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Protective Puts- The Collar Strategy

As safe a strategy that covered call writing is, there is some risk…the risk is in the stock, not in selling the option. That is why some investors who utilize […]

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Options That Expire Weekly and Conventional Expiration Cycles

There’s a new man in town! A relatively new options product is now available called the Weekly Options Series or Weeklys. These weekly expiration options are listed on a Thursday and […]

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Types of Customer Orders plus Update on BCSI

When instructing our online discount broker as to the actions we want taken, we submit a customer order. These orders can take several different forms depending on our investment strategies […]

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The CBOEs Volatility Index (VIX)

In my books and seminars I discuss determining market tone before making any investment decisions. One of the main factors I utilize in this evaluation is the VIX. The VIX is […]

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Volume- A Critical Technical Analysis Indicator

Volume is the number of shares or contracts that trade over a specific period of time, usually one day. On a chart, volume is represented as a histogram (vertical bars) […]

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Factors that Determine the Value of your Option Premium

So you sold an options contract for $380 and generated a 3.5% 1-month return. Did you ever wonder how the market determined the value of that contract to be $380? […]

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Portfolio Management- Organized Lists Will Improve Our Option Profits

I am a big believer in setting yourself up for success. This is accomplished through education, motivation, commitment and organization. Investors reading this article and others are definitely seeking education, and […]

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Triple Witching Friday- Coming to YOUR Portfolio on June 18th!

Triple Witching Friday…..what a scary term! Is it the day after Halloween? NO. Is it a hazing ritual for a college fraternity? Not even close. Well then, what is it? […]

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Theta-Time Decay of our Option Premiums

Educated covered call writers know that it is critical to sell our options early in the 1-month cycle. I always try to sell my options in the first week of […]

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The Show or Fill Rule- More Cash for Us! plus a Spreadsheet for I-T-M Strikes

When David did battle with Goliath, he used the leverage of his slingshot to overcome overwhelming odds. In much the same way we, as Blue Collar Investors, must use every […]

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