VXX Dividend Type Payments

iPath S&P 500 VIX ST Futures E dividend

Although VXX has no upcoming (meaning, Board-approved and announced) dividends, you can sell covered calls on iPath S&P 500 VIX ST Futures E to create 12 extra dividend type payments per year to boost its yield. Let's look at some recent prices (last updated Tue 4:16 PM ET):

iPath S&P 500 VIX ST Futures E (VXX)
Bid Ask Last Change Volume P/E Market Cap
39.65 39.66 39.98 -0.13 40.3M - 0.0B

VXX Dividend-Like Income Using Covered Calls

With VXX at 39.98, here's a table showing how big the annual "dividend" (ie. total annual call premium received) would need to be to attain 3%, 5%, and 10% annual yields. Also shown is the equivalent number of cents/day necessary to achieve each yield:

Annual Yield Annual Premium Cents/Day
3% 1.20 0.3
5% 2.00 0.5
10% 4.00 1.1

So now we need to find out of the money covered calls that pay at least the prescribed cents/day amount of time premium. That will generate income and, because they are out of the money, leave room for some upside potential on the stock. Here are some examples:

3% Yield On VXX Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Dec 14 50.00 0.02 4 0.5 10.34 (25.9%)
Dec 21 55.00 0.05 11 0.5 15.34 (38.4%)
5% Yield On VXX Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Dec 14 47.50 0.03 4 0.8 7.84 (19.6%)
Dec 21 52.00 0.07 11 0.6 12.34 (30.9%)
10% Yield On VXX Using Covered Calls
Expiration Strike Call Bid Days Cents/Day Upside Potential
Dec 14 46.50 0.05 4 1.3 6.84 (17.1%)
Dec 21 50.00 0.14 11 1.3 10.34 (25.9%)

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