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Why Covered Call Writing Outperforms the Overall Market

Why should we spend the time to educate ourselves on how to implement and manage covered call writing trades? The answer is simple: Once the 3 required skills (stock selection, option selection and position management) are mastered, we will put ourselves in a position to beat the market on a consistent basis. This article will […]

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“Hitting a Double” Calculations with The Ellman Calculator

One of the BCI exit strategies that helps distinguish us from all other covered call writers is known as “hitting a double” We use this position management technique when share value declines such that option value drops to 20% (in the first half of a monthly contract) or 10% (in the second half of a […]

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Managing Earnings Reports on Long-Term Holdings

Never sell a covered call or put option when there is an earnings report due to be reported prior to contract expiration. I have repeated this rule so many times over the years because I want our members to avoid the losses I incurred back in the 1990s before I realized how important it was […]

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What Covered Call Writing Has Meant To Me: A Financial Advisor’s Perspective by Guest Author Kevin Crowe

In June 2018 I had the pleasure of having dinner with Kevin, a long-time BCI member and retired financial advisor. His story reminded me of how option-selling not only impacts the investor but also so many of those close to us. In Kevin’s case, it touched members of his family and a large database of […]

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Protective Puts and the Collar Strategy: Selecting the Best Strike Prices/ Last Chance for Holiday Orders

Covered call writing, when combined with protective puts, is known as the collar strategy. The maximum gain is established by the short call strike while the maximum loss is defined by the long put strike. For example, if a stock is purchased for $48.00 per share and the $50.00 call is sold while the $45.00 […]

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“Hitting a Double” Using a Lower Strike Price

One of the exit strategies for covered call writing that allows us to enhance portfolio returns is known in the BCI community as “hitting a double”. We implement this position management technique when option value meets our 20%/10% guidelines. The initial short call is closed (buy-to-close) as share value declines early to mid-contract and then […]

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technical analysis for covered call writing

Multi-Leg Option Trades: Understanding Calculations and Results

Covered call writing involves a minimum of 2 legs: we are long the stock (own the stock) and short the option (sold the option). There are many times when we employ the position management skill and options are bought back and new options sold or our underlyings are sold. This adds additional legs to the […]

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Evaluating an Initial Covered Call Writing Portfolio

Setting up our covered call writing and put-selling portfolios requires common sense analysis once our watch lists have been established. Considerations include proper stock and industry diversification, appropriate cash allocation to each position and.  strike selection that will maximize our returns and reflect personal risk-tolerance and overall market assessment. In this article, I will dissect […]

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technical analysis for covered call writing

Price Charts Tell a Story and Provide Guidance in Formulating Our Investment Strategies

Technical analysis is one of the critical tools available to us in selecting the best stocks for our option-selling strategies. Price charts are much more than a sequence of dots and lines…they tell a story about a company which, with proper research, ultimately leads to a series of rules and guidelines that will assist in […]

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After-Hours Bid – Ask Spreads Can Be Deceiving

One of the BCI guidelines for selling covered call and cash-secured put options is that we require a bid-ask spread of $0.30 or less and/or an open interest of 100 contracts or more. Typically, options with large open interest will also be associated with smaller spreads. This makes it easier to close short positions at […]

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