I Just Made This “10% Trade” with Microsoft (MSFT)

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For about a year now I’ve been telling you about one of my favorite ways to generate extra income in the stock market.

It’s a way to safely double… triple… or even quadruple your annualized yield from some of the world’s best companies.

In short, the strategy I’m talking about — which I call a “10% Trade” — involves selling either a covered call or a cash-secured put on a high-quality dividend growth stock that’s trading at a reasonable price.

When executed properly, the beauty of a “10% Trade” is that even shares of a relatively safe stock like Microsoft (MSFT) can deliver a 10%-plus annualized yield. That’s over triple the stock’s “regular” annual yield of 3.0%.

“10% Trade” opportunities aren’t limited to just Microsoft, though. Take a look at the list below. All of these are real-life “10% Trades” I’ve closed out over the past year…

Unfortunately, many investors will never take advantage of these income opportunities. And I think that’s too bad, because they could be missing out on hundreds or even thousands of dollars in extra income each month.

The problem is, I think most people are simply unfamiliar with how these trades work… or they think they’re too complicated to understand.

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But none of these things are necessarily true…

In fact, if executed properly, not only is a “10% Trade” relatively simple to make, but it can be much safer than a conventional stock trade.

There are many reasons for this, but today I’ll give you just one: In short, a “10% Trade” can pay you even if your underlying stock goes nowhere.

I realize that may sound crazy, so let me show you a specific example of what I’m talking about…

How I’m Making Money On a Stock That’s Gone Nowhere
Back on December 2, 2014, I made a “10% Trade” that involved selling two cash-secured puts on Microsoft (MSFT).

At the time I made my trade, Microsoft was selling for $48.39 per share and the January 17, $48.00 puts were going for $1.04 per share. My “10% Trade” involved selling two of these puts.

Here’s what the trade boiled down to: I was paid $208 for agreeing to buy 200 shares of Microsoft at a price of $48 per share. Since the stock was trading under $48 on January 17, the options expiration date, I was assigned the 200 shares and I’ve been holding them ever since. So to recap, I was paid $208 to buy 200 shares of Microsoft at $48 per share.

Since buying shares, the price of Microsoft has both dropped and rebounded… but it’s ultimately back to where we started: $48 per share. In other words, the stock has essentially gone nowhere.

Now, if I had made a conventional stock trade on December 2 (instead of a “10% Trade”) and simply bought shares at the market price, I would own 200 shares at a cost of $48.39 per share. Considering that Microsoft is trading at about $48 per share today, and that it’s paid a $0.31 per share dividend, I’d be about dead-even today. I wouldn’t have made any money and I wouldn’t have lost any money.

However, thanks to the “10% Trade” strategy, not only did I buy shares at a slight discount ($48 vs. $48.39), but I also collected $208 in options income for selling the two puts. Throw in the $62 in dividend income that I collected in March and I’m sitting on a profit of about $270 today.

Not bad considering the stock is currently trading for the same price that I bought it for (which is my main point here).

But wait, it get’s better…

At this point I can make a second “10% Trade” on my 200 shares and generate even more income. In fact, I can add another $228 to my pocket right now by selling a round of covered calls on my shares.

With this in mind, that’s exactly what I just did (bringing my income tally up to $498). Here’s what the timeline looks like…

"10% Trade" with Microsoft (MSFT)

Here are the details behind the specific trade I just made…

Yesterday, I sold two June 19, $48.00 covered calls for $1.14 per share. I sold these calls on the 200 shares of MSFT that I purchased at $48.00 per share through the trade I initiated on December 2.

In short, I was paid $228 for agreeing to sell my 200 shares of Microsoft at a price of $48 per share. Whether I sell them or not depends on if Microsoft is trading above $48 per share by expiration day on June 19.

But in the meantime, and assuming shares don’t get called away too early, I’m in line to collect another $62 in dividend income.

Add it all up, and I’m actually looking at a total of $560 in dividend and options income. That’s a 5.8% yield in less than seven months on my $9,600 investment (200 shares x $48 per share).

Keep in mind, Microsoft’s forward annual dividend yield is 3.0%. But thanks to the two “10% Trades” I’ve detailed, I’m getting almost twice the income (5.8% vs. 3.0%) in a fraction of the time (7 months vs. 12 months).

At this rate, I’m still on pace to generate a 10% annualized yield from these Microsoft shares. Not bad for a stock that’s essentially gone nowhere.

This is just one example of how a “10% Trade” can be safer than a conventional stock trade. In short, you can generate hundreds of dollars in extra income even if the underlying stock trades sideways.

Bottom Line: As I’ve mentioned before, as long as the market continues to offer safe, income-generating opportunities like this one, I’ll be more than happy to take them. And I’ll continue to share these opportunities to Trades Of The Day readers, as well.

Greg Patrick

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