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Gold, crude oil, corn, soybeans and more - with so many tradeable products the futures options market is an intimidating place. How can you possibly keep track of the latest trading activity across so many different products? Don’t worry - we’ve got you covered. Welcome to This Week in Futures Options - the program designed to help active futures options traders stay on top of this ever-changing marketplace. Each week we’ll break down the top trades, hot products, volatility explosions and much more. Whether you’re an experienced veteran or a newcomer looking to separate the wheat from the lean hogs, This Week in Futures Options has the information you can’t find anywhere else.

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

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

Topics this week include:

  • WTI Skew
  • Crude vol
  • Eurodollars
  • Lean Hogs

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

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

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

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

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

Topics this week include:

  • Brent/WTI Spread
  • Vol Skew
  • Gold

Futures Options Feedback: Quizzes and questions and comments

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

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

Listener questions:

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

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

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

Topics this week include:

  • WTI/Brent spread
  • Gold

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

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

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

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

Topics this week include:

  • WTI/Brent spread
  • QuikSkew
  • Gold

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

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

This Week in Futures Options 37: Trump vs Oil Traders

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

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

Topics this week include:

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

Future Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Week in Futures Options 35: 2016 TWIFO Review Spectacular

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

Topics in our 2016 Year In Review include:

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

The Best of This Week in Futures Options

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

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


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

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

Topics this week include:

  • WTI vs Brent
  • Crude Oil Volatility

Futures Options Feedback/#Question of the Week:

Would you ever trade stupids?

  • Heck Yes
  • Hell No
  • I hate stupids

Listener questions:

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

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

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

Topics today include:

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

Futures Options Feedback: Your questions, our answers

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

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

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

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

Topics this week include:

  • Crude Oil/WTI
  • Gold

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

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

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

This Week in Futures Options 31: OPEC Drives Crude Options Explosion There is but one major topic this week: Crude Oil Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments Question from Andrew Martin - Does all that OI on the 60 strike in WTI...
Posted December 5th, 2016

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

There is but one major topic this week:

  • Crude Oil

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

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

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

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

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


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

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

Topics this week include:

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

Futures Options Feedback: Listeners have their say

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

This Week in Futures Options 29: Election Volatility

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

Topics this week include:

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

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

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

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


This Week in Futures Options 28: Oil Drop, Gold Rally and FX Volatility

This week your TWIFO hosts discuss: Crude Oil/WTI Gold Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments Question from Bobby - I have noticed moved in the currencies lately. Is this increased volatility good for premium sellers in currency...
Posted November 7th, 2016

This week your TWIFO hosts discuss:

  • Crude Oil/WTI
  • Gold

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from Bobby - I have noticed moved in the currencies lately. Is this increased volatility good for premium sellers in currency options?

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


This Week in Futures Options 27: Hillary Gold Call Frenzy

This week your TWIFO hosts discuss: Gold Crude Oil/WTI Soybeans You can find all the cool reports Nick talks about on www.cme.com/twio.
Posted October 31st, 2016

This week your TWIFO hosts discuss:

  • Gold
  • Crude Oil/WTI
  • Soybeans

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


This Week in Futures Options 26: Internet Armageddon

Topics this week include: Crude Oil/WTI Gold & Silver Nat Gas FUTURES OPTIONS FEEDBACK Comment from JVich - How about coal for a surprise product? Seems to be doing more volume?.? Question from N. Molansen - Why are there not options on stock...
Posted October 24th, 2016

Topics this week include:

Crude Oil/WTI

Gold & Silver

Nat Gas

FUTURES OPTIONS FEEDBACK

Comment from JVich - How about coal for a surprise product? Seems to be doing more volume?.?

Question from N. Molansen - Why are there not options on stock futures?


This Week in Futures Options 25: Gold, Crude and Corn Palooza Plus Your Questions

Topics this week include: WTI Gold Corn! Futures options feedback: Listner questions and comments Question from TradeAlytics - Can you please confirm the last trade time for LOX6? Plus, symbology Question from Crude - Is the put/call ratio useful...
Posted October 18th, 2016

Topics this week include:

  • WTI
  • Gold
  • Corn!

Futures options feedback: Listner questions and comments

  • Question from TradeAlytics - Can you please confirm the last trade time for LOX6? Plus, symbology
  • Question from Crude - Is the put/call ratio useful when trading crude?

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


This Week in Futures Options 24: A Moist Towelette for Crude Bulls

Topics this week include: Gold WTI Soybeans Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments Tweet from SellPuts - Is #Gold-pocalypse going to continue? Yes, particularly if the dollar index keeps moving towards 98 and above. Comment from...
Posted October 10th, 2016

Topics this week include:

  • Gold
  • WTI
  • Soybeans

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Tweet from SellPuts - Is #Gold-pocalypse going to continue? Yes, particularly if the dollar index keeps moving towards 98 and above.
  • Comment from Ben Green - OI Heat Maps: One of the best I've seen for visualization of open interest. Thank you!
  • Question from TCal - I am a somewhat new oil options trader primarily in WTI. Over the last few months I have noticed that the majority of volume trades in the front month. This is particularly true in active weeks such as during the OPEC meeting. I have had success buying weekly options going into these events. But in these same active periods I have not seen the surge of activity in the weekly WTI that I expected. This is surprising given the similar interest in weeklies in most other option products. Is this a function of the large institutional presence in WTI options? Perhaps there is a nuance of the product that I am missing that is not conducive to weeklies? I would appreciate your insight into this. Thank you for producing so much great free programming on your network.

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


This Week in Futures Options 23: A Crude Oil Wet Blanket

This week your TWIFO hosts discuss: Crude! Pop in IV, love affair with upside calls. WTI lights it up with the Nov 50 strike. Gold! Vol hits multi-year lows. People are paying the rent in gold Surprise product of the week: Lean hogs. 52 puts lighting...
Posted October 3rd, 2016

This week your TWIFO hosts discuss:

  • Crude! Pop in IV, love affair with upside calls. WTI lights it up with the Nov 50 strike.
  • Gold! Vol hits multi-year lows. People are paying the rent in gold
  • Surprise product of the week: Lean hogs. 52 puts lighting up the tape. Skew is askew

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from Vegs: Futures have a 63% win rate. How do options compare? What profit percentage do options traders get?
  • Question from Charlie: The economic calendar has many clues as to what might happen. Being a futures trader, I know what to watch. Is there something similar for options traders?

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


This Week in Futures Options 22: Revenge of the Hogs

This week your TWIFO hosts discuss: Black gold, Texas tea. WTI Nov 50 calls leading the charge with nearly 11,000 trading on Friday WTI Dec 50 calls 22,000- fairly even trading throughout the week WTI Nov 47 calls and 40 puts nearly identical at...
Posted September 26th, 2016

This week your TWIFO hosts discuss:

  • Black gold, Texas tea.
    • WTI Nov 50 calls leading the charge with nearly 11,000 trading on Friday
    • WTI Dec 50 calls 22,000- fairly even trading throughout the week
    • WTI Nov 47 calls and 40 puts nearly identical at 20,600
    • Crazy trade of the week - 6200 WTI Nov 69 calls traded on Friday
    • Why aren't the weeklies getting more attention?
  • Beans, beans, the musical fruit
    • 82% of the volume happening in the Nov contracts, up almost 6% in OI
    • Par (1,000) calls were lighting it up
    • Heavy trading this week in puts
  • Surprise product of the week: Lean Hogs!
    • Dec IV is up 4 points
    • Even tie between Oct and Dec for expiration
    • Oct 54 puts were the winner of the week
    • OI up about 7.5% this week, on total volume of 70,000 contracts
    • Want some charts? Here's what Nick shared:

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Comment from Ian Felder: I started in crude futures. Then moved to VIX futures, and am now in VOX options. Each time I trade a new market I feel like U see more panoramic moves because I'm less familiar with the underlying in the first few days. It sounds scary but it's actually refreshing. I guess looking at options has changed the way I look at futures. Has something similar happened to you? Have options changed your outlook on other products?


This Week in Futures Options 21: The Explosive Dec-Feb Crude Spread

Topics this week include: Gold WTI Soybeans Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments Question from JJVay83 - I have a got a rookie question alert. Do the same Greeks apply to equity options and futures options? Are all Greeks the...
Posted September 19th, 2016

Topics this week include:

  • Gold
  • WTI
  • Soybeans

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from JJVay83 - I have a got a rookie question alert. Do the same Greeks apply to equity options and futures options? Are all Greeks the same?
  • Question from Eric Schaeffer - I traditionally trade LEAPs on indices and individual names like Apple. Your shows including TWIFO and LSFO have intrigues me to dip my toes into the commodities markets. I have played around with the TWIO report on CME. Thank you very much for all that free data. I am exploring longer term options on a variety of products, but I am having difficulty finding the right duration. I know there are weekly futures options, but do they also have the equivalent of LEAPs? If so, how far out do they trade, and what are they called? Is there a tab for them on the TWIO report?

To view the reports mentioned in this week's show, click here. Select 'Last Week' from the Display Settings/ Report Week selection dropdown.


This Week in Futures Options 20: E-Mini Vol Explodes, Crude Whimpers

This week your TWIFO hosts discuss: E-minis WTI OVX/OIV And more... Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments Question from Liz Kat - Hey guys, thanks for my weekly dose of TWIFO. I saw this headline and while not strictly about...
Posted September 12th, 2016

This week your TWIFO hosts discuss:

  • E-minis
  • WTI
  • OVX/OIV
  • And more...

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from Liz Kat - Hey guys, thanks for my weekly dose of TWIFO. I saw this headline and while not strictly about options, I hoped you could give us your take on it. Seems like an interesting idea. Do we need it?
  • Question from Sebastian - How do I tell what the actual volume of a product is? How do I use that volume stat in my trading

To view the reports mentioned in this week's show, click here. Select 'Last Week' from the Display Settings/ Report Week selection dropdown.


This Week in Futures Options 19: Are WTI Puts Contrarian?

Topics this week include: WTI Soybeans Gold Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments Comment from Chris: This is strong hedging and perhaps a bullish indicator for WTI in my opinion. Question from DLK79: In TWIFO 17 you discussed...
Posted September 6th, 2016

Topics this week include:

  • WTI
  • Soybeans
  • Gold

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Comment from Chris: This is strong hedging and perhaps a bullish indicator for WTI in my opinion.
  • Question from DLK79: In TWIFO 17 you discussed the soybean skew coming back from the recent extremes, and a trade that was put on 10-12 weeks ago to attempt a profit from this. Was this strategy discussed in a previous episode when it was first put on? If so, do you know which episode specifically? I am going through some of the earlier episodes and I have yet to find it.
  • Question from Neal: What is up with silver?

To view the reports mentioned in this week's show, click here. Select 'Last Week' from the Display Settings/ Report Week selection drop down.


This Week in Futures Options 18: Crazy WTI Calls and Gold-Silver Breakdown

This week, your TWIFO hosts discuss: Crude Oil Soybeans Gold/Silver QuikSkew #TWIFO Pop Quiz: Gold/Silver ratio reached 80+ 4 times over 25 yrs. What is the lowest it's been? The final results were: 42% < 30 25% Between 30-40 17% Between 40-50...
Posted August 29th, 2016

This week, your TWIFO hosts discuss:

  • Crude Oil
  • Soybeans
  • Gold/Silver
  • QuikSkew

#TWIFO Pop Quiz:

Gold/Silver ratio reached 80+ 4 times over 25 yrs. What is the lowest it's been?

The final results were:

  • 42% < 30
  • 25% Between 30-40
  • 17% Between 40-50
  • 16% > 50

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from Fred: Crude is trading above 3 moving averages. As long as it's above these levels, I think it's in an uptrend. If I wanted to buy a weekly call expiring Friday, would that be a good idea?
  • Question from Chad: How about a quick overview of the QuikStrike features?

To view the reports mentioned in this week's show, click here. Select 'Last Week' from the Display Settings/ Report Week selection drop down.


This Week in Futures Options 17: No More Juicy Soybean Collars

This week your TWIFO hosts discuss: Soybeans! TWIFO Pop Quiz: Which product had the second highest options volume this week? The final results were: 14% Comex Gold 33% WTI 37% Soybeans 16% Natural Ga Crude Oil/WTI/USO Gold Natural Gas To view...
Posted August 22nd, 2016

This week your TWIFO hosts discuss:

  • Soybeans!
  • TWIFO Pop Quiz: Which product had the second highest options volume this week?

The final results were:

  • 14% Comex Gold
  • 33% WTI
  • 37% Soybeans
  • 16% Natural Ga
  • Crude Oil/WTI/USO
  • Gold
  • Natural Gas

To view the reports mentioned in this week's show, click here. Select 'Last Week' from the Display Settings/ Report Week selection drop down.


This Week in Futures Options 16: E-Mini Option Slugfest

Today your TWIFO hosts discuss: Crude Oil Gold Rates Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments Question from Jillz: Can I get COT reports on Quikstrike? Question from 7of9: Are beans still lining up nicely for risk reversals?
Posted August 15th, 2016

Today your TWIFO hosts discuss:

  • Crude Oil
  • Gold
  • Rates

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from Jillz: Can I get COT reports on Quikstrike?
  • Question from 7of9: Are beans still lining up nicely for risk reversals?

This Week in Futures Options 15: Secret Chinese Gold Arb

This week your TWIFO hosts discuss: Eurodollar WTI Soybeans Gold Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments Question from Gin George: Why no volume in weekly WTI options? Question from Mickey Vale: Do you guys look at e-mini option...
Posted August 8th, 2016

This week your TWIFO hosts discuss:

  • Eurodollar
  • WTI
  • Soybeans
  • Gold

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from Gin George: Why no volume in weekly WTI options?
  • Question from Mickey Vale: Do you guys look at e-mini option skew? How does it stack up to SPY and SPX skew?
  • Question from JJ Kay: Can you hit on VIX futures and options?
  • Question from 777: Are you aware of any specific gold arb between Chinese gold derivatives and their U.S. equivalents?

To view the reports mentioned in this week's show, click here. Select 'Last Week' from the Display Settings/ Report Week selection drop down.


This Week in Futures Options 14: Sexy Metals

Topics this week include: Crude Rates, 10-year Gold Silver Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments Question from KC: Can you talk about the non precious metals, like copper? Question from Fred. Is it my imagination or do options...
Posted August 1st, 2016

Topics this week include:

  • Crude
  • Rates, 10-year
  • Gold
  • Silver

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from KC: Can you talk about the non precious metals, like copper?
  • Question from Fred. Is it my imagination or do options traders trade more markets than futures traders do? Is that a good practice? Is it good to look for multiple markets when trading options? Should I expand my horizons?
  • Question from 777: Regarding futures options trading volume, is there an increasing percentage of trading done by small numbers of firms? Are spreads widening or tightening?

To view the reports mentioned in this week's show, click here. Select 'Last Week' from the Display Settings/ Report Week selection drop down.


This Week in Futures Options 13: Gold versus Silver and the Soybean Apocalypse

Today, your TWIFO hosts discuss: Crude Soybeans Gold Silver Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments Question from OZ22: Why do silver options do so much less volume than gold options? Question from Andy: Hey! The volatility skew...
Posted July 25th, 2016

Today, your TWIFO hosts discuss:

  • Crude
  • Soybeans
  • Gold
  • Silver

Futures Options Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from OZ22: Why do silver options do so much less volume than gold options?
  • Question from Andy: Hey! The volatility skew for most equity options is called investment skew. Is there a name for the different skews of commodity options as well?

To view the reports mentioned in this week's show, click here. Select 'Last Week' from the Display Settings/ Report Week selection drop down.


This Week in Futures Options 12: The Race to Zero

This week the TWIFO hosts discuss: What's the story with crude? Why does the front contract trade so much with less than a week to expiration? Jumping back into silver, as skew comes back in Bias still toward calls Watching the narrative in gold What...
Posted July 19th, 2016

This week the TWIFO hosts discuss:

  • What's the story with crude?
  • Why does the front contract trade so much with less than a week to expiration?
  • Jumping back into silver, as skew comes back in
  • Bias still toward calls
  • Watching the narrative in gold
  • What is the Fed up to?
  • And more

To view the reports mentioned in this week's show, click here. Select 'Last Week' from the Display Settings/ Report Week selection drop down.


This Week in Futures Options 11: Werewolves Beware

This week the TWIFO hosts discuss: Silver Non-farms Rates, 10-year Eurodollars Soybeans And more To view the reports mentioned in this week's show, click here. Select 'Last Week' from the Display Settings/ Report Week selection drop down.
Posted July 11th, 2016

This week the TWIFO hosts discuss:

  • Silver
  • Non-farms
  • Rates, 10-year
  • Eurodollars
  • Soybeans
  • And more

To view the reports mentioned in this week's show, click here. Select 'Last Week' from the Display Settings/ Report Week selection drop down.


This Week in Futures Options 10: Pound Puts and Crazy Crude Calls

This week the TWIFO hosts discuss: How much has the world changed and yet remained the same since the last episode? What is going to happen to rates? Bonds, 10-year bonds Liquidity in Eurodollars What's happening in currencies? Striking oil The...
Posted July 4th, 2016

This week the TWIFO hosts discuss:

  • How much has the world changed and yet remained the same since the last episode?
  • What is going to happen to rates?
  • Bonds, 10-year bonds
  • Liquidity in Eurodollars
  • What's happening in currencies?
  • Striking oil
  • The #crazytradeoftheweek
  • And more...

To view the reports mentioned in this week's show, click here. Select 'Last Week' from the Display Settings/ Report Week selection drop down.


This Week in Futures Options 9: Brexit Breakdown Bonanza

This Week in Futures Options 9: Brexit Breakdown Bonanza This week, Mark and Nick discuss: Brexit Pound sterling hits a 31-year low Everything down, except gold When/will the Fed move? Flight to quality To view the reports mentioned in this week's...
Posted June 24th, 2016

This Week in Futures Options 9: Brexit Breakdown Bonanza

This week, Mark and Nick discuss:

  • Brexit
  • Pound sterling hits a 31-year low
  • Everything down, except gold
  • When/will the Fed move?
  • Flight to quality

To view the reports mentioned in this week's show, click here. Select 'Last Week' from the Display Settings/ Report Week selection drop down.


This Week in Futures Options 8: Crazy Brexit Eurodollar Stupids

Today's topics include: FOMC Treasuries Brexit Soybeans Gold To view the reports mentioned in this week's show, click here. Select 'Last Week' from the Display Settings/ Report Week selection drop down.
Posted June 20th, 2016

Today's topics include:

  • FOMC
  • Treasuries
  • Brexit
  • Soybeans
  • Gold

To view the reports mentioned in this week's show, click here. Select 'Last Week' from the Display Settings/ Report Week selection drop down.


This Week in Futures Options 7: Brexit and FOMC Storms on the Horizon

Topics today include: FOMC FX: EUR/USD, GBP/USD Soybeans Gold Crude To view the reports mentioned in this week's show, click here. Select 'Last Week' from the Display Settings/ Report Week selection drop down.
Posted June 13th, 2016

Topics today include:

  • FOMC
  • FX: EUR/USD, GBP/USD
  • Soybeans
  • Gold
  • Crude

To view the reports mentioned in this week's show, click here. Select 'Last Week' from the Display Settings/ Report Week selection drop down.


This Week in Futures Options 6: Non-Farms Surprise while Soybeans Rampage

This week topics include: Non-Farms 2-year & 10-year Weekly Treasury Options Soybeans Crude In order to view the reports mentioned in this week's show, click here. Select 'Last Week' from the Display Settings/ Report Week selection drop down.
Posted June 6th, 2016

This week topics include:

  • Non-Farms
  • 2-year & 10-year Weekly Treasury Options
  • Soybeans
  • Crude

In order to view the reports mentioned in this week's show, click here. Select 'Last Week' from the Display Settings/ Report Week selection drop down.


This Week in Futures Options 5: Crazy Trades of the Week

This week, Mark and Nick discuss: Treasury Futures Options Soybean Options Crude Oil Gold Here are the TWIFO reports for this week: Beans Crude 10-year TWIFO Feedback: Listener questions and comments Question from Groose - Regarding Eurodollar...
Posted May 31st, 2016

This week, Mark and Nick discuss:

  • Treasury Futures Options
  • Soybean Options
  • Crude Oil
  • Gold

Here are the TWIFO reports for this week:

TWIFO Feedback: Listener questions and comments

  • Question from Groose - Regarding Eurodollar futures options. Are there different quirks between the months?

This Week in Futures Options 4: A Rude Awakening in Soybeans

This week Mark and Nick discuss: A review of the last week in futures options How to navigate limit up/down markets in soybeans and other futures options products Paper trading tips for the soybean market Analyzing recent volatility skew distortions...
Posted May 20th, 2016

This week Mark and Nick discuss:

  • A review of the last week in futures options
  • How to navigate limit up/down markets in soybeans and other futures options products
  • Paper trading tips for the soybean market
  • Analyzing recent volatility skew distortions in soybeans
  • Using collars and risk reverals to exploit recent movements in the soybean markets

This Week in Futures Options 3: Wildfires Drive Oil Call Volume

In this episode, which was recorded on Friday, May 6, 2016, Mark and Nick discuss: WTI: June volume 55% of volume Volume up 4% over last week July 53 calls most active in July Open interest up 13% in July Aug 55 calls also active Skew creeping up...
Posted May 9th, 2016

In this episode, which was recorded on Friday, May 6, 2016, Mark and Nick discuss:

WTI:

  • June volume 55% of volume
  • Volume up 4% over last week
  • July 53 calls most active in July
  • Open interest up 13% in July
  • Aug 55 calls also active
  • Skew creeping up across the board
  • Why aren't weeklies trading in WTI?

Gold

  • June accounted for over 50% of volume this week
  • OI up 5% this week

Nat Gas

  • June 1.85 puts

Soybeans

  • Soybeans up a bit toward end of the week
  • Calls got beat up and puts are bid skew getting bid up particularly in July

This Week in Futures Options 2: Chinese Commodity Explosion

What happened in crude? It was a dance between the bulls andbears, but much of the action around the 35 strike, especially the35 puts.Here is a link to the report Mark and Nick discussed on theshow.An update on QuikSkew, but shhhh...it's a...
Posted May 2nd, 2016
  • What happened in crude? It was a dance between the bulls andbears, but much of the action around the 35 strike, especially the35 puts.
  • Here is a link to the report Mark and Nick discussed on theshow.
  • An update on QuikSkew, but shhhh...it's a secret
  • What's happening in gold?
  • Here's the TWIFO gold report
  • Risk reversal terminology: old school versus new school
  • Treasuries, esp. the 10 year
  • Soybeans. Yes, beans!
  • Chinese futures otpions and some numbers that might giveregulators pause

This Week in Futures Options 1: Crude Oil, 10YR, Soybeans and more

TWIFO 1: Crude Oil, 10YR, Soybeans and more
Posted April 26th, 2016

In this inaugural episode of This Week In Futures Options Mark and Nick Discuss:

They also explore unusual futures options trading activity in:

  • Crude Oil Options
  • 10YR Treasury Options
  • Soybean Options
  • and more

This Week In Futures Options Sneak Preview - Crude Oil, Gold, Soybeans and More

TWIFO Sneak Preview
Posted April 26th, 2016

In this Sneak Preview episode Options Insider Media Group Founder Mark S. Longo is joined by his new co-host Nick Howard, CEO, Bantix Technologies and the creator of QuikStrike. QuikStrike is the premier futures options analytics platform. Learn more at www.Bantix.com.

In this episode Mark and Nick provide a sneak peak into the new TWIFO program - coming soon to the Options Insider Radio Network. They also break down unusual futures options trading activity in:

  • Crude Oil
  • Gold
  • Soybeans
  • and more...

This Week in Futures Options streams live every Friday at 3pm Central so be sure to check out our live stream via the MIXLR app or join our live chat room at mixlr.com/options-insider.


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