Options: The Concept of Equivalent Strategies

Naked put selling is equivalent to covered call writing in terms of where and how profits and losses are incurred. But it can be advantageous in terms of cost savings and potential reward. Talk to an investor who is involved in a covered call writing program about his doing some naked put selling instead and…

 

The Covered Call: An Income-Generating Options Strategy

The covered call provides extra income to a buy-and-hold strategy. In exchange for this income, there is a risk of lost opportunity. If the stock’s price rises well above the fixed strike price of the call, you have your 100 shares of stock called away below current market value. For some investors, this is an…

 

A Comprehensive Approach to Covered Call Writing

Setting up a covered call portfolio using securities that generated significant dividend distributions was covered by Ben Branch, professor of finance at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in two wonderful articles published in the AAII Journal last year. The articles ran under the titles “Assembling a Covered Call Portfolio on Dividend-Paying Stocks” (June 2014), and…