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The Stock Option Income Generator: How To Make Steady Profits by Renting Your Stocks


Praise for The Stock Option Income Generator

"Mr. Friedentag has demystified the world of covered calls in this follow- up to Stocks for Options Trading. He has taken over twenty years of experience and made the ability to generate income from stocks look easy. Any trader who wants sure fire straightforward ways to extract money from the market needs to read this book."—Noble DraKoln, founder, Speculator Academy, and author of Trade Like a Pro

"The Stock Option Income Generator offers investors an approach to investing in options that makes it understandable even for the novice. The reader will have the knowledge to begin implementing an income- generating option strategy from day one. A must-read for investors interested in using covered calls."—Matthew D. McCall, President, Penn Financial Group

Harvey C. Friedentag is an investment adviser and money manager. He is certified as a Federal Court expert witness on stock trading, options, and other derivatives. Specializing in covered call writing, Friedentag has been managing money since 1986 and has consistently generated annual returns of more than 15%. He is also the author of the book Investing without Fear, which has been called, "a gem of a book for serious option writers." Friedentag serves as President of the Contrarian Investment Club in Denver, Colorado.


Chapter 1 Fear and Ignorance.

The Stock Market Crash of 1929.

Investment Knowledge + Stock Market = Profits.

Understanding Investor Behavior.

The Crash of 2008.

What To Do First.

My First Stock Purchase.

Insider Trading.

Mutual Funds

Self Management a Better Way.


Chapter 2 Invest with Confidence.

What Is Investing?

Asset Allocation.

Risk versus Reward: Finding Your Balance

The Three Strategic Factors.

Stocks: The Long-Term Core.

Defining “Investing” and “Fear”.

Market Madness: Black Monday October 19, 1987.

Market Anxiety Is Caused by Many Factors.

Year 2008: The Collapse of the Stock Market.

Investment Policy Statement.

Discipline Can Be Really Good for You.

Chapter 3 An Overview of How to Invest.


Investing in Stocks.

Contrarian Investing.

Growth Stock Investing.

Common Sense Stock Selection.

Dividend Income Stock Investing.

Keep in Mind.

Chapter 4 Stock Picking, Research and Annual Reports.

Questions for Investment Decisions.

Sources of Investment Information.

Trade Press.

Investment Clubs.

Reading the Annual Report.

The Quarterly Report.

Changing the Rules.

Annual Meetings.

Stock Selection Summary.

Chapter 5 How to Read the Financial News.

Guide to the Economy and the Stock Market.

Your Wallet Can Be a Leading Economic Indicator.

Chapter 6 The Art of Investing, Risk and Reward.

Stocks or Bonds.

Market Timing.

Anytime Is a Good Time to Start an Investment Portfolio.

Avoid Common Investment Risks.

Risk Breeds Fear.

General Investment Strategies.

The Tools of Contrarian Investing.

Classic Stock Market Statements.

Madness of Crowds.

The Madness Continues.

Take Advantage of the Pros.

Insider Information.

Insider Trading Is Not Always Illegal.

Buy, Sell or Hold.

Performance Records.

Investing Considerations.

Transaction Costs Compared.

To Make Money in the Stock Market Don't Lose Any.

Chapter 7 Dividend Reinvestment Plans.

Dividend Reinvesting Plans and Dollar Cost Averaging.

The Compounding Effect.

DRPs: Advantages for the Investor.

DRPs: Advantages for the Companies.

Using DRPs to Select Stocks.

Safety with a Small Investment.

Dividend Reinvestment Plans and the "Compounding" Effect.

The Dividend Debate.

Chapter 8 Picking and Dealing with a Stockbroker.

We Invest to Make Money.

The Buck Starts Here.

Shocking Facts: Is Research from Wall Street Useless, or Worse?

The Stocks in the Dow Jones Averages.

Today's Bargains Can Be Tomorrow's Winners and Today's Winners Can Be Tomorrow's Losers.

Why Use a Discount Broker?

Understanding Procedures.

Chapter 9 Advanced Investing and Goal Setting.

Financial Failure.

Money x Return x Time = Your Goal.

Your Money.

Your Return.

Your Time.

Investment Risks.

Risk Reward Relationship.

Chapter 10 Building Your Portfolio.

How the Pros Choose Stocks.

Benjamin Graham the Value Investor.

How Other Professionals Invest.

Value vs. Stock Price.

Buying and Selling Stocks.

Use Market Orders Only When You Absolutely Want a Transaction Completed.

Portfolio Management Guidelines.

A Reliable Way to Invest.

Chapter 11 Basic Investment Guidelines.

The Realities of Investing: Mind Over Matter.

Don’t Panic.

Do Not Try to Predict the Market.

Capitalize on Stock Market Anxiety and Euphoria.

Remember, No One Becomes Poor Taking a Profit.

Understanding Bankruptcy.

Key Considerations.

Always Remember.

Chapter 12 Options and the Stock Market.

What Is an Option?

The Business of Options.

Options Share Many Similarities with Common Stocks.

History of Options.

Function of Options.

Factors Affecting Option Valuation.

Underlying Security.


Time Value.

The Stock's Current Price and the Strike Price.

The Option Premium.

The Option Strategy.

What Is a Covered Call Option?

What Is a Covered Writer?

Some Questions and Answers.

Getting Started.

Why Sellers Sell Calls: Some Strategies.

Option Exercise.

Option Fundamentals.

Using Options and Margin.

What Is Margin?

Avoid the Premium Trap.

Put/Call Ratios.

Option Quotes.

Selling Options: Prudent Investing Method.

Chapter 13 Options and Potential Returns.

Naked Option Writing.

Starting a Covered Call Program.

The Pricing of Options.

Determining the Best Time-Value.

Determining the Best Strike Price.

Determining the Best Underlying Stock.

When to Take Action.

Understanding Published Option Premiums.

Option Symbols.

The Standard Method of Using Options.

My Method of Using Options.

Chapter 14 Margin: The Credit You Can Use.

Advantages of Margin.

The Margin Account and Buying Power.

The Margin Account Maintenance.

Margin Interest.

Important Margin Principles.

Opening a Margin Account.

Basic Ideas and Terminology.

Portfolio Valuation.

Portfolio Financials.

Margin or Maintenance Call.

Converting Dividends into Capital Gains.

Using Margin for Personal Purchases.

Chapter 15 Managing an Option Income Portfolio.

The Writing Possibilities.

Option Selection for Option Writing.

Selling Time Value.

Selling a Covered Call Option

Stockbrokerage Commissions.

Buy and Write Strategy (Buy/Write).

Formula for Stock and Option Selection.

The Option Buyer.

The Proof an Option Income Portfolio Is a Winner.


Periodical Review of Portfolio Equity Holdings.

Option Income Portfolio Review

Chapter 16 Option Income Portfolio as a Tax Shelter.

Investment Definitions.

The Option Income Portfolio and Taxes.

Option Contract Closing Transaction.

Tax Deferral.

Tax Gains or Losses.

Capital Loss or Gain Bank.

Chapter 17 Options: Standard Operating Procedures.

Rule of Thumb.

No Time = No Time Value.

Stock Price Goes Down.

Stock Price Stays the Same.

Stock Price Goes Up.

Selling and Buying Back Calls, One Stock for One Year.

Option Income Portfolio Procedure.

Chapter 18 LEAPS.

LEAPS Options for a Longer Term.

LEAPS Pricing.

LEAPS Symbols.

Chapter 19 Conclusions.

Fear, Greed, Gope, and One's Self.

Traits of the Winner.

Traits of the Loser.

The Surprising New Shape of the Economy.

Madness of Crowds Returns.

The Good News.

Remember Time Plus Money for Successful Investing.

Appendix: Investing in Citigroup Through the Years.


Investing Books.

Option Books.

Information Links.

About The Author.