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BuyWrite Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
BXM 1409.59 0.00
BXD 344.70 0.00
BXMC 1491.94 0.00
BXMD 2647.05 0.00
BXMW 165.19 0.00
BXN 632.00 0.00
BXR 261.25 0.00
BXRC 228.34 0.00
BXRD 326.44 0.00
BXY 2113.94 0.00

PutWrite Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
PUT 1853.54 0.00
PUTR 371.14 0.00
WPUT 191.80 0.00
WPTR 115.27 0.00

Combo Index

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
CMBO 1908.50 0.00

Butterfly and Condor Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
BFLY 451.80 0.00
CNDR 706.51 0.00

Collar Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
CLL 933.30 0.00
CLLR 250.03 0.00
CLLZ 1018.78 0.00

Put Protection Index

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
PPUT 927.82 0.00

Risk Reversal Index

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
RXM 1052.93 0.00

VIX-related Benchmark Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
VPD 404.11 0.00
VPN 364.22 0.00
VXTH 244.58 0.00
LOVOL 227.41 0.00
VSTG 147.52 0.00

Updated Price Charts


Target Outcome Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
SPEN 3331.01 0.00
SPRI 5046.35 0.00
SPAI 390.81 0.00
SPATI 392.35 0.00
SUPDN 5796.67 0.00
SPEB01 2179.77 0.00
SPEB04 2082.75 0.00
SPEB07 2265.68 0.00
SPEB10 2147.96 0.00
SPEG01 3202.29 0.00
SPEG04 3200.09 0.00
SPEG07 3162.54 0.00
SPEG10 2750.31 0.00
SPRF01 2030.54 0.00
SPRF04 1866.57 0.00
SPRF07 2112.26 0.00
SPRF10 1976.95 0.00
SPRS01 1974.14 0.00
SPRS04 1944.81 0.00
SPRS07 2025.10 0.00
SPRS10 1728.19 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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