The Montréal Exchange is pleased to host the 12th annual Options Education Day with our partner Options Industry Council (OIC). This full-day conference is the perfect opportunity for retail investors, investment professionals, academics, to reunite and learn how to trade options.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Westin Harbour Castle
1 Harbour Square
Toronto, ON
M5J 1A6


$50 CAD (until August 18th) plus applicable taxes
$55 CAD (until September 14th) plus applicable taxes
(light refreshments and lunch included).
Limited seating. No registration on site.


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8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

and morning refreshments

Investors will have the choice between one of the two sessions below:

Choice 1 - OIC Room

For investors who want to learn how to use options, The Options Industry Council will be getting down to business cycles. From expansion to contraction. Each stage of the economy will present its own set of opportunities where you can use options to your advantage. Learn about the bigger picture and drill down into the opportunities that lie beneath.

Options for a Bull Market
(Equipping yourself for the next bull cycle)

Starts 9:00 a.m. (OIC Room)

The ongoing bull market gave investors returns well over 100% (from end of 2009 to current). Imagine just how much you could have made by knowing how to invest on the same trades using call options.

Options for a Bear Market
(Preparing your account from a recession)

Ends 10:30 a.m. (OIC Room)

When the financial tsunami hit the markets, lots of investors were staring at their portfolios, not knowing what to do. Don’t let this happen to you by learning today how you can protect your account and even make money by using options when the markets are tumbling.

Choice 2 - MX Room

For traders who already know their calls and puts, MX will be going more into the weeds and discuss how options could be analyzed from another angle. Get your thinking hats ready, this will be a mind twister.

Using Options for Managing a Portfolio of Stocks

Starts 9:00 a.m. (MX Room)

The psychological aspect of investing is often the hardest obstacle for investors to overcome and master. It is important to consider the options as a valuable tool to help manage those emotional obstacles. Patrick will take a deeper dive into understanding strategies like options collars and when to use them or not. Patrick will further discuss the considerations for using these strategies in RRSP and TFSAs.

Option Acrobats: Short Puts vs Covered Calls vs Bull Call Spreads vs Calendar Spreads
(all in an options margin account)

Ends 10:30 a.m. (MX Room)

Which strategy to use and why? By mixing different options or stocks together, there are countless option strategies that could be created. Attend this session where the instructor will dive into details on how you can mix and match different option strategies and stocks together to achieve different objectives.

The sessions below will be for all attendees:
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (common room)

Options Unchained: OptionsPlay a Revolutionary Way to Trade Options

Speaker: Tony Zhang

A brief introduction to the latest in options technology brought to you by Montreal Exchange. Tony Zhang, Chief Strategist of OptionsPlay will introduce our partnership with Montreal Exchange. Bringing a revolutionary new way to explore, interact with and trade options. Coupled with technical analysis research, leverage options to generate income, speculate with limited risk and hedge your portfolios. Come check out the latest integration of OptionsPlay and our expanding options educational content!
( Create your free OptionsPlay account )

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (common room)

Every Penny Counts! – Managing Your Currency Exposure with USX Options

Speaker: Jason Ayres

Chances are you have some exposure to the U.S. stock market, but do you realize the impact that currency fluctuations are having on your returns? Or how about the missed opportunity to trade a directional view as headlines continue to cause volatility in the currency market? Spend 45 minutes with Jason Ayres, Derivatives Market Specialist and CEO of Croft Financial Group, as he reveals the impact that FX exposure can have on your returns and uncovers trade ideas that you may be missing. Finally, discover how USX currency options can help you better manage risk, lock in profits and trade a directional view. After all, every penny counts!

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.


1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (common room)

Top 2 Strategies to Generate Income for any Portfolio

Speaker: Tony Zhang

More than 50% of traders use options to generate income. OptionsPlay makes covered calls, cash secured puts instant and easy! See how these 2 strategies are ideal for supplementing yield on your portfolio for any equity investor! During this exclusive event, Tony Zhang, Chief Strategist at OptionsPlay will help you find your next income opportunity in seconds using real trading examples!
( Create your free OptionsPlay account )

2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. (common room)

Unique Twists on the Collar Options

Speaker: Edward J. Modla

Protective puts can be used, like insurance, to protect your position or portfolio against unexpected market downturns. But how do we pay for it? A collar option can be a good strategy that provides the same protection but at little to no cost. Join us as we discuss the traditional collar options, incorporating a few unique twists. We’ll look at strike selection, expiration dates (including DIFFERENT expiries as well) and position management. We’ll also explore put spread collars and see how they stack up to the traditional strategy. As always, we’ll be sure to give plenty of examples and allow time for your questions in this unique and exciting review of the collar options.

3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (common room)

Prize draws

In an effort to be environmentally friendly, MX will not be providing hard copies of the presentations. Feel free to bring your electronic device on site, as it will be possible to view and download some through complimentary WiFi.