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Why We Should Avoid ATM and ITM Put Strikes in Bear Markets + A Discussion of Brexit

“Selling cash-secured puts is the exact same strategy as covered call writing”. We hear that over and over…except that it’s not. These two strategies have the same risk/reward profiles and that is why the claim is made so frequently. On page 214 of my book, Selling Cash-Secured Puts, I highlight a comparison chart showing similarities […]

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Naked Call Sellers VS. Covered Call Writers: Different Perspectives

Covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts are considered conservative, low-risk option strategies. Naked option trading is acknowledged to be a more speculative approach to trading options. In the case of covered call writing especially, this is confirmed by the fact that brokerages require a higher level of trading approval for naked option trading than […]

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Exchange-Traded Fund Option-Selling in Bear Markets

Covered call writing and put-selling can be used in most market conditions including bear markets. In my books and DVDs, I detail the use of in-the-money call options (strikes lower than current market value), out-of-the-money put options (also lower than current market value) and securities with low-implied volatility like exchange-traded funds (ETFs). In this article […]

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Ask Alan #123 – “How to Use Covered Call Writing when Stock Price Gaps Down”

Alan answers a question posed by Raymond, who asks: “One of my holdings, Cheniere Energy, ticker LNG, has been crushed lately with all the other energy stocks. How can covered call writing help me recuperate some of my losses? Thanks, Raymond”. ——— It’s the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Time for another original episode of […]

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Protective Puts: Selecting the Best Strike Price

Covered call writing involves buying a stock and selling a call option. When a put is also purchased to avoid significant downside loss, it is referred to as a protective put and the strategy as a whole is referred to as a collar. When a put option is purchased on the same day that a stock is purchased, […]

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Gamma: The Delta of Delta Impacting Exit Strategy Opportunities

Option Greeks are mathematical means of measuring the risk of stock options. One of the least discussed of these factors is Gamma. In this article, we will explore the significance of this Greek and relate it to covered call writing.   Gamma defined and explained- Second order price sensitivity Gamma is an estimate of how […]

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Jim Cramer’s Stocks and Covered Call Writing

Locating stocks for covered call writing and put-selling is the first step as we prepare to execute these income-generating strategies. In the BCI methodology we use a three-pronged approach to screening for these underlying securities: Fundamental analysis Technical analysis Common sense principles (like minimum trading volume etc.) In my books and DVDs I encourage all option-sellers […]

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Portfolio Overwriting: Should We Sell 1-Month or 2-Month Expirations?

Covered call writing can be used in a variety of ways. Most covered call writers use this strategy to generate monthly cash flow. It can also be adapted to enhance the returns of a long-term buy-and-hold portfolio where some of our securities may have been purchased at a significantly lower price than current market value […]

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When is it Appropriate to Use Covered Call Writing? A New Perspective

Covered call writing is applicable only in neutral to slightly bullish market environments”. We’ve heard this proclamation time and time again and so it has become accepted as fact to a majority of option-sellers. In this article, we will examine the reasons for the allegation and investigate a completely new viewpoint as to when covered […]

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Defensive Call and Put Positions in Bear and Volatile Markets

Strike price selection can be tailored to our covered call writing and put-selling trades based on overall market assessment. In bear and volatile market conditions we favor in-the-money calls and deeper out-of-the-money puts (lower than current market value). In this article, we will evaluate defensive trades for Smith & Wesson Hldg (SWHC) as of 1/11/2016, […]

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