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Options Boot Camp is designed to help get you into peak options trading shape by teaching you options trading inside and out, basic to complex. Listeners can even submit their own options questions to be answered on the program.

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Options Bootcamp 51: Covered Strangles, Theta and Closing Spreads

Options Bootcamp 51: Covered Strangles, Theta and Closing Spreads Basic Training: Covered Strangles/Covered Combo   What is it? Long stock, covered call, short put. Why do it? Collect more income than a standard covered call or short put....
Posted November 19th, 2014

Options Bootcamp 48: The Great Open Interest Conspiracy

Options Bootcamp 48: The Great Open Interest Conspiracy Mail Call: Your questions directed this episode. Question from Jason Kruse: Is there a Bootcamp episode that discusses OI and how it can affect expiration moves? I hear people talk about max...
Posted July 30th, 2014

Options Bootcamp 47: Protecting Profits

Options Bootcamp 47: Protecting Profits Basic Training: How to protect your profits.  Easiest method: 1st buy a 2-3- month put ATM or slightly OTM put. Purchase an ATM put spread with the short leg at your break-even point. Easiest to do in...
Posted July 11th, 2014

Options Bootcamp 46: Building a Better Hedge

Options Bootcamp 46: Building a Better Hedge Roll Call: Bringing in the Big Guns Our guest today is Jim Bittman, Senior Instructor at The Options Institute. He discusses: What sort of content/classes our listeners can access at The Options...
Posted June 16th, 2014

Options Bootcamp 45: Mini Options

Options Bootcamp 45: Mini Options   Basic Training: The world of mini options What are Mini Options? (Just celebrated first birthday last month) Where do they trade? Which underlying names trade? What is the use case? When should you use...
Posted May 12th, 2014

Options Bootcamp 44: Mail Call-A-Palooza

Options Bootcamp 44: Mail Call-A-Palooza Mail Call:  All mail. All day   Question from David Medley - I have listened to about half of the 40+ episodes. I do not recall hearing anything about how to get started professionally. I am...
Posted May 5th, 2014

Options Bootcamp 43: Options & Dividends

Options Bootcamp 43: Options & Dividends Basic Training: Options & Dividends How do option holders collect dividends? How do derivatives impact options? What happens to call and put prices when dividends enter the equation? If you are...
Posted April 28th, 2014

Options Bootcamp 42: Legging & Protecting Gains

Options Bootcamp 42: Legging & Protecting Gains Basic Training: Legging and Protecting Gains What is legging? How do you leg into a vertical call spread? When should you leg a spread? When should you not leg a spread? How do you protect you...
Posted March 27th, 2014

Options Bootcamp 41: Advanced Adjustments

Options Bootcamp 41: Advanced Adjustments   Basic Training: Advanced Adjustments Spread adjustments When should you adjust a spread? Vertical spreads. Long and short straddles. Long and short butterfly adjustments When should you adjust...
Posted March 6th, 2014

Options Bootcamp 40: Trade Adjustments

Options Bootcamp 40: Trade Adjustments Basic Training: The topic of the show today comes to us courtesy of a listener question. Question from Dr. Toboggan: Love the podcasts. Would like to see an episode (maybe options bootcamp) that covers trade...
Posted February 21st, 2014

Options Bootcamp 39: Options As Investment Vehicles

Options Drills: Options as an investment tool.  Stock replacement strategy, Covered calls, Short puts, Collars, Covered strangles, Covered straddles and LEAPs Mail Call: Question from Charles Binder - Can you guys explain 60/40 tax treatment?...
Posted January 31st, 2014

Options Bootcamp 38: Triple Income Trading

Basic Training: The Wheel Trade A great trade for novice options traders. Our friends at RCM call this the "triple income trade" or "the wheel of fun." What is it? Write a put to get long equity, then immediately write a call to sell equity. When...
Posted January 24th, 2014

Options Bootcamp 37: Our Holiday Wish Lists

Options Bootcamp 37: Our Holiday Wish Lists Basic Training: Options Boot Camp Holiday Wish List John – Consolidation in the exchange market place. Mark – Better spread execution in the options market in 2014. Dan – Continued growth...
Posted December 20th, 2013

Options Bootcamp 36: Year-End Spectacular

Options Bootcamp 36: Year-End Spectacular Basic Training: Here is a rundown of the major topics from the show over the past year: Greeks Pros/cons of buying premium Pros/cons of selling premium Speculating with an ATM/OTM call Hedging with a...
Posted December 18th, 2013

Option Bootcamp 35: Lessons from the Trading Floor

Option Bootcamp 35: Lessons from the Trading Floor Basic Training: Lessons from the Trading Floor Paper flow rules all - Go with the flow! Being obstinate and refusing to adjust to changing market conditions will only cost you money. Don't step in...
Posted November 26th, 2013

Options Bootcamp 34: A Very Special Episode

Options Bootcamp 34: A Very Special Episode Mail Call:  All Mail.  All day long. Question from Benjammin - I am currently a law student and have always been interested in options. I have read about options and am now listening to all of the...
Posted November 20th, 2013

Options Bootcamp 33: Jumping into the Volatility Trenches

Options Bootcamp 33: Jumping into the Volatility Trenches Basic Training: Trading VIX and Volatility Products What is the VIX? How is the VIX calculated? How are VIX options priced? How do the Greeks work with VIX options? What is the difference...
Posted November 4th, 2013

Options Bootcamp 32: Volatility and Skew

Options Bootcamp 32: Volatility and Skew Basic Training: Let’s talk fundamentals What is Implied Volatility and how it is derived? Why is understanding implied volatility is so important? Historical volatility versus implied volatility. What is...
Posted October 24th, 2013

Options Bootcamp 31: Stock Repair Strategy

Options Bootcamp 31: Stock Repair Strategy Basic Training: Stock Repair Strategy Review Have a downturn in your account? Options can help make that money back. When do you use this? How does this differ from just holding the stock outright? Is...
Posted October 3rd, 2013

Options Bootcamp 30: Back to School, Back to Basics

Basic Training: It’s that time of the year again. The kids are back to school, so let’s go back to school as well, and refresh our listeners on the options basics. What is an option? How do options work? What is a multiplier? What are the...
Posted September 17th, 2013

Options Bootcamp 29: Diagonals

Options Bootcamp 29: Diagonals Basic Training:  Trading Diagonals What is a diagonal? Why would you put it on? What adjustments need to be made? How is it performed? How does it differ from a typical horizontal calendar spread? Why would you...
Posted September 3rd, 2013

Options Bootcamp 28: Pro Tips, or Learning from the Mistakes of Others

Options Bootcamp 28: Pro Tips, or Learning from the Mistakes of Others Basic Training:  Pro Tips Swap LEAPS for stock when writing covered calls. Everyone, even pros, have losing trades. Never ever ever enter a market order in the options market...
Posted August 16th, 2013

Options Bootcamp 27: Calendar Spreads, the Sequel

Options Bootcamp 27: Calendar Spreads, the Sequel Mail Call: So many questions, so many answers. Question from Alpha_Dog - Let's say I buy the Ford August Week 1 17 call, and then sell the July Week 4 17 call for a $.07 debit. How does that position...
Posted August 6th, 2013

Options Bootcamp 26: Calendar Spreads

Options Bootcamp 26: Calendar Spreads Basic Training: Calendar Spreads This builds on the knowledge from episode 13 "Basic Spreads" and episode 14 "Advanced Spreads" from December. What is a calendar spread? Why would you want to use a...
Posted July 19th, 2013

Options Bootcamp 25: Using Options in Retirement Accounts

Options Bootcamp 25: Using Options in Retirement Accounts Basic Training: What can and can't you do with options in a retirement account. Retirements accounts do not let you use margin. Stick to the covered calls. Mail Call: Listener questions are...
Posted July 3rd, 2013

Options Bootcamp 24: Alternative Income Strategies

Options Bootcamp 24: Alternative Income Strategies Basic Training: Alternative Income Strategies: Writing covered straddles vs. covered calls. What are the benefits of writing covered straddle vs. calls? What are the drawbacks? Remember your...
Posted June 26th, 2013

Options Bootcamp 23: Straddles

Options Bootcamp 23: Straddles Basic Training:  Getting to know the fundamentals What is a Straddle? Why would you want to use it? Straddle pros and cons. Iron Butterflies and Iron Condors are straddles and strangles with protection. Gamma...
Posted June 11th, 2013

Options Bootcamp: Exit Strategy

Options Bootcamp: Exit Strategy Basic Training: Why is it so important to have an exit strategy? What are the rules of thumb when closing out positions? Should you be more aggressive when closing out long or short positions? What are the rules of...
Posted May 29th, 2013

Options Bootcamp 21: Playing Defense

Options Bootcamp 21: Playing Defense Basic Training: Playing defense with options: it’s very important right now! Basic Defense: Protective Puts (full overview in Ep. 3) How do you hedge your position with protective puts? Intermediate Defense:...
Posted April 30th, 2013

Options Bootcamp 20: Options in Lieu of Stock

Basic Training: We present two choices for using options in lieu of stock: Stock Replacement Strategy. How does it work? Examples include: An ITM leaps call purchase - requires premium over parity payment Selling a one month ITM put - for the more...
Posted April 19th, 2013

Options Bootcamp 19: Margin

Options Bootcamp 19: Margin Basic Training: The topic this week is margin What is margin? If I have leverage in my options, why do I need margin? Is it possible to not qualify for margin? Why do you need a cash account? What can/cannot you do with a...
Posted April 1st, 2013

Options Bootcamp 18: The Joys of Synthetics

Options Bootcamp 18: The Joys of Synthetics Basic Training: Today's topic is Synthetics What is put/call parity? Example of put/call parity. What does it mean for your options trading? What are synthetics? What is a married put? Why knowledge of...
Posted March 6th, 2013

Options Bootcamp 17: Should I Buy, or Should I Sell?

Options Bootcamp 17: Should I Buy, or Should I Sell? Options 101: The quintessential options debate -- buy options or sell them? Many options professionals lean toward "when in doubt palms out." Simplify the options universe into two segments of...
Posted February 26th, 2013

Options Bootcamp 16: Avoid Earnings Pitfalls with Options

Options Bootcamp 16: Avoid Earnings Pitfalls with Options Options Drills: How to play earnings through options plays. There are two basic approaches to earnings trading: long premium and short premium. Long Premium - PROS: Advantageous because...
Posted February 6th, 2013

Options Bootcamp 15: Secrets of Exercise and Assignment

Options Bootcamp 15: Secrets of Exercise and Assignment Basic Training: Exercise, Assignment, and Settlement. There are two styles of options you will encounter -- American and European style. What's the process when your exercises and assignments are...
Posted January 23rd, 2013

Options Bootcamp 14: Advanced Spreads

Options Bootcamp 14: Advanced Spreads Basic Training: Spreads with wings. What is a butterfly? Iron butterfly? What is a condor? Iron condor? Mail Call: Even bootcampers get mail privileges Email from Alan Rick: What makes a spread "iron?" What...
Posted January 10th, 2013

Options Bootcamp 13: Spreads, Part One

Options Bootcamp 13: Spreads, Part One  Basic Training: A quick review of spreads. What are spreads? Why should we use spreads? How do the Greeks work with spreads? How do you calculate, performance, etc? Why do I want to net reduce my delta and...
Posted December 28th, 2012

Options Bootcamp 12: Weekly Options

Options Bootcamp 12: Weekly Options Basic Training: What are weekly options? How do the Greeks differ in the weeklies? How are the weeklies traded? Option Drills: Selling strategies for weekly options. Diagonal and vertical spreads, straddles,...
Posted December 5th, 2012

Options Bootcamp 11: Busting Myths and Taking Names

Options Bootcamp 11: Busting Myths and Taking Names Basic Training: Busting Options Myths: 1) Market makers know where the stops are, therefore market makers who take the other side of trades are taking advantage of retail customers. 2) The only way...
Posted November 28th, 2012

Options Bootcamp 10: Common Trading Mistakes

Options Bootcamp 10: Common Trading MistakesBasic Training: Your COs cover the most common options trading mistakes: Writing long-term options for income. Using market orders in illiquid options. Not closing options offered at a nickel. Buying...
Posted November 8th, 2012

Options Boot Camp 9: Busting Options Myths

Busting Options Myths
Posted October 16th, 2012

Options Bootcamp 8: It?s All Greek to Me

Options Bootcamp 8: It’s All Greek to Me   Basic Training: Time to revisit the Greeks: ·        Delta - The chief Greek ·        Gamma - The rate of change...
Posted October 2nd, 2012

Options Bootcamp Episode 7: Back to Basics

Options Bootcamp Episode 7: Back to BasicsRoll Call: Mark and Dan introduce the newest Drill Instructor, John Critchley from SogoTrade.  Find out more about SogoTrade, from its philosophy to its commission structure.Basic Training: Why should...
Posted September 12th, 2012

Options Bootcamp 6: Complex Spreads

Options Bootcamp 6: Complex Spreads Basic Training: Today we're going to dive into complex spreads. What are complex spreads? We're usually talking multi-leg spreads. Calendars are when you buy and sell a call/put at the same strike price, but in a...
Posted June 19th, 2012

Options Bootcamp 5: Spread Trading

Options Bootcamp 5: Spread Trading Basic Training: Today we're going to dive into spreads.  Spreads are really the defining characteristics of options. What is a spread? Why would you do a spread vs. trading an option outright? Max value of a...
Posted May 17th, 2012

Options Bootcamp 4: Selling Options

Options Bootcamp 4: Selling Options Basic Training: Turning to the dark side! It's time to learn how to sell options. Why sell options? Time decay and theta. Collecting theta, instead of paying theta, turning an enemy into a powerful ally.Example:...
Posted May 7th, 2012

Options Boot Camp Episode 3: Buying Options

Unraveling The Mysteries of Buying Options
Posted April 19th, 2012

Options Boot Camp 2: The Greeks

Options Bootcamp 2: The GreeksBasic Training: Risk variables (aka "the Greeks") are Delta, gamma, theta, and vega. Delta: The measure of the sensitivity of the options' price given a change in the underlying instrument. It's also used to view the...
Posted April 11th, 2012

Options Boot Camp Episode 1: Options Basics

Options Basics
Posted March 26th, 2012

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The Options News Rundown

Your source for the most important news and information from the world of options.

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The Options Insider Radio Network

All of our radio programs in one convenient place.

The Options Insider Radio Network

Options Insider Radio

The original options podcast. Features interviews with leading options figures.

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The Option Block

This high-octane program features education, analysis, strategies and unusual activity.

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The premier radio program for volatility traders.

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Your source for futures options information.

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Get into peak options trading shape.

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Compelling panel & special event recordings from the options world.

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We break down all the amazing technology that takes your trades from the click of a mouse to the clearinghouse.

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