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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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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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