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Covered Calls Explained

RL127 - Covered Calls Explained

Today on the Retirement Lifestyle Show, Roshan Loungani, Erik Olson, and Adrian Nicholson break down the anatomy of a covered call. They talk about the basics of an options strategy, how to own a covered call, and the right market conditions for investing in covered calls.

[02:52] The Basics of an Options Strategy

[04:39] What is an Option?

[08:55] Put and Call: The Two Main Types of Options

[12:45] Things That Dictate How Options are Priced

[15:30] The Correlation Between Value and Price of an Option

[18:51] What is a Covered Call?

[22:04] How to Own a Covered Call

[28:43] How to Use Covered Calls to protect Your Investment Position

[30:20] Price Movement and Yield Appreciation of a Covered Call

[37:00] The Long-Term Approach to Using Covered Calls

[41:50] The Pros and Cons of Writing a Call During a Down Market

[44:25] Selling Versus Buying Covered Calls: Which is More Profitable

[47:10] The Perfect Market Conditions For Writing Covered Calls

[49:30] Writing Covered Calls: Costs, Price Movements, and Tax Implications

[50:29] Parting Thoughts

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Full Show Notes:

Options Trading Explained

Options are investment contracts between two parties where the holders have the right to buy or sell the underlying asset within a specific amount of time at a certain price. The value of an option is tied to the underlying asset. This can be stocks, currency, bonds, market indices, future contracts, or ETFs.

There are two main types of options: calls and puts. A person who owns a call has the right to buy the underlying asset. On the other hand, owning a put gives you the right to sell that underlying asset. The value of an option is primarily based on the current market price of a stock and its volatility. And just like stocks, options trade on exchanges. However, owning an option does not mean part ownership of a company. They also don't come with voting rights or pay dividends. And while there's no requirement to buy the asset in question, options are extremely risky. So, it's always best to weigh the risks before diving into anything to do with options.

What is a Covered Call?

A covered call is an investing strategy that involves selling call options. It's essentially utilizing the right to buy against a stock you own to generate additional income from those shares. In essence, the option you sell is "covered" because you own enough shares to cover the transaction as required by the option you've sold. However, covered calls are a neutral strategy, meaning investors can only expect a minor increase or decrease in the underlying stock price for the entire duration of the written call option. The good news is that using covered calls helps investors earn potential income as well as lower investment risk. The downside is that they can also limit potential gains from increases in the price of a stock. This investment strategy is often popular with older investors who don't want to sell their positions but would not mind some extra income.

All opinions expressed by podcast hosts and guests are solely their own. While based on information that they believe is reliable, neither Arete Wealth nor its affiliates warrant its completeness or accuracy, nor do their opinions reflect the opinion of Arete Wealth. This podcast is for general informational purposes only, and should not be regarded as specific advice or recommendations for any individual. Before making any decisions, consult a professional.

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