Thursday, 21 January 2016

Covered call writing strategy

Covered call writing strategy

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What is a covered call?

A “covered call” is an income-producing strategy where you sell, or “write”, call options against shares of stock you already own. Typically, you’ll sell one contract for every 100 shares of stock. In exchange for selling the call options, you collect an option premium. But that premium comes with an obligation. If the call option you sold is exercised by the buyer, you may be obligated to deliver your shares of the underlying stock.
Fortunately, you already own the underlying stock, so your potential obligation is “covered” – hence this strategy’s name, “covered call” writing.

Why write covered calls?


When you sell covered calls, you’re usually hoping to keep your shares of the underlying stock while generating extra income via the option premium. You’ll want the stock price to remain below your strike price, so the option buyer won’t be motivated to exercise the option and grab your shares away from you. That way, the options will expire worthless, you’ll keep the entire option premium at expiration and you’ll also keep your shares of the underlying stock.
If your stock’s price is neutral or dropping a bit, but you still want to hold onto the shares longer-term, writing covered calls can be a good way to earn extra income on your long position. But remember, you’re also a stockholder, so you’ll most likely want the value of your shares to increase – just not enough to hit your covered call’s strike price. Then you won’t just keep the premium from the options sale, you’ll also benefit from the shares’ rise in value. You really love life if that happens.

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