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About Randall Liss

Randall Liss is a long-time, seasoned veteran of the exchange-traded options industry. Mr Liss helped found the European Options Exchange in Amsterdam, an elected member of the Board of Directors, a long-time member of the Business Conduct Committee and a co-founder of The Market-Makers Association. He ran a market-making operation for a large Dutch bank and also managed his own market-making firm. Since 2006 Mr Liss has devoted his energy to educating and mentoring traders, investment clubs, individuals and institutions using his own proprietary curriculum, The Theory and Working Method of Trading Options. Randall has lectured in Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, London, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, New York and Chicago on a variety of investment and derivative strategies. He is also an on-camera options analyst for Bloomberg TV and the Business News Network. In 2008 Mr Liss returned to the town of his birth, Chicago. His clients include ABN AMRO Options Clearing, optionsXpress, Columbia College, The Chicago Institute of Investment, The Options Tribe and many private individuals and investment clubs. Mr Liss strongly believes in demystifying the options market and making the seemingly complex understandable.

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A Trade If You Think a Stock Or Index Will Puke

Today I’d like to discuss a strategy to use when you expect an explosive move lower.  Which could happen at any time. Black Swans do fly (and more often than one might imagine),  This option strategy is called The Put Back Spread. The P&L graph looks like this:...

Flauwe Dinsdag Vaste Week

A little Dutch for thisTuesday. Here is a picture is of a canal I used to live on in Amsterdam. What the title of today’s column means in English is, “Weak Tuesday, strong week”, an old Dutch stock market saying. With the market down today after a strong Monday  we’ll...

What is Open Interest?

I always advise my students and mentees to only trade option series that show good liquidity. Ease of exit in a position is more important than ease of entry. On the trading floor we used to speak of a “Roach Motel Position”…Easy to get in, impossible to get out. What...

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