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In the endless search for yield, a covered-call strategy can be an effective tool to supplement portfolio performance. In addition to finding returns from call premium, I'll try to incorporate higher quality dividend stocks for a little something extra. The guidelines for the covered-call strategy are:

  • Generating more than 7% per year from the calls and dividends combined is the overall goal.

  • Call should be at least 7% out of the money (OTM) to avoid being called away and to give room for underlying movement.

  • Targeted expirations will be within four months. Optimally, calls will be written on the same underlying stock 3-4 times per year.

  • Buying back calls to close before expirations takes place will be taken into account; yields are calculated bid-$0.05.

The picks should be looked upon as yield generators to supplement longer-term equity holdings. The above are only guidelines, however, not rules. Before utilizing the strategy, make sure to study it and know the potential hiccups that may occur.

Annualized Call Yield performance can be calculated as such:

= (Call premium - 0.05 /Stock price)/Days to expiration*365

Prices current as of December 3, 2012 market close

Summary on selection:

I felt it pertinent to write an article focusing on gold and silver related stocks. Many of you have been holding certain companies and ETFs waiting for them to move higher on buying in a flight to safety (risk off). I tend to think the best investment is GLD instead of playing single companies when playing this kind of strategy. However, single companies in this sector tend to be volatile and therefore their calls will be priced higher. Trying to gain exposure to gold for use as an inflation hedge and store of value should be a major thought in every investor's planning process.

There is a lot of great premium to be collected out there. I picked 4 of the largest and most liquid gold/silver related companies for this article because it is likely that many of you hold at least one. Most of these stocks have been beaten down in the last 3 months, giving you the perfect reason to generate income on a solid holding. I kept the strike prices as close to 7% OTM as possible because I don't think these stocks will explode higher in the next few months.

As always, I don't write these to recommend certain buys and sells of stocks, I'm only helping target certain calls for income generation.

Goldcorp. Inc (GG) January 40 call

TickerGG
Strike40
Exp MonthJanuary
Stock Price$37.49
Call Bid$0.85
Days to Expiration47
OTM6.70%
Call Yield2.13%
Annualized Call Yield16.57%
Annual Dividend Yield1.44%
Total Annual Yield18.01%

Yamana Gold (AUY) January 20 call

TickerAUY
Strike20
Exp MonthJanuary
Stock Price$18.35
Call Bid$0.35
Days to Expiration47
OTM8.99%
Call Yield1.63%
Annualized Call Yield12.70%
Annual Dividend Yield1.40%
Total Annual Yield14.10%

Barrick Gold (ABX) January 36 call

TickerABX
Strike36
Exp MonthJanuary
Stock Price$33.70
Call Bid$0.62
Days to Expiration47
OTM6.82%
Call Yield1.69%
Annualized Call Yield13.14%
Annual Dividend Yield2.37%
Total Annual Yield15.51%

Newmont Mining (NEM) January 49 call

TickerNEM
Strike49
Exp MonthJanuary
Stock Price$45.69
Call Bid$0.65
Days to Expiration47
OTM7.24%
Call Yield1.31%
Annualized Call Yield10.20%
Annual Dividend Yield3.00%
Total Annual Yield13.20%

iShares Silver Trust (SLV) February 34.5 call

TickerSLV
Strike34.5
Exp MonthFebruary
Stock Price$32.53
Call Bid$0.65
Days to Expiration75
OTM6.06%
Call Yield1.84%
Annualized Call Yield8.98%
Annual Dividend Yield0.00%
Total Annual Yield8.98%

SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) February 176 call

This idea has a very low return relatively. But since so many people hold it, I felt it necessary to include.

TickerGLD
Strike176
Exp MonthFebruary
Stock Price$166.10
Call Bid$1.00
Days to Expiration75
OTM5.96%
Call Yield0.57%
Annualized Call Yield2.78%
Annual Dividend Yield0.00%
Total Annual Yield2.78%

Source: 6 Gold/Silver Related Covered Calls