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The 10 Most Common Mistakes Made By Covered Call Writers And How To Avoid Them

Your neighbor bursts into your house and exclaims “I just read this article…You buy a stock and sell an option and cash flows into your account instantly. It’s a miracle! I’m getting started tomorrow”  If you are a good neighbor and knowledgeable about covered call writing you will immediately tie him to a chair, put tape over […]

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“Hitting a Double”- A Bullish Early-Contract Exit Strategy

Maximizing covered call writing returns requires the use of a series of exit strategies. One of the most common mistakes covered call writers are guilty of is not managing trades during the contract cycle. I was guilty as charged when I first started using this great strategy and learned my lessons the hard way. I […]

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“Pinning the Strike”: A Covered Call Writing Consideration

When considering covered call exit strategies on or near expiration Friday we compare the market price of our stock to the strike price sold. If the share value is even one penny above the strike, the option will most likely be exercised and our shares sold. We may not want this to occur and we […]

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Covered Call Writing: Should We Use Stop Loss Orders?

Exit strategy execution is critical to maximizing our covered call writing success. But what approach should we use if the underlying equity declines in value? Many investors use a stop loss order when a stock they own declines in value. The question then becomes is this the best approach for covered call writing? There are […]

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Analyzing a Covered Call Trade by Barry Bergman, Director of Research, The Blue Collar Investor Corp.

Covered call writing trades can be analyzed from many perspectives. Each analysis represents an enlightening experience as we all learn from each other and share ideas and conclusions. We recently received a series of emails from one of our more experienced and savvy premium members regarding several trades he executed a short while ago. I asked […]

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Using Multiple Exit Strategies in the Same Contract Month

Covered call writers can be good at what they do or great at it. They can generate decent returns or the highest possible returns. One of the mission statements of The Blue Collar Investor is to assist each other in achieving the greatest levels of success. The implementation of exit strategies when indicated is critical to this […]

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Mid-Contract Unwind Exit Strategy: A Real Life Example

To maximize our covered call writing profits it is critical to take advantage of our exit strategy opportunities. Last week I posted a few comments regarding the mid-contract unwind exit strategy and received several emails asking for more information about the trade I alluded to. In this week’s article I will walk through the steps […]

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Rolling Strategies On Or Near Expiration Friday

With one week remaining before the expiration of the November option contracts I thought I’d use this week’s blog article to review the process of the rolling exit strategies. I will use a real-life example taken from our Weekly Stock Screen and Watch List. The figures you will see are based on the options chain […]

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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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