CREDIT SPREAD SURGERY - Bear Call and Bull Put Mastery
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CREDIT SPREAD SURGERY - Bear Call and Bull Put Mastery

Master the Bear Call and Bull Put Options Trading strategies and create the foundation for a consistent monthly income.
4.4 (60 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
630 students enrolled
Created by Hari Swaminathan
Last updated 3/2013
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Mastery of Credit Spreads - the Bear Call and Bull Put spreads
  • Learn to create monthly income strategies that consistently produce income
  • Advanced adjustment strategies to manage credit spreads
  • Master the art of adjusting credit spreads when they get into trouble
  • Construct monthly income strategies for consistent returns
  • Fine tune the art of picking the right strikes, expiry series and Volatility environment before placing a trade
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  • Knowledge of Bull Put Spread and Bear Call Spread
  • Knowledge of basic Options - Calls and Puts

Consider this Option Trading Strategies course as "Advanced Credit Spreads". Both these spreads are dissected to convey an advanced level of knowledge and skill in using these credit spreads. Everything on How to Trade Options from the ideal credit spread trade setup, trade management, adjustments and exit. You're expected to know what a Bull Put and Bear call spread is.

This is a BUSY PROFESSIONALS SERIES course. If you have a regular job, then you need Option Trading Strategies that allow you to focus on your job, but yet create a somewhat stable and reliable income stream from your investments. The Covered Call, which we covered in Module II, is an excellent example of such a strategy. In this course, we dig deep into credit spreads and understand why being an Option seller (risk defined of course - no naked selling) may not be that bad after all. We analyze Probability, Time decay and Volatility considerations and come up with some pretty good stuff on How to Trade Options.

These spreads form the foundation blocks of "Monthly Income" strategies. And not surprisingly, all advanced strategies like Iron Condors or Backspreads use some variation of the Bear Call or the Bull Put spreads. Anyone wanting to create a consistent monthly income of 2% to 5% will use these strategies as part of their "Income" portion of their portfolio.

What you will master


  • With Spreads, you can now be a seller of Options
  • The meaning of "defined risk" Options investing
  • Cutting-edge trade entry analysis
  • Selection of the right expiry series
  • Selection of the appropriate strike prices
  • Volatility considerations
  • Setting the optimal "width" of the Spread
  • Set your monthly target that can still let you sleep at night
  • Optimize Time decay, Probability and Premium collection variables
  • Set "pain points", and plan the exact nature of adjustments
  • Setup trades that require little monitoring
  • Why you can be wrong on direction and still make a profit
  • Ideal strategies for losing positions
  • How do you handle your position when your short strike prices are in danger

You should be knowledgeable about Debit spreads and Credit Spreads, which are covered in the Options Spreads course. The Options spreads course and Advanced credit spreads course is available as a bundle. The bundle is available for a 20% discount.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone that already understand what credit spreads are but are looking to take their skill to advanced levels
  • Busy professionals who want to create monthly income strategies that require adjustments only once in a few days
  • Anyone wanting to build long term income strategies
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
7 Lectures 52:09
Credit spreads are the bedrock of "monthly income strategies". In this course, you'll learn to construct the ideal credit spreads, and manage them through to successful exits.
Preview 06:11

A comparison of the Bear Call spreads and Bull Put spreads - the two credit spreads. Although both these strategies are identical in their characteristics, they differ in one very big way.
Preview 12:37

Choosing the right expiry series is the first step to constructing an efficient credit spread.
Optimal Expiry Series

The next step is picking the right strike prices. Although this is mostly an individual choice, there is a sweet spot that balances the collection of premium with the probability of success, with success being defined as the credit spreads expiring worthless. Risk versus Reward - that's what its all about.
Optimal Strike Price selection

What width of the spread gives you the edge and what are its drawbacks.
Spread width, Premiums and Margin

Which credit spread do you choose and why.
Technical Analysis for optimal trade entry

Last but not least - have you taken into consideration the volatility environment. This could make or break the trade. 
Volatility considerations
9 Lectures 57:50
Trade setup for 2 credit spreads - Netflix and Linkedin.
Bear Call Trade setup (NFLX and LNKD)

The Linkedin trade starts to go against us. What is the adjustment point and why. And what is the nature of the adjustment.
Adjustment 1 for Linkedin (LNKD)

The first adjustment on the Netflix trade - the goal is to eke out small returns that can add up.
Adjustment 1 for Netflix (NFLX)

Linkedin continues to move against us. This is what we wanted, and results in the second adjustment.
Adjustment 2 for Linkedin (LNKD)

The Netflix trade is choppy - but we are in control.
Adjustment 2 for Netflix (NFLX)

Linkedin is very bullish - and adds pressure on the trade. The goal is to get back to breakeven.
Adjustment 3 for Linkedin (LNKD)

A good exit for Netflix, with a 11% return in 2 weeks.
Trade Exit for Netflix (NFLX)

If you can manage the losers and come to breakeven, the winners will come automatically. This is a tough trade but we end up above the water line. We hit about a 4 to 5% return on a trade that went against us from the beginning.
Trade Exit for Linkedin (LNKD)

This lecture is a wrap-up of the course highlighting all the important points of "monthly income strategies". 

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About the Instructor
Hari Swaminathan
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Options Mentor, Financial markets educator, Trader, Investor

Knowledge. Strategy. Execution.

Hari Swaminathan is the founder of OptionTiger, a cutting-edge Options Mentoring company, and a full-circle educator in all areas of Financial Markets, Hari has developed several proprietary Intellectual Property "methods and approaches" around enhancing base case Options strategies (which favor the Market Makers) and turns that deficit into a massive EDGE on the trader's side.. Like building a powerful Strategy "for all Option Strategies". 

Hari is self-taught in Options and actively trading these instruments for almost 10 years, mostly through trial and error. Trial and error in general, is an excellent method of learning, but applied in this context, trial and error CAN BE EXPENSIVE. My courseware focuses on this aspect mostly, so you can avoid losing money in the 1 to 2 years when you're learning. Yes, it does take that long, if not more. If the markets were indeed simple, you'd have everyone involved in it. Patience, Diligence, and Determination are what you need during this time.

Hari has a Bachelors degree in Engineering from India, and MBA's from Columbia University in NYC and London Business School in London UK. 

More than ever, its become important for normal people to take charge of their financial situation, and truly understand how financial markets, and the various asset classes, trading nuances really work. Investing in the financial markets is no longer a HANDS-OFF ACTIVITY. There's no point blaming financial advisors after the fact. Now, it's become crucial for everyone to do "their OWN homework", so you can decide for yourself whether something is good or risky. This is of course easier said than done, and that's exactly where we come in.

My mission is to educate everyday people on the deep, strategic underpinnings of the stock markets, and exploit that knowledge with the use of OPTIONS.  THERE IS NOTHING RANDOM about the markets. There are surprises all the time, but there's always a method behind every madness. And my goal is to get you to this point of understanding and awareness. That's when it starts to fit in. 

Knowledge, Education, Crafting Breakthrough strategy, Technical analysis, Following Smart Money, Risk management, Disciplined Money management, and near flawless Execution approaches are just a few of the crucial points emphasized in all the Courses. Video-based education courseware, Practical workshops, several elite proprietary Advanced systems, a 4-week Live Mentoring program are just a few things we offer. The goal is to provide a "full circle" education in the Markets, which is necessary before it starts "fitting in". 

Let's break down the Options game in a realistic manner. 

The Pluses

1. Options were invented out of thin air. And the people who invented them won Nobel Prizes for their invention (Fisher and Black). It is purely a "Mathematical" concept. 

2. This gives rise to very complex but interesting  analytical scenarios. It also gives us the ability to model Options with a set of tools like a car dashboard. This data is embedded in the mathematical formulas that underpin Options structure itself.

3. Because everything in Options is defined in mathematical terms, its also important to realize that OPTIONS will always be the same. Forever. Unless they discover serious flaws in the formulas and models used by these Nobel winners. 

4. Options and Chess have LARGE overlaps. You may agree that Chess is a game of "skill". It's a game of Strategy and depends upon how well you can plan (ahead) to attack, defend or take a neutral position. We also believe that Chess is strategy-focused and depends upon certain mathematical principles. Why or How do we know this - The reason we know its a game of skill is : Try to play 100 chess games with Kasparov or Anand. Normal people are almost guaranteed a loss in all 100 games. So it has to be a game of skill. And why do we know its underlying features are mathematics based. The fact that a computer like Deep Blue beat the GrandMaster Garry Kasparov in 1997.

5. Lastly, You MUST believe this completely -  Options, just like Chess, are a "skill set", and requires acquiring a deep set of analytical skills much more so than most skill sets in the world, and THEY can only be MASTERED over a period of time. Once you understand Options better, you'll realize how true this is. But, there is a very powerful light at the end of this tunnel. You build a skill set for life.  Age, Geographical location, Lifestyles, or Weather are no longer a barrier to creating consistent income streams, regardless of who you are, where you are, or how old you are. 

This is very POWERFUL stuff. 

Now let's look at the negatives. This is what most people will NOT tell you. Anyone that tells you Options are SIMPLE, and you can make extra ordinary income easily, is JUST NOT TRUE. I will tell you Options can be brutal if you simply apply speculative methodologies. And once you can develop a SYSTEMATIC approach to every situation (which is the Real Game), you'll be well on your way to consistent performance.


Options are easily the most fascinating financial instrument with several upside benefits, but also an equally powerful set of negatives. 

1. Options have a steep learning curve. Don't expect to become Kasparov in a couple of months. Market Makers who are 99% of the time, the counter party to all Options trades, are Options professionals, with 10 to 20 years of experience, in performing their "legal duty" of providing liquidity. 

2. If you're interested in Options, try NOT approach it with a mindset or requirement of making money. This is not only NOT going to happen, but its a recipe for disaster. It's like a student of Medicine wanting to practice their skills after 2 months of study. 

3) As someone that has self-learnt Options and through making mistakes from Trial and Error, I can tell you Options trading is not something you should take lightly. You will hear people talking of fantastic triple and quadruple digit returns. I'm here to be brutally honest with you - 

- Be very very careful in the first 12 months of Options trading. 

- This is when everyone is the most vulnerable to losing money. 

- Your main objective during this time is to focus on learning this craft 

Having said that, if you can get past the first 12 months and acquire the expertise in a Systematic manner with Systematic approaches to every situation, true financial independence awaits. But you have some serious but exciting work to do before you get there, and I'm here to help you in this journey. 

And join me in my UDemy courses, where I share cutting-edge theoretical knowledge mixed with practical insights, strategy and impeccable execution approaches, through live trading examples. How do we know it's all this (don't just go by my word). Check what 30,000 students have to say in 3100 Reviews, with almost 2800 of them being 5-Star or 4-Star

If you have any questions at any time, please feel free to message me on Udemy.

The order to follow on my Udemy courses

Comprehensive guide to Financial Markets, Investing and Trading

Options Trading Beginners Bundle (3-course Bundle)

Advanced Options Concepts

Options spreads and credit spreads Bundle

Technical analysis and Chart reading Bundle

After this, the order does not matter. You can take any of the courses as per your interest.