Saturday, December 31, 2011

All the Best for 2012

All the Best for 2012SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
As we come to the end of the year, we look back with gratitude for all of you who make Hamzei Analytics the truly special community that it is.

Looking ahead, we will continue to show our appreciation in many ways, especially our commitment to providing you with real-time analysis, cutting edge indicators, lively chatroom discussions, and access to market intelligence and commentary that you will not find anywhere else. Our promise to you for the New Year is to ensure that Hamzei Analytics remains a user friendly & technically sophisticated environment and a supportive & intelligent community.

I would also like to thank every member of Hamzei Analytics Team, our Moderators and Presenters whom you know, as well as those who work behind the scenes. If I have not said it enough in the past, allow me to say it here now: "Thank you."

As we pause and reflect, let us be appreciative for what we have and thankful for the blessings that have been bestowed on us. The true "treasures" are health and happiness and real "wealth" is time spent with loved ones. My wish for you in 2012 is that this year be the best yet. I look forward to many productive, challenging, and good times ahead for our community.


With my best wishes for a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year……..


Fari Hamzei
Founder
Hamzei Analytics, LLC

Monday, December 19, 2011

Answers about Spread Ratios for Treasury Bonds & Notes

Answers about Spread Ratios for Treasury Bonds & NotesSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
Long time institutional futures broker George Cavaligos answers questions about spreads for treasury bonds and notes. Specifically, Cavaligos discusses what the ratio should be between different bonds and notes used in a spread.

See George's Daily Commentary on http://nakedtrader.com

Original Webinar Date: October 19, 2011. For more educational webinars: http://hamzeianalytics.com/educational_webinars.asp

Friday, December 16, 2011

Treasury Bonds & Notes a New Global Currency

Treasury Bonds & Notes a New Global CurrencySocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
From the Q&A session of the Treasury Bonds & Notes webinar, George Cavaligos explains how, for many central banks, treasury bonds and notes are becoming a new global currency.

See George's Daily Commentary on http://nakedtrader.com

Original Webinar Date: October 19, 2011. For more educational webinars: http://hamzeianalytics.com/educational_webinars.asp

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

What Should New Bond Traders Know?

What Should New Bond Traders Know?SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
George Cavaligos lists several things beginning bond traders should know about the treasury market including what influences the treasury market and how to trade treasury bonds and notes. This clip is from the Q&A session of the Treasury Bonds and Notes Webinar with George Cavaligos.

See George's Daily Commentary on http://nakedtrader.com

Original Webinar Date: October 19, 2011. For more educational webinars: http://hamzeianalytics.com/educational_webinars.asp


Monday, December 12, 2011

Treasury Bonds & Notes for Stock Traders

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Excerpt from Treasury Bonds & Notes webinar with George Cavaligos, a long time institutional futures broker. Cavaligos explains the basics of the treasury market, treasury spreads, and the details of various treasury futures contracts as they relate to stock and equity futures traders.

See George's Daily Commentary on http://nakedtrader.com

Original Webinar Date: October 19, 2011. For more educational webinars: http://hamzeianalytics.com/educational_webinars.asp

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Special Market Report: FED Operation Twist & Curve Flattening (George Cavaligos)

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http://twitter.com/hamzeianalytics - With the FED's Operation Twist program starting this week, George Cavaligos (MF Global) gives us a look at the curve flattening on the 10-30 Yr Curve as George previewed in the FED update video. George goes over some potential target levels in the 10-30 Yr spread trade as well as developments in the technical patterns of the 10-Year December contract.

See George's Daily Commentary on http://nakedtrader.com

Sign up for George's next webinar (Tues October 19th): http://www.hamzeianalytics.com/Educational_Webinars.asp

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Blending Fundamental Analysis & Technical Analysis with Hedge Fund Manager Jeffrey Spotts

Blending Fundamental Analysis & Technical Analysis with Hedge Fund Manager Jeffrey SpottsSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
(video clip from Jeffrey Spotts' 9/14/11 Webinar)
Hedge Fund Manager Jeffrey Spotts shares how he started on Wall Street and some of his influences for his investment style. Today, he continues managing with a blend of fundamental analysis using William O'Neil's methods and technical analysis using DeMark indicators.

In this excerpt, Jeffrey Spotts also shows examples of analyzing the foreign markets using DeMark on a longer term Quarterly time frame and some insights into how he does it.

Follow Jeffrey Spotts on Twitter: http://twitter.com/spottsontrends
Website: http://spottsontrends.com

Download this full webinar: http://hamzeianalytics.com/educational_webinars.asp



Title:
Hedge Manager Jeffrey Spotts speaks on specific equities, US stock market, European banks and the Treasury market.
Date:
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Time:
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT


About Jeffrey Spotts
Following his 12-year tenure at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, Mr. Jeff Spotts launched his first successful fund in 2001. His goal is to generate significant absolute returns in any market. His method includes a combination of analyzing the ”sponsorship trend”, relative strength position, and fundamental qualities of each company. Influenced by William O’Neil and Tom Demark, Mr. Spotts understands that price action is the most telling factor in the market, and that good timing can be achieved through a confluence of indications.

His audited track record since 1998 has produced a gross return of 1,980%, with no down calendar years, or monthly drawdowns greater than 11%.

Mr. Spotts regularly appears on FoxBusiness, Bloomberg TV and CNBC, with commentary on stock ideas and commodity trends.

In this webinar, Hedge Fund Manager, Jeffrey Spotts, speaking on specific equities, US stock market, European banks and the Treasury market. Mr. Spotts employs a combination of Demark and O’Neil-type analysis, in a manual-trading style.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

DeMark Indicators and Gold, Dollar, Bonds with Hedge Fund Manager Jeffrey Spotts

DeMark Indicators and Gold, Dollar, Bonds with Hedge Fund Manager Jeffrey SpottsSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
(Video Clip from Jeffrey Spotts' 9/14/11 Webinar)
Hedge Fund manager Jeffrey Spotts analyzes Gold, the Dollar, and bonds with a combination of DeMark analysis and relationships between these markets.

Follow Jeffrey Spotts on Twitter: http://twitter.com/spottsontrends
Website: http://spottsontrends.com

Download this full webinar: http://hamzeianalytics.com/educational_webinars.asp



Title:
Hedge Manager Jeffrey Spotts speaks on specific equities, US stock market, European banks and the Treasury market.
Date:
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Time:
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT


About Jeffrey Spotts
Following his 12-year tenure at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, Mr. Jeff Spotts launched his first successful fund in 2001. His goal is to generate significant absolute returns in any market. His method includes a combination of analyzing the "sponsorship trend", relative strength position, and fundamental qualities of each company. Influenced by William O'Neil and Tom Demark, Mr. Spotts understands that price action is the most telling factor in the market, and that good timing can be achieved through a confluence of indications.

His audited track record since 1998 has produced a gross return of 1,980%, with no down calendar years, or monthly drawdowns greater than 11%.

Mr. Spotts regularly appears on FoxBusiness, Bloomberg TV and CNBC, with commentary on stock ideas and commodity trends.

In this webinar, Hedge Fund Manager, Jeffrey Spotts, speaking on specific equities, US stock market, European banks and the Treasury market. Mr. Spotts employs a combination of Demark and O'Neil-type analysis, in a manual-trading style.

Hamzei Analytics is in its twelfth year of operations and serves both the professional and institutional traders, while providing custom proprietary analytics to a select group of hedge fund managers.

Special Market Report: FED's Operation Twist Bond Market Effects (George Cavaligos)

Special Market Report: FED's Operation Twist Bond Market Effects (George Cavaligos)SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
http://twitter.com/hamzeianalytics - George Cavaligos (MF Global) follow-up video after the Federal Reserve's FOMC meeting. George explains the effects the FED's "Operation Twist" is having on the bond market (as previewed in the 9/20/11 video).

See George's Daily Commentary on http://nakedtrader.com

Anayzing Former Leadership Stocks with Hedge Fund Manager Jeffrey Spotts

Anayzing Former Leadership Stocks with Hedge Fund Manager Jeffrey SpottsSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
(Video clip from Jeffrey Spotts' 9/14/11 Webinar)
See how hedge fund manager Jeffrey Spotts analyzes former and current leadership stocks like Apple using a combination of DeMark analysis, portfolio manager insight, and years of Wall Street experience.

Follow Jeffrey Spotts on Twitter: http://twitter.com/spottsontrends
Website: http://spottsontrends.com

Download this full webinar: http://hamzeianalytics.com/educational_webinars.asp



Title:
Hedge Manager Jeffrey Spotts speaks on specific equities, US stock market, European banks and the Treasury market.
Date:
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Time:
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT


About Jeffrey Spotts
Following his 12-year tenure at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, Mr. Jeff Spotts launched his first successful fund in 2001. His goal is to generate significant absolute returns in any market. His method includes a combination of analyzing the ”sponsorship trend”, relative strength position, and fundamental qualities of each company. Influenced by William O’Neil and Tom Demark, Mr. Spotts understands that price action is the most telling factor in the market, and that good timing can be achieved through a confluence of indications.

His audited track record since 1998 has produced a gross return of 1,980%, with no down calendar years, or monthly drawdowns greater than 11%.

Mr. Spotts regularly appears on FoxBusiness, Bloomberg TV and CNBC, with commentary on stock ideas and commodity trends.

In this webinar, Hedge Fund Manager, Jeffrey Spotts, speaking on specific equities, US stock market, European banks and the Treasury market. Mr. Spotts employs a combination of Demark and O’Neil-type analysis, in a manual-trading style.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Special Market Report: FED Prep - 30 Yr Treasury Yields vs. 10 Yr Note Yields (George Cavaligos)

Special Market Report: FED Prep - 30 Yr Treasury Yields vs. 10 Yr Note Yields (George Cavaligos)SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
MF Global Bond trader George Cavaligos discusses the FOMC meeting and that the Federal Reserve could use yields as one of it's tools to help the economy.

According to George:
" 30yr treasury yields are the only part of the Treasury curve not to get below the 2008 lows at this point. That fact has me favoring the FOMC meeting moving towards an "Operation Twist" that will target this fact and try to push 30yr yields down. The 2008 lows in 30yr was 2.52% and bonds are currently yielding 3.21% that 0.69% difference may be enough to help stabilize the economy, or at least put a floor under it. We continue to like buying dips in the bonds and would take a look at selling the notes/bonds spread that we floor traders' call the NOB spread. In the futures pits we usually use a ratio to equate the different contracts of 10 T-Notes to 6 T-Bonds."

Friday, August 19, 2011

When Options Spreads Don't Add Up - Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #12: Condor & Iron Condor Spreads

When Options Spreads Don't Add Up - Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #12: Condor & Iron Condor SpreadsSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
The Admiral, a former CBOE Designated Primary Market Maker has stressed the importance of knowing stock and options equalities. However, there are common pitfalls you may encounter. He explains some of those in this excerpt from the Condors and Iron Condors webinar.

This an excerpt from "Trade Options like a DPM Webinar #12: Condor & Iron Condor Spreads" - http://www.hamzeianalytics.com/Educational_Webinars.asp



"CONDOR & IRON CONDOR SPREADS" OPTIONS WEBINAR
DESCRIPTION (JULY 12, 2010, 1800 CT)

Similar to a butterfly spread, a condor is an options strategy that also has a bear and a bull spread, except that the strike prices on the short call and short put are different.



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.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

How To Trade the Iron Condor - Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #12: Condor & Iron Condor Spreads

How To Trade the Iron Condor - Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #12: Condor & Iron Condor SpreadsSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
Using Apple (AAPL) as an example, learn how to trade a Iron Condor spread from The Admiral, a former CBOE Designated Primary Market Maker. Learn the key characteristics of iron condor spreads and how to structure iron condors specifically to capture stocks you expect to trade within a range.



This an excerpt from "Trade Options like a DPM Webinar #12: Condor & Iron Condor Spreads" - http://www.hamzeianalytics.com/Educational_Webinars.asp



"CONDOR & IRON CONDOR SPREADS" OPTIONS WEBINAR
DESCRIPTION (JULY 12, 2010, 1800 CT)

Similar to a butterfly spread, a condor is an options strategy that also has a bear and a bull spread, except that the strike prices on the short call and short put are different.



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.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

How to Trade the Condor Spread - Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #12: Condor & Iron Condor Spreads

How to Trade the Condor Spread - Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #12: Condor & Iron Condor SpreadsSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
Learn how to trade a Condor spread from The Admiral, a former CBOE Designated Primary Market Maker. Learn the key characteristics of condor spreads and how to structure condors specifically to capture stocks you expect to trade within a range.

This an excerpt from "Trade Options like a DPM Webinar #12: Condor & Iron Condor Spreads" - http://www.hamzeianalytics.com/Educational_Webinars.asp



"CONDOR & IRON CONDOR SPREADS" OPTIONS WEBINAR DESCRIPTION (JULY 12, 2010, 1800 CT)

Similar to a butterfly spread, a condor is an options strategy that also has a bear and a bull spread, except that the strike prices on the short call and short put are different.


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, July 12, 2011

Timing Butterfly Spreads - Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #11: Butterfly Spreads

Timing Butterfly Spreads - Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #11: Butterfly SpreadsSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
The Admiral, a former CBOE Designated Primary Market Maker answers a question during the Q&A session about butterfly spreads. Successful application of butterfly spreads take advantage of market timing, which Fari Hamzei is known for. The Admiral and Fari Hamzei combine their expertise to show how to increase your odds of success with butterfly spreads.

This an excerpt from "Trade Options like a DPM Webinar #11: Butterfly Spreads" - http://www.hamzeianalytics.com/Educational_Webinars.asp



"BUTTERFLY SPREADS" OPTIONS WEBINAR DESCRIPTION (JUNE 29, 2010, 1800 CT)

An option strategy combining a bull and bear spread. It uses three strike prices. The lower two strike prices are used in the bull spread, and the higher strike price in the bear spread. Both puts and calls can be used.



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 Butterflies Behave - Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #11: Butterfly Spreads

How Butterflies Behave - Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #11: Butterfly SpreadsSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
The Admiral, a former CBOE Designated Primary Market Maker explains in detail how the value of butterfly spreads as well as each leg of the spread may change as the stock price moves to or away from your target price. By understanding and anticipating how the butterfly spread may change, options traders will better know when to take profits, when and how to execute a butterfly spread, and what makes butterfly spreads one of the admiral's favorite options spread.



This an excerpt from "Trade Options like a DPM Webinar #11: Butterfly Spreads" - http://www.hamzeianalytics.com/Educational_Webinars.asp



"BUTTERFLY SPREADS" OPTIONS WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
(JUNE 29, 2010, 1800 CT)

An option strategy combining a bull and bear spread. It uses three strike prices. The lower two strike prices are used in the bull spread, and the higher strike price in the bear spread. Both puts and calls can be used.





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 to Trade Iron Butterfly - Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #11: Butterfly Spreads

How to Trade Iron Butterfly - Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #11: Butterfly SpreadsSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
Learn how to trade an Iron Butterfly spread from The Admiral, a former CBOE Designated Primary Market Maker. Learn the key characteristics of iron butterfly spreads and how to structure a iron butterfly to target specific stock prices at a specific time using market timing. Understand the different scenarios a butterfly spread may encounter and how to plan your trade.

This an excerpt from "Trade Options like a DPM Webinar #11: Butterfly Spreads" - http://www.hamzeianalytics.com/Educational_Webinars.asp



"BUTTERFLY SPREADS" OPTIONS WEBINAR DESCRIPTION (JUNE 29, 2010, 1800 CT)

An option strategy combining a bull and bear spread. It uses three strike prices. The lower two strike prices are used in the bull spread, and the higher strike price in the bear spread. Both puts and calls can be used.



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.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Bullish Call Diagonals - Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #10: Diagonal Spreads

Bullish Call Diagonals - Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #10: Diagonal SpreadsSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
Learn how to trade a bullish call diagonal spread from The Admiral, a former CBOE Designated Primary Market Maker. Learn the key characteristics of call diagonal spreads and how to structure a call diagonal when you have a bullish view about a stock. Understand the different scenarios an diagonal spread may encounter and how to plan your trade.

This an excerpt from "Trade Options like a DPM Webinar #10: Diagonal Spreads" - http://www.hamzeianalytics.com/Educational_Webinars.asp



"DIAGONAL SPREADS" OPTIONS WEBINAR DESCRIPTION (JUNE 8, 2010, 1800 CT)

An options strategy established by simultaneously entering into a long and short position in two options of the same type (two call options or two put options) but with different strike prices and expiration dates.




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.

Bearish Call Diagonals - Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #10: Diagonal Spreads

Bearish Call Diagonals - Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #10: Diagonal SpreadsSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
http://www.hamzeianalytics.com/Educational_Webinars.asp - Learn how to trade a bearish call diagonal spread from The Admiral, a former CBOE Designated Primary Market Maker. Learn the key characteristics of call diagonal spreads and how to structure a call diagonal when you have a bearish view about a stock.

This an excerpt from "Trade Options like a DPM Webinar #10: Diagonal Spreads" - http://www.hamzeianalytics.com/Educational_Webinars.asp



"DIAGONAL SPREADS" OPTIONS WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
(JUNE 8, 2010, 1800 CT)

An options strategy established by simultaneously entering into a long and short position in two options of the same type (two call options or two put options) but with different strike prices and expiration dates.




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.

Assessing & Adjusting Diagonals - Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #10: Diagonal Spreads

Assessing & Adjusting Diagonals - Trade Options Like a DPM Webinars #10: Diagonal SpreadsSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
The challenge of trading option spreads is that option spreads can be so dynamic. As The Admiral, a former CBOE Designated Primary Market Maker, explains in this webinar, option traders have many angles to assess. Also, option traders have many opportunities if they know how to adjust option spreads to profit from changes in the market.

This an excerpt from "Trade Options like a DPM Webinar #10: Diagonal Spreads" - http://www.hamzeianalytics.com/Educational_Webinars.asp


"DIAGONAL SPREADS" OPTIONS WEBINAR DESCRIPTION (JUNE 8, 2010, 1800 CT)

An options strategy established by simultaneously entering into a long and short position in two options of the same type (two call options or two put options) but with different strike prices and expiration dates.





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, April 19, 2011

#3Gurus is Back. Another 2-Days of Options & Futures Trading Seminar

#3Gurus is Back. Another 2-Days of Options & Futures Trading SeminarSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend




Load up your options trading toolbox with the knowledge, strategies, and tactics from the 3Gurus and 6 market experts. See what the gurus have in store to help you trade this current market and what's ahead:
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  • Trader Psychology
  • Trade Adjustments
and more! See the full schedule here.
2 Days, 3 Gurus + 6 Experts
  • APRIL 26-27
  • 8:45am CT - 6:30pm CT, both days
  • TEN 75-min sessions with exclusive Q&A with presenters
  • 5 Sessions per day
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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Special Market Report: Oil Prices - Fundamental Data vs. Fear in Libya & Middle East

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*CORRECTION: Date filmed - Friday, March 4, 2011.  
Dr. Joel Fingerman, founder of http://fundamentalanalytics.com/ joins Hamzei Analytics Educational Video Series from the Floor of the CME Group, to share with us critical oil and gasoline data relevant to the recent $15 jump in crude oil prices from concerns over Libya and the Middle East. Dr. Fingerman notes that the amount of oil Libya supplies is not critical and other OPEC countries can easily replace Libya's production. Also, the U.S. has a high supply of oil and gasoline in stock. So, looking at the NYMEX oil contracts open interest at highs, Dr. Fingerman believes that high oil prices are due to speculation and not based on the fundamentals.




Table of OPEC oil producing countries including Libya


U.S. Oil Stockpile

U.S. Gasoline Stockpile


NYMEX Non-Commercial Net Crude Open Interest


**Filmed Friday, March 3rd at 5:30pm CT from the trading floor at the CME Group.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

How Options Expiration Affects Index Futures: January 2011 Expiration

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Taking advantage of market data can help traders anticipate where a trade may go.  This video discusses the interaction between SPX index options expiration and S&P 500 futures.  The SPX options open interest tonight may dictate how futures trade at the open in the morning on Friday.  As off-the-floor traders in our HFT chatroom, we use this data to trade the S&P emini futures during the opening hour.  The data from OCC shows huge open interest at 1275.00 strike on SPX January options.  Meanwhile, the S&P cash closed at 1280.  There is a 5 point spread that's expected tomorrow morning for the market open.



This video was filmed at the CME Group. Follow the CME Group on twitter http://twitter.com/cmegroup

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Checklist for Applying Option Strategies | Options Like a DPM Webinars #8: Ratio Spreads

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The Admiral, a former CBOE designated primary market maker, runs through a checklist to both master various option strategies and expertly analyze the market to determine which option strategy is the best for a particular stock at a particular time. Having gone through 8 Options Education Sessions in this "Trade Options Like a DPM" series, students should have enough tools in their toolbox to take advantage of any stock move and the possible scenarios.

This a Q&A excerpt from "Trade Options like a DPM Webinar #8: Ratio Spreads" - http://hamzeianalytics.com/pow_register.asp




"RATIO SPREADS" OPTIONS WEBINAR CLASS DESCRIPTION (December 13, 2010, 1800 CT)

An options strategy in which an investor simultaneously holds an unequal number of long and short positions. A commonly used ratio is two short options for every option purchased. A ratio spread would be achieved by purchasing one call option with a strike price of $45 and writing two call options with a strike price of $50. This would allow the investor to capture a gain on a small upward move in the underlying stock's price. However, any move past the higher strike price ($50) of the written options will cause this position to lose value. Theoretically, an extremely large increase in the underlying stock's price can cause an unlimited loss to the investor due to the extra short call.

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.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Mastering Volatility for Ratio Spreads | Options Like a DPM Webinars #8: Ratio Spreads

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Volatility is a key component of any options strategy. Understanding volatility can mean the success of a trade or a total disaster, painting oneself into a corner. In this excerpt from the Q&A session of "Ratio Spreads," the Admiral gives several tips and experienced insights on how to analyze volatility and some common traps. Also, he explains how news and seasonality may affect volatility in ways that is unintuitive, debunking some options trading myths that may have endangered traders.

This a Q&A excerpt from "Trade Options like a DPM Webinar #8: Ratio Spreads" - http://hamzeianalytics.com/pow_register.asp



"RATIO SPREADS" OPTIONS WEBINAR CLASS DESCRIPTION (December 13, 2010, 1800 CT)

An options strategy in which an investor simultaneously holds an unequal number of long and short positions. A commonly used ratio is two short options for every option purchased. A ratio spread would be achieved by purchasing one call option with a strike price of $45 and writing two call options with a strike price of $50. This would allow the investor to capture a gain on a small upward move in the underlying stock's price. However, any move past the higher strike price ($50) of the written options will cause this position to lose value. Theoretically, an extremely large increase in the underlying stock's price can cause an unlimited loss to the investor due to the extra short call.

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, January 16, 2011

Call Ratio Spread Basics | Options Like a DPM Webinars #8: Ratio Spreads

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This clip from the latest "Trade Options like a DPM" Options Education Class with a full lesson on Call Ratio Spreads. As with the "Backspreads" class, the Admiral teaches the details of putting together a Ratio Spread Options Strategy by doing an example from beginning to end. The Admiral starts with the basic concepts for a Ratio Spread, breaking out each Options Greek variable. Then, he analyzes the various scenarios for stock price movement and volatility to determine if Ratio Spreads are a good strategy choice for this particular stock at this particular time. The stock in this example was Amgen (AMGN).



"RATIO SPREADS" OPTIONS WEBINAR CLASS DESCRIPTION (December 13, 2010, 1800 CT)

An options strategy in which an investor simultaneously holds an unequal number of long and short positions. A commonly used ratio is two short options for every option purchased. A ratio spread would be achieved by purchasing one call option with a strike price of $45 and writing two call options with a strike price of $50. This would allow the investor to capture a gain on a small upward move in the underlying stock's price. However, any move past the higher strike price ($50) of the written options will cause this position to lose value. Theoretically, an extremely large increase in the underlying stock's price can cause an unlimited loss to the investor due to the extra short call.

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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