Episode 5 of 'Saxo Options Talk' unveils short call spreads Episode 5 of 'Saxo Options Talk' unveils short call spreads Episode 5 of 'Saxo Options Talk' unveils short call spreads

Episode 5 of 'Saxo Options Talk' unveils short call spreads

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Koen Hoorelbeke

Options Strategist

Summary:  In Episode 5 of 'Saxo Options Talk,' Koen Hoorelbeke and Peter Siks meticulously dissect the strategy of short call spreads, offering invaluable insights for traders aiming to navigate markets with a bearish to neutral stance.

Introducing Episode 5 - Short Call Spreads

We're excited to bring you Episode 5 of 'Saxo Options Talk', titled "Short Call Spreads." In this episode, hosts Koen Hoorelbeke and Peter Siks delve into the strategic essence of short call spreads, illustrating how this strategy can be a powerful tool in bearish or sideways market conditions.

Decoding short call spreads

Short call spreads may initially appear intricate, but they provide a strategic edge when the markets show bearish or neutral trends. This episode kicks off with a concise recap of long call spreads before navigating the opposite terrain of short call spreads.

Key learning points

  • Strategic application: Delve into why short call spreads are an optimal strategy in certain market scenarios, offering a nuanced understanding of their usage.
  • Maximizing profit and minimizing risk: Gain insight into how to calculate maximum profit, select appropriate strikes, and manage the width of the spread based on your market outlook and risk appetite.

Strategy and selection:

  • Choosing the short strike: Engage with the intricate process of strike selection, balancing between aggressive and conservative approaches, and understanding the trade-offs involved.
  • Selling vs. buying premium: Uncover the advantages of selling premium over buying, and how embracing theta decay can work in your favor.

Advanced insights:

  • The role of volatility: Discuss how implied volatility impacts option pricing and the strategy of capitalizing on high volatility scenarios.
  • Profit and loss tactics: Explore personal strategies for managing profits and losses, the dynamics of early closing, and the nuanced techniques of legging in or legging out of positions.

Practical considerations:

  • Navigating margin and assignment risks: Understand the necessity of margin in short call spreads and how to mitigate the risks associated with assignment, particularly when positions are deeply in the money or when dividends are involved.

Who should listen?

Episode 5 is a must-listen for traders at any level who want to understand the intricacies of short call spreads and how to apply them effectively in their trading strategies.

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Join the discussion

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Your questions, our answers

We're eager to hear from you! Send your options-related questions to optionquestions@saxobank.com. Selected questions will be addressed in future episodes, providing customized advice and insights.


Episode 5 of 'Saxo Options Talk' is crucial for any trader looking to adeptly maneuver through bearish or neutral markets with short call spreads. With Koen and Peter's comprehensive guidance, you'll be equipped to implement and effectively manage these strategies, enhancing your trading portfolio's performance. Tune in, engage, and enrich your trading expertise with us!

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