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Should We Add a Short Put to Our Collar Trades?

A collar trade is a covered call trade with a protective put. Jim recently wrote to me asking about the efficacy of also selling an out-of-the-money put to help pay for the cost of the protective put. This article will analyze this series of trades to assess the pros and cons of adding that fourth […]

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technical analysis

An Annualized Return of 5000% and Feeling Miserable: Interpreting Our Covered Call Trades

Whether we are using covered call writing, put-selling or any other investment strategy, investor interpretation of results is an interesting topic to analyze. Is the glass half-full or half-empty? On October 5th, 2018, Gene wrote me about two covered call positions he was holding and expressed deep concern over the status of those trades. This […]

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strike price selection

Strike Price Selection When Selling Cash-Secured Puts: A Real-Life Example with WWE

Strike price selection is one of the 3-required skills when selling covered calls or cash-secured puts. This article will highlight the choices and rationale for our decisions when selling puts for World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) on 9/24/2018.   Bullish price chart for WWE     Option-selling lowers our cost-basis and therefore we make […]

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covered call writing trade management

Trade Management: A Real-Life Example with Brooks Automation, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRKS)

Once we enter our covered call writing trades, we immediately go into position management mode. In August, 2018, Mike generously shared with me a series of trades he executed using Brooks Automation, Inc and asked for my evaluation of his management of these trades. This article will detail and evaluate each aspect of the series […]

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stock dividends

Converting Non-Dividend Stocks Into Dividend Stocks

Generating a consistent cash flow from stock dividends is an appealing benefit from owning shares for many investors. Stock ownership, in these scenarios, can create two income streams, one from price appreciation and the other from quarterly dividends. However, not all securities have associated dividends and some investors will bypass these stocks even if they […]

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covered call writing exit strategies

“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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covered call writing and earnings reports

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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BCI Collar Calculator

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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covered call writing exit strategies

Understanding the “Paid-Up” Risk When Rolling Out-And-Up: A Real-Life Example with FIVE

One of our covered call writing exit strategies when the strike is in-the-money on expiration Friday is rolling out-and-up. This is when we buy back the near-month call (buy-to-close) and sell the next month’s higher strike. There are times when share appreciation has dramatically increased above the near-month strike price such that buying back the […]

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exit strategies for covered call writing

“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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