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Should Good News Discourage Us From Entering a Covered Call Trade?

We examine the BCI Premium Stock Report on the Sunday May 23, 2021, after expiration Friday, for our Monday trade selections. One of the securities we choose is Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMAT). On Monday morning, May 24th, AMAT gaps up well above the price movement of the S&P 500. Is AMAT now too expensive? […]

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Explaining “Bought-Up” Value When Rolling a Covered Call Out-And-Up

One of our key covered call writing exit strategies is rolling an option when the strike is in-the-money at expiration and we want to retain our shares. We can roll-out to the same strike at a later date or out-and-up to a higher strike at a later date. For both. there will be an intrinsic-value […]

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BCI PODCAST 68 Volatility A Friend or Enemy to Covered call Writers and Put Sellers?

Watch Video: Listen To Audio Version: High implied volatility means higher premiums but also greater risk. This podcast analyzes lessons learned after the crash of 2008 as well as the corona virus crisis of 2020. Implied volatility stats and comparison charts are utilized to provide clarity to this important issue. BECOME A BCI MEMBER TODAY: […]

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Best Technology ETFs for Our Option-Selling Portfolios: QQQ and XLK

When seeking to add a technology presence to our covered call writing and put-selling portfolios, we can do so by using exchange-traded funds (ETFs) based on technology benchmarks. Two such reliable ETFs are Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE: XLK) and Invesco QQQ Trust (Nasdaq: QQQ). This article will compare the 2 funds to assist […]

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Exit Strategies for Covered Call Writing: “Hitting a Triple” with XLU

Benefitting from exit strategies, in our covered call writing and put-selling portfolios, is the result of preparation and opportunity. Our 20%/10% guidelines for covered call writing protects us when share price declines and guides us as when to close the short calls. This allows us take further action including selling the stock, waiting to “hit […]

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BCI PODCAST 67: Should We Use a Short Put to Help Fund a Collar Trade?

Watch Video: Listen To Audio Version: When we add a protective put to a covered call trade we now have a collar trade. There are 3 legs to this trade: long stock, short call (the ceiling) and long put (the floor). Since we pay for the protective put insurance, our returns will suffer. This podcast […]

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“Hitting a Put Triple” with Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW)

Exit strategies for covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts are an integral part of the BCI success model. In April of 2021, Tom was excited to share with me a series of trades he astutely executed with LOW where he generated 3 income streams with the same stock in the same contract month.   […]

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Stock Repair Strategy: A Real-Life Example with Lyft, Inc. (Nasdaq: LYFT)

Stock options have a myriad of applications. With our covered call writing and put-selling strategies, we seek to generate cash-flow in a low-risk manner. Another utilization of stock options is to mitigate losses when share price declines. This is known as the stock repair strategy. It is used when a stock is purchased ( with […]

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The Poor Man’s Covered Call (PMCC): Explaining Upside Potential + Premium Membership News

When using the PMCC strategy, a covered call writing-like strategy, our goal is to generate cash flow with a lower cash investment than traditional covered call writing. The BCI PMCC Calculator shows initial time-value returns from this short call premium as well as the upside potential should share price accelerate. This article will analyze this […]

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BCI PODCAST 66 Comparing the Cost To Close Covered Call Trades with Time Value Return Goals

Watch Video: Listen To Audio Version: Trading decisions are based on our goals and personal risk-tolerance. We enter our covered call trades with specific initial-time-value return goals and exit based on the cost-to-close as it relates to our initial trade structuring. This podcast uses a real-life trade with Facebook, Inc. to study these calculations and […]

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