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Rolling-Out Poor Man’s Covered Call Trades: A Real-Life Example with Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOG)

When the Poor Man’s Covered Call (PMCC) strategy is employed, the short call is the active leg of the trade. If a strike is expiring in-the-money (ITM), we can roll the short call to a later expiration date. This article will detail 2 possible rolling trades with GOOG, 1 for rolling-out to the same strike […]

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How to Use the Capital Adjustment Section of the Trade Management Calculator When Executing Multiple Exit Strategies in the Same Contract Cycle

Exit strategies for covered call writing and selling cash-secured parts are integral aspects of our trading system. It is critical to learn how to enter, calculate and archive these position management trades. This article will detail one example of this process using a real-life example with Etsy, Inc. (Nasdaq: ETSY) using 2 rolling-up put trades […]

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How to Enter & Calculate Rolling-Out-And-Down Cash-Secured Put Trades: A Real-Life Example with Invesco QQQ Trust (Nasdaq: QQQ)

When selling out-of-the-money (OTM) cash-secured puts, we calculate our initial time-value returns with this formula: % return = Put premium/ (put strike – put premium) When incorporating exit strategies into our strategy, we must properly enter these adjustments into our spreadsheets such that the calculations will be accurate and properly archived.   What is rolling-out […]

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Rolling-Up Our Cash-Secured Put Trades: A Real-Life Example with Etsy, Inc. (Nasdaq: ETSY)

When we sell cash-secured puts, we are seeking to generate cash flow or to buy securities at a discount. It is generally written that the maximum return for these trades is the put premium. This article will demonstrate how multiple income streams can be achieved by implementing our exit strategy arsenal and, thereby, achieve higher […]

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Exercising Call Options to Capture Dividends: A Reasonable Action or Investor Error?

Dividend capture is the main reason for early exercise of our covered call writing trades. More specifically, ex-dividend dates are the times most susceptible to early exercise and having our shares sold at the strike price. This article will analyze the profitability or lack thereof of taking such action. On July 3, 2022, Graham shared […]

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Calculating Mid-Contract Put-Selling Trade Status + A New Covered Call Writing Strategy Coming Soon

After entering our put-selling trades, we can calculate the current status of our trades mid-contract with a few simple entries into our Trade Management Calculator. In this article, a real-life cash-secured put example with Bristol-Myers Squibb Comp. (NYSE: BMY) will be highlighted. Hypothetical examples of winning and losing trades will be detailed on the spreadsheet. […]

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Calculating Mid-Contract Covered Call Writing Trade Status: A Real-Life Example with Bristol-Myers Squibb Comp. (NYSE: BMY)

After entering our covered call writing and put-selling trades, we can calculate the current status of our trades mid-contract with a few simple entries into our Trade Management Calculator. In this article, a real-life covered call writing example with BMY will be highlighted. Hypothetical examples of closing winning and losing trades mid-contract will be detailed […]

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Entering and Adjusting Our Covered Call Trades Using the BCI Trade Management Calculator: A Real-Life Example with WBA

Entering, managing and archiving our covered call writing and put-selling trades are critical to our overall success as well as allowing us to learn and benefit from our investment history. To demonstrate how to achieve a high level of organization and management of our trades, this article will highlight a real-life series of trades with […]

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20%/10% Guidelines: “Hitting a Double” in the Same Day: A Real-Life Example with Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLP)

After entering our covered call writing trades, we immediately enter our 20%/10% BTC (buy-to-close), GTC (good-until-cancelled) limit orders. If and when these thresholds are reached (resulting from share price decline) are short calls will be closed (bought back). At that point, we can plan our next steps to mitigate losses or turn losses into gains. […]

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Setting Our 20%/10% Guidelines After Rolling an Option Out or Out-And-Up

Rolling-out is a covered call writing exit strategy we frequently use when a strike is expiring in-the-money (ITM) and we want to retain the underlying shares for the next contract cycle. After closing the short call in the current month prior to rolling, a new trade with the same security is set up in our […]

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