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How to Generate a 10% Return in 45 Days

In our Monthly Income Report, we look for opportunities to utilize option selling to generate income. While we focus on selling cash-secured puts and covered calls on high quality stocks, we sometimes identify high return trades. We like to have 2 or more stock or company events leading to positive confirmation that the stock will continue its trend. This month we have identified a stock with a bullish technical indicator that has potential to generate a 10% return in only 45 days.

Stock: Alkermes plc (ALKS) is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the researching, developing and commercializing pharmaceutical products that are designed to address medical needs of patients in therapeutic areas. The Company has a portfolio of marketed drug products and a clinical pipeline of products that address central nervous system (CNS) disorders, such as schizophrenia, depression, addiction and multiple sclerosis (MS).

Alkermes just announced positive preliminary top line results from ENLIGHTEN-1, the first of two key phase 3 studies in the ENLIGHTEN clinical development program for ALKS 3831, an investigational, novel, once-daily, oral atypical antipsychotic drug candidate for the treatment of schizophrenia. ENLIGHTEN-1 was a multinational, double-blind, randomized, phase 3 study that evaluated the antipsychotic efficacy, safety and tolerability of ALKS 3831 compared to placebo over four weeks in 403 patients experiencing an acute exacerbation of schizophrenia. The study also included a comparator arm of olanzapine, an established atypical antipsychotic agent with proven efficacy.

ALKS will announce earnings on July 27 but should be positive on this news.

This stock has formed a pattern called Flag (Bullish), providing a target price for the short-term in the range of 61.50 to 62.30 (see chart below). We think the stock can hit the target price within 6 weeks or less. The price recently crossed above its moving average signaling a new uptrend has been established. While we like the upside potential in ALKS, we want to protect the downside against market changes.

Technical Setup on Alkermes ALKS

Strategy: We want to sell a covered call on Alkermes using the August 2017 60 Call. For each 100 shares of ALKS stock you buy, sell one August 60 covered call option for a $54.50 ($58.70 – $4.20) debit or better. That’s potentially a 10.0% assigned return with a 7% downside protection. If you want more downside protection, you can purchase an August 55 PUT for less than $2.00 per option.

This is a higher risk trade than we normally place in the Monthly Income Report. However, this is a nice setup with a positive news announcement, positive technical confirmation and increased premium from selling options for income.

Let more about creating monthly income here.

Covered Calls for Life

There are many different styles of covered call writing.  Some people never do more than write calls on stocks in their portfolio to generate additional income.  Other people buy stocks only for the purpose to write calls then sell them. Covered call strategies include active trading for directional moves, for traders with long-term time horizon and those seeking low-risk or limited risk trades.

For the conservative investor, you can write calls that are deep-in-the-money which limits the amount of risk in the trade.  This is a good strategy for those who are fearful of losing money.  For the lazy investor, they should look to a longer call time horizon that is many months out or even sell a leap call.  For the monthly income investor, they should sell calls at-the-money which expire during the next month.  This serves the purpose of creating a monthly income that is updated at the monthly expiration date.

The conclusion is that you can utilize the covered write strategy that best suites your income needs and personal investing style.  Or you can use more than one strategy to mitigate your risk level in income investing.  I sell calls when the market is reaching over priced levels for downside protection.

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Why Don’t More People Write Covered Calls

It is hard to understand why more income investors don’t use the covered call strategy more often.  Once you sell the call you have an automatic income amount set for you.  Perhaps the biggest reason more people don’t write calls is they are not aware of the strategy.  Unless you stagger upon the strategy or research it online, it is difficult to understand.

Most financial institutions do not mention covered calls as a strategy to their clients as they may risk losing business if clients pursue this strategy on their own.  These advisers are being paid commission on the amount of funds they manage so they have a conflict of interest with their clients.  Simply, they make money on the products you buy from them.

There is a certain amount of fear involving the trading of options.  Some resources lump together all option strategies as being too risky for an individual investor to use in their own portfolios.  Yet, these same “experts” will suggest you buy a small cap growth stock trading at a 100 price to earning ratio.

By producing cash flow from an asset DOES NOT increase the risk of owning the asset.  think about this: all investors should seek a return on their money which is cash flow.  Of course, if you are in the nail business you always recommend hammers!  You must realize that your interests are different from the financial institutions.  And you are the only one to focus 100 percent on your needs.  However, financial advisers make money when you do and when you don’t!  Your biggest decision is to rely on their advice or handle your own investing.

This blog believes in the individual investor and his ability to generate monthly income from writing covered calls, selling puts for premium and owning monthly dividend paying stocks.

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Passive Income Investing

Passive income is defined as “income generated with minimal work through your investments such as interest, dividends, or option premiums but also includes any income system that generates income for you!”
In order to increase your quality of life, the only realistic strategy is to increase your income, and reduce the amount of hours you work to earn income.  How do you do this you might ask? By using time tested wealth creation strategies and investment techniques to create, increase and maintain your passive income.

Passive Income Investing

The easiest way to make passive income is to earn interest or dividends on bank accounts, stocks and electronic-traded funds (ETFs).  This is one of the safest strategies when you own the right securities.  Many ETFs pay monthly dividends that can be combined to create a significant number of passive income sources or checks each month.  More on this later.

One of the best ways to leverage your investment capital is to use stock options. There are literally thousands of ways to use options, both as a trading tool and as a way to protect or hedge your investments.  But options can also be used to create passive income through becoming an option ‘writer’ instead of a ‘taker’.  Here, you get paid a premium when you sell the rights to an option.  This premium is your passive income source.

The optimal strategy is to combine investments that make you rich with investments that keep you rich.  I refer to the former as your “get rich” account and the later as your “stay rich” account.  Basically, you make passive income from your get rich investing and store it in your stay rich investments.  It really is that simple.
Get Rich Passive Incomes
The following is a list of passive income generators you will recieve in each Passive Income Investment Report.  These investments are what you will use to get rich by investing in these instruments each month.  You will recieve a number of trades for each category but you decide which types of passive incomes you are comfortable investing in your account.
  1. Covered calls on stocks you purchase.  We have a proven system of identifying conservative covered call investments that can generate 3-5% return each month.  You can select from our list or invest in all recommendations.  Our system focuses on selecting stocks with the right volitility so you don’t get burned by high-risk investments.
  2. Cash-secured PUT trades to enter a position.  When you find a stock you want to purchase, then sell put options on the stock to lower the purchase price and to collect option premium for cash.  Do this monthly for income until the stock is put to you,  Then, sell covered call options on the stock.
  3. Dividend investing for cash.  This is a simple investment in world-class dividend stocks and CEFs that pay monthly distribution.  This also provides a way to diversify your types of income by using various CEFs investments such as alternatives such as REITs, bonds and many other funds.

True Wealth is Your Income

As investors, we often look to the market to identify investments such as for stocks to increase in price over time. This centers around the thought of owning companies that increase in value over time will increase wealth. This is true – if it happens in time. But can you retire on the hope of a stock increasing in price? My argument is simply based on the theory of true wealth is the income you generate from your investments. You shouldn’t measure your wealth by the amount of assets, but by the income it generates.

To generate a great retirement, you will need an income stream to maintain the lifestyle you choose to live. It is income that pays the bills and gives you money for the vacation and travels you wish to have in your life. Simply, income is what you live on.

This can be achieved many ways such as owning dividend paying stocks, bonds and other investments such as rental properties. According to studies, dividends have accounted for about 43% of the performance of stocks in the S&P 500 since 1926. But don’t be blinded by focusing on the Wall Street pitch of this stock is the one!

At Get Rich Investment, we view income as the means to financial independence. We focus on generating multiple streams of income from various sources to diversify risk. We start with world class dividend stocks that raise their dividends to produce a growing income stream. Then, we may sell covered calls against these stocks to collect monthly premium income. Another strategy is to sell cash-secured puts to generate income on those stocks we have an interest in purchasing. We also create income from investing in closed-end funds (CEFs) that pay monthly distribution (and also diversifies type of investment classes).

You can guess what happens when your investment income meets or exceeds the amount for your lifestyle. Live the life you want. Get started generating more income today!

How to Retire a Millionaire

From your early entry into the workforce and throughout your working life, you are always reminded to prepare for your retirement. We all realize the need to have income for the day when we end our working career. This is based on the classic mindset of saving for retirement. Most regularly deposit a portion of income in their 401 retirement plan. There is nothing wrong with this strategy as long as you are prepared to wait for your “someday” in 30-40 years or more. Many are behind in the amount needed to fund a comfortable retirement.

A June 2015 Government Accountability Office analysis found that that average Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 have accrued about $104,000 in retirement savings. Sound like a lot? Not when you realize that sum would translate into a $310 monthly payment if your money were invested in a lifetime annuity.*

There may be another option to complement your retirement. At Get Rich Investments, we focus on developing multiple streams of income. The strategy is simple, continue building monthly income until your investing income exceeds your current income. At this point, you have a monthly income to support your lifestyle and retire without having to scale back your living. The sooner you start building monthly income, the faster you will produce significant monthly income.

You can keep contributing to your 401K as this will be one stream of retirement income. Another income stream will be SSI if it is still a viable option when you retire. Then, you might want to consider building additional income streams through our strategies. You can start with a small account and watch it grow over time to your ultimate income producing investment. Of course, this will not happen overnight or next week as there is no get rich quick scheme.

How do we create multiple streams of income? We sell options such as cash-secured PUTs and covered call trades. Based on the type of stocks we invest, this is a lower risk strategy than small cap stocks. We also like to capture dividend income from stable, world class stocks. And, we diversify our income streams by investing in CEFs paying monthly dividends.

The amount of income you achieve will depend on your investment capital. Hey look, if we all had millions then we would already be retired. With our strategies you can compound your income over time to grow your monthly income. You can start with a small investment like you would with a 401 and add to it over time. It can compound faster than most envision. As your account grows, you diversify into more income streams such as CEFs using several types of investments.

If you spread your investments across these multiple streams of income, it will lower your risk of not having the income you desire. This is why we call our program the Monthly Income Newsletter. Yes, you can retire a millionaire!

Get started building your income today.

Do You Have a “Kiss My Ass” Fund?

During my early education years, I earned a Masters of Business Administration from top ranked University.  When I entered this institution, I was delighted to have such an opportunity to attend a top 20 Business School.  My education here set the stage for a very rewarding career that has fulfilled my hopes of achieving lifelong success.  In fact, I probably would not be in this same place without it.  I encourage all young persons to pursue higher education that develops your skills and knowledge for success.

 This achievement banter was not why I decided to write about my education today.  I was reminded of something a professor discussed during an early class in my first year.  While discussing the expectation of a career in business, this professor stated something I have always remembered and passed on to others.  It was something like this: the first thing you should do when you land your first job is to start a “kiss my ass” fund because one day you will have to tell your employer to kiss my ass.  This is the ideology of the classic cold corporate world of being pushed beyond your limits or where you draw the line.  While the statement is over dramatic, it has an inherent meaning and purpose – be prepared.

Today, I think of this idea as one of those buckets we should be working to fill.  To prepare for your later years, you always should diversify your savings.  You obviously want an emergency cash account for unforeseen events.  Then, you want to take care of your retirement through 401 and other type of retirement plans as the 40 year company pension plan doesn’t exist today. Some may invest in real estate or businesses as a diversification of investments.  Then, where does the “kiss my ass” fund fit in with your personal planning?

I use the ole kiss my ass fund as my financial independence tool.  This is where I invest using income strategies such as the PCD strategy and other monthly income opportunities.  The PCD is defined as put-call-dividend. I sell a put option for income on a world class dividend stock until the stock is put to me.  Then, I sell call options on the stock until it is called away.  Finally, I also collect dividends while I own the stock shares.  In each of the three positions, I am earning income! I also invest in CEFs that pay monthly distribution because I can diversify across numerous asset classes. And, I have a higher risk option spread account to play poker with through fast moving swing trades.

Of course you know where the cash goes from these income strategies – into my “kiss my ass” fund.  Why? Because one day I will need the income generated from the “kiss my ass” fund to live the life I envisioned long ago! And to think – it all started from that one day in class that had a lasting impact on my life and I hope now your life too.

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Mailbox Money for Life

We all have a vision of the future about the type of life we have to live. For some, it includes a life of leisure which I must admit is very enticing. For others, it may entail relaxing into a nice life in retirement. Regardless your vision, you need a plan to get started today. I have this in mind with my personal investing and write my newsletter around designing strategies to produce the income to fulfill readers goals for their chosen lifestyle. It helps to start looking at the end goal (future state) and work backwards to your income investing (current state) to lay the foundation for growth. Here is an excerpt from a recent article published here.

One challenge to funding retirement is getting a handle your lifespan. And what we know now is this: You and/or your spouse are likely to live a long life. And many households are not planning to live as long as they actually will live.

Consider, for instance, recent life expectancy trends. Average life expectancy for a 65-year-old male rose from 84.7 in 1950 to 87.8 in 2010 and average life expectancy for 65-year-old woman rose from 86.6 in 1950 to 89.7 in 2010.

In essence, you’ll need to save enough – if you want the same standard of living in retirement as you had while working – to fund a much longer retirement than you might have anticipated.

One reason why Americans aren’t prepared for funding longer lifespans has to do with the difference between life expectancy at birth and life expectancy at 65, and the point at which people tend to start planning for retirement.

Now, human nature being what it is, many households don’t start to plan for retirement until late in life.

What can you do to prepare for the life you want to live? In my newsletter, we select various types of investments to create income. Why the focus on income you may ask. Simply, the development of income streams leads us to increased financial freedom as the income provides the means to living the life you want. While we invest in world class stocks producing income, we also sell options to create monthly income. When an investor sells an option, they receive the cash immediately in their account.

This is what I call “Mailbox Money for Life.” Get started creating your mailbox money by joning our Monthly Income Newsletter today.

How to Beat the Market in 2017

As we start a new year, every investor should ask themselves this question: Did you beat the market in 2016? According to an article on CNBC “Most investors didn’t come close to beating the S&P 500”. The rationale is discussed as:

Bad market timing and poor stock picking kept most investors from fully reaping the gains of the bull market last year. “The average investor held too much in cash, was too concentrated in stocks that didn’t perform well and avoided financial stocks that rallied last year,” said Hart Lambur, co-founder and CEO of Openfolio, a social network with more than 70,000 members who share their investment portfolios.

The average investor on Openfolio had a gain of roughly 5 percent in 2016. That lagged the nearly 12 percent total return of the S&P 500, which includes dividends, by more than 7 percentage points last year. 

Part of the lag can be attributed to investors having a diversified portfolio. That is a good thing because it smooths volatility and can improve returns over long periods. Yet when you consider that a balanced portfolio of 60 percent U.S. stocks and 40 percent U.S. bonds would have generated roughly 7 percent last year, Openfolio investors still fall short by 2 percentage points.”

How can investors beat the market?

Our newsletter beat the S&P 500 handedly in 2016 with a 27.8% return! In reviewing the results we obtained from the perpetual covered call strategy during the past year. In terms of total return as tracked in the monthly spreadsheets, the average across all positions was 27.8% during 2016. In the past year ending 12/17, the S&P 500 only returned 12.75% and the DJIA returned 16.8%. Therefore, we more than doubled the S&P and beat the Dow Jones significantly while generated significantly more income. The average monthly income across our open positions was $152 for each position with 100 stock shares! AND this includes the cost of having a long put to protect against downside risk on each position.

The average cost of 100 shares across all positions was $5,278 which generated an average of $152 of income each month. A $50K portfolio will generate an average of $1500 per month while a $100K portfolio creates $3,000 every month! This is proof our income strategy works. We target a 2-3% return per month on average.

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Kick Off Your Wealthy New Year

Today, we say goodbye to 2016 and open the door to a fresh start in 2017. This is the time of year we embark on hairy ass new goals in hope of transforming our lives. Hey, I am one of you too. I have goals to improve my health, lose some weight and more achieve community related goals. Of course, the one constant is to maintain focus on growing my investing income. My foundation for income is the PCD Income Strategy.

I use put selling to create my favorite income strategy – the Put-Call-Dividend (PCD) Income Strategy. This is simple selling puts each month on a select stock to collect monthly income. If the stock gets put to me, then I sell covered call options for more income while also collecting dividends paid by the stock. I sell call options for premium each month until the stock is called away from me. Then, I will start selling puts against the stock again. This strategy is exactly why I only sell puts on stocks I want to own – world class, strong dividend stocks.

I view the PCD Strategy as an opportunity to collect up to three separate income streams from a single stock selection. I prefer this strategy compared to the buy and hold of owning a stock that only pays dividends every quarter and may have a capital gain in the future. This prevents me from having to time the market and wait for a return. I want to create monthly income so the PCD Strategy presents the best opportunity to achieve this objective regardless of market direction.

Remember this: Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. This is your year to get started growing your income tree. Join our monthly income plan to jumpstart your 2017 goals.

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