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Trading a Calendar Spread with LEAPS

Previously, we posted information on doing a covered call using a LEAPS option. Call calendar spreads are similar to a covered call. One part of the call calendar spread is buying a LEAPS call instead of owning the stock. Then, we can sell call options (like a covered call) with less time to expiration (the calendar part). For example, we can buy a call LEAPS with two years of time and sell a call option in the next month. It the strike price of the LEAPS is the same as the call sold, then you have created a call calendar spread. It the strike prices are different, then we have created a diagonalized calendar spread.

My preference is to buy a LEAPS that is in-the-money. This gives you a higher delta so you captured more of the stock price move. A good target is to buy a LEAPS call with a delta of 0.70 or higher. If the stock makes a strong up move, then you gain more profits in the LEAPS call. Also, ITM LEAPS give us more choices in what strike prices to sell the call. In comparison to a covered call with stock, we DO NOT want to e exercised in the LEAPS position. The reason is simply that we do not want to lose the time value of the LEAP call. You can buy an ATM or OTM LEAPS call, but your delta will be lower and it is more difficult to sell a call until the stock price moves up.

When I sell a call, I like to sell the shortest amount of time available because it will decay faster (more profit per day due to time decay) than a call with several months of time. I like to use the existing month and the next month for call sells. I like to sell an OTM call when holding a LEAPS because the call sold is all time value.

The bottomline: Your returns will be leveraged. For example, you may get a 3% return on a covered call but that same return will be 12% if your underlying is a LEAPS instead of stock. Since we are using LEAPS, if the short call strike price is above the stock then it will expire worthless. You can then sell a call against the LEAPS for the next month. If the stock price is greater than the short call, you can back back the short call or roll it up to a higher strike price.

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How To Use Volatility in Selecting Covered Call Trades

If options were always fairly priced, then we would expect the option price to always imply a level of stock volatility that is more or less in line with historic volatility (HV).  But this not always the case.  For example, two stocks are trading at $20 each with current month calls at $20; one calls ask price is $1.00 while the other is at $2.00.  In comparison, one calls value is twice the others. Why? The difference is in implied volatility of the two stocks.

Implied volatility is the market’s perception of how volatile a stock will likely be in the future.  A covered call trader must understand how implied volatility affects their trading  decisions.  IV Can be the same as historical volatility, lower than historical or higher than historical.  What if an option has an implied volatility of 70% while the stock had a volatility of 25%?  The Black-Scholes calculation would tell us that the option is overpriced.

The key to covered writes: how implied volatility compares to historical volatility.  When option volatility (call IV) is lower than the 10-day/30-day historical volatility, then the call option is under priced.  For call writers, under priced options mean you are not being paid for the stock’s actual volatility.  However, if the calls IV is extremely higher than historical volatility, the market is expecting something to happen.  If after the event the IV collapses then the calls value will collapse.  But…

You should not chase the high IV because those stocks are too risky.  You should compare IV to both the 10-day and 30-day historical volatility.  This will tell you if the the IV is in line with HV.  Generally, you do not want IV to be significantly higher (10-15%) than either 10-day or 30-day historical volatility.

 

The rules are as follows:

  • If IV is higher than HV – then an event is projected such as news, earnings, etc. Find another stock to write calls on;
  • If IV is lower than HV – then the option is likely under priced so you should Find another call write trade;
  • If IV is in line with HV – then this is a good trade if stock volatility is below 40%.

For conservative covered calls, you want stock volatility below 40%.  Any stock with a volatility above 60% is too risky for a covered call trade.  

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How to Use LEAPS as Stock Replacement

Some investors are getting started with a small account.  However, these investors want to make some extra cash to pay some bills or to build up their capital.  They can sell calls on lower priced stocks as it takes less capital to purchase 100 shares of stock.  This is not the only way to achieve income on a smaller portfolio.  They can use LEAPS (long-term equity anticipation securities) as a stock replacement in covered call trades.

Just like a covered call trade, LEAPS (yes it always has an “S” which stands for security) can be purchased instead of the underlying stock which a call can be sold against to provide income.  LEAPS are similar to options except they have a longer time to expiration.  LEAPS usually expire from 1 to 3 years from the time of purchase.  The tradeoff is that you can purchase a LEAPS with 1-3 years of time at a lower cost than purchasing the stock.

The risk profile is very similar between a stock purchase or a LEAPS.  If you buy a stock for $50 then your risk is $50.  The same is true for a LEAPS.  If you buy a LEAPS contract for $20 then your risk is $20.  In both cases, your total investment amount is at risk.  The big difference is that LEAPS have an expiration date while stocks do not.  Since LEAPS have an expiration date, they can be purchased at a lower price than the underlying stock.

When you purchase a LEAPS contract, you control 100 shares of the underlying stock.  Just like a option call, LEAPS give you the right, but not an obligation, to purchase the stock at any time before expiration at the strike price you purchased.

For example, Pepsi (PEP) is trading at around $69.00 at this time.  Your cost to purchase 100 shares of UA will be $6,900.  You can purchase a Jan 2013 call at the $70 strike price for $4.35 per contract. This LEAPS will cost a total of $435.00.  This is a significant difference in the initial investment that is at risk.  The January 2013 call has 556 days until expiration.  You now have the right to purchase 100 shares of Pepsi stock at $70.00 anytime over the next 556 days.

To complete a covered call on PEP, you can sell one August 2011, 38 days til expiration, call at $0.84 per contract.  This is $84.00 in income for a total investment of $435.00.  This is a static return of 19.31% over 38 days.  This is extreme leverage that LEAPS offer to the investor.  If you purchased the stock instead of a LEAPS, your return would be 1.22% because your investment would be $6,900.  Also, your risk would be $6,900 for the stock versus just $435.00 for the LEAPS.

The bottom line: LEAPS lower your total investment compared to the underlying stock and leverage your total return potential.  This is great for those wanting income when investing with a small portfolio or those wanting to leverage their return.

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8 Tips to Becoming a Millionaire

We at Get Rich already know the path to wealth is having multiple streams of income that we create each month using covered call trades and monthly income dividend stocks.  This article from Entrepreneur magazine captures the tips we live by each day.

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Millionaire. It’s a title that plenty of us would love to have. But, is that actually feasible?

Believe it or not, becoming a millionaire is a goal that can be achieved this year. In my life, I have been a millionaire several times. Most of the time before my 30s, however, I gambled my money away on cars, homes and a lifestyle I had no reason to be living.

Despite the chance that you too will blow millions, the process for you or anyone to become a millionaire has been consistent over the years. If you follow these eight valuable pieces of advice, I can guarantee that eventually you will become a millionaire. Here’s to making this happen this year!

Develop a written financial plan.

One of the main reasons why someone can never become a millionaire is that they haven’t written a financial plan. Developing a financial plan forces you to take action, instead of just talk. It also guides you in making the right decisions in order to achieve all of your dreams and goals.

Financial planner Scott D. Hedgcock said that, “When planning for a more secure future there are two inputs that are indispensable: how much money you have and how much money you spend.

Increase your streams of income.

After studying the very wealthy for five years, author Thomas Corley discovered that 65 percent of self-made millionaires he studied had three streams, 45 percent had four streams and 29 percent had five or more streams. This could include starting a side business, working part time, making investments and renting out everything from your home to your car to household items.

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Option Basics – What Vega Means to the Covered Write

Vega measures the sensitivity of the price of an option to changes in volatility. Vega is the estimate of the change in theoretical value of an option for the 1% increase in implied volatility. A higher volatility means higher option prices while a lower volatility means lower option prices. Vega is the measure of changing volatility on option prices. A higher volatility means an expected higher price swings in the stock.

An increase in volatility will increase the price of options on the stock while a decrease in volatility will cause all options on the stock to decrease. The vega of a long call or put option is always positive while the short calls and puts are negative. At-the-money (ATM) options have the highest vega so they are most sensitive to volatility changes. The further an option goes ITM or OTM, the smaller its vega will be. As volatility decreases for ITM and OTM options, vega is unchanged for ATM options. Vega decreases when time elapses similar to call premium decay. This causes vega to be higher for long dated options than short dated options. Of course, LEAPs have a high vega so an increase in volatility will raise the time value of the option.

For example, a stock that is trading at $35 with a high volatility of .75 with a vega of 30%. The stock option will lose $.30 for every 1% decrease in volatility and gain $.30 for every 1% increase in volatility. If volatility decreases by 20 points, then the stock option will decrease by $6.00. This suggests that you do not want to buy any call or put with a high volatility. Vega can cause option prices to change even if the stock price does not change.

Typically, I do not use vega in covered call trades as I tend to only sell options on stocks below 40% volatility and usually in the current option month. However, vega is important if you use LEAPs as a replacement for stock in a covered call trade.

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Using a Protective Put to Prevent Investment Losses

At Get Rich Investments, we create investing strategies to capture monthly income. This may take the form of covered call trades, cash-secured put trades, CEFs for monthly dividends and other strategies. However, as the market volatility increases such as we have experienced lately, investors get worried about protecting their capital. We do have an answer which is an effective strategy. It is called a protective put trade to protect against losses during a price decline. We like to also combine the protective put with our covered call strategy to have our income and protect our capital at the same time.

Please don’t take my word for it , here is how our friends at Fidelity Investments describe using a protective put.

There are two types of options: calls and puts. The buyer of a call has the right to buy a stock at a set price until the option contract expires. The buyer of a put has the right to sell a stock at a set price until the contract expires.

If you own an underlying stock or other security, a protective put position involves purchasing put options, on a share-for-share basis, on the same stock. This is in contrast to a covered call which involves selling a call on a stock you own. Options traders who are more comfortable with call options can think of purchasing a put to protect a long stock position much like a synthetic long call.

The primary benefit of a protective put strategy is it helps protect against losses during a price decline in the underlying asset, while still allowing for capital appreciation if the stock increases in value. Of course, there is a cost to any protection: in the case of a protective put, it is the price of the option. Essentially, if the stock goes up, you have unlimited profit potential (less the cost of the put options), and if the stock goes down, the put goes up in value to offset losses on the stock.

Let’s highlight how the protective put works. Assume you purchased 100 shares of XYZ Company at $50 per share six months ago. The cost of this trade was $5,000 ($50 share price multiplied by 100 shares).

The stock is now trading at $65 per share, and you think it might go to $70. However, you are concerned about the global economy and how any broad market weakness might impact the stock.

A protective put allows you to maintain ownership of the stock so that it can potentially reach your $70 price target, while protecting you in case the market weakens and the stock price decreases as a result.

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When the stock is trading at $65, suppose you decide to purchase the 62 XYZ Company October put option contract (i.e. the underlying asset is XYZ Company stock, the exercise price is $62, and the expiration month is October) at $3 per contract (this is the option price, also known as the premium) for a total cost of $300 ($3 per contract multiplied by 100 shares that the option contract controls).

If XYZ continues to go up in value, your underlying stock position increases commensurately and the put option is out of the money (meaning it is declining in value as the stock rises). For instance, if at the expiration of the put contract the stock reaches your $70 price target, you might then choose to sell the stock for a pretax profit of $1,700 ($2,000 profit on the underlying stock less the $300 cost of the option) and the option would expire worthless.

Alternatively, if your fears about the economy were realized and the stock was adversely impacted as a result, your capital gains would be protected against a decline by the put. Here’s how.

Assume the stock declined from $65 to $55 just prior to expiration of the option. Without the protective put, if you sold the stock at $55, your pretax profit would be just $500 ($5,500 less $5,000). If you purchased the 62 XYZ October put, and then sold the stock by exercising the option, your pretax profit would be $900. You would sell the stock at the exercise price of $62. Thus, the profit with the purchased put is $900, which is equal to the $500 profit on the underlying stock, plus the $700 in-the-money put profit, less the $300 cost of the option. That compares with a profit of $500 without it.

As you can see in this example, although the profits are reduced when the stock goes up in value, the protective put limits the risk to the unrealized gains during a decline.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Covered Call Results in 2017 – You Can Make $2000 per Month

The year 2017 was another great year of total returns and monthly income. We had a call yield of 21% for our portfolio. You can’t get this level of yield from a dividend payment.

In terms of total return as tracked in the monthly spreadsheets, the average across all positions was 37% during 2017. In the past year ending 12/15, the S&P 500 only returned 20%. Therefore, we almost doubled the S&P while capturing significant alpha return. The average monthly income across our open positions was $132 for each position with 100 stock shares. If you own all positions (100 shares) you would capture $953 dollars of income per month. And if you double up you can capture $2,000 per month. You get it – $4,000 per month is achievable.

We had no losing positions in our perpetual call portfolio in 2017. We had 8 of 9 positions with returns greater than 20% and all but one with returns greater than 20% of the S&P 500 in 2017.

The table below shows the results for each perpetual covered call position during 2017. This table is the same information as displayed in the monthly tables for each position (based on owning 100 shares of stock and selling one covered call each month). This is for portfolio tracking only as subscribers will own more than 100 shares and sell like size amount of call options for income each month.

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