ETF Covered Calls 01-08-2010

So it’s a new year and the ETF-Cashinator has just been cranked for the first report of the year.   The volatility in the market is still there and there are faint signs of some stability into the distant future but the next few months remain murky and unpredictable.

Here’s the google link.

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4 Responses to ETF Covered Calls 01-08-2010

  1. Fletch says:


    I’m curious how you define volatility, because by almost any measure this has been the least volatile the markets have been in 2 years – with few major moves up or down. Heck, even after today’s bad job report the market was flatline most the day. Yet each Friday you repeat the same thing, that there is a lot of volatility – where? Perhaps what you’re really saying is that there is high IMPLIED volatility? Thanks.

  2. Rich says:

    The English language has only so many words to express ideas, theories, and comparisons not to mention the most critical element of HISTORICAL reference. I have been monitoring these ETFs and doing covered calls on them for a LONG time. Some of this experience can be found in my earlier posts and here is a link to one as an example:

    Note that I was doing this long before I started the blog too.

    Look at the report for January 2007 and you’ll find less than half a dozen good ETF’s to do ETF Covered calls on, now look at this week’s report for February and you’ll see PAGES of ETF’s that seem worthy of ETF Covered Calls.

    The disparity between a normal market (from my ETF monitoring perspective of a few years) and today’s market is glaringly apparent to me. What I call volatility is the differentiation between what is a “normal” market circa pre-2007 and the “volatility” we have today in terms of the ETF-Cashinator report.

    I don’t ever read Wall Street crap nor pay any attention to idiots on CNBC and their “VIX” and other “readings” crap; it’s all garbage and that has been proven over and over now for the entire public and world to see these past few years.

    I guess I could use the terms “variance from historical norm” but “volatility” seems to fit my definition a little bit better.

    In terms of options trading, the Wall Street definition of “volatility” is good but in terms of what I do it’s only good to a certain extent (i.e. until the market topples and you’re left holding the bag).

  3. Fletch says:

    Why are you using the mid 2000′s as your benchmark for volatility? It was one of the least volatile times in the past few decades. Also, when you look at the premiums are you factoring in the fact that there are many leveraged ETFs than even a few years ago? I don’t mean to argue with you much, but I just don’t see any of the volatility in the market that you talk about.

  4. RichSlick says:

    I’m using 2005 thru 2007 as the benchmark but touche…

    If you need a place to post your account trades and share your experience and successes (and failures), please let me know.

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