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Selling 10-Delta Puts with 4-Day Expirations + 2 Free Webinar Registration Links

Can we sell 10-Delta weekly cash-secured puts and still generate significant annualized returns on a week where there is a market-recognized holiday reducing the number of days to expiration from 5 to 4? The answer is yes. This article will highlight 4 put sales I executed on the week of 12/20/2021 – 12/23/2021 where the market was closed on 12/24/2021 because Christmas Day fell on a Saturday.


What is the 10-Delta cash-secured put strategy?

This is an ultra-low risk put-selling strategy where we sell deep out-of-the-money puts with Deltas of 10 or less. Since share and put value are inversely related, Delta is signified as -10 or less. One of the definitions of Delta is the approximate probability of an option expiring in-the-money or with intrinsic-value. This means our trades have a near 90+% chance of success.


4 securities used on 12/20/2021 for 12/23/2021 expirations

  • Vaneck Vectors Semiconductor ETF (Nasdaq: SMH)
  • Invesco QQQ Trust (Nasdaq: QQQ)
  • NVIDIA Corp. (Nasdaq: NVDA)
  • Etsy, Inc. (Nasdaq: ETSY)

All options expired deep out-of-the-money.


Brokerage statement showing the 8 put contract sales

4-Day, 10-Delta Cash-Secured Put Trades


Final calculations after all contracts expired out-of-the-money

  • Cash generated after commissions: $452.77
  • Cash required to secure the put trades: $210,818.00 [(put strike – put premium) x 100 x #contracts]
  • 4-day return: 0.214% ($452.77/$210,818.00)
  • Annualized return: 11.2% (based on 52 weeks)


Advantages of using weekly options with the 10-Delta put strategy

  • Greater annualized returns
  • Avoid weekend risk
  • Easy to avoid earnings reports


Disadvantages of using weekly options with the 10-Delta put strategy

  • Smaller pool of underlyings to select from
  • More frequent rolling decisions
  • 4x the number and amount of trading commissions compared to monthly options (reduced commissions make this a minor factor)
  • Less opportunities for management mitigation


***Both weekly and monthly options will work well with this strategy



On a holiday week (4 trading days), we can still generate significant annualized returns using the ultra-low risk 10-Delta put-selling strategy. As always, we must be prepared with our exit strategy arsenal should the trade(s) turn against us or allow us to enhance our gains to even higher levels.


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10 Responses to “Selling 10-Delta Puts with 4-Day Expirations + 2 Free Webinar Registration Links”

  1. Barry B June 11, 2022 10:46 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 06/10/22.

    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:


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  2. Harley June 13, 2022 1:08 am

    Hi Alan.

    Just got around to completing last week’s PCP strategy article. Thanks.

    Curious though, on how you got the 5.2% improvement in BE for the ITM CC? Shouldn’t it just be an improvement of 2.5%?


    • Alan Ellman June 13, 2022 6:19 am


      The 5.2% (actually 5.3% as I re-calculated the math) to breakeven (BE) in the article referred to the 2nd leg of the trade (call leg) where the cost-basis of the stock was $79.59, and the in-the-money call premium was $4.25.

      This brings the breakeven price point for this call leg down to $75.34 which represents a 5.3% difference ($4.25/$79.59).


  3. Mike June 13, 2022 2:53 am


    My question is about options on ETFs in this current environment. Are there certain ETF strategies that we should consider during this downturn?

    Additionally when the market decides to turn upward,whenever that might be, would buying an ETF and then selling calls be something to consider?

    Thanks and have a great week.

    • Alan Ellman June 13, 2022 6:26 am


      Writing ITM call strikes or deep OTM put strikes on the best-performing ETFs seeking monthly initial time-value returns between 1% and 3% is a reasonable approach in volatile market environments.

      My best-performing portfolio year-to-date is the one dedicated to the Select Sector SPDRs (middle section of our ETF Reports).

      Trading in these challenging market conditions is not for every investor but for those of us who do, taking a defensive posture and being prepared to take advantage of every exit strategy opportunity is critical to our success.


  4. Alan Ellman June 14, 2022 8:31 am

    Premium members,

    The latest Blue Chip Report of the best-performing Dow 30 stocks for the July 2022 contracts has been uploaded to your premium member site.

    Look in the “resources/downloads” section on the right side and scroll down to “B”


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  6. Ilya June 16, 2022 1:11 am

    Dear Alan,

    I would like your opinion on a strategy I am considering in this volatile market environment:

    The essence of the strategy is as follows: we write a naked deep OTM monthly call on a liquid ETF (for example, SPY). We receive a premium for this written call option.

    Next, we must ensure that the market value of the underlying financial instrument does not rise above our strike. If the market value goes to the levels where we think it could reach the strike soon, then we buy the underlying financial instrument. Obviously, we need to have sufficient cash on our brokerage account to be able to buy the relevant number of underlying shares. The timing of when to do so depends on individual preference and willingness to take risks.

    Many thanks, in advance, for your thoughts.


    • Alan Ellman June 16, 2022 7:40 am


      I commend and encourage you for thinking outside the box.

      The strategy success is dependent on timing the market on a consistent basis, and I know of no investor or even expert who has that ability. All we can do is throw the odds in our favor.

      Here are some points to consider before making a final decision on implementing this strategy:

      1. Naked option trading requires a higher level of trading approval that most retail investors would have a difficult time obtaining (appropriately so).

      2. The upside is premium generated for a deep OTM call strike which, by definition for a security like SPY, would be miniscule.

      3. If we are forced to buy the security as the price approaches the deep OTM strike, the % return would be similarly miniscule.

      4. As an alternative, how about selling deep OTM cash-secured puts that generate a pre-defined initial time-value return goal range because we will know our cost-basis in advance. In this case, if the trade turns against us (as opposed to the proposed trade), shares are purchased at a discount from the price at trade entry.

      I will give consideration to creating a detailed article or produce a video including more in-depth analysis of this proposed strategy.

      Thanks for sharing.


      • Roni June 16, 2022 11:18 am


        the problem with all trading methods at the moment is high risk.
        The situation is worse than volatility. The market is dropping consistently this year, and it does not look like the bottom is near.

        For example, In April, I sold one OTM CSP NVDA 05/20/2022 215.00 P and bought it back at a considerable loss before expiry.
        Today NVDA is trading @ 155.00.

        Let us stay out for a spell and wait for the recovery.