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Comparing Nasdaq 100 ETFs: Real-Life Examples with QQQ & QQQM

Over the years, the most frequently used ETF in my portfolios has been Invesco QQQ Trust (Nasdaq: QQQ). Premium members have noticed that, lately, a relatively new eligible security in our Premium Members ETF Reports has been QQQM (Invesco Nasdaq 100 ETF). Both are based on the Nasdaq 100 Index. This article will highlight the […]

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Hitting a Double: The BCI Trade Management Calculator in Action + Final Chance to Register for Tuesday’s Webinar

“Hitting a double” involves buying back the short call using our 20%/10% guidelines and then re-selling that same option when share price recovers. On 3/13/2019, Mario was kind enough to share with us his trades with SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (NYSE: XBI) where he astutely applied this exit strategy.   Hitting a double trade overview  2/26/2019: […]

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Mitigating Losses by Rolling-Down During a Severe Market Decline: The BCI Trade Management Calculator in Action + Free Webinar Registration Link

Rolling-down is one of our frequently used covered call writing exit strategies. During the January 2022 contracts, there was a 5% market decline due to COVD-19, inflation and interest rate concerns. This article will highlight a rolling-down strategy I implemented with Healthcare Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLV) in one of my portfolios where a 4.68% […]

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The Poor Man’s Covered Call LEAPS Selection: A Real-Life Example with SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (NYSE: SPY)

Before initiating a poor man’s covered call trade (PMCC), we must first master all aspects of the strategy including understanding the pros and cons inherent in this system. Once we have made a decision that this strategy is appropriate for our portfolios, the next step is to analyze our initial trade structuring calculations. We want […]

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Collar Strategy Using Weekly Calls and Monthly Puts: A Real-Life Example with LABU

The collar strategy is a covered call writing-like strategy where protective puts are added to our covered call trades. This creates a ceiling (the short call) and a floor (the long put). Typically, the expiration dates of the calls and puts are the same. We must also ensure that the call credit and put debit […]

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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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Rolling-Down with a Few Hours to Expiration: A Real-Life Example with Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLE)

The 20%/10% guidelines are essential to our covered call writing exit strategies. They represent parameters as when to buy back our short calls. A frequent inquiry I receive related to these parameters is whether to remove the 10% BTC limit orders in the last few days of a contract. The thinking is that the cost-to-close […]

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Can Price Movement Be Explained by Profit-Taking?: A Real-Life Example with Global X Funds Infrastructure Dev. (PAVE)

On April 8,2021, Nathan shared with me his covered call writing trade with PAVE which was initiated 3 days earlier. This exchange-traded fund had a strong technical chart but the price started declining immediately after the trade was entered. Nathan commented that he read in a technical analysis book that when share price breaks out […]

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Application of the 20%/10% Guidelines Within a Broad Range of Implied Volatility Securities

I recently published an article titled Managing Implied Volatility Risk by Establishing an Initial Time-Value Return Goal Range. This article served as a catalyst for several inquiries from our members asking if the BCI 20%/10% guidelines applied to high volatility securities in terms of the protection we receive from declining share values. This article will […]

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