This morning I bought 100 shares of AT&T (T) for $32.20 per share and simultaneously “sold to open” one October 19, 2018 $33 call option for $1.01 per share.
This is my latest “high-yield trade” — a strategy designed to generate above average income from some of the best companies in the world.
In exchange for that opportunity, the buyer of the option paid me $1.01 per share (the “premium”).
Because I collected immediate income when the trade opened, I immediately lowered my cost basis — after commissions and fees — from $32.20 per share to $31.25 per share. In other words, I bought the stock at a 3.0% discount to its share price when I placed the trade today.
This is precisely what makes a “high-yield trade” safer than simply purchasing shares of the underlying stock the “traditional” way.
Yes, I’m limiting my potential upside (if T shares climb to $40, for example, I’ll still be forced to sell at “just” $33)… but I’m generating a decent-sized income in the process.
It’s a trade-off… and one I’m willing to make because this strategy, by its very nature — selling a call option instead of buying one — is designed to be conservative and to generate income.
There are likely two ways this new trade will work out — and they both spell outsized annualized yields.
Scenario #1: T stays under $33 by October 19
If T stays under $33 by October 19, I’ll get to keep my 100 shares.
In the process, I’ll also have received $101 in call income ($1.01 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 $95.40 in profit after commissions.
On a percentage basis, I received an instant 3.1% yield for selling the calls ($1.01 / $32.20).
When I subtract out the commissions I’m looking at a 3.0% yield in 102 days… which works out to a 10.6% annualized yield.
Scenario #2: T climbs over $33 by October 19
If T climbs over $33 by October 19, my 100 shares will get sold (“called away”) at $33 per share.
In “Scenario 2″ — like “Scenario 1″ — I get to keep the $101 in call income ($1.01 x 100 shares). I’ll also generate $80 in capital gains ($0.80 X 100) because I bought at $32.20 and will be selling at $33.00.
In this scenario, after commissions I’ll be looking at a $170.45 profit.
From a percentage standpoint, this high-yield trade will deliver an instant 3.1% yield for selling the calls ($1.01 / $32.20) and a 2.5% gain ($0.80 / $32.20).
After subtracting out the commissions, I’m looking at a 5.3% total return in 102 days.
That works out to a 19.0% annualized yield from T.
P.S. The reason I’ve gone public with many of my real-life, real-money “High-Yield 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.