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BCI PODCAST 99: Anatomy of a Reverse Stock Split

Watch Video: Listen To Audio Version: Various corporate events like stock splits, mergers and acquisitions will results in share price changes that require the Options Clearing Corporation to adjust option contracts such that buyers and sellers of calls and puts are made whole. This podcast focuses in on reverse stocks splits, ther reasons they are […]

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Estimating Our Breakeven Price Points When Establishing Our Poor Man’s Covered Call Trades: A Real-Life Example with Apple, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)

When initiating our Poor Man’s Covered Call (PMCC) trades, we can estimate our breakeven (BE) price points. It gets more complicated as more layers are added to the trades over the months and, perhaps, years that the trade continues. This article will detail the formula used to generate this BE price point and use a […]

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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 […]

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BCI PODCAST 98: Analyzing LEAPS Options for the Poor Man’s Covered Call

Watch Video: Listen To Audio Version: The Poor Man’s Covered call strategy uses LEAPS options as a replacement for stock and ETF shares. The cost to enter the trade is much lower than using traditional covered call writing. of course, there are pros & cons to this PMCC strategy. This podcast addresses how to select […]

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Review of Dividend Dates & Their Impact on Our Covered Call Trades

The main reason for early exercise of our covered call writing options relates to corporate dividends. The key date to be aware of is the ex-dividend date. This article will clarify and define the dates related to corporate dividends and also discuss an anomaly related to special dividends.   Early exercise of our covered call […]

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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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