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Steve's note: Yesterday, my colleague Dave Eifrig explained the little-understood benefits of selling options. Today, he'll share a simple way to put this strategy into practice. By selling options on a certain type of stock, you can quadruple the amount of income you collect – without taking on additional risk...
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Today, investors have an incredible opportunity to earn double-digit percentage rates of income.
You simply have to look past conventional investments like bonds and mutual funds...
Instead, look at unusual income plans like "Digital Utilities." As I'll show you today, this plan is paying out safe income streams of 15% or more...
Traditional utility stocks have been a good friend to retirees and other income investors for generations.
You see, if you want indoor plumbing or a refrigerator, you have to do business with the municipal utility company. In many cities, these utility companies enjoy monopoly positions. The government-guaranteed profits turn these companies into income-producing machines. Because everyone has to use their services, the payments they deliver to shareholders are secure and safe.
These traditional utilities still have a place in the average retiree's portfolio. But as longtime DailyWealth readers know, there's an alternative type of utility company you should consider...
These stocks are safe. They enjoy near-monopoly positions. And if you're willing to try something a little different, you can collect annual income payments nearly four times as large as what you'll get with traditional utilities.
Let me explain...
"Digital Utilities" is the name I've given to certain dominant "Big Tech" companies. I'm talking about names like Intel (INTC) and Microsoft (MSFT).
Intel dominates the semiconductor industry. Microsoft dominates the software industry. Just like you can't turn the light on without using power from your electrical utility, you can hardly use a computer without using these companies' products. And because digital-utility companies don't have to contend with nearly as much regulation as traditional utilities, they can grow their profits much faster.
Now here's the part where it gets interesting...
Just like regular utilities, digital utilities pay reliable dividends in the 3%-4% range. But right now, you have an opportunity to quadruple the amount of income you collect from these stocks... without taking on any additional risk.
That opportunity is selling "covered calls."
In general terms, this strategy amounts to buying shares of safe, dividend-paying companies, like Intel and Microsoft, then selling "call options" to other traders. When you sell a call option, you're giving other traders the right to buy your shares at a certain price.
The process is different from just buying shares. And it takes a little while to get used to the idea. But I've shown thousands of readers how to do it in my Retirement Trader advisory. Once you get the hang of it, it will change the way you see income investing.
Let me walk you through some numbers, so you can see how useful a tool this is if you're looking for safe income...
Right now, you can buy Microsoft for about $65 per share. Let's say you buy 100 shares, for a total of $6,500. Right after buying your shares, you can sell someone the right – but not the obligation – to buy them from you for $67.50 each ($6,750 total) any time between now and late May. You collect $100 for selling that right. This $100 payment represents an instant 1.5% yield on your shares.
If Microsoft climbs above $67.50 in May, you'll sell your shares for a capital gain of $2.50 per share... keep the instant 1.5% yield... and pocket the quarterly dividend Microsoft pays along the way. All told, you'll walk away with 5.4% in two months – more than 30% annualized.
If Microsoft does not rise to $67.50 per share, you simply keep that instant 1.5% yield, your 100 shares, and the dividend. You can continue to collect those dividends. And you can make similar trades over and over again, generating a double-digit annual cash yield.
Readers of my Retirement Trader options-trading service have been able to do just that... They've been able to turn a safe "utility" stock into 15% a year or more in income.
That's about four times what you can collect by simply owning shares.
Don't get me wrong... Regular shareholders of traditional utility stocks and "digital utility" stocks like Intel and Microsoft will do just fine over the coming years. Both investments will pay out reliable dividends.
But folks who are willing to do a bit more work can start earning 15%-20% a year right now.
Here's to our health, wealth, and a great retirement,
Dr. David Eifrig
"If you're like most investors, you've been led to believe that it's impossible to earn large amounts of investment income without taking big risks," Dave writes. But with his simple strategy, you can do exactly that... Read his essay debunking myths about selling options: You CAN Safely Earn Double-Digit Annual Income Streams.
"There is no other way to reduce your downside in the market like my simple options strategy – one where you get paid up front," Dave says. When used correctly, options can protect your investments in down or flat markets, while still earning strong returns when the market rises. Learn more here: Want to Boost Your Market Returns? Then Read This.
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Today, we'll revisit one of the strongest sectors of the market...
Regular readers know we are always looking for big secular trends to invest in. Since the invention of the personal computer and the cellphone, demand for the semiconductors that power these devices has been growing... And so has our need for data storage and handling...
We last checked in on this trend with chip maker Broadcom (AVGO) and the iShares PHLX Semiconductor Fund (SOXX). Today, we'll look at a leader in the memory and storage business: Micron Technology (MU). Founded more than 35 years ago, the company holds more than 20,000 patents today. Micron's products help turn the massive amount of data we create into valuable insights.
Micron shares have soared this year. As you can see in the chart below, they're up nearly 170% from their May lows, and they just hit a fresh 52-week high. As we consume more and more data, Micron's business should continue to grow...