Calculating Mid-Contract Put-Selling Trade Status + A New Covered Call Writing Strategy Coming Soon

After entering our put-selling trades, we can calculate the current status of our trades mid-contract with a few simple entries into our Trade Management Calculator. In this article, a real-life cash-secured put example with Bristol-Myers Squibb Comp. (NYSE: BMY) will be highlighted. Hypothetical examples of winning and losing trades will be detailed on the spreadsheet. Click here to read related article I published last week for covered call writing.


BMY initial trade details

  • 7/5/2022: BMY trading at $76.84
  • 7/5/2022: STO 1 x 7/22/2022 $75.00 OTM put at $0.78
  • 7/12/2022: BMY trading at $80.00; $75.00 put option has an ask price of $0.20 (winning trade)
  • 7/12/2022: BMY trading at $72.00; $75.00 call has an ask price of $3.20 (losing trade)


Initial trade entries and calculations


BMY: Initial Put Entries and Calculations

  • Initial time-value return is 1.05%
  • Annualized initial return is 21.31% based on an 18-day trade
  • If exercised, BMY will be purchased at a 3.41% discount from the price when the put trade was initiated


Mid-contract status of winning and losing positions


BMY: Mid-Contract Status of Put Trades


When BMY moves to $80.00 (top rows)

  • Net option gain of 0.78%
  • Net cash profit of $58.00 per-contract
  • Total % gain of 0.78% from 7/5/2022 to 7/12/2022

When BMY moves to $72.00 (bottom rows)

  • Net option loss of 3.26%
  • Total $ loss of $242.00
  • Total % loss of 3.26% from 7/5/2022 to 7/12/2022


Important to note

  • Be sure the mid-contract status calculations are deleted and final closing entries made to assess actual final contract calculations
  • Mid-contract status calculations can be computed multiple times during the contract with no limitations



The current status of our option-selling trades can easily be determined with a few simple entries into the BCI Trade Management Calculator. Based on these calculations, we can make decisions regarding the need for trade management implementation.


Coming Soon: A new streamlined version of covered call writing

For the past 3 years, I have been investigating ways to consolidate our rules and guidelines for covered call writing into a more user-friendly and time-efficient strategy. I have tested my ideas using real-life trading in my personal portfolios. This past year everything clicked, and I will be sharing this information with you in the 1st quarter 2023… a new game plan which will be especially appealing to those with busy schedules.

This unique blueprint for covered call writing will include a new book detailing every trade I made using this strategy with screenshots from my brokerage account. In addition, it will encompass 2 new spreadsheets dedicated to the new system.

I will share this information, first, with our premium members in the form of a live webinar. At a later date, it will be released to the entire BCI community. Stay tuned.


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Analyzing a 1-Month Covered Call Writing Portfolio from Start to Finish

Thursday February 16,2023

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A real-life example with a $100k ETF Select Sector SPDR portfolio
Covered call writing is a low-risk option-selling strategy that generates weekly or
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strategy using a database of only 11 exchange-traded funds for a 1-month option
contract cycle. These are real-life trades taken directly from one of Dr. Ellman’s
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compared to the performance of the S&P 500 will be calculated.

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 How to establish a covered call writing portfolio
 What is the role of diversification?
 What is the role of cash allocation?
 Calculating initial returns
 Analyzing each trade in the monthly contract
 Final results
 Next steps

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