Today’s stagnant economy isn’t what it used to be. Societies, both individuals and governments, are saddled with enormous amounts of debt and yields have disappeared making it impossible to generate income from traditional fixed income investments.
Many top experts, including Jeff Gundlach who is considered the “Bond God,” believe this is the “new normal” and that rates could go even lower still. Which doesn’t offer a lot of hope to retirees who need income now, or future retirees who need to grow their portfolio at a much faster clip if they hope to retire at all.
Investors often overlook the value of selling options for income. This is in part because investors misunderstand the risk of these investments and how to manage this type of investment. But many individual can benefit from these investments. If the income from selling puts and calls is reinvested every month, the investor can compound savings and buy more investments such as stocks, CEFs, etc.
This can be a growth strategy for investors no longer contributing to their portfolios or retirement accounts. This type of portfolio of investments is likely to produce a higher yield than a growth stock portfolio. And, investors will benefit from the income even if the portfolio doesn’t have any capital appreciation or the market moves sideways.
Investors can create a diversified portfolio for option selling by writing cash-secured puts, selling covered calls and owning dividend paying stocks and CEFs with monthly distributions. If income is a goal, these option selling strategies and income investments could be worth a closer look.
I combine the strategies for market diversification of income opportunities. Also, I combine then to create new investment vehicles. The one strategy I prefer has 3 income opportunities: (1) selling put options to enter a stock, (2) collect dividends if put to me, and (3) sell covered calls until the stock is called away.
Where else, on even a modest portfolio, can you generate an extra $1,000 to $5,000 per month or more? Owning a basket of strong dividend paying blue chip stocks might earn you 3% to 5% per year. But to generate $5,000 per month in income you’d need a nest egg of $1.2 to $2 million dollars.
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