Writing covered call options to generate more income
September 23, 2020
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Writing covered call options to generate more income

With interest rates currently at all-time lows, finding ways to generate income in our security portfolios is a challenge. However, the strategy of writing covered call options (WCCO), whether applied systematically or on an ad hoc basis, allows us to generate additional income through the premiums received. This is the third...

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Selling your securities by writing covered call options
August 24, 2020
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Selling your securities by writing covered call options

Let us say you are willing to sell some securities in your portfolio, or you are considering it. Adopting the covered call writing strategy is like getting paid for making a commitment to sell the securities. This is the second in a series of four articles on covered call writing. It discusses how to use this strategy as an...

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Writing covered call options: an introduction
August 17, 2020
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Writing covered call options: an introduction

Perhaps you would like to start using options, but you do not know which strategy to implement. The simplest and most popular strategy among individual and institutional investors is covered call writing. This article is the first in a series of four articles on covered call writing. It covers the basic features of this...

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Using USX options to hedge U.S. dollar risk
August 11, 2020
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Using USX options to hedge U.S. dollar risk

With interest rates at historic lows, it is unlikely that the Bank of Canada will decide to raise the policy rate anytime soon. But we live in a world that is full of surprises, and things can change quickly. Events with the most unexpected repercussions can and do occur (the current pandemic comes to mind). Who really knows...

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Using options in times of market uncertainty
July 07, 2020
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Using options in times of market uncertainty

In times of market uncertainty like we are seeing now, many investors turn to options for the protection they can provide. Although the markets have recouped a good portion of their losses of the past few months, we cannot rule out another plunge that could test the depths of the recent decline. The high volatility in today’s...

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Trading your First Option
May 26, 2020
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Trading your First Option

As an investor, the first thing you need to know is how to choose which securities to buy. The second is when to sell them. That’s pretty easy, right? In this article, you will learn how to trade your first option. As you will see, you do not need to be an expert to start trading options. You just need to be familiar with...

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Profiting from the second-wave downturn
April 30, 2020
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Profiting from the second-wave downturn

In a bear market, the lows of the first market downturn are often retested following a rally like the one we have just seen. This article examines how put options can be used to maximize the return on a bearish projection. As can be seen in the following chart, the unit price of the iShares S&P/TSX Capped Financials Index...

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Making the most of volatility in these uncertain times
March 26, 2020
Bearish Outlook

Making the most of volatility in these uncertain times

In our last article we discussed how to reduce the risk associated with the time-value decay of options in a directional position. Now we will take advantage of the market meltdown to discuss the implied volatility in the price of an option, how it reflects the degree of market uncertainty over future price movements in the...

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Reduce the Risk Associated with Time Value Decay
March 02, 2020
Bearish Outlook

Reduce the Risk Associated with Time Value Decay

Reduce the risk associated with time value decay In this article, we will examine how to reduce the risk associated with the time value decay of options in a directional position, as well as how this affects the strategy’s payoff profile. As can be seen in the following chart, the price of shares in BCE Inc. (BCE) have...

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Hedging with Delta
January 14, 2020
Bearish Outlook

Hedging with Delta

As can be seen in the following chart, the price of shares in National Bank of Canada (NA) recently peaked at $73.22, representing an increase of 21.85% in 110 days, for an annualized rate of return of 72.50%. It is unlikely that this pace of growth can be sustained over an extended period of time. In addition, there are signs...

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