SMBU’s Options Tribe Webinar: Matt Williamson of Tacticalspreads.com: Selling Shotguns in a Volatility Apocalypse

This week, Matt Williamson of Tacticalspreads.com will be discussing the weigted vega effect as well as second and third order volatility greeks to offer an explanation for the behavior of volatility curves in black swan events. He will also be offering ideas on theoretical ways of profiting from these events. During the webinar, Seth Freudberg will also be making some comments about changes that SMB’s Options Trading Desk is making to its approach to options trading based on lessons learned from the recent market volatility.

Trade Review–WMT HD SPY

The top In Play names this morning: WMT was my focus as the lowering of FY19 guidance was potentially a very strong catalyst. Early indications from pre-market trading were many traders were attempting to dump the stock ahead larger selling that would come after the opening bell. You can see my discussion of WMT in the AM Meeting here. With … Read More

Why I Game Plan Every Day

Every morning when I arrive at SMB’s office in midtown Manhattan I have a pre-market routine. The routine serves two purposes: 1) To get me in the proper frame of mind to attack the markets and 2) Ensure that I’m in the best risk/reward stocks and setups. Here is a brief outline of my pre-market process: Login to trading platform … Read More

Recruiting traders for Teams that fit their talents

During an interview with now one our new hires, I imagined the candidate trading on one of our specific teams.  I thought he could be a very good scalper.   I could imagine him succeeding on Team Scalping. The candidate had a history of very fast thinking.  He had done the type of thinking prior to this interview to be … Read More

Collaborating to build automated models

In his Daily Report Card, a developing hybrid trader noted the important value talking to another trader on the desk about his idea for an automated trading model.  (A hybrid trader is one who profits with discretion, AND discretion armed with technology, AND automated models.  They are not just a discretionary trader, pushing buttons based upon what they see in … Read More

[Webinar Recording] “The Bearish Butterfly: Play to Win”

John Locke’s recent presentation “The Bearish Butterfly Trade: Play to Win” has now been posted. Traders find this strategy to be superior to selling calls or buying puts since the Bearish Butterfly trade can also profit in bullish markets. This makes the Bearish Butterfly an improvement over many forms of hedging which can limit upside or have negative expectancy. And by adding … Read More