farce: seems like the SEC just wanted some headlines. Odd Block: A summary of Tesla (TSLA) puts, options palooza in New Age Beverages Corp...
Posted October 1st, 2018

Trading Block: The Trump trade deal: Bringing Canada and Mexico back to the table. The Tesla investigation was a farce: seems like the SEC just wanted some headlines.

Odd Block: A summary of Tesla (TSLA) puts, options palooza in New Age Beverages Corp (NBEV), put love & call stupid in WisdomTree TR/Japan Hedged Equity (DXJ) and opening put palooza in AVEO Pharmaceuticals (AVEO)

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses investing 101.

Mail Block: Volatility Flash Poll

The CBOE Skew Index alarmed many when it soared above 150. Of course, every index tells its own skew story. Which index do you think has the steepest skew right now (aka 25D put vol vs. 25D Call vol)?

  • 41% - Russell 2000
  • 26% - S&P 500
  • 30% - Nasdaq
  • 3% - Other

Listner questions and comments:

  • Question from Oytrate - What is a reason that someone would write ITM covered calls? Seems like a waste of time to me since you're capping all of your upside.
  • Comment from J3dingle - Thanks Mark, I really enjoyed that segment. There was so much going on at that time, I actually forgot all about the short selling ban. I remember seeing Morgan Stanley at sub-$10. Bear Stearns bought for $2, then up-ed to $10. Citi trading for less than a $1? (Pre-reverse split)
  • Question from UpwardMomentum - Approximately what percentage of your unusual option activity trades are winners?

Around the Block/This Week in the Markets:

  • Oct 1 - Construction Spending
  • Oct 4 - Jobless Claims, Factory Orders
  • Oct 5 - Unemployment, Consumer Credit

Options Insider Radio Interviews: Exploring the Crypto Derivatives Market with Akuna Capital

In this episode, Mark is joined by Toby Allen, Senior Partner and Head of Digital Assets at Akuna Capital They discuss: Toby's background in trading What does Akuna trade? The nuances of the CME and CBOE crypto futures What is their go-to crypto...
Posted October 1st, 2018

In this episode, Mark is joined by Toby Allen, Senior Partner and Head of Digital Assets at Akuna Capital

They discuss:

  • Toby's background in trading
  • What does Akuna trade?
  • The nuances of the CME and CBOE crypto futures
  • What is their go-to crypto trading vehicle?
  • What do the OTC skew graphs look like?
  • Is there any bias to the flow?
  • Getting the processes right for crypto trading
  • Growing arbitrage opportunities
  • Is the downturn in the underlying dampening demand?
  • The plight of liquidity providers
  • And more...

Volatility Views 323: Rethinking VIX Calls vs. SPY Puts

Volatility Review: A look back at the week from a volatility perspective This week, featuring guest co-host Bill Valentine from Valentine Ventures. The old VIX call vs SPX put debate continues VIX Cash - 12.5, up 0.3 from last show RVX - 14.6, up 0.7...
Posted October 1st, 2018

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

This week, featuring guest co-host Bill Valentine from Valentine Ventures.

  • The old VIX call vs SPX put debate continues
  • VIX Cash - 12.5, up 0.3 from last show
  • RVX - 14.6, up 0.7 from last week
  • VVIX - 89, 2 handles higher than last show
  • Size "hedge" in SPX puts this week
  • VIX Options - ADV, 452K, VIX call/put: 2.8/1, Total 7.77m (5.74m Calls, 2.03m Puts)
  • VXX - 26.65, almost unchanged from last show

Volatility Voicemail: Volatility Flash Poll

The CBOE Skew Index alarmed many when it soared above 150. Of course, every index tells its own skew story. Which index do you think has the steepest skew right now (aka 25D put vol vs. 25D Call vol)?

  • Russell 2000
  • S&P 500
  • Nasdaq
  • Other

Listener questions and comments:

  • Question from Leans - Do you think SVXY will ever go back to its pre-Feb structure?
  • Question from Tim - Is there really such a thing as a "covered call" in VIX since the options don't expire into futures? If I'm long a future and sell a XIV call against it what is that called?

Crystal Ball: Your prognostication headquarters

Last week:

  • Mark L. - 11.25
  • Mark S. - 12.14

This week:

  • Mark L. - 11.75
  • Mark S. - 12.15
  • Bill - 13.00

Options News Rundown: Monday, October 1, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, October 1, 2018
Posted October 1st, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, October 1, 2018


Option Block 747: In Search of the Steepest Skew

Trading Block: Earnings! Disney Blackberry Plus, Google searches for hedges are ticking up. Odd Block: Puts trade in Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY), call love in Ally Financial Inc. (ALLY) and call love in Virtu Financial Inc. (VIRT). Mail Block:...
Posted September 28th, 2018

Trading Block: Earnings!

  • Disney
  • Blackberry

Plus, Google searches for hedges are ticking up.

Odd Block: Puts trade in Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY), call love in Ally Financial Inc. (ALLY) and call love in Virtu Financial Inc. (VIRT).

Mail Block: Volatility Flash Poll

The CBOE Skew Index alarmed many when it soared above 150. Of course, every index tells its own skew story. Which index do you think has the steepest skew right now (aka 25D put vol vs. 25D Call vol)?

  • Russell 2000
  • S&P 500
  • Nasdaq
  • Other

Around the Block/This Week in the Markets

  • Sep 28: Personal Income, Consumer Sentiment

This Week in Futures Options 120: Fed Memories. Plus the Great Skew Question

Topics this week include: Rates Crude/WTI Metals/Gold Equities/RVX Ags Futures Options Feedback: Listeners take the reins Question from Nittles - Maybe Nick can talk about what the Euro pit was like back in go-go 90s when rates were rocking under...
Posted September 28th, 2018

Topics this week include:

  • Rates
  • Crude/WTI
  • Metals/Gold
  • Equities/RVX
  • Ags

Futures Options Feedback: Listeners take the reins

  • Question from Nittles - Maybe Nick can talk about what the Euro pit was like back in go-go 90s when rates were rocking under Greenspan?
  • Comment from John C David -Trade Wars & Loss of Farmers' Soy & Other Agriculture Exports?! American Economy Slowing: Trade Imbalance/Tax Cuts 4 Wealthy Companies/Individuals (Reducing Tax Revenues)/Exploding Deficits! Trump/GOP Failed Policies Is Cutting Medicare/Medicaid/SS/CHIP. Trump/GOP Hurting Farmers!
  • Question from EggsOver - What's the biggest derivatives market outside the U.S.?
  • Question from Charlie Cott - Is QuikVol the same as QuikSkew or something else? Are they all available in QuikStrike?
  • Question from Tamavil - Does it make sense for an active trader to become a member of the exchanges anymore or are those days gone?
  • Question from JLSmith - How important is OI when you're trading options? Are there other indicators that you focus on instead?

Options News Rundown: Friday, September 28, 2018

Options news you can use for Friday, September 28, 2018
Posted September 28th, 2018

Options news you can use for Friday, September 28, 2018


Options Playbook Radio 227: COST Backspread Capturing Earnings

Costco (COST) has earnings coming up next week. We're going to do a backspread with puts, or a ratio volatility spread. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition....
Posted September 27th, 2018

Costco (COST) has earnings coming up next week. We're going to do a backspread with puts, or a ratio volatility spread. 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
  • COST will announce earnings on 10/4
  • What does the chart say?
  • Let's do a backspread with puts
  • What's the expected move?
  • What's our take?
  • Selecting the expiration and strikes
  • What if we're wrong?
  • What if we're right?
  • What is the maxium risk? Reward?
  • What happens the farther you go out in time?
  • Does it work for every underlying?

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 27, 2018

Options news you can use for Thursday, September 27, 2018
Posted September 27th, 2018

Options news you can use for Thursday, September 27, 2018


Advisors Option 71: Should Advisors Ride the Wheel

Options 101: The Wheel Trade revisited Why: Get paid to enter the orders that you're already entering in the stock market. How: Substitute cash secured puts for your limit stock buy orders and covered calls for your stock sell orders. Benefit:...
Posted September 26th, 2018

Options 101: The Wheel Trade revisited

  • Why: Get paid to enter the orders that you're already entering in the stock market.
  • How: Substitute cash secured puts for your limit stock buy orders and covered calls for your stock sell orders.
  • Benefit: Increase income revenue from your existing trade.

The Buzz: What's the word?

  • The Collapse of Lehman Brothers: A decade later. Takeaways, lessons and memories.
  • OCC cleared contract volume up 10% in August. Overall exchange-listed options volume reached 426,237,903 contracts in August, up 12 percent from August 2017.
  • FIA releases half-year report on futures and options volume. The total number of futures and options traded worldwide in the first half of the year reached 14.9 billion contracts, up 19.7% compared to the first half of 2017. Open interest, which measures the number of outstanding contracts, was 850.7 million contracts at the end of June, roughly unchanged from a year ago.

Office Hours: Listeners weigh in

Options question of the week: Some people look to analysts for their market outlook. We prefer to analyze actual #options positions. This week we're letting you join the fun. What do you think is the largest #options position in $SPY right now? No cheating! What does your gut tell you?

  • SPY Mar 255.0 P
  • SPY Oct 272.0 P
  • SPY Dec 31st 320.0 C
  • SPY Sep 300.0 C

Listener questions and comments:

  • Question from LaRocha - My client fund are primarily in SMAs in the 20k-50k range. What is the best option strategy for these types of accounts? The time horizon for most of these accounts is at least 20 years with a long equity bias and fairly high risk tolerance. Thanks again. Just discovered the show and I'm learning a lot.
  • Question from Liznder - If you had to start over with learning about and trading options what would you do differently?

Options News Rundown: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Posted September 26th, 2018

Options news you can use for Wednesday, September 26, 2018


OICs Wide World of Options 54: The Rebranding of OCC and Stock Repair

On Profiles & Perspectives, Lisamarie Lukas, OCC's VP of Corporate Communications, stops by to discuss OCC's recent rebranding efforts and how it ties to the organization's role as a Systemically Important Financial Market Utility. Then, Ed Modla...
Posted September 25th, 2018

On Profiles & Perspectives, Lisamarie Lukas, OCC's VP of Corporate Communications, stops by to discuss OCC's recent rebranding efforts and how it ties to the organization's role as a Systemically Important Financial Market Utility. Then, Ed Modla of Investor Services will review the stock repair strategy and how investors can use it to manage a losing stock position.


Volatility Views 322: The Throes of VIX

Volatility Review: A look at the week from a volatility perspective VIX Cash - 12.2, down 2.2 points from last show RVX - 13.9, down 2 points from last week VVIX - 91, nine handles lower than last show Cboe SKEW Index Tops 150 for Record Four...
Posted September 25th, 2018

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

VIX Cash - 12.2, down 2.2 points from last show

  • RVX - 13.9, down 2 points from last week
  • VVIX - 91, nine handles lower than last show
  • Cboe SKEW Index Tops 150 for Record Four Straight Trading Days; Some Cite Surge in Black-Swan Hedging
  • VIX Options - ADV: 467k, VIX call/put: 2.8/1, Total 6.86m (5.04m Calls, 1.82m Puts)
  • More size Oct/Nov risk reversal on Weds - over 50k on the tape.
  • VXX - 26.65, over 1 point lower than last show.

Volatility Voicemail: Options question of the week

Some people look to analysts for their market outlook. We prefer to analyze actual options positions. This week we're looking at SPY. In a nutshell - what do you think is the largest options position in SPY right now? No cheating - what does your gut tell you?

  • 16% - SPY Mar 255.0 P
  • 32% - SPY Oct 272.0 P
  • 34% - SPY Dec 31st 320.0 C
  • 18% - SPY Sep 300.0 C

Listener questions and comments:

  • Question from Godfr3y - I'm long VXX from 28.30 and long Jan 25 puts from $.55. Today I sold the Oct05 29.50 call for $.56. Thoughts? Should I just scrap the shares?
  • Question from Piers - I'm long a bunch of VXX puts. I'm wondering if it is cheaper to buy VXX stock rather than the OTM calls to hedge against vol spikes over short periods like weekends or a few days. The underlying isn't going to suffer the same theta as the options and you get more deltas.

Crystal Ball: Wild prognostication

Last week:

  • Mark L. - 11.67
  • Mark S. - 12.15

Next week:

  • Mark L. - 11.25
  • Mark S. - 12.14

Option Block 746: Paying for Puts, plus AMZN, SNAP, SIRI and P

Trading Block: Snap stock rises after company announces new Amazon partnership; Earnings: Walt Disney Co (DIS) Odd Block: Aggressive call sale in TransUnion (TRU), call sale in Williams Companies Inc. (WMB) and puts/calls deal in Sirius XM Holdings...
Posted September 24th, 2018

Trading Block: Snap stock rises after company announces new Amazon partnership; Earnings: Walt Disney Co (DIS)

Odd Block: Aggressive call sale in TransUnion (TRU), call sale in Williams Companies Inc. (WMB) and puts/calls deal in Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (SIRI).

Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses both trading in a low Vol market and how to pay for puts.

Mail Block: Is it just me?

  • Question from Niny3 - Is it me? I seem to only get filled on my limit option order when the stock moves aggressively against me. At that point I?m almost better off canceling the order. What am I doing wrong? Should I just go to market?

Around the Block/This Week in the Markets:

  • Sep 25 - Consumer Confidence
  • Sep 26 - New Home Sales, FOMC Meeting
  • Sep 27 - Jobless Claims, GDP, Durable Goods
  • Sep 28 - Personal Income, Consumer Sentiment

Options News Rundown: Monday, September 24, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, September 24, 2018
Posted September 24th, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, September 24, 2018


Options Insider Radio Interviews: Rocking the Financial Markets with ALTSO

In this episode, Mark is joined by Mead Wells, Founder and CEO of Octogon Asset Management, and Co-founder and Chairman of ATLSO They discuss: What is A Leg to Stand On? How did Mead get involved with ALTSO? Rocktoberfest Chicago Rocktoberfest New...
Posted September 21st, 2018

In this episode, Mark is joined by Mead Wells, Founder and CEO of Octogon Asset Management, and Co-founder and Chairman of ATLSO

They discuss:


Options Insider Radio Interviews: Exploring the Asian Derivatives Market with Phillip Capital

In this episode, Mark is joined by Lynette Lim, Co-CEO and Director of Phillip Capital Inc. They discuss: The origins of Phillip Capital Launching the FCM Asian roots The early years The upcoming Asian Trading Symposium The shifting trading...
Posted September 21st, 2018

In this episode, Mark is joined by Lynette Lim, Co-CEO and Director of Phillip Capital Inc.

They discuss:

  • The origins of Phillip Capital
  • Launching the FCM
  • Asian roots
  • The early years
  • The upcoming Asian Trading Symposium
  • The shifting trading strategies of Asian investors
  • Government paternalism
  • The ebb and flow of progress
  • Different use cases for Asian investors
  • Singapore's leadership role in the Asian markets

RISK DISCLAIMER: Trading in futures products entails significant risks of loss which must be understood prior to trading and may not be appropriate for all investors. Past performance of actual trades or strategies cited herein is not necessarily indicative of future performance. The information contained herein is provided to you for information only and believed to be drawn from reliable sources but cannot be guaranteed; Phillip Capital Inc. assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions. The views and opinions expressed in this letter are those of the author and do not reflect the views of Phillip Capital Inc. or its staff.


Options News Rundown: Friday, September 21, 2018

Options news you can use for Friday, September 21, 2018
Posted September 21st, 2018

Options news you can use for Friday, September 21, 2018


This Week in Futures Options 119: Who Says Skew Isn't Interesting?

Topics this week include: Crude Metals/Gold Equities/RVX Crypto/Bitcoin Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments Question from George Pat - You say equity put skew isn't interesting. I find it pretty fascinating because it's a...
Posted September 21st, 2018

Topics this week include:

  • Crude
  • Metals/Gold
  • Equities/RVX
  • Crypto/Bitcoin

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from George Pat - You say equity put skew isn't interesting. I find it pretty fascinating because it's a barometer for the market's demand for protection and income. I'm in for more equity skew.
  • Question from Ron S6 - What's your suggested minimum account size to start trading options?

Option Block 745: Reefer Madness

Trading Block: Earnings and major moves Oracle Corporation (ORCL) after the bell - $49.25, ATM straddle: $2.75, approx. 5.5% FedEx Corporation (FDX) after the bell - $255.25, ATM straddle: $8.50, approx. 3.3% Reefer madness hits the options markets...
Posted September 21st, 2018

Trading Block: Earnings and major moves

  • Oracle Corporation (ORCL) after the bell - $49.25, ATM straddle: $2.75, approx. 5.5%
  • FedEx Corporation (FDX) after the bell - $255.25, ATM straddle: $8.50, approx. 3.3%
  • Reefer madness hits the options markets as cannabis shares continue to climb. $TLRY $CORE $MJ

Odd Block: Tesla Inc. (TSLA) put summary, call love in KKR & Co Inc. (KKR), put love in Meet Group Inc. (MEET) and call love in Delek US Holdings Inc. (DK).

Mail Block: Options question of the week

Some people look to analysts for their market outlook. We prefer to analyze actual #options positions. This week we're looking at $SPY. In a nutshell - what do you think is the largest #options position in $SPY right now? No cheating - what does your gut tell you?

  • SPY Mar 255.0 P
  • SPY Oct 272.0 P
  • SPY Dec 31st 320.0 C
  • SPY Sep 300.0 C

Listener questions and comments:

  • Question from Gallion - I need an income trade that produces about 7-8% per year, what should I be looking at?
  • Question from Salsot - Pennies! Did they help or hurt options?

Around the Block/This Week in the Markets

  • Sep 20: Jobless Claims, Existing Home Sales, Fed Balance Sheet

Options Playbook Radio 226: Teachable Moments in Options Trading

Tilray Inc. (TLRY) has gone up over 100% in two days. With stocks that move like this, it's a great learning experience. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition....
Posted September 20th, 2018

Tilray Inc. (TLRY) has gone up over 100% in two days. With stocks that move like this, it's a great learning experience. 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's NKE diagonal spread
  • What did we want to happen?
  • What actually happened?
  • What does that mean for the contract we bought?
  • What do to now? Let's roll!
  • Crazy moves in TLRY
  • Why are the puts so pricey?
  • What would Brian do? (WWBD?)
  • Super high implied volatility
  • 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, September 20, 2018

Options news you can use for Thursday, September 20, 2018
Posted September 20th, 2018

Options news you can use for Thursday, September 20, 2018


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

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Options News Rundown: Wednesday, September 5, 2018

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Options News Rundown: Tuesday, September 4, 2018

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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

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Posted August 31st, 2018

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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

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Posted August 29th, 2018

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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

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Posted August 27th, 2018

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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

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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

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Posted August 21st, 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
Posted August 20th, 2018

Options news you can use for Monday, August 20, 2018


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