Investors in stocks naturally like it when stocks are on the upswing, but don’t like it when stocks are sliding downward.
One way to cushion the downside is with an in-the-money covered call investing strategy. Generally, investors consider covered calls as limited return on the upside with a lot of exposure to the downside. However, in-the-money covered calls can provide monthly income while also providing downside protection.
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A covered call investing position is entered by selling a call option against an already existing stock or against a stock purchased specifically for entering the covered call investing position. A profit and loss graph for an in-the-money covered call looks like this:
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As you can see from the profit/loss graph, for an in-the-money covered call, the price of the stock can drop all the way to the strike price of the call option and the position will remain fully profitable.
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PowerOptionsApplied‘s Palladium newsletter published an in-the-money covered call for the iShares DJ US Real Estate ETF (IYR) on 1/21/2009. The price of IYR was $30.64 at the time of entering the position and the call option (BJNBY) was sold for $6.5 and had an expiration month of February with a strike price of $25. The maximum potential return of the position was 3.6%.
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At options expiration on 2/20/2009, the price of IYR closed at $27.35. An investor simply purchasing IYR for $30.64 on 1/21/2009 would have lost -10.7% on 2/20/2009. However, the in-the-money covered call was fully profitable and returned 3.6%.
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|Return of In-The-Money Covered Call for IYR||Return of Buy-and-Hold for IYR|
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[tags] Palladium, newsletter, IYR, iShares DJ US Real Estate ETF [/tags]