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Sunday, December 23, 2012

December 2012 Expiration Results

The Covered Calls Advisor Portfolio (CCAP) contained eight covered calls positions with December 2012 expirations. A summary of the results is as follows:

- Two positions (Apple Inc. and SPDR Gold Shares) had their options expire Friday since the stock prices closed below the Dec options' strike prices.  So now, the Covered Calls Advisor Portfolio (CCAP) is long shares in these two equities.  A decision will be made during this week to either sell these shares or to re-establish covered calls positions by selling Jan2013 call options.  When these decisions are made and the accompanying transactions are completed, a post will be made on this blog on the same day with the details.

- The other six covered calls positions (Canadian Natural Resources Inc., Citigroup Inc., iShares MSCI China ETF, iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF, iShares MSCI South Korea ETF, and Potash Corp.) were closed out upon Dec2012 options expiration since the stocks closed above the strike prices.  Hence, the options expired and the accompanying equities were assigned at their respective strike prices.  
The cash available from the closing of these positions will be retained in the Covered Calls Advisor Portfolio until new covered calls positions with Jan2012 options expirations are established.  These transactions will be posted on this blog the same day they occur.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Returns -- Through November 2012

1. 2012 Year-to-Date Results:

As shown in the "Year-to-Date 2012" line in the chart below, the Covered Calls Advisor Portfolio (CCAP) has increased by 9.92% so far in 2012. This is 3.27 percentage points (+9.92% minus 13.19%) below the Russell 3000 index, which is the benchmark against which the Covered Calls Advisor Portfolio is compared.

The financial results were as follows:
CCAP Absolute Return (Jan 1st through November 30, 2012) = +9.92%
= ($322,758.43-$293,634.14)/$293,634.14
Benchmark Russell 3000 (IWV) Absolute Return (Jan 1st through November 30, 2012)
= +13.19%
= ($84.03-$74.18)/$74.18

As a reminder, 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.

2. Prior Years Results:
This Covered Calls Advisor blog began in September 2007. The performance results for 2007 through 2011 is summarized as follows:

This table shows that the Covered Calls Advisor Portfolio has outperformed the Russell 3000 benchmark by a total of 16.94% over the 4.3 years from the start of this blog in Sepember 2007 and the end of 2011. As shown, the corresponding average compound annual return-on-investment outperformance has averaged +3.85% per year. This average is within the Covered Calls Advisor's expected range of +3% to +5% average annual outperformance for long-term results achieved from a well-managed covered calls investing program.

Also 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.

As shown in the right sidebar near the top of this page, the Covered Calls Advisor's current Overall Market Meter rating is "NEUTRAL". The corresponding investing strategy is to, on-average, sell 1% out-of-the-money covered calls for the nearest expiration month.

If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to submit them -- they are always welcomed. Click the 'comments' link below. If you prefer confidential communications, my email address is listed at the top-right sidebar of this blog site.

Regards and Godspeed,