9 Tips For Selling Call Options In A Bear Market – Investor Questions

Since January 2015 I think every investor knows that something has changed with the markets. For the first time since this rally started in March 2009, the market has been trended sideways since the fall of 2014. With the end of March we are now 5 months into a market that has gone nowhere. The 3 year S&P chart below shows the daily movement of the S&P index and you can see the steady climb in the index up until after the pullback in October. Since that pullback the market has primarily moved sideways.

Who knows, perhaps in the future investors may look back on this chart and realize that the bull market ended in late 2014 and not even in 2015. We won’t know until the future but perhaps now would be a good time to start considering how to profit from a change in trend. Over the past several months I have received quite a few emails wondering about strategies for the next bear market. Let’s review a typical question on the use of Naked Calls or Selling Call Option in a bear market.

SPX 3 Year Chart

SPX 3 Year Chart

Selling Call Options In Bear Markets

Selling call options in bear markets can be highly profitable, but in a bear market they are not as profitable as holding put options can be. That though is pretty obvious. Nonetheless, selling call options can provide excellent returns in bear markets, but like all strategies, they can also end with losses, especially when a stock moves back higher. In bear markets, volatility is higher and stocks can gyrate quickly and unevenly.

The rest of this strategy article on selling naked calls in a bear market is for FullyInformed Members.  The article is approximately 2000 words and will require 5 pages if printed.

9 Tips For Selling Call Options In A Bear Market

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