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Covered call writing and mini options

Mini Options- A New Product For Retail Investors

There is a new options product that will begin trading on March 18th which has the potential to add great flexibility to our covered call writing strategy. They are called mini options and I’m excited to present this information to you because the product is geared to average retail investors (aka Blue Collar Investors) like […]

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The 10 Most Common Mistakes Made By Covered Call Writers And How To Avoid Them

Your neighbor bursts into your house and exclaims “I just read this article…You buy a stock and sell an option and cash flows into your account instantly. It’s a miracle! I’m getting started tomorrow”  If you are a good neighbor and knowledgeable about covered call writing you will immediately tie him to a chair, put tape over […]

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Inverse ETFs and covered call writing

Inverse Exchange-Traded Funds and Covered Call Writing

Last month I published an article titled Complex and Leveraged Exchange-Traded Funds. I discussed the goals and risks associated with many of these products. One of the topics examined was Inverse Exchange-Traded Funds. Here is a brief review: Inverse ETFs use derivatives to bet against the direction of financial markets. These are known as short or […]

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Put-Call Parity: Understanding Option Pricing

One of the mission statements of The Blue Collar Investor is to share information so that we can master option trading basics and become better investors. Many times I will research and write an article based on inquiries from our members and that is why I am able to continue to write weekly articles year […]

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Complex ETFs

Complex and Leveraged Exchange-Traded Funds

With more and more Blue Collar Investors using online discount brokers as their trading platforms the need to be aware of the risks of complex and leveraged exchange-traded funds has become critical. Buyer beware! Covered calls can be written on many of these securities but is the risk justified? First let’s review some definitions previously discussed […]

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Early assignment of options

Early Exercise and Assignment of Options

When we sell a covered call option, we are undertaking an obligation for which we are well paid. Should the option holder decide to exercise that option, we must sell our shares at the specified strike price at or prior to the expiration date. This is the nature of American style options as opposed to […]

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Why some in-the-money strikes are not exercised

Why Some In-The-Money Strikes Are NOT Exercised; A Real Life Example

When studying the basics of option investing we learn that the option holder of an in-the-money strike has a certain amount of intrinsic value which appears to be profit that would never be bypassed. For example, if we (as covered call writers) sold a $50 call and the stock was trading @ $52 @ 4PM […]

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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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Covered call writing index

Covered Call Writing and Exchange-Traded Funds

A critical requirement of my covered call writing system is to be properly diversified by stock, industry and cash allocation. No one stock or industry should represent more than 20% of your portfolio holdings. Owning five different stocks in five different industries would require you to own at least 500 shares since each options contract […]

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