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OPTIONS TRADE MANAGEMENT TIP: ROLLING IN ANTICIPATION OF TEST

NASDAQ:AVGO   BROADCOM LTD
When you have to roll a setup, it is never a short story, but I'll try to make this as painless as possible.

An example: I originally setup an earnings play in AVGO             , a Dec             11 115/150 short strangle. Out of abundance of caution, I widened the setup, since I didn't want another "problem child" in my portfolio from this earnings season to deal with.

Earnings announcement. Price skyrocketed. To a point uncomfortably near my short call strike at 150.

The short put -- no problem. Nearing worthless post earnings, I closed it out, leaving me with the problematic 150 short call. With 4 days until expiration (and with a day job that basically prevents me from doing squat with my trades except over my lunch hour -- not ideal), I was naturally concerned that price would test that short call, even though it is still short of 150. I rolled it up to the Dec             18 152.5 short call strike to give the trade a bit of additional time and in the hope that I could close it out for at least scratch, and I got a credit for doing that.

Long story short: if you anticipate a test of one of your short options, roll it away and out before it's tested if at all possible even if it's just for an additional week to allow the trade time to work itself out. You'll find that it's a lot easier to get a credit when you do that than when you attempt to do so post-test.
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