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This week’s High-Yield Trade of the Week is with General Mills (GIS).
Even with the stock paying a historically-high yield of 3.8% right now, a million-dollar portfolio at that yield would pay you just $38,000 a year.
Unless you’re following a program like Jason Fieber’s “Early Retirement Blueprint”, it’d be very difficult to live off of that kind of income.
And what if this trade was designed to be safer than buying the stock the “traditional” way?
It’s a strategy that I personally use in my retirement accounts (401k and Roth IRA), and one that’s engineered to pay 10%-plus annualized income from some of the best companies in the world.
In short, the strategy I’m talking about involves selling a cash-secured put or a covered call on a high-quality dividend growth stock when it’s trading at a reasonable price (which is typically at or below fair value).
In fact, I just made one of these high-yield trades with General Mills this morning… and I’m generating a 17% to 35.3% annualized yield.
I like the setup here with General Mills…
Fundamentally, the stock looks attractively valued. There’s a lot going on in the FAST Graph below, but all you really need to know is that when the stock’s price (black line) is below its normal P/E (blue line) in multiple time frames, shares look relatively cheap. Note: I’m using the 10-year normal P/E in the chart below.
Technically, while the stock is in a bear market (its 50-day moving average is below its 200-day moving average), it did just flash a “buy” signal on the MACD, which is a momentum indicator.
With all of this in mind, a relatively short-term, high-yield trade like the one I detail below seems like a relatively safe, high-income move right now.
The following setup is what we’re looking at as we go to press. It’s the same trade I made in my retirement account just minutes ago, right after opening bell.
High-Yield Trade of the Week:
Sell the November 17, 2017, $52.50 call on shares of General Mills (GIS)
As we go to press, GIS is selling for around $51.67 per share and the November 17 $52.50 calls are going for about $0.77 per share.
Our trade would involve buying 200 shares of GIS and simultaneously selling two of those calls.
By selling call options, we would be giving the buyer of the option the right, but not the obligation, to purchase our 200 shares at $52.50 per share (the “strike” price) anytime before November 17 (the contract “expiration” date).
In exchange for that opportunity, the buyer of the option would be paying us $0.77 per share (the “premium”) per option.
Because we’re collecting immediate income when we open the trade, we’re lowering our cost basis on the shares we’re buying.
That’s what makes this trade safer than simply purchasing shares of the underlying stock the “traditional” way.
With all of this in mind, there are two likely ways our High-Yield Trade of the Week would work out, and they both offer significantly higher income than what we’d collect if we relied on the stock’s dividends alone.
To be conservative, we don’t include any dividends in our calculations for either of the following scenarios. The annualized yields are generated from options premium and applicable capital gains alone. So any dividends collected are just “bonus” that will boost our overall annualized yields even further. Let’s take a closer look at each scenario…
Scenario #1: GIS stays under $52.50 by November 17
If GIS stays under $52.50 by November 17, our options contract would expire and we’d get to keep our 200 shares.
In the process, we’d receive $154 in premium ($0.77 x 200 shares).
That income would be collected instantly, when the trade opens.
Excluding commissions, if “Scenario 1″ plays out, we’d receive a 1.5% yield for selling the covered calls ($0.77 / $51.67) in 32 days. That works out to a 17.0% annualized yield.
Scenario #2: GIS climbs over $52.50 by November 17
If GIS climbs over $52.50 by November17, our 200 shares will get sold (“called away”) at $52.50 per share.
In “Scenario 2” — like “Scenario 1” — we’d collect an instant $154 in premium ($0.77 x 200 shares) when the trade opens. We’d then collect another $166 in capital gains ($0.83 x 200) when the trade closes because we’d be buying 200 shares at $51.67 and selling them at $52.50.
In this scenario, excluding any commissions, we’d be looking at a $320 profit.
From a percentage standpoint, this scenario would deliver an instant 1.5% yield for selling the covered calls ($0.77 / $51.67) and a 1.6% return from capital gains ($0.83 / $51.67).
At the end of the day, we’d be looking at a 3.1% total return in 32 days, which works out to a 35.3% annualized yield from GIS.
Here’s how we’d make the trade…
We’d place a “Buy-Write” options order with a Net Debit price of as close to $50.90 ($51.67 – $0.77) as we can get — the lower the better. Options contracts work in 100-share blocks, so we’d have to buy at least 100 shares of General Mills (GIS) for this trade. For every 100 shares we’d buy, we’d “Sell to Open” one options contract using a limit order. I just made this trade with two options contracts, so the numbers in this article reflect that. Accounting for the $154 in premium we’d collect for selling two contracts, that would require a minimum investment of $10,180.
P.S. We’d only make this trade if: 1) we wanted to own the underlying stock anyways 2) we believed it was trading at a reasonable price 3) we were comfortable owning it for the long-haul in case the price drops significantly below our cost basis by expiration and 4) we were comfortable letting it go if shares get called away. To be mindful of position sizing, except in rare cases, the value of this trade wouldn’t exceed 5% of our total portfolio value. In addition, to minimize taxes and tax paperwork, we would most likely make this trade in a retirement account, such as an IRA or 401(k).
Please note: We’re not registered financial advisors and these aren’t specific recommendations for you as an individual. Each of our readers have different financial situations, risk tolerance, goals, time frames, etc. You should also be aware that some of the trade details (specifically stock prices and options premiums) are certain to change from the time we do our research, to the time we publish our article, to the time you’re alerted about it. So please don’t attempt to make this trade yourself without first doing your own due diligence and research.