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How to Enter Our Rolling-Out-And-Up Trades into Our Monthly Trading Logs

In our last blog article, we discussed how to enter our rolling-out trades into our covered call writing trading logs. This article will highlight the additional considerations when rolling our covered call trades out-and-up.


Trade log challenges when rolling-out-and-up

  • We are combining 2 months of option premiums: how do we break this down?
  • What cost-basis do we use for the next contract month?
  • When we roll-out, we are almost always rolling-out to an in-the-money (ITM) strike but when we roll-out-and-up, we can be rolling to an in-the-money, at-the-money or out-of-the-money strike. How does this impact our trade entries?


Hypothetical trade

  • 12/27/2021: Buy 100 x BCI at $48.00
  • 12/27/2021: STO 1 x 1/21/2022 $50.00 call at $1.50
  • 1/21/2022: BCI trading at $52.00
  • 1/21/2022: BTC the 1/21/2022 $50.00 call at $2.05
  • 1/21/2022: STO the 2/18/2022 $51.00 ITM call at $2.50
  • 1/21/2022: STO the 2/18/2022 $52.00 (ATM) call at $4.00
  • 1/21/2022: STO the 2/18/2022 $55.00 (OTM) call at $1.00


BCI guidelines for rolling trade entries: current contract month

The current month concludes with the final stock price at the in-the-money strike (we generally roll strikes that are ITM), our contract obligation. This means we have maximized our trade as initially structured as shown in this screenshot:

Rolling Out and Up: 1st Month Entries and Calculations

In these hypothetical trades, a 1-month 7.29% (brown cells) return were realized.


BCI guidelines for rolling trade entries out-and-up: next contract month

At the time we roll the option, shares can be worth no more than our contract obligation to sell at $50.00, so we enter $50.00 as the price per-share. Since we are rolling-out-and-up, the strike can be ITM, ATM or OTM and we enter the new contract expiration date, 2/18/2022, in this case. We then use the net BTC and STO net option credit or debit our option $/Share entry.

Important note: The net premium will be a negative number when the cost-to-close the current month strike is greater than the next month premium. This deficit is largely negated by the unrealized share appreciation created when the lower strike is removed.


Rolling-out-and-up to an ITM, ATM and OTM strikes: Next month trade log entries

The net option premiums based on the next-month and current month premiums are as follows:

  • $51.00 ITM strike: $2.50 – $2.05 = +$0.45
  • $52.00 ATM strike: $4.00 – $2.05 = =$1.95
  • $55.00 OTM strike: $1.00 – $2.05 = (-) $1.05

The trade entries and calculations are shown in the screenshot of the of the BCI Trade Management Calculator:

Rolling Out and UP: 2nd Month Entries and Calculations


  • The $51.00 ITM strike has a potential 1-month return of 2.9% (0.9% + 2.0%)
  • The $52.00 ATM strike has an initial time-value return of 3.9%. The 4.0% upside potential will be realized if share value remains at or above the current price of $52.00
  • The $55.00 OTM strike has a potential 1-month return of 7.9% (-2.1% + 10.00%). Notice the negative time-value return which is mitigated by the unrealized share appreciation when the current month strike was elevated
  • As with rolling-out, there is the (minor) flaw in this approach for ITM strikes (red circled area). In the brown cell, we see downside protection of 0%, when, in fact, it is 1.9% ($1.00/$52.00) because the shares are, in fact, trading at $52.00 at the time of the roll



When rolling-out our covered call trades out-and-up, we must break up our trade entries over the 2 contract cycles. This includes having rules and guidelines for:

  • Stock price entry
  • Final stock price
  • Dividing option credits and debits over 2 contract cycles
  • Rolling out-and-up to ITM, ATM and OTM strikes

These trade entry rules and guidelines are not perfect, but they are practical and represent the best way to reflect our current trade status.


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7 Responses to “How to Enter Our Rolling-Out-And-Up Trades into Our Monthly Trading Logs”

  1. Barry B September 10, 2022 10:30 pm

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  2. Howard September 11, 2022 3:44 am


    In your books, you favor rolling down in the last 2 weeks of a monthly contract which is where we are now. My question is how do you decide which strike to roll down to?


    • Alan Ellman September 11, 2022 8:26 am


      As a guideline, I typically roll-down to an out-of-the-money strike and try to generate a net option credit. Let me set up a hypothetical example:

      Buy 100 x BCI at $48.00

      STO 1 x $50.00 (monthly) call at $1.50

      In the last 2 weeks of the contract, BCI drops to $43.00

      BTC 1 x $50.00 call at $0.15 (10% guideline)

      STO 1 $45.00 call at $0.85 (roll-down to an OTM strike)

      This represents a net rolling credit of $70.00 per-contract ($85.00 – $15.00)

      The rationale behind these guidelines is that we are creating additional premium credits while still allowing for some share price recovery.

      This approach will benefit our portfolios much more often than not.


  3. Donna September 12, 2022 6:37 am

    Dear Alan,

    1)Is there a significant difference from the results of using the BCI Elite Calculator to predict trade results or is it that it gives the amount of a standard deviation and price range probability which the Delta alone does not give.

    Can’t this be determined if the Delta is 16 (84% probability) with an ATM strike without using the Elite Calculator?

    2) Early this morning Professor Segal was on CNBC discussing buying stocks now when the VIX is high(20 or over) should result in very good yields for investors as in these current conditions he felt inflation was coming down and he had turned bullish.

    Which of your articles or videos have addressed similar issues as they apply to covered call options? I have all your publications and materials.

    Thank you.

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