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Setting Our 20%/10% Guidelines After Rolling an Option Out or Out-And-Up

Rolling-out is a covered call writing exit strategy we frequently use when a strike is expiring in-the-money (ITM) and we want to retain the underlying shares for the next contract cycle. After closing the short call in the current month prior to rolling, a new trade with the same security is set up in our trading log for the next contract. This article will demonstrate how to set up our 20%/10% guidelines for the rolled-out trade. Since the concept is a bit complex, I will create a hypothetical example with nice even numbers.


Proposed BCI trade

  • 3/21/2022: Buy 100 x BCI at $48.00
  • 3/21/2022: STO 1 x 4/15/2022 $50.00 call at $1.50
  • 4/15/2022: BCI trading at $52.00 on expiration Friday
  • 4/15/2022: BTC the 4/15/2022 $50.00 call at $2.10
  • 4/15/2022: STO 1 x 5/20/2022 $55.00 call at $1.75


Results of the 4/15/2022 contract before rolling

  • Option profit: $1.50 per-share
  • Stock unrealized profit: $2.00 per-share ($50.00 – $48.00)
  • Total profit %: $3.50/$48.00 = 7.29%


Rolling entries into the next contract cycle

  • Value of stock at rolling (ITM strike): $50.00
  • Net option credit or debit (debit in this hypothetical): -$2.10 + $1.75 = -$0.35
  • Investment per-contract: $5000.00 (value of stock x 100)


BCI pre-rolling final results


BCI: Final Initial Contract results

The final result for the current contract cycle is a cash (partially unrealized) profit of $350.00 or 7.29%. This result is partially unrealized because the shares have not been sold.


BCI rolled-out-and-up trade as a standalone trade (if there was no trade the previous contract cycle)


BCI: Rolled-Out-And-Up Trade for the 2nd Contract Cycle Only

The $1.75 premium resulted in a 20% guideline of $0.35 and a 10% guideline of $0.18. This does not factor in the value of our shares pre-rolling ($50.00, the ITM strike) and the cost-to-close the current month contract ($2.10).


BCI combined roll-out-and-up trade


BCI: Rolled-Out-And-Up Trade Factoring in Both contracts


Notice that when factoring in the cost-to-close the previous contract short call, the net option premium is actually a negative number, rendering the 20%/10% guidelines not applicable.



Establishing our 20%/10% guidelines after rolling an option requires 2 sets of calculations. The first has to do with initial time-value returns which factors in practical value of the underlying at the time of the roll ($50.00 in this hypothetical) and the net option credit or debit (-$0.35, in this hypothetical). The second data set reflects the actual time-value premium received for the rolled-out trade without factoring in the time-value cost-to-close. The post-rolling 20%/10% guidelines are based on the latter contract data, not the combined data ($1.75, in this hypothetical). In this hypothetical, the 20%/10% guidelines are $$0.35 and $0.18.


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7 Responses to “Setting Our 20%/10% Guidelines After Rolling an Option Out or Out-And-Up”

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  4. Ron October 18, 2022 11:40 am


    Thanks for all your great information. I have read your book on Exit Strategies and really enjoyed it.

    Lately, I have been selling deep in the money covered calls as a way to protect myself from downside risks. I am having trouble with the logic for the 20%/10% buy back with regard to these deep ITM calls.

    Can you please confirm (or correct me) that the 20%/10% buy back rule applies to the full amount of premium? I think it would make much more sense if the rule applied only to the time value included in the premium.

    Please let me know your thoughts on this topic or point me to somewhere I might read more about it. Does your new exit strategies book touch on this topic?

    Thank you,


    • Alan Ellman October 18, 2022 4:54 pm


      The 20%/10% guidelines relate to the entire premium, including intrinsic-value for ITM call strikes.

      The rationale behind this guideline is that ITM strikes have higher Deltas and premiums will erode quicker as share price declines.

      Also, if we use time-value only, we will be closing short calls much too quickly in many ITM cases.

      Our new exit strategy book is the most comprehensive resource for exit strategies for both call and put selling ever produced by BCI. My goal was to write a book on exit strategies that is the “most informative anywhere”, but only the BCI community can determine if I was successful.


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