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Selling Time Value of Options

When selling time value, you will use a different philosophy than those stock investors looking for a stock to go up in price.  Your gains will come from the time value of the options you will sell.  This approach to stock selection is unusual.  Most investors use fundamental analysis or technical analysis while you will use the time value of s stock’s options, tempered by fundamentals and long-term hold principles.

Deciding to create a covered call trade requires choosing an expiration month and strike price.  Option strategies require making modifications during the life of an option trade.  The option expiration month you select will have significant impact on the success of any option trade.

There are at least four different expiration months available for every stock on which options trade.  Initially, the CBOE set up only four months for options but later LEAPS were introduced so it was possible for options to be traded for more than four months on stocks with LEAPS options.  When stock options first began trading, each stock was assigned to one of three cycles: January, February or March.  Stocks assigned to January cycles will offer options in the months of January, April, July and October.  The same quarterly sequence will hold for the February and March option cycles.  Under the new rules, the first two months are always available but for the later months the original option cycles are used.

To select a stock for your covered call portfolio, you must have available a current option chain list.  You can select the expiration month based on the time value of the stock options and the strike price.  Then, if the stock meets your stock selection criteria, but it as the underlying stock in your portfolio.

To get an annual return of 20% or more, you must find available options with time value that will produce a 2% return each month or 5% each three months on the price of the stock.  Using the option chain list, you can calculate the percentage of stock price that the time value represents.  Of all the optionable stocks, you can find at least 5 to 10 stocks to consider.  If the time value seems attractive, then look at the fundamental and technical analysis to make your decisions.

Personally, I like to sell an option in the current or next month with a time value return of no less than 3%.  However, I will caution all covered writers  to proceed with caution if the time value return is very high as usually there is something pending with the underlying stock such as a news event, earning  release and other items.  Volatility can play a significant role in the pricing of options so the higher priced time value options usually have a significantly higher volatility.

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Beat the Market Pullback with Monthly Dividends

Here is the latest listing of monthly dividend stocks with high dividend yields. These investments can be used to create additional streams of income. remember, to diversify your investments across at least 5 or more stocks. You can conduct more detailed research into these opportunities before selecting the right stocks for your portfolio.

If wake of the market pullback, it is interesting to see what monthly dividend stocks performed the best. The S&P 500 is down over 6% in the past month due to the economic concerns around trade tariff and other issues. The list of EFTs paying monthly dividend below has performed the best during this period. As you can see, many are taxable bond funds which drives home the importance of having multiple monthly income payers diversified across several asset classes.

Don’t let the market volatility mess with your head. Income investors should continue to focus on dividends and buy more shares on these pullbacks. You should keep in mind the need to have diversification of assets and multiple streams of income.

Over the millennia, evolution has sensitized humans to danger. “Imagine that you’re a caveman and saw a horrible mauling by a bear on a certain path,” says Prof. Shiller. “That will stick in your mind and you will tend to think, ‘I’m going to avoid that path even if the bear isn’t there anymore.’ A path with delicious fruit will also stick in your mind, but that’s not as important to your survival, so it’s not as memorable.”

That doesn’t mean every investor will sell in a panic. It does mean investors who have witnessed a recent sharp decline are more likely to fear another in the near future.

 

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FLAH&CRUM PREF INCOME OPPS PFO
COHEN & STEERS SELECT PREF & INCOME PSF
FLAH&CRUM PREF SECURITIES INCOME FFC
PIMCO CORPORATE & INCOME OPPS PTY
BLACKROCK TAXABLE MUNICIPAL BOND TRUST BBN
PIMCO DYNAMIC INCOME PDI
FIRST TRUST INTER DUR PREF & INCOME FUND FPF
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PIMCO CORPORATE & INCOME STRATEGY PCN
MFS® GOVERNMENT MARKETS INCOME MGF
FIRST TRUST MLP & ENERGY INC FUND FEI
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