With shares once again trading over my purchase price of $130 per share — it seemed like a good time to make a new “10% Trade” with Apple (AAPL).
I made the trade on Tuesday, and it involved selling one July 21 $135 covered call for $5.10 per share.
I sold this call on the 100 shares that I had purchased for $130.00 per share during a previous “10% Trade” back in May of 2015.
Here’s a quick summary of the put/call income and dividend income I’ve collected so far since buying these 100 shares back on May 29, 2015:
- I collected $2.14 per share in put income on May 29, 2015
- I collected $3.34 per share in call income on July 21, 2015
- I collected $0.52 per share in dividends on August 13, 2015
- I collected $0.52 per share in dividends on November 12, 2015
- I collected $0.52 per share in dividends on February 11, 2016
- I collected $0.57 per share in dividends on May 12, 2016
- I collected $0.57 per share in dividends on August 11, 2016
- I collected $0.57 per share in dividends on November 11, 2016
- I collected $5.10 per share in call income on February 7, 2017
So I’ve collected $1,385 in total income so far ($13.85 per share), which is 10.6% of my original investment of $13,000 (100 shares x $130.00 per share).
If I was simply holding the shares for their dividends alone, and not selling rounds of puts and calls as well, I would have only generated $327 in total income so far ($3.27 per share). That’s just 2.5% of my original investment of $13,000.
I think this is a good example of the income-boosting power of smart “10% Trades”.
There are likely two ways this new trade will work out — and they both spell at least double-digit annualized yields on my purchase price…
Scenario #1: Apple stays under $135 by July 21
If Apple stays under $135 by July 21 I’ll get to keep my 100 shares.
In the process, I’ll also have received $510.00 in covered call income ($5.10 x 100 shares).
It was deposited in the account where I made the trade, which is my 401k retirement account.
At the end of the day, if “Scenario 1″ plays out I’ll be looking at $501.24 in profit after commissions.
On a percentage basis, I received an instant 3.9% yield for selling the covered call ($5.10 / $130.00).
When I subtract out the commissions I’m looking at a 3.9% yield in 163 days… which works out to a 8.6% annualized yield.
Scenario #2: Apple climbs over $135 by July 21
If Apple climbs over $135 by July 21 my 100 shares will get sold (“called away”) at $135 per share.
In “Scenario 2″ — like “Scenario 1″ — I get to keep the $510.00 in covered call income ($5.10 x 100 shares). I’ll also generate $500.00 in capital gains ($5.00 X 100) because I bought at $130.00 and will be selling at $135.
In this scenario, after commissions I’ll be looking at a $1,001.24 profit.
From a percentage standpoint, this “10% Trade” will deliver an instant 3.9% yield for selling the covered call ($5.10 / $130.00) and a 3.8% return from capital gains ($5.00 / $130.00).
After subtracting out the commissions, I’m looking at a 7.7% total return in 163 days.
That works out to a 17.3% annualized yield from Apple.
P.S. The reason I’ve gone public with many of my real-life, real-money “10% Trades” is so you can see for yourself how entirely possible it is to boost your annualized yield on high-quality dividend growth stocks. Just keep in mind that these trades aren’t intended to be specific recommendations for you as an individual. Everyone has different financial situations, risk tolerance, goals, time frames, etc.