Best to sell an ATM, ITM or OTM covered call?

Discussion in 'Options' started by crgarcia, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. This has gotta be a stir the pot post. NOBODY is this dumb, are they?

    In 2000, WCFC, a company which sold seminars on investing and offered subscriptions to a trading bulletin board service called the Wealth Information Network (W.I.N.), posted $1.7 million in trading losses.[7]

    On October 5, 2000, Wade Cook Financial Corporation agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and 14 state Attorneys General on charges that the corporation misrepresented earnings potential. WCFC claimed 20% monthly returns. As a result, WCFC was required to set up redress program for consumers who purchased its products and to alter its advertised earnings claims.[8]

    In 2002 the FTC brought new charges based on failure to comply with the previous order.[9]

    In 2002, WCFC was forced into Chapter 11 bankruptcy by a group of its creditors, including several employees and independent contractors, who claimed they had not been paid for several months.[10]

    In December, 2005, Wade Cook and his wife Laura were charged with several counts of income tax evasion.[11] Both pled not guilty. According to court documents, the Cooks operated a fraudulent charity, ostensibly to benefit the Mormon church, but instead bought show horses, his and her Cadillacs, a 40-acre (160,000 m2) estate, and the majority share of an oil rig which gave Cook the right to name it. He named it after himself.[12] The trial began on January 17, 2007.[13]

    On February 20, 2007, Cook was found guilty by a federal jury of seven charges for failing to pay taxes on $8.9 million that the government says he should have reported as personal income from 1998 to 2000. His sentencing was set for June 22, 2007.[14][15] On May 16, 2007 Laura Cook, the wife of Wade Cook, plead guilty to obstructing federal tax laws. She faced up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.[16]

    On August 2, 2007, Wade was sentenced to 88 months in prison, his wife Laura Cook was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Wade was also ordered to pay back $3.75 million in owed back taxes.[17]

    On September 4, 2008, Cook was taken into custody at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac, Washington, preceeding transfer to a prison where he is currently serving his 88-month sentence.[18]

    #21     Jul 21, 2009
  2. He said 5 to 10% per YEAR

    #22     Jul 21, 2009
  3. spindr0


    Yep, the OP said 5 to 10% per year. I was replying to the stud on page 3 who claimed that 5-10% per month really isnt that hard.

    And it's a good thing that he did cause I really hate wasting a good rant :)
    #23     Jul 21, 2009
  4. It's much LESS likely for the market to go down 38% at these relatively low levels.
    #24     Jul 21, 2009
  5. but if the time premium is greater than the dividend why exercise?
    #25     Jul 21, 2009
  6. Depends on the call. I didnt say every single ITM option was an early exercise strictly for the DIV play
    #26     Jul 21, 2009
  7. if you have the cash $$$ thing is...forget the covered call and sell naked about 100-1,000 way out the money QQQQ or SPY options...that is where the liquidity and real cash $$$ is...please note this...
    #27     Jul 21, 2009
  8. spindr0


    At current levels, the market only needs to drop 60% of what it dropped last year in order to exceed that drop. And isn't 60% easier to do than 100% ???

    #28     Jul 21, 2009
  9. Biggest concern if we reach an uncontrolled tail stall and end up upside down. If that happens the S&P will reach 0
    #29     Jul 21, 2009
  10. Not really worth discussing the scenario where the market "can't" fall X percent. People have short memories and need to learn the same lessons over and over.
    #30     Jul 21, 2009