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Rolling Out Decisions: Evaluating a Real Life Trade

Rolling options is an important exit strategy choice when selling covered call and put options. Options can be rolled up and down in the same contract month or a future contract month. For the most part, we roll down in the same contract month and roll out or out-and-up in the next contract month.  I [...]

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Rolling Up in the Same Contract Month: Evaluating a Real-Life Trade

Mastering exit strategies is one of the three required skills for covered call writing as well as selling cash-secured puts. In this article I will review and evaluate a real-life trade executed by one of our members. The trade involves rolling up in the same contract month with BWLD when share price accelerates significantly.   [...]

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ex-dividend dates and option-selling

Ex-Dividend Dates: Rules for Standard and Special Dividends

Dividends impact option premiums. When a dividend is distributed the cash holdings of a corporation is decreased and therefore the company and its stock are worth less. The eligibility to receive the dividend depends on several factors including the size of the dividend. First, let’s define some terms: Types of dividends Standard dividends: A distribution [...]

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selling cash-secured puts in bear markets

How to Generate 10% Per Year in Bear Markets by Selling Stock Options

Covered call writing and put-selling generate monthly cash flow with the inherent risk of share depreciation. One of the major advantages of these conservative strategies is that they can be tailored to all market environments. In today’s article I will address one way to “stay in the game” even when market conditions are working against [...]

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Ask Alan 112 – Early Assignment on Expiration Friday

Alan answers a question posed by Joe, who asks: “I was going to roll USO and looking at the option chain I could have bought the $19.00 option back at zero time value if I played the spread. Someone else noticed that too because my shares were assigned near market open. Is that very common?” [...]

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stocks for covered call writing and selling puts

Premium Stock Reports: Final Selections for Our Option-Selling Portfolios

The Blue Collar Premium Stock reports list eligible candidates for both covered call writing and selling cash secured puts. These files historically contain between forty to sixty securities and our members have developed many innovative ways to make final decisions as to which securities will be included in the current month’s portfolio. In this article, I [...]

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covered call writing and short selling concerns

Short Selling and Covered Call Writing

Screening stocks and exchange-traded funds for covered call writing and put-selling involves evaluating for fundamentals, chart technicals and common sense parameters. One of the issues that can impact a position we hold from time to time is short selling.   Definition Short selling is when we sell a stock we don’t yet own. It is borrowed [...]

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Negotiating better option prices for covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts

How To Negotiate Better Option Prices Using The “Show Or Fill Rule” / $30 Rebate Expiring

Covered call writers generate cash flow by selling call options associated with a stock or exchange-traded fund. Our goals are to generate the highest possible returns with low-risk trades and that fit our requirement for capital preservation. The three required skills for achieving these goals are stock (or ETF) selection, option selection and position management [...]

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exchange traded funds for covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts

ASHR: Exchange-Traded Fund in the Spotlight

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) offer covered call writers and put-sellers the advantage of instant diversification and generally have a lower implied volatility associated with them compared to individual stocks. Whether we are dealing with stocks or ETFs each security must be evaluated on its own merit before using it as the underlying security. In this article, [...]

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put-call parity and ex-dividend dates

Why Are Call Premiums Larger Than Put premiums For Near-The-Money Strikes?

When studying covered call and put-selling option prices we learn that the market will correct any potential arbitrage opportunities. Arbitrage is the simultaneous purchase and sale of an option in order to profit from a difference in the price. It exploits price differences of similar financial instruments. This would not be fair and rarely exists [...]

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