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Generating a 3-Income Stream Put Trade: A Real-Life Example with ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. (NYSE: ZIM)

We have all read that when we sell a , the maximum return is the put premium. Is that true 100% of the time? Enter our exit strategy arsenal. On 9/27/2021, Richard shared with me a series of put trades he executed with ZIM. It involved an initial put sale plus 2 BTC and 2 more STO trades. This resulted in 3-income streams from 9/2/2021 – 9/27/2021.


Richard’s trades

  • 9/2/2021: ZIM trading at $52.53 (#1 in chart)
  • 9/2/2021: STO the 10/15/2021 $48.00 put at $2.25 (#1 in chart)
  • 9/16/2021: ZIM trading at $60.65 (#2 in chart)
  • 9/16/2021: BTC the $48.00 put at $0.50 (#2 in chart)
  • 9/22/2021: ZIM trading at $55.00 (#3 in chart)
  • 9/22/2021: STO the 10/15/2021 $48.00 put for $1.00 (#3 in chart- “)
  • 9/23/2021: ZIM trading at $58.90 (#4 in chart)
  • 9/23/2021: BTC the $48.00 put at $0.50 (#4 in chart)
  • 9/27/2021: ZIM trading at $55.10 (#5 in chart)
  • 9/27/2021: STO the 10/15/2021 $50.00 put at $1.30 (#5 in chart- rolling-up to hit a triple)


Price chart showing Richard’s trades


ZIM: Price Chart Reflecting the 5 Steps of the Put Trades


Initial calculations


ZIM: Calculations with the BCI Elite


  • The initial 43-day time-value return is 4.92%; 41.75% annualized (red arrows)
  • If exercised, shares are purchased at a 12.89% discount from when the trade originated
  • If the put had been exercised, ZIM would be purchased at a 12.89% discount (blue arrow)


Total premium including exit strategy execution

($2.25) – ($0.50) + ($1.00) – ($0.50) + ($1.30) = $3.55


Time-value return as of 9/27/2021

[$3.55/ ($50.00 – $3.55)] = 7.64%

As of 9/27/2021, the time-value return moved up by 2.72% (7.64% – 4.92%) as a result of exit strategy executions.



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15 Responses to “Generating a 3-Income Stream Put Trade: A Real-Life Example with ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. (NYSE: ZIM)”

  1. Bob February 26, 2022 3:02 am


    Would appreciate an explanation for following situation:

    Own SBLK (Starbulk Carriers) . Sold 29 call strike with 3/18 expiration.

    Goes ex-divi 3/2 ( next Tuesday).

    Dividend $2.00
    Price close today 31.76
    Option price 2.78

    What will determine if called away on Monday, please?

    Much thanks if you find the time to explain.


    • Alan Ellman February 26, 2022 7:42 am


      Early exercise is rare but the main reason for early exercise is, in fact, an ex-dividend date, Tuesday 3/1 in this case. If our shares are sold, it will occur the day prior to the ex-date or this Monday 2/28/2022.

      Because the time value of the premium ($2.78 – $2.76 or $0.02) is significantly less than the dividend distribution ($2.00), retail investors may be motivated to exercise on Monday.

      Factors against exercise include:

      1. The contract expiration (3/18) is far from the ex-dividend date (3/1).

      2. Option buyers generally do not want to be share owners; they want to be option sellers.

      3. The stock price will drop by the dividend amount ($2.00) on the ex-date (other factors play a role in share price but a minus $2.00 is factored into the equation), as will the option value (perhaps not as much depending on the Delta factor), so option holders may want to hold the option and evaluate over the last 18 days of the contract.

      Bottom line: Exercise is possible but still unlikely. If it occurs, your trade return will be maximized, and you will have cash back to then use for a second income stream in the same contract month. Unless you absolutely want to retain these shares, a case can be made that early exercise should be embraced rather than avoided.

      Here is a link to one of the articles I published on this topic:


      • Bob February 26, 2022 10:13 am

        Much appreciated

  2. Barry B February 26, 2022 9:48 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 02/25/22.

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  3. Lew February 27, 2022 3:32 am


    In your book, Selling Cash Secured Puts, on page 144, you show an example of rolling an ITM put option with a 1 month return of 4.2%. My question is how to calculate the first month final return. Is it the same as the initial return (3.1%).


    • Alan Ellman February 27, 2022 3:51 pm


      Yes, you are 100% correct. Regarding the example on page 144, there is a 3.1% return for the current month as the cost-to-close ($0.50 in this example) the 1st month short put is moved the next contract cycle. Since the next month short put generated $2.50, the net option credit of $2.00 ($2.50 – $0.50) is entered into the next month’s trading log.


  4. Tom February 28, 2022 3:44 am


    Will your new trade management calculator work for the pmcc strategy?


    • Alan Ellman February 28, 2022 6:54 am


      The formulas we use to calculate initial and adjusted returns are different for the PMCC strategy so the Trade Management Calculator cannot be used.

      However, we have created a calculator specific for the PMCC strategy (BCI PMCC Calculator) with the appropriate formulas for both initial trade structuring as well as trade adjustments (exit strategies). The exit strategy tabs are located at the bottom of the spreadsheet.


  5. Barry B February 28, 2022 1:00 pm

    Premium Members,

    There has been an update to the 02/25/22 Weekly Report. The ER date for EC has been updated to 03/01/22 instead of the previously reported date. This new date has been published on the NASDAQ site but has not been confirmed on the website. The updated report is available on the Premium Member site. Look for the report dated 02/25/22-RevA



  6. William February 28, 2022 2:27 pm

    Hi Alan,

    Question: In this very crazy market of swings in both directions up and down, and also with the market in correction territory I would like some total market protection on my investments. Example, I am thinking of selling cash secured SPY puts about 8 % below the market or would it be best to sell calls about 8% below the current price. SPY is currently trading at $437.

    As you can see I am looking for a fairly safe way to capture premium in a very questionable market.

    Hoping to hear from you


  7. Alan Ellman March 2, 2022 5:49 pm

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  8. Harley March 3, 2022 6:46 pm


    I ran across your #65 podcast on the 10%/20% rule.

    Do you ever use a buy stop to close a cash secured put position if the premium begins to run away from you? If so, what might the parameters be?



    • Alan Ellman March 4, 2022 7:29 am


      Yes, in the BCI methodology, we have the 3% guideline. This is where we close our put sale trade if share price drops 3% or more below the put strike. This is based on a monthly expiration with a 2% – 4% initial time-value return goal range. If the time-value return goal range is less or more, we can adjust the guideline accordingly but 3% would have general application.