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Selling LEAPS and Covered Call Writing

In our BCI methodology we favor Monthly or Weekly options for our short covered call writing positions. I am frequently asked why I don’t utilize LEAPS options (expire 9 – 24 months in the future) to garner a much higher premium and perhaps require less management time. Dan recently sent me a covered call trade he executed with […]

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Poor Man’s Covered Call: Practical Application

Covered call writing involves first buying a stock or exchange-traded fund (ETF) and then selling call options on those shares. Each contract we sell requires us to buy 100 shares of the underlying. This can be a challenge for some investors who may look for stock substitutes that will lower cost basis and risk. Enter the […]

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Mechanics of LEAPS

LEAPS are long-term options that have expiration dates between nine months and two and a half years out. The term is an acronym for Long Term Equity AnticiPation Securities. Once the expiration date is less than nine months away, LEAPS convert to conventional options. Some covered call writers will buy LEAPS in lieu of stocks […]

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LEAPS and Covered Call Writing: A Review and a Hypothetical Example/ Contest Application

A covered call writing-like strategy involves buying deep in-the-money LEAPS options and then selling short-term slightly out-of-the-money call options. Leaps become a stock surrogate. The term Leaps stands for Long Term Equity AnticiPation Security. They have expiration dates up to 2 1/2 years out.   Defining spreads Technically, covered call writing with LEAPS is known […]

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LEAPS As Stock Surrogates And Covered Call Writing

LEAPS are long-term options with expirations usually greater than 1 year. Some investors buy LEAPS instead of stocks to then write covered calls on this leveraged type of security. This is related to, but not recisely the same, as traditional covered call writing. The best term to describe this strategy is called a calendar spread […]

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Stock Option Expiration Cycles: Beware Of Expiration Dates

In the BCI methodology for covered call writing we use predominantly 1-month options. The reasons are as follows: Generate the highest annualized returns Allows us to avoid earnings reports, a key rule in the BCI methodology Keep our obligation to a short-term time frame allowing us to keep only the best current performers in our […]

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Using LEAPS to increase dividend yield

Using LEAPS Covered Calls to Increase Dividend Yield

Innovative covered call writers can develop ideas of implementing a strategy in unconventional ways. For example, we can invest in a money market or CD and perhaps not even beat the inflation rate with those dividends. We can buy a quality bond and wait six months to receive our first (ho-hum) return. Covered call writers can […]

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Using LEAPS options as a stock surrogate

LEAPS And Covered Call Writing

Covered call writing entails buying a stock and then selling an option.  But what if I buy a call option instead of the stock and then sell a call option on that option? I’ll be spending less money than the outright purchase of the equity and still generate cash from the sale of the call […]

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Covered Call Writing and Stock Option Expiration Cycles

When studying option trading basics, we learn that options expire on the third Friday of the month. In the BCI methodology we sell mainly 1-month stock options. When we view an options chain we see several other expirations available. However, they are not the same for each security Everyone likes when things make sense. Understanding why […]

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LEAPS and Covered Call Writing

Wait a minute! What if I buy a call option instead of the stock and then sell a call option on that option? I’ll be spending less money than outright purchase of the equity and still generate cash from the sale of the call option! This idea has come to many of you and as […]

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