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THE MYSTERY OF CORPORATE BONDS

How many of our fellow Blue Collar Investors understand the concept of corporate bonds?  Probably, not many. I didn’t for many years despite self-educating myself in stocks, options, and real estate. I am always angered when media experts start throwing around terms like indentures, par value, defeasance, yield curve among many others and don’t bother […]

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HEDGE FUNDS AND THEIR EFFECT ON OUR INVESTMENTS Plus CSH, a Gem in Hiding

Jim Cramer  brought out a great point last week during his TV Program, Mad Money,  when he attributed much of the market volatility to “hedge funds gone wild”. He knows an awful lot about hedge funds since he managed one himself in the 1990s. For my readers unfamiliar with the term “hedge fund”, let me […]

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Overnight Millionaire or Victim of the Rig? Plus: My Readers Pick their Favorite Stocks

Your best friend calls you to tell you about a company that has developed a technology so unique that the profits about to be generated will make all investors filthy rich. He read about it on a blog site that his buddy from the the local Pizza Parlor referred him to. Needless to say these […]

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WHEN TO BUY BACK YOUR OPTION – EXPIRATION FRIDAY DILEMMA plus Industry in the Spotlight

Picture this: It’s on or near Expiration Friday and your stock or ETF (Exchange Traded Fund) is above the strike price. You know that if you do not act to institute an Expiration Friday Exit Strategy your stock will be assigned (sold). So what are the factors that will determine whether or not you buy back […]

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EARNINGS REPORTS ARE TELLING US TO BUY STOCKS!

Avoid Earnings Reports like the plague! That’s what I promote in my book and DVD Series, Cashing in on Covered Calls. I stand by that premise for many reasons, the most important is the one that relates to the great returns I have been getting. But ERs do give us information regarding the overall economy, industires, […]

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THE FACTORS THAT DETERMINE THE VALUE OF YOUR OPTION PREMIUM plus Our Readers Pick their Favorite Stocks

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? The simple equation that most of us know and understand is the following:  Option premium = Intrinsic Value + Time Value To review, let me […]

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BEING CEO OF YOUR OWN MONEY MEANS MAKING INFORMED DECISIONS plus Industry in the Spotlight

I was about to ask Linda to marry me. My knowledge of diamond rings was one level below my awareness of the cast of Sex in the City (a show I have never watched). How many of us take our hard-earned money into a mall jewelry store and purchase an engagement ring from “some person” . […]

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USING STOCK OPTIONS TO NEUTRALIZE NEGATIVE CASH FLOW PROPERTIES/ PART III- Evaluating our Investment

This is the third and final article in this trilogy of writings regarding generating income via stock options to erase a negative cash flow situation. In part I, our strategy was developed. Capital preservation was of utmost importance since we needed to maintain our initial investment to continue to generate our monthly returns. Compounding of […]

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USING STOCK OPTIONS TO NEUTRALIZE NEGATIVE CASH FLOW PROPERTIES / PART II – Real Life Example

Make money so you don’t lose money. No, this is not a quote from Yogi Berra! It’s me, Alan, speaking and I make no apologies for this seemingly sophomoric statement. On April 12, 2008, I wrote an article wherein I described a negative cash flow property I own in Florida. I was losing $800 per […]

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USING STOCK OPTIONS TO NEUTRALIZE NEGATIVE CASH FLOW PROPERTIES

The light bulb went on! I have a property in Florida that is negatively cash flowing. I also have a skill generating cash by selling stock options. This is a marriage made in heaven! When I started trading stock options, the cash was used to pay for my son’s college education, the purchase of my […]

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