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Rolling-Up in the Same Contract Month: A Real-Life Example with Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F)

Rolling-up in the same contract month is generally not a covered call writing exit strategy implemented in our BCI methodology. One of our members shared with me a series of trades he executed with F where a 6-month call was written in August 2021 for a 2/18/2022 expiration. This article will breakdown the mathematical components of the trade and offer considerations to elevate the returns to an even higher level.


Real-life rolling-up trade with F

  • August 2021: Buy F at $12.00
  • August 2021: STO the 2/18/2022 $14.00 call at $0.50 (initial 6-month time-value return = 4.17%)
  • 11/19/2021: F trading at $19/39
  • 11/19/2021: BTC the 2/18/2022 $14.00 call at $5.70
  • 11/19/2022: STO the 2/18/2022 $17.00 call at $3.25 (rolling-up in the same contract month)


Entering the rolling-up information into the “What Now” tab of the Trade Management Calculator


F: Rolling-Up in the Same Contract Month


F: Final rolling-up calculations

F: Unrealized Final Calculations

***Note that the spreadsheet was developed for rolling-out-and-up in a later contract cycle, but the calculations will also be accurate for the same contract cycle.

Rolling-up resulted in an additional 3-month return of 3.93% with 12.30% downside protection of that time-value profit. This takes advantage of the fact that there is more time-value in a strike much less deep in-the-money as was the original $14.00 call.


How to improve this series of trades

  • Using shorter-term expirations will result in greater annualized returns
  • Using shorter-term expirations will allow us to re-evaluate our bullish assumption of the stock on a more frequent basis
  • These trades took us through 2 earnings reports (10/27/2021 and 1/26/2022). The October report resulted in the exponential share appreciation which could have been realized to the investor had the call not been in place. In November, the 1/26/2022 report represented potential risk of a disappointing report



In November 2021, this was a successful series of trades. However, greater returns and lower risk could have been accomplished by following our BCI rules and guidelines. Two positives resulted from these trades: money was made and lessons learned for future transactions.


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13 Responses to “Rolling-Up in the Same Contract Month: A Real-Life Example with Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F)”

  1. Barry B May 29, 2022 1:37 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 05/27/22.

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    Note: Sorry for the late posting…this post was placed in the Podcast posting by mistake instead of this blog posting.

  2. Randy May 29, 2022 5:25 pm


    If shorter term option result in higher annualized returns, should we favor weekly rather then monthly options? If no, why?


    • Alan Ellman May 30, 2022 7:50 am


      We can be quite successful using either (or both) weekly and monthly expirations. I use both (about 80% monthlys).

      There are pros and cons to both. For weeklys, we should achieve higher annualized returns, as you stated. They are also quite useful in circumnavigating earnings reports and ex-dividend dates.

      Monthly expirations offer a greater pool of securities compared to weekly expirations and, therefore, tighter bid-ask spreads resulting in more favorable trade executions (there are some exceptions). They also allow for more opportunities for exit strategy implementation and less frequency for rolling decisions.

      I separate my option portfolios based on strategy and expiration time frames. This facilitates ease of management and makes trading more time efficient.

      This does not mean that all traders must follow my blueprint but I’m happy to share what has worked well for me in over 2 decades of option trading.


  3. Todd May 30, 2022 2:21 am

    Hi Alan,

    Last month I purchased a stock and set the Strike at Near the Money.

    The stock dropped in price considerably so the Option was not exercised. This month I set the Strike on the same strike as High as I could (which was still below my initial purchase price).

    I set my 20% Limit order in place so that if it came close to the Strike I could buy back the bid and redo at higher Strike.

    The stock has jumped considerably and the Limit Order was never triggered.

    Does this happen a lot?

    Or should I have does purchased the ASK when it reached my strike, irrespective of the cost?

    My difficulty is that I am in Sydney and am not watching the stock market all day, I see the days ends results only, the next morning for me.

    Your guidance on how you would approach this is appreciated.

    Cheers Todd

    • Alan Ellman May 30, 2022 8:11 am


      We should avoid basing our trade decisions on old data, like the price we originally paid for the stock. Our decisions are based on current data. If we bought a stock for $48.00 and today it is $40.00, we have $40.00 invested in that security. Where should that $40.00m per-share be placed? In that same security or a new one?

      In your example, the same stock was used. I will expand this hypothetical. Let’s say we bought BCI at $48.00 and sold the monthly $50.00 call at $2.00. We immediately set the 20% BTC limit order at $0.40. If it is triggered, we can seek to “hit a double”, roll-down or sell the stock.

      Continuing this hypothetical: The stock is at $40.00 as the current month contracts expire worthless. A decision is made to retain the shares and write another call for the next contract month. We sell the $45.00 call at $1.50 and set our BTC limit order at $0.30.

      Share price moves up to $46.00. This will result in option value accelerating (in most cases) and the 20%/10% thresholds will not be triggered. At night, in Sydney, we can check option chains and use the “Unwind Now” tabs of our calculators to check the time-value cost-to-close and, perhaps, use our “mid-contract unwind” (MCU) exit strategy:

      If no action is indicated mid-contract and the strike is expiring in-the-money, we evaluate our rolling opportunities.

      Bottom line: We base our current trade decision on current data only and not let old statistics cloud and complicate appropriate resolutions.


      • Todd May 31, 2022 8:14 am

        Hi Alan,

        So it looks like my mistake was that I didn’t put in my Limit Order in straight away when I purchased my stocks. I waited and missed that opportunity – as I would have been asleep.

        And now the stocks are rising, the 20% rule will not take effect as the option value will increase.

        So the 20% Limit Order is also like an insurance policy in a downward trend?

        Does that sound about right?


        • Alan Ellman June 1, 2022 6:21 am


          You are 100% correct on all fronts.

          I strongly urge our members to immediately place our 20%/10% BTC GTC (good-until-cancelled) limit orders immediately after entering our covered call trades.

          If I used a monthly contract and the 20% guideline, I then make a note on my calendar to change it to 10% the weekend prior to the last 2 weeks of the monthly contract. Implementing the 20%/10% guidelines takes seconds.


  4. Mike May 31, 2022 7:49 am

    Good morning. Since we are experiencing a bear market what is the best options strategy during this time?

    Thanks and have a great day.

  5. Alan Ellman June 1, 2022 5:11 pm

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  6. Robert Glenn June 3, 2022 11:49 pm

    Hello alan
    Have you posted about money management? I have a bad habit of going deep into margin in my trading activity which has resulted in both losses and gains. I know it’s a simple thing to avoid margin and hold a % of cash, but impatience and a cavalier attitude often takes over. I’m still working on being a more strategic investor and trader so any input might be useful. Thanks

    • Alan Ellman June 4, 2022 7:53 am


      I believe that most retail investors should not trade on margin where we borrow money for our trades. For sophisticated, experienced investors with adequate income, net worth and liquid assets, it does create the opportunity for greater returns.

      Other the other side of the coin, margin accounts can be complicated and create the risk of greater losses.

      When we invest in the stock market, we are incurring risk. By definition, if we are seeking higher than a risk-free return (like Treasuries), we are agreeing to undertake a certain amount of risk. When we sell stock options, we are incurring low risk, but risk, nonetheless. Should we use margin to exacerbate that risk? For some, it is okay, for most of us, no, in my humble opinion.


      • Robert Glenn June 4, 2022 12:38 pm

        Thanks for the response – it is a real challenge for me to ‘encode’ the concepts of prudence and risk management on an emotional level during market hours, especially on a rotating shift, but each mistake is a learning opportunity. i’ll aim for a minimal to zero margin balance in the future since it has mostly provided poor results