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Mitigating Losses by Rolling-Down During a Severe Market Decline: The BCI Trade Management Calculator in Action + Free Webinar Registration Link

Rolling-down is one of our frequently used covered call writing exit strategies. During the January 2022 contracts, there was a 5% market decline due to COVD-19, inflation and interest rate concerns. This article will highlight a rolling-down strategy I implemented with Healthcare Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLV) in one of my portfolios where a 4.68% share loss was mitigated down to a 2.8% loss. The BCI Trade Management Calculator will show trade entry, initial calculations, trade adjustments and final results.


Rolling-down trade overview

  • 12/20/2021: Buy 200 x XLV at $135.83
  • 12/20/2021: STO 2 x $137.50 1/21/2022 calls at $2.20
  • 1/7/2022: BTC 2 x 1/21/2022 $137.50 calls at $0.44 (20% guideline)
  • 1/11/2022: STO 2 x 1/21/2022 $136.50 calls (rolling-down) at $0.80
  • 1/21/2022: XLV shares worth $129.47 (a loss of 4.68%)


BCI Trade Management Calculator: XLV trade entry


XLV: Covered Call Trade Executed


BCI Trade Management Calculator: XLV initial calculations

XLV: Initial Covered Call Writing Calculations


Rolling down with XLV (broker screenshots)


XLV Roll-Down Trade


BCI Trade Management Calculator: XLV adjustment entries


XLV: Rolling-Down Trade Entries


BCI Trade Management Calculator: XLV final results


XLV: Rolling-Down Final Calculations



Writing covered calls and then mitigating losses by rolling-down decreased a 4.68% loss in share value down to an unrealized loss of 2.80% due to an option net credit of $512.00 or 1.88%. Position management is the 3rd of the 3 required skills (along with stock and option selection) that must be mastered before risking even one penny of our hard-earned money.


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About Alan Ellman

Alan Ellman loves options trading so much he has written four top selling books on the topic of selling covered calls, one about put-selling and a sixth book about long-term investing. Alan is a national speaker for The Money Show, The Stock Traders Expo and the American Association of Individual Investors. He also writes financial columns for both US and International publications along with his own award-winning blog.. He is a retired dentist, a personal fitness trainer, successful real estate investor, but he is known mostly for his practical and successful stock option strategies.

9 Responses to “Mitigating Losses by Rolling-Down During a Severe Market Decline: The BCI Trade Management Calculator in Action + Free Webinar Registration Link”

  1. Ilya June 25, 2022 1:17 am


    I have a question about selling OTM cash-secured puts in bear markets.

    I agree that selling deep OTM cash-secured puts may be a good choice when the market is in the bearish territory. This strategy is conservative and time-tested. My only concern with this strategy is that in the event of a constant and severe decline of the stock markets which we currently see, this conservative strategy will not save us from losses. This is because the market price of the shares which we will receive at a discounted price as the result of the assignment may potentially be significantly below our OTM put option strike (in this case our unrealized losses will be great).

    If I may ask you – which approach would you recommend considering to minimize the losses or even make profits in this case?

    Do you write in this case ATM/OTM calls on the shares received as the result of assignment of your put options, trying to achieve some upside potential, OR you prefer selling ITM calls in this case on such shares?

    I appreciate that the answer to this question is likely to depend on (a) the magnitude of the unrealized losses sustained as the result of the share price drop on a case-by-case basis, (b) our thinking on the subsequent behavior of the markets (ATM/OTM calls if we think that markets will rebound, OR ITM calls if the markets will continue to decline), and (c) behavior of a particular stock (incl ETF) we selected for our initial put option. I would be very thankful if you could share some general recommendations based on your approach of dealing with such situations in bearish markets?

    It is a great honor for me to keep in touch with you, Alan.

    All the best

    • Alan Ellman June 25, 2022 7:13 am


      You make an excellent point. Selling cash-secured puts and covered call writing are low-risk strategies. They are not no-risk strategies. We must craft our trades and portfolios to current market conditions, personal risk-tolerance and our initial time-value return range goals.

      In bear and volatile market environments, we favor deep OTM cash-secured put strikes. We can use our (previously determined) initial time-value return goal range to select the put strike or we can turn to our ultra-low-risk 10-Delta or implied volatility determination of expected trading range for the strike selections. We have choices.

      If a cash-secured put is exercised and shares purchased at a discount, we write the covered call based on the same criteria we would use had we entered this trade as a first-time trade with this security. The entry price is the breakeven price form the put trade and the strike selection would lean ITM in a bear and volatile market environment.

      If we are mildly bearish on the market outlook, we can use a % of ITM and OTM call strikes. For example, if we are selling 5 call contracts (in this mildly bearish hypothetical), we can sell 3 ITM and 2 OTM.

      Here is a link to an article I published on this topic:

      It is truly my honor to have this type of dialogue with our BCI community.


  2. Barry B June 25, 2022 9:50 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 06/24/22.

    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:


    Barry and The Blue Collar Investor Team

  3. Alan Ellman June 26, 2022 1:10 pm

    NEW: Rolling-out video just produced:


  4. Dale D June 26, 2022 5:00 pm

    Thanks for the video Alan.

    You invested a lot of work to help keep our blue collar noses to the grindstone. The added feature of the Journal will be extremely helpful in recording important information.

    Looking forward to the market eventually turning up again. With your system you don’t have to pick market ups or downs, tops or bottoms, except major bear runs. (Even in Major Bear runs your methods mostly reduce loses vs taking the full brunt decline.) Love your defensive position with deep in the money calls as IV is very high in declines and deep in the money calls get some benefit.

    For now I am avoiding any chip related company in case China decides to invade Taiwan. Do you ever just avoid a sector that presents a chance at extreme draw downs in your opinion. (Semi conductor… major chip users like Apple etc.?) I know you avoid some stocks and publish a list of them, same store sales monthly reports etc…

    I seem to even recall a caution around some stocks that trade in other countries. Do you ever buy deep in the money puts to help reduce the stress you feel of potential losses in case an extreme event happens?

    I love the new calculator. Thanks again for bringing your Blue Collar methods of work to help manage our money..


  5. Alan Ellman June 27, 2022 7:30 am


    I appreciate your kind words.

    I don’t tell our members to avoid specific industries but do provide the information inherent in our reports that allow members to make decisions based on their trading style, personal risk tolerance and strategy return goals.

    Our reports of eligible candidates will only select the elite-performers at the time the reports are crafted. In the stock reports, this is based on fundamental, technical and common-sense parameters. It is extremely difficult for securities to pass all BCI rigorous screens.

    Our ETF Reports lists liquid securities that have outperformed the S&P 500 in both 1- and 3-month time frames. Implied volatility stats are also provided.

    Our substantial BCI community consists of a wide range of investors with a similar wide range of personal risk tolerances. The risk involved in these trades is directly related to the implied volatility (initial time-value returns) inherent in these securities.

    We provide lists of elite-performers and members can select based on their personal risk tolerance.

    We also have a note in our ETF Reports regarding the risk inherent in Chinese securities. These are appropriate for some and not for others. I have a lot of respect for our knowledgeable member base and have confidence in how these selections are ultimately determined.

    In our BCI methodology, we use (mostly) OTM put strikes. This applies to both selling cash-secured puts and buying protective puts. If we purchase a protective put to change our covered call trades to collar trades, we use OTM put strikes that will result in a net option credit.


  6. Alan Ellman June 29, 2022 5:05 pm

    Chinese ETFs are surging:

    Premium members:

    This week’s 4-page report of top-performing ETFs and analysis of the top-performing Select Sector SPDRs has been uploaded to your premium site. One and three-month analysis are included in the report. Weekly performance has also been incorporated into the report although not part of the screening process. Weekly option availability and implied volatility stats are also incorporated.

    The mid-week market tone is located on page 1 of the report.

    New members check out our ongoing and never-ending training videos (“Ask Alan” and Blue Hour webinars). We add at least one new video each month. Only premium members have access to the entire library of these training tools.

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  7. John June 30, 2022 2:11 am


    I’ve been meaning to send you a short note. While I’m still studying the books and tools ( I have purchased most of your books already), I think they are exactly what I was hoping to find.

    I’ve been selling calls for about a year before I found you on YouTube. During the year, I was looking for a better set of trading rules AND looking for help with how to account for the P/L. All the time I was learning, I knew I should be accounting for the profit or loss of the underlying. So I was always sketching notes on these two topics.

    Now, I’ve found someone that’s been able to write on these subjects so I’m learning more useful ways to buy/sell options. So far, I’m very impressed with the books and vids.

    I want to ask you if you have anything published on this topic. I have shares of stocks that my CFA’s analysts have placed in our accounts in an IRA. They believe those are going to grow at an average rate of 6-7% over a 15 years time span. Sometimes those positions have fallen from their purchase price and later they have recovered. Not all of them, of course. But they seem to be good at selecting stocks in a wide range of segments that make the grade. So I’m looking for information about trading positions that I want to hold for a long time, but are lower than their purchase price some of the time. So I might not use the 7% rule. In fact if those positions fall more than 7 %, I’d check with the analysts and if their thesis is still valid, I’d likely DCA to get more shares at reduced prices. Do you have this topic in any of your books by any chance.

    Thank you so much for your great contribution to this area of finance.