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How to Sell Put Options for Income

Let’s walk through an example of how to sell a put. After careful selection of the right stock, you decide you would like to create a monthly income stream by selling puts each month on this stock. Let’s say the stock is currently trading at $70 in the market. After reviewing the option chain, you decide to sell the 67.5 put option on this stock that expires in one month. The 67.5 strike price is out of the money and will obligate you to buy the stock at $67.50 only if the put buyer decides to exercise the option on or before the expiration date. The put buyer will only exercise the option if they make money or if the stock price is below $67.50.

As the put seller (writer), you get to collect the cash premium for the option. In this case, let’s assume it is $200 per option contract or 100 shares of stock. The investor now has a risk of $67.50 – $200 = $65.50 per option contract sold. If this amount of $6550 per contract is in the investors brokerage account, this is a cash-secured put. The potential return is $200 which the put seller will keep regardless of the trade outcome.

The investors return is calculated as $200/$6550 or 3.05%. This is a nice return on a one month put option. On an annual basis, this is a return of 36.6%! This is why I sell put options for monthly income.

Here are the details of the trade:

1 Option = 100 Shares of Stock: In this example, we sold 1 put option. In other words, we sold someone the right, but not the obligation, to sell 100 shares of stock to us for $67.50 on or before the option’s one-month expiration date (usually the 3rd Friday of the month).

$ 2 = Our Options Premium: In exchange for giving someone (the put buyer) the right to sell us 100 shares of stock at $67.50, we get paid in cold-hard cash! In options lingo, we get paid in the form of a premium. In this example, our premium is $ 2 per share. Because each options contract equals 100 shares of stock, here our premium is $ 200. This $ 200 is deposited in our account at the time of the transactions. It is ours to keep no matter what transpires before expiration (the end of the contract).

There are 2 potential trade outcomes:

  1. The stock prices stays above the 67.5 option strike price so the put option expires worthless. Put yourself in the position of the options holder (the person that buys the put option from us). The put holder purchased the right, but not the obligation, to sell 100 shares of stock at $67.50 per share. Assume this put option expires in one month. If, at the end of that one-month expiration time period, the stock is trading at a price above $67.50, why would the put holder exercise his right to sell the stock at $67.50 when he can sell at a price above $67.50? They would not exercise the put option! The investor keeps the $200 premium and has a 3.05% return in one month.
  2. The stock declines in price and is below the 67.5 option strike price. The option will be exercised and the shares of stock will be sold to us at the strike price ($ 72.50 per share). Again, put yourself in the position of the put holder for a moment. If, at the time the put option is set to expire, the stock is trading at $65, and the put holder has the right to sell shares of stock at $67.50, why wouldn’t the put holder exercise his right to sell the stock at $67.50 per share? They would. So in this scenario, the cash we previously deposited into our brokerage account ($6750) is used to purchase the underlying shares that were “put” or sold to us. Our break-even point, also referred to as our “cost basis,” is now $65.50 ($67.50 per share we paid for the stock less the $ 2 per share put premium we received from the original sale of the put option). At this point, we own 100 shares of stock and can sell them or write a covered call trade.

This is a simple example of how to sell (write) a put option for monthly income. Once we do this each month we create a stream of cash flow to help us achieve financial independence.

Last month, we were successful on all put trades and averaged 3.5% return for the month.  Imagine making $3000 or more in income each month!   Start making more income each month by subscribing to the Monthly Income Plan.

How to Create a Better Lifestyle

Warren Buffet has always discussed the concept of Mr. Market. This is an idea around each trading day Mr. Market offers you the price to purchase a stock in the stock market. As an investor, you must decide if you want to but the stock at this market price. Is the stock overpriced, undervalued or will the market crash in the coming days? As investors, we can’t predict the future direction of stock markets. And if anyone tells you they can, then run away from them. To get around predicting the stock market, I sell puts on stocks to generate monthly income and I usually win regardless of what the market does in the coming weeks.

When we sell a put option, we are selling someone the right, but not the obligation, to sell shares of the underlying stock to us at a price that we select called the strike price on or before a date that we select called the expiration date. In return for undertaking this obligation, we are paid a certain amount of cash called the premium that the market determines.

Should the put buyer decide to exercise that option by selling his shares to us on or before its expiration date, we are obligated to buy those shares at the strike price. To cash-secure this transaction potential, we deposited the appropriate amount of cash into our brokerage accounts to purchase those shares at the strike price minus the cash premium received.

How often does a put get exercised? This is variable but most research indicates about 80% of options expire worthless or do not get exercised. When a put option expires worthless, the investor keeps the cash premium as their return. Put writers or sellers continue to sell put each month to create and capture the cash premiums. This is the monthly income to supplement your lifestyle.

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How to Earn Double Digit Income from Investing

Financial independence is based on creating enough income to fund the life you choose to live. Most people works their entire life to reach this point. This is not a slam on working for a living as I have been there and actually enjoyed many of the jobs I have occupied. There is a plan to create regular monthly income by investing in a low risk strategy. This is not any get rich overnight schemes or buy some penny stocks and hope they hit it big. I will show you how many are achieving additional income by following a simple plan to achieve the financial results that are seeking.

Today, I prefer to create income from what I will share with you in this writing – create income by selling options and collecting dividends on high quality dividend stocks. My simple objection when starting was to capture $1 million dollars from the market by using this market strategy. I am enjoying this journey and hope you have a big goal to achieve in your financial life. Think about it – to make millions in the market using option strategies. You should be getting excited about the possibility of making this kind of money!

The face of retirement in America has changed radically in recent decades. People are living longer. Pensions are increasingly rare. Add in market volatility, as well as questions surrounding the long-term feasibility of Social Security, and it’s no wonder many people feel anxious about funding their retirement.

If you were a newly hired employee at a Fortune 500 company in 1998, you likely had access to a defined benefit plan. But, by 2015, only 20% did. Over that same seventeen year stretch, 23% of Fortune 500 employers froze their primary DB plan and 15% closed DB plans to new hires. Today, the responsibility of financing your retirement is likely to fall squarely on your shoulders.

There are numerous ways to invest for income. Most often investors look to dividend stocks and bonds to generate income. Stock dividend yields can produce 3-5% or more of income on an annual basis. This is a good source of income usually payable on a quarterly time period. Some investors, like our group at getrichinvestments.com, sell call options on stocks to create covered call trades. These trades allow investors to collect the premium from the option calls sold on owned stocks. We target monthly returns between 1-3% and frequently make more on good months. I also exercise an additional strategy for income. I will sell put options on stocks to collect option premium. I find this not only creates income but it also decreases my market risk.

Some advisory services charge $3000 to $5000 per year for this service.  We don’t make our income from subscribers’ backs – we conduct the same strategy and trades as our readers.  We provide a great professional service to help investors create monthly income at a very reasonable price.

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Compounding Returns with Option Selling

You have undoubtedly heard it said before – compounding returns is the eighth wonder of the world or man’s greatest invention. But to an investor it is a great wealth builder. While many income investors think of compounding dividends, this can also be accomplished by option sellers by compounding the option premium received by selling either put or call options. I think about the premium received as soon as the option is sold can be readily reinvested or compounded immediately.

Here is the formal definition from Investopedia:

Compound interest is interest calculated on the initial principal and also on the accumulated interest of previous periods of a deposit or loan. Compound interest can be thought of as “interest on interest,” and will make a deposit or loan grow at a faster rate than simple interest, which is interest calculated only on the principal amount. The rate at which compound interest accrues depends on the frequency of compounding; the higher the number of compounding periods, the greater the compound interest.

The “Rule of 72” is an easy way to calculate how long it will take to double you money based on compounding returns. For example, an investor has a dividend stock paying an annual 5% dividend. Using the rule of 72, dividing 72 by 5 indicates the investor will double his money in 14.4 years. Not bad for a dividend producing asset. Now, let’s compare this to selling options. If you make 2% per month on average, you can double you money in 36 months (72/2=36). This is only 3 years compared to 14.4 years for the 5% dividend stock! Which investment do you want to pursue?

This is the theory behind our strategy to sell puts and covered calls at get rich investments. We can generate consistent income on a monthly basis that will provide us the opportunity to compound our money and returns at a faster pace than the buy and hold dividend investing.

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The Secret to Great Investment Returns

People ask me all the time what is the real secret to great investing returns.  They have lost faith in the talking heads on TV who are selling their latest investments hyped as the place to be in today’s market.  Often times these investments only separate the investor from their money. I have a proven strategy that is more rational so any investor can generate income by investing in great companies. My premise is cash doesn’t lie so when you have it in hand (or in your investing account), you know you have made money.  Probably the two most important attributes to making money on a stock investment is (1) buying a great business model; and (2) buying at the right price. I constantly see investors buying a great business but at a price too high to ever generate a return.

I have this thought leadership built into my investing strategy. One, I only buy great blue-chip stocks that have validated profit margins and competitive advantages. Many refer to these stocks as market dominators because they have well recognized brands such as Walmart, Intel and others. Two, I look to invest in these great companies at the right price. My research will point me to these stocks trading below fair value. These are the companies that will give us market beating returns with lower than average risk.

We further lower the purchase price by selling puts on the great stocks we want to own. Each month or so, we will sell a put options at the money to collect premium income. This premium income lowers the purchase price with each sell until the stock gets put to us. For example, selling an option put for $1.00 per contract in 3 consecutive months gives the investor $3.00 or $300 in cash. If the stock is trading at $40 per share, the put selling drops the investors cost to $37 per share ($40 – $3 = $37) In the meantime, the investor is earning an average of 1-3% each month in income.

This is the power of this strategy – creating income streams while buying great businesses at a discount price.

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