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Selling In-The-Money Puts to Generate Higher Premiums: Evaluating a Real-Life Trade

Selling Cash-Secured Puts can be used to accomplish several goals; Generate cash flow Buy a stock at a discount Used as part of a multi-tiered option selling strategy along with covered call writing (PCP strategy) Our strategy goal along with overall market assessment, chart technicals and personal risk tolerance will ultimately guide us to the […]

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Avoiding Earnings Reports: Two Common Sense Perspectives

Never sell a covered call option or a cash-secured put for a stock with an upcoming earnings report. This is one of the most important rules in the BCI methodology. As a matter of fact, most other principles I refer to as guidelines because there is some leeway or flexibility to them. For example, the […]

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Ask Alan #131 “The Role of Commissions When Deciding on an Option Strategy”

Alan answers a question posed by Patrick, who asks: Alan, Is it fair to say that put-selling has an advantage over covered call writing in that selling puts costs us 1 commission (selling the put) while covered call writing involves 2 (buying stock and then selling the option)? ——— It’s the 2nd Wednesday of the […]

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Exit Strategy Selectivity: Can We Implement Too Many Exit Strategies?

Covered call writers, historically, have ignored exit strategies as part of their investment approach. Certainly, not in the BCI community but most everywhere else. As we become aware of the major financial benefits of mastering the position management skill, we must be mindful of the possibility of over-management. Eating a slice of pizza is enjoyable, eating a […]

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20%/10% Guidelines: Calculating Cost Basis and Option Premium After Rolling Out And Up

Exit strategies or position management for covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts is one of the three required skills we must master to achieve the highest levels of success. One of the most important strategies we employ is the 20%10% guidelines which guide as when to buy back a covered call option: When option value […]

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Technical Analysis Indicators for Long and Short-Term Portfolios

Technical analysis represents one third of the stock screening process in the BCI methodology. The other two are common sense principles (referred to as “descriptive terms for long-term investing) and fundamental analysis. Reading price charts is as much an art as it is a science and there is no one right way to technically analyze […]

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Over-Trading Our Option Positions: Good for Brokers, Not Good For Us

Exit strategies for covered call writing are essential for achieving the highest levels of success. In the BCI methodology, we have a series of guidelines that assist us in determining which position management techniques should be instituted and when we should consider them. Not taking appropriate action when responses to changes in our stock and option positions […]

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actively managed and passively managed mutual funds

Evaluating the Performance of our Mutual Funds and Financial Advisors

Utilizing a portfolio of mutual fund investments is a topic I have addressed in my book, Stock Investing for Students. Investing with these securities represents a longer-term investment plan than covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts. A significant number of retail investors use financial advisors to select various mutual funds for their portfolios in hopes of generating the […]

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Rolling Out-and-Up After Understanding the Math

Elite covered call writers understand the importance of position management in maximizing returns. As a result, I receive a significant number of inquiries regarding exit strategy execution. This article will highlight one such question I received from John which has two components to it. The main item relates to rolling-out-and-up, a frequently-used exit strategy in […]

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Reverse Splits and Unreliable Options Chains

Stock splits are corporate events where the number of shares in circulation changes as well as the price -per-share. If we own 100 shares at $50.00 per share pre-split and the stock splits 2-for-1, then we will own 200 shares at $25.00 post-split. The value of our position ($5000.00) does not change.   What is […]

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