|July 6, 2015
An Alternative Income Strategy Generating 7.7% Every 2 Months
By Amber Hestla
One of the best income strategies in the world involves a market some investors completely ignore. It allows individual investors to generate income from the best companies in the world without buying stocks most of the time.
I've been recommending trades in this market for over two years. And so far, the results have been astounding -- each of the 85 trades I've closed has been a winner.
I don't want to beat around the bush or make this sound like some super-secret investing strategy only I can tell you about. I am talking about selling options.
Now, before you decide that you never want to try options trading, let me show you what a recent subscriber to my Income Trader newsletter, which focuses on selling options, had to say about my strategy:
"When I first started using [Amber's] picks, my goal was to earn $500. Then I quickly realized I can earn at least $1,000 per month. I use the profits to buy more... Not only are your picks excellent with low risk, it teaches you to look for other options on your own, which I have done."
-- Nathan S., West Long Branch
As you may already know, "put" options give buyers the right -- but not the obligation -- to sell a stock at a specified price before a specified date.
When we sell a put contract, we receive cash, or what I call Instant Income, upfront.
Selling a put means we're expecting the stock not to fall to a certain price. If it does, for every contract we sell, we have to buy 100 shares at that price (more on why that's not a bad thing in a minute).
If the stock goes up, or doesn't sink to the price we specified, we pocket that upfront money as pure profit.
All 85 of my closed trades have made gains since 2013. You can review all my closed trades here.
While I probably won't have a perfect record forever, every trade we've closed so far has been a winner. And on average, we've generated 7.7% in Instant Income every 63 days on our money since February 2013 -- an average annualized gain of 53.4%. If an investor had sold 10 contracts on each trade, they would have pocketed a total of $76,300 in Instant Income since the service launched a little over two years ago.
So what's the downside risk? You can end up buying shares of the underlying stock if they fall below the strike price.
For example, let's say a stock falls 8% in a single day due to an earnings miss. Assuming shares fall below the option's strike price, investors that sold puts might be required to buy the stock for more than its current price.
But, my strategy has an answer to that potential problem...
My risk analysis goes deeper -- and into the companies themselves. I always make sure that we are selling options on stocks we wouldn't mind having in our portfolios.
When this happens, you get the opportunity to buy shares of a company you want to own anyway -- just at a lower price than the market was offering when you sold the put. You'll even know the price upfront before you enter the trade.
Of course, this does not happen often. In my 85 closed trades, only five have resulted in shares being assigned. Nearly 95% of my options have expired worthless, meaning we didn't have to buy shares, and the Instant Income we received from selling puts was pure profit.
In fact, many of my readers have already generated $6,000... $19,500... and even just under $150,000 in Instant Income. If potentially doubling or even tripling your income stream sounds appealing to you, for a limited time you can gain access to my research at a 67% discount. But this offer will soon be taken off the table. To learn more about my strategy and take advantage of this limited discount, follow this link.
Income & Options Strategist