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BuyWrite Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
BXM 1391.80 1.48
BXD 337.83 0.42
BXMC 1462.39 2.59
BXMD 2597.30 3.81
BXMW 162.95 0.11
BXN 622.89 0.37
BXR 256.01 0.54
BXRC 225.54 0.74
BXRD 322.37 0.96
BXY 2067.84 3.68

PutWrite Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
PUT 1829.48 2.14
PUTR 364.64 0.87
WPUT 187.59 0.26
WPTR 116.46 0.29

Combo Index

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
CMBO 1876.96 2.75

Butterfly and Condor Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
BFLY 457.68 -0.73
CNDR 708.13 -0.34

Collar Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
CLL 906.35 2.03
CLLR 249.04 0.76
CLLZ 996.82 1.60

Put Protection Index

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
PPUT 904.81 1.99

Risk Reversal Index

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
RXM 1038.33 1.81

VIX-related Benchmark Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
VPD 387.49 0.00
VPN 349.72 0.00
VXTH 237.96 0.60
LOVOL 221.66 0.42
VSTG 144.67 -1.79

Updated Price Charts

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Target Outcome Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
SPRO
SPEN 3211.69 0.00
SPRI 5009.78 0.00
SPAI 379.99 0.00
SPATI 382.72 0.80
SUPDN 5631.93 0.00
SPEB01 2152.22 0.00
SPEB04 2034.11 0.00
SPEB07 2225.53 0.00
SPEB10 2102.75 0.00
SPEG01 3144.69 0.00
SPEG04 3088.05 0.00
SPEG07 3066.68 0.00
SPEG10 2647.99 0.00
SPRF01 2004.13 0.00
SPRF04 1819.02 0.00
SPRF07 2068.77 0.00
SPRF10 1944.80 0.00
SPRS01 1949.68 0.00
SPRS04 1895.96 0.00
SPRS07 1978.20 0.00
SPRS10 1696.62 0.00

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 Cboe 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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