A Closed-End Fund (CEF) is a type of collective investment fund. A CEF has an asset manager who invests a portfolio of investments in order to meet the fund’s investment objectives. Closed-End Funds have a fixed number of shares that are traded on a stock exchange throughout the day.
We only recommend purchasing a CEF when they trade at a discount to their Net Asset Value (NAV).
Why pay a premium when there are many Closed-End Funds available at a discount?
Our rule is to never purchase a CEF as a new issue. We follow this rule because when a CEF is a new issue they are offered at a premium to NAV
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Structured Investments utilize various trading techniques to provide a range of unique risk reduction and diversification strategies. Structured Investments are both compliments and/or alternatives to ETF and Index Fund investing. They provide investors access to markets in a simpler and more cost effective manner. Investors’ returns are linked to underlying assets such as broad market indexes (domestic and foreign), stocks, baskets of stocks, interest rates, currency, commodities, and many other asset classes. They have been popular abroad for years, and are becoming more well- known and utilized by individual investors in the U.S. Structured Investments provide a cost effective way to monetize a particular market view: (Bullish, Bearish, and Neutral). A combination of numerous Structured Investments in a portfolio can provide suitable risk versus reward profile and is suitable for conservative to aggressive investors.
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An Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) is a type of security that tracks an index, a commodity or a basket of assets like an index fund, but trades like stock on an exchange.
Exchange-Traded Funds allow investors to trade the entire market as a though it were one single stock. The costs are low, and the portfolios have a tax efficient structure. Larger ETFs also have efficient option trading (Covered Calls, Spreads, etc…).
ETFs are beneficial when investors want to create a diversified portfolio.
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A call option is a contract that gives the holder the right to purchase the underlying security at a specified price for a certain fixed period of time. Sellers of call options receive a premium. If the buyer decides to exercise the option, then the seller has to sell the stock at the strike price. If the buyer does not exercise the option, then the seller profits from the premium.
Covered Call Writing is an option strategy in which we sell call options on stocks or ETFs that we hold. The option we sell gives the option buyer the right to buy the security from us at a specified price for a specified time period. We are paid a premium for selling the call option. The Premium serves as downside protection, built in gains, or leveraged returns.
These three strategies reduce risk vs. holding the underlying. Not only do they reduce risk but there are many market conditions where they provide greater returns.
At the money covered call writing is a strategy in which an investor sells an option with a strike at the current price of the underlying security. In this strategy the maximum gain is the amount that is received from the premium.
In the money covered call writing is a strategy in which an investor sells an option with a strike that is lower than the current price of the security. The further in the money the more conservative the strategy is, however, upside is decreased accordingly.
Out of the money covered call writing is a strategy in which an investor sells an option with a strike higher than the current price of the security. This type of investor will profit in the initial upside movement of the stock. The maximum gain is the premium plus the difference between the strike and the current value.
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