CBOE BuyWrite Indexes—"Roll" Information re: Monthly Options Premiums
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Sources of Returns for CBOE's BuyWrite Indexes
Key Papers on BuyWrite, PutWrite, and Other Option-Based Strategies
- Asset Consulting Group. An Analysis of Index Option Writing for Liquid Enhanced Risk-Adjusted Returns (January 2012)
- Asset Consulting Group. Key Tools for Hedging and Tail Risk Management (February 2012)
- BlackRock. VIX Your Portfolio - Selling Volatility to Improve Performance (June 2013)
- Callan Associates."An Historical Evaluation of the CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index Strategy." (October 2006)
- Cambridge Associates, LLC. Highlights from the Benefits of Selling Volatility (2011)
- Ennis Knupp & Associates."Evaluating the Performance Characteristics of the CBOE S&P 500 PutWrite Index" (December 2008)
- Feldman, Barry, and Dhruv Roy,"Passive Options-Based Investment Strategies: The Case of the CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index." The Journal of Investing. (Summer 2005)
- Fund Evaluation Group."Evaluation of BuyWrite and Volatility Indexes: Using the CBOE DJIA BuyWrite Index (BXD) and the CBOE DJIA Volatility Index (VXD) for Asset Allocation and Diversification Purposes."(2007)
- Hewitt EnnisKnupp. The CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index (BXM) - A Review of Performance (2012)
- Ibbotson Associates."Highlights from Case Study on BXM Buy-Write Options Strategy." (2004)
- Russell Investments. Capturing the Volatility Premium through Call Overwriting. (July 2012)
- Schneeweis, Thomas, and Richard Spurgin."The Benefits of Index Option-Based Strategies for Institutional Portfolios" The Journal of Alternative Investments, (Spring 2001), pp. 44–52.
- SIGLO Capital Advisors. "Rebalancing Using Options" (March 2014)
- University of Massachusetts. "VIX Futures and Options—A Case Study of Portfolio Diversification During the 2008 Financial Crisis" (July 2009)
Two-page version; 43-page version.
- Whaley, Robert. "Risk and Return of the CBOE BuyWrite Monthly Index" The Journal of Derivatives (Winter 2002), pp. 35–42.
- Bibliography on Options and on Buy-Write Strategies.
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Excerpts from News Clips
Options for Nervous Investors
"...Research suggests investors who use covered calls can turn the risk-reward trade-off in their favor by using a strategy based on stock indexes rather than individual stocks...Over 10 years through November, the BXM returned 4.2% a year, versus 2.9% for the S&P 500. Over 20 years, which counts the go-go 1990s, its lead is narrower: 8.4% versus 8.3%. During both periods its volatility was significantly lower than that of the S&P 500...
Wall Street Journal December 10, 2011
Buy Writing Makes Comeback as Way to Hedge Risk
"Pension executives are once again beginning to consider a long-standing but long-dormant derivatives strategy - covered call writing, or buy writing - to hedge their downside equity risk and add incremental alpha ... While options industry executives said the strategy is not new, two developments have given it more credibility. First, in 2002, the Chicago Board Options Exchange created a buy-write index based on the S&P 500, the CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index, or BXM. ... Second, and possibly more important for institutional investors, Ibbotson Associates, Chicago, released a report...
Pensions & Investments. May 16, 2005.
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