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Delta and the moneyness of strikes

Delta as the Sole Criteria for Covered Call Writing Strike Selection

Strike selection is the second required skill when writing covered call options or selling cash-secured puts. Over the years I have been asked to suggest a specific Delta for strike selection implying that this statistic would be the sole criterion to determine strike determination. This article will make a case why Delta, although important, should […]

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Rolling Up in the Same Contract Month: A Real-Life Example with KMX

Position management or exit strategies for covered call writing and selling puts is the third required skill to achieve the highest possible return levels (stock and option selection are the first two). First, we must determine if an exit strategy opportunity actually exists and then, if so, which one to execute. On May 3rd 2019, […]

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Why Was My Short Out-Of-The-Money Put Exercised?

When we sell covered calls or cash-secured puts, we understand that if a strike ends up in-the-money at expiration, that option will be exercised over the weekend and shares will be sold or purchased depending on the option type (for calls, our shares are sold; for puts, new shares are purchased with the cash set […]

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Can We Manage Our In-The-Money Strikes to Create a No-Risk Investment Strategy?

Covered call writing is a low-risk cash-generating strategy. It is not a no-risk strategy. As we become educated and master the 3-required skills (stock selection, option selection and position management), it is understandable why BCI members try to figure out strategies that can convert low-risk to no-risk. Here is a common inquiry I receive from […]

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covered call writing and the option Greeks

Timing Our Covered Call Trades: The Best Time to Sell Our Options After Buying the Stock

The goals of covered call writing include generating monthly cash flow and preserving capital. We use every fundamental, technical and common-sense principle available to maximize our profits and protect our cash. Paul A. previously sent me an excellent question that motivated this article: …if the market has a down day and drags down the price […]

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covered call writing with protective puts

Collar Trades When Call Strikes Move Deep In-The-Money: A Real-Life Example with TEAM

In August 2018, Duminda shared with me a successful collar trade he executed with Attlassian Corp (NASDAQ: TEAM). He was considering 2 exit strategies: Closing all legs of the trade and using the cash to enter a new position Allowing assignment and selling the put, if any value at expiration   Initial structuring of Duminda’s […]

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Blackjack and Covered Call Writing: Throwing the Odds in Our Favor with PayPal Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL)

Covered call writers and all investors using stock options strategies have one thing in common: we all want to achieve the highest possible returns within the framework of our own personal risk tolerance. The focus of this site and The Blue Collar Investor is to provide the education and to share ideas that will help […]

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Poor Man's Covered Call Calculator

Structuring a Poor Man’s Covered Call Trade with The Coca-Cola Company

The Poor Man’s Covered Call (PMCC) is a covered call writing-like strategy where short calls are sold against LEAPS options. There are pros and cons to this trading approach but the main advantage is that these trades can be executed at a lower cost than traditional covered call writing. Options (LEAPS, in this case) are […]

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“Hitting a Double” or “Mid-Contract Unwind Exit Strategy”: Which Exit Strategy Did I Just Use?

Mastering exit strategies is the 3rd required skill for successful covered call writing and put-selling. On November 28, 2018, Nirav wrote to me regarding a series of trades he executed and wanted to know how to categorize the position management aspect of these trades. This article will highlight the differences between “hitting a double” and […]

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covered call writing exit strategies

Using The Ellman Calculator to Monitor “Hitting a Double” Results

One of our BCI covered call writing exit strategies is titled “hitting a double” This opportunity arises when share price declines after a covered call position is opened, short calls are bought back using our 20%/10% guidelines and then the same option is re-sold when share price rises. This article will highlight how to use […]

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