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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Returns -- Through August 2011

1. August 2011 Year-to-Date Results:

As shown in the chart below, the Covered Calls Advisor Portfolio (CCAP) has slightly underperformed the benchmark Russell 3000 index by 0.28 percentage points (-3.60% minus -3.32%) over the first eight months of calendar year 2011.

CCAP Absolute Return (Jan 1st through August 31st, 2011) = -3.60%

Benchmark Russell 3000(IWV) Absolute Return(Jan 1st through August 31st, 2011) = -3.32% = ($72.46-$74.95)/$74.95

2. Prior Years Results:

The Covered Calls Advisor Portfolio (CCAP) began in September, 2007. The annualized returns achieved each year for 2007 through 2010 compared with the Russell 3000 benchmark were as follows:

As a reminder, the Covered Calls Advisor Portfolio is not identical to the advisor's personal portfolio. However, it does provide a comparable overall portfolio return result since all equities in the CCAP are also held in this advisor's personal portfolio. To ensure comparability, all transaction dates and transaction prices herein are identical to those that were established in the Covered Calls Advisor's personal portfolio. The primary difference between the two accounts is the total number of shares held for each equity. This approach is used to preserve the confidentiality of the total value of the Covered Call Advisor's personal portfolio.

The Covered Calls Advisor uses a bottom-line performance measure to determine overall portfolio investment performance results -- it is called 'Total Account Value Return Percent'. Here's an example to aid understanding of how the overall portfolio performance is determined: If the total CCAP portfolio value was $100,000 at the beginning of the calendar year and $110,000 at the end of that year (and with no deposits or withdrawals having been made), then the 'Total Account Value Return Percent' would be +10.0% [($110,000-$100,000)/$100,000]*100. As shown in the right sidebar near the top of this page, the Covered Calls Advisor's current Overall Market Meter rating remains "SLIGHTLY BULLISH". The corresponding investing strategy is to, on-average, sell 2% out-of-the-money covered calls for the nearest expiration month.

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Regards and Godspeed,

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