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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