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Proof that Option Income Writing is a Winner

With a covered call and protective put strategy, you have a win – win- win –win situation.  Here is what happens when the underlying stock changes:

  • Stock price increases –      you win by keeping the premium and either rolling up your call to a higher strike price or letting the stock get assigned;
  • Stock price is unchanged – you win by keeping the premium and possibly the stock to write more calls against it in coming expiration months;
  • Stock price slightly declines – Your amount of premium received will cover a slight decrease in the stock price so you win and keep the stock for more call writes for income;
  • Stock price declines aggressively – the protective put will gain value as stock prices decline closer or through the put strike price while you keep the premium and stock for more writes.

If you use the covered call with a protective put, you can create a great wining trade.  This is better for writing calls against a stock several months as this will offset the cost of buying a put for protection.  The protective put should be at least six months ahead of the current call expiration month when initially purchased.   This allows the investor to spread the put cost over the six month period to increase the profitability of the trade.  For example, if the protective put cost $300 to buy, the cost will average $50 per month on average.  However, if you exit the covered call position before the put expires, you can sell the put to recoup some of its cost.

In the case of a significant price decline, the put will become more profitable as it will increase in value.  The call writer can buy back the sold call
for pennies and sell a new call at a lower strike price to get more premium income.  After a few months of this, the trade should be profitable.

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The Biggest Mistake New Call Writers Make

Covered call trading is not like directional trading which has an objective to time the movement of a stock in the direction it is moving.  Covered writing is a game of regular, incremental returns.  The covered call writer’s objective is to collect the option premium for income without taking any damage to the downside of owning the stock.  The secret to success for the call writer is to make smaller, more consistent returns compared to a advanced option trader who makes many bets waiting for a 50% – 100% winner.  The biggest mistake by new call writers is writing a stock solely to capture the fattest time value premiums.

To improve the chances of being successful, the call writer should focus on stock selection.  The covered call trader should focus on 3% monthly returns.  However, a 15% drawdown on a trade will require 5 months of 3% returns to recoup the loss and get back to even.  This is why the Monthly Income Plan focuses on 5 star stocks signaling high quality stocks.

Why avoid the fattest premiums for a measly 3% monthly return?  The short answer is that high premiums often signal high risk, and writing calls on these options without regard to stock quality will eventually decimate your trading account.  There are two reasons that value premium becomes high enough to offer big returns:

1)   The stock is volatile and implied volatility is in line with the stock, or

2)   Implied volatility (IV) is significantly higher than actual volatility.

Simply, the higher the rate of return, the higher either actual or implied volatility (or both) must be on the options.  If two stocks had volatility of 60% we would expect the option premiums to be roughly comparable.  What if one stock had an IV of 25%?  This indicates a market expectation of less volatility in the future but it also means the investor is not getting paid for the 60% volatility risk he is taking on.  If the other stock had IV of 80% then the investor must determine what is causing the IV to be higher than the 60% actual volatility.  This usually indicates that the market is expecting some new event on the stocks such as news, announcement, earning or more.

If the IV is in line with the stock volatility, then the options are priced fairly so the decision comes down to – do you want to invest in the stock.  The rule is to AVOID stocks with spiking IV and look for a different trade.  To be conservative, look to write calls on stocks with a volatility of 40% or less.  If you are experienced and seek more income, look for stocks with volatility between 40% and 60%.  Anything above 60% I would consider high risk so proceed with caution.  You should at least look at the volatility of the stock before you invest to know what the risk of the trade may be over the coming option period.

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Option Selection for Covered Call Writing

Throughout the day, a person makes hundreds of decisions.  Paper or plastic? Double cheeseburger or salad?  Home brewed coffee or Starbucks Brew to Order?  And for option traders, which option to select from a large list of strike prices and expiration dates.

Option selection can be difficult especially for the new option investor.  Do you play a short-term or long-term option?  Do you take risk with OTM options or play it safe with DITM options?  Don’t let the selection process get too complicated for you.  Follow these three questions when making an option selection:

  1. What direction will the underlying stock go in the future?
  2. What are your expectations for the stock?
  3. What is your risk tolerance?

For the first question, don’t just guess where you think the stock will go in the next few months.  Look at the put/call ratio on the open interest tables.  Are there more calls than puts?  This indicates that investors feel the stock will rise.  If there are more puts than calls, then investors feel that the stock is going to decline.  You can use the put/call ratio to help determine the future direction of the stock.

The risk is in selecting the strike price of the option.  You have three choices: ITM, ATM and OTM.  Which one works for your stock?  An ITM has the highest price as it has intrinsic value because the stock price is higher than the option strike price.  This intrinsic value provides a spread for the option, making it less risky.   An ATM is when the stock price and option strike price are very close.  Generally, the price of the option is all time value and it has more premium than an OTM option.  This is the middle ground on the option risk scale.  The OTM option is the riskiest option play.  The option writer gets less premium income and takes on the risk that the stock will move higher to get a better return.  However, when the stock price does rise, OTM options have the greatest return.  You probably have heard about the more risk, higher return trade.

Now, you need to select what time to sell?  The more time the more premium income.  Selecting the right time to sell is up to the option trader.  Regular options are up to nine months and LEAPS are for up to 2 years.  You must decide how much premium you want to receive based on how long you want the trade to be.  For covered calls, most writers select the monthly option and repeat until called away.  However, this should be based on the objective of the covered call writer.

As income investors, we seek to create consistent monthly income by selling options to collect monthly premiums. We focus on the Monthly Income Report which is published the weekend following option expiration each month. To supplement members, we will publish additional trades and income opportunities.

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Selling Puts for Monthly Income

When you buy an option, you are hoping for a move in the stock based on a chart or event or your brother-in-law’s advice (bad move there).  Hopefully, you watch the option move up and then — when greed, fear or satisfaction set in — you sell and make a profit.  Or you watch it go down and either have an automatic stop loss in to sell it when it hits a certain level or, like most traders, you keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best … until the pain of losing on paper is greater than the fear of losing real money and you sell at a loss.

In a recent survey, results showed three out of four options traders still trade this way.  Accordingly, the same survey showed that three out of four options expired without being exercised or with any value.   And yet, the traders who took the “sell” side of the trade put money in their pocket on Day One of their trades, every single time.

Selling is a low-risk option strategy and a low-risk way to generate high monthly income and a great entry point to purchase stock at a lower price.

Here are several things to consider:

When you sell an option, you are collecting the cash up-front.  You are already ahead.

When you sell an option, you are transferring risk to the buyer.  Yes, when you sell options, you assume some risk but not to your capital.

This cash you collect upfront gives you the ability to manage the position – you have cash in hand to “close” or buy back the put or call, at a profit or loss, without using any or a good deal more capital.  This enables you to conserve capital, the basis for regular monthly income.

And accepting cash enables you to create targets for your positions.   The sum of these targets, when set properly, gives you a target income for the month … and that is what this is all about.

And selling puts let’s you decide the entry price when buying stock.  For example, you can sell a put to purchase a stock that you will sell covered calls against when it is put to you.  Then, you sell monthly calls until the stock is called away.  Then, back to selling monthly puts to re-enter the stock.  Rinse and repeat!  Over and over in the stocks that you want to generate monthly income.

Selling puts is actually a bullish tool.  The advantage to selling puts over buying calls is evident in the math:  The odds of winning are significantly increased.  Many professional traders use the short put strategy to buy stocks at prices they want.  Nobody wants to pay the highest prices to own shares, but when the stocks pull back – and stocks always pull back – the market helps you to get in at a better price.

But what if you don’t want to buy the stock?  Don’t sell puts on stocks you wouldn’t want in your portfolio.  You will get taken out of the trade if the buyer wants to exercise their rights (to “put” stock to you at the option’s strike price), and those are the kind of stocks you probably want to own!

This is always the risk with short puts, but it’s hard to call it a “downside” when you end up owning a good stock at a great price.  Besides, even if you are assigned to take possession of the shares, you can always sell them on the open market.  In fact, you can often get out for a better price and, thus, a profit … and repeat the strategy, if you choose.   Better yet, if the stock goes up and your put gets assigned, just sell a covered call against the shares and you’ve just established a new position in your portfolio — and another way to profit!

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Income Trade Opportunity in Nexstar Media

We have a new option trade for monthly income to share with subscribers. I have decided to take early profits on the CF trade as it moved above my $30 target price today for a great income in only 10 days. I will take early profits so I can continue to compound my capital be entering new trades.

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 5.8% using the forward month options.

Stock: Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NXST) operates as a television broadcasting and digital media company in the United States. It focuses on the acquisition, development, and operation of television stations and interactive community Websites in medium-sized markets. The company will report earnings on August 8.

A “Symmetrical Continuation Triangle (Bullish)” chart pattern formed on Nexstar Media Group Inc (NXST). This bullish signal indicates that the price may rise from the close of 61.75 to the range of 73.00 – 76.00. The pattern formed over 55 days which is roughly the period of time in which the target price range may be achieved.

A Symmetrical Continuation Triangle (Bullish) is considered a bullish signal, indicating that the current uptrend may continue. The formation occurs because prices are reaching both lower highs and higher lows. The technical event occurs when the price breaks out of the triangle formation to close above the upper (descending) trendline, thereby confirming the pattern.

The RSI is above 50. The PMO is above its signal line and positive. The PMO is breaking above its zero level to indicate further upside. Moreover, the stock is above its 20 and 50 day MA (respectively at 60.04 and 59.91).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strategy: We want to sell a covered call on NXST using the August 2017 65 Call. For each 100 shares of NXST stock you buy, sell one August 65 covered call option for a $61.45 ($63.25 – $1.80) debit or better. That’s potentially a 5.8% assigned return with a 3.0% downside protection. If you want more downside protection, you can purchase an August 60 PUT for less than $0.25 per option.

For PUT writers wanting to lower their cost of entering this position. You can sell a August 65 PUT option for $3.70. That’s a potential return of return of 6.0%.

Investors should consider taking profits early as the stock price moves higher toward the $65 option strike price and exit if there is a pull back below support levels. You can use the PCD strategy if you want to use this stock for Monthly Income.

This is a higher risk trade than we normally place in the Monthly Income Report. However, this is a nice setup with a positive merger announcement, positive technical confirmation and increased premium from selling options for income.

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Great Income Trade Opportunity in HEES

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 above 8% using the forward month options.

Stock: H&E Equipment Services, Inc. (HEES) operates as an integrated equipment services company. The company rents, sells, and provides parts and service support for hi-lift or aerial work platform equipment, cranes, earthmoving equipment, and industrial lift trucks. It offers heavy construction and industrial equipment for rent on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis

A “Double Bottom” chart pattern has been detected on H&E Equipment Services Inc (HEES). This bullish signal indicates that the price may rise from the close of 21.90 to the range of 25. The pattern formed over 46 days which is roughly the period of time in which the target price range may be achieved. H&E Equipment Services Inc has a current support price of 19.89.

Strategy: We want to sell a covered call on HEES using the August 2017 22.5 Call. For each 100 shares of HEES stock you buy, sell one August 22.5 covered call option for a $20.70 ($21.90 – $1.20) debit or better. That’s potentially a 8.7% assigned return with a 5.8% downside protection. If you want more downside protection, you can purchase an August 17.5 PUT for less than $0.25 per option.

For PUT writers wanting to lower their cost of entering this position. You can sell a August 22.5 PUT option for $2.00. That’s a potential return of return of 8.9%.

Investors should consider taking profits early as the stock price moves higher toward the $25 target price and exit if there is a pull back below support levels..

This is a higher risk trade than we normally place in the Monthly Income Report. However, this is a nice setup with a positive merger announcement, positive technical confirmation and increased premium from selling options for income.

H&E Equipment Services to Acquire Neff Corporation to Create Leading Equipment Rental Company

The acquisition will nearly double the number of H&E branches, from 78 to 147, within H&E’s existing footprint in the strategically important Gulf Coast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and West Coast regions. Both H&E’s and Neff’s customers will benefit from best-in-class practices and a wide range of equipment in more locations.

H&E estimates the acquisition will create $25 to $30 million of synergies annually related to corporate overhead, systems and operational efficiencies, as well as scale benefits for equipment purchases.

The acquisition of Neff

is expected to generate in excess of $800 million of gross tax assets for H&E arising from a step-up in the basis of certain of Neff’s assets.

Private investment funds managed by Wayzata Investment Partners LLC holding approximately 62.7% of the outstanding common shares of Neff have executed a written consent to approve the transaction, thereby providing the required stockholder approval for the transaction.

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Kick Off Your Wealthy New Year

Today, we say goodbye to 2016 and open the door to a fresh start in 2017. This is the time of year we embark on hairy ass new goals in hope of transforming our lives. Hey, I am one of you too. I have goals to improve my health, lose some weight and more achieve community related goals. Of course, the one constant is to maintain focus on growing my investing income. My foundation for income is the PCD Income Strategy.

I use put selling to create my favorite income strategy – the Put-Call-Dividend (PCD) Income Strategy. This is simple selling puts each month on a select stock to collect monthly income. If the stock gets put to me, then I sell covered call options for more income while also collecting dividends paid by the stock. I sell call options for premium each month until the stock is called away from me. Then, I will start selling puts against the stock again. This strategy is exactly why I only sell puts on stocks I want to own – world class, strong dividend stocks.

I view the PCD Strategy as an opportunity to collect up to three separate income streams from a single stock selection. I prefer this strategy compared to the buy and hold of owning a stock that only pays dividends every quarter and may have a capital gain in the future. This prevents me from having to time the market and wait for a return. I want to create monthly income so the PCD Strategy presents the best opportunity to achieve this objective regardless of market direction.

Remember this: Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. This is your year to get started growing your income tree. Join our monthly income plan to jumpstart your 2017 goals.

Winning in the Year of the Improbable

The word “improbable” is defined as not likely to be true or to happen. Have you noticed how many events have happened in 2016 that were improbable? The Cleveland Cavaliers were trailing 3 – 1 in the NBA Finals but rallied to win the first world championship for the city of Cleveland. Last night, the lovable losers, Chicago Cubs, completed a 3-1 rally to win the World Series. It ended a 108 year drought in Chicago for the Cubs. Now, this is an improbable event. There have been others such as the surprise Brexit vote that tanked markets a few months ago. What’s next? Does Trump win the presidency?

The stock markets have pulled back in the last week due to uncertainty around the election coupled with projected FED interest rate increases. Today, a talking head on CNBC was calling for investors to sell everything as the market is ready to crash! I have seen these types before and they don’t scare me. I plan to stick to doing what my investors do best – sell options for income.

Yes, markets will pullback when they lack clear direction. But I have some downside protection by selling options and continue to reap income along the way. If I just sit in a long stock position, its value will fluctuate with the market. I prefer to create income each month regardless of the market direction. I sell call options on the stock I own for both income and protection. When the market rebounds, I will sell put options for additional income too.

With this strategy, there is no improbable event. You get paid when you sell the options and can continue to compound your income.

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How Put Selling Creates Monthly Income

Why would an investor sell put options instead of just buying the stock? You already know my response to this question – to create monthly income. There are several reasons investors should include put writing as a portion of their investment portfolio. Here is my list:

First and foremost is to create income. In this case, we are looking to collect the cash premium from selling the put option and not necessarily purchase the stock. This concepts is very important to better understand. My initial objective is capturing the premium but I realize in some cases the stock will be put to me. This is why I only sell puts on a select list of stocks I am willing to own if put to me. I like to focus on world class stocks that have stable earnings, strong balance sheets, pay growing dividends and trade within a low beta range in the market. This is part of my success using this strategy as I can collect dividends and sell covered calls for more income if the stock is put to me.

Secondly, I can purchase the stock at a lower price or discount to its current market price. The cash premium I collect from selling the put option reduces the capital outlay to enter or purchase the stock. I have experienced periods where I would sell monthly puts on a stock for 6 to 9 months before the stock was put to me. The amount of premiums added together made the entry price of stock significantly below the market price. For example, assume I average premiums of $100 over 6 months of monthly put writing which sums to $600. I have just lowered the purchase price of the stock by $600 – this is buying stocks at a discount.

Lastly, I use put selling to create my favorite income strategy – the Put-Call-Dividend (PCD) Income Strategy. This is simple selling puts each month on a select stock to collect monthly income. If the stock gets put to me, then I sell covered call options for more income while also collecting dividends paid by the stock. I sell call options for premium each month until the stock is called away from me. Then, I will start selling puts against the stock again. This strategy is exactly why I only sell puts on stocks I want to own – world class, strong dividend stocks.

This is the best income strategy I use in today’s market. In the October expiration cycle, our subscribers made 1.6% for the month by selling put options. For the past 3 months, monthly returns range from 1.5% to 3.1%.  How would you like to an extra $500, $1,000, $2,000 or more in income each month? Learn how to create monthly income by joining our investment newsletter.

 

Put Your Money to Work

To start on the road to financial dependence, you must save some money. Most people start with an emergency fund, retirement account such as a 401K and maybe buy some real estate for rental income. Then, smart investors start creating additional streams of income. At Get Rich Investments, we like to buy world-class dividend stocks, CEFs paying money distributions and sell options for premium income. In today’s investing environment, you can no longer keep your money in near zero savings account or certificates of deposits.

“The only reason to save money is to invest it,” writes Grant Cardone, who went from broke and in debt at 21 to self-made millionaire by 30. “Put your saved money into secured, sacred (untouchable) accounts. Never use these accounts for anything, not even an emergency.”

While always subject to a degree of risk, investing is one of the most effective ways to earn more money. As Ramit Sethi writes in his bestseller, “I Will Teach You to Be Rich,” “on average, millionaires invest 20% of their household income each year. Their wealth isn’t measured by the amount they make each year, but by how they’ve saved and invested over time.”

Why would an investor sell put options instead of just buying the stock? You already know my response to this question – to create monthly income. There are several reasons investors should include put writing as a portion of their investment portfolio. Here is my list:

First and foremost is to create income. In this case, we are looking to collect the cash premium from selling the put option and not necessarily purchase the stock. This concepts is very important to better understand. My initial objective is capturing the premium but I realize in some cases the stock will be put to me. This is why I only sell puts on a select list of stocks I am willing to own if put to me. I like to focus on world class stocks that have stable earnings, strong balance sheets, pay growing dividends and trade within a low beta range in the market. This is part of my success using this strategy as I can collect dividends and sell covered calls for more income if the stock is put to me.

This is how I put my money to work. Join me in creating multiple streams of incomes to live the life you desire.

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