Earn Extra Money Renting Out Your Stocks


Many investors rent out their stocks every month to generate potentially larger returns. Of course, when they do that, they don’t call it renting: The term they use is a “covered call.” That’s when you sell an option to another investor to buy your stock at an agreed-upon figure, called a strike price.

Why would you rent your stock? Let’s consider a hypothetical example: Maybe you bought 1,000 shares of a company some time ago for $18, and the stock has performed nicely, but now seems to be stuck in a range, hovering around its current price of $23. You don’t mind owning the stock. But it’s not doing much.

A bullish investor could pay $23,000 to buy the shares from you on the open market. Or he could buy 10 call options for $2 per share, or $2,000 total investment. Each call option gives the right but not the obligation to buy 100 shares of the stock by a certain date at a specific price. Only some stocks are optionable, via the Chicago Board of Options Exchange.

As Time Goes By

The value of those call options will generally rise and fall with the value of the stock. So if that stock hits $27, the investor can use the option and buy all the stock or can just sell the option without ever owning the stock. So if that investor bought October $25 calls for $2, they could now be worth $3.50 each, or $3,500. That’s a nice profit of $1,500 on a $2,000 investment. (This example excludes commissions and the difference between the bid and the ask price. And yes, the valuation of options is complicated.)

But remember, every day that passes toward the option’s expiration day means these options become worth a little less money. If that stock goes down, the options become worthless, and the total investment of $2,000 could be lost.

If the stock rises to the strike price of $25 or higher, you will probably be called, which means you have to sell your stock at $25, which is not terrible because you bought it for $18 — plus you received $2,000 for the option. If that stock does not make it to $25, then you keep the $2,000 and the stock.

You could sell the next month’s call option at $25 for maybe another $2,000 — or sell a call further into the future for more money. This could be a good strategy if you are long (meaning you already own it). But it might not be optimal. After all, if you bought the stock at $18 and think it’s heading toward $40, then it would not be advisable to sell it at $25.

Some Other Considerations

  • Stocks that are more volatile have higher options pricing.
  • You must be approved to trade covered calls by your broker. With experience, you can also be approved to deal in advanced option trades.
  • A “covered call” means you have covered your option sell by actually owning the stock before you sold the call. Uncovered calls could be riskier.
  • Selling a covered call is no more risky than owning the individual stock, so it is allowed inside of individual retirement accounts. Buying calls and put options (options bought when you are betting that a stock will go down in value) are riskier and are not allowed with retirement funds.

Never buy a stock just to sell the call. Make sure you like the stock on its own merits, because if you buy it to sell a call, and the stock tanks, you could still lose much of your investment, regardless of the extra you could make on renting it out.

Wealth Without Stocks! Why haven’t I heard of this before?

The indoctrination of the stock market is most powerful

Turn on your television, your phone, your computer, and any other device you care to name and you will almost certainly be greeted by the day’s stock averages such as the Dow Jones, NASDAQ, and S&P 500, among others. You will be instantly updated as to the direction of the market. There are entire television channels that are on 24 hours a day and 7 days a week that do nothing but report on the stock market; such as CNBC. How boring to have to follow those for hours every day.

When that kind of media blitz has been happening now for generations it is small wonder why people are unaware that they can, in fact, create much wealth even without stocks or mutual funds. This philosophy is NOT about being anti-stock market; there is certainly a place in every wealth plan for stocks or funds somewhere along an individual’s stages of wealth. The problem is that the vast majority of people have no idea of the many other ways that are available to grow and protect wealth. When me or my teammates and staff work with our clients from all over the country they are always fascinated when we start to discuss many of the alternative options to grow and protect wealth.

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Most of the topics we will cover in future posts are not only virtually unknown to most of the world but when used properly they can be extremely powerful. I am so excited to put all these wealth vehicles in one place that I can’t wait to begin to put this powerful information in your hands. We are going to cover debt reduction strategies, creative real estate strategies, private pension and self-directed IRA strategies, just to name a few.

We talked earlier a little bit about why the stock market is such a major force in almost every investor’s life but there is also the fact that you don’t need any knowledge to put your money into the market. Most Americans simply select what kind of investor they are; which will include aggressive, moderate, and conservative (Translation is how much money you can afford to lose). Just like that, they are signed up for their employers 401k, which will be their main retirement savings and investing plan for the rest of their lives. More than 80% admit to really having no clue what they signed up for to any great degree and certainly no knowledge of how their money was being invested. They just get their investing amount taken out of every check and let it ride!

The good news with that philosophy is that you don’t need any extra knowledge; the bad news is that you are making one of the biggest financial decisions in your life blind. You are investing (not saving, in most cases) money and just blowing all of your income. Although this is far from perfect, it is better than not doing anything at all. It’s fast, easy, and painless to get started funding your future. So you don’t have to be a financial expert to begin to accumulate wealth. That system is hands off from you and will allow you to focus on other things that are important in your life. The money is given to Wall Street (most of the time) and invested through mutual funds into many different kinds of stocks. However, that system also comes with enormous costs in the form of market losses and huge opportunity costs that we will talk about more in an upcoming articles.

The wealth without stocks philosophy is not that simple (it is pretty easy but not that simple) and will require you to obtain some niche knowledge to take advantage of the markets that are available to you in your quest to build wealth. If you are reading this than I am going to assume that you are the kind of person who is willing to shut off the television to further their own education for even one hour per night. You are willing to sacrifice time on Facebook® and every other social media time suck that are available to us. If that is a true statement than you will have the opportunity to grow and protect wealth at an accelerated rate that should far outpace your colleagues who have bought into the old financial plan described earlier. I want to congratulate you for being one of the few that actually will take the time to design their finances and secure an abundant future.

You are about to be launched into a secretive world (in comparison to the stock market and mutual fund world) that will make simple sense to you. Think of these articles like your own personal wealth buffet and you are free to choose whatever is to your liking and leave the other strategies on the table untouched. However, what will happen for many of you is that you will implement one of two of the strategies and then come back to the well of knowledge to see what else might be a fit for your goals. Just because it is not a fit for you today doesn’t mean it won’t be a fit for you tomorrow.

Just be open-minded and ready to learn!

All the best to you,
John Jamieson