The Poor Man’s Covered Call Explained

5 min readJul 14, 2020

I’m Markus Heitkoetter and I’ve been an active trader for over 20 years.

I often see people who start trading and expect their accounts to explode, based on promises and hype they see in ads and e-mails.

They start trading and realize it doesn’t work this way.

The purpose of these articles is to show you the trading strategies and tools that I personally use to trade my own account so that you can grow your own account systematically. Real money…real trades.

The Poor Man’s Covered Call Explained
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What Is The Poor Man’s Covered Call?

Questions we’ll answer in this discussion:

What is it

Who is it for

When to use it

The Poor Man’s Covered Call is a very specific type of spread. As you know, we’ve been covering option spreads for several Coffee With Markus Sessions.

We’ve also covered the Covered Call’s strategy in-depth on our YouTube Channel.

In this article, we’re discussing the difference between trading stocks, covered calls, and the Poor Man’s Covered Call.

Trading Stocks

Let’s take a look at trading stocks first. Let’s say that you’re bullish on a stock like Boeing (BA). If you were bullish on this stock, you might purchase a decent amount of stock, let’s say 100 shares.

At the time of the original writing of this article, this stock’s strike price was $180. If you purchased 100 shares of Boeing, at $180 dollars each, this would require $18,000 in purchasing power.

If the stock increases by $10, to $190, you stand to earn $1,000 in net profit. So you’ve risked $18,000 to earn $1,000. If the stock price increases to $200, you’ll earn $2,000 and so on.

This is pretty basic and you probably understand this concept.

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As you can see in this image, the sliding scale moves to the right as the stock price increases.




Markus is a self-made multi-millionaire who was born in Germany. He came to the US in 2002 with $30,000 in his pocket and a dream to become a successful trader.