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Exiting a Covered Call Position Prior to Earnings by Guest Author Laurie Itkin

JUST BECAUSE YOU BUY ITS PRODUCTS DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD BUY ITS STOCK The KORS initial public offering was the topic du jour among my girlfriends at a holiday party last December.  The ladies I know who invest in stocks were trying to figure out how to get in on the IPO before the share […]

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Protective Puts: Using The Collar Strategy During Volatile Markets

As safe a strategy as covered call writing is there is some risk; the risk is in purchasing the stock, not in selling the option. For this reason, some investors who sell covered calls also buy protective puts to alleviate some of the risk especially in volatile markets like we’ve experienced recently. Remember, the owner of […]

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Avoid earnings reports when selling covered calls

Mastering Covered Call Writing: Learning From Your Mistakes by guest author Laurie Itkin

Sophia Loren once said, “It’s better to explore life and make mistakes than to play it safe. Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.”  I presume she was speaking about love and romance rather than options trading, but her advice is sage in both situations. I follow Loren’s advice in […]

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Covered Call Writing: Should We Use Stop Loss Orders?

Exit strategy execution is critical to maximizing our covered call writing success. But what approach should we use if the underlying equity declines in value? Many investors use a stop loss order when a stock they own declines in value. The question then becomes is this the best approach for covered call writing? There are […]

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Out-Of-The-Money Strike Prices: Pros and Cons for Covered Call Writing

Whenever a study is performed on covered call writing a stock is selected and the nearest out-of-the-money (O-T-M) strike price 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 […]

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Covered Call Writing Exchange-Traded Funds

As covered call writers we strive to generate monthly cash flow by selling call options in a conservative, low-risk environment. This approach is quite appealing to many retail investors but many look to fund managers to take advantage of this great strategy. As a result there are now 31 closed-end funds that use covered call […]

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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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Entering Our Covered Call Positions Mid-Contract

In the BCI methodology for covered call writing we use predominantly 1-month options. There are times, however, where we find cash in our accounts (mid-contract) that is inactive. This may be due to closing a position early either because the share price declined significantly or accelerated exponentially. Perhaps Grandma gave you a generous birthday present. […]

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Covered Call Writing and The CBOE’s Volatility Index (VIX)

Stock options strategies, including covered call writing, factor in a multitude of parameters including fundamental and technical analysis as well as many common sense principles. In my books, DVDs and seminars I discuss determining market tone before making any investment decisions. One of the main factors I utilize in this determination is the VIX. The VIX […]

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Covered Call Writing Using The Blue Collar Methodology

Fundamental analysis, technical analysis, common sense principles and calculations are all critical considerations when selling stock options the Blue Collar way. Since this is my first article written on our newly enhanced web site (hope you like it!) I thought it appropriate to use a real-life example to review the basic tenets of our BCI […]

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