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Capital Gains (Losses) For Selling Cash-Secured Puts In Non-Sheltered Accounts

In a recent article, tax implications for covered call writing was discussed. In this publication I will highlight the tax ramifications as they apply to selling put options. What is a Capital Gain?  A capital gain is an increase in the value of as capital asset, such as a stock or an option that gives […]

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Capital Gains (Losses) For Covered Call Writing In Non-Sheltered Accounts

Whether we sell covered calls or cash-secured puts strong consideration should be given to trading in sheltered accounts whenever possible. Most, if not all, of our trades will be short-term in nature (less than one year) and therefore will be taxed at the ordinary income tax rate (up to 35%) which is much higher than […]

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Stock Investing For Students: The Book I’ve Always Wanted To Write

Self-investing starting at a young age can ensure a successful financial future and an early and comfortable retirement. So why is nobody doing this? The answer is complicated and includes such factors and the social pressures facing our youth, certain pre-conceived ideas regarding our ability to successfully self-invest and the education or lack thereof needed […]

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After Hours (AHT)and Pre-Market Trading: Is It Right for Average Retail Investors?

It’s 4 PM EST and the bell rings on the New York Stock Exchange marking the end of the trading day. As we watch CNBC, Bloomberg or Fox Business News we see the tickers till scrolling at the bottom of our TV screens! What’s up with that? The New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq […]

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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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How Will the Dividend Tax Increase Affect Covered Call Writers? By Guest Author Laurie Itkin

There has been a lot of hysteria and hyperbole surrounding the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts and how it might affect dividend income. The Blue Collar Investor’s weekly list of covered call candidates often includes a number of dividend-paying stocks as shown in the green-highlighted column in the chart below:     Should covered […]

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Tax Information by Guest Author Owen Sargent, CPA

Tax Time Is Upon Us First, I strongly urge all BCI members to download IRS Publication 550, Investment Income and Expenses, from the Internal Revenue Service website, at:  http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p550.pdf. You will recognize much of the following information when you read it. The page references below refer to the page in the 2009 Publication 550. Throughout […]

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Tax Treatment of Covered Call Writing in Non-Sheltered Accounts

President Obama has brought to the forefront the issue of taxes as a major part of his economic stimulus package. With that in mind, I thought it appropriate to discuss some of the tax issues that face covered call writers. First and foremost, let me state the obvious: I am not a tax expert. However, I […]

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