Thursday, October 14, 2010

Straddle Strategy for High Volatility Events (Earnings, Takeovers) | Options Like a DPM Webinars #5

Straddle Strategy for High Volatility Events (Earnings, Takeovers) | Options Like a DPM Webinars #5SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
http://hamzeianalytics.com/pow_register.asp - The Admiral, a former CBOE Designated Primary Market Maker (DPM), explains how straddles could be used to take advantage high volatility events like earnings and takeover plays. The Admiral suggests ways to use straddles both before the event, to capture the volatility, and after the event, to fade volatility.

This a Q&A excerpt from "Trade Options like a DPM Webinar #5: Straddles" - http://hamzeianalytics.com/pow_register.asp



"STRADDLES" OPTIONS WEBINAR DESCRIPTION (October 6, 2010, 1800 CT)

An options strategy with which the investor holds a position in both a call and put with the same strike price and expiration date.


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.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Straddles Trade Adjustment | Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #5: Straddles

Straddles Trade Adjustment | Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #5: StraddlesSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
http://hamzeianalytics.com/pow_register.asp - The Admiral, a former CBOE Designated Primary Market Maker (DPM), answers in this webinar Q&A what to look for when considering a trade adjustment of a options straddle. When a trade has gone against you, action must be taken, and the Admiral explains what are the important factors in making that straddle adjustment decision.

This a Q&A excerpt from "Trade Options like a DPM Webinar #5: Straddles" - http://hamzeianalytics.com/pow_register.asp





"STRADDLES" OPTIONS WEBINAR DESCRIPTION (October 6, 2010, 1800 CT)

An options strategy with which the investor holds a position in both a call and put with the same strike price and expiration date.


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.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

How Analyst Recommendations May Affect Options Open Interest | Options like a DPM #5: Straddles

How Analyst Recommendations May Affect Options Open Interest | Options like a DPM #5: StraddlesSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
http://hamzeianalytics.com/pow_register.asp - While answering a question about Ford (F)'s options high level of open interest, The Admiral, A former CBOE Designated Primary Market Maker (DPM), also explains how high open interests could be a phenomenon of analyst recommendations to retain traders such as through Charles Schwab. The Admiral says he has experienced times where the same types of orders flowed continuously when such analysts recommendations were made and, as a DPM, he could use options equalities to take the other side of the trade.

This a Q&A excerpt from "Trade Options like a DPM Webinar #5: Straddles" - http://hamzeianalytics.com/pow_register.asp




"STRADDLES" OPTIONS WEBINAR DESCRIPTION (October 6, 2010, 1800 CT)

An options strategy with which the investor holds a position in both a call and put with the same strike price and expiration date.


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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