A “10% Trade” can be a safe way to boost your income on some of the best companies in the world.
If you’re working with a high-quality dividend growth stock that you think is trading at a reasonable price, you may be looking at a low-risk opportunity to generate above average income.
Consider the “10% Trade” I just made with Qualcomm (QCOM), a recent Undervalued Dividend Growth Stock of the Week and one of the 29 stocks selected for Dave Van Knapp’s new dividend growth “ETF”…
Opportunity to Capture an 18.1% to 41.3% Annualized Yield from QCOM
On Friday I bought 100 shares of QCOM for $65.37 per share and simultaneously “sold to open” one February 17, $67.50 covered call for $1.68 per share.
With this in mind, there are likely two ways this trade will work out — and they both spell at least double-digit annualized yields on my purchase price…
Scenario #1: QCOM stays under $67.50 by February 17
If QCOM stays under $67.50 by February 17, I’ll get to keep my 100 shares.
In the process I’ll also have received $168.00 in covered call income ($1.68 x 100 shares).
The covered call income — known as a “premium” in the options world — was collected instantly on Friday. It was deposited in the account where I made the trade, which is my 401(k) retirement account.
At the end of the day, if “Scenario 1” plays out I’ll be looking at $158.55 in profit after commissions and fees.
On a percentage basis, I received an instant 2.6% yield for selling the covered call ($1.68 / $65.37).
When I subtract out the commissions and fees I’m looking at a 2.4% yield in 49 days, which works out to an 18.1% annualized yield.
Scenario #2: QCOM climbs over $67.50 by February 17
If QCOM climbs over $67.50 by February 17 my 100 shares will get sold (“called away”) at $67.50 per share.
Like “Scenario 1”, I get to keep the $168 in covered call income ($1.68 x 100 shares)… and I’ll also realize a $213 capital gain ($2.13 X 100) since I bought shares at $65.37 and will be selling at $67.50.
In this scenario, after commissions and fees I’ll still be looking at a $362.10 profit.
From a percentage standpoint, this “10% Trade” will deliver an instant 2.6% yield for selling the covered call ($1.68 / $65.37) and a 3.3% capital gain ($2.13 / $65.37).
After subtracting out the commissions and fees, I’m looking at a 5.5% total return in 49 days.
That works out to a 41.3% annualized yield from QCOM. Not bad, considering the stock’s “regular” yield is 3.2%.
P.S. I realize the typical financial advisor may think it’s crazy to trade individual stocks in a retirement account… no matter how safe the stocks may appear. And in many cases they’re probably right — especially if you’re not properly diversified and you’re heavily dependent on the income from this account. So I urge you not to blindly follow my lead today without first speaking to a professional advisor or doing your own due diligence and research. In addition, I’m not a tax advisor and I don’t claim to be… so please consult a professional for any tax related questions you have.