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dividends and covered call writing

Arbitrage: Part II

In part I of this arbitrage series we defined arbitrage as the simultaneous purchase and sale of an asset to profit from a difference in the price. It is a trade that profits by exploiting the price differences of identical or similar financial instruments on different markets or in different forms. Arbitrage exists because of […]

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Arbitrage: Part I

Understanding stock and option pricing requires an awareness of arbitrage and market efficiency. Although most retail investors do not have the tools to take advantage of arbitrage opportunities, a comprehensive understanding of how it works adds to our financial literacy and so I am sharing this 2-part series with our readers.   What is arbitrage? Arbitrage is the […]

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moneyness of options impacting option prices

Moneyness of Options: Why Call and Put Premiums for the Same Stock, Strike and Expiration can be so Different/ CONTEST DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 30th

Option trading basics teaches us that the concept of put-call parity means that for every call option price, the corresponding put option (same stock, strike and expiration) will have an implied value. For example, if Company BCI is trading at $50.00 per share, if the $50 call option generated $1.50, the put option would also be […]

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put and call option pricing

Put-Call Parity and Synthetic Trades: Understanding Option Pricing

When we sell covered calls or cash-secured puts we understand the factors that go into the premiums we receive: The option’s exercise price The current price of the underlying The risk-free interest rate over the life of the option Dividends, when applicable The amount of time remaining until expiration The volatility of the underlying It […]

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put-call parity and ex-dividend dates

Why Are Call Premiums Larger Than Put premiums For Near-The-Money Strikes?

When studying covered call and put-selling option prices we learn that the market will correct any potential arbitrage opportunities. Arbitrage is the simultaneous purchase and sale of an option in order to profit from a difference in the price. It exploits price differences of similar financial instruments. This would not be fair and rarely exists […]

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Covered call writing with ETFs

Exchange-Traded Funds: How They Operate: The Pros And The Cons

Covered call writers can use individual stocks or exchange-traded funds as the underlying securities. Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. In this article we will explore the mechanism behind ETFs and evaluate the pros and cons of incorporating them into our covered call writing portfolios. When we buy one share of the Qs […]

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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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Pre-market activity

S&P Futures and Fair Value.

Many covered call writers start their day by tuning in to CNBC. They look to the lower right side of the TV screen and see: The S&P Futures are UP 5 points…..GREAT!!!!!!!!!! Fair Value is + 10…….what’s that mean? The market is expected to open DOWN…….ughhhh……why? To understand how this works, we need to first […]

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