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This high-octane program features education, analysis, strategies and unusual activity.

This high-octane program features education, analysis, strategies and unusual activity.
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This high-octane program features education, analysis, strategies and unusual activity.

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English


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Option Block 692: Mixing Things Up A Bit

2/16/2018
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Trading Block: Is the VIX "Whistleblower" just more noise or it there some teeth this time? Volatility's awakening spurs record long position in VIX futures. Strategy Block: Discusses legging into OTM vertical call spreads Odd Block: More JAN 2019 50 "Catastrophe" puts in Tesla Motors (TSLA), long-term put love in Community Health Systems (CYH), and calls trade in Radian Group Inc. (RDN). Mail Block: Options question of the week It's been a rocky week for the markets. People are...

Duration:01:01:13

Option Block 691: The Calm After the Storm

2/13/2018
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Trading Block: One week later, how is everyone doing? SPY is back in rally mode. VIX back in the mid-20s. It's been a wild week for CBOE. Stock took a hit, threatened $100, now rallying up 4%. Earnings this week include APRN, before the bell tomorrow. ATM straddle $0.65, approx. 20%. Volatility's awakening spurs a record long position in VIX Futures Odd Block: Review from 2/8: Someone unloading calls in (UNP), Pre earnings action in Under Armor (UAA). Mail Block: Options question of the...

Duration:01:02:14

Option Block 690: Debating XIV and SVXY

2/9/2018
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Trading Block: A review of the week to date. Odd Block: More Jan 2019 50 "catastrophe"puts in Tesla Motors (TSLA); Unloading Mar 30 calls in (UNP). Strategy Block: Mike Tosaw discusses buying the dip Mail Block: Options question of the week VIX is moving like crazy today day. It's already blown past 23 and is threatening 35. So let's dial up our $VIX threshold for extra #ZombieApocalypse fun. You buying or selling these levels? Quite Simply: Where will $VIX close on Friday? Listener...

Duration:01:01:11

Option Block 689: It's The End of the World

2/6/2018
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Trading Block: Dow loses over 1,000 points on the day. SPX opened at 2,683 on Jan 2. VIX cash now threatening 35! XBT below $7000; good thing for "uncorrelated assets." Earnings Highlights this Week: Odd Block: From last Monday: Near-term call paper in (CL) Mail Block: Question of the week Holy Crap! $VIX is threatening 23! Is this the beginning of the #ZombieApocalypse or a great time to sell some #Volatility? In a nutshell - how do you think $VIX will finish the week? Updated...

Duration:01:05:29

Option Block 688: The Great Earnings Palooza Returns

2/2/2018
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Trading Block: Earnings! Wednesday's big names: FB, MSFT. Thursday's big names: AAPL, GOOGL, AMZN, BABA. OCC cleared contract volume increased 42% in January; highest January for cleared volume, highest month ever for index options. Odd Block: TSLA options tracker. Review from Monday's near-term call paper in CL. Strategy Block: Uncle Mike takes us to strategy school. Mail Block: Options question of the week, plus listener questions and comments EarningsSeason is upon us once again!...

Duration:00:59:32

Option Block 687: Revenge of Realized Volatility

1/30/2018
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Trading Block: VIX is back into the 13 handle. Earnings this week: Odd Block: More Jan 2019 50 "Catastrophe" puts in Tesla Motors (TSLA). Size call diagonal in Anheuser Busch Inbev NV (BUD). Near-term call paper in Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL). Mail Block: Options question of the week Earnings Season is upon us once again! It's time for #Tech to put its best foot forward. Which big #tech names are you looking to sling some #options on this week? Listener questions and...

Duration:01:02:08

Option Block 686: Bridging the ETF-Options Divide

1/26/2018
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Trading Block: Earnings! Odd Block: Size near-term put sales in (NWL). Crazy move sparks crazy volume in (MNKD). Size short call roll in (SAN). Strategy Block: Mike Tosaw discusses his most recent SPY trades Mail Block: Options questions of the week Since we're down at #InsideETFs this week we thought we'd make our #Options #QOTW about #ETFOPTIONS. Quite simply - what is your favorite ETF/ETP #option to trade? Bitcoin #Futures are currently trading around $11,500. If #Options existed,...

Duration:00:58:17

Option Block 685: Shutdown

1/23/2018
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Trading Block: The Dow sets all-time intraday record as Senate votes to end government shutdown Earnings This Week: Odd Block: Calls and puts trade in Patterson UTI Energy (PTEN). Puts trade in Harley Davidson Inc (HOG). Puts roll in HCA Healthcare Inc (HCA). Strategy Block: Mike Tosaw discusses buying OTM calls in this current market Mail Block: Options question of the week Bitcoin futures are currently trading around $11,500. If #Options existed, how would you trade them? Assuming...

Duration:00:58:13

Option Block 683: Is Uncle Mike Getting Bearish?

1/19/2018
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Trading Block: VIX at 12.40! In the double digits for the first time in a long while. Earnings season ahead. IBM - $168.70, ATM straddle - $7.20, approx. 4%. A rough start to the year for Bitcoin. Tuesday selloff hits crypto hard. Odd Block: Yet more Jan 2019 50 "catastrophe" puts in Tesla Motors (TSLA). Massive call party in Guggenheim CurrencyShares Euro Trust (FXE). Size bullish strangle in Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI). Size put roll in MBIA Inc. (MBI). Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw...

Duration:00:59:30

Option Block 683: Getting Crude with Pot Stocks and Crypto

1/12/2018
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Trading Block: Crude is hitting new near-term highs. Brent breaks above 70 for the first time since 2014. Kodak is now a crypto company!? Odd Block: Massive call party in (FXE); Options-palooza in (XOP); Call frenzy in (XLE). Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses risk reversals. Mail Block: Options question of the week Another "easy" one to help kick off the New Year. Which name are you looking forward to trading options on during the upcoming earnings season? Your fav not here?...

Duration:00:59:01

Option Block 682: INTC Insider Trading, Plus NVDA, TSLA, F and More

1/9/2018
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Trading Block: Nvidia stocks rises on new of chips being used in handle processing of driverless cars. Intel was aware of the chip vulnerability when its CEO sold off $24 million in company stock & options. Odd Block: More Jan 2019 50 "Catastrophe" puts in Tesla Motors (TSLA). Massive call party in Guggenheim CurrencyShares Euro Trust (FXE). Buying more time in Johnson Controls International PLC (JCI) Mail Block: Options question of the week 2017 was the "Year that Volatility Died." So...

Duration:01:04:35

Option Block 681: The Great 2018 Kick-Off Show

1/5/2018
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Trading Block: The numbers are in for 2017 Mail Block: Listener feedback Our final options question of the week for 2017 was an easy one. Quite simply: What is your enduring market memory/event/trend/etc. of 2017? Have a suggestion of your own? We encourage you to choose "Other" and send in your thoughts. We'll share the interesting ones on the network. Happy New Year! 2017 was the "Year that Volatility Died." So our first options question of the week for 2018 is a puzzler. Quite...

Duration:01:02:31

Option Block 680: 2017 Year-End Palooza - All Smoke, No Fire

12/29/2017
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Trading Block: Review of the last trading day of the year. VIX barely holding on to double digits. Big meh into the end of the year. Silver is on a tear. The highs and lows of Bitcoin. Cboe announces six Bitcoin ETFs. Uncle Mike creates a new product...Fitcoin. 2017 Year-in Review: The good, the bad, and the unexplicable. Final Options Question of the Week for 2017: What is your enduring market memory/event/trend/etc of 2017? Have a suggestion of your own? We encourage you to choose...

Duration:01:00:23

Option Block 679: Bitcoin and Levered SPY Risk Reversals

12/22/2017
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Trading Block: NKE after hours. ATM straddle - $3.40, approx. 5%. Looking back on 2017: The year without volatility. Odd Block: More Jan 2019 50 "Catastrophe" puts in (TSLA). Size roll/diagonal in Autodesk Inc. (ADSK). Size call party in First Data Corp. (FDC). Closing call party in Blackstone Group LP (BX). Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses his most recent trading strategy in SPY. Mail Block: Options question of the week. Now it's a party! Bitcoin futures are live on both CME...

Duration:01:02:37

Option Block 678: Is Donald Trump Long Bitcoin?

12/19/2017
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Trading Block: JPMorgan is lighting up Twitter. It's one of the bank's best ideas for 2018. A lot of div plays lighting up the tape today. Now it's a party! CME Bitcoin futures are live! Volume a little lighter in XBT now. Taleb is not a fan of Bitcoin - at least not without options. Petterrfy also hates Bitcoin - but it didn't stop him from buying ads on the futures. Odd Block: More Jan 2019 50 "Catastrophe" puts in Tesla Motors (TSLA). Size call party in Regions Financial Corp (RF)....

Duration:01:03:34

Option Block 677: Bitcoin Is Destroying the World

12/15/2017
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Trading Block: Volume is a little lighter in XBT now. Taleb is not a fan of Bitcoin, at least not without options. Apparently Bitcoin is destroying the world. Question of the week: Everyone's caught Bitcoin fever these days. The first "real" futures launched at CBOE. Our question is simple - are you going to trade them this week? Odd Block: Closing vertical w/ puts in Time Warner Inc. (TWX). Closing upside calls in Symantec Corp. (SYMC). Size ITM put roll in Sanchez Energy Corp....

Duration:00:56:44

Option Block 676: Everyone Has Bitcoin Fever

12/12/2017
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Trading Block: We are living in the Bitcoin futures world. At 5:00 pm CT on Sunday, XBT futures opened at $15,000 and 890 contracts were traded by 7:15 pm. Total volume Sunday overnight was a reported 3,001 contracts, with nearly 20 trading firms actively participating. Apparently Bitcoin is destroying the world. Options Question of the Week: Everyone's caught Bitcoin fever these days. The first "real" futures launched today on CBOE. Our question is simple - are you going to trade them...

Duration:01:02:05

Option Block 675: Talking Skew, VIX, TSLA, Bitcoin, Taxes and More

12/8/2017
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Trading Block: Someone has the gall to downgrade Tesla, but the stock still rallies. OCC Cleared contract volume increased 1% in November. It was the highest November ever for options volume. Odd Block: Jan 2019 50 "Catastrophe" puts in Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) Paper doubling down in (JBLU). Calls trade in Union Pacific Corp (UNP). Puts trade in Amgen, Inc. (AMGN). Strategy Block: Uncle Mike Tosaw discusses how to trade skew. Mail Block: Options question of the week. The war for...

Duration:01:00:48

Option Block 674: Bitcoin Battles and Long Options Debate

12/5/2017
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Trading Block: GOP tax plan passes the Senate. CBOE Plans December 10 Launch of Bitcoin Futures Trading Odd Block: Size OTM call paper in Plains GP Holdings LP (PAGP). Funky ratio verticals/stupid in Him Technologies Inc. (HIMX). Weird backwards post-earnings roll in L Brands Inc. (LB). Mail Block: Options question of the week The war for Bitcoin Derivatives is heating up w/ both CME Group and CBOE jumping into the fray. How do you think you'll be trading Bitcoin in 2018? Listeners...

Duration:01:03:11

Option Block 673: TSLA, XRT, CZR, Olive Garden Babies and More

12/1/2017
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Trading Block: Dow sets new record by hitting 24,000 and SPX hits 2,657. This was the fifth 1,000-point milestone for the Dow this year, first hitting 20,000 on Jan. 25. The market is still in rally mode, awaiting tax deal. North Korea unable to spook the market. Odd Block: More Jan 2019 50 "Catastrophe" puts on the tape yesterday - OI breaks 30k. Funky ratio risk reversal in SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT). Put spread vs. near-term calls in Aetna Inc. (AET). Near-term Dec call love in Caesars...

Duration:01:01:50

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