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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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Why Covered Call ETFs Under-Perform

With the popularity of covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts growing in popularity, we have witnessed the creation of new exchange-traded funds based on these strategies. Over the last few years I have not been a proponent of these securities mainly because they under-perform the overall market and motivated retail investors can do so […]

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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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The CBOEs Volatility Index (VIX)

In my books and seminars I discuss determining market tone before making any investment decisions. One of the main factors I utilize in this evaluation is the VIX. The VIX is the ticker symbol for the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) Volatility Index, which is a measure of the implied or expected volatility of S&P 500 options […]

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The Blue Collar Stock Market Meets the S&P 500

With all the negativity surrounding our economy, with the stock market testing its November lows and with consumer confidence on life support, this author is about to write a positive column. Am I insane? The re-incarnation of Crazy Eddie perhaps (remember him?). As I sit here in my home office typing away, I can just […]

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Stop Loss Orders- Should We Use Them When Selling Covered Calls?

I am continually finding myself impressed with the level of knowledge of my fellow Blue Collar Investors. One question that has been coming up lately relates to the use of stop loss orders when selling covered call options. This is an order to sell (or buy) a security once the price has dropped below ( or risen […]

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The Basics of the Call Option plus a Current Real Life Example

Definitions: Implicit in the term covered call writing is the fact that we are selling call options. They are covered because we first own the underlying equities prior to selling the option. Since this is my first article of the new year and given the fact that we have so many new members of the […]

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