Even ‘Losses’ Can Be Income Winners

by Mike Larson
By Mike Larson

You get paid as an investor when your trades are winners.

No surprise there.

But what if you could get paid on your losing trades, too?

It's not impossible.

In fact, it's a standard part of the income-focused methodology my team and I just rolled out!

And this week, I'm going to tell you how it works.

Let's start with the premise behind our strategy: Investors NEED better income options.

Bank CDs won't cut it. Savings accounts won't cut it. Treasurys won't cut it. Even junk bonds won't cut it.

Not with inflation at 8.5% and yields at — well — nowhere near 8.5%.

That's where SELLING options — rather than BUYING them — comes in.

When you buy options, studies and research show you can expect to lose on around 80% of your trades. The passage of time and the cost of the options work against you, and many purchased options simply expire worthless.

But selling options is a much higher-percentage strategy. You turn those odds around, putting them in your favor.

Our backtesting and real-world experience show that with the proper techniques and tools at your disposal, you can push your win rate on trades even higher than 80%. Potentially as high as 97%-98%.

Even with that kind of win rate, though, you'll have an occasional loss. If you sell put options for income, and the value of the underlying stock you target declines below the strike price on your options at expiration, you'll have to buy its shares. This is called getting exercised.

But even on a so-called losing trade, all is not lost.

You still have ownership of something with value. Provided the underlying stock or exchange-traded fund (ETF) you targeted is only experiencing a temporary or gradual decline, you can turn around and get paid by it.

Specifically, you can sell covered calls against your shares while you wait for them to recover. And you can do that over and over, each month, reaping round after round of additional income.

The result? Even losers can become winners.

Yes, there are ways this can go south. If the underlying stock or ETF just keeps dropping, you'll lose money on the shares and the covered call income won't be enough to offset it.

You also need to have enough capital or buying power in reserve to execute the strategy. So, no, this technique isn't foolproof. Nothing is.

But our experience has shown it isn't just your winners that can pay off. Your losses can, too.

Want to learn more about how this works?

Check out my recently released Weekend Windfalls MasterClass video.

It will only take a few minutes of your time. But it could pay off handsomely for you in this era of low yields, high inflation and relatively lousy income alternatives.

Until next time,

Mike Larson

About the Editor

In an era of high-risk exuberance, Mike Larson stands out as a leader in conservative investment strategies that outperform the market overall. Using the safety-oriented Weiss Ratings as a guide, he has a proven history of guiding investors to stocks and ETFs that provide asset protection, consistent dividends and excellent growth.

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