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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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covered call writing and the Ellman Calculator

Writing Covered Calls On Broad Market Exchange-Traded Funds

The initial main step for covered call writers is to select the best underlying security. This choice will vary from investor to investor based on goals and risk tolerance. Some of our members prefer exchange-traded funds (ETFs), a strategy I use in my mother’s portfolio. ETFs offer the advantages of instant diversification, less volatility (in [...]

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covered call writing with weekly options

Weekly Stock Options For Covered Call Writing: Pros And Cons

Weekly options (weeklys) are becoming an attractive choice for many covered call writers. These are options that expire every week rather than the more conventional monthly options. Weeklys are listed each week except that no new Weeklys are listed that would expire during the expiration week for regular options (the third Friday of each month), nor [...]

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covered call writing and option value

Am I Losing Money When Option Value Increases After Entering A Covered Call Position?

The risk in covered call writing is in the stock purchased not in the option sold. Sound familiar? It’s in all my books and DVD Programs and mentioned in my seminars and webinars. Yet it appears when we look at our brokerage statements that this concept is not true. That is because we see a [...]

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covered call writing and technical analysis

Combining Technical Analysis And Market Assessment To Determine Strike Selection

Mastering stock and strike price selection are key components in successful covered call writing. There is no one factor that will dictate our choices but rather a mosaic of bits of information which will lead us to the best selections. In this article, I will discuss two of those critical components: technical analysis of the [...]

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compounding covered call writing profits

Simple Interest And Compound Interest

In Volume 1 of the Complete Encyclopedia for Covered Call Writing, I addressed the importance of compounding profits and discussed the Rule of 72 (the time it takes to double your money based on annualized return on investments). In this related article, I will highlight the difference between simple interest and compounded interest and therefore [...]

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in-the-money and at-the-money strike prices

Deep In-The-Money Strikes: A Can’t Lose Strategy?

Covered call writing is a strategy we use to generate consistent monthly cash flow, re-invest profits and ultimately to become financially independent. We strive to beat the market by using sound fundamental, technical and common sense principles. But why are we getting paid more than treasuries, CDs or money market accounts? The answer is that [...]

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Covered Call Writing When There Is Overall Market Concern

Covered call writing is a stock option strategy with primary goals of income generation and capital preservation. Most of us are conservative investors who use the power of education to master an investment strategy better than most everyone else using the same strategy. That is what the Blue Collar Investor is all about. In the [...]

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