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Evaluating Brokerages And Comparing Their Commissions

Options trade executions include a discussion of the levels of trading approval needed to use various options strategies. You will recall that these defined levels will vary slightly from one brokerage to another. Here is a chart reviewing a sample of these trading levels: In this article, I will review the commission structure of some [...]

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Covered call writing in bear and volatile markets

Emergency Management Report: Dealing with Volatile and Bearish Markets

With the stock market declining over 5% in the past month as a result of geo-political and global concerns exacerbated by the fears of an Ebola epidemic we find ourselves in a position that may lead to “panic” in our investment decisions. The stock market seemed to stabilize a bit on Friday but we are [...]

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Options Clearing Corporation: Guaranteeing Our Options Trades

Covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts involves investing our hard-earned money. Did you ever wonder who guarantees these trades? It’s not our broker or even our broker’s clearing firm. It’s the Options Clearing Corporation or the OCC. This is an organization that acts as both the issuer and guarantor for option and futures contracts. [...]

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Ask Alan #104 – When Should I Close My Position Early If Stock Price Moves Up?

Alan answers a question shared by John, who asks: “I had the opportunity to utilize your premium report for the first time last Monday (8/18). I purchased 100 shares of CAVM and sold one option on that stock. On Friday, I bought back the option and sold the stock. It looks like it was a [...]

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maximizing covered call returns using theta

Should I Enter My Trades On Expiration Friday Or The Following Monday?

The timing of our option trade executions will impact the success of our covered call writing returns. The BCI methodology prides itself on having rules and guidelines for buying back options, re-selling options and selling long stock positions. One question that many of us have thought about is when to enter our 1-month trades. My [...]

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options on an index and on an exchange-traded fund

Index Options And Exchange-Traded Funds Options: A Comparison

Writers of covered calls and cash-secured puts use stocks or exchange-traded funds as the underlying securities. It is the value of these securities that give value to our option premiums. For example, we will buy back an option when share price moves down causing the corresponding option to decline in value as well. We may [...]

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Avoiding early exercise wihen covered call writing

How To Avoid Early Exercise When Dividends Are About To Be Distributed

Covered call writing is a low-risk strategy that allows us to generate monthly cash flow by selling stock options. Since we are obligated to sell our shares to the option buyer (holder), one of the understood possibilities is that we will “lose” our shares at the strike price or the price we have agreed to [...]

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Covered call writing and the Ellman Calculator

Expanded Weekly Options: When Should We Enter A Trade?

With the rising popularity of stock option strategies and covered call writing in particular, we have seen the creation of more option products like weekly stock options. Weeklys expire each Friday of the month whereas the more traditional monthlys generally expire only on the 3rd Friday of each month. Weeklys fall into one of two categries: [...]

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covered calls versus covered puts

Covered Puts Versus Covered Calls

Covered call writing is the main focus of this site and the BCI methodology. Based on member demand and similarity of strategies we have been adding information on selling cash-secured puts, the topic of my upcoming 5th book. Recently I have received inquiries on related strategies that have led to some confusion specifically about covered [...]

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Blue Collar Investor ETF Report

ETF Option Trading vs. Index Option Trading

Most options traders including covered call writers are familiar with exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and many trade options on these securities. Many have also heard of, but are not as familiar with, index options. The purpose of this article is to detail the differences between ETF option trading and index option trading. Definitions  Exchange-traded fund (ETF): [...]

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