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How to Enter & Calculate Closing a Weekly Put Trade After Rolling the Option in the Same Contract Cycle + Alan’s Wealth365 Webinar Registration Link

When we sell cash-secured puts, we are undertaking the contractual obligation to buy shares at the strike price by the expiration date. The option seller (that’s us) sets those parameters. In return, we receive a cash premium. The implementation of exit strategy opportunities allows us to maximize the success of our trades. This article will […]

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How to Manage a 5.3% Mid-Contract Unrealized Gain: A Real-Life Example with BHP Group Limited (NYSE: BHP) + Alan’s Wealth365 Webinar Registration Link

When we have a maximum mid-contract unrealized gain on a trade, there are opportunities when we can generate additional income streams and, thereby, enjoy higher than initial maximum returns. There are also scenarios when we should take no action and continue to monitor these trades. On 1/19/2022, Patrick shared with me such a trade he […]

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How to Enter Our Rolling-Out-And-Up Trades into Our Monthly Trading Logs

In our last blog article, we discussed how to enter our rolling-out trades into our covered call writing trading logs. This article will highlight the additional considerations when rolling our covered call trades out-and-up.   Trade log challenges when rolling-out-and-up We are combining 2 months of option premiums: how do we break this down? What […]

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How to Enter Our Rolling-Out Trades into Our Monthly Trading Logs

When we roll-out our covered call trades, we are actually combining 2 months of option premiums, the current month and the next contract cycle. This may create some confusion as how to enter these combination trades into our trading logs. As you will see, there is no perfect solution, but BCI has created guidelines that […]

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Will My Stock Be Sold Because of the $2.00 Dividend? A Real-Life Example with Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (Nasdaq: SBLK)

On 2/21/2022, Bob wrote a 3/17/2022 $29.00 call on SBLK. On 2/26/2022, SBLK was trading at $31.76 and the cost-to-close the short call was $2.78. On 3/1/2022, SBLK was going ex-dividend for an eventual $2.00 per-share distribution. Will Bob’s shares be sold the day prior to the ex-date?   Case for early exercise Ex-dividend dates […]

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Covered Call Writing & Selling Cash-Secured Puts: Strategies or Exit Strategies? A Real-Life Example with T-Mobile US Inc. (Nasdaq: TMUS)

Covered call writing and selling cash-secured puts are low-risk option-selling strategies seeking to generate weekly or monthly cash-flow. Can these basic strategies be considered exit strategies as well? In this article, I will make the case that, yes, they can be considered both.   When is covered call writing an exit strategy?  After selling a […]

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Rolling-In Covered Call Trades + New Book Discount Offer Expiring

Exit strategy implementation is a critical aspect of successful covered call writing and put-selling strategies. Over the years, we have discussed rolling options as an integral part of our position management arsenal. This article will detail a new rolling strategy… rolling-in.   Rolling definitions Rolling-up: Close out options at a lower strike and open options […]

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How to Enter Our Rolling-Out Cash-Secured Put Trades into Our Trading Logs + New Book Discount Offer

When we roll-out a cash-secured put trade, we are spanning 2 contract cycles. This article will detail how to enter and close our trades into our trading logs to best reflect the results over multiple time frames.   What is rolling-out an ITM put strike? This is where we buy back (buy-to-close or BTC) the […]

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Hitting a Double: The BCI Trade Management Calculator in Action + Final Chance to Register for Tuesday’s Webinar

“Hitting a double” involves buying back the short call using our 20%/10% guidelines and then re-selling that same option when share price recovers. On 3/13/2019, Mario was kind enough to share with us his trades with SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (NYSE: XBI) where he astutely applied this exit strategy.   Hitting a double trade overview  2/26/2019: […]

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Enhancing Gains with the Mid-Contract Unwind Exit Strategy: The BCI Trade Management Calculator in Action + Free Webinar Registration Link

After entering our covered call trades and share price rises substantially, there are often opportunities to generate a 2nd inc0me stream by closing both legs of the original trade and entering a new one with a different underlying security. In the BCI methodology, this is known as the Mid-Contract Unwind (MCU) exit strategy. This article […]

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