Looking at the major stock market averages, this year is shaping up to be a pretty lousy one, even though the rally over the past several weeks is feeding investors hope that we are emerging from one of the shortest and mildest bear markets since 1900.
Extremely volatile trading and wildly gyrating stock prices produce near-perfect conditions for doing what we do with dividend-paying stocks. For one thing, dividend stocks are one of the only spots of the market showing positive returns this year, but the real magic happens with options values during tumultuous times.
We sell options on stocks, and we get more money for selling them when volatility is high, like it is now. Along with dividends and capital gains that we earn, the options income provides additional juice for our returns.
Brand-New Trade: Kinder Morgan ‘Buy Write’
The best way to show you what we do is a fresh trade sent to Forbes Premium Income Report. Pipeline company Kinder Morgan (KMI) was trading higher a day after reporting earnings. The company also declared a dividend of $0.2775 per share, which is yours for the taking if you own the stock through next Thursday’s close.
The recommendation was a “buy write:” buy the stock and sell call options at the same time. Often we will also earn an upcoming dividend, like the one we targeted from Kinder Morgan with this trade:
Buy 300 KMI ($17.35 current price)
Sell to open 3 contracts of $17.50 August 26 calls @ $0.45
Execute for $16.90 or lower net debit
What this means is that we’re paying $16.90 per share for Kinder Morgan instead of the $17.35 current market price. In return, we agree to sell KMI at $17.50 anytime through August 26. As owners of the stock, we’ll also get $0.2775 per share as a dividend.
What Happens Next
If we earn that dividend next Friday, and if KMI closes above $17.50 at expiration on August 26, we would earn a combined $0.8775 per share on $16.90 per share at risk, or 5.2%. That would be an annualized return of 51% over a holding period of 36 days.
On 300 shares of Kinder Morgan, the profit would be $263.25.
On the other hand, if KMI closes at or below $17.50 on August 26, we’ll still own it at a cost basis of $16.6225 per share, reflecting the infusion of today’s premium and Friday’s dividend. Then for more money we could sell additional calls that expire in September or October, until eventually we are assigned and required to sell our shares.
Join Forbes Premium Income Report now to follow the Kinder Morgan buy write, and get four trades like this one every week. Other recent trades have involved owning quality dividend-payers like Fastenal (FAST), Mosaic (MOS), Levi Strauss & Co. (LEVI), H&R Block (HRB) and Hormel Foods (HRL).
Sometimes you end up owning a stock after the expiration, but other times you earn 4%-6% over a 30-45 day period. Duplicate that over and over and you’ll have a great year in the market!
Dividends and Options Deliver in Volatile Market
Dragged down by raging inflation and rapidly rising interest rates, the S&P 500 is down 16% so far in 2022. Energy is the only sector not in the red. Compare that to the +1% return in 2022 for our related Forbes Dividend Investor portfolio, and small single-digit declines for popular dividend ETFs like the iShares Select Dividend (DVY).
I'm sure you'll agree that the market has gotten off to a rocky start in 2022, but we don't mind the drama or the volatility. We thrive in this environment. We sell options on dividend-paying stocks for income and capital gains potential. The more volatile the market, the more money we make for selling options on dividend stocks.
Combine the positive returns of dividend-paying stocks with exceptionally high levels of market volatility that we saw in the first quarter, and it's not hard to imagine how advantageous it has been to sell options on dividend stocks like we do every Tuesday and Thursday in Forbes Premium Income Report.
For the trades presented in Forbes Premium Income Report, we seek engagements usually from two to six weeks in a position that earns 3% to 6%, sometimes more—and then do it again and again. If you earn 4% every six weeks, you're earning more than 30% on an annualized basis.
Closed trades translated into profits 99% of the time last year…and so far we have a perfect record for profitability of closed trades in 2022. Since 2014, we've produced profits on 95% of our 1,505 closed trades, with an average total return per closed trade of 7.4% and 34.2% on an annualized basis.
The Buy Write: Our Textbook Options Play on Dividend-Payers
How about other examples of what we do? Here's a real trade we did on March 29 and closed out 24 days later on April 22. We bought 100 shares of paper and packaging giant International Paper (IP).
The nice thing is that we didn't pay full price for International Paper stock. We bought it at $46.50, but we only paid $45.65. How did we get it cheaper? We earned $0.85 per share for selling a $47.00 call option that would expire April 22.
Selling that call meant that we might have to sell the stock for $47.00 at any time until the option expired. If the stock closes above that price at expiration, it's automatically sold at the strike price.
As it turned out, IP closed at $47.72 on April 22. We had to sell the stock at $47, so we earned $1.35 per share on our cost of $45.65 per share for a total return of 2.96% over 24 days. On an annualized basis, that's 45%.
If you want to sign up for the profit and fun, you can read through our detailed log of every trade we've made since 2014…eight years-worth of documented recommendations that have made members hundreds of thousands of dollars richer.
The market has definitely trended lower since the start of 2022, but the increase in volatility and the pockets of strength found among dividend-paying stocks have been very favorable conditions for what we do, and we are still booking profits on a regular basis.
As investors, we know it pays to pursue investment strategies that have proven their mettle in both bull and bear markets. Owning undervalued dividend-paying stocks is a time-tested approach for generating both capital gains and high levels of current income from fountains of corporate cash paid out to shareholders.
From a firm foundation in durable dividend-payers, you can boost portfolio income even higher by tapping into extremely conservative options strategies. I want to tell you about one approach that has put hundreds of thousands of dollars of profits into the pockets of subscribers since March 2014…and one that is easy to understand and implement for anyone with a brokerage account and internet access.
Dividends Are Delightful
If you're comfortable owning stocks at all, you'll probably also enjoy the added benefits of owning stocks that pay high and rising dividends. Over time, these kinds of stocks are veritable compounding machines that gush cash like fountains…producing streams of income or funding the purchase of additional shares every three months.
We buy dividend-paying stocks and then we do something that's perfectly legal but stacks the deck in our favor as it generates additional income from our stocks. If you like the idea of receiving real cash that pays you back just for owning a stock, then you'll love the extra income you can earn selling options on dividend-paying stocks.
Selling Options Boosts Yields
Our experience shows that writing covered calls on stocks you own often earns 3% to 6% per month in additional income…while writing puts on stocks you wouldn't mind owning earns similar returns. Both scenarios put cash in your pocket up-front, which reduces your cost basis in the stock and increases your chances of earning a profit.
You owe it to yourself to learn more about this strategy that generated a 100% win rate and average annualized return of 48.7% on closed positions so far this year!
Boosting Income and Total Return with Cash Payments
This is Charles Morgan, associate publisher of Forbes Newsletters.
Today I'd like to tell you about a source of weekly cash payments that you can begin collecting immediately.
In just the past few months, you could have grabbed these instant cash payments:
$440 on July 21…
$455 on July 19…
$435 on July 14…
$390 on July 12…
$425 on July 7…
and so on.
Subscribers pocket hundreds of dollars every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, month after month…and they’ve done it for the past eight years. We are pleased and honored to have many of our charter members still as active subscribers.
What’s great about our strategies is that the payments you collect are typically 30 times greater than what you can get from most dividend stocks, bank CDs and Treasury notes…
They are the equivalent, in annualized terms, to yields between 25% and 250% a year…
In fact, the cash payments you get with this approach can actually make your overall portfolio SAFER… and provide a cushion of guaranteed income in times of market volatility and uncertainty…
And it can help make sure you NEVER run out of money… and enjoy the kind of prosperous, worry–free retirement you want and deserve.
So, what's the secret?
You Can Collect Instant Cash Every Week and Month by Selling Low-Risk Options on Stocks
Most investors know about options but relatively few take advantage of them.
That's because many believe that options are risky, and they can be… if you're the one BUYING them. But if you're the one SELLING the options, they are among the safest sources of investment income there is.
When you sell options on dividend-paying stocks, you earn cash income on at least two fronts—from the dividends you earn and the money you make selling the options. They both serve to reduce your actual cost basis in a stock and set you up for superior total returns.
You Make Money… Or You Make Even MORE Money
With this strategy, you can make money THREE ways: You collect instant cash on the options… You earn a dividend…AND you collect the profits you make on the underlying stock. We only do these trades on dividend–paying stocks since they greatly enhance investment income while reducing cost basis.
Our basic trade is a buy write, which involves buying at least 100 shares of a dividend-paying stock and simultaneously selling call options that expire in two to six weeks.
Here's an example from earlier this year: on January 18, John Dobosz, editor of Forbes Premium Income Report, recommended buying 100 shares of scrap metal recycling company Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) . The price of the stock was $41.60 per share, but we only paid $39.00. How's that possible?
Well, we earned $2.60 per share by selling $41.00 call options that would expire one month later on February 18.
The combined price or the "net debit" (stock price minus options premium) of establishing this position was $39.00 per share, and it entitled us to the January 28 dividend of $0.19 and all gains in the stock up to $41.00 for the next 31 days. If the stock closed below $41.00 at expiration, we would've still owned it.
So, what happened? Schnitzer Steel shares closed above $41.00 on February 18, so our stock was automatically sold at $41.00, providing a profit on our 100 shares of $219 on $3,900 at risk, or 5.62%. Over a 31-day holding period, the annualized return was 66.1%.
Writing Puts For Portfolio Building And Cold Cash
Here's another example of how we make money: writing puts. This means getting paid for pledging to buy a stock at the strike price anytime until expiration. If the stock closes above the strike price when the options expire, you keep the money and have no further obligation.
Here's an example of how put writing made money for us last year.
On September 14, shares of paper and packaging company WestRock (WRK) were trading for $45.54 per share. This is what John recommended to his subscribers: Earn $190 selling one contract (each contract covers 100 shares) of $45 WestRock put options that would expire January 21.
Fast-forward to January 21 and WRK closed at $43.88 per share, which was below the strike price, so we had to buy 100 WRK at $45. Our cost basis, because we earned $1.90 per share selling the puts, was only $43.10.
As it turned out, the stock started to climb higher after the options expired, so we eventually realized a 7.08% total return when we sold the stock on February 1 for $46.15.
A Low-Risk Way to Make $526,297
We're extremely proud of our track record since the debut of the Forbes Premium Income Report service eight years ago. Since March 2014, we have closed out of 1,505 trades that have produced an average total return of 7.4%, and an average annualized return of 34.2%. Only 5% of closed trades since 2014 did not produce a profit.
Last year was one of our best, and this year we are going strong with a 100% win rate on closed positions in 2022.
Since the start, losers have been limited and more than made up for by a long string of winners!
There are two new trades every Tuesday and Thursday. You don't need to do them all.
In 2019, closed trades earned an average annualized return of 34.7%, with an average 5% total return per trade. Only 3 out of 128 closed trades in 2019 did not produce a profit…a 97.7% success rate.
Get this: in dollar terms, we have made our subscribers $526,297 in cash since inception, which created a real difference in their lives.
Investing Experts Agree: Selling Options on Stocks Can Boost Your Income Significantly
Unlike the unrealized gains you see with stocks, income from selling options doesn't vanish when something goes wrong on Wall Street or in the overall economy. Once the money hits your brokerage account, nothing can touch it. It's cold, hard cash that you can spend any way you please.
And I'm not the only one who says this. Here's what other investing experts say about selling covered options to boost your investment income:
The Wall Street Journal says that options on stocks you own “generate income and can juice returns in any market.”
Forbes magazine says cash from selling options is “like finding money in the street.”
Barron's adds that covered calls are a “strategy that, studies have shown, outperforms buy–and–hold investing.”
Money magazine says that selling covered options can “boost long–term returns up to 20%,” according to a study by University of Utah finance professor Robert Dubil.
Multiple Streams of Cash Income You Can Count on Week After Week
What's more, generating additional income from selling options is easy.
You don't need a special account
You don't need a lot of cash
You can do it with almost any regular brokerage account
All it takes to begin selling options on stocks you already own is a phone call to your broker and signing a special form.
And another thing: Unlike many other income strategies, you can sell options on stocks in retirement accounts.
The IRS considers selling covered options sufficiently conservative that it allows ordinary investors to use them in IRAs and 401(k)s.
What's more, everything is handled automatically by your brokerage.
When you collect the premium on a covered option, the money instantly appears in your account…within hours if not minutes.
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Both Conservative and Aggressive Picks: Conservative stocks are companies that pay dividends reliably over a long timeframe. Aggressive stocks are usually companies with a strong growth profile. Quite simply, we make our money by selling call and put options on these investments.
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The Only Caveat: We Must Hear From You Before The Deadline
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