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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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Technical Analysis Indicators for Long and Short-Term Portfolios

Technical analysis represents one third of the stock screening process in the BCI methodology. The other two are common sense principles (referred to as “descriptive terms for long-term investing) and fundamental analysis. Reading price charts is as much an art as it is a science and there is no one right way to technically analyze […]

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Comparing Implied Volatility and Historical Volatility During Earnings Season

When selecting stocks and options for covered call writing and put-selling we factor in volatility, both implied and historical. Historical Volatility (HV) is the actual volatility of a security over a given time period. HV is calculated by determining the average deviation from the average price based on one standard deviation (expected to be accurate 67% of the time).  Implied volatility (IV) is […]

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Short Interest Explained

Covered call writers and put-sellers are always looking for metrics to improve trading results. Recently, we have had several inquiries about adding short-interest to the screening process. Over the years we have enhanced our Premium Member Stock and ETF Reports based on feedback we have received from you, our members. For example, we added ex-dividend […]

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Using Beta To Capture Higher Premium Returns

When using covered call writing and put-selling strategies it is important to set goals for initial returns in order to select the most appropriate underlying security and option. My goal for initial returns is 2% – 4% per month and a bit higher in a bull market environment. Recently, several of our members have contacted […]

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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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Technical Analysis and Covered Call Decisions: Looking Back At KORS

Technical analysis is an integral part of our covered call writing decisions for both stock and option selections. It also impacts our exit strategy decisions. KORS has been a favorite of Blue Collar Investors for quite some time as a frequent member of our Premium Stock List. For the week of September 16th through the […]

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MACD Histogram: A Lagging and Momentum Technical Indicator: Part II

Technical analysis is an integral part of mastering covered call writing. This week’s article is a follow-up to an article posted on October 19th. In this week’s column I will discuss the MACD histogram which represents the difference between the MACD indicator and its trigger, the 9-d EMA (exponential moving average). It is plotted in […]

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MACD: A Lagging and Momentum Technical Indicator: Part I

Technical analysis is as much an art as it is a science. No one parameter, by itself, will allow us to make our buy/sell decisions. However, when all the indicators are used together, they paint a picture that is critical to maximizing our covered call success. A review of these indicators periodically can be a […]

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Why Use Technical Analysis: An Example Of A Complete Technical Breakdown

Technical analysis or fundamental analysis…which should we use in the stock selection process for covered call writing? Many sophisticated investors can make an impressive argument for one or the other. I say why not use both? As most of you know, in the BCI methodology we use actually three types of screens: fundamental analysis, technical […]

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