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Monitoring Our Collar Trades with the BCI Collar Calculator

The collar trade is a covered call writing trade with a protective put. The active leg of the trade is the short call. When exit strategy opportunities present, we make the appropriate trade adjustments. These can be incorporated into our BCI Collar Calculator. This article will highlight a hypothetical trade where the short call is […]

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Rolling-Down to an ITM Strike in the Last Week of a Monthly Contract

When we roll-down our covered call trades, we generally do so to an out-of-the-money (OTM) strike to allow for share price recovery. However, in the final week of a monthly contract, if we hold a security, we will not use in the following contract month, it frequently makes sense to roll-down to an ITM strike. […]

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Explaining “Bought-Up” Value When Rolling a Covered Call Out-And-Up

One of our key covered call writing exit strategies is rolling an option when the strike is in-the-money at expiration and we want to retain our shares. We can roll-out to the same strike at a later date or out-and-up to a higher strike at a later date. For both. there will be an intrinsic-value […]

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“Hitting a Put Triple” with Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW)

Exit strategies for covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts are an integral part of the BCI success model. In April of 2021, Tom was excited to share with me a series of trades he astutely executed with LOW where he generated 3 income streams with the same stock in the same contract month.   […]

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Stock Repair Strategy: A Real-Life Example with Lyft, Inc. (Nasdaq: LYFT)

Stock options have a myriad of applications. With our covered call writing and put-selling strategies, we seek to generate cash-flow in a low-risk manner. Another utilization of stock options is to mitigate losses when share price declines. This is known as the stock repair strategy. It is used when a stock is purchased ( with […]

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The Poor Man’s Covered Call (PMCC): Explaining Upside Potential + Premium Membership News

When using the PMCC strategy, a covered call writing-like strategy, our goal is to generate cash flow with a lower cash investment than traditional covered call writing. The BCI PMCC Calculator shows initial time-value returns from this short call premium as well as the upside potential should share price accelerate. This article will analyze this […]

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Selling Cash-Secured Puts to Simultaneously Generate Cash Flow and Buy a Stock at a Discount

Selling cash-secured puts is a low-risk option-selling strategy geared to generating cash flow and beating the market on a consistent basis. In certain scenarios an additional goal of buying the stock at a discount is added to traditional put-selling. This article will analyze such a dual-purpose trade proposed by Safi on April 23rd 2021.   […]

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Can Price Movement Be Explained by Profit-Taking?: A Real-Life Example with Global X Funds Infrastructure Dev. (PAVE)

On April 8,2021, Nathan shared with me his covered call writing trade with PAVE which was initiated 3 days earlier. This exchange-traded fund had a strong technical chart but the price started declining immediately after the trade was entered. Nathan commented that he read in a technical analysis book that when share price breaks out […]

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Managing Implied Volatility Risk by Establishing an Initial Time-Value Return Goal Range + Webinar Login Link

When screening for eligible securities for covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts, we must establish how much risk we are willing to incur. There is no right or wrong here as the appropriate amount will vary from investor-to-investor. To determine security risk, we can look up implied volatility (IV) stats but that will simply […]

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Rolling Covered Calls Out-And-Up Means Adding Cash to the Position

One of the covered call writing exit strategies in our arsenal as expiration approaches is rolling in-the-money strikes out-and-up. This involves buying back the near-month strike and selling a higher strike in the next contract period. Since there is an intrinsic-value component to the cost-to-close, we must add additional cash to the position in order […]

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