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Selecting Deep In-The-Money Strikes: A Real-Life Example

Option selection is the second required skill when selling call and put options. On 9/26/2017, George shared with me a trade he executed with Biogen, Inc. (BIIB). An in-the-money strike was sold and share price immediately accelerated. George was inquiring about how deep in-the-money (ITM) the strike prices should be set.   George’s initial trade […]

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Writing Naked Calls on Poorly-Performing Stocks

Selling covered calls and cash-secured puts are the main strategies highlighted in our BCI community. Much of the information disseminated on the Blue Collar site, books and DVDs is based on member feedback, inquiries and comments. In September 2017, Marc sent me an email question about selling naked (without owning the underlying security before selling […]

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Ask Alan #145 – Evaluating a Losing Covered Call Trade

Alan answers a question posed by Kevin, who asks: Most of my trades have been winning ones but I had one go south. I would like to learn from this trade so I’m hoping you can help me learn how to handle it tactically and emotionally. Here it is: 12/20/17: Buy 200 x GRUB at […]

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