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Determining Our Goal Before Unwinding Both Legs of a Covered Call Trade: A Real-Life Example with Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) + Trade Management Calculator Discount Coupon Expiring Soon

When share price accelerates exponentially with our covered call writing stocks, the strike moves deeper in-the-money. Although the intrinsic-value component of the option premium rises, the time-value component approaches zero. This creates an opportunity to consider our mid-contract unwind exit strategy. Before implementing this, or any others in our exit strategy arsenal, we must identify our post-exit strategy goal(s).


What is the mid-contract unwind (MCU) exit strategy?

This strategy closes both legs of the covered call trade and uses the cash generated from the sale of the underlying security to enter a new covered call trade with the same expiration date. In essence, it represents a second income stream in the same contract month with a similar cash investment. The key to successful implementation of the MCU strategy is to calculate the time-value cost-to-close and identify our target returns in the follow-up step or second income stream.


A real-life example with QCOM (thank you to Joanna for sharing)

  • 11/6/2021: Buy 100 x QCOM at $166.86
  • 11/6/2021: STO 1 x 11/26/2021 $170.00 call at $3.88
  • 11/16/2021: QCOM trading at $180.23
  • 11/16/2021: BTC the $170.00 call at $11.70
  • 11/16/2021: Sell 100 x QCOM at $180.23


Calculating the time-value cost-to-close with the “unwind now” tab of the Elite, Elite-Plus and Trade Management  Calculators (Information entered)


QCOM Unwind: Information Entered


Calculating the time-value cost-to-close with the Elite-Plus Calculator (Final calculations)


QCOM Unwind: Final Calculations


The spreadsheet shows a time-value cost-to-close of $147.00 for the contract which represents 0.86% of the investment.


What is our post-exit strategy goal used to make a final position management decision?

Our goal is to generate at least 1% more than the time-value cost-to-close by contract expiration. In this case, it is 1.86% by 11/26/2021. We check our current watch and corresponding option-chains to make our ultimate trade decision.



Exit strategy opportunities are the intersection of preparation and opportunity. Defining our post exit strategy goals must be part of the decision-making process.


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4 Responses to “Determining Our Goal Before Unwinding Both Legs of a Covered Call Trade: A Real-Life Example with Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) + Trade Management Calculator Discount Coupon Expiring Soon”

  1. Barry B May 7, 2022 8:40 pm

    Premium Members,

    This week’s Weekly Stock Screen And Watch List has been uploaded to The Blue Collar Investor Premium Member site and is available for download in the “Reports” section. Look for the report dated 05/06/22.

    Also, be sure to check out the latest BCI Training Videos and “Ask Alan” segments. You can view them on The Blue Collar YouTube Channel. For your convenience, the link to the BCI YouTube Channel is:


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  2. Nathan May 9, 2022 11:26 am

    Dear Alan,

    Can you sell a covered call + sell a covered put (at the same time) Say you already had the stock?

    Say bought $20 stock (then old out of money call at $22) then sold a put (covered?) at 18$ = you would collect 2 premiums?

    Question: Could you do that , what would the risks be?

    Thanks and let me know,


    • Alan Ellman May 9, 2022 5:33 pm


      If we buy a stock at $18.00 and sell the $20.00 call, we have a covered call trade with an OTM strike.

      Now, if we also sell the $18.00 OTM put, we are required to secure that put with cash:

      [($18 – put premium) x 100 x # contracts]

      The stock only “covers” us for the covered call aspect of the trade.

      The risk is that we may be required to double our position on a declining stock if share price moves below the $18.00 strike. We may have exit strategies to mitigate but that is the general risk.


  3. Alan Ellman May 12, 2022 7:33 pm

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