Position management (exit strategies) is one of the 3-required skills for successful covered call writing and put-selling. “Hitting a double” involves buying back the short call using our 20%/10% guidelines and then re-selling that same option when share price recovers. On 3/13/2019, Mario was kind enough to share with us his trades with SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (NYSE: XBI) where he astutely applied this exit strategy.


Mario’s trades

  • Trade opened end of February
  • 300 shares XBI purchased
  • Sell-t0-open 3 contracts of the April $92.00 calls at $1.50
  • 3/6/2019: Buy-to-close the $92.00 calls at $0.15 (10% guideline)
  • 3/13/2019: Sell-to-open the $92.00 calls at $0.55


Price chart of XBI showing the classic V-shaped “hitting a double” pattern


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XBI: V-Shaped Chart Pattern


To implement this strategy, we must be prepared to close the short call when our 20%/10% guidelines are met and this aspect of the strategy can be automated. Once the covered call trade is executed, we can enter a buy-to-close limit order based on our guidelines and if the threshold is met, the call will be bought back. If and when share value recovers, the option can be re-sold. This implies share value declines from its original chart position and then recovers at a later date during the contract, resulting in the classic V-shaped chart pattern.


Free dinner for Mr. and Mrs. Mario

Since Mario has 3 contracts, utilizing this exit strategy resulted in a net option credit of $120.00 less trading commissions, about $100.00. It takes less than 4 minutes to close and re-open these trades. Now Mario can take his wife out for a “free” dinner at his favorite restaurant in south Florida thanks to his option trading skills. Keep in mind that this profit is over-and-above the original option credit generated.



Entering a covered call trade encompasses the first 2 required skills, stock and option selection. The 3rd required skill, position management, will allow us to both mitigate potential losses and enhance potential gains as was the case here where Mario shrewdly “hit a double”


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