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covered call writing strategies

Poor Man’s Covered Call: Practical Application

Covered call writing involves first buying a stock or exchange-traded fund (ETF) and then selling call options on those shares. Each contract we sell requires us to buy 100 shares of the underlying. This can be a challenge for some investors who may look for stock substitutes that will lower cost basis and risk. Enter the […]

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Mechanics of LEAPS

LEAPS are long-term options that have expiration dates between nine months and two and a half years out. The term is an acronym for Long Term Equity AnticiPation Securities. Once the expiration date is less than nine months away, LEAPS convert to conventional options. Some covered call writers will buy LEAPS in lieu of stocks […]

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LEAPS and Covered Call Writing: A Review and a Hypothetical Example/ Contest Application

A covered call writing-like strategy involves buying deep in-the-money LEAPS options and then selling short-term slightly out-of-the-money call options. Leaps become a stock surrogate. The term Leaps stands for Long Term Equity AnticiPation Security. They have expiration dates up to 2 1/2 years out.   Defining spreads Technically, covered call writing with LEAPS is known […]

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