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Rolling Covered Calls Out-And-Up Means Adding Cash to the Position

One of the covered call writing exit strategies in our arsenal as expiration approaches is rolling in-the-money strikes out-and-up. This involves buying back the near-month strike and selling a higher strike in the next contract period. Since there is an intrinsic-value component to the cost-to-close, we must add additional cash to the position in order […]

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Using the Elite-Plus Calculator for “Hitting a Double” Results: A Real-Life Example with Redfin Corp. (NASDAQ: RDFN)

One of the covered call writing exit strategies available to us is hitting double. In March 2021, Duane shared with me a trade he executed using this strategy and inquired about how to enter this series of trades into the BCI Elite-Plus Calculator.   What is hitting a double? This position management tool is implemented […]

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Analyzing a Rolling-Up Covered Call Writing Trade: A Real-Life Example with Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBGI)

Covered call writing exit strategies include rolling-out and rolling-out-and-up but what about rolling-up in the same contract month? On January 4, 2021, Court shared with me a series of trades she executed with SBGI where a covered call trade was rolled-up as share price accelerated. This article will dissect all aspects of the trades and […]

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Understanding the Math of Unwinding Covered Call Writing Trades Early: A Real-Life Example with Invesco Solar ETF (NYSE: TAN)

On October 6, 2020, Alex from Mexico shared with me a covered call writing trade he executed with TAN. He was considering unwinding the trade using our mid-contract unwind exit strategy and wanted to know how I analyze these scenarios. This article will detail the calculations used in the Unwind Now tabs of the Elite […]

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Dividends and After-Hour News Causing Exercise of OTM Call Strikes: A Real-Life Example with Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE: XLF)

On December 21, 2020, Donna shared with me a successful trade she executed with XLF. What made this trade interesting was that the option was exercised after expiration when the strike closed out-of-the-money. This article will examine the reasons for this unusual circumstance.  Donna’s trade 11/24/2020: Buy 300 x XLF at $28.59 11/24/2020: STO 3 […]

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Status of a Rolling-Down Trade with Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM)

Exit strategies for covered call writing is a critical element necessary to maximize our returns. In December 2020, Alan K shared with me a rolling-down trade he executed with WSM and was curious as to the total trade status. This article will highlight the series of trades from 11/23/2020 to 12/9/2020 for the December 2020 […]

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Should I Roll-Out When My Option is DITM Mid-Contract?

Exit strategy opportunities for covered call writing must be recognized and acted upon when indicated. It is important to understand when and how to react to these situations and determine the best exit strategy, if any.  In October 2020, Patrick shared with me a covered call trade he had executed and was considering closing the […]

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When Our Covered Call Strike Moves $1000.00 In-The-Money

This really happened. From March to August 2020, many of the large cap technology stocks were on fire. Thor shared with me a covered call trade he executed with Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) where the strike moved $1000.00 in-the-money (ITM) as share price headed to the moon. As you read this article, see if you […]

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Establishing Our Cost-Basis for Long-Term Holdings

When we initiate a covered call trade by first buying a stock and then selling a call option, our cost-basis, in the BCI methodology, is the lower of the stock price or strike price. If we sell an in-the-money (ITM) strike, we deduct the intrinsic-value component of the option premium from the share price bringing […]

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Establishing Our Cost-Basis When Rolling Out-And-Up on 2 Different Days

One of our covered call writing exit strategies is rolling-out-and-up. We use this position management technique when our short call is in-the-money (ITM) as expiration approaches and we decide to retain the shares for the next contract month (or week). For example, had we bought a stock for $38.00 and sold the $40.00 call and […]

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