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BCI PODCAST 72 Rolling Covered Call Options on Expiration Friday

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When our covered call strikes are in-the-money as expiration approaches, we can avoid exercise by rolling the option. We can roll-out to the next month same strikes or roll-out-and-up to the next month higher strike. We always roll-out to an in-the-money strike but can roll-out-and-up to an in-the-money, at-the-money or out-of-the-money. BCI calculators will run the returns gleaned from option-chain information.



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About Alan Ellman

Alan Ellman loves options trading so much he has written four top selling books on the topic of selling covered calls, one about put-selling and a sixth book about long-term investing. Alan is a national speaker for The Money Show, The Stock Traders Expo and the American Association of Individual Investors. He also writes financial columns for both US and International publications along with his own award-winning blog.. He is a retired dentist, a personal fitness trainer, successful real estate investor, but he is known mostly for his practical and successful stock option strategies.

2 Responses to “BCI PODCAST 72 Rolling Covered Call Options on Expiration Friday”

  1. Roni December 10, 2021 3:57 pm


    My experiments with rolling out or out and up did not go well.

    The problem, for me, is that on expiry Friday, there is no BCI Stock Screen to validate my expectations, and also, the stocks which increased in that period have a tendency to pause and decline in the new cycle.

    Another factor to remember is that we must divide our gains by two, even when successful.

    I prefer to be assigned and start from scratch on Monday with a fresh Stock Screen and the market indicating the tendency.

    I am aware of the lost opportunities, but I feel better safe than sorry.


    • Alan Ellman December 11, 2021 7:57 am


      Rolling exit strategy opportunities will present frequently. It’s up to us to evaluate the pros and cons of executing these trades versus “allowing assignment” Not every opportunity translates into action.

      One disadvantage of rolling, as you point out, is that we don’t have the availability of the upcoming weekend premium stock report to compare to other potential trades. On the other hand, rolling will avoid having to add additional cash to the trade should share value accelerate by Monday.

      There is no right or wrong here as long as we have the ability to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches.