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Online Investors’ Ten Most Common Questions

Can you use options to boost your returns?

Options, which are contracts that give owners the right to buy or sell stocks by a certain time in the future, can be used aggressively or conservatively. Options can be used by speculators to place giant bets on stocks with very little up-front money. However, if used properly, options can add some extra return to your portfolio without necessarily increasing your risk too much.

Selling covered calls is a great example of how you can boost your returns without significantly increasing your risk. When you sell a call for a stock that you already own, it’s a covered call. When you sell a covered call, you collect a fee, or premium, from the buyer of the call.

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