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ex-dividend dates and option-selling

Ex-Dividend Dates: Rules for Standard and Special Dividends

Dividends impact option premiums. When a dividend is distributed the cash holdings of a corporation is decreased and therefore the company and its stock are worth less. The eligibility to receive the dividend depends on several factors including the size of the dividend. First, let’s define some terms: Types of dividends Standard dividends: A distribution [...]

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selling cash-secured puts in bear markets

How to Generate 10% Per Year in Bear Markets by Selling Stock Options

Covered call writing and put-selling generate monthly cash flow with the inherent risk of share depreciation. One of the major advantages of these conservative strategies is that they can be tailored to all market environments. In today’s article I will address one way to “stay in the game” even when market conditions are working against [...]

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stocks for covered call writing and selling puts

Premium Stock Reports: Final Selections for Our Option-Selling Portfolios

The Blue Collar Premium Stock reports list eligible candidates for both covered call writing and selling cash secured puts. These files historically contain between forty to sixty securities and our members have developed many innovative ways to make final decisions as to which securities will be included in the current month’s portfolio. In this article, I [...]

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covered call writing and short selling concerns

Short Selling and Covered Call Writing

Screening stocks and exchange-traded funds for covered call writing and put-selling involves evaluating for fundamentals, chart technicals and common sense parameters. One of the issues that can impact a position we hold from time to time is short selling.   Definition Short selling is when we sell a stock we don’t yet own. It is borrowed [...]

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Negotiating better option prices for covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts

How To Negotiate Better Option Prices Using The “Show Or Fill Rule” / $30 Rebate Expiring

Covered call writers generate cash flow by selling call options associated with a stock or exchange-traded fund. Our goals are to generate the highest possible returns with low-risk trades and that fit our requirement for capital preservation. The three required skills for achieving these goals are stock (or ETF) selection, option selection and position management [...]

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exchange traded funds for covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts

ASHR: Exchange-Traded Fund in the Spotlight

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) offer covered call writers and put-sellers the advantage of instant diversification and generally have a lower implied volatility associated with them compared to individual stocks. Whether we are dealing with stocks or ETFs each security must be evaluated on its own merit before using it as the underlying security. In this article, [...]

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put-call parity and ex-dividend dates

Why Are Call Premiums Larger Than Put premiums For Near-The-Money Strikes?

When studying covered call and put-selling option prices we learn that the market will correct any potential arbitrage opportunities. Arbitrage is the simultaneous purchase and sale of an option in order to profit from a difference in the price. It exploits price differences of similar financial instruments. This would not be fair and rarely exists [...]

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using cash-secured puts to buy a stock at a discount

How To Use Puts To Buy A Stock That Has Gapped Up

Mastering both conservative option selling strategies, covered call writing and put-selling will allow us to maneuver our way through most market situations. This past Wednesday, May 27, 2015 several of the stocks on our BCI Premium Watch List gapped up. On last week’s blog commentary I addressed the situation with BRCM and AVGO and the [...]

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Option selling/ open interest and Volume

Option Liquidity: When Is Vol(ume) Greater Than Open Interest?

Check the options chain before selling a covered call or cash-secured put. In addition to determining the premiums and returns we will generate we also need to make sure the interest or liquidity in these options will be adequate enough for favorable trade executions. Below is a typical options chain showing both Vol(ume) and open interest (OI): [...]

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Why do Call Buyers Exercise Early Prior to the Ex-Dividend Date?

Covered call writers know that early exercise is extremely rare. Call buyers are generally better off selling the option rather than exercising early. In this article we will evaluate why a call buyer may choose to exercise an in-the-money call option prior to expiration by evaluating the choices available to these option holders.   Value of [...]

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