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Open Interest: How it’s Calculated and Why it’s Important

When selling call and put options, the liquidity of these securities must be evaluated to determine their eligibility. There are two measures of investor interest in options, Vol(ume) and Open Interest (OI). Vol represents the number of times a particular contract is bought or sold in a particular day. Open interest, on the other hand, […]

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Spin-offs and How they Impact Option Chains and Calculations

Corporate events can impact our covered call writing and put-selling positions in many ways. In today’s article we will focus on spin-offs and how to read an options chain after the event and calculate to moneyness of our options based on the specifics of that event.  Thanks to one of our members, Richard V., who shared […]

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Option Liquidity: When Is Vol(ume) Greater Than Open Interest?

Check the options chain before selling a covered call or cash-secured put. In addition to determining the premiums and returns we will generate we also need to make sure the interest or liquidity in these options will be adequate enough for favorable trade executions. Below is a typical options chain showing both Vol(ume) and open interest (OI): […]

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Open Interest and Volume plus Non-Standard Options

As covered call writers, we have all looked at options chains.  That’s where we determine how much cash will be generated into our accounts when we sell our options. It’s fun! We first inspect the current price of the underlying security (stock or ETF). Then we check out the closest strike prices (I-T-M, A-T-M and […]

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Technical Analysis: How to Use Volume in our Covered Call Decisions

When learning how to trade options volume must always be factored in. Volume is the number of shares or contracts that trade over a specific period of time, usually one day. On a chart, volume is represented as a histogram (vertical bars) overlaid on or below the price chart. This indicator is an essential part […]

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How to Read an Option Chain

So how much cash can we generate selling options on the stocks that have passed our fundamental and technical screens? The answer lies in the option chain. This is a list that quotes option prices for a given security. For each underlying security, the option chain lists the various strike prices, option premiums, expiration dates […]

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Volume- A Critical Technical Analysis Indicator

Volume is the number of shares or contracts that trade over a specific period of time, usually one day. On a chart, volume is represented as a histogram (vertical bars) below the price chart. This indicator is an essential part of every technical formation as a price pattern will typically have a volume pattern attached […]

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BLUE COLLAR INVESTOR Q&A- Your Questions Answered

This past Thursday and Saturday I conducted a webinar series attended by investors throughout the United States and Canada. I am humbled by the response and supportive emails that you sent during and after the presentations. Thank you. Investors had the opportunity to send questions during the course of the webinars and I felt that […]

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