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Questions tagged [covered-call-writing]

A covered call is an options strategy where an investor holds a long position in an asset and writes (sells) call options on that asset to generate an income stream. A covered call is also known as a "buy-write".

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basis adjustment on wash sale on underlying or option

Transaction1: I bought 200 QQQ ( ETF) at about $160 in Jan 2019, paying out about $32k Transaction2: I sold two calls on QQQ ( QQQ190628C00170000 ) for expiring on June 28, 2019 for a strike price ...
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Approach to roll down a Covered Call

If I sell a covered call and the stock declines some time before expiry, what would be a strategic approach to roll down the call to protect the downside, or are there any other approach to do it? Do ...
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Deep in the money Covered Calls with high premiums

Take a look at following option chain, it's for some company in Indian markets, I intend to do a covered call on the stock but I would want a little extra downside protection at the cost of little ...
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Confusion about options: can one exercise at any time?

I am at the beginning of learning about options. I am reading a book on the subject. I am in a chapter about selling covered calls. The book says: Defensive covered call writers may prefer the ...
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Are there different markets between option writing and buying?

Looking at the option chain I see short term (30 days) deep out of the money calls with volume for strike 55 with volume at 16, with Bid/Ask at 0.30/1.00: However, the time and sales window notes two ...
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Consequences of writing a covered call below your cost basis?

If you are holding a stock bought for $40 with a current price of $35 and decide to write a covered call at $39, does anything different happen than if you were to write the call at $40? At $39, ...
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Can I withdraw proceeds from covered call selling?

Suppose I have the funds to buy exactly 100 shares of SPY in a regular, taxable (i.e. not 401K or IRA) account. I then sell at or in the money covered calls one year out, say Jan 2019 calls. This ...
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Why would someone want to sell call options?

I'm having trouble understanding why someone would want to sell call options. For example, if the writer of a call option owned the shares and they expected the share price to fall, why wouldn't they ...
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Settlement of Shares Underlying a Covered Call Option

If I buy 100 shares of XYZ stock one or two minutes before selling one XYZ call option, would this call option be considered "covered", or would it be considered "uncovered" until the 100 shares ...
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Price of a call at expiration

I have a covered call that is going to expire in 15 minutes. It's $1.30 in the money. I'd expect with no time value left, the price to equal the intrinsic value ($1.30). However, it's still valued at $...
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How are option contracts assigned?

If I'm short a call, and the contra exercises their option, how is that assignment tracked back to me? Is the other side of my contract tied to a specific buyer? How does the OCC know to assign my ...
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Stocks, Options, and Income Tax

It is my understanding that if an investor owns a stock and sells a qualified covered call then dividends from the stock are still qualified. However, if an investor owns a stock and buys a put option ...
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What happens when a calendar spread is assigned in a non-margin account?

A well-known option investment strategy is the so-called "calendar spread", which involves buying and selling options on the same stock with different expiration dates. If the strike prices are also ...
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What is the risk in capturing dividends using a covered call?

I am looking at this example to capture dividends using long stock and covered call. What is the risk in this strategy? There is no delta risk, since the position is delta neutral. So it seems like ...
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Covered call vs naked put in online brokerages

If a covered call has same risk profile as naked put, how come brokers allow covered call but only allow naked puts to experienced traders?
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Can a Covered Call be called away before the expiration date?

Scenario: If I hold 100 shares of XYZ, I can sell 1 XYZ call. Let's say the current price of XYZ is $50. What if I sell a call with strike price $45? Does that mean the underlying owner can call away ...
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What are some ways to mitigate the risks of covered calls?

When covered calls work, they seem great. However, there is a chance that the stock will tank, turning the 5% profit into a 50% loss. What are some ways of mitigating the risk of a stock dropping ...
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Is there an equivalent of writing calls on personal real estate holdings

Where possible I like the ability to write calls on the underlying asset for the residual income in a low-medium volatility environment Is there the equivalent of doing this with real estate? I am ...
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Whats the difference between a qualified and an unqualified covered call?

I own various shares that I want to start writing covered calls on but I've heard about differences between "qualified" and "unqualified" covered calls. What's the difference? All I can find is that ...
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What is the rationale behind brokerages establishing tiers/levels for options trading?

I'll preface this by saying that my experience in this field is limited, so bear with any abuses of terminology. I understand the rationale behind FINRA's "Know your customer" and suitability rules ...
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Selling the underlying in case a covered call is exercised?

If I sell an out-of-the-money covered call and the option becomes in-the-money prior to expiry, then am I forced to sell my underlying at the strike price (assuming the counterparty decides to ...
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When writing a covered call, what's the difference between a “net debit” and a “net credit”?

My brokerage account (Fidelity) gives me two choices when writing a covered call: net debit and net credit. What's the difference between these two choices? For example, take DRRX (share price $1.4). ...
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What is a good price to “Roll” a Covered Call?

For an already initiated Covered Call, I wanted to ask if there is an optimal price to roll? For instance, if I buy/write a stock worth $10 with a strike price of $12, I can be faced with 3 scenarios ...
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How does the process of “assignment” work for in-the-money Options?

Consider the following scenario - I have a covered call for XYZ for this month's expiration as XYZ May 18 25 Call. On May 18, XYZ is trading for $28, with the option listed above at $3.3. If I ...
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How can I figure out when I'll be able to write call options of a stock?

I have a 200 Zynga shares. I'm wondering when I'll be able to write call options? I see Groupon has options on it, but Pandora does not, so it seems it must not be just time.
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Covered call when stock position is at a loss

when writing covered calls and the stock value decreases. Sure your calls decrease to $0 and expire worthless (the desired scenario) but your stock position can continue taking a greater loss. so ...
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How are proceeds from writing covered calls taxed?

When I sell call options based on an underlying security that I own (covered call writing), how are the proceeds treated fro tax purposes? As ordinary income? As a short-term capital gain? Is ...