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Selling covered calls

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Selling covered calls is a strategy in which an investor writes a call option contract while at the same time owning an equivalent number of shares of the underlying stock. Learn the basics of selling covered calls and how to use them in your investment strategy. The Related Lessons on this page will show you how to sell covered calls on Fidelity’s trading platforms.

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Options at Fidelity

  • Options research

    Options research helps identify potential option investments and trading ideas with easy access to pre-defined screens, analysis tools, and daily commentary from experts.

There are additional costs associated with option strategies that call for multiple purchases and sales of options, such as spreads, straddles, and collars, as compared to a single option trade.

Charts, screenshots, company stock symbols and examples contained in this module are for illustrative purposes only.

Options trading entails significant risk and is not appropriate for all investors. Certain complex options strategies carry additional risk. Prior to trading options, please read Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options, and call 800-343-3548 to be approved for options trading.  Supporting documentation for any claims, if applicable, will be furnished upon request.

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