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Options Talk - Episode 17 - mastering time spreads: calendar and diagonal strategies

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Koen Hoorelbeke

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Summary:  In Episode 17 of 'Saxo Options Talk,' Koen Hoorelbeke and Peter Siks delve into the advanced strategies of time spreads, focusing on both calendar and diagonal spreads. This episode is a must-listen for traders aiming to enhance their options trading techniques through sophisticated strategies.

Options are complex, high-risk products and require knowledge, investment experience and, in many applications, high risk acceptance. We recommend that before you invest in options, you inform yourself well about the operation and risks.

Introducing episode 17 - mastering time spreads: calendar and diagonal strategies

"Episode 17 - mastering time spreads: calendar and diagonal strategies" offers an in-depth exploration of time spreads, a crucial strategy for traders dealing with options of different expiry dates. Koen and Peter guide listeners through the nuances of these strategies, providing insights on how to effectively implement them in various market conditions.

Understanding time spreads

  • Time spread: This strategy involves using options with different expiry dates to capitalize on volatility differences.
  • Calendar spread: Involves options with the same strike price but different expiration dates.
  • Diagonal spread: Combines options with different strike prices and expiration dates.

Key concepts

  • Volatility cones: Highlight implied volatility across different timeframes (1, 3, 6, 9, 12 months), showing that short-term volatility is more variable than long-term.
  • Profit from volatility difference: Time spreads exploit differences in volatility between short and long-term options.
  • Typical setup: Generally involves buying a long-term option and selling a short-term option, particularly effective when short-term volatility is higher.

Examples and strategies

  • Earnings play: Selling short-term options with high volatility (e.g., due to earnings reports) and buying longer-term options to profit from the volatility difference.
  • Low volatility environment: Consider buying short-term options and selling long-term options to leverage the volatility differences in a low volatility market.
  • Risk management: Time spreads generally have defined risks but can become undefined risk strategies if not managed correctly at expiration.

Practical tips

  • Monitor positions closely: Time spreads require diligent monitoring, especially as the short-term option approaches expiration.
  • Volatility graphs: Utilize tools like Saxo Trader Pro’s volatility graphs to assess implied volatility across different expiries, aiding in strategy formulation.
  • Experience required: Due to their complexity and need for active management, time spreads are more suitable for advanced traders.

Why listen to episode 17? For traders looking to deepen their understanding of advanced options strategies, Episode 17 of 'Saxo Options Talk' is essential. Packed with practical advice and expert insights, this episode will help you navigate the intricacies of time spreads, enhancing your trading repertoire.

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"Episode 17 - mastering time spreads: calendar and diagonal strategies" equips traders with the knowledge to effectively implement these advanced strategies. Koen and Peter’s expert guidance sheds light on the complexities of time spreads, offering actionable strategies to enhance your trading performance. Tune in to transform your trading strategies and master the art of time spreads with confidence.

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