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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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Psychology of Stock and Option Investing: Ten Years of Observations

QUESTIONS FOR COVERED CALL WRITERS AND PUT-SELLERS: Why do retail investors buy high and sell low? Why do we sell our winners and keep our losers? Why do many of us feel that the market is rigged in favor of Wall Street insiders? Boy am I starting off on the wrong foot with this article! I’ll […]

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calculating Delta for covered call writing

Using Delta to Determine the Amount of Risk in Our Option-Selling Positions

Covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts are low-risk option-selling strategies used to generate monthly cash flow. Low-risk does not mean no risk so how can we measure the degree of risk we are undertaking? Let’s first all agree that any strategy that aspires to generate higher than a risk-free return (Treasuries, for example) will incur […]

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Open Interest: How it’s Calculated and Why it’s Important

When selling call and put options, the liquidity of these securities must be evaluated to determine their eligibility. There are two measures of investor interest in options, Vol(ume) and Open Interest (OI). Vol represents the number of times a particular contract is bought or sold in a particular day. Open interest, on the other hand, […]

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GAAP versus Non-GAAP Earnings: Challenges of Fundamental Analysis

Fundamental analysis is the first step when screening stocks for covered call writing and put-selling. Years ago I actually read the financial statements of companies I was interested in.  I eventually came to the conclusion that this was an exercise in futility as it was time-consuming and, in many cases, difficult to confirm the accuracy of […]

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Jim Cramer’s Stocks and Covered Call Writing

Locating stocks for covered call writing and put-selling is the first step as we prepare to execute these income-generating strategies. In the BCI methodology we use a three-pronged approach to screening for these underlying securities: Fundamental analysis Technical analysis Common sense principles (like minimum trading volume etc.) In my books and DVDs I encourage all option-sellers […]

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Using Fundamental Analysis To Screen For Option-Selling Stocks

Fundamental analysis, technical analysis and common sense principles make up the 3-pronged screening system used in the BCI methodology for locating option selling stocks. We start with the IBD 50 and move to the other screens from there but I always encourage the use of additionalther resources to locate elite candidates to serve as the […]

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Stock screening for covered call writing

A Review Of Fundamental Analysis for Covered Call Writing

Fundamental analysis is our first step in evaluating securities for use in the covered call writing strategy. It is a method of evaluating a company’s stock by examining its financial statements, including earnings and sales. The 3 major financial statements are the medium by which a company discloses its financial health. We only accept equities […]

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Then Blue Collar Investor methodology for screening covered call writing candidates

Covered Call Writing – Fundamental and Technical Analysis: Earnings and Price Strength Analysis

Successful covered call writing requires discipline and appropriate analysis specific for this great strategy. In the Blue Collar Investor (BCI) methodology we incorporate three major screening components before we even look at options chains: Fundamental analysis Technical analysis Common sense principles The details of the entire screening process are discussed in my books and DVDs and in […]

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