What can options mean to your dividend yield? Now that 2016 is over, I can give a real life example of what it means to my yield.
During 2016, I have owned the same number of a specific ticker throughout the year. The company is a a dividend aristocrat. I own it to get a real life feeling of what dividend investing could be. On top of that, I sell options against my position: both naked puts and covered calls.
What do the numbers tell me?
Compared to my cost basis (the cost basis is not so far away from the current price), I have an after tax dividend yield of no less than 4,54 pct!
By all measures this is beyond the average return that you can get on my countries index! Not all dividend stock pay such a high net yield, that is for sure.
The total option premium yield I got out of this stock is 3,27 pct! That is a nice booster. It represents a 72 pct increase of my dividend yield. That is not bad at all. I almost doubled my dividend income on that stock!
Not all options that I sold were profitable by expiration. That means that I was at risk at some point of time to be assigned. What does that mean?
For my call options: I could be called away the stock at the strike price. As a result, I would no longer own the stock and no longer get the dividend. I would make some capital gain and get the option premium.
For my put options: I could be forced to buy at the option strike price. As a result I would own more stock, have more potential dividend and can sell calls against the stock (warning: you need the cash to actually buy the stock…!)
My option strategy is to avoid this. I am only interested in the premium, not assignment. As a result, some options were rolled multiple times. The longest open period was 223 days, and then 131 days. That means that during multiple months, I needed to keep the option.
Covered calls account for 2,17 pct of this result, naked puts account for 1,10 pct of the return.
During most of the year, the stock was below my costbasis, limiting my possibilities to sell covered calls.
For 2017, I will be pursuing this strategy even more. The aim is to have covered calls against all my dividend stock, every time when possible. (This means I can get a decent premium for a stricke above my cost basis).
As a result, I have now all my stock on this ticker used for a covered call. The call is in the money, so, I risk to be called away. Puts have to wait, as I am at my maximum risk threshold that I set for myself. I hope to have puts by mid February.
Disclaimer: this is only one stock that is analyzed. This is not at all a guarantee for future succes when you would apply this strategy yourself. This is my own opinion, not an encouragment for you to trade. This is for pure entertainment.With stock and options, you can also loose money, there are no guarantees. Do your own homework