Selling cash-secured puts can be used to generate monthly cash flow and to buy a stock at a discount. It can also be used to lower the cost-basis of shares already owned. In November 2018, John shared with me a trade he was in with Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) using precisely this strategy. This article will highlight John’s trades and how he incorporated the information into the BCI Put Calculator.


John’s trades with HAL as of 10/31/2018

  • John’s portfolio currently has 100 shares of HAL at a cost-basis of $46.02
  • Current price of HAL is $35.31
  • 10/31/2018: Sell 1 out-of-the-money cash-secured $33.50 put for $0.64


Calculations with BCI Put Calculator


selling cash-secured puts calculations

HAL Put Calculations with Cost-Basis Data


Additional data added to calculator

John added the following data:

  • F6 (Yellow cell at top): Portfolio account number
  • F35 (Yellow cell on bottom): Total cost-basis of 100 shares currently owned
  • F36 (Pink cell): Cost of 100 shares if put is exercised (also cell F22)
  • F37 (Green cell): Average cost-per-share for 200 shares if put is exercised


Strategy benefit

By selling out-of-the-money cash-secured puts, the cost-basis per-share is lowered from $46.02 to $39.44, if exercised. If the put remains out-of-the-money and expires worthless, a 1.95%, 30-day return has been generated.

***The stock repair strategy is another approach to lowering cost-basis when share value declines in a stock-only portfolio.



Selling cash-secured puts has many applications including generating monthly cash flow, buying stocks at a discount and the strategy highlighted in this article, lowering cost-basis per share.


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