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“Hitting a Double” on the Last Day of a Contract

Exit strategies for covered call writing are critical components to our overall success. One of the strategies available to us is hitting a double. This is where we buy back the short call and wait for the stock price to recover allowing us to re-sell the same option. This creates 2 income streams in the […]

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Analyzing Market Assessment Based on Portfolio Setup

In May 2020, Gaetan sent me his portfolio positions for the May 2020 contracts. His cash available was $33,000.00 and decided to diversify with 5 different stocks. I thought it would be a useful exercise to look at his positions and analyze what we believe his overall market assessment was at the time of his […]

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Ask Alan #176 Reverse Stock Splits Analyzed

Alan answers a question posed by Charles, who asks: I bought 100 shares of the ETF XOP and sold 1 covered call position for May and it is going to split 1-for-4 on March 30th. What is the procedure for this position? Thanks, Charles ——— It’s the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Time for another […]

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BCI PODCAST 29. How to Structure a Poor Man’s Covered Call Trade

Watch Video: Listen To Audio Version: The Poor man’s Covered call strategy is much more than “covered call writing, but cheaper” The are a multitude of moving parts that must be mastered to be successful. This podcast will focus in on how to set up the initial PMCC trade based on a specific formula and […]

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The Collar Strategy: Using Longer-Term Put Expirations

When we add a protective put to our covered call trades the strategy is known as a collar. To reduce the monthly cost of the long put, some investors will consider using longer-term put expirations This article will explore the pros and cons of this approach using Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN).   Collar trade information […]

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BCI PODCAST 28. In the Money Covered Calls to Protect in Bear Markets

Watch Video: Listen To Audio Version: Strike price selection is one of our 3 required skills. Choosing in-the-money strikes adds an additional component to our premiums and affords greater downside protection in bear and volatile markets. Calculations are highlighted using the Ellman Calculator BECOME A BCI MEMBER TODAY: PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP SEE BCI COURSE & PRODUCTS […]

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Covered Call Writing with TLT: Generating Premium and Dividend Income

The main goal of covered call writing is to generate option premium cash flow. Many investors also seek to develop dividend income in addition to the option premium revenue. One security that presents a unique scenario is iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NASDAQ: TLT). This exchange-traded fund produces dividend income twelve times a year with […]

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BCI PODCAST 27. Using Mean Analyst rating MAR in the Stock Screening Process

Watch Video: Listen To Audio Version: Stock selection for option-selling strategies includes fundamental analysis, technical analysis and common-sense principles like minimum trading volume. Adding MAR to this process will add an institutional component that will enhance the screening to even higher level. MAR is defined as well as the ranking system and free sites to […]

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Protecting Our Covered Call Trades: Protective Puts Versus In-The-Money Strikes

Covered call writing is a low-risk, cash-generating strategy. We can lower the risk to an even greater extent by purchasing protective puts and by writing in-the-money (ITM) call options. Now, buying protective puts (called the collar strategy when used in conjunction with covered call writing) costs money and will lower our returns. Using ITM calls […]

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Managing a Poor Man’s Covered Call Trade When Share Price Drops Below the LEAPS Strike

A typical Poor Man’s Covered Call (PMCC) trade involves buying a deep in-the-money call LEAPS option and selling short-term out-of-the-money call options which is protected by the long LEAPS position. In April 2020, Martin shared with me a PMCC trade he executed with PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) where share price declined below the LEAPS strike […]

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