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In-The-Money Cash-Secured Puts: Allow Exercise or Roll the Option When Using the PCP Strategy?

As contract expiration nears, we must be prepared how to manage our in-the-money (ITM) cash-secured puts. Assuming we initially sold an out-of-the-money (OTM) put which is now ITM, share price has declined. We can assume that by following the BCI guidelines for position management, the current stock price is not more than 3% below the […]

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Ask Alan #164 I Can’t Make Much Money Rolling-Out but Want to Keep My Stock

Alan answers a question posed by Doug, who asks: Alan,Alan, I’m having trouble with the following trade: On 6/10 I bought GDX for $22.37 and sold the July $24 strike for $0.24. On 7/12 GDX is at $26.21 and the cost to buy back the option is $2.21 (no time value left). I want to […]

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Expiration Dates versus Expiration Times: Important Clarifications

When we sell covered call options or cash-secured puts, the expiration date of our monthly option contracts is usually the third Friday of the month at 4 PM ET. However, this is not to be confused with the expiration time of these contracts. The latter is the date and time when the contract is rendered […]

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