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“Hitting a Double” on the Last Day of a Contract

Exit strategies for covered call writing are critical components to our overall success. One of the strategies available to us is hitting a double. This is where we buy back the short call and wait for the stock price to recover allowing us to re-sell the same option. This creates 2 income streams in the […]

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Analyzing Market Assessment Based on Portfolio Setup

In May 2020, Gaetan sent me his portfolio positions for the May 2020 contracts. His cash available was $33,000.00 and decided to diversify with 5 different stocks. I thought it would be a useful exercise to look at his positions and analyze what we believe his overall market assessment was at the time of his […]

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The Collar Strategy: Using Longer-Term Put Expirations

When we add a protective put to our covered call trades the strategy is known as a collar. To reduce the monthly cost of the long put, some investors will consider using longer-term put expirations This article will explore the pros and cons of this approach using Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN).   Collar trade information […]

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Covered Call Writing with TLT: Generating Premium and Dividend Income

The main goal of covered call writing is to generate option premium cash flow. Many investors also seek to develop dividend income in addition to the option premium revenue. One security that presents a unique scenario is iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NASDAQ: TLT). This exchange-traded fund produces dividend income twelve times a year with […]

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Protecting Our Covered Call Trades: Protective Puts Versus In-The-Money Strikes

Covered call writing is a low-risk, cash-generating strategy. We can lower the risk to an even greater extent by purchasing protective puts and by writing in-the-money (ITM) call options. Now, buying protective puts (called the collar strategy when used in conjunction with covered call writing) costs money and will lower our returns. Using ITM calls […]

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Managing a Poor Man’s Covered Call Trade When Share Price Drops Below the LEAPS Strike

A typical Poor Man’s Covered Call (PMCC) trade involves buying a deep in-the-money call LEAPS option and selling short-term out-of-the-money call options which is protected by the long LEAPS position. In April 2020, Martin shared with me a PMCC trade he executed with PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL) where share price declined below the LEAPS strike […]

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Anatomy of a Reverse Stock Split

Option contracts can be standard or adjusted. Certain corporate events may change standard option contracts to adjusted contracts. These events include stock splits, mergers, acquisitions, special dividends, spin-offs and reverse splits. After these events, options are altered to reflect these changes and make buyers and sellers of options whole. This article will focus in on […]

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Rolling Out-And-Up: 6-Week Returns

Option calculations help guide us to an accurate assessment of our covered call writing profits. It’s more meaningful to use percentages rather than dollar amounts when executing these calculations. For example, a $1000.00 profit on a $10,000.00 investment (10%) is much more significant than a $1000.00 return on a $100,000.00 investment (1%). That’s why percentages […]

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Selling Deep OTM Weekly Cash-Secured Puts to Generate Substantial Annualized Returns

Selling Cash-Secured Puts is a strategy similar to, but not precisely the same as, covered call writing. It is generally used to generate cash-flow as a standalone strategy but also can be implemented to buy a stock at a discount or used in conjunction with covered call writing (PCP strategy). During the COVID-19 crisis in […]

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When Call Strikes Move Deep In-The-Money Early in the -Contract: A Real-Life Example with BLK

Exit strategies for covered call writing is the 3rd required skill that must be mastered to achieve the highest possible returns. In January 2020, a member shared with me a trade she executed with BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK). The stock was trading at a cost-basis of $500.00 when the February 21, 2020 deep out-of-the-money (OTM) […]

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