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BuyWrite Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
BXM 1367.13 3.93
BXD 318.75 1.10
BXMC 1421.80 0.00
BXMD 2479.00 0.00
BXMW 162.04 0.00
BXN 610.34 1.55
BXR 262.40 1.81
BXRC 230.46 0.00
BXRD 321.55 0.00
BXY 1989.12 3.21

PutWrite Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
PUT 1833.87 0.00
PUTR 381.29 0.00
WPUT 194.63 0.00
WPTR 130.41 0.00

Combo Index

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
CMBO 1824.74 0.00

Butterfly and Condor Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
BFLY 497.56 0.00
CNDR 733.65 0.00

Collar Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
CLL 804.92 0.00
CLLR 241.44 0.00
CLLZ 932.87 0.00

Put Protection Index

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
PPUT 856.71 0.00

Risk Reversal Index

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
RXM 1015.69 0.00

Volatility-related Benchmark Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
VPD 358.81 0.00
VPN 331.88 0.00
VXTH 241.05 0.11
LOVOL 219.52 0.00
VSTG 161.92 -0.16

Key Papers on BuyWrite, PutWrite, and Other Option-Based Strategies

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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