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covered call writing and stock dividends

Covered Calls and Dividends: A Proposed Strategy + Register Now for The Blue Hour Webinar

Covered call writers must factor in dividends into our investment strategies. More specifically, ex-dividend dates for these are the dates shareholders must own the shares to benefit from the dividend distribution. Call buyers must exercise the option prior to the ex-date to capture the forthcoming dividend. This makes our shares subject to early exercise (exercise […]

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implied volatil;ity and standard deviation

Probability Analysis when Using Covered Call Writing or Selling Cash-Secured Puts

Whether we are selling covered calls or cash-secured puts we frequently look to our broker platforms for ways of enhancing our trading success. As these platforms become more sophisticated and competitive, there are a myriad of software analytical programs offered including those geared to probability analysis. A typical program will use implied volatility stats to determine […]

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covered call writing with Mini options

Mini Options for Equities and Exchange-Traded Funds: A Failing Product

Standard covered call writing contracts consists of 100 shares deliverable. When we sell one standard covered call contract we are agreeing to sell (deliver) 100 shares. Since many retail investors lack the capital to first buy 100 shares of expensive underlying securities or even the options themselves, new products known as mini options were created. […]

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best stocks for covered call writing

When Do We Keep a Stock that has Declined in Value?

The BCI methodology requires fundamental analysis, technical analysis and common sense screening (like minimum trading volume and avoiding earnings reports). One of the most difficult decisions retail investors face is when to sell a stock that has depreciated in value. We all deal with such decisions every contract month no matter how rigorous a screening process we […]

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timing of option-selling trades

What is the Best Time to Execute Our Trades?

Covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts involve buying and selling stocks and options. We work meticulously to do everything possible to throw the odds in our favor to result in successful trades. Achieving the highest level of returns in a low risk manner is one of our mission statements. I have frequently highlighted the three required […]

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calculating covered call returns

Establishing a Blue Chip Covered Call Portfolio

Covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts are strategies that can be crafted to meet the personal risk tolerance of all investors. I use stocks selected from our premium watch lists in my accounts and from the ETF Reports in my mother’s account. Recently, several members have asked about using only blue chip companies. These […]

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covered call writing short-term risk

Short-Term Trades with High Returns: Evaluating a Real-Life Example

Covered call writing is a conservative strategy for cautious investors. We want the higher than risk-free returns with the least amount of risk. One question that does come up in this regard is why not enter a short-term trade that offers impressive returns? To get an understanding if this is a beneficial approach there is […]

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put-selling calculations

Selling In-The-Money Puts to Generate Higher Premiums: Evaluating a Real-Life Trade

Selling Cash-Secured Puts can be used to accomplish several goals; Generate cash flow Buy a stock at a discount Used as part of a multi-tiered option selling strategy along with covered call writing (PCP strategy) Our strategy goal along with overall market assessment, chart technicals and personal risk tolerance will ultimately guide us to the […]

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covered call writing and earnings reports

Avoiding Earnings Reports: Two Common Sense Perspectives

Never sell a covered call option or a cash-secured put for a stock with an upcoming earnings report. This is one of the most important rules in the BCI methodology. As a matter of fact, most other principles I refer to as guidelines because there is some leeway or flexibility to them. For example, the […]

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