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Options News Rundown 8-29-14: Foreign Trades Find New Home

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, August 29, 2014.
Posted August 29th, 2014

Trading Tech Talk 15: Virtual Machines Vs. Bare Metal

Trading Tech Talk 15: Virtual Machines Vs. Bare Metal Hot Topics in Tech:  MMI gets Chilton as an adviser to an industry group for high-speed traders less than six months after stepping down as a US regulator. Glitch Season Returns - Nasdaq...
Posted August 29th, 2014

Option Block 367: Talking AAPL Collars

Option Block 367: Talking AAPL Collars Trading Block: A relatively quiet day on the street. GoPro and Twitter were the only two names Apple still seems to be reaching new high. How did Tosaw play it? Odd Block: Big put seller in Wells Fargo &...
Posted August 29th, 2014

Options Playbook Radio 26: Early Exercise & Assignment

Options Playbook Radio 26: Early Exercise & Assignment For those of you with a copy of the Playbook, we’re on page 140.  If you are looking at the Options Playbook website, just look for “What is Early Exercise and...
Posted August 28th, 2014

Options Oddities 01: ARMH, S, IWM

Options Oddities 01: ARMH, S, IWM Unusual Activity for August 8, 2014: Big Block of Calls Trade in ARM Holdings plc (ARMH) Closing Puts Trade in Sprint (S) Time Spreads Trade in iShares Russell 2000 index (IWM)
Posted August 28th, 2014

Options News Rundown 8-27-14: CFTC Fines Merrill Lynch $1.2M

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, August 27, 2014.
Posted August 27th, 2014

Advisors Option 22: Managing Collars and More

Advisors Option 22: Managing Collars and More Listener Mail: Listener questions and comments Question from Kevin Duggan: Re: No cost collars with long put LEAPS and short term call writes. How do you manage them when the stock drops? Then the...
Posted August 27th, 2014

Futures Options Roundtable 13: Hot Oil Action

Futures Options Roundtable 13: Hot Oil Action The Grand Marketplace: An overview of futures options action. Oil: Crude on a downward trajectory since reaching record highs last month. WTI/Brent spread still remain quite wide. Metals: Gold just...
Posted August 26th, 2014

Option Block 366: The Knife Edge of Volatility

Option Block 366: The Knife Edge of Volatility Trading Block: Most major indices up today on the street. Vol saw a bit of a rally as well. S&P briefly hit 2,000, but couldn't stay there.   Odd Block: Calls trade in Credit Suisse Group AG...
Posted August 26th, 2014

Options News Rundown 8-26-14: CFTC Names Secretary of Commission

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
Posted August 26th, 2014

Options Insider Radio: Catching up with NYSE's Steve Crutchfield

Options Insider Radio: Catching up with NYSE's Steve Crutchfield In this episode, Mark is joined by Steve Crutchfield, Head of U.S. Options at NYSE. They discuss: The integration with ICE from an options perspective ICE Chat: message-based order...
Posted August 25th, 2014

Volatility Views 124: Volatility Pairs Trading

Volatility Views 124: Volatility Pairs Trading Volatility Review: Yellen and Putin both, but not collectively, having an effect on volatility. VIX futures: August settlement comes in a little more in line, as opposed to last month.  VIX...
Posted August 25th, 2014

Options News Rundown 8-25-14: Managing the HFT Flood

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, August 25, 2014.
Posted August 25th, 2014

Option Block 365: The Great Apple $107 Debate

Option Block 365: The Great Apple $107 Debate Trading Block: A mild day on the street. Apple finally passes $100. What will Yellen say tomorrow and how will it affect the market? New study show advisors use of options increased 13% since...
Posted August 22nd, 2014

Options News Rundown 8-22-14: Former Foe is Now a Consultant

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, August 22, 2014.
Posted August 22nd, 2014

Options News Rundown 8-21-14: The Big Fine Hits Bank of America

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, August 21, 2014.
Posted August 21st, 2014

Trading Tech Talk 14: End of the Race to Zero

Trading Tech Talk 14: End of the Race to Zero CTO Interview Segment: Today’s guest is Dan Sacks, CEO of Actant. He discusses: An overview of his background in the derivatives space. A background of Actant. Actant’s key products...
Posted August 21st, 2014

Options Playbook Radio 25: How We Roll

Options Playbook Radio 25: How We Roll We’re on page 134 in the book, or look for “How We Roll” in the Options Playbook website. In this episode, Brian discusses: Position management: what does it mean? How the covered call...
Posted August 21st, 2014

Options News Rundown 8-20-14: VIX Collapses Again

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, August 20, 2014.
Posted August 20th, 2014

Option Block 364: Dollar General Madness Continues

Option Block 364: Dollar General Madness Continues Trading Block: Rally ho on the street today! German 10-year realized vol was 100%! The social media trio - FB, LKDN and TWTR mixed today.   Odd Block: Unusual options activity in DG, AMSC,...
Posted August 19th, 2014

Options News Rundown 8-18-14: Three Gray Swans This Week

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, August 18, 2014.
Posted August 18th, 2014

Volatility Views 123: VIX Roars but VXST Whimpers

Volatility Views 123: VIX Roars but VXST Whimpers Volatility Review: The week in vol VIX: Russia sends tanks into Ukraine and volatility skyrockets Volatility plummeted after US involvement in the Middle East. CBOE stock as a...
Posted August 18th, 2014

Options News Rundown 8-15-14: Unusual Activity Alert - TSRA

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, August 15, 2014.
Posted August 15th, 2014

Option Block 363: The Last Train to Pallookaville

Option Block 363: The Last Train to Pallookaville Trading Block: The market rallied about half a handle. Putin talks up the street. Bonds: TLT & IEF. Berkshire A crosses $200,000 a share. Red Robin taking it on the chin today.   Odd Block:...
Posted August 15th, 2014

Options News Rundown 8-14-14: Trade Reporting - What is it Good For?

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, August 14, 2014.
Posted August 14th, 2014

Options Playbook Radio 24: The Fig Leaf Strategy

Options Playbook Radio 24: The Fig Leaf Strategy In this episode, we’re on page 56 of the Playbook. Or, look for the fig leaf in the strategies tab online, or look for the plays in the Kindle version. Today, Brian discusses: Where did the...
Posted August 14th, 2014

Options News Rundown 8-13-14: Barclays Could Face $2B in Charges

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, August 13, 2014.
Posted August 13th, 2014

Option Block 362: You, Too, Can Own a Piece of History

Option Block 362: You, Too, Can Own a Piece of History Trading Block: Big momentum days for PriceLine, LinkedIn and Tesla. Zynga rallies. A picture of Alex is up for sale on Ebay. Odd Block: Diagonal puts trade in Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) ratio call spread...
Posted August 12th, 2014

Options News Rundown 8-12-14: London HFT Traders Defect

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, August 12, 2014.
Posted August 12th, 2014

Options News Rundown 8-11-14: Take The Money And Run

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, August 11, 2104.
Posted August 11th, 2014

Volatility Views 122: Goldman Straddles and Buffett Puts

Volatility Views 122: Goldman Straddles and Buffett Puts Volatility Review: VIX cash range: 14.69-17.30. VIX futures trading above cash for quite a bit this week. VIX options 3.4/1 call/put ratio. Top open interest positions: 273,733 .VIX Aug-14...
Posted August 11th, 2014

Options News Rundown 8-8-14: How Many Exchanges Do We Need?

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, August 8, 2014.
Posted August 8th, 2014

Option Block 361: The Happy Bottom

Option Block 361: The Happy Bottom Trading Block: A little bit of a down day on the street, but nothing like last week. Zynga and Groupon after the bell. ZNGA closing south of the 3 handle. VIX futures trading below the VIX cash. Grains and wheat...
Posted August 8th, 2014

Options Playbook Radio 23: Combining Cash-Secured Put Selling with Covered Call Writing

Options Playbook Radio 23: Combining Cash-Secured Put Selling with Covered Call Writing For those of you with the hardback version of the Playbook, today we’re on pages 48 and 44, respectively. Brian discusses: A review of what makes for a...
Posted August 7th, 2014

Options News Rundown 8-7-14: BoA Offers Largest Settlement in History

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, August 7, 2014.
Posted August 7th, 2014

Options Insider Radio: A Year in the Life at BATS

Options Insider Radio: A Year in the Life at BATS In this episode, Mark is joined by Jeromee Johnson, Vice President of Market Development and Head of Options at the BATS Exchange. They discuss: A year in the life of the BATS Exchange BATS +...
Posted August 7th, 2014

Options News Rundown 8-6-14: A Double Dose of Fear Lifts VIX

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, August 6, 2014.
Posted August 6th, 2014

Option Block 360: Return of the Voice

Option Block 360: Return of the Voice Trading Block: Some of the Thursday selloff coming back into the market. Where could the VIX go in the next few weeks? VXST trading below the VIX cash.   Odd Block: Ratio roll calls in Select Sector SPDR...
Posted August 5th, 2014

Options News Rundown 8-5-14: Vol Traders Give Back Gains

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, August 5, 2014.
Posted August 5th, 2014

Volatility Views 121: Something Is Odd with Volatility Skew

Volatility Views 121: Something Is Odd with Volatility Skew Volatility Review: VIX hovering around 16 one handle higher than it was last week. VXST is averaging around 18. Volatility skew - some very strange occurrences this week.   Volatility...
Posted August 4th, 2014

Options News Rundown 8-4-14: ICE Pledges Market-Based Swaps Benchmark

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, August 4, 2014.
Posted August 4th, 2014

Option Block 359: Thursday, Bloody Thursday

Option Block 359: Thursday, Bloody Thursday Trading Block: A bloody day on the street. A default, a bankruptcy, and bad Fed news. Massive FLEX trades went up today. Professor Whaley and the VIX term structure     Odd Block:...
Posted August 1st, 2014

Options News Rundown 7-31-14: US Could Sanction Russia Derivatives

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, July 31, 2014.
Posted July 31st, 2014

Advisors Option 21: Options for Protecting Profits

Advisors Option 21: Options for Protecting Profits Options 101: Many clients are sitting on gains in their portfolios right now and are rightfully concerned about protecting them. Selling the assets with gains is a sure bet but eliminates future...
Posted July 31st, 2014

Options Playbook Radio 22: Cash-Secured Puts

Options Playbook Radio 22: Cash-Secured Puts For those of you playing the home game, we’re on page 48. Or, just look for cash-secured puts in the rookies section, or the plays section. This time, Brian covers: What it means to be...
Posted July 31st, 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 News Rundown 7-30-14: The No Market Vol Fairy Tale

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, July 30, 2014.
Posted July 30th, 2014

Trading Tech Talk 13: Algo Hardware and High Speed Networks

Trading Tech Talk 13: Algo Hardware and High Speed Networks   CTO Interview: Today’s guest is James Spooner, VP of Trading Platforms at Maxeler Technologies. In this segment, he discusses: An overview of his background in the...
Posted July 29th, 2014

Options News Rundown 7-29-14: Currencies and the Return of Vol

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, July 29, 2014.
Posted July 29th, 2014

OICs Wide World of Options 13: Stock Splits and Calendar Spreads

On Industry Happenings, Joe Burgoyne explains stock splits and what investors should know about them. Then, Shawn Howell of Pro Market Advisors joins Joe for a Strategy Spotlight discussion on Calendar Spreads with Index Options.
Posted July 28th, 2014

Options News Rundown 7-25-14: Yellen Settles For a Slingshot

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, July 25, 2014.
Posted July 28th, 2014

Volatility Views 120: Breaking down Earnings Straddles

Volatility Views 120: Breaking down Earnings Straddles Volatility Review: A little calmer week, at least compared to last week. VIX Options:3.8 calls to puts - way off the charts! Top open interest positions:   245,725 .VIX Aug-14 15.0...
Posted July 28th, 2014

Futures Options Roundtable 12: Metals, Energy and Ags on the Move

Futures Options Roundtable 12: Metals, Energy and Ags on the Move The Grand Marketplace: Energy: Oil - record Brent futures trading volume. A NADEX binary activity rundown. Metals: An aggressive selloff in gold on Monday. Silver opened off 2.5% on...
Posted July 25th, 2014

Futures Options Roundtable 12: Metals, Energy and Ags on the Move

Futures Options Roundtable 12: Metals, Energy and Ags on the Move The Grand Marketplace: Energy: Oil - record Brent futures trading volume. A NADEX binary activity rundown. Metals: An aggressive selloff in gold on Monday. Silver opened off 2.5% on...
Posted July 25th, 2014

Option Block 357: AMZN Call Buyers Get Crushed

Option Block 357: AMZN Call Buyers Get Crushed Trading Block: Markets mostly unchanged in modest volume. Apple posts decent numbers but disappoints overall. Amazon earnings after the bell. OX clients still buying far OTM calls? Facebook rallies $4.50...
Posted July 25th, 2014

Options Playbook Radio 21: Continuing with the Covered Call

Options Playbook Radio 21: Continuing with the Covered Call For those of you with the book, we’re on page 50, or on OptionsPlaybook.com, go to the strategies tab, and go to “Covered Calls.” This time, Brian covers: What criteria...
Posted July 24th, 2014

Options News Rundown 7-24-14: Traders Are Walking Zombies

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, July 24, 2014.
Posted July 24th, 2014

Options News Rundown 7-23-14: Barney Frank to Testify Today

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
Posted July 23rd, 2014

Trading Tech Talk 12: The Markets Are Out of Sync

Trading Tech Talk 12:  The Markets Are Out of Sync Hot Topics in Tech: Regulators challenged by clock synchronization. Flash Boys continues to spur debate and some change, though the government will ultimately have to address the stock market's...
Posted July 23rd, 2014

Option Block 356: CME and NFLX Earnings Rundown

Option Block 356: CME and NFLX Earnings Rundown Trading Block: A relatively quiet day on the street, after a crazy week. Earnings so far: NFLX after the close, CME (the stealth Apple) after the close. Positioning for Apple tomorrow. Odd Block:...
Posted July 22nd, 2014

Options News Rundown 7-22-14: Commissioner Says He Will Leave CFTC

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
Posted July 22nd, 2014

Volatility Views 119: Craziest Week Ever

Volatility Views 119: Craziest Week Ever Volatility Review: crazy week for VIX cash. It had a range of 10.59 to 15.38this week. Thursday: largest jump in over a year -- the day after Jul options settled at a 7-year low settlement print of 11.03. VIX...
Posted July 21st, 2014

Options News Rundown 7-21-14: About That Big VIX Spike...

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, July 21, 2014.
Posted July 21st, 2014

Options News Rundown 7-18-14: S&P Drops, VIX Jumps on World Tensions

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, July 18, 2014.
Posted July 18th, 2014

Option Block 355: Bleeding Out Into the Pillow

Option Block 355: Bleeding Out Into the Pillow The Trading Block: A bit of a bloodbath on the street. Dire world news out of Ukraine and Israel/Palestine. Yellen's comments reverberating around the market. A 33% spike in the VIX. Microsoft slashing...
Posted July 18th, 2014

Options Playbook 20: Covered Call Writing

Options Playbook 20: Covered Call Writing For those of you with the book, we’re on page 50. Or, you can find it on OptionsPlaybook.com in the “Rookies” tab  and look for “Covered Calls Strategies.” Today Brian...
Posted July 18th, 2014

Options News Rundown 7-17-14: Bubble Paranoia Setting In

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, July 17, 2014.
Posted July 17th, 2014

Options News Rundown 7-16-14: Perspective From a CBOE Intern

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, July 16, 2014.
Posted July 16th, 2014

Trading Tech Talk 11: The Stealth Options Exchange

Trading Tech Talk 11: The Stealth Options Exchange CTO Interview Segment: Today’s guest is Joe Corona, Director of Strategic Planning and Product Strategy at LiquidPoint, LLC.   He discusses: An overview of his background in the...
Posted July 15th, 2014

Options News Rundown 7-15-14: Wall St Group Urges New Trading Rules

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, July 15, 2014.
Posted July 15th, 2014

Option Block 354: When to Close Out a Spread

Option Block 354:  When to Close Out a Spread Trading Block: VIX and VIX cash. LULU taking it on the chin. It’s time for the Trading Patterns Guessing Game once again!   Odd Block: Calls roll in Danaher Corp (DHR), calls roll in...
Posted July 15th, 2014

Volatility Views 118: The VIXFather Turns on His Creation

Volatility Views 118: The VIXFather Turns on His Creation   Volatility Review: VIX Cash: the week’s range was 11.01-13.23. Thanks to concerns about Portugal's banks repaying debt, Europe's VStoxx Index and the VIX jumped on...
Posted July 14th, 2014

Options News Rundown 7-14-14: Immunity Offered to UK Jr Traders

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, July 14, 2014.
Posted July 14th, 2014

Options News Rundown 7-11-14: Currencies Slowly Creep Out of Hibernation

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, July 11, 2014.
Posted July 11th, 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 Insider Radio: Talking When to Trade, and When Not to, with Hedgeable

Options Insider Radio: Talking When to Trade, and When Not to, with Hedgeable In this episode, Mark is joined by Mike Kane, co-founder of Hedgeable. They discuss: What is Hedgeable? What sets them apart? The perception of options Their...
Posted July 11th, 2014

Option Block 353: Crazy Combos and the Great Open Interest Debate

Option Block 353: Crazy Combos and the Great Open Interest Debate Trading Block:  A volatile day on the street - S&P got as low as 1952. VIX cash ticking up nearly one handle. Gold a big mover today - to the delight of Uncle Mike Tosaw....
Posted July 11th, 2014

Options Playbook Radio 19: Listener Q/A, Part Three ? Long Puts

Options Playbook Radio 19: Listener Q/A, Part Three – Long Puts In this episode, Mark and Brian continue to take on listener questions. They discuss long puts: When would you use them? When can you not use them? Choosing money-ness What...
Posted July 10th, 2014

Options News Rundown 7-10-14: Chicago Fed Calls for Curbs on HFT

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, July 10, 2014.
Posted July 10th, 2014

Options News Rundown 7-9-14: Is Rising Volatility Here to Stay?

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
Posted July 9th, 2014

Options Insider Radio: Exploring Options Fragmentation with Fidessa

Options Insider Radio: Exploring Options Fragmentation with Fidessa In this episode, Mark is joined by Joy Rosenstein, Derivatives Business Development Manager at Fidessa. They discuss: The latest developments at Fidessa Automation of trading...
Posted July 8th, 2014

Option Block 352: Hot GoPro Action

Option Block 352: Hot GoPro Action Trading Block: A mild selloff ahead of earnings. The newcomer GoPro was very active today, as well as everyone’s favorite fruit company, Apple.   Odd Block: Call buyers trade in URS Corp. (URS), puts...
Posted July 8th, 2014

Options News Rundown 7-8-14: Horizon Debuts Chinese Options

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, July 8, 2014.
Posted July 8th, 2014

Options News Rundown 7-7-14: New CFTC, Same Old Rules

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, July 7, 2014.
Posted July 7th, 2014

Options Playbook Radio 18: Listener Q/A Part 2

Options Playbook Radio 18: Listener Q/A Part 2 In this episode, Mark and Brian take on more listener questions, including: Put/call ratio What is it? What does it mean? What do Brian and Mark think about it? Call/put ratio in the...
Posted July 3rd, 2014

Options News Rundown 7-2-14: Planning for Minimum Tick Size Pilot

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, July 2, 2014.
Posted July 2nd, 2014

Options Insider Radio: Talking Risk, Latency and the Race to Zero with Actant

Options Insider Radio: Talking Risk, Latency and the Race to Zero with Actant In this episode, Mark is joined by Dan Sacks from Actant. They discuss: What is Actant? Who uses it? The value-added services Actant provides What is top of mind for...
Posted July 2nd, 2014

Option Block 351: Dollar General Insider Loses Millions

Option Block 351: Dollar General Insider Loses Millions Trading Block: A quiet day on the street, given the shortened trading week. A stealth rally in Gold. Traders preparing pre Google earnings. Under 400K ADV in VIX today.   Odd Block: Call...
Posted July 1st, 2014

Volatility Views 117: Getting Your Face Ripped Off By Vol

Volatility Views 117: Getting Your Face Ripped Off By Vol   Volatility review: VIX cash had a range of 10.92 - 12.51 last week and has been on an uptrend for most of the week. A look at VIX futures. A riddle from Don. VXST, RVX options....
Posted July 1st, 2014

Options News Rundown 7-1-14: China Data Lifts US Stocks

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
Posted July 1st, 2014

Futures Options Roundtable 11: Commodity Sturm und Drang

Futures Options Roundtable 11: Commodity Sturm und Drang Grand Marketplace: Crude oil/energy and the impact of Iraqi situation on oil markets. Gold has been on a protracted selloff for the better part of the past month. Implied volatility has also...
Posted June 30th, 2014

Advisors Option 20: Volatility and Options

Advisors Option 20: Volatility and Options In this episode, Mark and Randy are joined by Joe Cusick, Vice President of Wealth and Asset Management at MoneyBlock.   Options 101: “Low VIX” is all over the financial media these days....
Posted June 30th, 2014

Options News Rundown 6-30-14: Dark Pools Are Here to Stay

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, June 30, 2014.
Posted June 30th, 2014

The Long & Short of Futures Options: Deliverable Interest Rate Swap Futures

The Long & Short of Futures Options: Deliverable Interest Rate Swap Futures What to Know:  Deliverable Interest Rate Swap Futures. What are they? The distinction between swaps and swap futures. What are the advantages of swap futures over...
Posted June 30th, 2014

Options News Rundown 6/27/14: Options Traders Bet Utilities Gains Are Limited

Your options news rundown for Friday, June 27, 2014
Posted June 27th, 2014

Option Block 350: TWTR Risk Reversal Rundown

Option Block 350: TWTR Risk Reversal Rundown Trading Block: Interesting intra-day activity, but ended up closing basically unchanged. VIX cash back in the 11 handle range. A resurgence in Twitter. A banner day for Valero. Odd Block: Calls trade in...
Posted June 27th, 2014

Options News Rundown 6-26-14: Trade Bot Swam in Barclays Pool

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, June 26, 2014.
Posted June 26th, 2014

Options Playbook Radio 17: Listeners Ask about Open Interest

Options Playbook Radio 17: Listeners Ask about Open Interest In this episode, Mark and Brian take on listener questions. Open interest: What is it? How is it calculated? What’s the difference between open interest and volume? How does it...
Posted June 26th, 2014

Options News Rundown 6-25-14: House Passes Bill to Aid Koch Brothers

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, June 25, 2014.
Posted June 25th, 2014

Trading Tech Talk 10: The Anti-Pit Proposal

Trading Tech Talk 10: The Anti-Pit Proposal Hot Topics in Tech: Vesel Interactive - taking a look inside the black box. Industry group believes CME Group should suspend open-outcry trading if Globex crashes and reopen for after-hours session. Can we...
Posted June 25th, 2014

Option Block 349: A Bonafide Covered Strangle

Option Block 349: A Bonafide Covered Strangle Trading Block: Lululemon had a big move today, as did Facebook and Tesla. Is time once again for the Trading Patterns Guessing Game!. Odd Block: Put butterflies trade in Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF...
Posted June 24th, 2014

Options News Rundown 6-24-14: The Return of the Retail Trader

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, June 24, 2014.
Posted June 24th, 2014

Volatility Views 116: The Mystery of Gold Volatility Futures

Volatility Views 116: The Mystery of Gold Volatility Futures   Volatility Review: VIX cash hovering below the 11 handle yet again and the narrative has shifted from "VIX is too low" to "We may see a single digit VIX soon," which Andrew...
Posted June 23rd, 2014

Options Insider Radio: Talking Vega Blocks, Complex Spreads and Delta Hedges with Flextrade

Options Insider Radio: Talking Vega Blocks, Complex Spreads and Delta Hedges with Flextrade In this episode, Mark is joined by Rob Brougan, Vice President of option sales at FlexTrade. They discuss: What FlexTrade does, and who their clients...
Posted June 23rd, 2014

Options News Rundown 6-23-14: VIX Shows No Fear

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, June 23, 2014.
Posted June 23rd, 2014

Options News Rundown 6-20-14: Yellen Tanks the VIX With One Word

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, June 20, 2014.
Posted June 20th, 2014

Option Block 348: Rampant Insider Trading

Option Block 348: Rampant Insider Trading The Trading Block: More of a micro, rather than a macro day today. Gold up on the day. Is VIX too low? Lululemon had a stealth rally last week. New Amazon Fire phone. Visa popped up the day.  A...
Posted June 20th, 2014

Options Playbook 16: Buying LEAPS Calls as a Stock Substitute

Options Playbook 16: Buying LEAPS Calls as a Stock Substitute For those of you with the book, we’re on page 32. Or, you can find it on OptionsPlaybook.com in the “Rookies” tab  and look for “Buying LEAPS Calls as a Stock...
Posted June 20th, 2014

Options News Rundown 6-19-14: When Low Vol Becomes Too Low

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, June 19, 2014.
Posted June 19th, 2014

Options News Rundown 6-18-14: ICE Suffers Second Day of Glitches

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, June 18, 2014.
Posted June 18th, 2014

Option Block 347: Bringing Guns to the Trading Pit

Option Block 347: Bringing Guns to the Trading Pit Trading Block: A very mild day on the street. Everyone still loves Tesla. What is up with gold volatility?   Odd Block: Calls spreads trade in Fairchild Semiconductor Intl. (FCS), calls trade...
Posted June 17th, 2014

Options News Rundown 6-17-14: Tough Sledding for NYMEX Traders

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
Posted June 17th, 2014

Volatility Views 115: VIX Says Poo to You

Volatility Views 115: VIX Says “Poo” to You   Volatility Review: VIX cash broke the 11-handle last week while we were recording, but it has since rebounded over concerns in Iraq. VIX futures started to see some backwardation...
Posted June 16th, 2014

Options News Rundown 6-16-14: Puts Shrink Amid Market Calm

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, June 16, 2014.
Posted June 16th, 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

Option Block 346: Say Hello to Exposure Fees

Option Block 346: Say Hello to Exposure Fees Trading Block: A sea of red on the broad street today. VIX: more fear than fear itself? A big day for energies. Lululemon missed their earnings mark.  Odd Block: An update of recent activity in...
Posted June 13th, 2014

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

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...
Posted June 12th, 2014

Options News Rundown 6-12-14: Future Directions in Automated Trading

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, June 12, 2014.
Posted June 12th, 2014

Options Insider Radio: Talking Spreads, Cancel Fees, and the Death of Minis with ISE

Options Insider Radio: Talking Spreads, Cancel Fees, and the Death of Minis with ISE In this episode, Mark is joined by Gary Katz, CEO of ISE. They discuss: The addition of Gemini to the ISE family The unintended consequences of market...
Posted June 11th, 2014

Options News Rundown 6-11-14: Party at Molson-Coors!

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
Posted June 11th, 2014

Option Block 345: Beating the Street on Dollar General

Option Block 345: Beating the Street on Dollar General Trading Block: A mild day on the street. Apple stock split. A possible Deutsche Bourse sale of ISE. Odd Block: Activity review from last week: Carl Icahn disclosed a 9.4% stake in Dollar General...
Posted June 10th, 2014

Volatility Views114: The VIX Is Dead. Long Live the VIX.

Volatility Views114: The VIX Is Dead. Long Live the VIX. Volatility Review: Another slow week from a vol perspective - VIX Cash vacillating around 11.50 most of the week. Is VIX and volatility too quiet? Is the VIX too cheap? VIX and VXST options....
Posted June 9th, 2014

Options News Rundown 6-9-14: Market Participants Assess CFTC Makeover

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, June 9, 2014.
Posted June 9th, 2014

Option Block 344: Premium Palooza in Dollar General

Option Block 344: Premium Palooza in Dollar General Trading Block: A great day on the market. Amazon rises after announcing that they will be making an announcement. What is lurking under the low VIX? Complacency? Odd Block: Unusual activity in...
Posted June 6th, 2014

Options Playbook Radio 14: AAPL Stock Split

Options Playbook Radio 14: AAPL Stock Split  We are on page 72 of the hardcover version. Otherwise, look for “the Long Strangle” on the Kindle or online version. Today Brian discusses: AAPL is splitting their stock 7-for-1 What...
Posted June 6th, 2014

Options News Rundown 6-6-14: The Taming of the Trading Monster

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, June 6, 2014.
Posted June 6th, 2014

Options News Rundown 6-5-14: ICE to Cut Order Types from NYSE

Your daily options news rundown for Thrsday, June 6, 2014.
Posted June 5th, 2014

Options News Rundown 6-4-14: Will 2014 Be Like 2007?

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, June 4, 2014.
Posted June 4th, 2014

Options Insider Radio: The Secretive World of Options Symbology

Options Insider Radio: The Secretive World of Options Symbology In this episode, Mark is joined by Lee Clifford, Owner & President of Symbol Master, and Mark Woolfenden, Managing Director of FOW Trade Data. They discuss: What is Symbol Master...
Posted June 3rd, 2014

Options News Rundown 6-3-14: So Much for Sell in May, Go Away!

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, June 3, 2014.
Posted June 3rd, 2014

Option Block 343: AAPL Ratio Spread Madness

Option Block 343: AAPL Ratio Spread Madness Trading Block: A slow day on the street today. All Apple - all Amazon - nothing below the "A"s. OCC announces cleared contract volume declined in May, while 2014 volume remains up.   Odd Block: Call...
Posted June 3rd, 2014

OICs Wide World of Options 12: Option Tools and Covered Call Writing

Joe Burgoyne talks about tools that can help you grow your options knowledge like OIC’s MyPath assessment, our new mobile app and the position simulator. Then, OIC Investor Services Senior Specialist Bill Ryan joins Joe for a discussion on...
Posted June 3rd, 2014

Volatility Views 113: Fighting Low VIX Hysteria

Volatility Views 113: Fighting Low VIX Hysteria   Volatility Review: A truncated holiday week. VIX cash hovered around 11.50 most of the week. Call/Put hovering at a ridiculous 3.3/1. Is the volatility "crash" reason to worry? Record highs for...
Posted June 2nd, 2014

Options News Rundown 6-2-14: How Safe Are Chinese Derivatives?

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, June 2, 2014.
Posted June 2nd, 2014

Options Insider Radio: Talking Tools, Tech and Idea Generation with Tradelegs

Options Insider Radio: Talking Tools, Tech and Idea Generation with Tradelegs In this episode, Mark is joined by Gideon Agar, the CEO of Tradelegs. They discuss: Tradelegs background Who uses Tradelegs Idea generation Trading tools Their work...
Posted June 2nd, 2014

Option Block 342: Mini Death Knell

Option Block 342: Mini Death Knell Trading Block: A mild uptick on the street today. Apple rallies and the market follows. With the VIX moving closer to its 9.39 historic low, many commentators are now discussing it as a "complacency index," writes...
Posted June 2nd, 2014

Trading Tech Talk 9: Diving into the Dark Pools

Trading Tech Talk 9: Diving into the Dark Pools Hot Topics in Tech: Exchange leaders take on dark pools. CBOE’s Ed Tilly says less dark trades would benefit the market. Meanwhile, CME’s Terry Duffy think regulators should look in dark...
Posted May 30th, 2014

Options News Rundown: Goldilocks & the BXM

Options news you can use for Friday, May 30, 2014
Posted May 30th, 2014

Options Playbook 13: Finishing the Greeks - Vega and Rho

Options Playbook 13: Finishing the Greeks - Vega and Rho If you’re playing the home game, we’re on page 22 today. In this episode, Brian discusses: Vega tracks implied volatility Rho tracks interest rate changes When to expect...
Posted May 30th, 2014

Advisors Option 19: Pension Problems and PUT Writes

Advisors Option 19: Pension Problems and PUT Writes The Buzz: News out of China: OIC, Shanghai Stock Exchange content licensing agreement. Pensions seek bond diversification. Report: UK pensions miss out on returns. Chuck likes index funds. Retail...
Posted May 29th, 2014

Options News Rundown 5-29-14: VIX to Add Half Point Strikes

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, May 29, 2014.
Posted May 29th, 2014

OIC 2014: SEC Address

OIC 2014: SEC Address In our final installment of sessions from the 2014 OIC Conference, we present the SEC Address, delivered by Gregg E. Berman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.   The speaker, Gregg Berman, notes that "as a matter of...
Posted May 29th, 2014

Options Insider Radio: Tables Are Turned on Brian Overby

Options Insider Radio: Tables Are Turned on Brian Overby In this episode, the host becomes the guest as Mark is joined by Brian Overby, host of Options Playbook Radio, who also happens to be Trade King’s Senior Options Analyst. They...
Posted May 28th, 2014

Options News Rundown 5-28-14: Private Firm Buys 2 Chicago Options Firms

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, May 28, 2014.
Posted May 28th, 2014

OIC 2014: How Education is Driving Growth: Why It Is More Important than Ever Before

OIC 2014: How Education is Driving Growth: Why It’s More Important than Ever Before In our continuing coverage of the 2014 OIC Conference, we bring “How Education is Driving Growth: Why It’s More Important than Ever...
Posted May 28th, 2014

Options News Rundown 5-27-14: VIX Calls Hit 10-Year Highs

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
Posted May 27th, 2014

Futures Options Roundtable 10: A Deep Dive Into Futures Options Data

Futures Options Roundtable 10: A Deep Dive Into Futures Options Data   Today’s guest co-host is Nick Howard of QuikStrike The Grand Marketplace: Industry group believes CME Group should suspend open-outcry trading if Globex crashes after...
Posted May 23rd, 2014

Option Block 341: Weird Activity In Colgate-Palmolive

Option Block 341: Weird Activity In Colgate-Palmolive   Trading Block:  A surprising VIX given the upcoming holiday weekend. Record low levels in some beloved Option Block names. We saw a massive upside call going up in VIX early this...
Posted May 23rd, 2014

Options News Rundown 5-23-14: Urgent Call for Trans-Atlantic Data Sharing

  Your options news rundown for Friday, May 23, 2014
Posted May 23rd, 2014

Options News Rundown 5-22-14: Is Wall Street Pulling a Fast One?

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, May 22, 2014.
Posted May 22nd, 2014

Options Playbook Radio 12: More Listener Questions

Options Playbook Radio 12: More Listener Questions In this episode, Mark and Brian take on more listener questions. They discuss: What does it mean to be short gamma? More about Brian    
Posted May 22nd, 2014

Advisors Option 18: Listener Mail Extravaganza

Advisors Option 18: Listener Mail Extravaganza The Buzz: An overview of the upcoming Options Industry Conference. What topics are discussed at the conference? Who attends? Is there any benefit for advisors?   Listener Mail Extravaganza: The...
Posted May 22nd, 2014

Options News Rundown 5-21-14: OIC Signs Content Sharing Agreement

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
Posted May 21st, 2014

OIC 2014: Presentation of the Sullivan Award

Our coverage of the 2014 OIC Conference continues with the presentation of the Joseph W. Sullivan Award to Blair Hull.
Posted May 21st, 2014

Options Insider Radio: Talking Jumbos, Minis and HFT with BOX

Options Insider Radio: Talking Jumbos, Minis and HFT with BOX In this episode, Mark is joined by by Ed Boyle, Executive Vice President of Strategy at the BOX Exchange. They discuss: Technology updates at BOX Consequences of the fragmentation of...
Posted May 20th, 2014

Option Block 340: Revenge of the Guts Strangle

Option Block 340: Revenge of the Guts Strangle Trading Block: What will bring back volatility? A black swan event? Russell Rhoads said via MarketWatch that investors are showing a “justified complacency” given that recent VIX jumps don't...
Posted May 20th, 2014

Options News Rundown 5-20-14: House Bill Gives CFTC Less Funding

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
Posted May 20th, 2014

Volatility Views 112: How Low Will It Go?

Volatility Views 112: How Low Will It Go? Volatility Review: VIX cash broke the 12 handle - drifted to a low of 11.68. Is the VIX in a deep sleep? Or has it permanently changed? Is low volatility here to stay? India VIX slumps...
Posted May 20th, 2014

OIC 2014: The Market Makers

OIC 2014: The Market Makers The Options Insider’s continuing coverage of the 2014 OIC Conference panels continues with The Market Makers The participants included: John Smollen, Moderator, Quivetneck Capital  Ed Haravon, Spot...
Posted May 19th, 2014

Options News Rundown 5-19-14: Only a Black Swan Will Bring Back Vol

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, May 19, 2014.
Posted May 19th, 2014

Options News Rundown 5-16-14: Selloff Spreads to S&P 500

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, May 16, 2014.
Posted May 16th, 2014

Options Playbook 11: Listener Questions, Part 1

Options Playbook 11: Listener Questions, Part 1 In this episode Brian and Mark discuss: Trading off Greeks rather than price The difference between historical, implied, and realized volatility And more...
Posted May 16th, 2014

Options Insider Radio: More Flash Boys, Market Fairness, and the Nth Exchange with Tony Saliba

Options Insider Radio: More Flash Boys, Market Fairness, and the Nth Exchange with Tony Saliba In this episode, Mark is joined by Tony Saliba, Executive Managing Director of ConvergEx Group and CEO of Liquidpoint. They discuss:   More Flash...
Posted May 16th, 2014

Option Block 339: Potential Front Running Activity

Option Block 339: Potential Front Running Activity Trading Block: Today we have a very special trading block segment from Uncle Mike Tosaw about Russell and RVX vol. Is VIX in a deep sleep? Odd Block: Combos trade in the iShares MSCI Emerging...
Posted May 16th, 2014

Options Insider Radio: Talking Pennies, Payment and Flash Boys with Tony Saliba

Options Insider Radio: Talking Pennies, Payment and Flash Boys with Tony Saliba In this episode, Mark is joined by Tony Saliba, Executive Managing Director of ConvergEx Group and CEO of Liquidpoint. They discuss: Their algorithm which optimizes...
Posted May 15th, 2014

Options News Rundown 5-15-14: Study Shows ETF Usage on the Rise

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, May 15, 2014.
Posted May 15th, 2014

The Long and Short of Futures Options: Equity and Index Options Updates

The Long and Short of Futures Options: Equity and Index Options Updates In this episode, Mark is joined by Scott Warren, Senior Managing Director of Equity Products and Index Services at CME Group. What to Know: Overview of volume trends, working...
Posted May 15th, 2014

Options News Rundown 5-14-14: Exchange Head Downplays HFT Danger

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, May 14, 2014.
Posted May 14th, 2014

Option Block 338: The Great Mobile Trading Debate

Option Block 338: The Great Mobile Trading Debate Trading Block: A strong surge to the upside, Russell leading the charge. Russell 2000 index (RTY) option costs at Feb 2007 levels. Who is playing out in this product? Apple and Beats headphones - two...
Posted May 13th, 2014

OIC 2014: A Deep Dive into the State of the Industry with Andy Nybo

OIC 2014: A Deep Dive into the State of the Industry with Andy Nybo Mark is joined by Andy Nybo, Head of Derivatives Research at TABB Group. They discuss: The use of U.S. listed options by European investors Growing demand for ETF options The...
Posted May 13th, 2014

Options News Rundown 5-13-14: Asset Managers Adjust to HFT

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
Posted May 13th, 2014

OIC 2014: A WILD Perspective

OIC 2014: A WILD Perspective The Options Insider’s continuing coverage of the 2014 OIC Conference panels continues with A WILD Perspective. The participants included: Ellen Greene, Moderator, SIFMA Francine Fang, KCG Holdings Elizabeth...
Posted May 13th, 2014

Volatility Views 111: Volatility Trading

Volatility Views 111: Volatility Trading   Volatility Viewpoint: Our guest today is Euan Sinclair, Trader at Bluefin Trading, and author of Volatility Trading and Option Trading.   Volatility Voicemail: Reader questions and...
Posted May 12th, 2014

Options Insider Radio: Talking Cool Tech, Failed Products and Flash Boys with TD Ameritrade

Options Insider Radio: Talking Cool Tech, Failed Products and Flash Boys with TD Ameritrade  In this episode, Mark is joined by Paul Jiganti, Managing Director of Market Structure and Client Advocacy at TD Ameritrade. They discuss: TD...
Posted May 12th, 2014

Options News Rundown 5-12-14: Who Says Trading is a Mans Game?

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, May 12, 2014.
Posted May 12th, 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 News Rundown 5-9-14: BOX Tops Over $500M in Savings for Investors

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, May 9, 2014.
Posted May 9th, 2014

Options News Rundown 5-8-14: 4 Years Later, Are We Any Safer?

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, May 8, 2014.
Posted May 9th, 2014

Option Block 337: Looking Back on the Flash Crash

Option Block 337: Looking Back on the Flash Crash Trading Block:  Options traders were preparing for 10% swings of Tesla before week's end based on a straddle. On Wednesday, volume in Twitter options increased fivefold, all but erasing value in...
Posted May 9th, 2014

Options Playbook Radio 10: Meet the Greeks: Interrelatedness

Options Playbook Radio 10: Meet the Greeks: Interrelatedness For those of you with the book, we’re on page 18, or look for “Meet the Greeks.” Today, Brian discusses: The interrelatedness of the Greeks The long...
Posted May 8th, 2014

OIC 2014: Options Exchange Leaders

OIC 2014: Options Exchange Leaders The Options Insider brings you exclusive audio coverage of all the sessions at the 2014 Options Industry Conference. Next up is always a crowd favorite: Options Exchange Leaders. Featuring: Anthony...
Posted May 8th, 2014

Options News Rundown 5-7-14: CFTC Preparing New HFT Rule

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, May 7, 2014.
Posted May 7th, 2014

OIC 2014: The State of the Listed Options Industry

OIC 2014: The State of the Listed Options Industry The Options Insider brings you exclusive audio coverage of all the sessions at the 2014 Options Industry Conference. Next up, The State of the Listed Options Industry presented by Andy Nybo of the...
Posted May 7th, 2014

OIC 2014: Talking Volatility, Minis, and More with Russell Investments

OIC 2014: Talking Volatility, Minis, and More with Russell Investments In this episode of Options Insider Radio, Mark is joined by Pat Fay, the Head of Derivatives for the Index Group at Russell Investments. They discuss: An overview of the...
Posted May 6th, 2014

OIC 2014: Exchange Updates

OIC 2014: Exchange Updates The Options Insider brings you exclusive audio coverage of all the sessions at the 2014 Options Industry Conference. First up, Exchange updates from:   Bryan Christian, BATS Global Markets Patty Schuler, BOX...
Posted May 6th, 2014

Option Block 336: Earnings and the Death of Minis

Option Block 336: Earnings and the Death of Minis Trading Block: A mild day on the street. Apple catching a bid. Tuesday’s computer error at NYSE ACRA and NYSE AMEX options markets resulted in almost 20,000 erroneous trades.   Odd Block:...
Posted May 6th, 2014

Options News Rundown 5-6-14: Bloomberg Defends HFT and Dark Pools

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, May 6, 2014.
Posted May 6th, 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

Volatility Views 110: Is Volatility Dying?

Volatility Views 110: Is Volatility Dying?   Volatility Review: April volume numbers are in. Is volatility dying? A new volatility index fund will launch soon in Australia. Demand for VIX futures remains low in India despite high volatility....
Posted May 5th, 2014

Options News Rundown 5-5-14: Flash Crash Still Haunts the Market

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, May 5, 2014.
Posted May 5th, 2014

Options News Rundown 5-2-14: SEC Fires First Shots Post-Flash Boys

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, May 2, 2014.
Posted May 2nd, 2014

Option Block 335: The Giovinazzi/Tosaw Spectacular

Option Block 335: The Giovinazzi/Tosaw Spectacular  Trading Block: A slow day on the market today. TLT was one of the few things to light up the tape. Yellen, the Fed and bond buying. An update of the VIX and S&P with Andrew.  Odd...
Posted May 2nd, 2014

Options Playbook Radio 9: Getting to Know Theta

Options Playbook Radio 9: Getting to Know Theta We’re looking at page 18 of the book, or check out OptionsPlaybook.com, and look for “Meet the Greeks.” This week, Brian discusses: Theta definition Movement of options in time,...
Posted May 1st, 2014

Options News Rundown 5-1-14: ICE Options Exchanges Heat Up

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, May 1, 2014.
Posted May 1st, 2014

Trading Tech Talk 8: the Modern Markets Initiative

Trading Tech Talk 8: the Modern Markets Initiative CTO Interview: Today we have Peter Nabicht, Former CTO at Allston. He discusses: An overview of the Modern Markets Initiative Research at MMI Some of the key takeaways/problems he found in...
Posted May 1st, 2014

Futures Options Roundtable 9: The Great Grains Breakdown

Futures Options Roundtable 9: The Great Grains Breakdown Grand Marketplace: Today’s guest is Helen Pound, Sr. Futures Market Specialist at KCG Futures Grain futures were quite active this week with beans and wheat prices advancing dramatically...
Posted April 30th, 2014

Options News Rundown 4-29-14: High Speed Trading Surge Slows Down

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, April 29, 2014.
Posted April 29th, 2014

Option Block 334: Are Mini Options Dead?

Option Block 334: Are Mini Options Dead? Trading Block: Close to close is only half the story today. Russell and the NASDAQ lead the way. Stocks that pay a nice dividend are clear outperforming stocks that do not. Three candidates selected to oversee...
Posted April 29th, 2014

OICs Wide World of Options 11: Calendars and Diagonals with Weeklys Options

Joe Burgoyne and Russell Rhoads delve into the topic of Calendars and Diagonals with Weeklys Options. Also, hear about Bollinger Bands and Joe’s latest reading pick for Tools, Resources and Good Reads.   Weeklys is a servicemark of the...
Posted April 28th, 2014

Options News Rundown 4-28-14: CME Group Goes Live

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, April 28, 2014.
Posted April 28th, 2014

Volatility Views 108: VIX & More with Bill Luby

Volatility Views 108: VIX & More with Bill Luby     Volatility Review:  Today’s guest is Bill Luby, founder of the VIXandMore.com blog. It was a relatively quiet week for VIX, mostly drifting down toward the 13 handle until...
Posted April 28th, 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...
Posted April 28th, 2014

Options News Rundown 4-25-14: Charles Schwab Fined $0.5M

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, April 25, 2014.
Posted April 25th, 2014

Option Block 333: AAPL, AMZN Earnings Roundup

Option Block 333: AAPL, AMZN Earnings Roundup Trading Block: A mild rally on the street today. Apple earnings play-by-play with Uncle Mike Tosaw. A very boring Apple earnings - will this become the next Microsoft? What is the future for Apple?...
Posted April 25th, 2014

Options Playbook 8: Meet the Greeks, Part Three: Position Delta

Options Playbook 8: Meet the Greeks, Part Three: Position Delta For those of you with the book at home, we’re looking at page 18, or “Meet the Greeks.” Do you have questions that you want to have answered on the Options Playbook...
Posted April 24th, 2014

Options News Rundown 4-24-14: FB Mobile Ads Boost Earnings

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, April 24, 2014. 
Posted April 24th, 2014

Advisors Options 17: Stock Replacement Using American-Style Calls

Advisors Options 17: Stock Replacement Using American-Style Calls   The Buzz: Overview/highlights for advisors from the RMC. Are advisors genuinely interesting in volatility products such as ETN, VIX ETPs, etc.? The one-year anniversary of mini...
Posted April 23rd, 2014

Options News Rundown 4-23-14: Order Routing May Become Public

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
Posted April 23rd, 2014

Option Block 332: How to Waste a Good Hedge

Option Block 332: How to Waste a Good Hedge Trading Block: Back to rally mode on the street. Vol retreats yet again. Names before the bell: Haliburton (HAL), Hasbro (HAS) - After: Netflix (NFLX)   Odd Block: Put sellers trade in SBA...
Posted April 22nd, 2014

Options News Rundown 4-22-14: NFLX Could Move More than 12%

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
Posted April 22nd, 2014

Option Block 331: Maximizing Your IRA

Option Block 331: Maximizing Your IRA Trading Block: It was a pretty slow day, with all major indices basically unchanged on the day. Expiration issues prompted many phone calls to the optionsXpress desk. Earnings aren’t running over premium...
Posted April 21st, 2014

Options News Rundown 4/21/2014: China Embraces the Gap

Your Options News Rundown for Monday, April 21, 2014.
Posted April 21st, 2014

Options Playbook Radio 7: Meet the Greeks, Part Two: Gamma

Options Playbook Radio 7: Meet the Greeks, Part Two: Gamma We’re covering page 18 in the hardcover version of the book. It’s now available in Kindle, too! In this episode, Brian covers: Delta review Gamma introduction: a derivative...
Posted April 17th, 2014

Trading Tech Talk: The Great Flash Boys Debate

Trading Tech Talk: The Great Flash Boys Debate   Hot Topics in Tech: It’s all HFT, all the time: The recent 60 Minutes interview with Michael Lewis along with his new book Flash Boys has reignited the conversation. My biggest problem with...
Posted April 17th, 2014

Options News Rundown 4/17/14: Criticizing VIX?

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, April 17, 2014.
Posted April 17th, 2014

Options News Rundown 4-16-14: Man Can Still Match the Machine

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
Posted April 16th, 2014

Option Block 330: Falklands War Volatility

Option Block 330: Falklands War Volatility Trading Block: A mild day on the street. The Russian incursion of Ukraine is still having its effects on the market. CBOE VXST off to a good start. Hedge fund VIX bets on the decline. Odd Block: Calls go up...
Posted April 15th, 2014

Options News Rundown 4-15-14: Advocates Fear Sabotage

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
Posted April 15th, 2014

Volatility Views 107: Another Day, Another Selloff

Volatility Views 107: Another Day, Another Selloff Volatility Review: Another day, another selloff. VIX cash pops one handle to nearly 17. VIX call/put hovering around 2.6 - high but not at all-time highs. VIX cash trading at a premium to near-term...
Posted April 14th, 2014

Options News Rundown 4-11-14: Calls Roll in GGP

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, April 11, 2014.
Posted April 11th, 2014

Option Block 329: The Great SPY vs. SPX Iron Condor Debate

Option Block 329: The Great SPY vs. SPX Iron Condor Debate Trading Block: A sea of red on the street today. A lot of directional paper going through OX today. Terrible data coming out of China. CBOE Short-Term VIX product (VXST)...
Posted April 11th, 2014

Options Playbook Radio 6: Meet the Greeks Volume 1: Delta

Options Playbook Radio 6: Meet the Greeks Volume 1: Delta If you have the hardcover version of the book, we’re covering pages 18-20, Meet the Greeks. Brian discusses: Delta: the measurement of the theoretical movement of the price of an...
Posted April 10th, 2014

Options News Rundown 4-10-14: Alcoa Options Active as Vol Slips

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, April 10, 2014.
Posted April 10th, 2014

Options News Rundown 4-9-14: Non-Banks Win in Derivatives Battle

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
Posted April 9th, 2014

Option Block 328: Earnings Season Is Back

Option Block 328: Earnings Season Is Back Trading block: Momentum has been taken out of the market for the past two days - which way will we move? Earnings season is upon us. GLD rundown with Uncle Mike.   Xpress Block: Some hedges were being...
Posted April 8th, 2014

Options News Rundown 4-8-14: HFT Falls in Cracks of Criminal Law

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesdsy, April 8, 2014.
Posted April 8th, 2014

Trading Tech Talk 6: Interview with Blair Hull

Trading Tech Talk 6: Interview with Blair Hull CTO Interview: Our guest on this episode is Blair Hull, Founder of Hull Trading, Founder of Ketchum Trading, and 2014 Sullivan Award recipient. He discusses: The 1987 crash If trading technology...
Posted April 7th, 2014

Volatility Views 106: HFT and Volatility

Volatility Views 106: HFT and Volatility Volatility Review: It was a mild week with the VIX around the 13-handle for most of the week. Did premiums increase going into the non-farms announcement, or did the market shrug as with other recent...
Posted April 7th, 2014

Options News Rundown 4-7-14: BofA Trims Options Algo Suite

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, April 7, 2014.
Posted April 7th, 2014

The Long and Short of Futures Options 16: All about the Ags

The Long and Short of Futures Options 16: All about the Ags In this episode, Mark is joined by Tim Andriesen, Managing Director of Agriculture and Alternative Investment Products at CME. What to Know: 2013: a year in review, CME ags complex in 2013....
Posted April 4th, 2014

Option Block 327: You, Too, Can Be an FBI Junior Agent

Option Block 327: You, Too, Can Be an FBI Junior Agent Trading Block: March options volume rose 14%. ADV was 16,931,924 contracts, equity options volume was 321,641,596 contracts. FBI to investigate high frequency trading - the FBI wants your...
Posted April 4th, 2014

Options News Rundown 4-4-14: BATS Forced to Correct Statements

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, April 4, 2014. 
Posted April 4th, 2014

Options Playbook 5: Volatility and Probability, Continued

Options Playbook 5:  Volatility and Probability, Continued              For those of you playing the home game, we’re on pages 14-17 today.  Or, for the online version,...
Posted April 3rd, 2014

Options News Rundown 4-3-14: Era of Low Volatility May Be Ending

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, April 3, 2014.
Posted April 3rd, 2014

Options News Rundown 4-2-14: "Shame on You" Says BATS President

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
Posted April 3rd, 2014

Option Block 326: Options Trading for Bitcoin

Option Block 326: Options Trading for Bitcoin Trading Block The Fed is not turning off the spigot anytime soon. Ukraine easing tensions combine to boost the market. Options trading for Bitcoins - Atlas 2.0 launched in Hong Kong and North America....
Posted April 2nd, 2014

Volatility Views 105: Happy Anniversary, VIX!

Volatility Views 105: Happy Anniversary, VIX! Volatility Review: VIX Futures turns 10 years old! VIX spot products - when could we see them? Russell VIX and metals - gold volatility. Volatility Voicemail: Question from Burt Skerton - Hello...
Posted April 1st, 2014

Options News Rundown 4-1-14: CME Group Prevails in Lawsuit

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
Posted April 1st, 2014

Option Block 325: SPX vs. SPY vs. Steven Seagal

Option Block 325: SPX vs. SPY vs. Steven Seagal Trading Block: A mild day on the street. VIX cash taking a little breather. A lot of put buying in Google, Tesla, Netflix, Priceline, etc. Lululemon gets its first big pop in a while. TLT reaches a one...
Posted March 28th, 2014

Options News Rundown 3-28-14: CFTC Fines Morgan Stanley

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, March 28, 2014.
Posted March 28th, 2014

Options News Rundown 3-27-14: Where Are We Now After FX Probe?

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, March 27, 2014.
Posted March 27th, 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 News Rundown 3-26-14: Addressing Conflicts Key to HFT Reform

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, March 26, 2014.
Posted March 26th, 2014

Futures Options Roundtable 9: The Grand Global Marketplace

Futures Options Roundtable 9: The Grand Global Marketplace   The Grand Marketplace: Dan and Mark report on what happened at the FIA Conference in Boca Raton. All derivatives products were up about 2% in 2013. Let’s play “2013 Top of...
Posted March 26th, 2014

Options News Rundown 3-25-14: Bitcoin is Getting Derivative

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
Posted March 25th, 2014

Option Block 324: Behold the Power of the Stupid

Option Block 324: Behold the Power of the Stupid Trading Block: A mild day on the street. Controversy over SPX settlement on Friday. Mutual fund use of options: public holding and trends (presented at RMC). Minis one year later - boom or...
Posted March 25th, 2014

Trading Tech Talk 5: 2014 Trading Technology 40

Trading Tech Talk 5: 2014 Trading Technology 40 CTO Interview: Our guest today is Jeffrey Kutler, Editor-in-Chief of Risk Professional, the publication of the Global Association of the Risk Professionals (GARP). Jeff is the author of Institutional...
Posted March 25th, 2014

Options News Rundown 3-24-14: CBOE Receives Opposition to Board Cuts

Your daily options news rundown for Mondy, March 24, 2014.
Posted March 24th, 2014

Volatility Views 104: Revisiting Risk Management

Volatility Views 104: Revisiting Risk Management Volatility Review: Vol is being bid up. VXST options coming April 10, and the full day of VIX futures trading in mid-June. Nat gas futures tapering off a bit. Metals chat includes gold, silver and...
Posted March 24th, 2014

Option Block 323: Rebar Futures Extravaganza

Option Block 323: Rebar Futures Extravaganza   Trading Block: Russian President Vladimir Putin is an investor in Swiss-based oil trader Gunvor Group Ltd. Time for the global derivatives volume guessing game! Put on your thinking caps and guess...
Posted March 21st, 2014

Options News Rundown 3-21-14: Mini Options Struggle to Maximize Potential

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, March 21, 2014.
Posted March 21st, 2014

Options News Rundown 3-20-14: A Better Way to Invest in Commodities

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, March 20, 2014.
Posted March 20th, 2014

Options Playbook 4: Volatility & Probability

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...
Posted March 20th, 2014

Options News Rundown 3-19-14: US Regs Probe High-Speed Trading Companies

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
Posted March 19th, 2014

Option Block 322: When 50 is the New 70

Option Block 322: When 50 is the New 70 Trading Block: The VIX was up 25% in the last week. FIA Boca update.  US derivatives exchanges have seen improved trading volume. In the US, three of the top five US exchanges grew in Feb. Odd Block:...
Posted March 18th, 2014

Options News Rundown 3-18-14: Former CME Clerk Found Guilty

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Posted March 18th, 2014

Options News Rundown 3-17-14: Barrons Online Broker Survey is Out

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, March 17, 2014.
Posted March 17th, 2014

Volatility Views 103: The Russian Ripple Effect

Volatility Views 103: The Russian Ripple Effect Volatility Review: A mild selloff on the street caused by the ever-growing tensions in Ukraine. This would be a perfect time for VXST, but you will have to wait until April 10. TVIX gets a second life,...
Posted March 17th, 2014

Options News Rundown 3-14-14: On High Alert Over Cyber Security

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, March 14, 2014.
Posted March 14th, 2014

Option Block 321: Old School Bullish Paper

Option Block 321: Old School Bullish Paper Trading Block:  A big selloff on the market today. Angela Merkel yells at Putin. A big day for the banks. The numbers are in! $21.64B derivatives traded in 2013. $12.22B of futures. $11.7B in equity...
Posted March 14th, 2014

Options Playbook 3: Volatility, Part 1

Options Playbook 3: Volatility, Part 1 Options prices are based partly on volatility.  Brian discusses: Implied volatility The interconnectedness of probability and volatility Factors beyond price that help determine whether to trade an...
Posted March 13th, 2014

Options News Rundown 3-13-14: VXST Options to Launch April 10

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, March 13, 2014.
Posted March 13th, 2014

Option Block 320: Filling Your Britches with Fear

Option Block 320: Filling Your Britches with Fear Trading Block: A mild selloff on the street today - a resounding meh! Congrats to Andrew for passing the Series 65 exam! A big day for energy. VXST: Is there any interest there?   Odd Block:...
Posted March 12th, 2014

Options News Rundown 3-12-14: CBOE Plans to Invest in Trade Legs

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
Posted March 12th, 2014

Volatility Views 102: What Is a VIX Covered Call

Volatility Views 102: What Is a VIX Covered Call Volatility Review: VIX jumped 14% on March 3 to nearly 16, with the tension in Ukraine, but on the following day fell 12%. Monday was the big day across the board for VIX, volumes trailed off the rest...
Posted March 10th, 2014

Options News Rundown 3-10-14: SEC Probes Alleged Fraud at Infinium

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, March 10, 2014.
Posted March 10th, 2014

Trading Tech Talk 4: Cheaters Among Us?

Trading Tech Talk 4: Cheaters Among Us?   Hot Topics in Tech: SEC launching new tech to spot insider trading. The Atlantic says high-frequency trading is "cheating." Is a transaction tax really necessary?   The Inbox: Question from Nik...
Posted March 10th, 2014

OICs Wide World of Options 10: Options Skew and A 2013 Year in Review

Host Joe Burgoyne speaks with Dan Passarelli of Market Taker Mentoring about the intricacies of options skew. He also provides a recap of options volume for 2013 and then he’ll wrap up with resources investors might want to consider as they grow...
Posted March 7th, 2014

Options News Rundown 3-7-14: CME Director Had Ties to Alphametrics

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, March 7, 2014.
Posted March 7th, 2014

The Long and Short of Futures Options 15: Derek Sammann

The Long and Short of Futures Options 15: Derek Sammann Today's Guest: Derek Sammann, Senior Managing Director of FX, Metals and Options Solutions at CME Group. What To Know Lets look back at 2013 from an options perspective. Where do you think all...
Posted March 7th, 2014

Option Block 319: Why Would Anyone Do That?

Option Block 319: Why Would Anyone Do That? Trading Block Indexes are at the same level as this morning but the S&P 500 could hit another record close. VIX high on the continuing drama in Ukraine. Staples falls on disappointing quarterly numbers....
Posted March 7th, 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 News Rundown 3-5-14: VIX Futures ADV Set New Record in Feb

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
Posted March 5th, 2014

Option Block 318: The Putin Puts

Option Block 318: The Putin Puts Trading Block: Putin’s show of force in Crimea spooks the street. VIX cash sails back above the 16 handle. Ukraine and Nat Gas craziness. Alex has a story: Trading firm Jump Trading LLC gives $25 million to...
Posted March 4th, 2014

Options News Rundown 3-4-14: European Vol Jumps Most in 2 Years

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, March 4, 2014. 
Posted March 4th, 2014

Volatility Views 101: Buying Vol at Any Price

Volatility Views 101: Buying Vol at Any Price   Volatility Viewpoint: The team is joined by special guest Jared Woodard, Founder Clinamen Financial Group and Condor Options. He gives an overview of the Vol Tracker and global map of implied...
Posted March 3rd, 2014

Options News Rundown 3-3-14: Market Buying Calls on Options

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, March 3, 2014.
Posted March 3rd, 2014

Option Block 317: The Old Goldman Bait and Switch

Option Block 317: The Old Goldman Bait and Switch Trading Block: A mild rally on the street today. JCPenney on the move, jumping as high as 26%, its greatest one-day percentage gain in least 30 years! Tesla announced on Wednesday its big expansion...
Posted February 28th, 2014

Options News Rundown 2-28-14: Mt. Gox Blames Hackers for Loses

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, February 28, 2014.
Posted February 28th, 2014

Trading Tech Talk 3: Unlocking the Secrets of the GPU

Trading Tech Talk 3: Unlocking the Secrets of the GPU CTO Interview:  This episode’s guest is Jerry Hanweck, Founder of Hanweck Assoc. He discusses: An overview of his background in the derivatives markets and what he does at...
Posted February 27th, 2014

Advisors Option: Straddles & Strangles

Advisors Option: Straddles & Strangles   Options 101: Straddles & Strangles Straddle: Buy/sell a call and put on the same strike. Long straddles. But be careful of high decay. Flip that around and you have a short...
Posted February 27th, 2014

Options News Rundown 2-26-14: Bitcoin Trading Platform Disappears

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, February 26, 2014.
Posted February 26th, 2014

Option Block 316: The Great Put Roll Down

Option Block 316: The Great Put Roll Down Trading Block: A strong rally on the street. Vol is holding up well despite the rally. SolarCity and Sina today after the bell. Odd Block: Review from 12-30-13: Call buyers trade in Mattel Inc. (MAT)....
Posted February 25th, 2014

Options News Rundown 2-25-14: Commodities Are King Despite S&P High

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, February 25, 2014.
Posted February 25th, 2014

Options Insider Radio: SunGard-Valdi Options

Options Insider Radio: SunGard-Valdi Options In this episode, Mark is joined by Russ Chrusciel, Division Head of SunGard-Valdi Options   They discuss: Updates to their product offerings Cloud. Cloud. Cloud. Cost consciousness within the...
Posted February 24th, 2014

Volatility Views 100: Volatility Tourists and Shoe Shine Boys

Volatility Views 100: Volatility Tourists and Shoe Shine Boys Volatility Viewpoint:  This week’s guest is Chris Cole, Managing Director at Artemis Capital Management.   They discuss: How he incorporates vol into his trading? How...
Posted February 24th, 2014

Options Insider Radio: Sapient Global Markets

Options Insider Radio: Sapient Global Markets In this episode, Mark is joined by Jim Myers, Senior Manager at Sapient Global Markets They discuss: What is Sapeint, and what does it have to offer to investors? Regulatory and compliance...
Posted February 24th, 2014

Options News Rundown 2-24-14: ICE Chief Takes Lead on Market Reform

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, February 24, 2014.
Posted February 24th, 2014

Option Block 315: The Great Iron Fly Vs. Condor Debate

Option Block 315: The Great Iron Fly Vs. Condor Debate Trading Block: Market up 0.5%, Facebook buys WhatsApp for $19B, and Groupon takes a wild ride after hours Odd Block: Put buying in Veeco Instruments Inc. (VECO), puts trade in iPath S&P 500...
Posted February 21st, 2014

Options News Rundown 2-21-14: Yellen to Testify on Feb 27

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, February 21, 2014.
Posted February 21st, 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...
Posted February 21st, 2014

Options News Rundown 2-20-14: VIX Swings Widen Versus S&P 500

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, February 20, 2014.
Posted February 20th, 2014

Options News Rundown 2-19-14: Forest Labs Doubles Its Money

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, February 19, 2014.
Posted February 19th, 2014

Volatility Views 99: Debunking BXM vs. PUT

Volatility Views 99: Debunking BXM vs. PUT Volatility Viewpoint: Jason Ungar, volatility researcher, co-creator on the Put-Write index with the CBOE, financial advisor, and restaurant owner joins the gang to discuss the Put-Write index.  They...
Posted February 18th, 2014

Option Block 314: Late-Night Gamma Scalping

Option Block 314: Late-Night Gamma Scalping Trading Block: Catching an updraft on the street today. A decent slate of earnings helped bolster the market.  New Fed Chief didn't completely destroy the market with her first remarks. WSJ writing...
Posted February 14th, 2014

Options News Rundown 2-14-14: CME to Cut its Board of Directors

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, February 14, 2014.
Posted February 14th, 2014

Trading Tech Talk 2: Hackers and Rogue Algos

Trading Tech Talk 2: Hackers and Rogue Algos Hot Topics in Tech: Security of Financial Platforms Should we expect more attacks in the future? Is this the new norm going forward? What sort of realistic uptime expectations should institutional...
Posted February 13th, 2014

Options News Rundown 2-12-14: Interest-Rate Swap Mandate Delayed

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, February 12, 2014.
Posted February 12th, 2014

Options News Rundown 2-11-14: Glitch in Futures Market Triggers Global Panic

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, February 11, 2014.
Posted February 11th, 2014

Option Block 313: Yelling at Yellen

Option Block 313: Yelling at Yellen Trading Block: A rather quiet day on the street. It has been a strange week for vol/VIX. Does this buyback draw a line in the sand at $500 for Apple? Icahn is dropping his call for expanded buyback program after...
Posted February 11th, 2014

Volatility Views 98: The Rise of Short-Term Volatility

Volatility Views 98: The Rise of Short-Term Volatility Volatility Review: A crazy week for VIX call buyers - they did not get the pop they were expecting. Looks like that big VIX call writer last week was on the right course.  Volatility...
Posted February 10th, 2014

Options Insider Radio: Options House CEO George Ruhanna

Options Insider Radio: Options House CEO George Ruhanna In this episode, Mark is joined by George Ruhanna, CEO of Options House They discuss: Upgrade progression to the Options House platform The focus on security Margin, including portfolio...
Posted February 7th, 2014

Option Block 312: Juicy Buffett Puts

Option Block 312: Juicy Buffett Puts Trading Block: Market up 1%. Is the brief correction over?  VIX far below the 20-handle. Twitter taking it on the chin; down 23% off news that subscriber growth is slowing.  Zynga back up in the $4.5...
Posted February 7th, 2014

Options News Rundown 2-6-14: Options Traders Predict Explosive Move for TWTR

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, February 6, 2014.
Posted February 6th, 2014

Options News Rundown 2-5-14: DB Fires Three NY Forex Traders

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, February 5, 2014.
Posted February 5th, 2014

Option Block 311: VIX Drops the Ball

Option Block 311: VIX Drops the Ball Trading Block: An aggressive selloff today, S&P off 41 handles, NADAQ down 107 handles. VIX cash passes the 20-handle.  A weak start to February. Apple and GLD were the lone greens on the screen today....
Posted February 4th, 2014

Options News Rundown 2-4-14: VIX Options Volume Sets New Record

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
Posted February 4th, 2014

Options News Rundown 2-3-14: Volatility is Back!

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, February 3, 2014.
Posted February 3rd, 2014

Volatility View 97: Consulting Volatility

Volatility Views 97: Consulting Volatility Volatility Review:So much for single digit VIX cash in Q1. VIX options call/put nearly 3 to 1 right now, hovering at record size. People still loving VIX upside - size open interest all the easy up to the...
Posted February 3rd, 2014

Options News Rundown 1-31-14: HFTs Get a Lobbying Group of Their Own

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, January 31, 2014.
Posted January 31st, 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

Option Block 310: GOOG After Hours Mania

Option Block 310: GOOG After Hours Mania Trading Block: The “Correction” is over. Earnings Trading Review: GOOG and CME after the bell. FB - ATM straddle went out around $6, traded nearly $3 through that today. F - Announces "best year...
Posted January 31st, 2014

OICs Wide World of Options 09: Iron Condors and Investor Services

On Strategy Spotlight, Dan Sheridan of Sheridan Mentoring will join Joe to discuss using Iron Condors with Weeklys, then Joe Harwood, Manager of OIC’s Investor Services, will stop by to talk about what his team has to offer investors who...
Posted January 30th, 2014

Futures Options Roundtable 7: Risky Business

Futures Options Roundtable 7: Risky Business   Grand Marketplace: Market roundup Metals: Chinese slump is weighing on industrial metals. Nickel had its largest drop in four months. Copper down about half a percent to $3.33/pound on COMEX. Ags:...
Posted January 29th, 2014

Options News Rundown 1-29-14: ISE Gets SEC Approval to List Vol Options

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, January 29, 2014.
Posted January 29th, 2014

Option Block 309: The Big AAPL Earnings Show

Option Block 309: The Big AAPL Earnings Show   Trading Block: Markets reverse most of today’s slide late in the session. Lots of index volatility, but not many buyers. VIX coming off later in the session. Big Apple earnings after the bell,...
Posted January 28th, 2014

Options News Rundown 1-28-14: Buffetts Long Dated Puts Stir Up Controversy

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, January 28, 2014.
Posted January 28th, 2014

Trading Tech Talk: Inaugural Episode

Trading Tech Talk: Inaugural Episode In the premiere episode, Mark is joined by: Henry Schwartz - Founder and CEO of Trade Alert Kapil Rathi - Director of Product Management, ISE Brian Haag - Group Product Manager, Proprietary Trading at Trading...
Posted January 28th, 2014

Volatility Views 96: Harvesting Volatility Risk Premium

Volatility Views 96: Harvesting Volatility Risk Premium Volatility Review: An ugly, ugly day across the board for Vol. S&P down 2%. VIX settlement last Wednesday. What is it about Feb that brings out the VIX call buyers en masse? Volatility...
Posted January 27th, 2014

Advisors Option: Mini Options

Advisors Option: Mini Options Options 101: Mini Options What are mini options? Which underlying stocks? The SEC approved mini options on five underlying securities: Apple Inc. (AAPL), Amazon Inc. (AMZN), Google Inc. (GOOG), SPDR S&P 500 (SPY)...
Posted January 27th, 2014

Option Block 308: The Scale from Smart to Cowboy

Option Block 308: The Scale from Smart to Cowboy Trading Block: An aggressive selloff sparked by weak existing home sales.  VIX cash back in the mid-teens. Microsoft after the bell. Netflix tearing it up. Odd Block: Call buyers in Flagstar...
Posted January 24th, 2014

Options Bootcamp 38: Triple Income Trading

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...
Posted January 24th, 2014

Options News Rundown 1-24-14: Derivatives Debacle Continues

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, January 24, 2014.
Posted January 24th, 2014

Options News Rundown 1-23-14: Weather Derivatives Warm Up

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, January 23, 2014.
Posted January 23rd, 2014

Options News Rundown 1-22-14: VIX Remains at Worrisome Levels

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, January 22, 2014.
Posted January 22nd, 2014

Volatility Views 95: When the Crazies Emerge

Volatility Views 95: When the Crazies Emerge Volatility Review: Activity review for VIX futures, VIX options, RVX and VIX-related ETPs. Extended hours working for VIX. VXST approval expected in February. The 2013 numbers are in: VIX futures 2013...
Posted January 21st, 2014

Option Block 307: Idiotic Upside Calls

Option Block 307: Idiotic Upside Calls Trading Block: A mild selloff early in the session. SPX weeklies up 98% in 2013. SPX & VIX options hopefully getting extended hours in 2014. Best buy taking in on the chin after a poor holiday season. Chuck...
Posted January 17th, 2014

Options News Rundown 1-17-14: US Exchanges Look For a Bigger Footprint

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, January 17, 2014.
Posted January 17th, 2014

Options News Rundown 1-16-14: European Governments Reach a Settlement

Your daily options news rundown for Thrsday, January 16, 2014.
Posted January 16th, 2014

Options Insider Radio: Money Block

Options Insider Radio: Money Block In this episode Mark is joined by Gary Martino, Vice President of Business Development at Money Block. They discuss: What is Money Block?  Its history, customer base, and more. Why is Money Block actively...
Posted January 15th, 2014

Options News Rundown 1-15-14: Wall St Regulators Face Budget Crunch

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
Posted January 15th, 2014

Option Block 306: Crazy Biotech Action

Option Block 306: Crazy Biotech Action Trading Block: A mild selloff on the street. Still not many bids for volatility, except in select names. VIX due for a spike according to the Wall Street Journal.  NPR calls options "The riskiest place to...
Posted January 14th, 2014

Options News Rundown 1-14-14: Europeans Struggle to Set Derivatives Rules

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
Posted January 14th, 2014

Volatility Views 94: We Are Back!

Volatility Views 94: We Are Back! Volatility Views is back from hiatus and in this episode, Mark is joined by Mark Sebastian and Pat Fay, Director of Listed Derivatives, Russell Indexes Volatility Review: RVX options and futures are back.  Why...
Posted January 13th, 2014

Option Block: Apple Kills Weekly Volatility

Option Block: Apple Kills Weekly Volatility Trading Block: Alcoa kicking it off after the bell. Apple crushes weekly premium by announcing a late earnings date - 1/27 as opposed to 1/23 like many expected. Many weekly options on the 1/24 cycle were...
Posted January 10th, 2014

Options News Rundown 1-10-14: Gold Flash Crash Not Caused by Fat Finger

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, January 10, 2014.
Posted January 10th, 2014

Options News Rundown 1-9-14: When Safe Gets Risky, and Vise-Versa

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, January 9, 2014.
Posted January 9th, 2014

Options News Rundown 1-8-14: Dark Pool Trading is Rising, and Heres Why

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
Posted January 8th, 2014

Option Block 304: Polar Vortex Be Damned

Option Block 304: Polar Vortex Be Damned Trading Block: Another day, another mild selloff. Crazy fat finger print in gold futures. Apple taking it on the chin. Polar vortex = Boom market for snow derivatives? Odd Block: Put sellers trade in Wyndham...
Posted January 7th, 2014

Options News Rundown 1-7-14: Yellen Confirmed as Fed Chairman

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
Posted January 7th, 2014

Options Insider Radio: The Intellectual Property Exchange, IPXI

Options Insider Radio: The Intellectual Property Exchange, IPXI In this episode, Mark is joined by Gerard Pannekoek, CEO and President of the Intellectual Property Exchange, IPXI. They discuss: What is IPXI? Intellectual property as an asset...
Posted January 6th, 2014

Options News Rundown 1-6-14: VIX in 2013: A Review

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, January 6, 2014.
Posted January 6th, 2014

Option Block 303: Wither Single Name VIX?

Option Block 303: Wither Single Name VIX? Trading Block: Most of the major indexes selling off about 1%. A lot of put activity on the street. The numbers are out for 2013! Odd Block: Puts trade in SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY), puts trade in...
Posted January 3rd, 2014

Options News Rundown 1-3-14: CFTC Loses Its "Force of Nature"

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, January 3, 2014.
Posted January 3rd, 2014

Options Insider Radio: Ed Boyle from BOX Exchange

Options Insider Radio: Ed Boyle from BOX Exchange In this episode, Mark is joined by Ed Boyle, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at BOX Exchange. They discuss: Jumbo SPY and industry reaction to it Jumbo SPY settlement and...
Posted January 2nd, 2014

Options News Rundown 1-2-14: What You May Have Missed

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, January 2, 2014.
Posted January 2nd, 2014

Option Block 302: Looking Forward, Looking Back

Option Block 302: Looking Forward, Looking Back Trading Block Predictions for 2014: Mark - I wish they could finally get the Minis right. Hopefully someone wiIl figure out how to aggregate spread flow across exchanges to improve spread...
Posted December 31st, 2013

Futures Options Roundtable: 2013 Year in Review

Futures Options Roundtable: 2013 Year in Review The Grand Marketplace: The Year of 2013 in Review Metals - A rollicking year in the metals, lots of Vol and movement in the precious metals. Silver vs. Gold. Industrial metals - Copper. Bitcoin - The...
Posted December 31st, 2013

Options News Rundown 12-31-13: Twitter-NYSE Honeymoon Over

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, December 31, 2013.
Posted December 31st, 2013

The Long and Short of Futures Options 14: Blu Putnam, CME Chief Economist

The Long and Short of Futures Options 14: Blu Putnam, CME Chief Economist Mark sits down with Blu Putnam, Managing Director and Chief Economist of CME Group to discuss gold, currencies, the Fed, oil, and high-frequency trading.
Posted December 30th, 2013

Advisors Option: Year in Review

Advisors Option: Year in Review Options 101: A Year in Review Options in Lieu of the Underlying Stock Replacement Strategy Stock Repair Strategy "Wheel of Fun" Listener Mail: So, what do you want to know? Question from Charles A. - I have heard it...
Posted December 30th, 2013

Options News Rundown 12-30-13: Regulators Review Volcker Rule Position

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, December 30, 2013.
Posted December 30th, 2013

Options News Rundown 12-27-13: Apple Files New "Siri" Patent

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, December 27, 2013.
Posted December 27th, 2013

Options News Rundown 12-26-13: Angry Bart Takes Parting Shot

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, December 26, 2013.
Posted December 26th, 2013

Option Block 301: Twas the Day Before Christmas

Option Block 301: Twas the Day Before Christmas Trading Block A strong rally on the street on the back of a strong consumer sentiment - A sea of green. Everyones favorite fruit company, Apple up during the day.Some substantial moves in...
Posted December 24th, 2013

Option Block 300: 300th Episode Spectacular!

300th Episode Spectacular! Hooray for our 300th episode! Mark Sebastian, Mike Tosaw, Andrew Giovinanzzi, Alex Jacobson, Mike Cavanaugh and John Grigus join Mark "The Voice of Options" Longo, to reminisce about the all their individual favorite moment...
Posted December 20th, 2013

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 News Rundown 12-19-13: VIX Takes Nose Dive After Taper Announcement

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, December 19, 2013.
Posted December 19th, 2013

OICs Wide World of Options 08: Things to Consider When Buying Options and The Elliot Wave Theory

Shelly Brown of MIAX joins Joe for a discussion about his experience in the industry and some of the exchange’s key milestones. Also, Brian Overby of TradeKing shares his perspective on what investors should considering when buying options, then...
Posted December 19th, 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

Options News Rundown 12-18-13: Is Facebook Fundamentally Broken?

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, December 18, 2013.
Posted December 18th, 2013

Options News Rundown 12-17-13: CFTC Members Elect Acting Chairman

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, December 17, 2013.
Posted December 18th, 2013

Option Block 299: Band-Aid for a Severed Jugular

Option Block 299: Band-Aid for a Severed Jugular Trading Block: A broad rally across the street on the backs of strong manufacturing data. Fed meeting coming up.  Herbal Life halted today. SEC promising to crackdown on insider trading. What...
Posted December 17th, 2013

Options Insider Radio: RCM Wealth Management

Options Insider Radio: RCM Wealth Management In this episode, Mark is joined by Mike Cavanaugh and Bobby Schwartz, Principals at RCM Wealth Management. They discuss: How RCM can help both retail and institutional clients Navigating the futures...
Posted December 16th, 2013

Option Block 298: Only Getting 80%

Option Block 298: Only Getting 80% Trading Block: A mixed day on the street. Post non-farms, what is left to give us some vol? Where does one look for premium writers in this environment? Tosaw Update. OX Update. Odd Block: Calls buyers trade in...
Posted December 13th, 2013

Options Insider Radio: CBOE Futures Exchange

Options Insider Radio: CBOE Futures Exchange In this episode, Mark is joined by Jay Caauwe, Managing Director of CBOE Futures Exchange. They discuss: Volatility as an asset class Diverse audiences embracing VIX futures Continued VIX futures record...
Posted December 13th, 2013

Options News Rundown 12-12-13: Collecting Premium in a Choppy Market

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, December 12, 2013.
Posted December 12th, 2013

Options News Rundown 12-11-13: CFTC Fifth Agency to Approve Volcker Rule

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, December 11, 2013.
Posted December 11th, 2013

Options Insider Radio: Barchart.com

Options Insider Radio: Barchart.com In this episode, Mark is joined by Eero Pickat, President and co-owner of Barchart.com They discuss: ·         The history of...
Posted December 11th, 2013

Option Block 297: Talk of Tesla & Twitter

Option Block 297: Talk of Tesla & Twitter Trading Block: Not a lot to drive the market today. Futures are trading a discount to the cash. Non-farm payrolls. Xpress Block: Tesla and Twitter were lighting up the OX desk today. Also, the...
Posted December 10th, 2013

Options News Rundown 12-10-13: Financial Regulators Warn of Cyber Threat

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, December 10, 2013.
Posted December 10th, 2013

Options News Rundown 12-9-13: CFTC Lawsuit to Affect Wider Market

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, December 9, 2013.
Posted December 9th, 2013

Options Insider Radio: KCG Capital

Options Insider Radio: KCG Capital In this episode, Mark is joined by Carl Gilmore, CEO of KCG Capital. They discuss: The genesis of KCG Capital The businesses within KCG Capital Futures industry drama from the last few years Is the FCM model...
Posted December 9th, 2013

Option Block 296: Apple Fire Sale

Option Block 296: Apple Fire Sale   Trading Block: A mild selloff on the street. Some vol has been creeping back into the market ahead of Non-Farms. The Apple zealots are back. Pressure continues on the metals. Odd Block: Calls trade in Arris...
Posted December 6th, 2013

The Advisor?s Option: Stock Replacement Strategy

The Advisor’s Option: Stock Replacement Strategy Options 101: The Stock Replacement Strategy Using options in lieu of stock. What is stock replacement? What are the advantages of stock replacement over just owning stock? What are some scenarios...
Posted December 5th, 2013

Options Insider Radio: NYSE Options

Options Insider Radio: NYSE Options In this episode, Mark is joined by Steve Crutchfield, Executive Vice President and head of U.S. Options at NYSE. They discuss: ·         Merger mania, and how will NYSE...
Posted December 5th, 2013

Options News Rundown 12-5-13: Will Volcker Prevent the Next London Whale?

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, December 5, 2013.
Posted December 5th, 2013

Futures Options Roundtable 5: In a Crude Mood

Futures Options Roundtable 5: In a Crude Mood The Grand Marketplace: What's going on in crude? Natural gas? What other underlings are these people trading? The Scrolls: Question from Bi Dip - Is there margin on Nadex binaries or do I have to pay...
Posted December 4th, 2013

Options News Rundown 12-4-13: CBOE Appoints New CSO

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, December 4, 2013.
Posted December 4th, 2013

Options News Rundown 12-3-13: Tis the Year Without Volatility

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, December 3, 2013.
Posted December 3rd, 2013

Option Block 295: Saving Yourself Some Headaches

Option Block 295: Saving Yourself Some Headaches Trading Block: Is there any vol on the horizon? Amazon drones - watch your head! Black Friday a resounding meh, Cyber Monday still a question mark. The Tosaw update: GLD, SLV, APPL, etc. Odd Block: IB...
Posted December 3rd, 2013

Options Insider Radio: Object Trading

Options Insider Radio: Object Trading In this episode, Mark is joined by Steve Woodyatt, CEO, and Dan Hubscher, Director of Marketing at Object Trading. They discuss: ·         How Object Trading came to...
Posted December 2nd, 2013

Options News Rundown 12-2-13: NASDAQ Plots European Stock Futures

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, December 2, 2013.
Posted December 2nd, 2013

Options News Rundown 11-29-13: Clearing Firms Must Integrate or Die

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, November 29, 2013.
Posted November 29th, 2013

Options News Rundown 11-27-13: Gensler Gives Wall St Two Months

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, November 27, 2013.
Posted November 27th, 2013

Options News Rundown 11-26-13: A Top NY Executive Steps Down

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, November 26, 2013.
Posted November 27th, 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

Option Block 294: You?re Soaking in It

Option Block 294: You’re Soaking in It Trading Block: Positioning going into the short weekend. Where are the long premiums? Where is the free juice? Are OX clients still trading or are they already on vacation? ZNGA love - time for Andrew to...
Posted November 26th, 2013

Options News Rundown 11-25-13: Wall St Can Cheer Going into Thanksgiving

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, November 25, 2013.
Posted November 25th, 2013

Option Block 293: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Option Block 293: The Gift that Keeps on Giving Trading Block: A strong rally on the street with VIX futures getting utterly destroyed. Twitter has not been the big vol mover as expected. Tesla continues to take it on the chin.  Zynga: the stocky...
Posted November 22nd, 2013

Options News Rundown 11-22-13: Yellen Clears First Senate Hurdle

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, November 22, 2013.
Posted November 22nd, 2013

Options News Rundown 11-21-13: Where Does JP Morgans $13B Go?

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, November 21, 2013.
Posted November 21st, 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 News Rundown 11-20-13: Increase in the Fear Gauge

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, November 20, 2013.
Posted November 20th, 2013

Option Block 292: TWTR Is No FB

Option Block 292: TWTR Is No FB Trading Block: The first day of trading for Twitter options was very interesting, but yet not the day everyone was hoping for. With these numbers, Twitter will not set a first-day options trading record as Facebook did...
Posted November 19th, 2013

Options News Rundown 11-19-13: JP Morgan & US Reach Historic Settlement

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, November 19, 2013.
Posted November 19th, 2013

Options Insider Radio: Tera Exchange

Options Insider Radio: Tera Exchange In this episode, Mark is joined by Lennie Nuara, President and co-founder of the Tera Exchange. They discuss: The genesis of the Tera Exchange The SEF market, counterparty risk, and how mandatory clearing has...
Posted November 19th, 2013

Options News Rundown 11-18-13: An Active But Orderly Twitter Options Debut

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, November 18, 2013.
Posted November 18th, 2013

Option Block 291: Twas the Night before Twitter

Option Block 291: Twas the Night before Twitter Trading Block: A mild rally on the street today. A tepid outlook from Walmart, doesn't bode well for the economy. Cisco taking in on the chin post-earnings. Happy Twitter Options Eve! Any client interest...
Posted November 18th, 2013

Options News Rundown 11-15-13: Twitter Options Set to Trade

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, November 15, 2013.
Posted November 15th, 2013

Options News Rundown 11-14-13: CME Gets a $7B Credit Line

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, November 14, 2013.
Posted November 14th, 2013

Options Insider Radio: Activ Financial

Options Insider Radio: Activ Financial In this episode, Mark is joined by Mike Dunne, CTO of Activ Financial. They discuss: How to take the glut of options data and make it manageable for the end-user How to process the tsunami of data in an...
Posted November 13th, 2013

Options News Rundown 11-13-13: ICE Completes Takeover of NYSE

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
Posted November 13th, 2013

Options News Rundown 11-12-13: Market Taker Elite Trader Community Launches

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, November 12, 2013.
Posted November 12th, 2013

OICs Wide World of Options 07: LEAPS and Listener Questions

On Profiles & Perspectives, Joe speaks with John Denza and Jeromee Johnson of BATS about the exchange’s entrance and evolution in the options marketplace. Also, Joe will cover the ins and outs of LEAPs with Steve Claussen of OptionsHouse and...
Posted November 11th, 2013

Options Insider Radio: Trading Technologies

Options Insider Radio: Trading Technologies In this episode Mark is joined by Rick Lane and Brian Haag from Trading Technologies. They discuss: The genesis of X_TRADER Visual feedback of algorithm creation Broadening the appeal to a new customer...
Posted November 11th, 2013

Options News Rundown 11-11-13: Markets Evolve as Does Financial Fraud

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, November 11, 2013.
Posted November 11th, 2013

Option Block 290: Keep that Theta Rolling

Option Block 290: Keep that Theta Rolling Trading Block: Twitter IPO released, started at $26. Can't wait to sell the puts. Tesla taking it on the chin, breaking through the 140 handle. Priceline closed down. Mail Block: Keep those questions...
Posted November 8th, 2013

Options News Rundown 11-8-13: Twitter Shares Soar in NYSE Debut

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, November 8, 2013.
Posted November 8th, 2013

Options News Rundown 11-7-13: High Speed Trader Gets a Ticket

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, November 7, 2013.
Posted November 7th, 2013

Options News Rundown 11-6-13: ICE Profits Rise with NYSE Deal Near

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, November 6, 2013.
Posted November 6th, 2013

Option Block 289: What a Twit!

Option Block 289: What a Twit! Trading Block: November 14 is official day Twitter goes public. CBOE earnings on Friday, CME before the open - both resounding "mehs." Apple actually closes around where it started. Blackberry taking it on the chin....
Posted November 5th, 2013

Options News Rundown 11-5-13: CME Wins Electronic Swaps Market Designation

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
Posted November 5th, 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 News Rundown 11-4-13: VIX Struggles and Fades on Friday

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, November 4, 2013.
Posted November 4th, 2013

Option Block 288: The Exciting Road to Nowhere

Option Block 288: The Exciting Road to Nowhere Trading Block: A selloff at the very end of the day. Most major indexes down half a point. Interesting movement post Facebook and Apple earnings. In hindsight, the Apple skew makes a lot more sense post...
Posted November 1st, 2013

Options News Rundown 11-1-13: CFTC is Drowning in Market Data

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, November 1, 2013.
Posted November 1st, 2013

Advisors Option: The World of VIX

Advisors Option: The World of VIX   Options 101: Using VIX options/futures and volatility products as hedges. ·         What is the VIX? How is the VIX...
Posted October 31st, 2013

Options News Rundown 10-31-13: Industry Divided Over Fragmentation

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, October 31, 2013.
Posted October 31st, 2013

Options News Rundown 10-30-13: Glitches, A Feature of the System?

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, October 30, 2013.
Posted October 30th, 2013

Option Block 287: Trading Patterns

Option Block 287: Trading Patterns Trading Block: A mild rally on the street. Everyone is still playing the wait and see game after hours today with Apple. Interview Block: Guest: Mark Greenstein, CTA with Orchard Grove joins the gang as they discuss...
Posted October 29th, 2013

Options News Rundown 10-29-13: Singapore Exchange Seeks HFTs

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, October 29, 2013.
Posted October 29th, 2013

Futures Options Roundtable 4: We Buy Gold & Other Dubious Metals Schemes

Futures Options Roundtable 4: We Buy Gold & Other Dubious Metals Schemes The Grand Marketplace: There has been insane movements/volatility in gold and silver since our last show. We saw a pop last week only to see is start trending down...
Posted October 29th, 2013

The Long and Short of Futures Options 13: Recent CME Developments

The Long and Short of Futures Options 13: Recent CME Developments Today's guests are Dave Reif and Tom Boggs What to Know? What has been going on in the equities complex at CME Group? How have short duration products become so popular? What’s...
Posted October 29th, 2013

Options News Rundown 10-28-13: A New Way to Measure Volatility

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, October 28, 2013.
Posted October 28th, 2013

Volatility Views 93: Returning in Style

Volatility Views 93: Returning in Style Volatility Viewpoint: Mark’s guest is Russell Rhoads, Senior Instructor, Options Institute.  What does The Options Institute do? What is your opinion on the massive influx of retail traders into...
Posted October 25th, 2013

Option Block 286: Super Thursday

Option Block 286: Super Thursday Trading Block:  Another mild day on the street. Earnings-Palooza today! Ford before the bell. A newly revived Microsoft.  Amazon surges after hours. Zynga breaks the four handle.  Crazy developments in...
Posted October 25th, 2013

Options News Rundown 10-25-13: CFTC to Furlough Workers

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, October 25, 2013.
Posted October 25th, 2013

Options News Rundown 10-24-13: SEC Expands Big Data Risk Analysis

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, October 24, 2013.
Posted October 25th, 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 News Rundown 10-23-13: HFTs Targeted in EU Deal

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, October 23, 2013.
Posted October 23rd, 2013

Options News Rundown 10-22-13: VIX Picks Up a Bit on Monday

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, October 22, 2013.
Posted October 23rd, 2013

Option Block 285: Listener Mail Extravaganza

Option Block 285: Listener Mail Extravaganza Trading Block: Navigating post-shutdown markets.  VIX Cash giving up the ghost post-shutdown.  Google, another big after hours more last week. Netflix (aka the Widowmaker) rallying hard...
Posted October 22nd, 2013

Futures Options Roundtable 3: Sexy Commodities

Futures Options Roundtable 3: Sexy Commodities The Grand Marketplace: Corn resumes decline as yields boost outlook - Soybeans drop as well.  S&P launches two new metals futures indexes. Eurex gets into the FX options game - set to launch...
Posted October 21st, 2013

Options News Rundown 10-21-13: US Exchanges Compete for Alibaba IPO

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, October 21, 2013.
Posted October 21st, 2013

Options News Rundown 10-18-13: Fresh Highs Eyed Again on Friday

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, October 18, 2013.
Posted October 18th, 2013

Option Block 284: The Tosaw-Giovinazzi Show

Option Block 284: The Tosaw-Giovinazzi Show   Trading Block: Google up $43 after market. How long can the VIX go? Are we looking at the bottom? Gold reacts to the Fed tapering announcement. Odd Block: Calls trade in Ingersoll-Rand PLC (IR)....
Posted October 18th, 2013

Options News Rundown 10-17-13: After the Deal: The Reaction

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, October 17, 2013.
Posted October 17th, 2013

Options News Rundown 10-16-13: S&P 500 Poised for Record Highs

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, October 16, 2013.
Posted October 16th, 2013

Options News Rundown 10-15-13: Investors Celebrate as Deal Nears

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, October 15, 2013.
Posted October 15th, 2013

Options News Rundown 10-14-13: Tighter New Commodity Limits Rule

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, October 14, 2013.
Posted October 14th, 2013

Option Block 283: Kick the Can

Option Block 283: Kick the Can Trading Block:  A huge drop in VIX cash. Gold also got crushed today.  Plus, a very unusual trade in VXX. Xpress Block:  Everything on the equity options desk was active today Around the Block:...
Posted October 11th, 2013

Options News Rundown 10-11-13: VIX Sinks with Reduced Default Threat

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, October 11, 2013.
Posted October 11th, 2013

Options News Rundown 10-10-13: CBOE Reopens VIX Futures Trading

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, October 10, 2013.
Posted October 10th, 2013

Options Insider Radio: Getting Someone to Do Your Trading Homework

Options Insider Radio:  Getting Someone to Do Your Trading Homework  In this episode, Mark is joined by Vlad Karpel, founder of Tradespoon.com They discuss: ·         An overview of Tradespoon,...
Posted October 10th, 2013

Futures Options Roundtable 2: Everyone Is Looking for a Move

Futures Options Roundtable 2: Everyone Is Looking for a Move The Grand Markeptlace: Natural gas is on the move.  West Texas intermediate crude for Sept delivery up 1.4% yesterday to $107.81.  How you can use options to get an idea of where...
Posted October 9th, 2013

Options News Rundown 10-9-13: "The Evil One Went to the Press"

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, October 9, 2013.
Posted October 9th, 2013

Option Block 282: A Whole New Kind of Stupid

Option Block 282: A Whole New Kind of Stupid   Trading Block: There was a mild selloff on the street today. VIX cash continues to creep north, as the shutdown continues. Did VIX call sellers get out in time? Potbelly to join the ranks of...
Posted October 8th, 2013

Options News Rundown 10-8-13: An Unconventional Divorce

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, October 8, 2013.
Posted October 8th, 2013

Options News Rundown 10-7-13: FINRA Mulls Insurance for Firms

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, October 7, 2013.
Posted October 7th, 2013

Futures Options Roundtable: World Premiere Episode

We've sounded the horn and assembled a team of futures options experts for your listening pleasure. In this premiere episode of the Futures Options Roundtable Options Insider Founder Mark S. Longo is joined by: Jeff Lewandowski - CTA, Protean...
Posted October 7th, 2013

Option Block 281: It?s Time for Histrionics

Option Block 281: It’s Time for Histrionics Trading Block: The shutdown dance continues. VIX cash break the 17 handle. Tesla in a frenzy after car fire. Ackman/Icahn/Herbalife debacle.  CBOE glitch causes routing issues for...
Posted October 4th, 2013

OICs Wide World of Options 06: Straddles and Strangles

Host Joe Burgoyne interviews ISE’s Geralyn Endo about the exchange’s background in being the first electronic exchange, new developments and her experiences in the industry. Additionally, OIC Instructor Al Brinkman joins Joe for a...
Posted October 4th, 2013

Options News Rundown 10-4-13: VIX Surges 10% as Stocks Drop

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, October 4, 2013.
Posted October 4th, 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 News Rundown 10-3-13: SEC Plans Website to Publish HFT Data

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, October 3, 2013.
Posted October 3rd, 2013

Options News Rundown 10-2-13: Shutdown Day 2 - Reality Sets in

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, October 2, 2013.
Posted October 2nd, 2013

Options Insider Radio: Are You a Gemini?

Options Insider Radio: Are You a Gemini? Mark is joined by Boris Ilyevsky, the Managing Director of ISE’s Options Exchanges. They discuss: The announcement of the Gemini Exchange Why another exchange? Will it help grow the size of the pie? If...
Posted October 1st, 2013

Option Block 280: Pre-Shutdown Put Bonanza

Option Block 280: Pre-Shutdown Put Bonanza Trading Block: Shutdown fears hanging over the market. Vol surging back into the marketplace, but Bloomberg says realized vol is nonexistent.  Odd Block: Calls trade in Northstar Reality Finance Corp....
Posted October 1st, 2013

Option Block 279: OTM Fly Breakdown

Option Block 279: OTM Fly Breakdown Trading Block: There was a mild rally today. All Facebook all day at OX. Odd Block: Calls trade in Juniper Networks, Inc. (JNPR), puts trade in iShares MSCI Australia Index (EWA), calls trade in Hertz Global...
Posted September 27th, 2013

Options News Rundown 9/27/13: More Exchange Woes

Options news you can use.
Posted September 27th, 2013

Advisors Option: Stock Repair

Advisors Option: Stock Repair Options 101: The Stock Repair Strategy Have a downturn in your account? Options can help make that money back. Stock repair strategies are a popular way for many advisors to regain some or all of the losses in a...
Posted September 26th, 2013

Options News Rundown 9-26-13: HFTs Milliseconds Before Fed Taper

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, September 26, 2013.
Posted September 26th, 2013

Options News Rundown 9-25-13: Blackberry Mulls its Options

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, September 25, 2013.
Posted September 25th, 2013

Option Block 278: Fading the Shutdown

Option Block 278: Fading the Shutdown Trading Block: It was an aggressive day on the street, with a lot of love for Apple, up 20%. Call stupids go up in VIX.  Talks of Blackberry selloff continue. Odd Block: Puts Trade in Xilinx Inc. (XLNX),...
Posted September 24th, 2013

Options News Rundown 9-24-13: Options Prices at Record Lows

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, September 24, 2013.
Posted September 24th, 2013

Options News Rundown 9-23-13: The Future of the Fed

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, September 23, 2013.
Posted September 23rd, 2013

Option Block 277: Metal Volapalooza

Option Block 277: Metal Volapalooza Trading Block: A mild day on the street. Watch out! SPY ex-dividend today. Metals hosting a "Volapalooza" Odd Block:  Calls Trade in Zynga Inc. (ZNGA), calls trade in Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (EGLE), put buyers...
Posted September 20th, 2013

Options News Rundown 9-20-13: Bearish Positions in Blackberry

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, September 20, 2013.
Posted September 20th, 2013

Options News Rundown 9-19-13: Unchecked Bond Buying, Record Highs

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, September 19, 2013.
Posted September 19th, 2013

Options News Rundown 9-18-13: Were Mini Options a Mistake?

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, September 18, 2013.
Posted September 18th, 2013

Option Block 276: Another Day, Another Crash

Trading Block: Another day, another tech disaster! OPRA (Options Price Reporting Authority) feed went down for about an hour while the underlying continued to trade. What can/should retail do to prepare for these outages?  Metals selloff...
Posted September 17th, 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 News Rundown 9-17-13: Yet Another Tech Glitch

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, September 17, 2013.
Posted September 17th, 2013

Options News Rundown 9/16/13: Deja Vu All Over Again

Options news you can use for Monday, September 16
Posted September 16th, 2013

Option Block 275: Predictably Crappy

Option Block 275:  Predictably CrappyTrading Block: A mild selloff, but gold and silver took it on the chin.  AAPL down 30 handles in a dismal post iPhone announcement.  Ichan liked it at $500, he’ll love it at $470. Lulu earnings...
Posted September 13th, 2013

Options News Rundown: SEC, Exhanges, and Politics. A Recipe for Fun.

Options news for Friday, September 13.
Posted September 13th, 2013

Options News Rundown 9/12/13: AAPL Not Innovative Enough for Analysts

Options news you can use for Thursday, September 12
Posted September 12th, 2013

Options News Rundown 9/11/13: DJIA Shake-Up

Your options news for Wednesday, September 11
Posted September 11th, 2013

Option Block 274: More Buyers than Sellers

Option Block 274: More Buyers than Sellers   Trading Block: All is right with the world again! Most indices up over 1% today after Chinese export data beats expectations. Prepping for the Apple event. How big could this still be? Groupon...
Posted September 10th, 2013

Options News Rundown 9-10-13: A Call Stupid in Smithfield Foods

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, September 10, 2013.
Posted September 10th, 2013

Options News Rundown 9-9-13: All Eyes on Cupertino, CA

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, September 9, 2013.
Posted September 9th, 2013

Option Block 273: Trades to Salivate Over

Option Block 273: Trades to Salivate Over Trading Block: It was a very mild day on the street. How did the holiday weekend volatility play out last week? It’s that time again - the volume numbers are in! Microsoft buys Nokia. Odd Block: Calls...
Posted September 6th, 2013

Options News Rundown 9-6-13: VIX Heads Further Southbound

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, September 6, 2013.
Posted September 6th, 2013

Options News Rundown 9-5-13: NASDAQ: Another Week, Another Glitch

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, September 5, 2013.
Posted September 5th, 2013

Options News Rundown 9-4-13: How to Play Microsoft Now

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, September 4, 2013.
Posted September 4th, 2013

Options News Rundown 9-3-13: Uncertain Future for NYSE Technologies

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, September 3, 2013.
Posted September 3rd, 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

Option Block 272: Presidential Rope-A-Dope, or Bags of Money

Option Block 272: Presidential Rope-A-Dope, or Bags of Money Trading Block:  Labor Day weekend is nearly upon us. VIX cash above the 16-handle. Jobless claims are down, as expected.   HFT and algos appear to have had a negligible impact on...
Posted August 30th, 2013

Options News Rundown 8-30-13: Software Bug Caused NASDAQ Outage

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, August 30, 2013.
Posted August 30th, 2013

Options News Rundown 8-29-13: Former Trader Accused of Ponzi Scheme

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, August 29, 2013.
Posted August 29th, 2013

OICs Wide World of Options 05: Flex Options and Butterfly Strategies

In this episode, Joe touches on the topic of Flex options and then OIC Instructor Marty Kearney joins him for a discussion on butterfly strategies. Also, Patty Schuler of BOX Options Exchange shares her experiences and insights on this week’s...
Posted August 28th, 2013

Options News Rundown 8-28-13: VIX Gains 12% on Syria Concerns

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
Posted August 28th, 2013

Option Block 271: Sabre Rattling Rattles Markets

Option Block 271: Sabre Rattling Rattles Markets Trading Block: A mild rally on the street until Kerry started sabre rattling in Washington, sending the markets down. NASDAQ, Goldman and others still facing heat over their tech meltdowns last week....
Posted August 27th, 2013

Options News Rundown 8-27-13: Nasdaq Halt Exposes Communication Gaps

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, August 27, 2013. 
Posted August 27th, 2013

Advisors Option: Spreads with Wings

Advisors Option: Spreads with Wings   Options 101: We have discusses collars and verticals on this show in the past, and now it’s time to explore some of the more elaborate option spreads that many advisors/asset managers may be familiar...
Posted August 27th, 2013

Options News Rundown 8-26-13: Industry Commissions are Stagnant

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, August 26, 2013.
Posted August 26th, 2013

Options News Rundown 8-23-13: The Day the Nasdaq Stood Still

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, August 23, 2013.
Posted August 23rd, 2013

Option Block 270: Looking Behind the Curtain

Option Block 270: Looking Behind the Curtain Trading Block: NASDAQ halts trading today over tech glitch. Many big names were impacted. Goldman Sachs screws up JPM options trading. Question from T_Pal: Should I be concerned about the wave of...
Posted August 23rd, 2013

Options News Rundown 8-22-13: Volatility Bets Back on the Rise

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, August 22, 2013.
Posted August 22nd, 2013

Options News Rundown 8-21-13: The SEC's Tougher Stance

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, August 21, 2013.
Posted August 21st, 2013

Option Block 269: Listener Questions a Go-Go

Option Block 269: Listener Questions a Go-Go Trading Block: Another down day on the markets. The 3-year and 10-year are bumping up against levels we haven't seen in a while. Mail Block: Your questions, our answers Question from Lee Patterson - I've...
Posted August 20th, 2013

Options News Rundown 8-20-13: VIX Closes Above 15

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, August 20, 2013.
Posted August 20th, 2013

Option Block 268: Commodity Sea of Green

Option Block 268: Commodity Sea of Green Trading Block: A broad selloff across the board today.  Inflation fears spook the Fed and the market.  Cisco off 7%, looking at layoffs. Walmart off 3%.  A sea of green in the commodities. Record...
Posted August 16th, 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 News Rundown 8-16-13: New Dawn in the War Against Hackers

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, August 16, 2013.
Posted August 16th, 2013

Options News Rundown 8-15-13: Hedge Funds Warm to Apple

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, August 15, 2013.
Posted August 15th, 2013

Options News Rundown 8-14-13: Swaps Clients Plan US Bank Exodus

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, August 14, 2013.
Posted August 14th, 2013

Options News Rundown 8-13-13: Feds Dig Into Commodities Manipulation

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, August 13, 2013.
Posted August 13th, 2013

Option Block 267: Betting Against Yourself

Option Block 267: Betting Against Yourself Trading Block: A relatively flat day on the street. A big day for Silver and Apple –both  up 3%. It was a good day for Tosaw!  Blackberry exploring strategic options with the  stock up...
Posted August 13th, 2013

Options News Rundown 8-12-13: VIX Ends the Week Above 13

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, August 12, 2013.
Posted August 12th, 2013

Options News Rundown 8-9-13: Routing in the New Markets

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, August 9, 2013.
Posted August 9th, 2013

Option Block 266: Juice and Paper

Option Block 266: Juice and Paper Trading Block: Commodities rundown featuring Matt - starting with Nat Gas. The ride for Tesla continues. DNDN after the close. NVDA after the bell. Odd Block: Call buyers in Microsoft Corp (MSFT) and calls trade in...
Posted August 9th, 2013

Options News Rundown 8-8-13: ICE-NYSE Unexpected Merger Success

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, August 8, 2013.
Posted August 8th, 2013

Options News Rundown 8-7-13: ISE Launches Gemini Options Exchange

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, August 7, 2013.
Posted August 7th, 2013

Option Block 265: The Innovator

Option Block 265: The Innovator Trading Block: Giving back some of the gains on the street today. A surprising pop in Blackberry. Apple touching near-term highs.  ALSO GLD, SLV, ETC Odd Block: Odd Block Review: Dendreon Corp. (DNDN), put spreads...
Posted August 6th, 2013

Options News Rundown 8-6-13: ICE Readies Swap Trading Platform

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, August 6, 2013.
Posted August 6th, 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 News Rundown 8-5-13: Investors Unfazed by Non-Farms

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, August 5, 2013.
Posted August 5th, 2013

Option Block 264: Swimming in a Sea of Green

Option Block 264: Swimming in a Sea of Green Trading Block: A sea of green across the board. S&P crosses 1700 mark on strong manufacturing data. Unemployment claims at a 5.5 year low. Activision and LinkedIn earnings after the bell. CME reports a...
Posted August 2nd, 2013

Options News Rundown 8-2-13: July Options Volume is in!

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, August 2, 2013.
Posted August 2nd, 2013

Options News Rundown 8-1-13: Data Week Yields a "Meh" So Far

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, August 1, 2013.
Posted August 1st, 2013

Advisors Option: The Wheel of Fun

Advisors Option: The Wheel of Fun Options 101: Alternate methods for entering and exiting stock positions using options - aka "The Wheel of Fun." Caveat 1: Short puts are excellent tools for income generation, but most advisors and clients...
Posted July 31st, 2013

Options News Rundown 7-31-13: Elec Trading Accels Options Market

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
Posted July 31st, 2013

Options Insider Radio: Data on the Go

Options Insider Radio: Data on the Go In this episode, Mark is joined by Jack Walker, the head of business development at iVolatility. They discuss: iVolatility Lite, the mobile options data application Getting the greeks on it, and the evolution of...
Posted July 31st, 2013

OIC's Wide World of Options 04: Industry Review and The Collar Strategy

Joe starts the show with a brief overview of the options industry, and then he’ll talk shop with Mike West and Barry Nobel of NASDAQ OMX PHLX. Also, OIC instructor Todd Wilemon will discuss how collars work as an investment strategy and...
Posted July 30th, 2013

Option Block 263: The Wasted Year

Option Block 263: The Wasted Year Trading Block: A mild selloff across the board. GLD sells off fractionally on the day. ISE Gemini set to launch Aug 5. CBOE announces new VIX trading hours. Odd Block: Pre-earnings run in Activision Blizzard Inc....
Posted July 30th, 2013

Options News Rundown 7-30-13: VIX Trading Hours to Expand in Sept

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, July 30, 2013. 
Posted July 30th, 2013

The Long & Short of Futures Options 12: Interest Rate & Equity Update

The Long & Short of Futures Options 12: Interest Rate & Equity Update Once again, Mark is joined by Dave Reif, Sr. Director of Interest Rate Products, and Tom Boggs, Sr. Director of Equity Products. What to Know: Option growth in index options...
Posted July 30th, 2013

Options News Rundown 7-29-13: IVol Looks Ahead at the SPX

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, July 29, 2013. 
Posted July 29th, 2013

Option Block 262: Cramer Loves It

Option Block 262: Cramer Loves It Trading Block: Zynga earnings after the close. Someone paid 17% for a one-month straddle! Amazon earnings are also after the close. Facebook! Facebook! Facebook!  Commodity rundown - An overview of recent action...
Posted July 26th, 2013

Options News Rundown 7-26-13: FB Profit Shock Leads to Bonanza

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, July 26, 2013.
Posted July 26th, 2013

Options News Rundown 7-25-13: CBOE Plans to Buy LiquidPoint

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, July 25, 2013.
Posted July 25th, 2013

Options News Rundown 7-24-13: Fear Has Left the Building

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Posted July 24th, 2013

Option Block 261: NFLX Strangles Children

Option Block 261: NFLX Strangles Children Trading Block: Netflix earnings are after the bell. Could it be the return of the widow-maker? McDonald's down 3%. It’s never a good sign for the economy when McD can't make money. A follow-up on...
Posted July 23rd, 2013

Options News Rundown 7-23-13: VIX Sinks Farther on Monday

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
Posted July 23rd, 2013

Options News Rundown 7-22-13: SEC Charges Mogul Steve Cohen

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, July 22, 2013.
Posted July 22nd, 2013

Option Block 260: Doing the Earnings Straddle Dance

Option Block 260: Doing the Earnings Straddle Dance Trading Block: Earnings-Palooza: Google, Microsoft and more after the bell. Odd Block: Combos trade in Rite Aid Corp (RAD), paper buying calls in Covanta Holding Corp. (CVA), and puts trade in YY...
Posted July 19th, 2013

Options News Rundown 7-19-13: Another Tough Day for the VIX

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, July 19, 2103.
Posted July 19th, 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 Insider Radio: View from Washington

Options Insider Radio: View from WashingtonIn this episode, Mark is joined by Joe Corcoran, Head of Government Relations at the Options Clearning Corporation.They discuss: The impact of proposed mark-to-market legislation on the listed options...
Posted July 19th, 2013

Options News Rundown 7-18-13: A Merger is the Only Hope for TSE

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, July 18, 2013.
Posted July 18th, 2013

Options News Rundown 7-17-13: Despite Fears, Bond Market is Fine

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
Posted July 17th, 2013

Option Block 259: Reverse Splits & Twinkies

Option Block 259: Reverse Splits & Twinkies The all-stars are joined by guest co-host Henry Schwartz, the Founder of Trade Alert. Trading Block: A modest, broad rally on the street. Earnings season is in full swing. Pre-deal call in LEAP from...
Posted July 16th, 2013

OIC's Wide World of Options 03: The Starting Sixteen and Credit Spreads

Can you name the first stocks to have options traded on them? Listen to the show to find out how many you know. Also, Joe will discuss the ins and outs of credit spreads with Alex Jacobson of Options Xpress and then wrap up with a conversation with...
Posted July 16th, 2013

Options News Rundown 7-16-13: GS Profits Double on Investment Gains

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, July 16, 2013.
Posted July 16th, 2013

Options News Rundown 7-15-13: The Bernanke Put is Back in Play

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, July 15, 2013.
Posted July 15th, 2013

Options Insider Radio: Best Practices for Advisors

Options Insider Radio: Best Practices for AdvisorsIn this episode, Mark is joined by Eric Cott, Director of Advisor Initiatives at OIC.They discuss: New developments from OIC in the advsior space Key take aways from the OIC best practice study on...
Posted July 15th, 2013

Options News Rundown 7-12-13: SEC Lifts Ad Ban on Hedge Funds

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, July 12, 2013.
Posted July 12th, 2013

Option Block 258: Highly Accommodative Policy

Option Block 258: Highly Accommodative Policy Trading Block: Uncle Ben's comments about "highly accommodative policy" spark yet another rally. It's going to be all about the earnings next week. It has been "rally ho" in the metals. Odd Block: Calls...
Posted July 12th, 2013

Options News Rundown 7-11-13: Uneventful Day Hurts the VIX

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, July 11, 2013. 
Posted July 11th, 2013

Options News Rundown 7-10-13: NYSE Opens New Front in London

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, July 10, 2013. 
Posted July 11th, 2013

Option Block 257: Deep Dive into Gold, Silver and Oil

Option Block 257: Deep Dive into Gold, Silver and Oil Interview Block: Today's guest is Matthew Bradbard, futures broker from RCM Asset Management.  Hel discusses recent trends in metals and energies with the Option Block gang. Trading Block:...
Posted July 9th, 2013

Options News Rundown 7-9-13: VIX Retreats on Monday

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, July 9, 2013.
Posted July 9th, 2013

Options News Rundown 7-8-13: Volatility as an Asset Class

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, July 8, 2013.
Posted July 8th, 2013

Options Insider Radio: Interview with OX CEO Joe Vietri

Options Insider Radio: Interview with OX CEO Joe Vietri In this episode Mark is joined by Joe Vietri, the CEO of OptionsXpress. They discuss: The progress of the Schwab-OptionsXpress integration The migration of the OX capabilities to Schwab...
Posted July 8th, 2013

Options News Rundown 7-5-13: Options Traders Hedge Against Fireworks

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, July 5, 2013.
Posted July 8th, 2013

Options News Rundown 7-3-13: VIX Surges on Tuesday

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, July 3, 2013.
Posted July 4th, 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 News Rundown 7-2-13: Well-Timed Bets on Onyx Pharm.

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, July 2, 2013.
Posted July 2nd, 2013

Option Block 256: The Great AAPL and GLD Rebound

Option Block 256: The Great AAPL and GLD Rebound Trading Block Another broad rally - a "doing stuff" kind of day. Gold spikes. Blackberry annihilated post-earnings. Corzine finally charged in MF Global debacle. The Options Industry Council (OIC)...
Posted July 2nd, 2013

Options News Rundown 7-1-13: Brace for End of Week Volatility

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, July 1, 2013.
Posted July 1st, 2013

Options News Rundown 6-28-13: CBOE Adds Non-US VIX

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, June 28, 2013.
Posted June 28th, 2013

Option Block 255: Balloon is Over-squeezed

Option Block 255: Balloon is Over-squeezed   Trading Block: Rally Ho! Again. Vol crushed, but not as aggressively as expected. Are the pronouncements of the death of Apple's vol premature?  Prosecutors finally get around to charging Corzine...
Posted June 28th, 2013

Advisors Option: The Problems with Annuities and Structured Products.

Advisors Option: The Problems with Annuities and Structured Products. Tricks of the Trade: The problems with Annuities and Structured Products. Many advisors gravitate toward structured products instead of using options/derivatives in client accounts,...
Posted June 28th, 2013

Options News Rundown 6-27-13: Industry Opposes Tax Proposal

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, June 27, 2013.
Posted June 27th, 2013

Options News Rundown 6-26-13: JP Morgan Upgrades CME to Neutral

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, June 26, 2013.
Posted June 26th, 2013

Options News Rundown 6-25-13: Smaller Trades Added to US Stock Count

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, June 25, 2013.
Posted June 26th, 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

Option Block 254: Unlearn What Does Not Work

Option Block 254: Unlearn What Does Not Work Trading Block: Futures, interest rates, bonds and the 10-year dominated trading today. It was an otherwise slow day for volatility. Interview Block: This week's guest is Nate Bluestein from Pivotal Trading...
Posted June 25th, 2013

OIC's Wide World of Options 02: Selling Puts and Mini Options

Joe Burgoyne starts the show with a brief overview of mini options followed by an interview with OIC Instructor Bill Ryan, who will speak about the intricacies of selling puts. Joe then wraps things up with a discussion about the time in options...
Posted June 25th, 2013

Options News Rundown 6-24-13: The Fed Walks a Tightrope

Your options news rundown for Monday, June 24, 2013.
Posted June 24th, 2013

Option Block 253: Market Maelstrom

Option Block 253: Market Maelstrom Trading Block: The broad indices were down over 2%. All red, all day. Fed will cut $85 billion in monthly bond purchases by $20 billion. VIX cash breaks through the 20-handle for the first time since December....
Posted June 21st, 2013

Options News Rundown 6-21-13: Street Gains Modestly After Selloff

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, June 21, 2013.
Posted June 21st, 2013

Options News Rundown 6-20-13: Striking While Apple Vol is Dead

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, June 20, 2013.
Posted June 20th, 2013

Options News Rundown 6-19-13: VIX Will Shrug if Fed Tightens Policy

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, June 19, 2013.
Posted June 19th, 2013

Options News Rundown 6-18-13: Quadruple Witching Upcoming

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, June 18, 2013.
Posted June 18th, 2013

Option Block 252: The Dangers of Covered Straddles

Option Block 252: The Dangers of Covered Straddles Trading Block: Market rallies ahead of the Fed, but lost steam in the late session. Gold selloff ahead of the Fed. Odd Block: Puts trade in PVR Partners, LP (PVR), calls trade in Insmed Incorp....
Posted June 18th, 2013

Options News Rundown 6-17-13: Disclosing Dark Pool Volumes Gains Traction

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, June 17, 2013.
Posted June 17th, 2013

Option Block 251: Insider Trading, Options-Style

Option Block 251: Insider Trading, Options-Style Trading Block: Is the VIX going backwards? The rally has returned. Jobless claims fall by 12,000, sparking the rally.  An insider trading case involving options. “For the first time since its...
Posted June 14th, 2013

Options News Rundown 6-14-13: VIX About to Go Backward

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, June 14, 2013.
Posted June 14th, 2013

Options News Rundown 6-13-13: SEC Puts Exchange Execs in Crosshairs

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, June 13, 2013.
Posted June 13th, 2013

Options News Rundown 6-12-13: Have We Hit the Peak of HFTs?

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
Posted June 12th, 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

Option Block 250: Goldilocks Non-Farms Numbers

Option Block 250: Goldilocks Non-Farms Numbers Trading Block: It was a quiet day on the market. Non-farms announcement came out last Friday.  What are some trading ideas following a large event like this? Odd Block: Calls trade in Linhas Aereas...
Posted June 11th, 2013

Options News Rundown 6-11-13: Vol Funds Point to Tuesday Turbulence

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, June 11, 2013.
Posted June 11th, 2013

Options News Rundown 6-10-13: Judge Rejects Bloomberg's Challenge

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, June 10, 2013
Posted June 10th, 2013

Option Block 249: Great Expectations

Option Block 249: Great Expectations   Trading Block: Another schizophrenic day on the street. McDonald's announces some 24-hr stores will serve breakfast after midnight. The Zynga apocalypse! A big move in Apple. Odd Block: Calls trade in...
Posted June 7th, 2013

Options News Rundown 6-7-13: Trader Assets Frozen After Smithfield Deal

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, June 7, 2013.
Posted June 7th, 2013

Options Insider Radio: Fidessa & the Fragulator

Options Insider Radio: Fidessa & the FragulatorIn this episode, Mark is joined by Joy Rosenstein, Business Development Manager at Fidessa. They discuss: The Fragulator Fidessa's move into the U.S. equity options space Order routing Managing the...
Posted June 7th, 2013

Options News Rundown 6-6-13: Chicago at Center of New IP Exchange

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, June 6, 2013.
Posted June 7th, 2013

Advisors Option: Listeners Take Over

Advisors Option: Listeners Take Over Listener Mail: It’s all mail, all episode long. Question from Jackson_CFA: What do the hosts think of annuities as a tool for diversification and income generation for risk-averse clients? Question from...
Posted June 6th, 2013

Options Insider Radio: Talking about Analytics with S3

In this episode, Mark is joined by Terry Flynn and Mark Davies of S3. They discuss: Their early entry in the transaction analytics space, and the explosion of recent interest in transaction analytics Managing costs with more effective order...
Posted June 6th, 2013

Options Insider Radio: Russell Investments

Options Insider Radio: Russell InvestmentsIn this episode, Mark is joined by Pat Fay, Director of Listed Derivatives at Russell Investments.They discuss: The semi-exclusive listing of Russell Indexes on CBOE and NYSE platforms Upcoming derivatives...
Posted June 6th, 2013

Options News Rundown 6-5-13: US Stocks Hit By Central Bank Worries

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, June 5, 2013.
Posted June 5th, 2013

Options News Rundown 6-4-13: Attack of the Hedge Fund Clones

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
Posted June 4th, 2013

Option Block 248: The Ice Is Always Melting

Option Block 248: The Ice Is Always Melting Trading Block: It was a bit of a head scratcher today, as an infusion of end-of-day buying threw a wrench into the machine. Disappointing ISM numbers, putting a laser focus on the jobs numbers out Friday....
Posted June 4th, 2013

Wide World of Options 01: Weeklys and Bull Call Spreads

For the inaugural show, Joe will kick things off with a discussion of Weeklys, a strategy spotlight segment on Bull Calls with OIC instructor Peter Lusk, followed by a nostalgic look back at the start of the options industry.
Posted June 4th, 2013

Options News Rundown 6-3-13: VIX Skyrockets on Wild Trading Day

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, June 3, 2013.
Posted June 3rd, 2013

Volatility Views 92: Zero Sum Game?

Volatility Views 92: Zero Sum Game? Volatility Viewpoint: We shake it up a bit and discuss the biggest news of the week first, namely the New York Times article, "Growth in Options Trading Helps Brokers but not Small Investors." The Crystal Ball: We...
Posted June 3rd, 2013

Options News Rundown 5-31-13: CME Treasury Futures Hit Record Volume

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, May 31, 2013.
Posted June 1st, 2013

Option Block 247: The Confidence Trade

Option Block 247: The Confidence Trade Trading Block: The rally continues with interest rates and bonds hot. Looking forward to the 10-year VIX from the CME. Tesla breaks 100. Will the hype never end? Ford breaks $16. Odd Block: Collars closes in...
Posted May 31st, 2013

Options News Rundown 5-30-13: Fewer Regulators is Best Says Folcker

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, May 30, 2013.
Posted May 30th, 2013

The Long & Short of Futures Options 11: Goldilocks and the Ags

The Long & Short of Futures Options 11: Goldilocks and the Ags Mark is joined by Tim Andriesen and Jeff Lewandowski to talk about the seasonality of agriculture products. What to Know:  Weather implications impacting the planting...
Posted May 29th, 2013

2013 OIC Conference Coverage: What Is Trending In Retail

Thought we were finished with OIC 2013? Not even close.  Our coverage continues with: What’s Trending in Retail? Christopher Larkin, ModeratorTodd Lard, Charles Schwab & Co.Brian Overby, TradeKingGary Sjostedt, TD AmeritradeFrancisco...
Posted May 29th, 2013

Options News Rundown 5-29-13: VIX Predicts an Easy Summer

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, May 29, 2013.
Posted May 29th, 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 News Rundown 5-28-13: US Listed Options Market Under Attack

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, May 28, 2013.
Posted May 28th, 2013

Option Block 246: Jump on the Boat with the 10-Year Note

Option Block 246: Jump on the Boat with the 10-Year Note Trading Block: CBOE/CME launches a new 10-year treasury VIX. It is the first volatility index based on U.S. government debt to be calculated and disseminated by CBOE. CBOE stock hits $40 on its...
Posted May 24th, 2013

Options News Rundown 5-24-13: CBOE to Expand VIX Trading Hours

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, May 24, 2013.
Posted May 24th, 2013

Options Insider Radio: Flexing Trading Muscles with Flextrade

Options Insider Radio: Flexing Trading Muscles with Flextrade   Recorded at OIC 2013, Mark is joined by Rob Brogan, Vice President of Equity Derivative Sales at Flextrade. They discuss: The genesis of Flextrade and what it offers...
Posted May 24th, 2013

Options News Rundown 5-23-13: US Stocks Join Global Slide

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, May 23, 2013.
Posted May 23rd, 2013

Options Insider Radio: LiveVol Live at OIC

Options Insider Radio: LiveVol Live at OIC Mark is joined by Catherine Clay, Chief Strategy Officer of LiveVol They discuss: LiveVol X, including alpha testing, features, and audience The many aspects of LiveVol, including a new RIA platform The...
Posted May 23rd, 2013

Options News Rundown 5-22-13: VIX Jumps Again Despite Record Highs

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, May 22, 2013.
Posted May 22nd, 2013

2013 OIC Conference Coverage: SEC Address

2013 OIC Conference Coverage: SEC Address   The Options Insider’s audio coverage of the 2013 OIC Conference continues with  the SEC Address delivered by Heather Seidel, Securities & Exchange Commission  
Posted May 21st, 2013

Option Block 245: Golden Tickets & Oompa Loompas

Option Block 245: Golden Tickets & Oompa Loompas Trading Block: It was an unchanged day on the street with stocks hovering around record highs. Does this rally have legs, or are we poised for a collapse? There was a weird dip in SPX on Friday...
Posted May 21st, 2013

Options News Rundown 5-21-13: Facebook Volatility Falls into the Basement

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
Posted May 21st, 2013

Volatility Views 91: Historical Lows

Volatility Views 91: Historical Lows Volatility Review: Realized volatility plummeted. NASDAQ sits at 12.06 and S&P is even lower at 10.01. Don and Mark Sebastian called it. Listener Mail: We answer listener questions. Question from Jackson...
Posted May 20th, 2013

Options News Rundown 5-20-13: Wall Street's May Rally Keeps Ticking

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, May 20, 2013.
Posted May 20th, 2013

Option Block 244: Car Talk

Option Block 244: Car Talk Trading Block: It was down day on the markets. A lot of political news came out of Syria late in the day. Could Tesla be Apple 2.0? Xpress Block: Alex talks about the OX feature "Trading Patterns," which lets you look at...
Posted May 17th, 2013

Options News Rundown 5-17-13: Economic Reports Give VIX a Boost

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, May 17, 2013.
Posted May 17th, 2013

Options News Rundown 5-16-13: CFTC Set to Retreat on Derivatives

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, May 16, 2013.
Posted May 16th, 2013

Options News Rundown 5-15-13: The Ten-Second Rule

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
Posted May 15th, 2013

Options News Rundown 5-14-13: CBOE Wins Supreme Court Ruling

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, May 14, 2013.
Posted May 14th, 2013

Option Block 243: The Viceroy Trade

Option Block 243: The Viceroy Trade Trading Block: Another unchanged day. Netflix up due in part to the return of Arrested Development. Take Two earnings after the bell. Zynga gets a big pop in the day. First live day of jumbo SPX on Friday.  ISE...
Posted May 14th, 2013

Options Insider Radio: BOX Enters Jumbo SPY Fray

Options Insider Radio: BOX Enters Jumbo SPY FrayIn this episode, Mark is joined by Ed Boyle, Senior Vice President of Strategy at BOX.They discuss: Jumbo SPY contract Mini options The risks of exclusively listed products Weekly options And more...
Posted May 13th, 2013

Options News Rundown 5-13-13: Happy Anniversary Black-Scholes!

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, May 13, 2013.
Posted May 13th, 2013

Volatility Views 90: Sell or Sell Not, There is no Buy

Volatility Views 90: Sell or Sell Not, There is no Buy. Volatility Review: The dollar hit a historic level with the Yen last week, and this has had an effect on the currencies Vol. The inversion of realized volatility, where it's higher than VIX,...
Posted May 13th, 2013

Options News Rundown 5-10-13: Off-Exchange Trading Drops in April

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, May 10, 2013.
Posted May 10th, 2013

Option Block 242: Dollar vs Yen - The Eternal Battle

Option Block 242: Dollar vs. Yen - The Eternal Battle INTERVIEW BLOCK: Today's guest is: Kevin Davitt, futures broker at RCM. He comes to the Option Block today to discuss Ags, commodities and metals. As well as the record set by the dollar and the...
Posted May 10th, 2013

Options News Rundown 5-9-13: HFT Helps Stabilize Market

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, May 9, 2013.
Posted May 9th, 2013

Options Insider Radio: BATS, Moving Forward

Options Insider Radio: BATS, Moving Forward In this episode, Mark and co-host Dan Passarelli talk to Jeromee Johnson, Head of BATS Options. They discuss:     Past news headlines about BATS, good and bad.     The tech...
Posted May 8th, 2013

Options News Rundown 5-8-13: Day of the Deregulators

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, May 8, 2013.
Posted May 8th, 2013

2013 OIC Conference Coverage: The Options Exchange Leaders Panel

The Options Insider's Coverage of the 2013 OIC Conference continues with The Options Exchange Leaders Panel. Moderated by Paul Jiganti of TD Ameritrade Featuring: Shelly Brown, MIAX Options Exchange Steve Crutchfield, NYSE Euronext Jeromee Johnson,...
Posted May 7th, 2013

Options Insider Radio: The Acquisition of NYSE

Options Insider Radio: The Acquisition of NYSE In this episode, Mark talks to Steve Crutchfield, Head of Options at NYSE Euronext They discuss:     The status of the merger with ICE.     The future of options and...
Posted May 7th, 2013

Options News Rundown 5-7-13: BOX Gets OK to Trade Jumbo Options

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, May 7, 2013.
Posted May 7th, 2013

Option Block 241: "Legalized Front-Running"

Option Block 241: "Legalized Front-Running" Trading Block: The market trading much more modestly than recent rallies. ZNGA leaning on Farmville 2 - slashing 5% of workforce. Apple rallies up 11 handles, after they announced buybacks. VIX Cash well...
Posted May 7th, 2013

2013 OIC Conference Coverage: The Buy-Side Wish List

The Options Insider's Coverage of the 2013 OIC Conference continues with The Buy-Side Wish List. Moderated by Steve Sears, columnist for Barron's Featuring: Will Bartlett, Parallax Volatility Advisers, LLC Ken Kwalik, Goldman Sachs Options Advisory...
Posted May 6th, 2013

Options Insider Radio: ISE's New Exchange

Options Insider Radio: ISE's New Exchange In this episode, Mark talks to Gary Katz, CEO of the International Securities Exchange. They discuss:     The details about ISE's new exchange "Gemini".     The ongoing debate...
Posted May 6th, 2013

Options News Rundown 5-6-13: Profiting From Apple's Buybacks

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, May 6, 2013.
Posted May 6th, 2013

Volatility Views 89: Moving in Lockstep

Volatility Views 89: Moving in Lockstep Volatility Review: Market up 1% after some surprise news from the non-farms report -- better than expected. We had a unique week where the market was up and VIX was up as well, for 4 days in a...
Posted May 6th, 2013

2013 OIC Conference Coverage: The State of the Listed Options Industry

The Options Insider's Coverage of the 2013 OIC Conference continues with The State of the Listed Options Industry presented by Andy Nybo of the TABB Group
Posted May 3rd, 2013

Option Block 240: Questions Linger After CBOE Shutdown

Option Block 240: Questions Linger After CBOE Shutdown TRADING BLOCK: The yo-yo markets continue - down 1%, up 1%. Facebook misses but still feels the love. LinkedIn down after hours. Earnings...Earnings...Earnings! ODD...
Posted May 3rd, 2013

Options News Rundown 5-3-13: VIX Pointing to a Fall

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, May 3, 2013.
Posted May 3rd, 2013

Options News Rundown 5-2-13: CBOE Futures Trade Record Highs in April

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, May 2, 2013.
Posted May 2nd, 2013

Options News Rundown 5-1-13: Facebook Implied Vol Falls Again

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
Posted May 1st, 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

AdvisorOption5.mp3

The Advisors Option 5: Asset Allocation Tricks of the Trade: The myth/lie of asset allocation. It used to be 20 different underlyings to be fully diversified. Now with increasing correlation, it is closer to 40. Debunking asset allocation as a method...
Posted April 30th, 2013

Options News Rundown 4-30-13: CBOE Confident They've Fixed the Bug

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
Posted April 30th, 2013

Option Block 239: Rally Ho!

Option Block 239: Rally Ho! Interview Block: Today's guest is Erik Long from Quant Trade, a CTA who primarily day trades futures. His method of looking at the markets can be associated with any time frame and he has some interesting insight for our...
Posted April 30th, 2013

Options Insider Radio: CBOE Tech Troubles

Options Insider Radio: CBOE Tech TroublesIn this episode, Mark talks to Ed Provost, Executive VP & Chief Business Development Officer at CBOE.They discuss:     The technology problem CBOE experienced last week.    ...
Posted April 29th, 2013

2013 OIC Conference Coverage: Exchange & Committee Updates, Part 2

2013 OIC Conference Coverage: Exchange & Committee Updates, Part 2The Options Insider's coverage of the 2013 OIC Conference continues with the Exchange & Committee Updates.Exchange and Committee UpdatesJoe Bracco, BATS Exchange, Inc.Patty...
Posted April 29th, 2013

Options News Rundown 4-29-13: The Options Industry Fights Back!

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, April 29, 2013.
Posted April 29th, 2013

Volatility Views 88: Reestablishing the Norm

Volatility Views 88: Reestablishing the Norm Volatility Review: Vol has spiked in the last week, going nearly as high as during the Italian elections. CBOE computers go down. How does the inability to trade VIX affect the overall markets? Listener...
Posted April 29th, 2013

2013 OIC Conference: Exchange & Committee Updates, Part 1

The Options Insider's coverage of the 2013 OIC Conference begins with the Exchange & Committee Updates.Presenters were:Joe Bracco, BATS Exchange, Inc.Patty Schuler, BOX Options ExchangeDavid Gray, Chicago Board Options Exchange/C2Geralyn Endo,...
Posted April 29th, 2013

Option Block 238: Markets Have a Headache

Option Block 238: Markets Have a Headache   Trading Block: Weekly expiration this Friday. Exxon sells off after a disappointing earnings announcement. CBOE was down for most of the day, causing a lot of headaches. Bundesbank came out and rejected...
Posted April 26th, 2013

Options News Rundown 4-26-13: Battling For Biofuel Credits

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, April 26, 2013.
Posted April 26th, 2013

Options News Rundown 4-25-13: High-Speed Trading Fueled Twitter Flash-Crash

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, April 25, 2013.
Posted April 25th, 2013

Options News Rundown 4-24-13: VIX Continues It's Retreat

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
Posted April 24th, 2013

Option Block 237: Buy Juice, Be Happy

Option Block 237: Buy Juice, Be Happy Trading Block: VIX cash turns to the dark side. CAT earnings were not overwhelming. Netflix earnings have yet to come out, but there’s a lot of love for the "widow maker." Microsoft is also feeling a lot of...
Posted April 23rd, 2013

Options News Rundown 4-23-13: Yuan Options Market Volumes Increase

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
Posted April 23rd, 2013

Volatility Views 87: It All Comes Down to Timing

Volatility Views 87: It All Comes Down to Timing Volatility Review: The VIX shot up at the beginning of the week, but was selling off by the end of the week. There was a broad vol story happening this week, particularly in the commodities with gold...
Posted April 22nd, 2013

Options News Rundown 4-22-13: Bracing For Increased Apple Volatility

Your options news rundown for Monday, April 22, 2013.
Posted April 22nd, 2013

Option Block 236: Riding the Earnings Rollercoaster

Option Block 236: Riding the Earnings Rollercoaster Trading Block: The market was down big time. Again. Earnings-palooza after the close with CMG, GOOG, MSFT, and IBM reporting. Odd Block: Puts trade in Bally Technologies Inc. (BYI), put spreads trade...
Posted April 19th, 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 News Rundown 4-19-13: Hedges Pile On Aussie Dollar

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, April 19, 2013.
Posted April 19th, 2013

Options News Rundown 4-18-13: Derivatives Fuel Wild Gold Swings

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, April 18, 2013.
Posted April 18th, 2013

Options News Rundown 4-17-13: The Low Risk Options Strategy

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
Posted April 17th, 2013

Options News Rundown 4-16-13: VIX Surges Following Explosions in Boston

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
Posted April 16th, 2013

Option Block 235: The Difference Between Risk Management & Market Timing

Option Block 235: The Difference Between Risk Management & Market Timing Trading Block: An aggressive selloff wipes out most gains on the street today. Precious metals take a bath on the news that China development is slowing down. Gold down 9%....
Posted April 16th, 2013

Volatility Views: The Value of Gamma

Volatility Views: The Value of Gamma Volatility Review: Gold vol is getting crushed and is off about 4%, with similar action happening in silver.  Money is leaving gold and entering bonds and stocks. The Bernanke straddle is in full effect as...
Posted April 15th, 2013

Options News Rundown 4-15-13: New Order Type From Nasdaq OMX

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, April 15, 2013.
Posted April 15th, 2013

Option Block 234: Debunking the Expiration Graph Myth

Option Block 234: Debunking the Expiration Graph Myth Trading Block: Ford was off to the races again, in a very mixed market.  Vol was mixed as well. Money is coming out of Asia into the U.S. market. Microsoft was down in a big way. Odd Block:...
Posted April 12th, 2013

Options News Rundown 4-12-13: ISE "Gemini" Set to Lauch This Quarter

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, April 12, 2013.
Posted April 12th, 2013

Options News Rundown 4-11-13: Faster Than The Speed of Light

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, April 11, 2013.
Posted April 11th, 2013

Options News Rundown 4-10-13: Dark Pool Limits

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, April 10, 2013.
Posted April 10th, 2013

Option Block 233: Trickle Down SPX

Option Block 233: Trickle Down SPX Trading Block: The market is gaining back some ground after a skittish week. Here we go again with Alcoa earnings after the bell. Uncle Mike updates us on Ford, GLD, SLV and Apple. Is there any love for Facebook at...
Posted April 9th, 2013

Advisors Option: Tales from the Front

Advisors Option: Tales from the Front Mark, Mike, and Randy are joined by Alan Grigoletto and Eric Cott from the Options Industry Council. Tricks of the Trade: OIC has issued a new white paper, “Tales from the Front,” that looks at the use...
Posted April 9th, 2013

Options News Rundown 4-9-13: CBOE Options Hub Launches

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, April 9, 2013.
Posted April 9th, 2013

Options News Rundown 4-8-13: A Gold Hot Potato

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, April 8, 2013.
Posted April 8th, 2013

Option Block 232: Crushing Inflation

Option Block 232:  Crushing Inflation   Trading Block: Facebook goes after Google. Bank of Japan moving a lot today. S&P opened lower than gold for the first time since the flash crash. How high can the interest rate go? Odd Block: Big...
Posted April 5th, 2013

Options News Rundown 4-5-13: New Price Targets for CBOE Holdings

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, April 5, 2013.
Posted April 5th, 2013

Options News Rundown 4-4-13: Inside the Mind of a Hedge Fund Trader

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, April 4, 2013.
Posted April 4th, 2013

Options News Rundown 4-3-13: Booming March Auto Sales

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
Posted April 3rd, 2013

Option Block 231: April Fool Joke from Tesla?

Option Block 231: April Fool Joke from Tesla? Interview Block: RCM’s Matt Bradbard talks about interest rates. When might they reverse course and head upwards? What is the Eurodollar? Trading Block: We actually saw a rise in VIX today. Tesla was...
Posted April 2nd, 2013

Options News Rundown 4-2-13: Minis, Best Used Responsibly

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, April 2, 2013.
Posted April 2nd, 2013

Options News Rundown 4-1-13: Daily Contract Volume Down in March

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, April 1, 2013.
Posted April 2nd, 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 News Rundown 3-29-13: CME & NASDAQ to Launch High-Speed Network

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, March 29, 2013.
Posted March 29th, 2013

Options News Rundown 3-28-13: A Tale of Two Volatility Indexes

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, March 28, 2013.
Posted March 28th, 2013

The Long & Short of Futures Options 10: Forex Options

Today’s guests are Craig Leveille, Executive Director, FX Products, and Jeff Lewandowski, CTA, Foremost Trading.   What to Know: What you should know about CME’s FX Products --Who is the typical customer of CME Group's FX...
Posted March 27th, 2013

Options Insider Radio 118: Interview with Don Montanaro, CEO of TradeKing

Options Insider Radio 118: Interview with Don Montanaro, CEO of TradeKing When Mark was at the FIA Conference in Boca, he laid claim to his favorite croquet courtside recording spot where he caught up with Don Montanaro, CEO of TradeKing....
Posted March 27th, 2013

Options News Rundown 3-27-13: RIM Earnings Fireworks

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, March 27, 2013.
Posted March 27th, 2013

Option Block 230: The Psychology of Options Trading

Option Block 230: The Psychology of Options Trading Interview Block: Today's guest is Benjamin Lee, founder of Think|Trade|Think. He talks about the psychology of trading, and gives us a preview of his upcoming RCM webinar. Trading Block: There was a...
Posted March 26th, 2013

Options News Rundown 3-26-13: Bids to Buyout Dell

Your daily otions news rundown for Tuesday, March 26, 2013.
Posted March 26th, 2013

Volatility Views 85: Responding to Great Listener Questions

Volatility Views 85:  Responding to Great Listener Questions Volatility Review: It is somewhat surprising to see how little the recent European crisis has impacted the VIX. Perhaps the market over-reacted to the news in Cypress. NASDAQ 21-day...
Posted March 25th, 2013

Options News Rundown 3-25-13: Possible Changes to Taxation of Derivatives

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, March 25, 2013.
Posted March 25th, 2013

Options News Rundown 3-22-13: The Supreme Myth of Options Risk Debunked

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, March 22, 2013.
Posted March 22nd, 2013

Option Block 229: The Death Hedge

Option Block 229: The Death Hedge Trading Block: Most indexes closed down by the end of the day. Juice comes back into the VIX. Cypress: is it the new Greece? GLD, SLV and other metals up on the day. Lululemon recalls "see-through" yoga pants. Odd...
Posted March 22nd, 2013

Options News Rundown 3-21-13: The Reality of High Frequency Trading

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, March 21, 2013.
Posted March 21st, 2013

Options News Rundown 3-20-13: Hunting the JP Morgan Whale

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
Posted March 20th, 2013

Option Block 228: Mini Mania

Option Block 228: Mini Mania Interview Block: Today's Guest: Kevin Davitt, Global Execution & Futures Broker at RCM. RCM will be hosting a webinar this Thursday night. Trading Block: There was a bit of a selloff in the market due to news coming...
Posted March 19th, 2013

Options News Rundown 3-19-13: VIX Spikes on Cypress Fear

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Posted March 19th, 2013

Volatility Views 84: May You Live in Interesting Times

Volatility Views 84: May You Live in Interesting Times Volatility Review: We are back after a short break last weekend. Most major indexes have reached near-record lows highs.  As a consequence, because of the inverse relationship, volatilities...
Posted March 18th, 2013

Options News Rundown 3-18-13: Introducing Mini Options

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, March 18, 2013.
Posted March 18th, 2013

Options News Rundown 3-15-13: Bearish Bets on Walgreens

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, March 15, 2013.
Posted March 15th, 2013

Option Block 227: When Options Make an $800,000,000 Profit

Option Block 227: When Options Make an $800,000,000 Profit Trading Block: The S&P's are right up against their all-time highs. Citadel exited their E-Trade position, which is down 75% from when they bought it, and still turned an $800M profit with...
Posted March 15th, 2013

Options News Rundown 3-14-13: Asia is the Future for Derivatives Growth

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, March 14, 2013.
Posted March 14th, 2013

Options News Rundown 3-13-13: Lowest VIX Close in 6 Years

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
Posted March 13th, 2013

Option Block 226: Up, Up and Away

Option Block 226: Up, Up and Away Interview Block: Today's guest is Joe Garcia-Rios, Founder of Rios Quantitative & President and Chief Portfolio Manager of Advanz Analytics Group. Trading Block: There is no sign of the end to the rally. VIX has...
Posted March 12th, 2013

Options News Rundown 3-12-13: Let The Punishment Fit The Crime

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
Posted March 12th, 2013

Options News Rundown 3-11-13: CBOE and NYSE to Share Russell

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, March 11, 2013.
Posted March 11th, 2013

Options News Rundown 3-8-13: Rule 1,001 Controversy

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, March 8, 2013.
Posted March 8th, 2013

Options News Rundown 3-7-13: Citadel Securities Fires 10%

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, March 7, 2013.
Posted March 7th, 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 News Rundown 3-6-13: DOW Soars to Record High

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, March 6, 2013.
Posted March 6th, 2013

Option Block 225: Spreads with Benefits

Option Block 225: Spreads with Benefits Trading Block: The market is apparently shrugging off the Sequester with a mild rally as of mid-day. Implied and realized volatility cross, which is a very rare occurrence. Google feeling the love and broke the...
Posted March 5th, 2013

Options News Rundown 3-5-13: The More The Merrier

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, March 5, 2013.
Posted March 5th, 2013

Volatility Views 83: Check Your Levels

Volatility Views 83: Check Your Levels Volatility Review: We had quite a roller coaster week in terms of implied and realized vol. The importance of vol of vol has been showcased. Listener Mail: We have a huge mail bag today. Question from Big Ned: Is...
Posted March 4th, 2013

Options News Rundown 3-4-13: Low Vix Could Equal Higher IPO Volume

Your daily options news rundown for Monday, March 5, 2013. 
Posted March 4th, 2013

Option Block 224: No Watered Down Options Information

Option Block 224: No Watered Down Options Information Trading Block: Downward movement across the market, making a late reversal. Not a ton of movement in our favorite fruit company. VIX had a big turnaround during the day. Facebook sells off. AB...
Posted March 1st, 2013

Options News Rundown 3-1-13: Investigating Possible Insider Trading at H.J. Heinz

Your daily options news rundown for Friday, March 1, 2013.
Posted March 1st, 2013

Options News Rundown 2-28-13: A Likely VIX Short Squeeze

Your daily options news rundown for Thursday, February 28, 2013.
Posted February 28th, 2013

Options News Rundown 2-27-13: Is This The End?

Your daily options news rundown for Wednesday, February 27, 2013.
Posted February 27th, 2013

Option Block 223: Making Money for the End of the World

Option Block 223: Making Money for the End of the World Interview Block: Today's Guest: Ed Walczak, Principal Trader at Harbor Financial.  He specializes in options on the S&P futures contracts, and does everything from ratios to credit...
Posted February 26th, 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 News Rundown 2-26-13: Wooing Deutsche Boerse

Your daily options news rundown for Tuesday, February 26, 2013.
Posted February 26th, 2013

The Options News Rundown 2-22-13: Chasing Apple Cash

Your options news for Friday, February 22, 2013
Posted February 25th, 2013

Options News Rundown 2/25/13: Seizing Goldman Accounts

Your top options stories for Monday, February 25, 2013
Posted February 25th, 2013

Volatility Views 82: Scalp Gamma, Trade Vega

Volatility Views 82: Scalp Gamma, Trade Vega Volatility Review: What is going to shake up the world of volatility? We did see a small pop this week. The weekend effect. The Mail Bag: So many questions! Question from Tim Ross: I’ve heard...
Posted February 25th, 2013

Option Block 222: Bonds. Contrarian Bonds.

Option Block 222:  Bonds. Contrarian Bonds. Trading Block: The majority of the market sold off by 1%.  On the news that bonds might sell off, they rallied. Apple breaks through 450. Google hanging around the 800 level. Odd Block: A collar...
Posted February 22nd, 2013

Options Insider Radio 117: Interview with Optionshop

Options Insider Radio 117: Interview with Optionshop In this episode, Mark and Chris are joined by Michael Quattrocchi and Bob Fitzsimmons from Optionshop. They discuss: What differentiates Optionshop from other brokers The product classes they...
Posted February 20th, 2013

Advisor Option: Volatility

Advisor Option: Volatility   Options 101: Volatility What is Vega? Implied vs. realized volatility. What is the impact of low vs. high volatility environment on options trading? Correlation and becoming fully diversified by adding a volatility...
Posted February 20th, 2013

Volatility Views 81: Capturing Volatility Premium

Volatility Views 81: Capturing Volatility Premium Volatility Review: It’s about as blah as it can be with very little happening in the world of volatility. It’s not to say we told you so. If there is any edge, it’s in March VIX...
Posted February 19th, 2013

Option Block 221: Suspiciously Well-Timed Call Buying

Option Block 221: Suspiciously Well-Timed Call Buying Trading Block: The market was mixed today, with the VIX cash off slightly. GM profits down from 2011, stock down 3%. Jobless claims decrease last week. Zynga flirts with $4 before retreating back...
Posted February 15th, 2013

Options Insider Radio 116: Interview with Michael Mollet from CFE

Options Insider Radio 116: Interview with Michael Mollet from CFE In this episode, Mark and Chris are joined by Michael Mollet, Managing Director of Business Development at CBOE Futures Exchange (CFE). They discuss: An overview of CFE, including the...
Posted February 14th, 2013

The Long and Short of Futures Options 9: Interest Rates

The Long and Short of Futures Options 9: Interest Rates In this episode, Mark is joined by Pete Barker, Executive Director of Interest Rate Products, and Dave Reif, Senior Director of Interest Rate Products at CME Group, as well we Jeff Lewandowski,...
Posted February 13th, 2013

Options Insider Radio 115: Interview with Ron Piccinini from PrairieSmarts

Options Insider Radio 115: Interview with Ron Piccinini from PrairieSmarts In this episode, Mark and Chris talk with PrairieSmarts’ co-founder and Managing Partner, Ron Piccinini. They discuss: An overview of PrairieSmarts, and how it breaks...
Posted February 13th, 2013

Option Block 220: Who Needs Annuities When You Can Sell Puts on GOOG?

Option Block 220: Who Needs Annuities When You Can Sell Puts on GOOG? Interview Block: Today's guest is Doug Berman, Vice President of Agriculture Derivatives, RCM Asset Management. He talks about Why this is an extremely exciting time in the corn...
Posted February 12th, 2013

Volatility Views 80: The Listeners Take Over

Volatility Views 80: The Listeners Take Over Volatility Review: NASDAQ realized vol hits 11.33, a continued downtrend not only in NASDAQ, but also S&P vol. The Russell is garnering premium over everything else.  Listener Mail: Our listeners...
Posted February 11th, 2013

Option Block 219: Trading Options to Infinity and Beyond

Option Block 219: Trading Options to Infinity and Beyond Trading Block: Zynga blows the doors off the market - the 2.5 puts were the sale of the century. Disney reported earlier this week, and is selling well. Activision gets a little bit of a bump to...
Posted February 8th, 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 Insider Radio 114: Interview with Paul Finnegan

Options Insider Radio 114: Interview with Paul Finnegan In this episode, Mark and Chris are joined by Paul Finnegan, CEO of LiveVol. The group discusses: Paul’s transition from the exchange space to the vendor space What is LiveVol, and what...
Posted February 6th, 2013

Option Block 218: Do Not Pay for Juice

Option Block 218: Do Not Pay for Juice Trading Block: Selloff keeps some life in the VIX cash. Profit taking, and rumbles out of Spain, weigh on the market. Facebook down 5%. Apple down 2%. Odd Block: Puts trade in Dell Inc. (DELL), a massive 1x2 Call...
Posted February 5th, 2013

Volatility Views 79: Derivatives Strategy Consulting

Volatility Views 79: Derivatives Strategy Consulting Volatility Review: Premium coming out post non-farm payrolls. How long can volatility stay this low?  Will VIX have an 11-handle by next week? Volatility Viewpoint: Today's guest is Mark...
Posted February 4th, 2013

Option Block 217: Now What Are We Going to Watch?

Option Block 217: Now What Are We Going to Watch? Trading Block: Most of the major indexes closed fractionally down, weighed down by some less-than-stellar earnings. There was a bit of interesting activity in Facebook. RIMM, now known as BlackBerry,...
Posted February 1st, 2013

Option Block 216: Embracing Degeneracy

Option Block 216: Embracing Degeneracy Trading Block: Most indexes closed fractionally up or down on the day. Vol continues to stay at record lows. Action in Ford and Facebook so far this week. Odd Block: Puts trade in Western Union Co. (WU), a block...
Posted January 29th, 2013

Volatility Views 78: Making Money in Spite of Yourself

Volatility Views 78: Making Money in Spite of Yourself Volatility Review: Apple set fire to their earnings estimates, and then plunged to murky depths. NASDAQ vol. Implied vols, as measured by VIX, are currently at the same level as 21-day realized...
Posted January 28th, 2013

Option Block 215: Apple and More Apple

Option Block 215: Apple and More Apple Trading Block: There was a pronounced selloff in Apple following earnings. The interesting news is that almost everything was up today, except Apple. Odd Block: Unusual activity in CBOE, Infinera Corp. (INFN),...
Posted January 25th, 2013

Volatility Views 77: Volatility from a Wealth Advisor Perspective

Volatility Views 77: Volatility from a Wealth Advisor’s Perspective Volatility Review:  Bob Krause pinch hits for Don in this episode. Volatility has recently jumped in corn and interest rates, but is still at very low levels when compared...
Posted January 23rd, 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...
Posted January 23rd, 2013

Option Block 214: Apple Moves and Hysteria Ensues

Option Block 214:  Apple Moves and Hysteria Ensues Trading Block: The markets actually moved today! Apple breaks down below the 500 level. Oil continues to rally. Citi and BoA are both taking it on the chin following earnings.  Odd Block:...
Posted January 18th, 2013

Options Insider Radio 113: Lightspeed Financial

Options Insider Radio 113: Lightspeed Financial Mark and Chris are joined by Steve Ehrlich, CEO of Lightspeed Financial. They discuss The differentiators of Lightspeed’s trading platform They key to fast, accurate market data Portfolio...
Posted January 16th, 2013

Option Block 213: Waxing Nostalgic about Floor Days

Option Block 213: Waxing Nostalgic about Floor Days Trading Block: Apple hits 11-month low and is hovering around $500 strike off news of decreasing iPhone demand. Apple selloff put some vol back into the market. Good earnings -- despite the Apple...
Posted January 15th, 2013

Volatility Views 76: Commodity Futures and Volatility

Volatility Views 76: Commodity Futures and Volatility Volatility Views: Not much happening from a volatility perspective. NASDAQ vol review. VIX review. Volatility Viewpoint: Today's guest is Rob Heineman, a commodities broker at the Chicago Board of...
Posted January 14th, 2013

Option Block 212: Sweep the Leg, Johnny

Option Block 212: Sweep the Leg, Johnny Trading Block: There was a broad rally across the street, but VIX cash languishing yet again. Alcoa earnings send out a resounding "meh," with the stock essentially unchanged. It’s a premium sellers dream....
Posted January 14th, 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

Option Block 211: VIX Apocalypse Redux

Option Block 211:  VIX Apocalypse Redux Trading Block: There was a mild selloff after a crazy week of post-cliff rallies. CBOE marketing reports "Biggest weekly decline in the history of the VIX." Consumer electronic tech show may add vol to the...
Posted January 8th, 2013

Volatility Views 75: New Year, New Questions

Volatility Views 75: New Year, New Questions  Volatility Review: Happy 2013 to all our Volatility Views listeners! The market rallied across the board and then sold off after a deal was finally struck in Washington. S&P vol review. Mail Bag:...
Posted January 7th, 2013

Option Block 210: New Year, No Volatility

Option Block 210: New Year, No Volatility Trading Block: It’s the first episode of 2013! The world hasn't ended, since the heroes in Congress once again settled on a deal. Volatility update. Odd Block: Takeover talks spur call trading in Zipcar...
Posted January 4th, 2013

Advisors Option: Spreads

Advisors Option: Spreads Options 101:Spreads. What is a spread? Vertical spreads? How do you add spreads to your portfolio? How do spreads affected by the Greeks? Mail Bag: Our hosts answer listener questions. Question from Tony - Glendale, AZ: Thank...
Posted January 3rd, 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...
Posted December 28th, 2012

Option Block 209: 2012 Year in Review

Option Block 209: 2012 Year in Review   2012 Year in Review Block: A lot of whip-saw action in the market today, given the uncertainty in Washington. ETPs have added substantial end-of-day volatility. Scandal in the retail market, specifically...
Posted December 28th, 2012

Volatility Views 74: Digging Deep into the Listener Mailbag

Volatility Views 74: Digging Deep into the Listener Mailbag Volatility Review: Most indices down 1% fueled by rumors out of Washington about a collapse in the deal over the impending "fiscal cliff." Listener Mail: So many questions for us to...
Posted December 24th, 2012

Option Block 208: Options Fuel the Exchange War

Option Block 208: Options Fuel the Exchange War Trading Block: News is circulating of a potentially sizable acquisition/merger of ICE and NYSE Euronext, which includes ARCA and AMEX. The market was fractionally up on the day. Jan vol futures are still...
Posted December 21st, 2012

Option Block 207: Ratio Combos and Weekly Premium

Option Block 207: Ratio Combos and Weekly Premium Trading Block: We saw a broad rally across the market as rumors of a deal to avert the fiscal cliff are spreading. There was also a mild VIX selloff today. Mark put on my first taste of Apple last week...
Posted December 18th, 2012

Volatility Views 73: Once More unto the Black Swan Breach

Volatility Views 73: Once More unto the Black Swan Breach Volatility Review: NASDAQ vol hits 13.08. Apple, despite its tremendous movement, is having little effect on NASDAQ volatility. S&P realized vol versus implied vol. Listener Mail: Back to...
Posted December 17th, 2012

Option Block 206: The Secret World of Open Interest

Option Block 206: The Secret World of Open Interest Trading Block: It was a bloody day on the market; screens were nothing but a sea of red. Apple is now creating its own vol excitement, this time in the 500's. Is Tosaw a degenerate weekly premium...
Posted December 14th, 2012

Advisors Option: Collar Strategies

Advisors Option: Collar Strategies Join your co-hosts Mark Longo, founder of the Options Insider, Randy Swan, co-founder of Swan Wealth Advisors, and Mike Cavanaugh from Know Your Options, Inc., as they help advisors navigate their way through the...
Posted December 14th, 2012

Options Insider Radio 112: Interview with Gary Katz

Options Insider Radio 112: Interview with Gary Katz In this episode, Mark and Chris are joined by Gary Katz, CEO of ISE. They discuss: Mini options ready to launch in March Why can’t we trade it now? Market share, both for November and...
Posted December 12th, 2012

Option Block 205: The Great Collar Debate

Option Block 205: The Great Collar Debate Trading Block: Most of the market was unchanged today. Vol levels in Apple have been attractively low, is Tosaw back on the short put train? GLD sees a little move to the upside. Odd Block: Unusual activity...
Posted December 11th, 2012

Volatility Views 72: Closing the Book on Black Swans

Volatility Views 72: Closing the Book on Black Swans Volatility Review: It was a very slow week in volatility, with the VIX sticking close to 16. Near-term VIX futures were trading at 0.50 below the cash contract at one point this week.  ...
Posted December 10th, 2012

Option Block 204: Juicy AAPL Puts

Option Block 204: Juicy AAPL Puts Trading Block: Market roughly unchanged on the day. Apple reversing its recent selloff on renewed Apple TV rumors. Apple & FoxConn also investing in American manufacturing and distribution. Holiday sales looking...
Posted December 7th, 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

Option Block 203: Still Talking About the Fiscal Cliff

Option Block 203: Still Talking About the Fiscal Cliff Trading Block: A bit of a selloff across most of the major indices. Apple only up slightly today. Ford trading around the 11.5-11.40 range. Odd Block: Andrew Giovinazzi gets to run through some of...
Posted December 4th, 2012

Volatility Views 71: Condor Options Takes on Black Swans

Volatility Views 71: Condor Options Takes on Black Swans Volatility Review: Near-term vol of vol has been extremely low of late. NASDAQ and S&P vol review: over the past two weeks vol has been almost unchanged. How has our frame of...
Posted December 3rd, 2012

Option Block 202: VIX: How Low Can It Go?

Option Block 202: VIX: How Low Can It Go? Trading Block: Zynga is up 4%, after filing Form 4 with the SEC. Who's going to gobble up Zynga? Today's rally due, in part, to some talks of potential settlement headed towards the fiscal cliff. VIX...
Posted November 30th, 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

Option Block 201: Traders as Quarterbacks

Option Block 201: Traders as Quarterbacks Trading Block: Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Holiday season appears to be off to a good start. Facebook pops 8% with 60% more volume than normal. Apple rallies 18 handles. Microsoft drops their...
Posted November 27th, 2012

Option Block 200: It's a Celebration

Option Block 200: It's a CelebrationCelebration Block: Let's pat ourselves on the back for lasting for 200 episodes, the most episodes of any program on our network, and probably the most episodes of any options podcast in history. We've had more...
Posted November 20th, 2012

Volatility Views 70: Stop Worrying about Black Swans

Volatility Views 70: Stop Worrying about Black Swans Volatility Review: Selloffs continue, though the VIX has not changed much. VIX review. NASDAQ vol review. Almost no change in realized vol. Volatility Viewpoint: Some interesting topics...
Posted November 19th, 2012

Options Insider Radio 110: Interview with George Ruhana, CEO of OptionsHouse

Options Insider Radio 110: Interview with George Ruhana, CEO of OptionsHouseIn this episode, Mark and Chris are joined by George Ruhana, CEO of OptionsHouse.They discuss: OptionsHouse's platform overhaul Various apps available from Options House As a...
Posted November 16th, 2012

Option Block 199: Apple Selloff and Yoga Pants

Option Block 199: Apple Selloff and Yoga PantsTrading Block: The mild selloff continues. What is happening with VIX and realized volatility post-election? VIX calls/verticals/ratios vs. SPY puts/verticals/ratios. Does VIX win?  A big Apple...
Posted November 16th, 2012

Option Block 198: Sex Scandals and Star Wars

Option Block 198: Sex Scandals and Star WarsTrading Block: All three major indices unchanged at 0. Mild vol selloff, following a mild rally after post-election selloff. CIA head forced out following a fantastically crazy scandal. Odd Block: Unusual...
Posted November 13th, 2012

Volatility Views 69: Unlocking the Secrets of the Vol Surface

Volatility Views 69: Unlocking the Secrets of the Vol SurfaceVolatility Review: The post-election selloff seems to be over for now. A bit of politics, plus a two-week rundown of S&P and NASDAQ vol.Volatility Viewpoint: Today's guest is Alberto...
Posted November 12th, 2012

Option Block 197: Driving Towards the Fiscal Cliff

Option Block 197: Driving Towards the Fiscal CliffTrading Block: Markets down following presidential election. What can we attribute this to? There is strength in inelastic demand, inflation sensitive assets like GLD, corn, soybeans and wheat. ...
Posted November 9th, 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

Option Block 196: Election Edition

Option Block 196: Election EditionTrading Block: The market took off once early polling results came in, a broad-based rally across most of the market. Vol came in after being out most of the morning.Odd Block: 30,000 contracts trade on the VIX Nov16...
Posted November 8th, 2012

Options Insider Radio 109 with Larry Arnowitz

Options Insider Radio 109 with Larry Arnowitz   Mark and Chris are joined by Larry Arnowitz, President of Atrium Trading. They discuss: What is Atrium Trading, including their commissions and client types Getting into the brokerage...
Posted November 6th, 2012

Option Block 195: Post-Hurricane Sandy Edition

Option Block 195: Post-Hurricane Sandy Edition Trading Block: The market reopens Wednesday after closing for two days due to Hurricane Sandy. Apple opens nearly unched, some long premium holders ended up alright. Vol has been coming in hard. How was...
Posted November 2nd, 2012

Volatility Views 68: The Dark Art of Futures Options

Volatility Views 68: The Dark Art of Futures OptionsVolatility Review: NASDAQ vol and how it has been affected by earnings. Implied risk premium. S&P vol.Volatility Viewpoint: Today's guest is Jeff Lewandowski from Foremost Trading. He discusses...
Posted October 29th, 2012

Option Block 194: The Great AAPL Death Knell

Option Block 194: The Great AAPL Death KnellTrading Block: The great Apple death knell? Tosaw is out! A momentous decision. Amazon and Apple earnings after the close. Facebook earnings earlier this week.  Odd Block: Volatility plays heat up on...
Posted October 26th, 2012

Option Block 193: Post-Earnings Selloff & Turnaround

Option Block 193: Post-Earnings Selloff & Turnaround Trading Block: Post-earnings selloff continues, but then we saw a dramatic turnaround late in the day. Iron flies on Microsoft post-earnings. Odd Block: Large call spread purchased on MGIC...
Posted October 23rd, 2012

VolatiltyViews67.mp3

Volatility Views 67: VolContract Futures Overlays: The Holy Grail? Volatility Review: What's going on with the VIX rallying on a slow day like today? NASDAQ rundown. This is the first time we've moved down more than 1% since June...
Posted October 23rd, 2012

Option Block 192: Earnings Palooza

Option Block 192: Earnings Palooza Trading Block:  GOOG earnings announced early, although no one is sure why.  Today is an earnings-palooza: AMD, LUV, MSFT, NOK, VZ all after the bell. Odd Block: Is McGraw-Hill Topped Out? (MHP); puts...
Posted October 19th, 2012

Option Block 191: Earnings Season Moving Into Full Swing

TRADING BLOCK Vol Rundown - Vix came in today, as expected given Vol inflation on Friday and today's rally. Nobel Prize for economics announced today - Alvin Roth won. Citi and Chipotle reporting earnings today. ODD BLOCK Calls Active as Two...
Posted October 16th, 2012

Options Boot Camp 9: Busting Options Myths

BASIC TRAINING We're going to bust many of the myth and misconceptions the permeate through the options market, particularly to those new to retail options. 1. Somewhere between 75-80% (or even more) of options expire worthless every month, therefore...
Posted October 16th, 2012

Volatility Views 66: A Week without Volatility

Volatility Views 66: A Week without VolatilityVolatility Review: The week in vol that never happened. Yes, it was a very quiet week. NASDAQ and S&P both dropped off severely since the last week.Listener Mail: Our listeners drive the bus for a...
Posted October 15th, 2012

Option Block 190: Getting Out of AAPL

Option Block 190: Getting Out of AAPLTrading Block: Another 0.0% move for the S&P today. Zynga was crushed again this week, and closing today at $2.43 as it takes a massive write-down on the OMG Pop acquisition. It also manages to bring Facebook...
Posted October 12th, 2012

Options for Managing Risk and Yield In a Low Interest-rate Environment

Options for Managing Risk and Yield In a Low Interest-rate Environment Three financial experts discussed 'Options for Managing Risk and Yield in a Low Interest-rate Environment' at a panel discussion held on October 2nd. The meeting was jointly...
Posted October 9th, 2012

Option Block 189: Iron Condors and Big Trends

Option Block 189: Iron Condors and Big Trends Trading Block: Apple down about 2.5%. When might we see the minis? Groupon finally goes to the plus side. Is it time to abandon ship? Non-farms better than expected. Odd Block: Huge three-way put spread...
Posted October 9th, 2012

Volatility Views 65: Contango Tango

Volatility Views 65: Contango Tango   Volatility Review: The VIX is back at 14. We're definitely in a lower volatility environment. The May futures are currently trading around 24, which is almost three times current S&P realized volatility....
Posted October 8th, 2012

Option Block 188: Diversify. Diversify. Diversify

Option Block 188: Diversify. Diversify. Diversify   Trading Block: The market's reaction to Wednesday night's Presidential debate. Review from the Morning Star conference. (Spoiler: Options exposure and education is still significantly lacking.)...
Posted October 5th, 2012

Options Insider Radio Featuring Tony McCormick

Options Insider Radio Featuring Tony McCormickJoin your hosts, Mark Longo and Chris Nagy, as they discuss the world of options with Tony McCormick, the CEO of BOX Options Exchange.They discussed: Mark's hosting of the Exchange Leader's panel at FIA...
Posted October 3rd, 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

Option Block 187: It?s That Time of the Month

Option Block 187:  It’s That Time of the Month Trading Block: VIX cash getting some weekend love back. Monthly volume numbers are in, and according to ISE, dividend trades made up 8.8% of industry volume in September 2012. Apple closing...
Posted October 2nd, 2012

Volatility Views 64: Missing the Fat, Juicy Puts of Yore

Volatility Views 64:  Missing the Fat, Juicy Puts of YoreVolatility Review:  Looking back at a four-day time horizon.  At this point, most of the indices are unchanged on the day. Don starts us off reporting that we saw actual movement...
Posted October 1st, 2012

Option Block 186: RIMM Time Spreads and SPY Dividends

Option Block 186: RIMM Time Spreads and SPY Dividends   Trading Block: A broad rally, thanks to Spain's spending cuts. RIMM earnings after the bell. It closed today at $7.14. Mark ponders the weekly/Oct 6-7-8 iron fly. Jobless claims hit a...
Posted September 28th, 2012

FIA New York - Exchange Leaders Panel

FIA New York - Exchange Leaders PanelMark moderates the Exchange Leaders Panel at FIA New York.  The panelists were: Steve Crutchfield, AMEX Lisa Fall, BOX Boris Ilyevsky, ISE Jeromee Johnson, BATS Markets Ed Provost, CBOE Walt Smith, NASDAQ PHLX
Posted September 27th, 2012

Option Block 185: Dividend Trade Blowup

Option Block 185: Dividend Trade Blowup   Trading Block: VIX getting some of the weekend back courtesy of some selloff love. It's been a while since we've have a 1% down day. A big whoops with dividend trades for Merrill Lynch occurred Friday....
Posted September 25th, 2012

Volatility Views 63: The Low End of the Volatility Spectrum

Volatility Views 63: The Low End of the Volatility Spectrum Volatility Review: Vol didn't get a boost going into the weekend, but it didn't sell off either. Very dull week in NASDAQ. Listener Questions: The listeners direct the conversation. ...
Posted September 25th, 2012

Option Block 184: BNNY vs. FB vs. GRPN

Option Block 184: BNNY vs. FB vs. GRPNTrading Block: A mild selloff and a mild VIX rally, yet another 0.0% day! Groupon the only green on the screen.  At last, Grigus is rolling in dough! BNNY blows FB out of the water.Odd Block: Calls active as...
Posted September 21st, 2012

Option Block 183: Bernanke Puts

Option Block 183: Bernanke PutsTrading Block: Most of the major indices giving back some of the QE3 love, after an abnormally odd Friday. QE3: good, bad or ugly? A rundown from the options conference last week. Is Grigus still on the Groupon love...
Posted September 18th, 2012

Volatility Views 62: Bad Money Managers

Volatility Views 62: Bad Money ManagersVolatility Review: The team takes a moment to discuss the problem with buying a put versus selling the stock and going to cash. Big events to move vol this week, including Apple iPhone 5 launch.Listener Mail:...
Posted September 17th, 2012

Option Block 182: Setting Low Expectations for Employment

Option Block 182: Setting Low Expectations for EmploymentTrading block: The bulls were definitely in charged today, the market seemed to like what Big Ben had to say this week. Vol rundown, volatility has come in. What happened with Apple after their...
Posted September 14th, 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

Option Block 181: Apple Overlord

Option Block 181: Apple OverlordTrading Block: A mild down day on the Street. VIX off to the races. Positioning after the jobs number. Apple pullback ahead of Wednesday event. Intel lowers guidance and is promptly down 3%.  Odd Block: Calls...
Posted September 11th, 2012

Volatility Views 61: A Short Straddle for Cowards

Volatility Views 61: A Short Straddle for CowardsVolatility Review: Vol review from the last few weeks. Short story: vol has marched downward to near-record lows.   Volatility Viewpoint: This week, Mark and Don are joined by Dan Passarelli,...
Posted September 10th, 2012

Option Block 180: A Whimper Not A Scream

Posted September 7th, 2012

Option Block 179: Live from the new Option Pit HQ!

  TRADING BLOCK Finally a day of action after an unchanged last couple of weeks. Apple destroys Samsung in jury verdict  - $1B Verdict - Samsung won basically no judgements - Interesting that the judge disallowed a samsung media player from...
Posted August 31st, 2012

Option Block 178: Apple: Cheap Expensive Cheap Expensive

Posted August 27th, 2012

Option Block 177: Moving 0.0%, or Wait and See

Posted August 21st, 2012

Volatility Views 60: Jackass Investing: Don and t Do It. Profit From It.

Posted August 21st, 2012

Options Insider Radio 108: Who is the King of Retail

Options Insider Radio 108: Who is the King of Retail Mark sits with Christopher Nagy, former Managing Director at TD Ameritrade and now the founder of King of Retail (KOR) Trading. Mark and Chris explore the bizarre origins of that name as well as...
Posted August 20th, 2012

Option Block 176: Groupon Garbage

Posted August 17th, 2012

Option Block 175: Groupon Volatility Bonanza

Posted August 14th, 2012

Option Block 174: Doing Whatever It Takes

Posted August 10th, 2012

Advisors Option Episode 6: Luring Advisors To The Dark Side

Posted August 8th, 2012

Option Block 173: Economists Do Not Have a Clue

Posted August 7th, 2012

Best of Volatility Views: Busting Skew Myths

Posted August 7th, 2012

Option Block 172: Mini Crash Crush

Posted August 3rd, 2012

Option Block 171: Another Raucous Live Show

Posted July 31st, 2012

Option Block 170: Options for Earnings

Posted July 27th, 2012

Volatility Views 59: A Deep Dive into Variance Swaps

Posted July 26th, 2012

The Long and Short of Futures Options, Episode 7: Interest Rates and FX

The Long and Short of Futures Options, Episode 7: Interest Rates and FX In this episode, Mark is joined by Derek Sammann, Senior Managing Director of Interest Rates and FX at CME Group. What to Know: FX futures recently turned 40. What's going on the...
Posted July 25th, 2012

Option Block 169: Synthetic Puts and the Fudge Factor

Posted July 24th, 2012

Option Block 168: Scalping GOOG Time Spreads

Posted July 20th, 2012

Option Block 167: TVIX Apocalypse

Option Block 167: TVIX Apocalypse Trading Block: VIX failed to do much today. TVIX still lighting up the tape, a surprise to all of us. Some activity going on in the Facebook Aug calls and puts. Retail sales down 5% in June. JPM “Hedge...
Posted July 17th, 2012

Best of Volatility Views: Larry the Legend

Best of Volatility Views:  Larry the LegendIn this episode, Mark, Don, and Mark Sebastian are joined by Larry McMillan.Volatility Viewpoints: Larry McMillan, recent winner of The OIC's Sullivan Award, discusses how volatility derivatives have...
Posted July 16th, 2012

Option Block 166: Calendar Strangle Swap

Posted July 13th, 2012

Option Block 165: I Make Liquidity

Posted July 10th, 2012

Best of Volatility Views: The Great Skew Debate

Posted July 9th, 2012

Exclusive 2012 OIC Conference Coverage: Closing Remarks and the Passing of the Hammer

Posted July 6th, 2012

Exclusive 2012 OIC Conference Coverage: Keynote Speaker Peter Ricchiuti

Posted July 6th, 2012

Exclusive 2012 OIC Conference Coverage: The Future of Social Communication in Financial Services

Posted July 6th, 2012

Exclusive OIC 2012 Panel Audio: The Holy Grail Of The Options Market

Posted July 5th, 2012

Option Block 164: Independence Day Slowdown

Posted July 3rd, 2012

Options Insider Radio 107: Interview with Ed Provost

Posted June 29th, 2012

Option Block 163: Supreme Court Takes the Vol Out

Posted June 29th, 2012

Option Block 162: Risk Reversal Hour

Posted June 26th, 2012

Options Insider Radio 106: Interview with Tony McCormick, CEO of the Boston Options Exchange

Posted June 25th, 2012

Best of Volatility Views: Volatility Discussion with Nobel Laureate Robert Engle

Posted June 25th, 2012

Exclusive 2012 OIC Conference Coverage: Advanced Cyber Threats and Countermeasures

Exclusive 2012 OIC Conference Coverage: Advanced Cyber Threats & Countermeasures Anthony Bargar, EVP - Cyber Security Solutions, Foreground Security presents "Advanced Cyber Threats & Countermeasures - Battle Tested Strategies for the...
Posted June 22nd, 2012

Option Block 161: Now With 75% More Ranting

Posted June 22nd, 2012

Exclusive 2012 OIC Conference Coverage: Featured Presentation by John Hague

Exclusive 2012 OIC Conference Coverage: Featured Presentation by John Hague John Hague of McGladrey & Pullen LLP, discusses "Regulatory, Auditing and Accounting Changes That Affect the Financial Services Industry - A Practical Discussion"
Posted June 21st, 2012

Exclusive 2012 OIC Conference Coverage: Keynote Address by Charlie Cook

Exclusive 2012 OIC Conference Coverage: Keynote Address by Charlie Cook Charlie Cook of The Cook Political Report, delivers the first keynote address at the 2012 OIC Conference
Posted June 20th, 2012

Exclusive 2012 OIC Conference Coverage: Presentation of the Sullivan Award

Exclusive 2012 OIC Conference Coverage: Presentation of the Sullivan AwardPresentation of the 2012 Joseph W. Sullivan Award to CBOE's Edward J. Joyce
Posted June 20th, 2012

Option Block 160: Blue Horeshoe Loves Option Block

Posted June 19th, 2012

Options Bootcamp 6: Complex Spreads

Posted June 19th, 2012

Volatility Views 58: Cracking the Bond Code

Posted June 18th, 2012

Option Block 159: The 1-3.5-6 Ratio Condor Swap

Posted June 15th, 2012

Options Insider Radio 105: Interview with Gary Katz, CEO of International Securities Exchange

Posted June 14th, 2012

The Long and Short of Futures Options: Talking Volatility, Indices and ETFs

Posted June 13th, 2012

Volatility Views 57: Turning the Tables on Mark Sebastian

Posted June 12th, 2012

Option Block 158: Mini Widowmaker

Posted June 12th, 2012

Option Block 157: We Are in a Holding Pattern Until We Are Not

Posted June 8th, 2012

Options Insider Radio 104: Interview with Russ Chrusciel, Division Head of SunGard-Valdi Options

Posted June 8th, 2012

Option Block 156: Greek Tragedy

Posted June 5th, 2012

Volatility Views 56: More Listener Mail Fun

Posted June 4th, 2012

Option Block 155: The Long and Winding Road to Nowhere

Posted June 1st, 2012

Options Insider Radio 103: Joe Burgoyne, Managing Director of Retail and Institutional Marketing at OIC

Posted May 31st, 2012

Exclusive 2012 OIC Conference Coverage: Options Exchange Leaders Panel

Posted May 31st, 2012

Exclusive 2012 OIC Conference Coverage: St. Bernard Project

Posted May 29th, 2012

Exclusive 2012 OIC Conference Coverage: Welcoming Address

Posted May 29th, 2012

Volatility Views 55: Good Volatility, Bad Volatility

Posted May 29th, 2012

Option Block 154: When In Doubt, Roll It Out

Posted May 25th, 2012

Option Block 153: Facebook Faceplant

Posted May 23rd, 2012

Options Insider Special Report: Analyzing Options Coverage in the Financial Media

Posted May 21st, 2012

Volatility Views 54: Listener Mail Extravaganza, Part Two

Posted May 21st, 2012

Option Block 152: Facebook: Buy, Sell, or Wait for Options

Posted May 18th, 2012

Options Insider Radio 102: NYSE Arca Options

Posted May 17th, 2012

Options Bootcamp 5: Spread Trading

Posted May 17th, 2012

Exclusive 2012 OIC Conference Coverage: Steve Fossett Receives Pioneering Spirit Award

Posted May 16th, 2012

Options Insider Radio 101: NYSE Technologies

Posted May 16th, 2012

Exclusive OIC 2012 Panel Audio: Exhange Update Session

Posted May 15th, 2012

Option Block 151: The After-Hours Trading Debate

Posted May 15th, 2012

Volatility Views 53: An Insider View of Risk Management

Posted May 14th, 2012

Options Insider Radio 100: NYSE AMEX Options

Posted May 14th, 2012

Option Block 150: I Am a Trader, Not a Miracle Worker

Posted May 11th, 2012

Option Block 149: Beignets, Chicory Coffee, and Facebook

Posted May 8th, 2012

Options Bootcamp 4: Selling Options

Posted May 7th, 2012

Volatility Views 52: The Father of Financial Futures

Posted May 7th, 2012

Option Block 148: Bizarro Day

Posted May 4th, 2012

Option Block 147: Is ZYNGA the Synthetic Facebook

Posted May 1st, 2012

Volatility Views 51: Risk Managers: The Adults in the Group

Posted April 30th, 2012

Option Block 146: The Art of Position Management

Posted April 27th, 2012

Option Block 145: What Is the Point of Open Interest

Posted April 24th, 2012

Volatility Views 50: Listener Mail Extravaganza

Posted April 23rd, 2012

Option Block 144: Walking into the Bandsaw of Theta

Posted April 20th, 2012

Options Boot Camp 3: Buying Options

Posted April 19th, 2012

Option Block 143: Apple Apocalypse

Posted April 17th, 2012

Volatility Views 49: How Best to Price Variance and Volatility Swaps

Posted April 16th, 2012

Option Block 142: Premium Selling Idiots

Posted April 13th, 2012

Options Boot Camp 2: The Greeks

Posted April 11th, 2012

Option Block 141: Getting Long Prison Premium

Posted April 10th, 2012

Volatility Views 48: Masters of the VIX

Posted April 9th, 2012

Option Block 140: Doing Stuff with the Funk

Posted April 6th, 2012

Option Block 139: No More Exchanges, Please

Posted April 3rd, 2012

Volatility Views 47: How Dynamic Volatility Can Reshape Your Portfolio

Posted April 3rd, 2012

Option Block 138: There Is No Crying in Options

Posted March 30th, 2012

Volatility View 46: Volatility Discussion with the Godfather

Posted March 27th, 2012

Options Bootcamp: Premiere Episode

Posted March 27th, 2012

Option Block 137: Selling the Hunger Games

Posted March 27th, 2012

Option Block 136: Hunting, Fishing, and Options

Posted March 23rd, 2012

Option Block 135: Naked Canadians and A Conference Roundup

Posted March 21st, 2012

Volatility Views 45: Back to Basics

Posted March 19th, 2012

Option Block 134: The Day the Market Moved

Posted March 14th, 2012

Volatility Views 44: Listener Mail Extravaganza

Posted March 12th, 2012

Option Block 133: One Thing Sebastian Will Not Do

Posted March 9th, 2012

Advisors Option Episode 3: Mysteries of the Covered Call

Posted March 8th, 2012

Option Block 132: Has No One Heard of a Dutch Auction

Posted March 6th, 2012

Volatility Views 43: Are Weekly Options Ruining Volatility

Posted March 5th, 2012

Option Block 131: Strip Clubs, Extortion and the Yelp IPO

Posted February 28th, 2012

Volatility Views 42: Pricing VolContract Futures: Part History, Part Mystery

Posted February 27th, 2012

Option Block 130: Nothing Short of Titillating

Posted February 24th, 2012

The Long and Short of Futures Options: 2011 Year in Review

Posted February 23rd, 2012

Volatility Views 41: Breaking Open the Volatility Mailbag

Posted February 21st, 2012

Option Block 129: How Do You Know When You Are Being Stupid

Posted February 17th, 2012

Option Block 128: Funky Backspread

Posted February 14th, 2012

Volatility Views 40: Manipulating the VIX

Posted February 13th, 2012

Option Block 127: Predicting the Facebook First Day Closing Price

Posted February 10th, 2012

Option Block 126: VIX: You Do Not Have To Go Home, but You Cannot Stay Here

Posted February 7th, 2012

Volatility Views 39: Redefining Normal

Posted February 6th, 2012

Option Block 125: When Squishy Becomes a Technical Term

Posted February 3rd, 2012

Option Block 124: Confessions of a Juice Buying Junkie

Posted January 31st, 2012

Volatility Views 38: The Great Skew Debate

Posted January 30th, 2012

Option Block 123: Like a Virgin

Posted January 27th, 2012

Option Block 122: Option Block After Dark

Posted January 24th, 2012

Volatility Views 37: Volatility: How Low Can It Go

Posted January 23rd, 2012

Option Block 121: Degenerate Options Traders

Posted January 20th, 2012

Volatility Views 36: The VIX vs. Black Swan: Analyzing Tail Risk in the VIX

Posted January 17th, 2012

Option Block 120: Doing Stuff

Posted January 13th, 2012

Option Block 119: The Fanboy Piggyback

Posted January 10th, 2012

Volatility Views 35: Aggressively Selling Volatility in the New Year

Posted January 9th, 2012

Option Block 118: Buying Cheapy Premium

Posted January 6th, 2012

Option Block 117: 2011 Year in Review

Posted December 30th, 2011

The Advisors Option Episode Two: Playing Defense with Protective Puts

Posted December 30th, 2011

Option Block 116: Holiday Volatility Sale

Posted December 23rd, 2011

Option Block 115: Scooping Cheap Volatility

Posted December 20th, 2011

Volatility Views 34: A Break from the Insanity

Posted December 19th, 2011

Option Block 114: No Straddles Without Gamma Scalping

Posted December 16th, 2011

Option Block 113: The Great VIX Implosion

Posted December 13th, 2011

Volatility Views 33: The Art of Managing Volatility

Posted December 12th, 2011

Option Block 112: VIX Resistance

Posted December 9th, 2011

Option Block 111: The Waffle and Egg Indicator

Posted December 6th, 2011

Volatility Views 32: Larry the Legend

Posted December 6th, 2011

Option Block 110: Worthless December Lottery Tickets

Posted December 2nd, 2011

The Advisors Option Premiere Episode: Spreading the Gospel of Options

Posted November 30th, 2011

Long and Short of Futures Options Episode 4: Diving Back into Ags

Posted November 29th, 2011

Option Block 109: Danger is in the Air

Posted November 29th, 2011

Option Block 108: Super Committee VIX Spreads

Posted November 22nd, 2011

Volatility Views 31: Live from Las Vegas

Posted November 21st, 2011

Option Block 107: The End of the AAPL Bulls

Posted November 18th, 2011

The Option Block 106: Juicy GRPN Reversals

Posted November 15th, 2011

Volatility Views 30: Epithet Etymology

Posted November 14th, 2011

Option Block 105: A Pod of Sissy Girls

Posted November 11th, 2011

Volatility Views 29: Other Volatility Indices

Posted November 8th, 2011

Option Block 104: Piling Onto Groupon

Posted November 8th, 2011

Options Insider Radio 95: Live From FIA Chicago with Phil Gocke

Posted November 4th, 2011

Option Block 103: Greece is the Word

Posted November 4th, 2011

Options Insider Radio 94: Live from FIA Chicago with Joe Burgoyne

Posted November 2nd, 2011

Option Block 102: Turn Off the Idiot Box

Posted November 1st, 2011

Volatility Views 28: Day-Trading VolContracts

Posted October 31st, 2011

Option Block 101: Size Money vs. Smart Money

Posted October 28th, 2011

The Long and Short of Futures Options: Precious Metals and FX

Posted October 26th, 2011

Option Block: The 100th Episode Extravaganza

Posted October 25th, 2011

Volatility Views 27: Stealing the Mean

Posted October 24th, 2011

Option Block 99: Selling MSFT Premium

Posted October 21st, 2011

The Option Block 98: Playing Apple Earnings

Posted October 18th, 2011

Volatility Views 26: Live from FIA Chicago

Posted October 17th, 2011

Option Block 97: Live From FIA Chicago

Posted October 13th, 2011

Option Block 96: Resetting the VIX Bar

Posted October 7th, 2011

Volatility Views 25: Skewness and Kurtosis

Posted October 4th, 2011

Option Block 95: Kodak vs. American Airlines

Posted October 4th, 2011

Option Block 94: AMZN Takes On AAPL

Posted September 30th, 2011

Option Block 93: Metal-Ocalypse Strikes Again

Posted September 27th, 2011

Volatility Views 24: Precious Metals Volatility Explosion

Posted September 26th, 2011

Option Block 92: Werewolves Love SLV

Posted September 23rd, 2011

Option Block 91: The Widowmaker Rides Again

Posted September 20th, 2011

Volatility Views 23: Can You Eat Risk-Adjusted Returns

Posted September 19th, 2011

Option Block 90: The Voice of Options

Posted September 16th, 2011

Option Block 89: Risk On, Risk Off

Posted September 13th, 2011

Volatility Views 22: Bringing Don to the Dark Side

Posted September 12th, 2011

Option Block 88: Gold Vol and The Big O

Posted September 9th, 2011

Volatility Views 21: The Volatility Feedback Effect

Posted September 6th, 2011

Option Block 87: OX-Schwab Day One

Posted September 2nd, 2011

Option Block 86: Back in the Day

Posted August 30th, 2011

Volatility Views 20: Divergence and Convergence

Posted August 29th, 2011

Option Block 85: Apple Jobs-less

Posted August 26th, 2011

Volatility Views 19: A Better Way to Measure Volatility

Posted August 22nd, 2011

Option Block 84: The Madness Returns

Posted August 19th, 2011

Option Block 83: GOOG Gobbles MMI. Who Is Next

Posted August 16th, 2011

Volatility Views 18: The Chicago Way

Posted August 15th, 2011

The Long and Short of Futures Options: The Great Ag Explosion

Posted August 15th, 2011

Option Block 82: A Tale of Two Markets

Posted August 12th, 2011

Option Block 81: Madness Reigns Supreme

Posted August 9th, 2011

Option Block Xtra: Banter Block

Posted August 7th, 2011

Option Block 80: The Bloodbath Begins

Posted August 5th, 2011

Option Block 79: The Tosaw Apocalypse

Posted August 2nd, 2011

Volatility Views 17: Busting Volatility Skew Myths

Posted August 1st, 2011

Option Block 78: The DC Vol Spike

Posted July 29th, 2011

Option Block 77: The Widowmaker Strikes Again

Posted July 26th, 2011

The Big Live Show

Posted July 22nd, 2011

Option Block 75: AAPLs in the Mist

Posted July 19th, 2011

Volatility Views 16: Risk Premium

Posted July 18th, 2011

Option Block 74: Apple vs. U.S. Government

Posted July 15th, 2011

Sneak Preview: The Long and Short of Futures Options

Posted July 12th, 2011

Option Block 73: The Walking Wounded

Posted July 12th, 2011

Volatility Views 15: Know Your Volatility

Posted July 11th, 2011

Option Block 72: The Great Oil Strangle

Posted July 8th, 2011

Options Insider Radio 93: Live From OIC 2011 with Charles Schwab

Posted July 7th, 2011

Option Block 71: The Spread Trap

Posted July 1st, 2011

Options Insider Radio 92: Live From OIC 2011 with ISE

Posted June 30th, 2011

Options Insider Radio 91: Live From OIC with CBOE

Posted June 29th, 2011

Option Block 70: The Condor Strikes Back

Posted June 28th, 2011

Volatility Views 14: The Unknown World of Volatility Technical Analysis

Posted June 27th, 2011

Option Block 69: Gamma And Grains Explosions

Posted June 21st, 2011

Volatility Views 13: VIX and More

Posted June 20th, 2011

Option Block 68: He-Man Strangles RIMM

Posted June 16th, 2011

Options Insider Radio 90: Live From OIC - LiveVol

Posted June 15th, 2011

Option Block 67: Decepticons Attack!!!

Posted June 14th, 2011

Volatility Views 12: Tasty Vol

Posted June 13th, 2011

Option Block 66: Autobots Roll Out

Posted June 10th, 2011

Options Insider Radio Episode 89: Live From OIC - Sungard

Posted June 8th, 2011

Option Block 65: Brazen Premium Selling

Posted June 7th, 2011

Options Insider Radio 88: Live From OIC - Nasdaq OMX/PHLX

Posted June 6th, 2011

Volatility Views 11: Good Sources of Volatility

Posted June 6th, 2011

Option Block 64: LNKD Option Trading Tips

Posted June 3rd, 2011

Volatility Views 10: Options Die a Little Every Day

Posted June 1st, 2011

Exclusive OIC 2011 Panel Audio - Passing of the Hammer

Posted May 31st, 2011

Exclusive OIC 2011 Panel Audio - Options Exchange Leaders

Posted May 31st, 2011

Option Block 63: Rho - The Forgotten Greek

Posted May 27th, 2011

Options Insider Radio 87 - Live From OIC: AMEX

Posted May 26th, 2011

OIC 2011 Exclusive Audio - Market Data Solutions for the Options Industry

Posted May 25th, 2011

Options Insider Radio 86: Live From OIC - NYSE Arca Options

Posted May 25th, 2011

Option Block 62: Hunting Alpha

Posted May 24th, 2011

Volatility Views 9: Managing Ratio and Calendar Spreads

Posted May 24th, 2011

Exclusive OIC 2011 Panel Audio - Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr. Keynote Address

Posted May 23rd, 2011

Exclusive OIC 2011 Panel Audio - Crossfire: A Lively Discussion of Controversial Topics Facing the Options Industry

Posted May 20th, 2011

Option Block 61: LNKD Into Options

Posted May 20th, 2011

Exclusive OIC 2011 Panel Audio - Regulatory Reform: What Impact Will it Have on the Options Industry

Posted May 19th, 2011

Exclusive OIC 2011 Panel Audio - Growing the Pie

Posted May 18th, 2011

Option Block 60: Reporter Re-Education

Posted May 17th, 2011

Exclusive OIC 2011 Panel Audio - Presentation of the Sullivan Award

Posted May 17th, 2011

Exclusive OIC 2011 Panel Audio - An Interactive Look at Market Structure

Posted May 17th, 2011

Volatility Views 8: Live From OIC 2011

Posted May 16th, 2011

Exclusive OIC 2011 Panel Audio - Exchange Update Session

Posted May 16th, 2011

Option Block 59: Live From OIC 2011

Posted May 16th, 2011

Option Block 58: SLV - The Saga Continues

Posted May 10th, 2011

Volatility Views 7: Venturing Into The Volatility Mailbag

Posted May 9th, 2011

Option Block 57: Silver Apocalypse

Posted May 6th, 2011

Option Block 56: Name Dropping Bin Laden

Posted May 3rd, 2011

Volatility Views 6: The Nobel Prize For Volatility

Posted May 2nd, 2011

Option Block 55: Silver Talk from Silver Tongues

Posted April 29th, 2011

Options Insider Radio 85: Options House

Posted April 27th, 2011

Volatility Views 5: The Thwack of Volatility

Posted April 26th, 2011

Option Block 54: Down the Transformers Rabbit Hole

Posted April 26th, 2011

Option Block 53: Getting Closer To Oprah

Posted April 21st, 2011

Option Block 52: Things That Make You Go Hmmmm

Posted April 19th, 2011

Volatility Views 4: The Many Flavors of Volatility Cones

Posted April 19th, 2011

Option Block 51: The Value of Fort Knox

Posted April 15th, 2011

Options Insider Radio 84: LIVE from FIA Boca with Jeromee Johnson of BATS Options

Posted April 14th, 2011

Option Block 50: Old Vol, New Vol

Posted April 12th, 2011

Volatility Views 3: Root-Mean-Square

Posted April 11th, 2011

Option Block 49: The Bears Strike Back

Posted April 7th, 2011

Option Block 48: Slinkies Are Wonderful Things

Posted April 5th, 2011

Volatility Views Episode Two: The Shadowy World of Volatility Swaps

Posted April 4th, 2011

Options Insider Radio 83: The Future of VIX Futures

Posted April 2nd, 2011

Option Block 47: What About The One-Five

Posted March 31st, 2011

Options Insider Radio 82 - LIVE FROM FIA BOCA - Newedge

Posted March 30th, 2011

Option Block Episode 46: Four Hedges For The Price Of One

Posted March 29th, 2011

Power Trading Radio Featuring The Options Insider

Posted March 29th, 2011

Volatility Views Premiere Episode: Can Delta Neutral Capture Pure Volatility

Posted March 28th, 2011

Option Block 45: Charles In Charge

Posted March 25th, 2011

Options Insider Radio 81: Live From FIA - TradeKing

Posted March 23rd, 2011

Option Block Episode 44: Schwab Buys OX

Posted March 22nd, 2011

Volatility Views Sneak Preview 2: Currency Vol Implosion

Posted March 21st, 2011

Option Block Episode 43: All Eyes on Japan

Posted March 18th, 2011

Sneak Preview: Volatility Views

Posted March 14th, 2011

Option Block 42: Iron Condor Interview

Posted March 14th, 2011

Option Block 41: Oil Boom, or Bust

Posted March 11th, 2011

Option Block 40: Day Of Rage

Posted March 9th, 2011

Option Block 39: How To Trade Stupid

Posted March 3rd, 2011

Option Block 38: Gaddafi vs. AAPL

Posted March 1st, 2011

Option Block 37: Dictators For Hire

Posted February 25th, 2011

Options Insider Radio Special Edition: Broker Of The Year

Posted February 24th, 2011

Option Block 36: Libya and AAPL

Posted February 23rd, 2011

Option Block 35: Byzantine Exchange Tango

Posted February 18th, 2011

Option Block 34: Barry White vs. Tesla

Posted February 15th, 2011

Option Block 33: AAPL-PALOOZA with a dash of CSCO, THC. CBOE and CMG.

Posted February 11th, 2011

Options Insider Radio Special Edition: Options Exchange Of The Year

Posted February 9th, 2011

Option Block 32: Super Bowl Shuffle

Posted February 8th, 2011

OPTION BLOCK 31: TESLA vs. GM vs. FORD

Posted February 4th, 2011

Option Block Episode 30: He-Man vs. The Exploding VIX

Posted February 1st, 2011

Option Block Episode 29: NFLX Frenzy, SPX Skew, AMZN Preview

Posted January 28th, 2011

Option Block 28: Da Bears!

Posted January 25th, 2011

Option Block 27: The Big AAPL Show

Posted January 19th, 2011

Option Block 26: Guns, Booze and Women

Posted January 14th, 2011

Option Block 25: Optimus Prime vs. The Iphone

Posted January 12th, 2011

Option Block 24: FX Options, Tech Bust and Commodity Backspreads

Posted January 7th, 2011

OptionBlock 23: Tech Stocks, CES and Ratio Combos

Posted January 5th, 2011

Options Insider Radio 80: CME Group Equity Options

Posted December 31st, 2010

Option Block Episode 22: CSCO Bulls, TSLA Bears, VIX in 2011

Posted December 28th, 2010

Options Insider Radio Episode 79: ELX

Posted December 22nd, 2010

Option Block 21: Shooting Wars, VIX, Scooping Apple Vol

Posted December 21st, 2010

Option Block 20: Apple Vol Plunges, RIMM Surprises, Visa Terrifies

Posted December 17th, 2010

Option Block 19: Levered ETFs vs. Options, FCOJ, GOOG Antitrust, Trading Apple

Posted December 14th, 2010

Option Block 18: McRib Strikes Back, MOT Reverse Split, Gold 1X2

Posted December 9th, 2010

Option Block 17: SPX Problems, Payment Debate and Dividend Adjustments

Posted December 7th, 2010

The Option Block Episode 16: Cramer Is Mad For OXPS

Posted December 3rd, 2010

Options Insider Radio 78: CME Group Targets Options Traders

Posted December 2nd, 2010

Option Block Episode 15: SPY Settlement Debate, BCS Put Explosion

Posted November 29th, 2010

Option Block 14: Insider Trading, DG Put Bonanza

Posted November 23rd, 2010

Options Insider Radio 77: Real Volatility

Posted November 22nd, 2010

Option Block 13: The Hair Club For Men

Posted November 19th, 2010

Exclusive Exchange Leaders Roundtable - Part One: The Death Of Market Makers

Posted November 18th, 2010

Options Insider Radio 75 - Live From FIA: Live Vol

Posted November 16th, 2010

The Option Block Episode 12: Dividend Plays and Gold Skew

Posted November 16th, 2010

The Option Block Episode 11: Cisco, Silver and Abnormal Returns

Posted November 12th, 2010

Options Insider Radio 74 - Live From FIA: Once More Unto The Breach

Posted November 11th, 2010

Options Insider Radio 73 - Live From FIA: Collaring The Holy Grail

Posted November 10th, 2010

Option Block 10: FIA, VIX, VXX and IBM

Posted November 8th, 2010

The Option Block Episode 9: Live From FIA Chicago - Collars, Apple Buys Sony

Posted November 5th, 2010

The Option Block Episode 8: Election Madness

Posted November 2nd, 2010

Option Block Episode 7: Electronic SPX, Coal and Sony

Posted October 28th, 2010

Option Block Episode 6: Ford, Cotton and Microsoft.

Posted October 26th, 2010

The Option Block Episode 5: VIX and More

Posted October 22nd, 2010

The Option Block Episode 4: Apple vs. Google

Posted October 19th, 2010

The Option Block Episode 3: Term Structure Askew, Debating Apple

Posted October 14th, 2010

The Option Block Episode 2: The Ag Explosion

Posted October 12th, 2010

The Option Block Premiere Episode

Posted October 8th, 2010

Option Block Sneak Preview 6

Posted October 6th, 2010

Option Block Sneak Preview 5

Posted September 30th, 2010

Options Insider Radio Episode 72: ISE Strikes Back

Posted September 29th, 2010

Option Block Sneak Preview 4

Posted September 28th, 2010

The Option Block - Sneak Preview 3

Posted September 24th, 2010

The Option Block - Sneak Preview 2

Posted September 21st, 2010

Option Block Sneak Preview

Posted September 17th, 2010

Options Insider Radio Episode 71 - Live From OIC: BOX

Posted August 27th, 2010

Options Insider Radio Episode 70: Live From OIC - Hanweck Associates

Posted August 12th, 2010

Options Insider Radio Episode 69 - Live From OIC: Charles Schwab

Posted August 9th, 2010

Options Insider Radio Episode 68 - Live From OIC: TAG

Posted August 4th, 2010

Options Insider Radio Episode 67 - Live From OIC: TradeKing

Posted July 29th, 2010

Options Insider Radio Episode 66 - Live From OIC: ISE

Posted July 23rd, 2010

Options Insider Radio Episode 65 - Live From OIC: Trade Alert

Posted July 20th, 2010

Options Insider Radio Episode 64 - Live From OIC: Livevol

Posted July 15th, 2010

Options Insider Radio Episode 63 - Live From OIC: Ivolatility

Posted July 13th, 2010

Episode 62: Live From OIC - Microhedge

Posted July 1st, 2010

Options Insider Radio Episode 61 - Live From OIC: Zecco

Posted June 29th, 2010

Options Insider Radio Episode 60 - Live From OIC: Options Industry Council

Posted June 23rd, 2010

Exclusive OIC 2010 Panel Audio: Closing Remarks and Passing Of The Hammer

Posted June 22nd, 2010

Exclusive OIC 2010 Panel Audio: Globalization - The International Perspective

Posted June 15th, 2010

Episode 59 - Live From OIC: CBOE Stock Exchange

Posted June 14th, 2010

Exclusive OIC 2010 Panel Audio: Adaptation - The Retail Marketplace

Posted June 8th, 2010

Episode 58 - Live From OIC: TD Ameritrade

Posted June 7th, 2010

Exclusive OIC 2010 Panel Audio: Specialization - The World of Social Marketing

Posted June 2nd, 2010

Episode 57 - Live From OIC: Etrade

Posted June 1st, 2010

Exclusive OIC 2010 Panel Audio: Innovation - The Options Market

Posted May 28th, 2010

Episode 56 - Live From OIC: NASDAQ OMX and PHLX

Posted May 24th, 2010

Exclusive OIC 2010 Panel Audio: Reinvention - New Paradigms for Trading Technology

Posted May 21st, 2010

Episode 55: Live From OIC - Derivix

Posted May 20th, 2010

Exclusive OIC 2010 Panel Audio: Regulatory Reform and How Washington Works

Posted May 19th, 2010

Episode 54 - Live From OIC: NYSE and AMEX

Posted May 19th, 2010

Exclusive OIC 2010 Audio -Malcolm Gladwell Keynote Address

Posted May 17th, 2010

Episode 53: Live From OIC - OptionsXpress

Posted May 14th, 2010

Exclusive OIC 2010 Panel Audio - Evolution: The Equities Markets

Posted May 13th, 2010

Episode 52: Live From OIC - Tabb Group

Posted May 12th, 2010

Exclusive OIC 2010 Panel Audio: Sullivan Award Presentation

Posted May 11th, 2010

Episode 51: Live From OIC - BATS

Posted May 10th, 2010

Exclusive OIC 2010 Panel Audio: Exchange Leaders Panel

Posted May 7th, 2010

Episode 50: Live From OIC - Symphono

Posted May 6th, 2010

Exclusive OIC 2010 Panel Audio: SEC Keynote Address

Posted May 5th, 2010

Episode 49: Licensing Volatility

Posted March 19th, 2010

Episode 48: Flash Trading, Short Sales and Controversy

Posted February 26th, 2010

Episode 47: The Holy Grail Of The Options Market

Posted January 22nd, 2010

Episode 46: The New Boston Options Exchange

Posted December 4th, 2009

Episode 45: Know Your Options

Posted November 2nd, 2009

Episode 44: The OptionsXpress/Optionetics Merger - Conclusion

Posted October 13th, 2009

Episode 43: The OptionsXpress/Optionetics Merger - Part 2

Posted October 6th, 2009

Episode 42: The Optionsxpress/Optionetics Merger

Posted September 15th, 2009

Episode 41: Tom Busby, CEO, DTI Trader

Posted August 26th, 2009

Episode 40: The New Head of NASDAQ OMX/PHLX

Posted July 9th, 2009

Options Insider Radio Episode 39: Charles Schwab

Posted June 19th, 2009

Exclusive OIC 2009 Panel Audio: Where Do We Go From Here

Posted June 8th, 2009

Episode 38: Live From OIC - Ballista

Posted June 5th, 2009

Exclusive OIC 2009 Panel Audio: International Linkages and Multi-Product Clearing

Posted June 4th, 2009

Repost - Exclusive OIC 2009 Panel Audio: Hot Issues In Clearing

Posted June 3rd, 2009

Episode 37: Live From OIC - NASDAQ

Posted June 2nd, 2009

Exclusive OIC 2009 Panel Audio: The Great ETF Migration

Posted June 1st, 2009

Episode 36: Live From OIC -BOX

Posted May 29th, 2009

Exclusive OIC 2009 Panel Audio: International Perspectives Panel

Posted May 28th, 2009

Episode 35: Live From OIC 2009 - ISE

Posted May 27th, 2009

Exclusive OIC 2009 Panel Audio: Origins Of The Financial Crisis: How Did We Get Here

Posted May 26th, 2009

Episode 34: Live From OIC 2009 - Microhedge

Posted May 22nd, 2009

Exclusive OIC 2009 Panel Audio: Exchange Leaders Panel

Posted May 21st, 2009

Episode 33: Live From OIC 2009 - CBOE Stock Exchange

Posted May 20th, 2009

Exclusive OIC 2009 Panel Audio: Technology Leaders Forum

Posted May 19th, 2009

Episode 32: Live From OIC 2009 - NYSE

Posted May 18th, 2009

Exclusive OIC 2009 Panel Audio: The Tech Arms Race

Posted May 15th, 2009

Episode 31: Live From OIC 2009 - Options Industry Council

Posted May 14th, 2009

OIC 2009: Keynote Address - Elizabeth King, SEC

Posted May 13th, 2009

Episode 30: Live From OIC 2009 - OptionsHouse

Posted May 12th, 2009

OIC 2009 Panel Audio - Options Industry Update Session

Posted May 8th, 2009

Options Insider Radio Episode 29: Craig Weil and Online Trading Academy

Posted April 9th, 2009

Options Insider Radio Episode 28: The Road Ahead For BOX

Posted February 3rd, 2009

Options Insider Radio Episode 27: Options Trading Software

Posted November 20th, 2008

Trader Interviews: Mark Longo, Founder of The Options Insider

Posted November 7th, 2008

Options Insider Market Wrap-Up

Posted October 31st, 2008

Episode 26: TradeKing, Brokerage Battles and FROs

Posted October 1st, 2008

Episode 25: Charles Schwab, VIX And The Retail Options Market

Posted September 15th, 2008

Episode 24: Ballista and Options Dark Pools

Posted August 21st, 2008

Episode 23: OptionsXpress

Posted July 30th, 2008

Episode 22: Live From Vegas - PHLX

Posted July 14th, 2008

Episode 21: Live From Vegas - CBOE

Posted June 30th, 2008

Episode 20: Live From Vegas - ISE

Posted June 16th, 2008

Episode 19: Live From Vegas - NASDAQ

Posted June 9th, 2008

Episode 18: Live From Vegas - BOX

Posted May 30th, 2008

Episode 17: Live From Vegas - OIC

Posted May 16th, 2008

Episode 16: Live From Vegas - Options House

Posted May 13th, 2008

Episode 15 - Fixed Return Options, CME vs. ELX and AMEX

Posted March 28th, 2008

Episode 14 - Buying Puts, Exercising Calls and Schwab

Posted March 4th, 2008

Episode 13: The Exercise Battle, Trading Deltas and Archangel

Posted February 13th, 2008

Episode 12: The Options Explosion, Archangel and Dollar Strikes

Posted January 8th, 2008

Episode 11: Insider Trading, Unusual Options Activity and Trade Alert

Posted November 12th, 2007

Episode 10: BOX, Maker-Taker and Portfolio Margining

Posted October 2nd, 2007

Episode 9: Options House, VIX and Volatility Skew

Posted September 4th, 2007

Episode 8: HedgeStreet, Binary Derivatives and CME Group

Posted August 1st, 2007

Episode 7: The CBOT Battle, OIC and Pin Risk

Posted July 6th, 2007

Episode 6: Pennies, Hedge Funds and Insider Trading

Posted June 5th, 2007

Episode 5: The Penny Debate Rages On...

Posted April 28th, 2007

Episode 4: CME vs ICE, Credit Derivatives and Legging Spreads

Posted April 4th, 2007

Episode 3: VIX, Pennies, Spring Loading and the BOX

Posted March 2nd, 2007

Episode 2: Pennies, Pennies and More Pennies

Posted February 9th, 2007

Episode 1: Backdating, Apple and the Siren Song of Straddles

Posted January 24th, 2007

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