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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 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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New Covered Call on this Vice Stock

Constellation Brands (STZ), together with its subsidiaries, produces and markets beverage alcohol.  The stock was reiterated with a Buy rating by analysts at Stifel Nicolaus. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $69 from $64.  STZ Thursday posted better-than-expected Q2 results and said for FY 2014 it expects EPS of $2.80 to $3.10 per share. The Street is at $2.83 per share.  STZ is up 2.3% at $61.55, near the stock’s 52-week high of $62.15.

Here is a Covered Call Strategy:

STRATEGY: Look at the January 2014 60 covered call. For each 100 shares of Constellation Brands (STZ

) stock you buy, sell one January 2014 60 covered call option for a $57.38 (61.58 – 4.20) debit or better. That’s potentially a 4.6% assigned return.

COMMENT: The technicals for STZ are bullish with a strong upward trend. The stock has had support recently around 56.50. S&P rates this stock 4 STARS (out of five) – buy.

RISK: The stock has to drop 6.8% to threaten the break even point. This trade rates 3 keys out of 5 – moderate relative risk.

RESEARCH: S&P maintains Buy recommendation on shares of STZ. On revised forward multiple analysis, we lift our target price by $2 to $66 and our FY 14 (Feb.) and FY 15 EPS estimates by $0.12 and $0.07 to $2.90 and $3.55, respectively. Adjusted Aug-Q EPS of $0.96, vs. $0.71 exceeded our estimate of $0.85 on a significantly lower tax rate and expenses than our forecast. Crown depletions rose 7% on a strong summer selling season driven by healthy growth in Corona as well as expanded distribution for Modelo Especial. As production ramps in the Piedras Negras facility, we look for margins to improve in the beer segment.

 

Now You Can Sell Puts for Income in the New ETF

One of the recent trends in the income investment newsletters is the concept of writing (selling) puts for income.  You had to know that it would only be a matter of time before an ETF would be launched using this concept.  Investors sell put options to collect the premium income as an option strategy to generate investment income.  It is interesting to have an ETF to do the heavy lifting but prudent investors should monitor this new put writing ETF for positive results before buying shares.

Are you ready to sell puts on Netflix (NFLX), Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (CMCR) or Salesforce (CRM)?   If Yes, then this ETF is for you.  These and other stocks with current put writes is shown below.

ALPS just launched the U.S. Equity High Volatility Put Write Index Fund (HVPW) . The Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the performance, before the Fund’s fees and expenses, of an index called the NYSE Arca U.S. Equity High Volatility Put Write Index. The Index reflects the performance of a portfolio of exchange-traded put options on highly volatile stocks.

The ALPS HVPW Fund is designed for investors who seek to obtain income through selling put options, selling 60-day listed put options every 2 months (6 times per year) on 20 stocks. The Fund intends to distribute, at the end of each 60-day period out of net investment income and/or short-term capital gains, an amount of cash equal to 1.5% of the Fund’s net assets at the end of such 60-day period. If the Fund’s net investment income is insufficient to support a 1.5% distribution in any 60-day period, the distribution will be reduced by the amount of the shortfall. Also note while the Fund only intends to make such distributions out of net investment income and/or short-term capital gains, it is possible that in certain circumstances, a portion of a distribution may result in a return of capital (which is a return of the shareholder’s investment in the Fund).

Put options are a type of financial instrument used to provide the owner the right, but not the obligation, to sell the security at a set price, or “strike” price, on or before an expiration date.  Traders who write put options have essentially sold the right to another investor to sell shares at an agreed-upon price. On the other hand, the buyer has the purchased the chance to sell stock to the put writer.

HVPW offers diversification by holding a portfolio of 20 names rolling every 2 months (i.e.120 puts per year).  This is one advantage to the ETF investor who doesn’t have the time or resources to diversify across multiple investments.

At the end of the two month period following expiration of the options the index is decreased by 1.5% to represent the 60 day period distribution, then the new set of 20 stocks are chosen for the new period’s option positions.

 

Here is a list of the initial 20 stocks with put writes:  HPQ ALXN, TRIP, CRM, NU, CTRX, ONXX, NVDA, DISH, MGM, BBY, MNST, CHK, GMCR, NTAP, CIE, NFLX, SHLD, VRTX, STZ

 

HPQ US 04/20/13 P14 -0.01%
ALXN US 04/20/13 P70 -0.01%
TRIP US 04/20/13 P37 -0.02%
CRM US 04/20/13 P150 -0.02%
NU US 04/20/13 P35 -0.02%
CTRX US 04/20/13 P45 -0.04%
ONXX US 04/20/13 P65 -0.04%
NVDA US 04/20/13 P11 -0.04%
DISH US 04/20/13 P31 -0.07%
MGM US 04/20/13 P11 -0.08%
BBY US 04/20/13 P15 -0.08%
MNST US 04/20/13 P42.5 -0.09%
CHK US 04/20/13 P17 -0.09%
GMCR US 04/20/13 P39 -0.10%
NTAP US 04/20/13 P31 -0.11%
CIE US 04/20/13 P22.5 -0.17%
NFLX US 04/20/13 P165 -0.19%
SHLD US 04/20/13 P41 -0.21%
VRTX US 04/20/13 P40 -0.21%
STZ US 04/20/13 P37.5 -0.26%

Perpetual Covered Call Year End Results

For the year 2012, we had some impressive investment returns.  The Monthly Income Perpetual Covered Call Portfolio easily surpassed both the S&P 500 and PowerShares S&P 500 BuyWrite Portfolio (PBP).  The table below displays the investment returns for each of the Perpetual Covered Call positions.  The average monthly return was 6.2%!  We had exceptional returns on HFC, CVS and JCI (see table).

Get Rich Investments - Perpetual Covered Call Trades

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In January, we kicked off the perpetual covered call strategy. We have started adding new perpetual covered call trades each month to keep the trades fresh with market conditions and opportunities.  For those who are new to this concept, let me share the rationale of this income investment. This strategy was created to produce monthly income with stock dividends and covered call premium.  In addition, there is a protective, blanket put, to ensure the volatility in the market does not affect your return of capital.

August 2012 Monthly Income Plan Update

As we approach the end of the August option expiration cycle, the Get Rich Monthly Income Plan had a great month for investors.

In January, we kicked off the perpetual covered call strategy. For those who are new to this concept, let me share the rationale of this income investment. This strategy was created to produce monthly income with stock dividends and covered call premium.  In addition, there is a protective, blanket put, to ensure the volatility in the market does not affect your return of capital.  We will follow the progress of the perpetual covered calls each month throughout 2012 and I will email premium members with trading directions when an action is required.  Here are some of the results for 2012:

Perpetual Covered Call Returns:

Stock 1 – Oil Company has a YTD total return of 96.1% including dividends and special dividends.

Stock 2 – Drug Store Company with a YTD total return of 36.4% including dividends.

Stock 3 – Technology Company with a YTD total return of 25% including dividends.

We also provide a list of stocks for monthly covered calls.  Here we change the list each month based on investing in the right stock for monthly income.  For the August option cycle, this was a great month for our Monthly covered call trades.  We made monthly returns of 7.55% on UA, 4.33% on LVS, 4.0% on HP, 3.73% on VIAB and 3.58% on CERN.

We have added the covered put trades as an additional way to sell premium and to enter stock positions.  I frequently sell puts to enter a new stock position because (1) I get the stock at a lower price than it is trading at the market. (2) I get to produce income from the premium I receive when selling the puts.  If the stock is above the put strike price at expiration, I keep the premium and have the opportunity to sell more outs or just purchase the stock cheaper because I have the put premium to cover partial costs.  I have used this technique for several months on the same stock before I get the stock put to me.  This creates enough income to really lower the total cost of the stock.  Then, when the stock is put to me, I sell calls (covered) to earn more income until the stock is called away.  Then – rinse and repeat.

For August options, the covered put trades were great this month as all recommendations were winners.  Returns ranged from 2.2% to 3.93% in one month.

For investors wanting to create monthly income, the Get Rich Monthly Income Plan is right for you.  Click here to learn more.

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.

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.

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.

Covered Call Write on Agilent Technologies (A)

Below is the option strategy for a covered write on Agilent Technologies (A).  This will produce monthly investment income over a 30 day time period.

OPTION STRATEGY:

Look at the December 2011 39 covered call.  For each 100 shares of Agilent Technologies (A) stock you buy, sell one December 2011 39 covered call option for a 37.65 (39.85 – 2.20) debit or better.  That’s potentially a 3.6% assigned return in 30 days or comparable to a 43.8% annualized return.

TECHNICALS:

The technicals for A are bullish with a weak upward trend. The stock is under accumulation with support at 37.03. S&P rates this stock 4 STARS (out of five) – buy.

RISK:

For investors seeking more downside protection, buy the May 2012 37 PUT for $4.50.  Sell the put when you exit the covered call trade.  The PUT protection is optional and not required to place the covered call trade.

RESEARCH NOTES:
S&P maintains buy opinion on shares of Agilent (A).  Oct-Q adjusted EPS of $0.84 vs. $0.65 is $0.04 ahead of our estimate.  Sales rose 10%, slightly below our 11% forecast.  Electronic measurement gained 12%, Chemical Analysis increased 4%, and Life Sciences grew 9%.  We are encouraged by the solid growth in Life Sciences, but see continued uncertainty in the U.S. government and academic end-markets. Agilent (A) indicated surprisingly stable and improving European academic markets.  The company guides FY 12 (Oct.) sales of $6.85B-$7.15B and EPS of $3.00-$3.35, in line with our estimates.  We keep our 12-month target price at $48.
Covered call write on Agilient Tecnology

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