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Covered Call Writing and Holding a Stock Through an Earnings Report

With expiration Friday and earnings season fast approaching our common sense principles (see chapter 8 of my latest book) become even more important. Never sell a covered call option with an upcoming earnings report is a critical BCI rule. But what if  you own a stock and love it!  Hopefully, your admiration for the stock […]

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Strike Price Selection- A Critical Covered Call Decision

Covered call writing requires a logical sequence of stock and option decisions. Once we have screened our stocks to locate the greatest performing stocks in the greatest performing industries we must make a decision as to which strike price to use. Our choices include: in-the-money at (near)-the-money out-of-the-money Let’s look at the options chain for […]

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LEAPS and Covered Call Writing

Wait a minute! What if I buy a call option instead of the stock and then sell a call option on that option? I’ll be spending less money than outright purchase of the equity and still generate cash from the sale of the call option! This idea has come to many of you and as […]

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The Out-Of-The-Money Strike- Pros and Cons

Whenever a study is performed on covered call writing a stock is selected and the nearest out-of-the-money (O-T-M) strike is sold. This is repeated over and over and then the results are compared to the overall market performance. The usual conclusion is that covered call writing slightly outperforms the overall market but with much less […]

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Protective Puts- The Collar Strategy

As safe a strategy that covered call writing is, there is some risk…the risk is in the stock, not in selling the option. That is why some investors who utilize this strategy buy protective puts to alleviate some of the risk. Definition of a protective put: A put option purchased for a stock that is already owned […]

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Using Covered Call Options to Increase the Value of Your Stock

If you had a $1000.00 more today than you did yesterday, is your net worth +$1000.00 or does it depend where that cash came from (this is not one of my trick questions). What if you earned it at your job? Investment income? Found it on the street? Gift from grandma? Got lucky at the […]

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The Option Buyer or the Option Seller: Which should you be?

You walk into your local stationery store and pull out a $20 bill. “Give me 20 state lottery tickets, please.” You can’t help but dream of all the riches that $20 investment will provide to you. After all, the grand prize is up to $25 million dollars. You even go so far as to compute […]

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The Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme: A Validation of our Blue Collar Philosophy plus Tony C. checks in on Cramer

_________________________________________________________ Blue Collar Mission Statement 1– Become CEO of your own money 2- Become financially independent ___________________________________________________________ Never before have the convictions of the Blue Collar philosophy become more meaningful as they have this past week with the arrest of Bernie Madoff for what may become the biggest fraud in the history of Wall Street. Madoff, […]

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