New, tested NVAX premiums are exciting!

Recently, under the title Colossal economic drop; enormous members’ gains we posted a blog describing how some of our members’ earned more than 2% for the week by writing (selling) just-out-of-the-money  covered calls on Novavax (symbol NVAX) expiry date, Friday of the same week (C 31JUL20 140.00). They did so during the worst market conditions imaginable.

Members who wrote (sold) just-in-of-the-money cash-covered puts got similar results.

(Canadian members are only allowed to sell cash-covered puts outside tax-advantaged accounts. Within tax-advantaged accounts, they need to  own a security in order to write covered calls on it.)

After that, the returns on NVAX derivatives were no longer interesting. For a while!

Well, they are interesting again.

Writing (selling) just-out-of-the-money covered calls (C 14AUG20 172.50) or just-in-the-money cash-secured puts (NVAX P 14AUG20 170.00) on NVAX this week now earns 5% per week!

A word of caution

Equalling the market over the course of an investment lifetime would allow individuals to maintain their income level in retirement to match their career income. They simply need to practice the six habits Monday morning millionaires to achieve that outcome.

To do even better than that almost always requires investors to neglect one or more of these habits.

Investors who sell just-out-of-the-money covered calls (C 14AUG20 172.50) or just-in-the-money cash-secured puts con NVAX are abandoning two of these. First, they are picking a stock instead of buying the entire market.

Let us look at the stock.

As you can see below, MorningStar analysts claim that NVAX is overvalued by 34%.

Secondly, investors who have the six habits on Monday Morning Millionaires take profits and get out of investments as they rise. They are not doing that in this case.

By neglecting these two important habits, investors are taking more risk.

What can they expect?

For covered calls, $9.00 divided by $172.50 multiplied by 100 = 5.22% for the week! (C 14AUG20 172.50)

For just-in-of-the-money cash-secured puts (P 14AUG20 170.00), the results are similar.

When the market opens at 9:30 AM Eastern standard time, the numbers mentioned above will be slightly different. Nevertheless, they will be exciting.

There is more.

I recently wrote a post about balancing good returns with safety. I bought a security and wrote covered calls on it, expiry date in three weeks. (There were no closer expiry dates. The closer the expiry date, the better.)

Selling derivatives on NVAX gives such high returns that before the market opens, I will look into buying back the covered calls contract mentioned above (that cancels the covered call position) and selling the underlying, probably at a loss.

Then, I can use the money from selling the underlying to buy NVAX. That will then allow me to sell more covered calls on NVAX which should more than offset the losses.

I will keep you posted.


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