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How to Enter and Archive Cash-Secured Put Trades Around an Earnings Report

In last week’s segment, I posted a series of cash-secured put trades with Etsy, Inc. (Nasdaq: ETSY). Some trades were executed before an earnings report and a few post-earnings. This article will detail how to accurately enter and archive all trades using the BCI Trade Management Calculator.   Stage 1: Pre-earnings report (ER) trades 7/18/22: […]

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How to Manage Cash-Secured Put Trades Around an Earnings Report: A Real-Life Example with Etsy, Inc. (Nasdaq: ETSY)

When selling covered calls or cash-secured put options, we must avoid the risk of earnings reports. This is an important rule of the BCI methodology. This article will detail how a series of put trades were managed during the August 2022 contracts from 7/18/2022 through 7/29/2022, demonstrating pre- and post-earnings report (ER) trades. Note that […]

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BCI PODCAST 97: Managing Our Poor Man’s Covered Call Trades When Share Price Drops Substantially

Watch Video: Listen To Audio Version: Exit strategies for our option-selling trades is a critical aspect for successful investing. When there is a precipitous drop in share price such that it is trading below the (once) deep in-the-money LEAPS strike, we can close the entire position or roll-down to lower but still out-of-the-money short call […]

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Calculating Realized Option & Unrealized Stock Covered Call Returns at the End of a Contract Cycle

Accurately calculating our covered call writing returns at the end of each contract cycle can be uncomplicated in some situations and more challenging in others. If we buy a stock at $48.00 and sell the $50.00 call at $1.50 and we allow exercise of an ITM strike (shares sold at $50.00 for a $2.00 per-share […]

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BCI PODCAST 96: Protecting Our Covered Call Trades: Protective Puts and In-the-Money Strikes

Watch Video: Listen To Audio Version: Covered call writing is a low-risk option-selling strategy that can be crafted into an even more defensive strategy. In this podcast¬† two such approaches are discussed. First, adding a protective put to the trade, a strategy known as the “collar.” An alternative approach, using in-the-money call options, where intrinsic […]

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Rolling-Out Poor Man’s Covered Call Trades: A Real-Life Example with Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG)

When the Poor Man’s Covered Call (PMCC) strategy is employed, the short call is the active leg of the trade. If a strike is expiring in-the-money (ITM), we can roll the short call to a later expiration date. This article will detail 2 possible rolling trades with GOOG, 1 for rolling-out to the same strike […]

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How to Use the Capital Adjustment Section of the Trade Management Calculator When Executing Multiple Exit Strategies in the Same Contract Cycle

Exit strategies for covered call writing and selling cash-secured parts are integral aspects of our trading system. It is critical to learn how to enter, calculate and archive these position management trades. This article will detail one example of this process using a real-life example with Etsy, Inc. (Nasdaq: ETSY) using 2 rolling-up put trades […]

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How to Enter & Calculate Rolling-Out-And-Down Cash-Secured Put Trades: A Real-Life Example with Invesco QQQ Trust (Nasdaq: QQQ)

When selling out-of-the-money (OTM) cash-secured puts, we calculate our initial time-value returns with this formula: % return = Put premium/ (put strike – put premium) When incorporating exit strategies into our strategy, we must properly enter these adjustments into our spreadsheets such that the calculations will be accurate and properly archived.   What is rolling-out […]

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BCI PODCAST 95: Covered Call Writing to Generate Premium and Dividend Income

Watch Video: Listen To Audio Version: A covered call writing strategy can be crafted to generate 3 income streams: 1. Option premium 2. Share appreciation when using out-of-the-money call options 3. Dividend income This podcast will focus in on TLT a treasury-based exchange-traded fund that generate 12 dividends per calendar year. There will be discussions […]

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Rolling-Up Our Cash-Secured Put Trades: A Real-Life Example with Etsy, Inc. (Nasdaq: ETSY)

When we sell cash-secured puts, we are seeking to generate cash flow or to buy securities at a discount. It is generally written that the maximum return for these trades is the put premium. This article will demonstrate how multiple income streams can be achieved by implementing our exit strategy arsenal and, thereby, achieve higher […]

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