Getting paid to buy something seems like a Tom Sawyer trick, but it is doable, and this article will educate you how.
I am going to show you how to get paid to potentially acquire GLD at below current market prices.
This involves using put options. If one is primarily an investor or an options trader who doesn’t mind owning shares of a security this education is for you.
Before I get in to all that let’s look at this chart on GLD I’ve shown recently.
The annotation I have on the chart says it looks like a double bottom in price for GLD over this time frame.
The current price and the last 4 trading days appears to be forming a pivot low, and if that is the case it will be a higher low from the previous ones. That is deemed bullish.
If you are long-term bullish on GLD then continue to stay the course.
I recently showed you an order to buy the stock. The price at that time was 177.17 and I showed the order to buy 100 shares at $175 limit. This would make the cost on 100 shares $17,500.
There is Another Way to Acquire GLD using Options.
Instead of just placing an order to buy the stock outright, one can Sell Put options up front.
A Put option is the right to sell the stock at a specific strike price on or before an expiration date.
If you are a put seller you are first, generating a premium or money into the account. You are then at risk of getting assigned that stock at that strike price.
That’s fine. You are actually good if the stock doesn’t get assigned and the option expires, and you keep the premium/money sold.
But, in the event you get assigned and have to take the stock you are then getting it at a reduced basis, (reduced by the amount of the premium sold from the strike price) and you now own the stock less than what was the current market price.
Let me show you what my video on this scenario has for the numbers on this situation.
You can see the option strike is the $175 Put and the options expiration is Jan. 19, 2024.
For one contract ‘sold to open’ it would generate $175.
I would then be obligated to acquire GLD at $175 anytime between the date sold and expiration.
Which would be good by me as the current market price was $177.15 and this would give me the stock below that price or $175. Not only that, but my basis would also be further lowered by the premium of $1.79 sold.
By selling the put option up front I give myself a great chance to not only acquire GLD but do so at a reduced price to current market value and I am getting PAID to do so.
Here are My Top 3 Rules when Selling Puts
- Sell Puts on Stocks you would want to own at below market prices
- Sell Puts on Stocks that have HIGHER than average Implied Volatility
- Sell Puts that give you a high statistical probability, the higher the better
My software www.tomsoptiontools.com has the Morning Reports feature which can find those options with high IV.
That lesson on Implied Volatility will be done at a later time, but the reason I like to sell puts with high IV is I have a better chance of getting paid more on those options than those with low IV.
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