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What is a Delta-Neutral Portfolio?: A Real-Life Example With InMode Ltd. (Nasdaq: INMD) + Free Webinar Registration Links

Many portfolio managers will seek Delta-neutral portfolios to mitigate directional or market risk. This article will explain how these experts calculate their positions to achieve this goal. To simplify the details, a single security will be used but the concepts apply to total portfolio positions as well.   Definitions Delta: The amount an option value […]

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Understanding 1-Time Special Cash Dividends and Our Current Trade Status: A Real-Life Example with OMF

Contract adjustments will change the parameters of our covered call writing and put-selling trades but will not result in any trade loss or gain. The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) will make alterations to our option contracts such that buyers and sellers of calls and put are made whole after the corporate event. On August 6, […]

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Comparing Implied Volatility and Delta When Establishing Projected Trading Ranges During Our Option Contracts

In 2020, BCI developed 2 ultra-low-risk option strategies, one using implied volatility and the other using Delta to establish low- and high-end trading ranges during our covered call writing and put-selling option contracts. We will use 5 real-life examples to analyze the trading ranges predicted by each approach. The data was taken on 8/30/2021 for […]

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Holding a Stock Through an Earnings Report Can Result in Impressive Returns: A Real-Life Example with Crocs, Inc. (Nasdaq: CROX)

One of the golden rules of the BCI methodology is never to sell an option (call or put) when there is an earnings report due out prior to contract expiration. Most of the time we avoid holding these securities in our option-selling portfolios due to the risk inherent in these reports. However, there are exceptions […]

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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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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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Using Delta to Create Low-Risk/ High-Return Put-Selling Trades: A Real-Life Example with ETSY, Inc. (NASDAQ: ETSY)

When selling cash-secured puts, our strikes are selected based on our initial time-value return goal range and personal risk-tolerance. In the BCI methodology, we use only out-of-the-money (OTM) cash-secured puts unless our objective is to purchase a stock at a discount and have those shares put to us sooner rather than later. There are times […]

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How to Set Up a Portfolio of Nasdaq and S&P 500 Stocks in a User-Friendly Approach

Covered call writers and sellers of cash-secured puts know the importance of portfolio diversification. If one security under-performs, the others can compensate. This article will demonstrate how to craft a portfolio of large-cap tech and blue-chip companies for our option-selling strategies.   Strategy goals  Portfolio mix of blue-chip and technology companies User-friendly system Broad diversification […]

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What is a SPAC (Special Purpose Acquisition Company)?

Are SPACs reliable candidates for our covered call writing and put-selling portfolios? This article will define and explain the anatomy of a SPAC so we can decide if they deserve a place in our conservative option-selling portfolios.   SPAC defined This is a company with no commercial operations (products or services) that is created to […]

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Implied Volatility (IV), IV Rank and IV Percentile: Defined and Practical Applications

When writing covered calls and selling cash-secured puts, the implied volatility of the underlying securities is directly related to the premiums we receive and also measures the risk we are taking with our option-selling trades. We protect ourselves from using IVs that are too high or too low by defining our initial time-value return goal […]

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