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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 take Advantage of High Implied Volatility

Implied Volatility (IV) gets high when a company has some impending event that can move the stock price.  The impending event sometimes refers to the stock as being a special situation stock.  The impending event causes the option IV to change based on the likely stock price move.  Here are some causes that increase IV:
 

  • There is a pending event such as an earnings report, FDA ruling, etc.
  • A significant news event is pending on another company in the same industry
  • The company’s industry is more volatile due to expected changes
  • The stock has a higher level of volatility so its options are more expensive
  • An aberration occurs as there is no apparent reason for more expensive options.

When a stock is already moving its price, option premium will be high.  IV will simply reflect that volatility and potentially more volatility. Options are also more expensive when a stock is in a confirmed trend.  
 
Time value that is inflated due to spiking IV will collapse when the event causing the spike arrives.  You do not want to be long an option when IV collapse as you can lose money even if the stock price doesn’t fall.  In general, you want to buy low volatility and sell high volatility.

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To use high volatility to your advantage when you are Bullish:

  1. Buy stock as options are expensive;
  2. Write covered calls to collect higher premium;
  3. Sell naked or cash-covered puts for higher premiums;
  4. Write bull put spreads for higher credits.

If you are bearish with high volatility:

  1. Short the stock since puts are expensive;
  2. Sell naked calls;
  3. Write bear call spreads for credit.

New Income trade for 130% Annualized Return

Income Opportunity for 130% Option 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 130% annualized.
 
Stock:  Zumiez (ZUMZ) is a leading specialty retailer of apparel, footwear, accessories and hardgoods for young men and women who want to express their individuality through the fashion, music, art and culture of action sports, streetwear, and other unique lifestyles. As of October 28, 2017 it operated 694 stores, including 604 in the United States, 51 in Canada, and 32 in Europe and 7 in Australia. ZUMZ operates under the names Zumiez, Blue Tomato and Fast Times.
ZUMZ announced that total net sales for the four-week period ended October 28, 2017 increased 10.0% to $61.5 million, compared to $55.9 million for the four-week period ended October 29, 2016. The Company’s comparable sales increased 6.6% for the four-week period compared to a comparable sales increase of 10.2% in the year ago period.
 
Earnings Per Share (EPS) was up 49% compared to the same quarter in the prior year. This tells us the company increased earnings and/or decreased the number of shares.
Return on Equity (ROE) is 8.01% for the latest twelve months. This reflects how efficient the company has been at turning a profit on the money shareholders have invested.
Chart: We have detected a “Symmetrical Continuation Triangle (Bullish)” chart pattern formed on ZUMZ. The stock’s price has broken upward to confirm a classic chart pattern, offering a target price for the intermediate-term in the range of 21.00 to 21.70 for a 19% price increase
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How We Made 100% in a Month

In our income newsletter, we focus on creating monthly income by selling options to collect premium. we like to focus on high quality stocks with stable earnings and price movements. To boost our income, we will add a few trades with technical analysis confirmation when we see an opportunity in a high return trade. This has created several winners in the past month. We made 12% in a 40 day trade which equates to over 100% on an annual basis.

We published our blog post on CF Industries (CF) on July 10. This stock had formed a diamond bottom pattern (Bullish), providing a target stock price for the short-term above $30 per share. The trade was:

CF is currently trading at $27.89 per share. We want to sell a cash-secured put option on CF using the August 2017 30 Call. For each 100 shares of CF you want to control, sell one August 30 PUT option for a $3.00 credit or better. That’s potentially a 12.0% assigned return in 40 days.

Since the trade was shared with Monthly Income subscribers, CF is trading at $30.50 –rising above the $30 price target. The stock maintained its stock price even with the recent market pullback due to the Korean Crisis. These trades allow investors to compound their money to continue to grow their income.

We continue to produce monthly income through covered call and cash-secured PUT trades. We don’t find gems like this one every day, but they make for a successful investing and wealth creation. Using these strategies, investors can easily add $1000s of income each month. For some, they have built an income large enough to live life on their terms. When your monthly income exceeds your living expenses, you have achieved financial independence.

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