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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 will highlight an example of this strategy using Nucor Corp. (NYSE: NUE). The BCI Trade Management Calculator will show trade entry, initial calculations, trade adjustments and final results.


MCU trade overview

  • 7/25/2021: Buy 100 x NUE at $96.87
  • 7/25/2021: STO the 8/20/2021 $95.00 ITM call at $4.90
  • 8/6/2021: BTC the 8/20/2021 $95.00 call at $9.70
  • 8/6/2021: Sell 100 x NUE at $104.28
  • 8/6/2021: With 14 days remaining to contract expiration, the cash available from selling the NUE shares is now available for a 2nd income stream in the same contract cycle


BCI Trade Management Calculator: NUE trade entry


NUE: Initial Trade Entries


BCI Trade Management Calculator: NUE initial calculations


NUE: Initial Covered Call Calculations


The spreadsheet shows an initial time-value return of 3.20%. Since the option sold was in-the-money, no additional profit can be gleaned from share appreciation.


BCI Trade Management Calculator: NUE adjustment entries


NUE: MCU Trade Adjustment Entries


BCI Trade Management Calculator: NUE final results


NUE: Final Returns After Trade Adjustments

The final trade result after trade adjustments is 2.75%



The MCU exit strategy resulted in a time-value cost-to-close of 0.45% (3.20% – 2.75%). We use this exit strategy when we can generate at least 1% more than this time-value cost-to-close or 1.45% or higher, thereby initiating a 2nd income stream with a similar cash investment. Note that we must have cash available in our portfolios to close our short option positions when exit strategy opportunities are available.


Information on the BCI Trade Management Calculator


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

  1. Barry B July 2, 2022 10:53 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 07/01/22.

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  2. Bryan July 3, 2022 1:23 am

    Hi Alan,

    I joined your service this week and had some questions. I am looking over the weekly stock screen and watch list for 6/24, just practice really until your one comes out for 7/1.

    I have just over 10K so I am looking at the ETFs list and found 3 that I am interested in trading. Your videos said to have 5 stocks in different sectors if I were to go with individual stocks. Am I good with only 3 ETFs in that respect?

    Also, I can do CC or CSP -cash secured puts on them. Looking at the numbers, I will bring in $150 a week if I do CSPs and about double that if I do CCs. With the roller coaster the stock market has been lately, which would you advise?

    I am not sure if you are ok with us asking these types of questions but I thought I’d take a shot at it.

    I have to tell you that your service is the last piece that I needed for my plan so I am excited for the next trading day.

    Thank you,

    • Alan Ellman July 3, 2022 7:44 am


      Welcome to our BCI premium member community.

      Yes, 3 ETFs in different sectors will provide adequate diversification.

      In bear and volatile market conditions, we can use both CCW and CSPs. We tend to favor ITM calls and deeper OTM puts when we seek more defensive positions. We can also combine both (Put-Call-Put or PCP Strategy) where we first sell OTM puts before entering covered call trades. Here is a link to an article I published on this topic:

      On the member site, we have “Blue Hour” webinars and “Ask Alan” videos (scroll down on the left side for both) related to this topic.

      I also suggest you read our “Emergency Management Report” white paper I wrote, located in the “resources/downloads” section of the premium site.

      I just produced this video tour of the premium site:

      Please keep in touch.


  3. Barry B July 3, 2022 9:51 pm

    Premium Members,

    The Weekly Stock Report has been revised and uploaded. Look for the report dated 07/01/22_RevA. The “cut and paste” page was accidentally deleted. The current version (RevA) has all of the pages. This update has not impacted any of the stocks listed in the report.



  4. Steve Zoller July 4, 2022 5:23 pm

    Alan, just an FYI so you know. I signed up for the Wealth 365 Summit a couple of years ago so I could hear your talk. And since I was signed in, I listened to several others as well. But holy cow, two years later I’m still fighting the “SPAM” from that summit. No matter how many times I hit unsubscribe, some of the groups just keep sending me stuff. And they sold my email address to other groups who send me stuff. I heard some good seminars but given the spam that has followed for two years now, I’d never sign up for it again.Steve

    • Alan Ellman July 4, 2022 10:36 pm


      I understand your concerns.

      In early 2020, when COVID turned our lives upside down, live seminars came to a halt. I was traveling 10x + per year to cities throughout the US and then, all of a sudden, none.

      In response, various vendors began investing their time and money to set up virtual events. They turned to their database of preferred speakers, and I was one of them. Speakers do not pay to participate but we are asked to promote the events. So, what’s in it for them? They capture email addresses to promote their products and services. That’s the tradeoff.

      The benefit for the BCI community is that they provide a platform for our members to receive free education. The benefit to BCI is that we get to provide additional education to our community and many more. The vendors capture our email addresses.

      My team and I had several discussions regarding the pros & cons of accepting these invitations and ultimately decided that participating offered more benefits than disadvantages. I must say that if and when a speaker declines an invitation, there are dozens waiting in line hoping to get an opportunity.

      Unwanted emails are a part of our lives. I receive dozens per day in both my business and personal accounts. I “unsubscribe” 5, 10 maybe 20 times a day.

      I know our decision will not work for the entire BCI community. My hope is that it will be understood and perhaps even embraced by most.

      Thank you for your feedback and apologies for any inconveniences.


  5. Marsha July 5, 2022 1:41 pm


    I always enjoy and learn so much from your online sessions. I also plan to come to your live seminars in Orlando in October.

    Thanks for all you and your team does for retail investors.


  6. Alan Ellman July 6, 2022 4:48 pm

    Premium members:

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