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Modern Portfolio Theory

Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT)- How Financial Advisors Invest Your Money

Mastering covered call writing has taught many of us how to self-invest. In the past, we depended on financial managers to handle our hard-earned money. In the hands of the right person this is not an inappropriate path to take for some of us. Certain investors both self-invest and hire a financial advisor. Did you ever […]

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Compounding our Covered Call Writing Profits

When studying investment basics, I’m reminded of a quote from none other than Albert Einstein who called compounding “the greatest mathematical discovery of all time”. Stated differently, a dollar received today is worth more than a dollar received tomorrow. This simple but powerful sentence sums up the concept of the time value of money (TVM). It is true because […]

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Selecting The Best Strike Price

In last week’s article concerning option trading basics I highlighted the in-the-money strike in our covered call writing strategy. In this article I will expand our options calculations to all three types of strike prices. First, let’s review each of these categories: Out-Of-The-Money-Strike Prices: There is a reason why these are  popular strikes for many investors. […]

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How Our Trade Orders Are Executed For Covered Call Writing

Executing our stock and call option trades is fast and efficient. But what actually goes on behind the scenes after we enter market or limit orders? Once we type our order to the online discount broker there are a series of events that take place terminating in the successful execution of the trade. Here’s how […]

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Covered Call Writing and the Blue Collar Premium Report

Successful covered call writing requires proper stock and option selection. With the significant increase in our premium membership subscriptions over the past several months we have received dozens of inquiries as to how best to incorporate the stocks on the ‘running list”, our watch list, into our portfolios. The Premium (BCI) Report takes the universe […]

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Beta: Another Tool to Enhance our Covered Call Returns

When we defined the Greeks in a previous article concerning investment basics, it included a discussion of the price sensitivity of the option premium as it relates to the underlying equity, time and other factors. One of the rules was that (all other factors being equal) an increase in share volatility will increase an option premium. An equity […]

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Covered Call Writing and The Yield Curve

Part of learning investment basics is to understand the relationship between interest rates and our investment decisions. That’s why it is important to educate ourselves about Yield Curves. These are lines that plot the interest rates of (most frequently) three-month, two-year, five-year and thirty-year U.S. Treasury debt (bonds and T-bills). The curve is also used to predict changes in […]

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Setting Up a Covered Call Portfolio-Diversification and Cash Allocation

A key mission statement in our Blue Collar investment strategy for covered call writing is risk management. An integral component needed to accomplish this goal is diversification and cash allocation. We want to own at least five different stocks in five different industry segments with no single equity or industry representing more than 20% of our portfolio. […]

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Pump and Dump Scams

I’ll bet that each and every one of you has received an email that went something like this: IMAGINE IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO BUY A WAL-MART FRANCHISE IN MEXICO RIGHT WHEN IT FIRST OPENED ITS DOORS, AND ALL YOU NEEDED WAS A SMALL STAKE TO GET IN. HURRY, WE SEE THIS STOCK STARTING […]

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What is “Left Tail Risk” and How is it Impacting our Stock Portfolios?

What’s going on here? Stock prices are historically inexpensive. Bond yields need a magnifying glass to detect. Earnings reports have been positively surprising for eleven consecutive quarters. There are trillions of institutional and retail investor dollars sitting on the sidelines waiting to propel the market directly to the moon. So why is the market trending […]

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