Thursday, August 19, 2010

Creating Arbitrage with Stocks Options Equality | Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #2

Creating Arbitrage with Stocks Options Equality | Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #2SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
http://twitter.com/hamzeianalytics - The Admiral, a former CBOE Designated Primary Market Maker, does a quick example with Costco (COST) on how to create arbitrage opportunities and make instant profits through stock-option equalities. The Admiral has stressed the importance of these stock-option equalities (also called put-call parity, synthetic stock) and this is why. Techniques like this are harder to make a lot of money today with computers quickly taking advantage of these arbitrage opportunities, but this is still important fundamental mechanics of the market to understand.

This an excerpt from the "Trade Options like a DPM Webinar #2 - Verticals/Boxes" Q&A session: http://hamzeianalytics.com/pow_register.asp




ABOUT "THE ADMIRAL"


The featured speaker, whom we affectionately call "The Admiral," was a Designated Primary Market Maker (DPM) on the floor of the CBOE for five years. Although we're not using his real name (so don't ask!) suffice it to say that we consider him to be one of the most knowledgeable option traders on the planet. As a floor trader in the '80s and '90s he did the opening options rotation for 5-25 stocks the old-fashioned open outcry way—meaning he opened each option strike price for each of these stocks within the first 30 minutes of trading, both calls and puts.

That meant he had to price more than 500 option strikes, plus as a market maker he traded and kept the markets current. As a DPM, technology brought forth auto-quoting of option series, but pricing of those quotes remained his responsibility. Trading 1 million shares of stocks and 50,000 options contracts was a normal day for him. In 27 years at CBOE, he has traded through the crash of '87, the smaller crash of '90 and the tech bubble in 2000. He has traded three-digit volatility and seen every possible market environment imaginable. So, if you're going to learn options, it might as well be from the very best.

How Options Market Makers Use Box Spreads | Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #2

How Options Market Makers Use Box Spreads | Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #2SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
http://twitter.com/hamzeianalytics - The Admiral, as a former CBOE Designated Primary Market Maker, often used Option Box Spreads to lock in his profits with other options when he was unable to close out his positions directly. Also, he used Option Box Spreads to flatten his position because it was tough for him to close the amount of positions he had at the end of every trading session.

This an excerpt from the "Trade Options like a DPM Webinar #2 - Verticals/Boxes" Q&A session: http://hamzeianalytics.com/pow_register.asp



ABOUT "THE ADMIRAL"

The featured speaker, whom we affectionately call "The Admiral," was a Designated Primary Market Maker (DPM) on the floor of the CBOE for five years. Although we're not using his real name (so don't ask!) suffice it to say that we consider him to be one of the most knowledgeable option traders on the planet. As a floor trader in the '80s and '90s he did the opening options rotation for 5-25 stocks the old-fashioned open outcry way—meaning he opened each option strike price for each of these stocks within the first 30 minutes of trading, both calls and puts.

That meant he had to price more than 500 option strikes, plus as a market maker he traded and kept the markets current. As a DPM, technology brought forth auto-quoting of option series, but pricing of those quotes remained his responsibility. Trading 1 million shares of stocks and 50,000 options contracts was a normal day for him. In 27 years at CBOE, he has traded through the crash of '87, the smaller crash of '90 and the tech bubble in 2000. He has traded three-digit volatility and seen every possible market environment imaginable. So, if you're going to learn options, it might as well be from the very best.

What are Options Box Spreads Q&A | Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #2

What are Options Box Spreads Q&A | Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #2SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
http://twitter.com/hamzeianalytics - In this 2nd webinar, The Admiral, a former CBOE Designated Primary Market Maker, teaches Vertical Option Spreads and a vertical option spread combination called Option Box Spreads. In this Q&A excerpt after the lesson, the Admiral does some examples and clarifies what Option Box Spreads are and how they're used.

This an excerpt from the "Trade Options like a DPM Webinar #2 - Verticals/Boxes" Q&A session: http://hamzeianalytics.com/pow_register.asp



ABOUT "THE ADMIRAL"

The featured speaker, whom we affectionately call "The Admiral," was a Designated Primary Market Maker (DPM) on the floor of the CBOE for five years. Although we're not using his real name (so don't ask!) suffice it to say that we consider him to be one of the most knowledgeable option traders on the planet. As a floor trader in the '80s and '90s he did the opening options rotation for 5-25 stocks the old-fashioned open outcry way—meaning he opened each option strike price for each of these stocks within the first 30 minutes of trading, both calls and puts.

That meant he had to price more than 500 option strikes, plus as a market maker he traded and kept the markets current. As a DPM, technology brought forth auto-quoting of option series, but pricing of those quotes remained his responsibility. Trading 1 million shares of stocks and 50,000 options contracts was a normal day for him. In 27 years at CBOE, he has traded through the crash of '87, the smaller crash of '90 and the tech bubble in 2000. He has traded three-digit volatility and seen every possible market environment imaginable. So, if you're going to learn options, it might as well be from the very best.

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