I’m alerting you to a new high-yield trade I made this past Friday with PepsiCo (PEP).
In short, I bought 100 shares of PEP at $137.88 per share and simultaneously “sold to open” one February 26, 2021 $138 call option for $3.92 per share.
Here’s what the order looked like in my account after it was fulfilled…
This is my latest “high-yield trade” — a strategy designed to generate above average income from some of the best companies in the world.
By selling the call option on PEP, I’m giving the buyer of the option the right, but not the obligation, to purchase my 100 shares at $138 per share (the “strike” price) anytime before February 26, 2021 (the contract “expiration” date).
In exchange for that opportunity, the buyer of the option paid me $3.92 per share (the “premium”).
Because I collected immediate income when the trade opened, I immediately lowered my cost basis — before commissions and fees — from $137.88 per share to $133.96 per share.
The ability to immediately lower cost-basis like 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 PEP shares climb to $145, for example, I’ll be forced to sell at “just” $138)… but I’d still be selling shares for more than what I bought them for AND generating high 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 double-digit annualized yields.
Scenario #1: PEP stays under $138 by February 26, 2021
If PEP stays under $138 by February 26, 2021, I’ll get to keep my 100 shares.
In the process, I’ll also have received $392 in call income ($3.92 x 100 shares).
The call income — known as “premium” in the options world — was collected as soon as the order was filled Friday.
It was deposited in the account where I made the trade, which is my 401k retirement account.
On a percentage basis, I received a 2.8% yield for selling the call ($3.92 / $137.88) in 28 days.
That works out to a 37.1% annualized yield.
Scenario #2: PEP climbs over $138 by February 26, 2021
If PEP climbs over $138 by February 26, 2021, my 100 shares will get sold (“called away”) at $138 per share.
In “Scenario 2″ — like “Scenario 1″ — I get to keep the $392 in call income ($3.92 x 100 shares). I’ll also generate a $12 gain ($0.12 x 100) because I bought at $137.88 and will be selling at $138.
In this scenario, I’ll be looking at a $404 profit.
From a percentage standpoint, this high-yield trade would deliver an instant 2.8% yield for selling the call ($3.92 / $137.88) and a 0.1% capital gain ($0.12 / $137.88).
At the end of the day, I’m looking at a 2.8% total return in 28 days.
That works out to a 38.2% annualized yield from PEP.
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 easy 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.