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Pros and Cons of Covered Call Writing: Calculation Perspective

Every investment strategy, including covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts, has advantages and disadvantages. When we decide to implement a plan, it is with the understanding that we accept and embrace these pros and cons. It is not productive to look back and say we could have made more money using a different approach. […]

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Long-Term Capital Gains Enhanced with Covered Call Writing

Covered call writing can be crafted to meet a multitude of trading styles, goals and personal risk tolerances. In this article, I will highlight yet another situation where we may utilize this great strategy. In this common hypothetical, we are preparing to sell a stock that has substantially appreciated in value and represents a source […]

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covered call writing and earnings reports

Earnings Pre-Announcements Explained and Categorized

We know to avoid earnings reports when writing covered calls or selling puts. This is easily accomplished because we have a reliable idea when those reports will become public. Premium members can access these dates directly from our weekly reports here:   Those who are not premium members can access this information from free sites […]

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Tax Implications of Writing Covered Calls against Long-Term Holdings

Covered call writing is a short-term strategy where we sell Weekly or Monthly options to generate cash flow. It is best to use this strategy in sheltered accounts to defer or eliminate tax consequences but that is not always possible. Generally, the income from covered call writing results in short-term capital gains (losses) but there […]

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covered call writing and earnings reports

Managing Great Stocks After Disappointing Earnings Reports

Never sell a covered call option or cash-secured put if there is an earnings report due out prior to contract expiration. This is one of the golden rules of the BCI methodology. We know that a report that disappoints generally did not meet market consensus regarding sales, earnings or both. However, the report still may have reflected great […]

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actively-managed mutual funds versus Index Funds

Indexing: A Key Component to Successful Long-Term Investing

In my book, Stock Investing for Students, I develop a long-term investment plan to achieve financial independence and an early retirement. The plan is initiated by using broad market index funds. This article will highlight the reasons why I favor passively-managed mutual funds to their actively-managed counterparts. First, some definitions.   Definitions Index fund: A type […]

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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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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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