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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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Converting a Covered Call Trade to a Collar Trade: An Analysis Using ALXN

When we sell and in-the-money or at-the-money strike and share price moves up substantially, we have an unrealized maximum return. On 4/5/2019, Doug wrote to me about such a situation he was in with Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN). He was considering buying a protective put to protect part of the unrealized profit and thought […]

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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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“Hitting a Double” with XBI: Earn $100 in Four Minutes

Position management (exit strategies) is one of the 3-required skills for successful covered call writing and put-selling. “Hitting a double” involves buying back the short call using our 20%/10% guidelines and then re-selling that same option when share price recovers. On 3/13/2019, Mario was kind enough to share with us his trades with SPDR S&P Biotech […]

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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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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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