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Strategies for Selling Options

It is widely known in the stock market to buy low and sell high.  Options are really no different than stocks as you should buy cheap options and sell expensive options.  The entire strategy of selling covered calls is selling overpriced options to generate more income.  
 
Call values move in the same direction as the stock price while puts move inversely to the stock price.  The amount of change in the option will be determined by the option’s delta.  If you think a stock price will rise then you would buy a call and if you think the stock price will decline you would buy a put.  
Traders sell options primarily to generate income.  The strategy used will be determined by what you decide the stock price will do in the future:
  1. Bullish/neutral – sell covered calls to create income
  2. Bearish – sell naked puts to generate income as the stock declines
  3. Bullish/neutral – sell OTM puts to create premium income while reducing assignment risk
  4. Bullish – sell ATM puts to acquire the stock at a discount price while keeping the premium income
It is important for the call writer to understand time value.  For the option writer, time value is the major source of income but the option holder sees time value as a negative because option value decreases as time decays.  In general, time is the option writers friend and the option buyers enemy.
In covered call trades, returns are generated by the time value of the option premium.  Assume that we bought the stock for $55 and we sell the $50 call for $7.00.  This is a nice premium but you are obligated to sell the stock at $50.  The time value of this option is $2.00 ($7.00 – $5.00).  If the stock is assigned at $50, then your total profit will be $2.00 or the time value of the option.
As income investors, we seek to create consistent monthly income by selling options to collect monthly premiums. This has been successful for our investors for years. Option selling offers another method to diversify investing strategies beyond traditional dividend investing. We have combined technical stock events with our strategy to identify high returns option selling opportunities.
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Close This Trade for 450% Gain

2/1/2018 – MOD closed at $24.30 per share today. Buy to close the MOD 22.5 PUTs at $0.20 per contract.  This is a gain of $0.80 per option in 3 trading days. This is a 3.7% gain or 450% annualized return.

1/29/2018 – Get Rich Subscribers Release (NEW Trade)

As income investors, we seek to create consistent monthly income by selling options to collect monthly premiums. This has been successful for our investors for years. Option selling offers another method to diversify investing strategies beyond traditional dividend investing. We have combined technical stock events with our strategy to identify high returns option selling opportunities. This income trade will generate a return of more than 93% annualized.

Stock: Modine Manufacturing Company (MOD) develops, manufactures, and markets engineered heat transfer systems and heat transfer components for use in on- and off-highway original equipment manufacturer vehicular applications.

The RSI is above 50. The MACD is positive and above its signal line. The configuration is positive. Moreover, the stock is trading above both its 20 and 50 day MA (respectively at 21.53 and 21.73).

Chart: We have detected a “Symmetrical Continuation Triangle (Bullish)” chart pattern formed on Modine Manufacturing Co (MOD on NYSE). This bullish signal indicates that the price may rise from the close of 23.25 to the range of 26.70 – 27.50. The pattern formed over 43 days which is roughly the period of time in which the target price range may be achieved. Modine Manufacturing Co has a current support price of 21.15. No resistance level has been found.

Strategy: We have an opportunity to sell options for income with MOD as the stock should trade higher in the coming weeks. I recommend to place your trade and exit when you have locked in profits due to the stock price moving higher. Our goal here is to make income short term so we can exit and compound capital into another trade.

For medium risk option trade, look to sell a February 2018 22.5 PUT for about $1.00. This creates a return of 4.6% to expiration (18 days) or greater than 93% annualized.

For a conservative trade, you can setup a covered call trade. You can purchase 100 shares of MOD and sell a February 22.5 CALL option for about $1.75 for an assigned return of 4.6% in 18 days.

We continue to identify winning option trades to generate income and to exit early as the stock bullish patterns moves prices higher.

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Why Sell Covered Calls?

Sellers of covered calls seek two objectives: additional income from their stock portfolio and protection from a market decline in the price of their stocks.  The call premium helps the option writer to achieve these goals.  With the covered call strategy, you can use stocks you already own or you can purchase new shares to sell covered calls on.  In either case, you will not be overly concerned about the the price movement of your stocks over a period of time.  However, you will only write covered calls on stocks you already own.
 
We can apply this call writing strategy to dividend paying stocks.  You will be getting two sources of income: the dividends and the premium you received from selling the calls.  In addition, there is potential for a third source of income if the stock were to increase in price.  If we were to allow the stock to be called away, we would receive the strike price in addition to the premium and dividends.  This is an outstanding scenario where you can potentially receive three sources of income from one investment!

However, the call writer does not have to remain obligated to deliver the stock.  The writer can terminate the obligation if it has not been exercised by purchasing to close an identical option at current premium price.  Also, if the option is exercised, you do not have to deliver the original stock as you can purchase new shares to fulfill your delivery obligation.

When you write a covered call, you still own the stock and can receive all dividends paid before the options expire.  When you sell options, you begin with an immediate profit rather than an uncertain potential gain.  The most you can make is the premium received and the price of the strike minus your cost of the purchase of stock.

There are always opportunities for investors to use options are part of their total investing plan.  With careful stock selection and monitoring of your position, selling options can:

    • Boost annual income by 15 percent or more;
    • Be used for tax benefits and low costs;
    • Offer a variety of choices such as the underlying stock, strike prices and time periods.

The best rule: never buy options, only sell them!  Buying options is speculation while selling options is investing.

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Why You Need Multiple Streams of Income

As we all know, when you work for an employer your time is not your own.  You are trading your time for income from wages.  Your vacation dates will likely be ruled by your employer.  While there is nothing wrong with working for a living, you should start preparing today for what you need in the future.  You can start investing for income part-time while you are still working for the man.
 
Here are some financial lessons to keep in mind when preparing for your future:

  • No matter how good you are at work, you are expendable;
  • The term job security can be an illusion;
  • You are not likely to get rich working for someone else;
  • Nobody cares about your money more than you do;
  • Social security may be restructured or may not be available when you retire;
  • The company pension is quickly if not already going away.

The list above is proof that you should seek multiple streams of income.  You should consider adding a 401K and/or IRA to supplement your waining social security checks.  The safest income streams are saving accounts and certificates of deposits both of which are best for emergency cash holdings.  Beyond this, you should start to think about additional income streams.  The obvious choices are dividend paying stocks and close-ended funds because they tend to be passive income.  Next, I would suggest you begin to learn how to sell covered calls against some of your dividend stocks or other stocks with potential to create additional income.  If you get good, you can advance to more difficult option strategies for another source of income.  You can even move into real estate investing to diversify your assets and create more monthly income.

One source of income is just not enough in today’s society.  Each of us should take the initiative to learn how to create additional income streams by using your assets rather than your time working for an employer.  The end result will be more income streams, more financial security and more time to do the things that make your life more enjoyable to you and your family.

Here, we sell options, covered calls and cash-secured PUTs, to create multiple streams of income while investing in CEFs paying monthly dividends.

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Close These Positions for Monthly Income – 6.4% in a Month!

Our investing plan starts by capturing option income on a monthly basis. You will learn this is easier than renting houses, creating a startup or delivering pizza for a side hustle on the weekends. You can make $1000’s of dollars each month to sustain the level of income you desire. We sell options on stocks that gives us premium income as soon as we enter the trade. Then, we will repeat this option trade over and over several times each month to increase our income. Let me start by telling you – you’re going to like how this money looks and feels in your account.

That’s like getting several Social Security checks in a single month or getting a paycheck every week without having to work a job for a single minute. Best of all, you can sign up to get these checks today regardless of your age, income or which state you live in.

All you’ll have to do is decide how many of these freedom checks you want, stake your claim in this massive payout … sit back … and watch the cash pile up. I’ve already shown a few people just like you how to grab checks like this.

Many have already made out like bandits. Here is the proof:

We have two more winning PUT trades to close out this week for big gains! To make this level of income in a few weeks is a great opportunity. We will release new trades in the coming week.

SSYS is now trading at $24.25 so close the position to lock in your 6.4% gain!

TRADE: Look at the January 2018 22.5 PUT trade. For each 100 shares of SSYS stock you want to control, sell one Jan 2017 22.5 PUT option for a $1.35 debit per option or better. That’s a 6.4% return on the PUT trade.

MTOR is now trading at $24.48 so close the position to lock in your 3.9% gain in 22 days!

TRADE: Look to sell a January 2018 24 PUT for about $0.90. This creates a return of 3.9% to expiration (29 days) or greater than 49% annualized.

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Dividends Are Losing Their Allure

Investors have long looked to dividend stocks as a means to generating investment income.  For decades this has been an effective strategy to increase cash from investing. However, in today’s market investors are more uncomfortable on how to identify new income opportunities.  They should consider allocating a portion of their portfolio to selling options for premium income.  The returns can be as high as 5% or more in a single month using the stock breakout strategy.

In a recent article published in the Wall Street Journal, “Dividends are losing their allure due to rising rates”, there is a case that yields are too low in today’s market. Here is an excerpt:

A heated stock market rally combined with a sharp climb in benchmark interest rates this year is eroding the relative value of companies that pay out chunky dividends to their shareholders.

Low interest rates over the past few years have boosted the attractiveness of high-dividend stocks that offer up income at a time when bond investors were earning next to nothing. For some sectors, that was a key reason to invest. But recently that’s reversed.

As the S&P 500 has climbed, the share of investment gains coming from collecting those dividends has been falling. The S&P 500′s so-called dividend yield over the last 12 months was at 1.73% Tuesday, its lowest since 2011. 

Let’s exam what a 1.73% yield means to an investor.  This means an investor will earn 0.4325% each quarter or 0.144% each month.  Based on having $10,000, an investor would earn $173 per year or $14 per month. What can one do with $14 per month or $144 if you invest $100,000? Not MUCH!

For investors seeking monthly income, there is a better way to create cash with your investment portfolio.  At Get Rich Investments, we have produced returns of 5% or more in a month which is an annualized return of 60%.  You may ask if this is a risky investment to achieve such a great return.  While all investments have some level of risk, this investment rewards the investor with a significantly higher return.

We achieve these returns by selling PUT options (cash-secured) or CSPs on stocks trending higher due to stock breakouts.  By selecting stocks with upward movement, it decreases the risk in the investment. This is the secret sauce to high returns using option selling strategies. When the stock moves higher, investors can exit the trade to lock in profits. Then, compound their capital weekly or monthly. This is how investors can create a monthly income far greater than dividend stocks without the risk of chasing penny stocks.

Here are some recent trades producing high returns for monthly income:

We have a fast winner in $FINL as the stock had a big pop today – up over 12%. I suggest investors to buy-to-close this trade at ~$0.20 per option or less.  This gives us a nice 9% profit in 4 days or over 800% on an annualized return!

We have a another winner in $BEAT as the stock has moved higher to $31.75. I suggest investors to buy-to-close the 29 PUT trade at ~$0.20 per option or less.  This gives us a nice 3% profit in 5 days or over 200% on an annualized return!  There will be more trades moving into next week after the holiday.

The market was in a blast mode last month as it ran to record highs again. We had all winners this month with max income trades. And how about the monthly returns on the PUT trades – 4.8% on ARRY; 8.8% on TLRD; 9.6% on NL; and 8.7% on MDXG!!! This is a yearly return on some buy and hold stock investments in a monthly trade for us. We will look for more stock breakouts for PUT trades in our next newsletter.

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Get Money for Nothing and Your Stocks for Free

Covered calls generate income through call premium received and lowers the risk in the underlying stock position.  Obviously, the risk of owning a stock is the price you paid to purchase the stock.  Anytime the stock drops below the price paid to purchase the investor is now in a losing position.  If you purchase a stock that pays dividends, then dividends collected lowers the purchase price of a stock.  For example, you purchase FirstDividend stock (fictional name) for $30 that has a 3.0% dividend yield.  The dividend will be $0.90 per year or $0.23 per quarter. After the end of year one, your adjusted share price in FirstDividend will be $29.10 ($30-$0.90).  At a yield of 3.0%, your investment will double in 24 years just on the dividend without an increase in share price.

Now, let’s add a covered write to the stock each month.  For example, you can sell a $31 call at $0.75 that expires in 30 days.  Assuming that we don’t get called out, this will total to $9.00 at the end of year one if we continue to sell a call each month for the $0.75 premium.  This will drop the adjusted share price from $30 to $21 or 30% less than the price paid excluding your dividends.  This will double your investment in First Dividend in 2.4 years based on the call premium received each month.

If you combine the call premium with the dividend, then the adjusted stock price will be $20.10 at the end of year one.  This will further lower your time to double to 2.18 years.  This means that at the end of 2.18 years, you will have your total investments returned to you excluding any share price change or dividend increases and still own the stock.  This is a great benefit of selling calls against the stocks you hold in your portfolio.  In the first year alone, you will have received $990 in income for each 100 shares of stock you own.

The trade-off in writing calls against stock you own is that the topside is capped at the strike price of the call sold.  Therefore, you are at risk of selling your stock at the strike price which limits potential upside share price appreciation.  This should not be a problem for the investor that is seeking monthly income.  You must commit to writing calls for monthly as your chosen strategy to make monthly income and not be concerned that the share price will increase in a month.  Of course, if the stock gets called away then you can sell puts to get back into the position.  The put premium will serve to lower your adjusted share price just like the call premium in the example above.

You can continue the income cycle by selling puts to buy stock then sell calls when you own the stock.  Each month you are lowering your adjusted purchase price until you get your investment back and have a $0 cost in the stock.  All the while you are creating monthly income from your investment.  The end result is that you get your money for nothing and your stocks for free.

We continue to identify winning option trades to generate income and to exit early as the stock bullish patterns moves prices higher. Try our monthly income plan as you will definitely enjoy the extra cash.

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Option Writing for a 160% Return

As income investors, we seek to create consistent monthly income by selling options to collect monthly premiums. This has been successful for our investors for years. Option selling offers another method to diversify investing strategies beyond traditional dividend investing. We have combined technical stock events with our strategy to identify high returns option selling opportunities. This income trade will generate a return of more than 160% annualized.

Stock: Intellia Therapeutics (NTLA), a gene editing company, focuses on the development of therapeutics utilizing a biological tool known as the CRISPR/Cas9 system. The company develops in vivo programs focused on liver diseases, including transthyretin amyloidosis, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hepatitis B virus, and inborn errors of metabolism programs.

Chart: We have detected a “Head and Shoulders Bottom” chart pattern formed on Intellia Therapeutics Inc (NTLA on NASDAQ). This bullish signal indicates that the price may rise from the close of 21.51 to the range of 25.50 – 26.50. The pattern formed over 22 days which is roughly the period of time in which the target price range may be achieved. Intellia Therapeutics Inc has a current support price of 19.18 and a resistance level of 22.12.

 

 

 

 

Strategy: We have an opportunity to sell options for income with NTLA as the stock should trade higher in the coming weeks. I recommend to place your trade and exit when you have locked in profits due to the stock price moving higher. Our goal here is to make income short term so we can exit and compound capital into another trade.

For medium risk option trade, look to sell a January 2018 22.5 PUT for about $1.50. This creates a return of 7.1% to expiration in 16 days or greater than 162% annualized.

For a conservative trade, you can setup a covered call trade. You can purchase 100 shares of NTLA and sell a January 22.5 CALL option for about $1.25 for an assigned return of 7.3% in 16 days for a 166% annualized return.

We continue to identify winning option trades to generate income and to exit early as the stock bullish patterns moves prices higher.

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Factors Affecting Option Prices

While there are many factors that determine option prices, stock option premiums move in unison with the underlying stock price.  The most popular method for determining option value is the Black-Scholes Model.  There are six factors in this model:

  1. Stock price is the most important factor in an options price as changes in stock price affect the price of options on the stock;
  2. Strike price has an affect on option price through intrinsic value, time value, delta and other factors;
  3. Time to expiration is the time remaining before an option expires.  Due to time decay, option values can decrease at a faster rate when the option is closer to expiration;
  4. Stock volatility is the standard deviation of a stocks price variations over a fixed period of time.  The more volatile the stock, the more likely its price will move and the option price will increase with high volatility;
  5. Interest rates have little affect on option prices but they are part of the Black-Scholes model;
  6. Stock dividends also have little affect on option prices since they are already included in the stocks price by market forces.

There are other forces that can affect the price of options that are not included in the Black-Sholes model such as:

    • Supply and demand for the stock
    • Liquidity or volume of the option
    • Markets expectation of future events such as earnings, etc.
    • Markets expectation of future price direction of the stock

I have created an investment that achieves higher monthly returns while managing stock risks in the trade. You may be skeptical of this concept and should be when you hear something like this introduced into your trading plan. To explain, let’s look at what must happen to a stock price for a successful PUT selling trade. To keep the premium from the PUT sell, the stock price must be above the PUT option strike price at expiration. To increase my percent of winning PUT trades, I invest in stocks with price momentum moving higher. This increases the probability of the stock price closing above the strike price – giving us more winning trades.

How do I identify these winning trades? I combine the fundamentals of a stock with its price performance on its stock chart. I find securities that have a positive change in price that creates upward price momentum. You may have heard about price breakouts and other upward biased chart patterns. This introduces a concept of technical analysis into our trading plan.

Technical analysis uses stock price movements and trading activity as the basis for drawing a conclusion about where the price may be headed. It is based on the premise that prices move in trends that tend to continue until something changes to affect the balance of supply and demand for the stock. These changes can be detected by analyzing prior changes, looking for recurring patterns that indicate a price trend, or indicate areas of support and resistance that may influence the price direction.

We continue to identify winning option trades to generate income and to exit early as the stock bullish patterns moves prices higher.

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Take Profits on These Trades for Triple-digit Gains

We released our Monthly Income Newsletter this past weekend with trades for the coming month.  Again, we have several early winners in our PUT trades for income in only 5 days or less. As the stock price moves higher, we close these positions to lock in profits.  This allows us to reallocate our capital to the next trade and to capture multiple income opportunities each month. We will release more PUT trades each week as our strategy is the best special dividend money maker on the market.
For subscribers:
We have a fast winner in $FINL as the stock had a big pop today – up over 12%. I suggest investors to buy-to-close this trade at ~$0.20 per option or less.  This gives us a nice 9% profit in 4 days or over 800% on an annualized return!
We have a another winner in $BEAT as the stock has moved higher to $31.75. I suggest investors to buy-to-close the 29 PUT trade at ~$0.20 per option or less.  This gives us a nice 3% profit in 5 days or over 200% on an annualized return!  There will be more trades moving into next week after the holiday.
The market was in a blast mode last month as it ran to record highs again. We had all winners this month with max income trades. And how about the monthly returns on the PUT trades – 4.8% on ARRY; 8.8% on TLRD; 9.6% on NL; and 8.7% on MDXG!!! This is a yearly return on some buy and hold stock investments in a monthly trade for us. We will look for more stock breakouts for PUT trades in our next newsletter.
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