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Long-Term Capital Gains Enhanced with Covered Call Writing

Covered call writing can be crafted to meet a multitude of trading styles, goals and personal risk tolerances. In this article, I will highlight yet another situation where we may utilize this great strategy. In this common hypothetical, we are preparing to sell a stock that has substantially appreciated in value and represents a source […]

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Buying Back Put Options When Share Price Gaps Up: A Real-Life Example with AVGO

When selling cash-secured puts our position management skills include buying back the short puts under certain circumstances. These include situations when share price moves up or down dramatically. When share price declines below the breakeven, we start losing money. Our guideline is to buy back the sold put if share price declines by more than […]

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covered call writing and earnings reports

Earnings Reports and Rolling Options

When we sell a covered call and share price rises dramatically, there is a tendency to roll up in order to capture additional future share appreciation. The most common reason for a gap-up in price is a favorable earnings report. In mid-May 2017 Tim wrote me about a series of trades he executed that involved […]

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Why Would a Call Buyer Exercise, Rather than Sell, an In-The-Money Call Option?

When we write a covered call, there is a trader or market-maker buying that call on the other side of the trade. We know that as expiration approaches, the time value of options tends to approach zero (Theta effect). With that in mind I received an email from Marcos in early May 2017 astutely asking […]

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When Strikes Move Deep In-The-Money: A Real-Life Trade

Covered call writing exit strategies include scenarios when share price moves up or down. Our main enemy is share depreciation where we need to mitigate losses but we must also have the ability to enhance returns when share price rises under certain specific conditions. This article will evaluate a trade sent to us by Mario […]

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Writing Covered Call Options to Compensate for Share Depreciation

Covered call writing generates monthly (or weekly) cash flow but it also reduces our cost basis. The latter result is the reason why covered call writing increases our chances of a successful trade more so than simply owning the stock. Historical data tells us that in the long haul the stock market increases in value. […]

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Why the 3% Guideline Applies to Puts but Not to Call Options

Selling options (covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts) will result in a positive outcome in the first four of the following five scenarios: Stock price moves up significantly Stock price moves up slightly Stock price remains the same Stock price moves down slightly (less than option premium) Stock price moves down substantially Although it […]

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Temporary Self-Loans for the Mid-Contract Unwind Exit Strategy

The mid-contract unwind (MCU) exit strategy is a position management maneuver we use to generate a second income stream in the same month with the same cash investment. The opportunity arises when share price moves significantly higher than the short call strike in the first half of a contract. This article will highlight a real-life […]

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covered call writing and earnings reports

Managing Great Stocks After Disappointing Earnings Reports

Never sell a covered call option or cash-secured put if there is an earnings report due out prior to contract expiration. This is one of the golden rules of the BCI methodology. We know that a report that disappoints generally did not meet market consensus regarding sales, earnings or both. However, the report still may have reflected great […]

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covered call writing with LEAPS

Selling LEAPS and Covered Call Writing

In our BCI methodology we favor Monthly or Weekly options for our short covered call writing positions. I am frequently asked why I don’t utilize LEAPS options (expire 9 – 24 months in the future) to garner a much higher premium and perhaps require less management time. Dan recently sent me a covered call trade he executed with […]

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