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From $5K to $1 Million By Selling Options

Many investors ask me how much money is require to start investing and to become a millionaire. As we all know from our simple start in life, you can grow from a humble beginning to achieving financial success and independence. This is what we focus on with our monthly income trades with subscribers. Here is a recent headline from a CNBC interview with Ron Baron:

Any patient investor can turn $5,000 a year into nearly $1 million, says billionaire investor Ron Baron. “You have to have a small amount of money and invest it regularly for a long time,” Baron says. “It’s all about compounding,” the Baron Capital founder says, referring to the power of making regular investments and reinvesting the returns.

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 move from $5,000 to $1 million.

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How We Made 100% in a Month

In our income newsletter, we focus on creating monthly income by selling options to collect premium. we like to focus on high quality stocks with stable earnings and price movements. To boost our income, we will add a few trades with technical analysis confirmation when we see an opportunity in a high return trade. This has created several winners in the past month. We made 12% in a 40 day trade which equates to over 100% on an annual basis.

We published our blog post on CF Industries (CF) on July 10. This stock had formed a diamond bottom pattern (Bullish), providing a target stock price for the short-term above $30 per share. The trade was:

CF is currently trading at $27.89 per share. We want to sell a cash-secured put option on CF using the August 2017 30 Call. For each 100 shares of CF you want to control, sell one August 30 PUT option for a $3.00 credit or better. That’s potentially a 12.0% assigned return in 40 days.

Since the trade was shared with Monthly Income subscribers, CF is trading at $30.50 –rising above the $30 price target. The stock maintained its stock price even with the recent market pullback due to the Korean Crisis. These trades allow investors to compound their money to continue to grow their income.

We continue to produce monthly income through covered call and cash-secured PUT trades. We don’t find gems like this one every day, but they make for a successful investing and wealth creation. Using these strategies, investors can easily add $1000s of income each month. For some, they have built an income large enough to live life on their terms. When your monthly income exceeds your living expenses, you have achieved financial independence.

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The Dirty Little Secret of Option Trading

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Options are a like a ticking time bomb in your hand.  If your preferred method of trading options is to buy calls and puts, that’s like telling the market to just take your money and pay you back “someday, maybe … if you feel like getting around to it.”

The truth is, every second you own that option contract is like the second hand of a bomb counting down to zero… blowing up into a useless piece of paper.  Why would anyone want to trade options when the deck is stacked against them?  Most options traders think of buying options as having “Stocks on Steroids” in their trading accounts.  The sad reality is, they continue to cling to that hope, even while they continue to lose money . . . trade after trade (after trade…).

What Happens to All Those Losing Trades, Anyway?

You know that for every option trade, there are two sides.  Buyers can’t buy without sellers.  If the options you buy aren’t making you money, you can be certain that the sellers are PROFITING CONSISTENTLY from your losing trades.  It’s time to turn the tables … literally. When you move to the other side of the trade, you put those odds squarely back in your favor.  That’s how the pros trade . . . taking your money every single time you buy a call or a put.  But by becoming an option seller, too, you will understand why the pros prefer their strategy. For starters, you’ll probably quickly get addicted to collecting COLD, HARD cash upfront on every trade.

And, the “secret” to selling options is that you enter a trade that has a 99% chance of winning. They’re practically GIVING MONEY AWAY on the exchanges. It’s true – the market pays you to make your trades!  Not quite sold on selling yet?  If watching your account grow practically on command isn’t enough, let’s look at how simple it is to keep the returns flowing in. …

Generate a Paycheck for Life …

You can sell option contracts again and again and again … for as long as you need or want to collect a monthly “bonus” without working harder — or at all!  Consider this . . .You could continue to fight the system and trade options in hopes of the next big MONSTER TRADE (the lottery ticket).  Or, you COULD pay yourself FIRST – bringing in $500 each week (or more).  Why not turn the tables in your FAVOR . . . and sell options like a PRO?  Stop trying to hit home runs by “buying options,” and start hitting singles and doubles to score more runs over time.

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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.

Calendar Spread on Kinder Morgan (KMP)

STRATEGY DISCUSSION: Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMP) ended the last trading session at $76.34. So far the stock has hit a 52-week low of $63.42 and 52-week high of $78.00. KMP has had an S&P 5 STARS (out of 5) ranking since 8/23/2007.  On 4/21/2011 S&P equity analysts set a 12-Month price target of $88.00 for the stock. Kinder Morgan stock has been showing support around $75.18 and resistance in the $76.98 range. KMP is part of the S&P 5 STARS stock list.  A way to play this stock would be with a calendar spread that substitutes a longer term call option in place of the covered call stock purchase. To use this strategy consider going long the KMP Jan ’13 67.50 Call and selling the Jan ’12 75 call for a $6.00 debit. The strategy has an 82 day life and would provide 3.72% downside protection and a 25.00% assigned return rate for an 111.28% annualized return rate (for comparison purposes only). This strategy has a 3 Key (out of 5) Moderate Relative Risk ranking.  Kinder Morgan has a current annual dividend yield of 5.91%.

TRADE: A CALENDAR SPREAD that involves selling the January ’12 75 call and buying the January ’13 67.50 call should cost $66.89 less per share than the covered call and potentially yield a 25% return if the stock stays above $75 through expiration.  S&P set a $88.00 12-Month price target for KMP which is currently trading at $11.66 below that target.  With the calendar spread trade, the trade cost could be reduced and returns potentially improved if the stock stays above $73.55 but lower than $95.43.

RISK: The Calendar spread strategy will normally carry more risk than a covered call strategy, but the rate of return is generally higher, since there is a lower capital outlay. At a 3 Key risk ranking this strategy is considered to have moderate relative risk. If the stock price at expiration is below $75 this strategy will not generate the potential returns shown. Another risk for this strategy is related to the bought Call Option price.  If the stock drops in price between now and expiration date, there is a possibility that the Jan ’13 67.50 call could drop quickly.

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Kinder Morgan Energy Partners Stock Chart

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Covered Call Strategies – Expiration Writing

There are many variations of the covered call trade.  The classic covered call is to select the trade, buy the stock and sell the ATM call.  In addition, there are a number of strategies that are variations of the classic call based on different trading ideas.  One covered call variation is expiration writing.

The investor will scan for short-term writes in the last two weeks of the current option cycle.  The trader is looking for stocks with high premium and high return on funds invested.  To get high returns over such a short time period usually indicates a high implied volatility and increased risk.  When IV is higher than actual volatility, then there is usually a pending event so you must research these trades very thoroughly.

One safer way to do this is to find a stock with higher volatility due to an event planned in advance.  Examine the stock to see when the event date is scheduled.  If the event will occur after the current expiration date, then you can trade in the current month calls.  The reason for this is that event volatility may increase premiums across both the current month and the next month option cycles.  This is a cool trick that most covered call writers had not heard of before.

This is not a risk free trade but it works if you are right about the timing of the event expiration being after the current month.  The key is to actually confirm the event date and not speculating about when it will occur.  Do not just go by the high volatility in two month alone as this does not indicate the event date.  If the IV is in line with the historical volatility, it may be a great covered call write anyway.

Monthly Income Portfolio – June 2011

Today we started actual trading in the Monthly Income Portfolio through Thinkorswim trading.  The trading is in real time with actual market prices and commissions.  The rules are as following for this trading portfolio:

  • Enter positions by selling puts to collect the option premium.  We will not sell a put unless we have the capital to cover the stock if exercised and we are forced to purchase the stock;
  • If we are put the stock, we will sell covered calls to earn more premium from the stock.  If the covered call is exercised, we will let the stock get called away from us.  Then, we have a decision to go back to selling puts to re-enter the position;
  • We will take the gains from the monthly income and invest in monthly dividend stocks on a monthly basis.  This creates a safer method to earn monthly dividends to protect our capital while earning monthly income;
  • The portfolio will maintain a cash level of 10% in case of trade adjustments as needed.

As rules indicate, we enter positions by selling puts to collect the premium income.  We have selected 5 stocks to sell July 2011 expiration puts on: BX, COH, UA, POT and CMI.  The total put premiums collected is $4530.00 (see graphic below) for the next 30 days.  This is a 4.53% return on the initial starting balance of $100,000.  We will monitor these puts to see how the positions play out over the next month.   If these options are put to us, then we will sell August 2011 calls on the shares we own.  If option is not exercised, we will sell more puts for premium in August 2011.

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Strategies for Selling Options

It is widely known in the stock market to buy low and sell high.  Options are really no different than stocks as you should buy cheap options and sell expensive options.  The entire strategy of selling covered calls is selling overpriced options to generate more income.  
 
Call values move in the same direction as the stock price while puts move inversely to the stock price.  The amount of change in the option will be determined by the option’s delta.  If you think a stock price will rise then you would buy a call and if you think the stock price will decline you would buy a put.  

Traders sell options primarily to generate income.  The strategy used will be determined by what you decide the stock price will do in the future:

  1. Bullish/neutral – sell covered calls to create income
  2. Bearish – sell naked puts to generate income as the stock declines
  3. Bullish/neutral – sell OTM puts to create premium income while reducing assignment risk
  4. Bullish – sell ATM puts to acquire the stock at a discount price while keeping the premium income

It is important for the call writer to understand time value.  For the option writer, time value is the major source of income but the option holder sees time value as a negative because option value decreases as time decays.  In general, time is the option writers friend and the option buyers enemy.

In covered call trades, returns are generated by the time value of the option premium.  Assume that we bought the stock for $55 and we sell the $50 call for $7.00.  This is a nice premium but you are obligated to sell the stock at $50.  The time value of this option is $2.00 ($7.00 – $5.00).  If the stock is assigned at $50, then your total profit will be $2.00 or the time value of the option.


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