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Strike Selection Using Technical Analysis and Market Assessment

Stock and option selection are 2 of the 3-required skills essential to successful covered call writing (position management is the 3rd). There is no one factor that will dictate our choices but rather a mosaic of bits of information which will lead us to the best choices. In this article, I will discuss two of […]

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Technical Charts: A Picture is Worth 1000 Words- A Real-Life Example with The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN)

Technical analysis is one of the 3 screens we use for stock selection when selling options. The other two are fundamental analysis and common-sense principles (like minimum trading volume). In August 2019, Nick wrote to me about a trade opportunity he thought he missed with WEN. He attached a technical chart followed by a question. […]

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Comparing Call and Put Strategies with Paylocity Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: PCTY)

Covered call writing or selling cash-secured puts… which is the best strategy? Well, they both offer great opportunities to generate cash-flow in a low-risk manner. I favor the former in normal to bull market environments and the latter in bear and volatile markets. On June 24, 2019, PCTY passed our rigorous screening requirements to earn […]

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Creating “Dividends” for Non-Dividend Stocks: A Real-Life Example with PAYC

Covered call writing can be beneficial to us in a variety of circumstances. This article will highlight how this strategy can be implemented to create a dividend-like cash flow for stocks that currently offer no dividend income. This can be particularly useful for those who will only purchase dividend stocks and miss out on other […]

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Evaluating Stock Purchase Price and Breakeven When Rolling Out-And-Up

When we write a covered call, our breakeven is stock purchase price – entire call premium. If we buy a stock for $48.00 and sell an option for $2.50, the breakeven is $45.50. In June 2019, John shared with me a series of trades he executed with Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT) where he wrote […]

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Combining In-The-Money Strikes and Stock Dividends to Provide Protection in Bear Markets + Holiday Discounts

When establishing our covered call writing trades, we must factor in current market conditions to either add protection in bear and volatile environments or to take advantage of normal to bull market scenarios. On May 17, 2019, Mauricio sent me a diagrammatic strategy proposal that would lower the breakeven using an in-the-money (ITM) strike as […]

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Stock Selection: Using Secondary Parameters from Our Premium Stock Reports

Stock selection is the first of 3-required skills essential to become an elite option-seller. Option selection and position management are the other two. On 3/31/2019, Sunny wrote to me inquiring about 2 stocks, Edwards Lifesciences Corp. (NASDAQ: EW) and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: REGN). He was deciding between these 2 securities in the “medical industry” and […]

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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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Using the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) for Our Strike Price Selection

Options trading basics teaches us that the VIX or CBOE Volatility Index reflects the market’s expectation of the upcoming 30-day volatility. It measures market risk and is also known as the investor fear gauge. With this in mind, covered call writers are faced with a dilemma. Increased market volatility will translate into higher option premiums […]

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Covered Puts Are NOT Cash-Secured Puts

Selling cash-secured puts is one of the go-to strategies in the BCI methodology. There has been some confusion for some of our members who conflate this strategy with covered puts, a completely different strategy. This article will define and compare the two strategies.   Selling cash-secured puts defined A put option (generally out-of-the-money) is sold […]

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