October 22, 2014
How To Collect Reliable Income From A Stock Thats Going Nowhere
By Amber Hestla
It's a simple way to look at trading. But to me, a successful trade is one
that makes money.
For most investors, this means you see a stock you like, do some research, and
then decide to pull the trigger. At this point, of course, the hope is that the
stock moves up and you book a reasonable return on your investment.
But if the stock moves lower or sideways, you'll break even at best.
What if I told you that there is a strategy that makes it possible to
profit from owning stocks that aren't moving at all?
This isn't just theory. In my premium newsletter we've been able to earn
market-beating returns time and again using what we call the Maximum
For example, MasterCard (NYSE: MA) was one of the first positions we opened
back in February. The trade recently closed in July.
Over that five month period, the S&P 500 gained about 6%, while MasterCard
only gained 1.3%. But by using my Maximum Income strategy my subscribers and I
pocketed a 10% gain.
How is this possible?
While traditional stock investors sit back and hope to see gains, we use
covered calls to actively earn the gains we want to see.
But before I explain exactly how we do this, let me show you several more of
the 10% -plus gains we've earned by using covered calls.
As you can see, we've been able to earn double-digit returns consistently in
just a short period of time with these stocks. And the great thing is that we
didn't need big upside moves from our stocks to pocket big returns. We can use
this strategy to make money with the stocks we already own (or want to own) in
any market environment.
So let me briefly explain what a covered call is, and then I'll give you the
details on my latest trade recommendation, which you can make today.
As a stock owner, you possess the right to sell your stock at any time. When
you write a covered call, however, you're agreeing to sell 100 shares of a
stock that you own to someone else on a specified date (the expiration date),
at a specified price (the strike price). In exchange for writing the covered
call, you are given a cash "premium" immediately.
When I find an ideal stock and sell a covered call option, I'm looking for one
of two desirable outcomes.
1.) Generate instant income and hold on to the stock: Selling an option
produces income that is immediately deposited into the option seller's
brokerage account. If shares trade below a certain level at expiration, you'll
pocket the instant income, and still hold on to the stock.
2.) Lock in a gain by selling the stock: If shares trade above a certain price
level when the option expires, you'll keep the premium and pocket the gains
from selling the shares you own at a higher price.
Now here's how you can use this strategy today...
Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is an all-American farm equipment manufacturer that
I consider to be undervalued and a buy at today's prices.
But rather than just buying the stock and hoping for it to appreciate like
most investors, I can use a covered call strategy to earn income now.
As of Tuesday, shares of Deere trade for $83.78. Call options with a strike
price of $85 are trading around $2.00, and expire in December.
Selling these calls will generate immediate income of about $200 (each
contract controls 100 shares.) If you buy 100 shares of Deere at $83.78, it
will cost you $8,378. But if you already own 100 shares of DE, you'll simply
pocket the instant income.
So if shares of Deere trade for $85 or less on December 19th, we keep the $200
premium, earning 2.39% in 60 days. That's a 14.5% annualized return on our
But if DE trades above $85 on December 19th, we'll keep the $200 premium, and
sell 100 shares of DE at $85 per share. That means you'll book a 1.5% gain
from the stock, but when you combine that with our income, you'll realize a
profit of 3.8 %, or $322, in just 60 days.
In both scenarios we have the possibility of earning double digit annualized
returns, with very little risk.
Here's the great thing about this strategy... You can repeat it multiple times
and scale it up as much as you want. And it works in almost any market
Rather than sit around and hope your holdings appreciate, covered calls put
you in the driver's seat. We've been able to earn gains of 12.5%, 17% and 25%
with this strategy so far in Maximum Income. To learn more about how covered
calls can help you collect these kinds of gains each month... click here.
Options & Income Strategist