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Using LEAPS to increase dividend yield

Using LEAPS Covered Calls to Increase Dividend Yield

Innovative covered call writers can develop ideas of implementing a strategy in unconventional ways. For example, we can invest in a money market or CD and perhaps not even beat the inflation rate with those dividends. We can buy a quality bond and wait six months to receive our first (ho-hum) return. Covered call writers can […]

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Then Blue Collar Investor methodology for screening covered call writing candidates

Covered Call Writing – Fundamental and Technical Analysis: Earnings and Price Strength Analysis

Successful covered call writing requires discipline and appropriate analysis specific for this great strategy. In the Blue Collar Investor (BCI) methodology we incorporate three major screening components before we even look at options chains: Fundamental analysis Technical analysis Common sense principles The details of the entire screening process are discussed in my books and DVDs and in […]

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option liquidity

What Is Slippage And How Does It Impact Our Trading Success?

When studying investment basics, the term slippage has two applications. In general, it means having a trade executed at a price less favorable to the trader. Let’s look at the two areas where we may see this term used:  An order is executed at a worse-than-expected price  Stock and options  Slippage occurs when there is […]

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Portfolio overwriting with GMCR

Portfolio Overwriting- Selling Covered Calls on Stocks You Want to Keep.

For covered call writers the main stock option strategy is to purchase an equity specifically for the purpose of selling the corresponding call option. The investment time frame is one to two months as earnings reports will end the “run” of even the best performing equities (if you agree with my guidelines). In many cases share assignment is […]

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Pre-market activity

S&P Futures and Fair Value.

Many covered call writers start their day by tuning in to CNBC. They look to the lower right side of the TV screen and see: The S&P Futures are UP 5 points…..GREAT!!!!!!!!!! Fair Value is + 10…….what’s that mean? The market is expected to open DOWN…….ughhhh……why? To understand how this works, we need to first […]

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Facebook and the Greenshoe Option

When studying covered call writing we learn to master stock investing as well as option trading basics. Then we become elite investors by focusing in on the inter-relationship between the two. In this regard, a story most of us have been following the past two weeks has been the initial public offering (IPO) of Facebook […]

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Covered Call Writing and the Blue Collar Premium Report

Successful covered call writing requires proper stock and option selection. With the significant increase in our premium membership subscriptions over the past several months we have received dozens of inquiries as to how best to incorporate the stocks on the ‘running list”, our watch list, into our portfolios. The Premium (BCI) Report takes the universe […]

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Bernie Madoff Revisited

Oh no, not another Bernie article! Sorry folks, I couldn’t resist. I have such an interest in this story on so many levels. Madoff was claiming to use a strategy related to covered call writing. The Madoff whistleblower, Harry Markopolos, was involved with a covered call strategy when Bernie was dumped on his lap. I have been […]

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The Blue Collar Stock Market Meets the S&P 500

With all the negativity surrounding our economy, with the stock market testing its November lows and with consumer confidence on life support, this author is about to write a positive column. Am I insane? The re-incarnation of Crazy Eddie perhaps (remember him?). As I sit here in my home office typing away, I can just […]

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