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Welcome to Options Playbook Radio - the program where we break down cutting edge options strategies and explain how you can incorporate them into your own portfolio. Whether you’re looking to grow your capital with some offensive maneuvers or protect your investments with defensive plays, you can find them all in the Options Playbook. Options involve risk. Please refer to https://www.ally.com/invest/disclosures to review additional risks involved with trading options.

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Welcome to Options Playbook Radio - the program where we break down cutting edge options strategies and explain how you can incorporate them into your own portfolio. Whether you’re looking to grow your capital with some offensive maneuvers or protect your investments with defensive plays, you can find them all in the Options Playbook. Options involve risk. Please refer to https://www.ally.com/invest/disclosures to review additional risks involved with trading options.

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Quick interesting stock option strategy analysis with real market situations and data. Love the length - about 15 minutes. I sometimes listen to it twice to make sure I didn’t miss important information.

Great Podcast - Perfect Length 15- 20 min.

By Boat Log - Jan 15 2015
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If you want to learn about all the basics of option trading and the things to watch out for when trading any strategy - this is the podcast for you.

iTunes Ratings

24 Ratings
Average Ratings
15
4
3
1
1

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By cubsbleachers - Dec 02 2019
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Quick interesting stock option strategy analysis with real market situations and data. Love the length - about 15 minutes. I sometimes listen to it twice to make sure I didn’t miss important information.

Great Podcast - Perfect Length 15- 20 min.

By Boat Log - Jan 15 2015
Read more
If you want to learn about all the basics of option trading and the things to watch out for when trading any strategy - this is the podcast for you.
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Options Playbook Radio

Latest release on Feb 19, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Options Playbook Radio 205: GOOGL Skip Strike Butterfly

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Welcome to Options Playbook Radio

On this episode we discuss:

  • A review of our earnings trade in NFLX
  • A complete breakdown of our new earnings skip-strike butterfly in GOOGL.

Apr 19 2018

16mins

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Rank #2: Options Playbook Radio 167: Trading Options After Hours

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It's huddle time again on Options Playbook Radio. This is when Mark and Brian answer listener questions. Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

The Bobster wants to know if options can be traded outside of U.S. trading hours.

  • Short answer: yes and no
  • Longer answer: liquidity issues, wider spreads, other nuances.
  • Should there be regular after hours?
  • Should it be limited to a number of names?
  • Index versus equity options

Nelly2 wants to know about assignment. Just so I am clear on the spread assignment thing. If I am in SPX, then I just get cash if the index closes inside my spread. But if I am in a stock, then I get the stock?

  • Cash-settled
  • Guidelines for cash-settled versus regular settled
  • Sellers and buyers rights and obligations

Jul 20 2017

16mins

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Rank #3: Options Playbook Radio 175: When, and Which, Option to Buy?

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In this episode, Brian covers:

  • Using a pricing calculator to review different scenarios
  • Buying an out-of-the-money option
  • What happens to delta?
  • Looking at probability
  • When time is your ally
  • When to buy an out-of-the-money option
  • How to get low time premium
  • Closer to expiration = higher delta
  • What about at-the-money options?
  • When to buy, and when not to

Sep 14 2017

19mins

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Rank #4: Options Playbook Radio 184: AAPL Covered Call

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The holiday season brings to mind covered calls.

In this episode, Brian covers:

  • Last week's trade in DIS
  • What did we want to happen?
  • What DID happen?
  • Avoidint the stupid award
  • The holidays are coming, that means shortened trading weeks
  • It might be a good time to trade covered calls
  • Getting "free" time decay with holidays
  • Where is AAPL?
  • Selecting strikes
  • And more...

Nov 16 2017

19mins

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Rank #5: Options Playbook Radio 180: Huddling Up on Low VIX, Naked Puts and More

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Mark and Brian are back to answer listener questions.

  • Question from Ejh4isu - Let's say you're short naked a bunch of puts and the trade goes against you, and you don't have the money to pony up? What can your broker do?
  • Question from LCB - This is a challenging time to sell options due to low volatility. So does it stand that the opposite is true? Is it a good time to buy options? Particularly protective puts?
  • Question from Andrew Lane - I tried searching for options on the major advisor news sources including Pensions & Investments and Financial Advisors magazine and came up blank. Why do these mainstream outlets ignore this space? Where should I go to learn more about options for advisors?

Oct 19 2017

20mins

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Rank #6: Options Playbook Radio 173: Understanding the Greeks, Part One

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

In this episode:

  • A review of last time
  • Using the Greeks
  • What does a delta do?
  • Meet the Greeks in The Options Playbook
  • As expiration approaches, what happens to delta? For that, you need gamma
  • What about theta?
  • Delta when a contract is in-, at- or out-of-the-mooney
  • Delta moves slower than other Greeks
  • You can't have slow time decay on a fast moving option

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Aug 31 2017

19mins

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Rank #7: Options Playbook Radio 170: Getting out of Straddles

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It's time for listener questions on Options Playbook Radio. Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

In this episode Mark and Brian discuss:

  • Question from LesNod: How the heck do you actually get out of straddles? One side of a straddle is always a loss!
  • Question from Jelly: Can I buy longer-term options than LEAPS?
  • Question from Kim D.: How high to rates need to go before I need to worry about rho?
  • Question from Axel D.: Why do they update open interest only once a day?

Aug 10 2017

23mins

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Rank #8: Options Playbook Radio 176: Long Spreads

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In this episode, Brian explores long spreads. Specifically, long call spreads and long put spreads. These can be found on pages 60 and 62, respectively, of The Options Playbook. This is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Details include:

  • The dynamics of spread trading
  • Using AAPL as an example
  • What to consider regarding forecasting and timing
  • The value of the spread does not provide quick rewards
  • Selecting strikes
  • What is the maximum risk?
  • What is the maximum reward?
  • Always look at how much time premium you have

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Sep 21 2017

18mins

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Rank #9: Options Playbook Radio 48: Theta, Revisited

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Options Playbook Radio 48: Theta, Revisited

In this episode, Mark and Brian are back and taking on your questions.

In this episode, they discuss:

  • Theta data
  • When decay flattens out
  • Riding the road of premium decay
  • What is the optimal ratio of theta versus gamma?
  • And more…

Feb 19 2015

18mins

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Rank #10: Options Playbook Radio 227: COST Backspread Capturing Earnings

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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 theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Sep 27 2018

15mins

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Rank #11: Options Playbook Radio 44: Combinations

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Options Playbook Radio 44: Combinations

Welcome back to Options Playbook Radio, where today we’re discussion combinations, or combos. If you have the book, we’re on page 76 (long) or 78 (short). For those of you following along online, you can find it on OptionsPlaybook.com

Today Brian discusses:

  • Before we get to combos, let’s first discuss synthetic relationships
  • What are synthetic positions?
  • Why create them?
  • How to create them?
  • What do the pros do?

Jan 22 2015

15mins

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Rank #12: Options Playbook Radio 15: Play #1 - The Long Call

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Options Playbook Radio 15: Play #1 - The Long Call

We are on page 40 of the hardcover version. Otherwise, look for “The Long Call Strategy” on the Kindle or online version.

Today Brian discusses:

  • How the long call strategy works.
  • Basic examples of a long call.
  • Time components and implied volatility.
  • In the money vs. out of the money vs. at the money contracts

Jun 12 2014

29mins

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Rank #13: Options Playbook 4: Volatility & Probability

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Options Playbook 4: Volatility & Probability

Follow along at optionsplaybook.com, or go to page 14 of the book.

Brian discusses:

  • The definition of implied volatility
  • Pricing models and assumptions
  • How to determine implied volatility
  • Non-directionality of implied volatility
  • Impact of time on implied volatility
  • Impact of events on the price of an option

Options involve risk. Please refer to tradeking.com/ODD to review additional risks involved with trading options.

Mar 20 2014

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Rank #14: Options Playbook Radio 187: Huddle Up

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Mark and Brian are back to answer listener questions. In particular:

  • Question from Ariell - Why should I ever buy puts? I can use a stop order in the stock for free and then put that extra capital to work in my trading account. By my math using stops instead of puts can boost your account 5-10% per year. That’s a lot of cheese.
  • Question from The Financial Grynch - Do you REALLY reckon long options is profitable?
  • Question from Lonesome - Could you explain Theta and how it helps/hurts options traders? Should anyone ever buy OTM options?
  • Question from Tom Matt - What happened to minis? Are they ever coming back?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Dec 14 2017

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Rank #15: Options Playbook Radio 92: Adjusting Positions

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In this episode, we are discussing how to adjust positions. You can find this information on page 104 of The Options Playbook.

Brian goes into more detail with:

  • How to adjust a put butterfly?
  • How was the butterfly set up on Monday?
  • What was the direction?
  • What was the concept of this strategy?
  • What has happened since the trade was put on?
  • How, and when, to make adjustments
  • What do we want to happen?
  • Do you want to see a video of what was just discussed? Send Brian an email through Facebook, or go here.

Dec 23 2015

17mins

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Rank #16: Options Playbook Radio 53: Butterfly Spreads

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Options Playbook Radio 53: Butterfly Spreads

Today in Options Playbook Radio, we’re discussing butterfly spreads. For those of you with the hardcover version of the book, this can be found on pages 103 and 104. You can always find it on OptionsPlaybook.com as well.

Today, Brian discusses:

  • What do we mean by legs?
  • How are butterfly spreads entered as a trade?
  • Looking at an example using XYZ calls
  • Where do you start?
  • What is the net debit?
  • What is the max risk?
  • What is the max gain?
  • What is the break-even?
  • Look at this as two spreads
  • And more…

Mar 26 2015

18mins

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Rank #17: OPR 284: Boeing Review Plus Getting Bullish In SPY

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OPR 284: BA Review Plus Getting Bullish In SPYToday we look back on the performance of our Boeing trade and then explore ways to get bullish in SPY using long calls. 

You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, or on the Amazon Kindle edition. 

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com

Oct 31 2019

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Rank #18: Options Playbook Radio 81: Iron Butterflies, Continued

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Dan Sheridan is back with Brian, and today they are discussing how to set up an iron butterfly on the RUT. You can find this on page 106 of the Options Playbook, or on OptionsPlaybook.com.

They discuss:

  • Looking at a two-week iron butterfly in RUT
  • Where has RUT been for the last six months?
  • Setting things up, and why might width be different?
  • What is the risk?
  • Why do this in a volatile market?
  • How and why is this repeatable?
  • What is the plan?
  • And more

Oct 08 2015

28mins

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Rank #19: Options Playbook Radio 190: FCX Long Calendar Spread

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Welcome to 2018! Let's jump right into strategies, specifically around earnings. In this episode, we are looking at a long calendar spread with puts in FCX. You can find more in The Options Playbook, which is always available on OptionsPlaybook.com, in on the Amazon Kindle edition.

Specifically:

  • Why are we picking FCX?
  • When does FCX announce earnings?
  • What is the implied volatility?
  • Why are we expecting a major announcement?
  • Why pick a calendar around earnings?
  • Defining a calendar spread
  • Remember, if you do this, you're long implied volatility
  • Caveats and other considerations
  • Setting up the trade
  • What is the cost? Risk?
  • What do we want to happen?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send them to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Jan 04 2018

15mins

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Rank #20: OPR 274: Huddling Up About Risk-Free Credit Spreads, Young Trader Education and More

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OPR 274: Huddling Up About Risk-Free Credit Spreads, Young Trader Education and More

On this episode, Brian and Mark huddle up to answer your questions about:

  • QUESTION Erik Norstedt: Just listened to the OPR 272 episode and had a question. When you say you want to "Do the entire trade at the midpoint for even" - what exactly do you mean? Thanks.

  • QUESTION FROM Welch Kwong: Huge fan of your weekly podcast. I've asked a question before and you guys were extremely helpful with your response and expertise. I have another question wondering if you can help. Let's say the infamous underlying XYZ is at $50 on a Monday, and I sell a 60/65 Call Spread @ 1.00 exp Friday (5 days). I get 1.00 credit and my risk is 4.00 potential max loss per spread. If I continue to roll position out for a credit, rolling up I dont think really matters for this question, but with enough rolling and credits to add up to 5.00, would that mean that the trade overall was at zero risk (not taking into account commissions)??

  • QUESTION FROM Bob Randall: Brian, I have a 12 year old niece with a very bright mathematical mind that I am trying to get into options. I'm looking for either beginning games or age appropriate books or videos to teach her about options. I also have two editions of the Playbook and thought I might reach out to you for any suggestions.

  • RELATED QUESTION FROM STEVEN PATEL: Do I need to be a math whiz to understand this options stuff?

  • QUESTION FROM CHARLIEC: Quick Q for the show - What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen in the options market?

Do you have a question that you want answered on a future episode? Send it to Brian at theoptionsguy@invest.ally.com, or to the Options Insider at questions@theoptionsinsider.com.

Aug 22 2019

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