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Ask Alan 133 – “Stocks with a Bullish Outlook Despite Poor Technicals”

Alan answers a question posed by Mike, who asks: Would you consider using the BCI method with stocks that have poor technicals? I purchased Facebook from our running list and took a big hit after a disappointing earnings report. I am now at a breakeven with the stock, not counting my option premium profits. There […]

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covered call writing and earnings reports

Locating Stocks During the Heart of Earnings Season

Never write a covered call or sell a cash-secured put when there is an upcoming earnings report prior to contract expiration. This is one of the most important rules in the BCI methodology. Adhering to this guideline can create challenges during the heart of earnings season when most companies publicize their financial statements. In our BCI […]

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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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covered call writing and collars

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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Gold ETFs and Implied Volatility in Bear Markets

Lately, I’ve been writing about selling options in bear markets. No surprise here as the market is down about 10% in the past three months. This, of course, is challenging for all investors but manageable to those who have achieved the three required skills for option-selling (stock selection, option selection and position management). Market conditions […]

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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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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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