Weekly Options and study of Options expiration dynamics
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Weekly Options and study of Options expiration dynamics

Options behavior in the final 2 weeks before expiry is dramatic. This course analyzes Weekly Options until the final day
4.3 (59 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.
802 students enrolled
Created by Hari Swaminathan
Last updated 3/2013
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What Will I Learn?
  • Learn all about Weekly Options
  • What are the pluses and minuses of trading Weekly Options
  • How does Time decay work on weekly Options
  • Simulate the effects of time decay on the days before expiry
  • What strategies are good for Weekly Options
  • How do all the Option Greeks behave during the final days before an Options expiry
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  • Basic knowledge of Stocks and Options
  • Basic knowledge of the Single Options strategies


The impact of time decay on Option prices in the final week before expiry is an exciting phenomenon. We know time decay is exponential, but how do the Greeks actually behave during this time. This course on Trading Options at Expiration takes a deep dive using Apple (AAPL) Options Weekly series. All Weekly Option series open for trading on Thursday morning and trade until the following Friday. We follow an AAPL Short Straddle trade from Thursday morning until deep into the following week. The Short Straddle is explained in detail in this course; however, the reader may also view the Straddles and Strangles course, to get a more complete understanding of this type of trade. The Greeks are on steroids during the final week of an Option's life.

Option Greeks behave abnormally during the final week, especially the At-The-Money Options. It should be intuitive that these Options are experiencing an enormous amount of uncertainty insofar as to whether they will end up in-the-money or not. What may not be clear is how the Greeks behave during this time which ultimately impacts Option prices.

Most importantly, the lectures focus on the kinds of strategies that are ideal during the final two weeks before expiry. Although most strategies tend to focus on the most dominant Options characteristic during this time (Time Decay), the course also shows a couple of very interesting, very high reward strategies with very little risk.  

What can you expect

  • What are Weekly Options and why are they special
  • What characteristics do Options have when they are very close to expiry
  • What kind of trades are suitable during this time
  • What sort of attention do you need to give to these trades
  • What kinds of traders are Weekly Options suitable for
  • What time decay strategies could work during the final week
  • The impact of the final weekend on Option prices
  • What challenges and pitfalls can you expect from Weekly Options
  • What role does the Greek Gamma take on during this time
  • And why does Vega whimper out during this time
  • And what about Delta and Theta - it's a total Greek-fest 


Who is the target audience?
  • Stock and Options traders
  • Why weekly Options may not be good for working professionals
  • Day traders of Options
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Curriculum For This Course
6 Lectures
Introduction to Weekly Options and Options expiration dynamics
4 Lectures 42:30
Introduction to Weeklies, Shorties and their characteristics
Preview 07:59

Analysis of ideal strategies using weekly Options - This lecture is on the Calendar trade.
Preview 12:02

Analysis of ideal strategies using weekly Options - This lecture is on the Iron Condor trade.
Analysis of the Iron Condor using weekly Options

Analysis of ideal strategies using weekly Options - This lecture is on the Short Strangle trade.
Analysis of the Short Strangle using Weekly Options
Decay of Option values until the last day
2 Lectures 21:05
A detailed analysis of what happens to Option prices with every passing day until the last day of expiry.
Impact on Options Prices and Theoretical Value

The concluding lecture highlighting some very interesting high potential reward using Weekly Options
CONCLUSION: Some high reward potential trades

Weekly Options quiz
4 questions
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.