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Dec 17, 2013 
Covered Calls Beat Buy-And-Hold By 47.5% In 18 Months

Want to see how a covered call investor in Caterpillar (CAT) was able to do 47.5% better than a buy-and-hold investor in CAT over the same 18 month time frame? Great lesson in how to use covered calls. Read Buy And Hold vs. Covered Call: Caterpillar.

Barron's Top Stocks For 2014... Enhanced With Covered Calls

Each year Barron's publishes their list of top 10 stocks for the coming year. Last year's picks are up 35.2% so far this year, beating the S&P's 27%.

We took Barron's list of top stocks for 2014 and ran them though Born To Sell's covered call screener to create a list of conservative covered calls for the January and March expirations, thus increasing their yield and lowering their risk. See Barron's Top 10 Stocks For 2014... Enhanced.

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Hedge PM, HSY, and MCD With Covered Calls

With the market up big in 2013 many people question if it will continue the run in 2014. With that in mind, at least one writer feels that now is a good time to sell covered calls on half of your positions.

The article Hedge These 3 Blue Chips With Covered Calls gives examples on how to do this with Philip Morris International (PM), Hershey (HSY), and McDonald’s (MCD).

Trader Status For Covered Call Investors

For tax purposes, achieving "trader" status with the IRS has several advantages. You can deduct margin interest, investment seminar expenses, home office expenses, and more... and none of it is subject to the 2% rule for deductions. Furthermore, you are not limited to the $3K/year capital loss rule.

However, saying you are a 'trader' and having the IRS agree you are a 'trader' can be two different things. Do you think a guy who traded 1543 trades in a year would be a 'trader'? The IRS said 'no'. See our article Trader Status For Covered Call Investors for tips and examples of what is and is not (in the eyes of the IRS) legitimate trader status.

MSFT 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):


(Note: Born To Sell members have access to the full Top 20 Watchlist, as well as having this list update real-time as members change their watchlists. And, you can have the highest yielding covered calls from your personal watchlist emailed to you after the close each day. Never miss a fat premium from your watchlist again!)

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Happy Trading,

The Born To Sell Team

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