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Posted by Martin January 22, 2021
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Creating passive income with weekly dividends


Besides trading options against my positions, I am also interested in weekly dividend payments, so I added all stocks I like to own into a calendar per week, and now I am accumulating these stocks to achieve weekly dividends. I only enter stocks where I own 100 shares in this calendar (I own many other shares but not all of them are in 100 shares lots yet)…
 

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My 2021 additions to our portfolio


We have successfully accumulated 100 shares of AT&T (T) and now we are moving towards accumulating our next company – Altria (MO).

We want to invest conservatively, no more risky trades in our portfolio. Thus I consider myself, as a CIO, a reasonably conservative investor. But I also would like to add some new technologies and new sectors to my portfolio.

One sector or industry we would like to start accumulating in some shares would be the cannabis industry.

In the past, I avoided investing in cannabis stocks mostly because they are traded on the OTC market and to me, they are difficult to analyze and research.

But recently, the Biden administration published their intent to decriminalize marijuana and allow medical marijuana nationwide. This would support this sector/industry growth beyond the current levels. Moreover, many good cannabis companies can up-list away from the OTC to any regulated market. And if that happens, big institutional investors such as mutual funds and ETFs will be allowed to invest in these companies. And with more money pouring in, there is huge growth potential.

But, I am unable to analyze these stocks on my own and I do not want to gamble and guess what the stock may do next. So I decided to start investing in a cannabis ETF. My candidate for accumulating in the cannabis industry is AdvisorShares Pure US Cannabis ETF (MSOS).

This ETF is also optionable and therefore I plan on selling strangles around this position.

Our next industry to enter is renewable energy. With the current government policy, the US will be heading towards clean, renewable energy. Thus, I expect growth in the next 4 years (and maybe beyond).

But again, I do not know which stock to pick and which stock would benefit from this trend. Therefore, I will be again investing in an ETF which is specializing in the renewable energy industry.

In 2021, I will be accumulating shares of Global X YieldCo & Renewable Energy Income ETF (YLCO). And the good thing here is, that this stock also pays a nice 3% dividend. Unfortunately, it is not optionable, so I will hold this ETF to participate in renewable energy growth and receive dividends while waiting for the stock appreciation.

Another company in the renewable energy industry I am looking at to accumulate is Brookfield Renewable Corporation (BEPC). Currently, it pays a 1.16 dividend that translates to a 1.94% yield, and the stock is optionable. Our goal in 2021 will be to accumulate 100 shares of each mentioned company or ETF.




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2021 Week 2 results


The second week of 2021 is over and below are the results of our trading.
 

Account Value: $22,646.49 +$187.81 +0.84%
Options Premiums Received: $678.00
January 2021 Options: $1,910.00
Options Premiums YTD: $1,910.00
Dividends Received: $0.08
January 2021 Dividends: $41.58
Dividends YTD: $41.58
Portfolio Yield: 3.46%
Portfolio Dividend Growth: 6.11%

 

In the second week of January 2021, we have received $678.00 in options credits income. It is a good income for a week. But I have to note that although I am mostly a premium seller I from time to time buy options, for example, LEAPS. When LEAPS are purchased, it will be shown as debit and reduces credits received. It may look like a loss but it is not. I am looking for easy ways to separate these purchases from accounting and include them only after a trade is closed. Since I use data downloaded from my trading account and do not do this manually, I need to figure out how to do it automatically. Doing this manually would not be feasible for me.
 

TW Account Net-Liq
 

TW Account holdings
 

The table above shows our current holdings and gains on those holdings. Adjusted columns indicate how options help to boost (or ruining) our stock holdings appreciation, or in other words, lowering the cost basis. Without options, our holdings would be up 8.05% with options, our holdings are up 10.83% (from inception on 4/1/2019). The SPX is up 31.49% since inception. So our stock holdings do not beat the market. We beat the market thanks to trading options and generating additional income.
 

TW Account holdings YTD
 

TW Options Income week 2
 

TW Options Annual Income week 2
 

TW Received vs Projected Dividends week 2
 

The first week of 2021 started well. Let’s hope, it will continue that way.

I am still raising cash (investing it into the ICSH fund) for rainy days in the stock market. I was also trading less this week and most of the credits went toward cash reserves. The market shows weakness and I want to have enough cash to cover naked trades (making them cash-secured). We are still seeing a Christmas rally momentum but it is weakening and if we look back in history, we may expect up to four corrections a year. I want to be able to survive that correction without forced losses.




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2021 Week 1 results


I used to post weekly results about my trading. It is a time-consuming effort but my goal is to show other investors and traders who are learning that it can be done. I will strive to keep posting throughout the entire year every week no matter what the results will be. My goal is to show my screw-ups as well as my successes in trading options.
 

Account Value: $22,458.68 +$1,886.33 +9.17%
Options Premiums Received: $1,232.00
January 2021 Options: $1,232.00
Options Premiums YTD: $1,232.00
Dividends Received: $41.50
January 2021 Dividends: $41.50
Dividends YTD: $41.50
Portfolio Yield: 3.36%
Portfolio Dividend Growth: 5.77%

 

In January we have received $1,232.00 in options credits income. It is a good income for a week. But I have to note that although I am mostly a premium seller I from time to time buy options, for example, LEAPS. When LEAPS are purchased, it will be shown as debit and reduces credits received. It may look like a loss but it is not. I am looking for easy ways to separate these purchases from accounting and include them only after a trade is closed. Since I use data downloaded from my trading account and do not do this manually, I need to figure out how to do it automatically. Doing this manually would not be feasible for me.
 

TW Account Net-Liq
 

TW Account holdings
 

The table above shows our current holdings and gains on those holdings. Adjusted columns indicate how options help to boost (or ruining) our stock holdings appreciation, or in other words, lowering the cost basis. Without options, our holdings would be up 8.05% with options, our holdings are up 10.83% (from inception on 4/1/2019). The SPX is up 31.49% since inception. So our stock holdings do not beat the market. We beat the market thanks to trading options and generating additional income.
 

TW Account holdings YTD
 

TW Options Income week 1
 

TW Options Annual Income week 1
 

TW Received vs Projected Dividends week 1
 

The first week of 2021 started well. Let’s hope, it will continue that way.

However, I am now raising cash (investing it into the ICSH fund). The reason behind it is that I am expecting a correction in the market. I do not know when it happens but it will. We have about two to four corrections a year every year. The only exception was 2017 when we had none. If that happens, I want to have cash on hand to survive potential assignments (although I believe I should be able to roll my positions as needed, just in case I won’t be). But most importantly, to be able to buy more shares when they will be on sale when everybody else is panicking.




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Posted by Martin January 04, 2021
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Is investing and trading in the stock market a passive income?


The simple answer is NO, it is not. Investing in the stock market could be considered a passive income, trading is not passive at all.

So, why investing is not a passive income?

Although you may reach the fruits of investing and create a passive income in investing, it is only a small portion of the entire business that can be considered passive. The rest is hard work. Why?

First, if you invest in the growth companies, then there is nothing passive in it. If you invest in dividend stocks, only the final part of your work will be passive. Everything before that – again, hard work.

Just look around in Facebook, MeWe, or other discussion forums and all you find is people asking what to do, how to start investing. They have no clue. But they are willing to learn. And the process of learning, trying, avoiding mistakes, tracking their portfolios, learning about the stocks, learning about dividends, all that is not an easy job. And you will agree with me on that if you try to remember when was the last time you tried to learn something you had absolutely no clue about and many times you wanted to give because it was too complicated.

But if you think that you learned everything, found the perfect stocks, and bought them that your job is over and now you will only have the passive income and nothing else (besides a yacht, helicopter, and ten-bedroom house), you will be disappointed. There is nothing “buy and forget” in the stock market. You can buy stocks, forget them, and one day open your account and find out you have nothing left. Unless you buy index funds and settle with it.

But if you want to own individual stocks, by buying them your job doesn’t end. You need to watch them, read about them, and make sure they still meet your original criteria why you decided to invest in them in the first place. And if you do not know why you invested in them, you should have stayed away from the market too.

None of it looks like an easy job and passive income to me. It still is hard work. But, if you know the ropes, it is fun work.

And trading?

Multiply everything I just said ten times.




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So, I was waiting for media to tell us what happened today


And sure, the old song has been used to describe the selling in today’s markets:
 

Stock market news live updates: Stocks sink in first session of 2021 as virus concerns, election uncertainty weigh
 

Market Recap: Monday, January 4
Stocks fell Monday in the first session of 2021, as concerns over a post-holiday spike in virus cases compounded with uncertainty over the outcome of the Georgia Senate runoff elections.
 

‘Faltering rollout’ of the COVID-19 vaccine will continue to impact the markets: Sanders Morris Harris CEO
 

Stock Market Today: Stocks Stumble Out of the Blocks to Start 2021
The 2021 trading year got off to an inauspicious start, with the major indices lurching lower Monday amid peaking political uncertainty and continued COVID-related pressures.
 

GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks drop as virus cases rise; gold rallies
 

Can you see the common trait here? The common message in today’s news? Yes, it is all old news. The markets sold-off today but the media failed to find any reason or catalyst for this selling. So the old song has been used to describe markets shaking the weak hands. Volatility is normal and to be expected. We rallied a lot last two months, a pullback was needed. Typically, if we rally into the close of the year, then, historically, January is bullish too (except in 2019). Who knows what is ahead of us but this is not the big sell off or a market crash bears are calling for the last 10 years.




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2020 in charts


The 2020 year was an interesting year. It looked like it would be a complete disaster at first, yet it turned around very fast and it became my best year investing so far. Here are some of the achievements in the charts:

 

 · Net-Liquidation Value

 

It was in August 2019 when my $20,000 account tanked to $1,600 after a series of costly mistakes trading 0 DTE SPX Iron Condors. I could manage the trades and grow the account until July. After that, volatility in the market kicked in and I was not able to navigate the trades through it. Losses were piling up fast. It took a month to completely destroy the entire account.

For the rest of the 2019 year, I was sitting tight and thinking about what should I do about this situation. I knew, that I will no longer trade SPX. It was a dead-end and I was trying hard. Yet, the strategy was in front of me for the entire time. Right in front of my nose, advocating it on this blog but ignoring it.
 

2019 TW Net-Liq
 

At the beginning of November 2019, I decided to go back to what I knew best – buying dividend growth stocks and monetizing them. I salvaged what I could and started aggressively buying dividend aristocrats such as PBCT, PPL, and AT&T. And, I started selling strangles around these positions. And the account started going up again.

In March 2020 when Covid hit the markets, the account tanked again. At first, I was depressed and on the brink of completely giving up. But I remember 2008 when everyone was panicking and selling I should have been buying. I was telling myself not to make the same mistake. So, I deposited some cash in the account and started aggressively buying depressed stocks. And as the market started recovering, I was selling puts like crazy.

This action paid off. As the markets continued recovering, my options were mostly expiring worthless for full profit. And I kept reinvesting those profits. Soon I could buy LEAPS against SPY and IWM. And I started selling covered calls against those positions. And reinvesting the profits. And the account continued growing even faster.
 

2020 TW Net-Liq
 

Could this be the end of my trading experiments and continuous growth? I believe so. My trading was a zig-zag move so far and not very encouraging:
 

Overall TW Net-Liq
 

I am pleased with the new strategy and its results. But I will not be as aggressive in 2021 as I was in 2020. I will be building reserves in cash to protect the trades in case I get assigned (the biggest issue is not the options, they have very little to no risk, but the assignment and not having enough cash to cover it). I will also start depositing $1,000 a month to this account and grow it even faster.

 

 · Dividends

 

Prior to 2020, I had no stock positions. I only traded SPX. I might have only a few shares as a result of some bright moment in my wicked trading thinking and bought one or two shares here and there. But in 2020, I started aggressively building my dividend aristocrats portfolio. From the dividend perspective, I am at the beginning of my journey. Note, that I am talking about the business account, not my ROTH or IRA accounts where I was investing primarily into dividend stocks and these have nice dividend income already. But this “business account” is a do-over.

Yet, I collected $2.27 in dividends in 2019 and $178 in 2020. My projected dividends grew from $26.15 in 2019 to $525.43 in 2020.
 

TW Annual Dividends
 

I expect the dividend income to grow as I keep adding more shares to my portfolio. The growth seems high and fast when you look at it but the projected dividend is calculated using the current dividend amount times the existing stock holdings and expected stock holdings or accumulation of the stocks during 2021. I plan on accumulating AT&T, MO, and AFL to reach 100 shares of each company during 2021 (if I get more, the better). If I achieve this goal, my projected dividend will be $1,106.50 in 2021.
 

TW Annual Dividends
 

I also understand that received dividends will be lagging behind the projected dividends as I will be accumulating stocks during the entire year and I may make some purchases after the dividend ex-day, so the projected dividend will increase yet I will miss that dividend payout in the given period. But I will receive it in the very next period.

 

 · Options

 

Options income was tricky in 2020. I collected a nice dividend income but the results are skewed due to a few factors:

1) I still hold a few bad SPX trades. These are included in the current net-liq so they will have no impact on the account value. I do not plan on salvaging those trades unless a good and cheap opportunity presents itself. But if these trades expire (mostly call spreads in the money), they will be recorded as a loss in the options income.

2) I am not only selling premiums but I am also buying LEAPS. When I buy a LEAPS call, it will also show up as options cash outflow and could be considered a loss if you do not know that it was a purchase and not a loss. In 2020 I purchased a few LEAPS against SPY and IWM for almost $5,000 dollars. Thus, in 2020, it seems that I have lost $14,976.91 in options premiums. But it is not correct. I yet have to come up with a good recording method to filter out these purchases. Of course, in the following years, I expect these LEAPS to make a profit and it will show up as income in the next year(s).
 

TW Annual Dividends
 

I hope, this provided a good insight into my 2020 trading and investing efforts. I am happy with the results and I hope, I will continue growing my account in 2021 towards my goal of financial freedom. By 2021 my goal is to reach the $42,344.06 net-liq value of my account. Let’s see, if I will be able to achieve it or even exceed it.
 

Good luck to you and Happy New Year!




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Posted by Martin January 02, 2021
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Starting small


It is hard to start investing and trading when you have a small account and only a few dollars in your account. Unfortunately, a small investor is doomed to take a larger risk than if you have thousands of dollars at your disposal.

Taking a $500 risk on one trade feels different in a $1,000 dollar account than in a $1,000,000 account.

And, you will need double or triple of patience than a large investor. I have seen many small investors, myself included, blowing up their accounts because of being impatient. They wanted to grow their accounts fast, took too much risk, doubled up on trades, and blew it all.

But it can be done.

I personally started trading by buying cheaper stocks. It is appealing to want to trade AAPL but if you do not possess at least $20,000 cash in your account, you can forget it.

I was always into dividend stocks. My philosophy always was that if I would be owning a stock I want to be paid holding it. If you own a good company that pays you a dividend, you get paid in good times as well as in bad times. If the market crashes and all your stocks go south, you still want to receive a check in your mail (well, virtual mail). With growth stock, you do not get this benefit. The growth stock is down and all you can do is to wait empty-handed for it to recover.

But which company is so good that it will pay you even when the markets crash? Not guaranteed, but dividend aristocrats are good candidates to start with.

I went to the dividend aristocrats list and picked People’s United Financial, Inc. (PBCT). It is a dividend aristocrat that has paid and increased dividends continuously for 28 years and it was priced between $10 and $13 a share. The stock is optionable although not as great as more expensive stocks.

First, I started accumulating shares of this stock to gain confidence. Once I accumulated 100 shares, I started selling 50 DTE – 60 DTE covered calls. This takes a lot of patience because you have to wait 50 to 60 days to repeat the process. Many novice investors are not willing to do it. They engage in risky trades for which they do not have enough capital to handle the trade if it turns against them.

You take a credit you have received and buy 1 or 2 shares of another stock. I used PPL. Brokers made it easy today when you pay no commission to buy a single share of any stock. It was not possible just two years ago. When adding more cash into my account, collecting dividends and premiums, I soon could add put options towards my PBCT trades. At first, I went partially naked (I only had 50% saved to cover the put side) but I was selling a partially covered strangle now.

Soon I accumulated enough shares in PPL to repeat the process and started selling covered calls and naked to partially covered puts. I kept saving cash buying an ICSH fund that pays dividends and holds value in volatile times. If I get assigned to any of the stock I just sell the required portion of my ICSH holding to release enough buying power to cover the assignment. But with a single put or call, I do not have to do it. I roll the options. Rolling the single options, unlike spreads, is easy. Many times in 2020 my holdings were on a roller coaster yet I could lower or raise my strangle as needed to avoid assignment.

And cash kept rolling into my account. At first slowly, but soon faster and faster. You need to give your trades and stocks time to grow. Nothing will ever happen overnight. There is no quick rich strategy, no fast profits. Fast profits will come once you accumulate a large enough portfolio so you can afford to take riskier trades.

Don’t rush it. Rushing it will lose you money. If you give it time, you will be surprised how quickly it all turns around and how fast your portfolio will go up despite the initial turtle moves.
 

Cash flow
 




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Cost basis and income in various accounts over time


As I keep closing the books (so to speak) and analyzing my trades and accounts for the year, here are additional metrics I like to watch in my accounts.

I like to see what would happen to my dividend holdings if I keep holding them for the next 20, 25, and 30 years.

As you know, I like to invest in dividend aristocrats. Although the 2020 year was really bad when many good stocks were forced to cut their dividends due to covid, I still like being paid while holding the stocks. If you are a dividend investor, you may be familiar with YOC (yield on cost). This metric pretty much tells you how much a company will pay you in dividends in the future based on their dividend growth and your initial investment. Here are the estimates for our accounts:

 

 · Account #1

 

Initial data as of January 1, 2021:
 

Shares owned: 403
Cost per share: $30.94
Current yield: 3.51%
Dividend growth: 3.45%

 

If I keep holding our current shares and never sell them, we will experience the following YOC and dividend income:

 

YOC in 20 years 31.26% Annual dividend Income: $3,897.21
YOC in 25 years 71.11% Annual dividend Income: $8,865.33
YOC in 30 years 190.42% Annual dividend Income: $23,739.79

 

 

 · Account #2

 

Initial data as of January 1, 2021:
 

Shares owned: 532
Cost per share: $35.85
Current yield: 5.76%
Dividend growth: 11.37%

 

If I keep holding our current shares and never sell them, we will experience the following YOC and dividend income:

 

YOC in 20 years 959.63% Annual dividend Income: $183,023.70
YOC in 25 years 15,040.54% Annual dividend Income: $2,868,579.84
YOC in 30 years 731,690.07% Annual dividend Income: $139,550,267.90

 

 · Account #3

 

Initial data as of January 1, 2021:
 

Shares owned: 510
Cost per share: $60.80
Current yield: 4.05%
Dividend growth: 7.52%

 

If I keep holding our current shares and never sell them, we will experience the following YOC and dividend income:

 

YOC in 20 years 73.79% Annual dividend Income: $22,879.25
YOC in 25 years 249.32% Annual dividend Income: $77,303.90
YOC in 30 years 1173.89% Annual dividend Income: $363,975.12

 

Of course, this assumes that I will not be adding more shares in each account, no dividend cuts, or similar events. I plan on adding more shares, more investments, and holdings. I also plan to trade options against those shares and that would add more income over time.

Let’s see how these calculations change over 2021 and what we will achieve at the beginning of 2022.




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Goal 2020 review and 2021 Resolution


The year 2020 is over. It was a very difficult year for many. It was a difficult year for me on a personal level too. I almost lost a job but found a second job and secured income to support my family. But on the investing and trading level, 2020 was an exceptional year.

At the end of 2019, I realized that my trading was wrong. I traded SPX Iron Condors (as you may know reading this blog). I loved this trading and I tried to learn as much as I could. But it didn’t work for me. So, I stopped trading it. And it was a good decision.

For the 2020 year, I set a goal to recoup the losses and trade what I know that worked for me in the past. I also wanted a strategy that was easy to manage, protected my cash, and made money. And selling options around the dividend stock positions is that strategy.

Fro 2020, I set up a goal to accumulate dividend aristocrats. Own the shares, collect dividends, and sell options against these positions. I started selling cash-secured puts and immediately reinvested the premium I have received. And when dividends arrived, I have reinvested them too. I started with cheaper stocks like PBCT, PPL, or GAIN, T, MO, and others. I took a bit of risk that not all puts were cash secured. But I knew that a single put option is easy to manage. Easier than an SPX spread. I was surprised how quickly my account started growing up again. Even during the coronavirus problems where I had to roll many of my trades and my net-liq tanked hard, I knew, I would be in good shape when the mess is over. And when the market started recovering, the net-liq shot up like a rocket.
 

Account growth Month to month
 

And as the market was growing and accumulating cash I started saving money for more trades. Soon I was able to start trading more expensive trades such as buying LEAPS against indexes and selling covered calls against those positions (poor man’s covered call) and start trading strangles against stocks such as AAPL. I set a goal that helped me in focusing on accumulating either cash positions or stocks and grow the account.

Originally, I set a goal with only 22 tasks but later during the year, I started expanding the goal.
 

Initial Goal 2020
 

During the year, I added a few more tasks. It was not that I would be accomplishing them all. I didn’t expect it. It would be a stretch and financially, it was not feasible. Although my account was going up fast, it didn’t go up that fast. The reason for adding more tasks was to capture the ideas I had during the year. For example, I was thinking about ways how to increase income and decided that one way to do it would be to trade strangles against more expensive stocks such as Apple. So I added those tasks to my goal list. Now, I do not forget about it and will work towards that goal. Of course, if during the year something has changed and I found out that the idea was not reasonable, I deleted the task.

As of December 2020, I ended up with this:

 

Goal 2020 Year End
 

So, although I accomplished this goal by 36.86% only, I am actually happy with the results because those tasks I wanted the most were fulfilled.

 

 · 2021 Goal

 

I plan to continue with this kind of planning and set the goal for 2021. I rolled over the goals from 2020 and added a few more goals I wanted to focus on. Over time, I may add a few more goals the same way I did during the 2020 year. Here is my initial goal:
 

Initial Goal 2021
 

I will also continue accumulating the following stocks during 2021:
 

AAPL
ABBV
ABC
AFL
BABA
CB
GAIN
GD
KMI
MO
PBCT
PPL
SNA
SNOW
T
TSN
 

I will be accumulating these stocks on all four accounts. Some accounts have the stocks accumulated and I sell covered calls. I will focus on stocks that provide better premiums first, for example, I would be prioritizing accumulating MO, or AFL over GAIN stock due to options.
 

And again, I will be primarily an investor and a trader later on.
 

This year, I will use the same strategy:
 

We are investors, not traders. We buy assets – dividend-paying companies. We buy dividend growth companies. Our plan is to hold those companies forever. We treat those businesses we are buying as our businesses. It is like real estate. People do not buy homes just to sell them the next day, or next month. People buy to hold their home for the next 30 years or more. We buy dividend growth companies for the same reason.

We buy dividend growth companies to generate income receiving dividends. We want our businesses to reward us for holding their shares and paying us for it. We reinvest the dividends to accumulate more shares. Our goal in accumulating shares of a selected company is to reach 100 shares of that business. All dividends and account deposits are used to accumulate shares.

Once we accumulate 100 shares of a company, we start selling covered calls. When selling covered calls, we sell to avoid our shares being called away. We deploy all hedging strategies to avoid the exercise of the calls. If, however, our shares are called away, we immediately start selling naked or cash-secured puts. We sell puts as a means of investment to buy shares, not to speculate or sell put just to bring premiums. We sell puts against companies we want to buy. Once the shares are assigned to us, we implement the Wheel of Fortune strategy by immediately start selling covered calls again.

All premiums generated from selling covered calls or puts are used to buy more shares of the companies we want to hold.

We only sell our companies when they no longer meet our requirements – reduce or suspend the dividend.

From time to time, we use other options strategies to generate income: poor man’s covered calls, butterflies, covered strangles, or collars.

 

 · Poor man’s covered call

 

We use this strategy against expensive stocks where we do not have enough capital to trade a standard covered call right away or in the near future and when saving money would take many months or years; usually indexes such as SPY, RUT, IWM, etc. We also use it against ETFs or individual stocks while accumulating shares of that stock.

 

 · Butterflies

 

We use this strategy as a directional trade. When we identify a strong trend in any direction, we may apply this strategy to limit our risk but reap a decent profit. For example, buying a call against SPY to participate in a strong trend would cost us $800 while the same butterfly would cost us $200. This limits our risk in case we are wrong.

 

 · Covered strangle

 

This strategy is selling an OTM put and a call against a stock which we want to add shares to our holdings and we already own shares. For example, we own 100 shares of a stock XYZ, and we are OK to buy another 100 shares. We sell covered strangle and our calls are covered by the existing position we already own and our put is covered by cash we have in our account in case we get assigned.

 

 · Collars

 

We may use this strategy (selling covered calls and use the premium to buy protective puts) if we see a need to protect our holdings and buy insurance. The covered calls will generate income for us to buy the puts.

 

 · Cost basis offset

 

Selling covered calls and puts, as well as other strategies, will be used to offset our cost basis. This is more of a psychological or mental offset. However, it helps to see it as having less risk in our stock and see it that we have purchased our shares for “free” (we used premiums collected when selling the calls and puts, although on many occasions we started collecting these premiums after we purchased the stock).

 

 · What about other options strategies?

 

From time to time we may use a different options strategy, for example, naked call, if we see it fit and we are prepared for any consequences from such trades. But, these trades will be very rare. One strategy we will employ will be credit spreads where capital requirements are too high. An example could be trading Iron Condors against SNOW stock.
 

I also updated my Trades & Income page where you can see all open trades and stocks accumulation during 2021 trading year.
 

I wish you a Happy New Year and a lot of success!
 
 




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