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Enjoy our library of training videos about Covered Call Writing!

Covered Call Writing Video Seminar by Alan Ellman

For more video, consider the DVD series encompassing 3 live seminar sessions

If you are new to covered call writing, you may want to go through our Beginners Corner Video Series


The Blue Collar Investor

website now offers a variety of FREE resources including an options calculator, key informational files, sample premium reports, a covered call writing glossary and a video tutorial series for beginners.


Covered Call Writing and The Blue Collar Premium Report

A unique membership and screening service for covered call writers. Identifies great covered call candidates especially for 1-month options. It also provides additional reports for ETFs and high dividend-yield stocks with LEAPS.


The Weekly Stock Screen and Watch List

A UNIQUE stock screening process to locate the greatest covered call writing candidates based on fundamental and technical principles as well as common sense. This screen is geared to 1-month covered call options and achieving the highest possible returns for this great strategy. For more information on how diversification can enhance your returns, read our blog article: Setting Up a Covered Call Portfolio-Diversification and Cash Allocation.


Cash Allocation and Covered Call Writing

Learn how to determine the amount of cash that should be allocated to each stock when setting up your covered call portfolio. A cash reserve is essential as well. For more detailed information on this topic, read our blog article: Setting Up a Covered Call Portfolio-Diversification and Cash Allocation.


What is Covered Call Writing?

Learn the investment basics of this strategy that involves both stock ownership and option trading. For more detailed information, read our blog article: Covered Call Writing Using The Blue Collar Methodology.


Emergency Management Video

Learn some of the strategies covered call writers can use in volatile and bear markets. Increase profits and mitigate losses by using these simple strategies. For information on how to manage a stock that has “gapped down” in price, read our blog article: Managing Stocks That Have Gapped Down.


Mid-Contract Unwind Exit Strategy for Covered Call Writing

Learn how to generate a 2nd income stream with the SAME cash in the SAME contract month when covered call writing. When the price of your stock rises so can your profit from selling stock options. For a real-life example, read our blog article: Mid-Contract Unwind Exit Strategy: A Real Life Example.


Stock Options Expiration Cycles

Learn why stock option expiration dates can differ from stock to stock. How is it determined which cycles of expirations apply to each stock. Also, learn about LEAPS and their expirations. For more detailed information including “weekly” options, read our blog article: Options That Expire Weekly and Conventional Expiration Cycles.


Setting up a Technical Chart for Covered Call Writing

How to use technical analysis for covered call writing. Use chart patterns to select stocks, strike prices, make buy-sell decisions and exit strategy determinations. To learn how to set up a technical chart for covered call writing using the BCI methodology, read our blog article: Setting Up a Technical Chart for Covered Call Writing.


BXM: The CBOE BuyWrite Index for Covered Call Writing

Compare this exchange-traded fund that writes covered calls against the Index to the Blue Collar Investor system of selling covered call options. For additional information on this topic, read our blog article: The CBOE BuyWrite Index (BXM) vs. The BCI System.


Covered Call Writing in Bear and Volatile Markets

Strategies that covered call writers can use to maximize returns in bear and volatile market environments. For more information on strike price selection, read our blog article: Strike Price Selection- A Critical Covered Call Decision.


Types of Price Charts

The three most common formats for price charts when analyzing stocks and exchange-traded funds are line charts, candlestick charts and bar charts. Decide which is right for you and then use it on a consistent basis. For more detailed information on this topic, read our blog article: Bar Charts vs. Candlestick Charts.


Setting Up Your Covered Call Portfolio Using The Blue Collar Report

Learn one way to use the Blue Collar Premium Report when setting up your monthly covered call portfolio. Choose from a selection of carefully screened stocks that meet all the fundamental, technical and common sense screen requirements of the BCI system. For additional information, visit the Membership page.


Using Covered Calls to Increase Dividend Yields

Sell a long term covered call option to reduce your stock cost basis and generate higher dividend yields with significant protection of the profit. For more detailed information, read our blog article: Using Covered Calls to Increase Dividend Yield.


Fundamental Ratios: PE, PEG and PEGY

Fundamental analysis is so important in stock selection. This video highlights three commonly used ratios used in determining the financial health of a corporation. For more detailed analysis, read our blog article: Fundamental Ratios: P/E, PEG and PEGY.


The VIX and Your Covered Call Decisions

Learn how to use the CBOE “investor fear gauge” to maximize your covered call and stock option profits. For information on a related topic, “beta”, read our blog article: Beta: Another Tool to Enhance our Covered Call Returns.


Rolling Strategies on or near Expiration Friday

You sold a covered call option on a stock that is trading higher than the strike price as the option is about to expire. Learn how to keep your stock and generate more cash by “rolling” your option obligation. For more detailed information, read our blog article: Rolling Strategies On Or Near Expiration Friday.


Using Out-Of-The-Money Strike Prices

An educated decision as to which strike price to select will enhance our portfolio returns significantly. Very few take advantage of strike selection opportunities. The out-of-the-money strike generates the highest returns when certain conditions exist. This video will identify those factors and explain when and when not tom use OTM strikes. For more information on strike price selection, read our blog article: Selecting the Best Strike Price.


Volume: A Critical Technical Analysis Tool

Learn how to use when selecting and selling stocks and investing with stock options. For more detailed information, read our blog article: Technical Analysis: How to Use Volume in our Covered Call Decisions.


Holding a Stock through an Earnings Report when Covered Call Writing

Learn when to sell a covered call option as it relates to an earnings report. Take adsvantage of the best of both worlds. For more information on this subject, read our blog article: Covered Call Writing and Holding a Stock Through an Earnings Report.


“Hitting a Double” with Stock Options

Generate two income streams with the SAME stock in the SAME month with the SAME option. For more detailed information on this exit strategy, read our blog article: “Hitting a Double”- A Bullish Mid-Contract Exit Strategy.


Exchange-Traded Funds for Covered Call Writing

Learn how to use ETFs rather than individual stocks when writing covered call options. There are both pros and cons to this approach versus individual stocks. Find out which approach best meets your needs. For more information on a specific group of ETFs, read our blog article: Constructing a Covered Call Portfolio Using Select Sector SPDRS.


The BCI System- Fundamentals, Technicals and Common Sense

Learn all the factors that make the BCI System so successful.


Why Don’t More Investors Write Covered Calls

Covered Call Writing seems to have so many advantages. Why do so few use this strategy? For more infortmation, visit the Blue Collar website and check out our “Beginners Corner” series.


Successful Covered Call Investing

This video explains the Blue Collar philosophy of investing with covered call options using fundamental and technical analysis and a common sense approach. For a complete overview of this strategy, check out our Free Beginner’s Course (With Free Powerpoint Downloads).


The Ellman Calculator- Single Tab

Learn how to select the best strike price when selling covered call options. For a FREE copy of The Basic Ellman Calculator, check out our Free Resources Page.


Stock Trading vs. Covered Call Writing

Learn the differences between trading stocks and selling covered call options. To learn more about this great strategy, take our FREE 8-part video Beginners Course (With Free Powerpoint Downloads).


Earnings Reports and Covered Call Writing

Learn why you should never sell a covered call option when there is an upcoming earnings report for your stock. This is only one of the “common sense” principles inherent in the BCI methodology.
To learn how to keep a stock in your portfolio despite the earnings report, read our blog article: Covered Call Writing and Holding a Stock Through an Earnings Report.


Calculating Expiration Friday Exit Strategies Using the Ellman Calculator

Learn how to calculate “rolling out” and “rolling out and up” exit strategies. For more detailed information, read our blog article: Rolling Strategies On Or Near Expiration Friday.


Calculating Option Returns Using the Ellman Calculator

Learn how to calculate option profit, upside potential and downside protection all on one spreadsheet. For more information on this topic, read our blog article: Covered Call Writing- Using the Multiple Tab of the Ellman Calculator.



Executing a Covered Call Option Trade – Part 2 of 2

Learn how to execute a covered call option trade.


Executing a Covered Call Option Trade – Part 1 of 2

Learn how to execute a covered call option trade. For a FREE list of online discount brokers, visit the Free Resources Page.


What Option Premiums Tell Us about the Underlying Stock

may be our enemy when writing covered calls. For more detailed information about “implied volatility”, read our blog article: Implied Volatility and our Option Premiums.


Multiple Exit Strategies for the Same Contract Period

Using more than 1 exit strategy when selling covered calls. Check out my books, one of which was totally devoted to exit strategies for covered call writing, the ONLY book of its kind.


Exit Strategies for Covered Call Writing

Once a covered call position is executed we must “manage” our positions to either mitigate losses or enhance gains. Having an arsenal of exit strategy choices will elevate our profits to the highest possible levels.

Selecting The Best Strike Price

Each strike price has its pros and cons. Understanding the best situations for each strike price will enhance our returns significantly. For much more on this critical topic, read our blog article: Strike Price Selection- A Critical Covered Call Decision


Education Is Power

Alan Ellman of The Blue Collar Investor shares terms and techniques with a montage of titles.


Covered Call Option Example

A real life example of trading covered calls.


Selling Covered Calls – Part 2 of 2

Learn how easy it is to generate a monthly cash-flow using the Blue Collar Investor methodology. Learn more by taking our FREE Beginner’s Course (with FREE powerpoint downloads)


Selling Covered Calls – Part 1 of 2

Learn how easy it is to generate a monthly cash-flow using the Blue Collar Investor methodology. Learn all about covered call writing by taking our FREE Beginner’s Course (with FREE powerpoint downloads)


A Ridiculous Sub-Prime Fairytale

Alan Ellman writes a fairytale about Freemerica…The sub-prime disaster of 2008.


Investing with The Blue Collar Investor – You Can’t Do It!

Alan Ellman shows how beginner investors are capable of investing on their own. Watch and learn his techniques that have proved true for him and his family and beat the market over and over again.


Suze Orman Endorses Covered Calls

Suze talks about Covered Calls and why she likes it.