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What Do Bernie Madoff and Covered Call Writing Have In Common?

Covered call writing is my favorite stock investment strategy and Bernie Madoff is one of the world’s most infamous sociopaths. How can they exist in the same article title? This week, ABC-TV is showing a mini-series documenting the rise and fall of Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. Madoff never actually ever invested the […]

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Delta and Declining Stocks: Comparing Covered Call Writing and Put-Selling

“Covered call writing and put-selling are exactly the same strategies” Now you haven’t heard that from me but we have all heard it often enough to wonder why so many believe this. The main reason, the theory goes, is that the risk-reward profiles for both strategies are precisely the same and so that means that the […]

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Alan Ellman-The Blue Collar Investor

Covered Call Writing and Inverse ETFs: Generating Cash in Extreme Bear Markets

Inverse Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) use derivatives to bet against the direction of financial markets. These are known as short or bear ETFs and will make money if markets decline in value. They will lose money, however, if markets move against the bet. Covered call writers who have a bearish market outlook may find these funds […]

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Using Out-Of-The-Money Puts and In-The-Money Calls to Manage Bear Markets

Strike price selection should be a focus when selling call and put options. With the stock market bearish and volatile at the start of 2016, this article will highlight how such choices will offer significant protection while still allowing for compelling returns. The stock I selected to demonstrate the main points is Adobe Systems, Inc., […]

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Ask Alan #118 – “Laddering Strikes”

Alan answers a question posed by Lance, who asks: “I’d love to know your thoughts on dividing a covered call position by selling half in-the-money and the other half out-of-the-money. Example: I own 1000 shares of SPY at $95.00. Sell $90.00 and $97.00 strikes, 5 contracts of each. This method seems to give the investor […]

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Spin-offs and How they Impact Option Chains and Calculations

Corporate events can impact our covered call writing and put-selling positions in many ways. In today’s article we will focus on spin-offs and how to read an options chain after the event and calculate to moneyness of our options based on the specifics of that event.  Thanks to one of our members, Richard V., who shared […]

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covered call writing during earnings season

How to Use Weeklys and the Premium Stock Reports for Covered Call Writing During Earnings Season

One of the three required skills for covered call writing and put-selling is the selection of the underlying security. Along with this we also must avoid quarterly earnings reports. Since most corporations report earnings in similar time frames (known as earnings season) the number of eligible candidates is dramatically reduced during these time frames. The […]

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2016 New Year’s Greeting & Resolutions from The Blue Collar Investor

Alan Ellman reviews his resolutions and the positives for BCI, and continues on towards expectations for 2016: ” This year’s resolution is being thankful for all the support of the BCI community and team. I realize that I could have never done this without your support, thank you because of you my dream has been […]

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Option Greeks

Why Would Call Option Value Decline If Stock Price Rises? Evaluating Option Greeks

Covered call writers and put-sellers know that option value is impacted by the change in stock price by the amount of its Delta. Delta, one of the option Greeks, is defined as the amount an option value will change for every $1.00 change in share value. If a call option priced at $2.00 with a […]

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using options to protect low-cost basis stocks

Using a Zero-Dollar Collar to Protect Low Cost Basis Stocks

Using covered calls and puts in a conservative manner can benefit us in so many ways. In this article I will present a method to protect stocks in our portfolio that have increased in value substantially since they were purchased. We will utilize both covered call writing and protective puts which is known as the […]

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