Writing covered calls on stocks you already own can be an attractive way to pick up extra income. However, we don’t recommend the strategy on stocks you wouldn’t want to own in the first place. For example, we believe Cisco Systems is a relatively unattractive dividend stock, and we are not interested in owning Cisco just so we can write covered calls on it. We believe there are more attractive options for increasing income, and we’ve highlighted four of them in this article.
Value stocks, dividends, blue chips and capital appreciation.
The Blue Harbinger Weekly:
A members-only weekly report on Blue Harbinger's investments and the market.
In a continuation of our free report titled "12 Attractive Equity Options for Income Investors," this members-only report contains the top 5. Four of the top five are call options on big-dividend stocks we currently own, and the fifth is a put option on a big-dividend REIT that we follow.
Investors generally go through multiple phases during their investment life cycle, including the contribution phase and the distribution phase. This week’s Blue Harbinger Weekly reviews a couple smart strategies for each of these two important investment phases. And we also provide an update on an attractive dividend growth stock that is flashing a buy signal right now (and yes, we own it).
Friday’s big 2.5% decline in the S&P 500 has left many investors nervous. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that the market sold off 10% to start 2016. And investors still remember late 2007 to early 2009 when stocks lost more than 50% of their value. In this week’s Weekly we discuss the merits of “moving to cash” in order to avoid the risk. We also review this week’s new investment idea, a big dividend mortgage REIT that benefits from more market turmoil.
These are the stocks we actually own in our Income Equity Portfolio. The portfolio is best for income-focused investors, and it has been constructed in accordance with the caveats we have described in parts one and two of this article (as well as a lot of other considerations too). The following table shows the number of holdings in the strategy along with their weights and dividend yields (the names and tickers are reserved for members only). This report also provides a brief August performance review and future outlook for all Blue Harbinger holdings across all three strategies (Income Equity, Disciplined Growth, and Smart Beta).
We made a new purchase in our Disciplined Growth strategy on Friday, and this week’s Weekly provides more details on the purchase. We also provide an updated holdings list with all of the details for the Disciplined Growth strategy. This week’s members-only new investment idea is the stock we purchased. We reported on this stock last week too, so this week’s “part 2” includes more details on why we believe it’s an exceptional investment opportunity right now.
This week’s Weekly is a continuation of our free report titled "5 Dividend Aristocrats Worth Considering," but in this member-only version we have included the Top 3. We currently own two of the Top 3 stocks on the list. Also, one of the stocks is this week’s members-only new investment idea (it’s an attractive big-dividend Industrial company that’s gotten even more attractive this month and this last week following some very interesting news).