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Setting the 20%/10% Guidelines After Rolling out-And-Up

Exit strategies for covered call writing are critical to the ultimate success we achieve when selling covered call options or cash-secured puts. One of the prime strategies associated with covered call writing when share price declines is the 20%/10% guideline. This strategy guides us when to close our short options position if share price declines […]

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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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The Relationship Between Delta and the Time Value of our Options

Covered call writers and put-sellers are always looking for an edge. Some may wonder which option Delta would make the best option-selling candidate. Intuitively or from experience we know that at-the-money strikes (Deltas near 0.50) generate the highest initial returns. I’ve stated that over-and-over again in my books and DVDs. Can this be demonstrated mathematically […]

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Rolling Up When Selling Puts To Buy A Stock At A Discount

Selling out-of-the-money cash-secured puts is a fantastic way to buy a stock at a discount. It can be used in lieu of setting limit orders. If exercised, our cost basis is the put strike minus the put premium generated. If unexercised, we get paid not to buy the stock! For example, if a stock is […]

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Why We Should Avoid ATM and ITM Put Strikes in Bear Markets + A Discussion of Brexit

“Selling cash-secured puts is the exact same strategy as covered call writing”. We hear that over and over…except that it’s not. These two strategies have the same risk/reward profiles and that is why the claim is made so frequently. On page 214 of my book, Selling Cash-Secured Puts, I highlight a comparison chart showing similarities […]

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Greeks and covered call writing

Naked Call Sellers VS. Covered Call Writers: Different Perspectives

Covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts are considered conservative, low-risk option strategies. Naked option trading is acknowledged to be a more speculative approach to trading options. In the case of covered call writing especially, this is confirmed by the fact that brokerages require a higher level of trading approval for naked option trading than […]

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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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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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Gamma: The Delta of Delta Impacting Exit Strategy Opportunities

Option Greeks are mathematical means of measuring the risk of stock options. One of the least discussed of these factors is Gamma. In this article, we will explore the significance of this Greek and relate it to covered call writing.   Gamma defined and explained- Second order price sensitivity Gamma is an estimate of how […]

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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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