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Using LEAPS to increase dividend yield

Using LEAPS Covered Calls to Increase Dividend Yield

Innovative covered call writers can develop ideas of implementing a strategy in unconventional ways. For example, we can invest in a money market or CD and perhaps not even beat the […]

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Using LEAPS options as a stock surrogate

LEAPS And Covered Call Writing

Covered call writing entails buying a stock and then selling an option.  But what if I buy a call option instead of the stock and then sell a call option […]

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Exit strategies for covered call writing

Covered Call Writing: Generating Additional Income When A Stock Price Gaps Up

Mastering option trading basics includes incorporating exit strategies into our portfolio trades. These opportunities present themselves both when a stock prices declines and accelerates. Recently, a premium member presented me with […]

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How Quarterly Dividends Impact Our Covered Call Option Premiums

When studying option trading basics we learn the equation for option premium value is: Premium = time value + intrinsic value If the strike price is at- or out-of-the-money the […]

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Covered Call Writing: The Case For 1-Month Options

I sell predominantly 1-month options when selling covered calls. This decision was NOT based on anything I read or was told, but rather on experience and common sense. Most stocks with […]

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Calculating covered call returns

Sample Covered Call Portfolio Using The Current Premium Watch List

Several of our Premium Members have requested we provide sample portfolios based on the CURRENT Premium Watch List as a guide to assist in mastering the strategy of covered call […]

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Covered call writing profits

Setting Up Your Covered Call Portfolio Using The Ellman Calculator

Covered call writing involves options calculations…there’s no getting around it!  It’s been a while since we talked math. What’s with all the frowns? Mastering and understanding the calculations (The Ellman […]

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Covered call writing and mini options

Mini Options- A New Product For Retail Investors

There is a new options product that will begin trading on March 18th which has the potential to add great flexibility to our covered call writing strategy. They are called […]

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The 10 Most Common Mistakes Made By Covered Call Writers And How To Avoid Them

Your neighbor bursts into your house and exclaims “I just read this article…You buy a stock and sell an option and cash flows into your account instantly. It’s a miracle! I’m getting […]

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