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BCI PODCAST #119: Establishing Our Cost-Basis for Long-Term Holdings

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There are 2 distinct cost-basis scenarios for covered call writing:

1. Trade initiation cost-basis:
Stock price at the time of the trade for at-the-money and out-of-the-money strikes
The strike price for in-the-money strikes as we deduct the intrinsic-value of the premium from the stock price
If we buy a stock for $52.00 and sell the $50.00 call for $3.00, $2.00 is intrinsic-value and that “buys-down” our cost-basis from $52.00 to $50.00, the strike price

2. How do we determine cost-basis on shares we have owned for long periods of time, probably purchased at a much lower price than current market value?

A real-life example with Bank of America Corp. is used to highlight the calculations.

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About Alan Ellman

Alan Ellman loves options trading so much he has written four top selling books on the topic of selling covered calls, one about put-selling and a sixth book about long-term investing. Alan is a national speaker for The Money Show, The Stock Traders Expo and the American Association of Individual Investors. He also writes financial columns for both US and International publications along with his own award-winning blog.. He is a retired dentist, a personal fitness trainer, successful real estate investor, but he is known mostly for his practical and successful stock option strategies.

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