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Analyzing a 3-Income Covered Call Writing Trade: A Real-Life Example with Ready Capital Corp. (NYSE: RC)

Covered call writing with out-of-the-money (OTM) strikes provides the opportunity for 2 incomes streams, 1 from option premium and the other from share appreciation from current market value up to the OTM strike. Many of our eligible securities also generate quarterly dividends and trades can be established with 3-income stream potential. Such a trade was shared with me by Graham, using RC as the underlying stock.


Graham’s trades

  • 6/21/2022: Buy 2000 x RC at $12.08
  • 6/21/2022: STO 20 x 7/15/2022 $12.50 (OTM) calls at $0.15
  • 7/15/2022: RC trading at $12.40 and the $12.50 calls expire OTM and worthless (no exercise)
  • 7/29/2022: A $0.42 per-share dividend is captured, and shares are sold at $13.91


Price chart of RC showing the 3-income streams


RC: Covered Call Writing and Dividend Capture Price Chart


Final calculations for the 3 income streams per-share

  • Stock credit: $1.83 ($13.91 – $12.08)
  • Option credit: $0.15
  • Dividend credit: $0.42
  • Total net 3-income credit: $2.40
  • % 39-day return: 19.87% ($2.40/$12.08)
  • Annualized return: 186%



Covered call writing is a low-risk cash-generating option-selling strategy. It can be crafted as a 1-income (ITM calls), 2-income (OTM calls) or 3-income (add dividends) potential strategy. This RC example was a winner in every way. When trades turn against us, we have our exit strategy arsenal to mitigate.

Nice going Graham and thanks for sharing.


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1.A Streamlined Version of Covered Call Writing: Introduction to premium members

Monday March 13, 2023


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Wednesday March 15th

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Our buy-and-hold portfolios in non-sheltered accounts are generating 8% – 10% per year. Can we increase these yields by selling stock options while, at the same time, dramatically decreasing the probability of our shares being sold to avoid potential tax implications? The answer is a resounding “yes”.  Portfolio Overwriting is a strategy that can benefit millions of investors seeking to enhance portfolio returns using a low-risk covered call writing-like strategy.

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Selling cash-secured puts is a low-risk option-selling strategy which generates weekly or monthly cash-flow. This presentation will detail how to craft the strategy to multiple applications which will align with various goals and personal risk-tolerances. Topics included in the webinar include:

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April 17th – 22nd

Covered Call Writing Dividend Stocks to Create a 3-Income Strategy + A Streamlined Approach to Covered Call Writing

Covered call writing is a low-risk option-selling strategy that generates weekly or monthly cash-flow. By mastering the skill of strike price selection and adding dividend distributions, a potential 3-income strategy can be crafted with a goal of beating the market on a consistent basis.

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About Alan Ellman

Alan Ellman loves options trading so much he has written four top selling books on the topic of selling covered calls, one about put-selling and a sixth book about long-term investing. Alan is a national speaker for The Money Show, The Stock Traders Expo and the American Association of Individual Investors. He also writes financial columns for both US and International publications along with his own award-winning blog.. He is a retired dentist, a personal fitness trainer, successful real estate investor, but he is known mostly for his practical and successful stock option strategies.

8 Responses to “Analyzing a 3-Income Covered Call Writing Trade: A Real-Life Example with Ready Capital Corp. (NYSE: RC)”

  1. Bob February 25, 2023 2:04 am #

    Hello Alan,

    So in a report like this one (2/23) with no bold holdings, what do you select for options trades?



  2. Alan Ellman February 25, 2023 6:47 am #


    The inflation data over the past 2 weeks increased the likelihood of additional interest rate hikes moving forward and this made the market nervous. The result was a market decline over the past week (still up 3.40% year-to-date) and a technical breakdown of most stocks and ETFs.

    When this occurs, there are very few “bold” stocks in our reports because it’s rare to find securities with all bullish technical indicators. However, the “nonbold” eligible stocks do represent the best of the best and are eligible for option selling.

    In addition to these nonbold but eligible stocks, we can turn to our ETF and Blue Chip (Dow 30) Reports.

    Certain market conditions can be challenging and there may not be a great answer, but there’s always a best answer.


  3. Barry February 26, 2023 3:19 pm #

    Hello Alan.

    2 questions.

    1. When do you expect your discussion about SPDRS will come out?

    2. If one is selling weekly calls does this eliminate the possibility of other strategies?


    • Alan Ellman February 27, 2023 7:23 am #


      1. On Monday March 13th at 8 PM ET. As a premium member, you will receive an email invitation prior to the event with a Zoom link to attend a live webinar hosted by me and Barry. An introduction into this streamlined approach to covered call writing, along with an early order discount code.

      2. All of our strategies can be executed with weekly or monthly expirations. There are pros 7 cons to both weekly and monthly expirations. Each investor must make a decision as to which aligns best with their trading styles and goals. Both work.


      • Barry February 27, 2023 8:33 am #


        What I really meant to ask is how do exit strategies apply to weekly options?

        Thanks again. Barry

        • Alan Ellman February 27, 2023 11:38 am #


          We use the same parameters as we do in the last 2 weeks of a monthly contract.

          We set 10% BTC GTC limit orders after entering our weekly trades. Our exit strategy choices are based on time-to-expiration.

          For example, if the 10% BTC limit order is executed, we favor (but not limited to) rolling-down or selling the stock to waiting to “hit a double”.

          I have written several articles showing how, in volatile market conditions, I was able to hit a double with 1 or 2 days to expiration.

          Bottom line: For weekly options, set 10% BTC GTC limit orders after entering a covered call trade.


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