Tag Archives: time value

## Analyzing The Time Value Of In-The-Money Strikes

Maximizing covered call writing profits requires us to master strike price selection. Very few covered call writers outside the BCI community use in-the-money strikes and, as a result, do not achieve the results that we do. Recently, a few BCI members sent me emails commenting how in-the-money strikes do not generate profits that meet their […]

## How Quarterly Dividends Impact Our Covered Call Option Premiums

When studying option trading basics we learn the equation for option premium value is: Premium = time value + intrinsic value If the strike price is at- or out-of-the-money the premium is all time value. Another basic principle is that time value decreases as we approach expiration Friday. Unless the strike price is deep, deep […]

## In-The-Money Strikes and Covered Call Writing

Option trading basics incorporates fundamental, technical and common sense decisions. One of these, as it relates to covered call writing, is selecting a strike price for the short options position. In bearish and volatile markets I tend to favor the in-the-money strike. Before I address this matter, let’s review the pros and cons of each […]

## Implied Volatility and Our Covered Call Writing Premiums

What makes some stock option premiums worth so much more than others? Let’s say we have two stocks, A and B. Both are trading @ \$25/share. We look to sell the same month at-the-money \$25 strike and one (stock A) returns 2% and the other (stock B) 4%. WHY? The answer lies predominantly in the mysterious […]

## Covered Call Writing: Factors That Affect The Value Of Our Option Premiums

So you sold an options contract for \$380 and generated a 3.5% 1-month return. Did you ever wonder how the market determined the value of that options contract to be \$380? The simple equation that most of us know and understand is the following:  Option premium = Intrinsic Value + Time Value To review, let […]

## How to Read an Option Chain

So how much cash can we generate selling options on the stocks that have passed our fundamental and technical screens? The answer lies in the option chain. This is a list that quotes option prices for a given security. For each underlying security, the option chain lists the various strike prices, option premiums, expiration dates […]

## Factors that Determine the Value of your Option Premium

So you sold an options contract for \$380 and generated a 3.5% 1-month return. Did you ever wonder how the market determined the value of that contract to be \$380? The simple equation that most of us know and understand is the following:  Option premium = Intrinsic Value + Time Value To review, let me […]

## Theta-Time Decay of our Option Premiums

Educated covered call writers know that it is critical to sell our options early in the 1-month cycle. I always try to sell my options in the first week of a 4-week expiration cycle and no later than the beginning of the second week of a 5-week cycle. The reason has to do with the […]

## THE FACTORS THAT DETERMINE THE VALUE OF YOUR OPTION PREMIUM plus Our Readers Pick their Favorite Stocks

So you sold an options contract for \$380 and generated a 3.5% 1-month return. Did you ever wonder how the market determined the value of that contract to be \$380? The simple equation that most of us know and understand is the following:  Option premium = Intrinsic Value + Time Value To review, let me […]