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Evaluating Brokerages And Comparing Their Commissions

Options trade executions include a discussion of the levels of trading approval needed to use various options strategies. You will recall that these defined levels will vary slightly from one brokerage to another. Here is a chart reviewing a sample of these trading levels: In this article, I will review the commission structure of some […]

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Options Clearing Corporation: Guaranteeing Our Options Trades

Covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts involves investing our hard-earned money. Did you ever wonder who guarantees these trades? It’s not our broker or even our broker’s clearing firm. It’s the Options Clearing Corporation or the OCC. This is an organization that acts as both the issuer and guarantor for option and futures contracts. […]

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Closing A Covered Call Writing Position Mid-Contract: A Real Life Example

The use of exit strategies will elevate our profits to the highest possible levels. Mastering the skill of position management is one of the main reasons why Blue Collar Investors outperform other covered call writers. A favorite exit strategy of mine is the mid-contract unwind exit strategy used in the first half of an options […]

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Managing Covered Call Trades While Working A Full-Time Job

Covered call writing is a popular and potentially highly rewarding strategy geared to retail investors. But most blue collar investors work 9-5 jobs and managing investment positions can be challenging if no common sense plan is in place. The purpose of this article is to discuss ways that we can keep track of our positions […]

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Special 1-time cash dividends

When Strike Prices Disappear: Contract Adjustments

Stock options are contracts with terms that can change prior to expiration. Mergers, acquisitions, special dividends and stock splits are some of the events that may necessitate the change in terms. Since early September, New Orient Edu&Tech (EDU) has been on the Blue Collar Premium Stock List. In the middle of September I received several […]

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Coveredc call writing and contract adjustments

Covered Call Writing And Contract Adjustments + Our Premium Report Is Getting Even Better

Options Trading Basics includes the fact that one options contract incorporates 100 shares of the underlying security. The right or the obligation is for the purchase or sale of 100 shares of stock or exchange-traded funds. This is the rule but there are exceptions to this rule. From time to time a certain event will […]

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bid-ask spreads and limit orders

“Negotiating” The Best Prices When Buying And Selling Options

Our covered call writing strategy involves both buying and selling options. Mastering our options trade executions can bring our profit level to even higher levels. We know that a general rule is that we buy at the “bid” (the lower figure) and sell at the “ask” (the higher figure). The difference between the “bid” and […]

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Selling deep out-of-the-money covered call options

Selling Deep Out Of The Money Covered Call Options

Strike price selection is a critical concept needed to master covered call writing. Selling in-the-money strikes is the most conservative approach to this strategy and selling out-of-the-money strikes is the most bullish. We use the latter when the overall market is bullish and chart technicals are bullish and confirming. Once we have decided that a […]

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In-the-money strikes and early exercise

When And Why Will My In-The-Money Strike Be Exercised?

Covered call writers receive option premiums for undertaking the obligation to sell our shares to the option holder if that holder decides to exercise that right. Understanding when and why exercise will take place is critical to the implementation of appropriate exit strategies and therefore maximizing our option and stock profits. Let’s first look at […]

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