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Options Boot Camp

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

May 30, 2018

Basic Training: The Return of Volatility!

  • VIX is not dead.
  • VIX jumped from 13.99 on 2/2 to 38.30 on 2/5, and 46.34 on 2/6.
  • What are you thought on the recent resurgence of volatility in the marketplace?
  • Do you think this is a temporary aberration or have we transitioned into a new volatility regime?
  • What is the impact...


Feb 1, 2018

Today's guest hosts are Dan Passarelli from Market Taker Mentoring, and Dave Russell, Vice President of Content Strategy at TradeStation.

Basic Training: Options Education for Veterans

  • Why is TradeStation pursuing veterans?
  • What is TradeStation doing specifically for veterans?
  • Which options strategies are most...


Dec 14, 2017

Basic Training: Expiration Mythbusting

  • What is expiration? Why do options expire? What does Triple Witching mean? Quadruple Witching?
  • How does expiration impact the Greeks? How has expiration changed with the advent of the weeklys?
  • Myth: Is it true that options control the stock market on expiration Friday?
  • What...


Dec 7, 2017

Basic Training: A Review of How to Protect Your Profits

  • Easiest method: Buy a 2-3 month put ATM or slightly an OTM put. Protect just those gains.
  • What do you do if you have a broad portfolio?
  • Hedging Rule of Thumb. Expect to spend about 2% of your portfolio for effective 3-6 month protection.
  • How do you reduce the cost...


Nov 28, 2017

In this episode, Mark, Dan Passarelli and Jill Malandrino take on listener questions.

Options Drills: Today's topic was inspired by this listener question:

Question from MarkLitwin: How do you lose money in options in the most effective way?

  • Don't by ATM straddles
  • Don't load up on far OTM options because they're...