Born To Sell Seller's Paradise 
Feb 1, 2013 
Interviews With Seasoned Covered Call Professionals

This month we interviewed two full time professional money managers who use the covered call strategy almost exclusively.

Coastwise Capital GroupFirst is Scott Kyle of Coastwise Capital Group in San Diego, CA. Scott has been investing with covered calls for 20 years. He likes high quality dividend payers and generally sells options 1 to 4 months out. He's targeting 2x to 2.5x the dividend yield in call premium. For more stats an strategy tips on how he uses covered calls please read Coastwise Capital Group Interview.

Capital Wealth PlanningSecond is Kevin Simpson of Capital Wealth Planning in Naples, FL. Kevin uses his 20+ years experience to manage over $300M in covered calls. What's a little different is that he does it all with ETFs. Typically has 10-12 ETF positions, targets a 2% dividend yield, and 3% or more in call premium yield. He's also not afraid to write a below-cost-basis strike on ETFs that have gone down since he bought them. Read the full story on his strategy in the Capital Wealth Planning Interview.

AAPL Weekly Trades And A Ratio Spread

Last week's AAPL earnings were good but stock action was poor. If you read the press or listen to the downgrading analysts you'd think Apple was on the verge of being delisted. Ugh.

We had 4 weeks worth of weekly covered calls on AAPL expire out of the money in January. The good news is that we collected 64 to 78 points of call premium since we initiated the trade on Dec 5th. But that wasn't enough to protect us from the big drop after earnings last week.

As stated in the Jan 29 update to this trade, we are sitting tight for now instead of writing underwater strikes against our position (because we have a bullish bias for AAPL and believe it will rise above 450 soon). We reviewed several stock repair strategies and suggested a ratio spread for those who want to lower their break even point and get out of the trade sooner. Read all about it in the AAPL Weekly Trade update from Jan 29.

You may also want to check out AAPLTraders.com, a site dedicated to trading and talking about AAPL.

Will You Be Assigned?

option assignment previewOn expiration Friday it's often hard to know if your covered call will be called away or not if the stock price is hovering right around the strike price. So how does it work? Who determines if you will be called or not? What are the conditions under which they would exercise?

Our blog article, Will I Be Assigned?, explains that not all options of the same strike will necessarily be exercised (or not exercised). It's up to the option holders and their beliefs about the underlying's opening price on the next trading day (Monday morning). Check it out.

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GMCR And 3 Other Covered Calls For Feb 16 Expiration

With 2 weeks to go until the February options expire, the top 4 covered calls Born To Sell members have written are (in order of popularity):

RankSymbolStrike
1.GMCR40
2.AAPL455
3.RIMM14
4.INTC21

(Note: Born To Sell members have access to the full Top 10 Covered Call list, as well as having this list update real-time as members change positions. These are not recommendations, they are merely a reflection of our members' current positions.)

AAPL And Other Covered Call Watchlist Stocks

Currently, the top 8 stocks Born To Sell members are using for their Watchlist are (in order of popularity):

RankSymbol
1.AAPL
2.MSFT
3.INTC
4.T
5.CSCO
6.MCD
7.GE
8.JNJ

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