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Why some in-the-money strikes are not exercised

Why Some In-The-Money Strikes Are NOT Exercised; A Real Life Example

When studying the basics of option investing we learn that the option holder of an in-the-money strike has a certain amount of intrinsic value which appears to be profit that would never be bypassed. For example, if we (as covered call writers) sold a $50 call and the stock was trading @ $52 @ 4PM […]

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option liquidity

What Is Slippage And How Does It Impact Our Trading Success?

When studying investment basics, the term slippage has two applications. In general, it means having a trade executed at a price less favorable to the trader. Let’s look at the two areas where we may see this term used:  An order is executed at a worse-than-expected price  Stock and options  Slippage occurs when there is […]

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Portfolio overwriting with GMCR

Portfolio Overwriting- Selling Covered Calls on Stocks You Want to Keep.

For covered call writers the main stock option strategy is to purchase an equity specifically for the purpose of selling the corresponding call option. The investment time frame is one to two months as earnings reports will end the “run” of even the best performing equities (if you agree with my guidelines). In many cases share assignment is […]

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Covered Call Trade Execution

Executing Covered Call Trades: The Buy-Write Combination Form.

There are two ways to enter a covered call position. The first is called legging-in where the stock is purchased and then the option is sold. Two distinct trades are executed. The second is known as a buy-write order where the security purchase and option sale is entered as one trade with a net debit […]

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Historical volatility of stocks

Factors that Influence Option Value + The Black-Scholes Model

An integral part of understanding option trading basics, is mastering the components that influence option value. Many option traders will look to make money as a result of a discrepancy between an option’s current market value and its theoretical value. In other words, is the option overpriced or undervalued? If, for example, an option is […]

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Entering a covered call position

Exiting a Covered Call Position Prior to Earnings by Guest Author Laurie Itkin

JUST BECAUSE YOU BUY ITS PRODUCTS DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD BUY ITS STOCK The KORS initial public offering was the topic du jour among my girlfriends at a holiday party last December.  The ladies I know who invest in stocks were trying to figure out how to get in on the IPO before the share […]

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Protective Puts

Protective Puts: Using The Collar Strategy During Volatile Markets

As safe a strategy as covered call writing is there is some risk; the risk is in purchasing the stock, not in selling the option. For this reason, some investors who sell covered calls also buy protective puts to alleviate some of the risk especially in volatile markets like we’ve experienced recently. Remember, the owner of […]

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Implied volatility over different strikes

Volatility Skew- Understanding Option Premiums Over Different Time Frames and Strikes

In covered call writing, our option premiums are influenced by the volatility of the underlying security. Using the Black Scholes option pricing model, we can calculate the volatility of the underlying by entering the market prices for the options. Common sense would seem to dictate that for options with the same expiration date, we expect the implied volatility […]

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Avoid earnings reports when selling covered calls

Mastering Covered Call Writing: Learning From Your Mistakes by guest author Laurie Itkin

Sophia Loren once said, “It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.”  I presume she was speaking about love and romance rather than options trading, but her advice is sage in both situations. I follow Loren’s advice in […]

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Delta rises as strikes go deeper in-the-money

Delta and Our Covered Call Writing Decisions

When studying option trading basics and the Greeks we learn about our exposure to risk. Those of us who study options are constantly reading and hearing that delta, one of the Greeks, is one of the most powerful influences over option value. Because of this, I thought it prudent we discuss this subject in greater detail. Definition: Delta […]

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