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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 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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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.

Learn how to compound your money and the best stocks to use in this strategy to double your money.

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Covered Call Trade Recommendation on Kohl’s Corp (KSS)

This is a covered call trade for monthly income on Kohl’s Corp (KSS) using stock and call option with optional protective put.

Covered Call Strategy: Look at the November 2011 50 covered call.  For each 100 shares of Kohl’s (KSS) stock you buy, sell one November 2011 50 covered call option for a $47.37 (50.17 – 2.80) debit or better.  This is potentially a 5.5% assigned return.

Blanket Put:  If you are looking for a blanket put for protection, look to buy the Apr 2012 50 Put for $5.90.  You will sell the Blanket Put when the covered call position is closed.
Stock Trend: The technicals for KSS are bullish with a possible trend reversal.  The stock is under accumulation with support at 47.72.  S&P rates this stock 4 STARS (out of five) – buy.

S&P research notes:

S&P sees September Retail Sales modestly better than expected.  Our sales weighted index of 13 retailers reported a September comp gain of 6.8% vs. our 5.4% estimate.  We see a cautious consumer with retailers offering both newness and value in their merchandise assortments successfully converting store traffic into sales. We think apparel remains a more promotional business than accessories, with exclusive brands a key comp driver for moderate-price retailers like KSS, which benefited from last month’s Jennifer Lopezand Marc Anthony launches. The company posted a 4% comp gain in September vs. our 1.5% estimate and August’s 2% decline.

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