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dividend capture and covered call writing

Combining Dividend Capture with Covered Call Writing: Pros and Cons

Why not use covered call writing with only dividend-bearing stocks to generate three income streams; option premium, share appreciation to the (out-of-the-money) call  strike plus the dividend itself? This article will explore the pros and cons of this approach to covered call writing.   Strategy theory We screen for stocks that have ex-dividend  dates  (also […]

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Ask Alan 147 – “Why is the Ellman Calculator Showing Negative Returns?”

Alan answers a question posed by Duminda, who asks: I am trying to understand why I am getting a negative ROO on a trade I made with the ETF BOTZ. First, I bought 100 shares for $27.13 and sold the February $27.00 in-the-money strike for $0.75. The option expired worthless and I then sold the […]

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selling cash-secured puts

The Mysteries of a Put Sale

On 8/19/2017, Ron sent me an email detailing a cash-secured put trade he initiated in a virtual account. I saved the email to use in an article because I felt it would be instructive on several fronts.   Ron’s trade with Abiomed, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABMD)   8/10/2017: Sell August 17 $155.00 put (sale price not […]

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