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Setting Our 20%/10% Guidelines After Rolling an Option Out or Out-And-Up

Rolling-out is a covered call writing exit strategy we frequently use when a strike is expiring in-the-money (ITM) and we want to retain the underlying shares for the next contract cycle. After closing the short call in the current month prior to rolling, a new trade with the same security is set up in our […]

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Portfolio Overwriting in High Implied Volatility (IV) Markets + Alan’s Wealth365 Webinar Registration Link

One of our covered call writing-like strategies is portfolio overwriting. The strategy involves selecting deep out-of-the-money (OTM) strikes that will generate lower returns than traditional covered call writing but also decreases the likelihood of exercise (our shares being sold). The returns will still be significant when annualized, while still enhancing the probability of avoiding exercise […]

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BCI Podcast 89: Am I Losing Money When I Buy Back My Deep ITM Covered Call Options?

Watch Video: Listen To Audio Version: Closing a deep ITM call option may appear quite expensive on the surface. However, when we break down the calculations and evaluate both legs of a covered call trade, the results may tell a different story. A real-life example with SolarEdge Technologies, Ind. (SEDG) is used to demonstrate such […]

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How to Enter & Calculate Closing a Weekly Put Trade After Rolling the Option in the Same Contract Cycle + Alan’s Wealth365 Webinar Registration Link

When we sell cash-secured puts, we are undertaking the contractual obligation to buy shares at the strike price by the expiration date. The option seller (that’s us) sets those parameters. In return, we receive a cash premium. The implementation of exit strategy opportunities allows us to maximize the success of our trades. This article will […]

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Dividend Stripping & Selling Cash-Secured Puts: A Real-Life Example with Walmart, Inc. (NYSE: WMT)

Whether we are selling stock options or buying stocks to accumulate dividend income, Blue collar Investors seek to generate cash-flow in a low-risk manner with capital preservation in mind. This article will highlight 1 way to combine selling cash-secured puts with dividend stripping.   What is selling cash-secured puts? A low-risk option-selling strategy where the […]

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How to Manage a 5.3% Mid-Contract Unrealized Gain: A Real-Life Example with BHP Group Limited (NYSE: BHP) + Alan’s Wealth365 Webinar Registration Link

When we have a maximum mid-contract unrealized gain on a trade, there are opportunities when we can generate additional income streams and, thereby, enjoy higher than initial maximum returns. There are also scenarios when we should take no action and continue to monitor these trades. On 1/19/2022, Patrick shared with me such a trade he […]

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BCI PODCAST 88: Creating a Portfolio of Weekly Cash-Secured Puts

Watch Video: Listen To Audio Version: Whether we are seeking to generate significant cash-flow or to buy a stock at a discount, selling put options can be an enticing low-risk strategy This podcast will detail the reasons we should consider selling cash-secured puts using a real-life example with Square, Inc. (SQ) by selling weekly out-of-the-money […]

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How to Enter Our Rolling-Out-And-Up Trades into Our Monthly Trading Logs

In our last blog article, we discussed how to enter our rolling-out trades into our covered call writing trading logs. This article will highlight the additional considerations when rolling our covered call trades out-and-up.   Trade log challenges when rolling-out-and-up We are combining 2 months of option premiums: how do we break this down? What […]

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How to Enter Our Rolling-Out Trades into Our Monthly Trading Logs

When we roll-out our covered call trades, we are actually combining 2 months of option premiums, the current month and the next contract cycle. This may create some confusion as how to enter these combination trades into our trading logs. As you will see, there is no perfect solution, but BCI has created guidelines that […]

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Comparing Nasdaq 100 ETFs: Real-Life Examples with QQQ & QQQM

Over the years, the most frequently used ETF in my portfolios has been Invesco QQQ Trust (Nasdaq: QQQ). Premium members have noticed that, lately, a relatively new eligible security in our Premium Members ETF Reports has been QQQM (Invesco Nasdaq 100 ETF). Both are based on the Nasdaq 100 Index. This article will highlight the […]

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