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BuyWrite Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
BXM 1460.10 0.42
BXD 349.39 0.14
BXMC 1551.88 0.29
BXMD 2782.11 2.30
BXMW 166.68 0.11
BXN 662.40 0.51
BXR 274.77 0.17
BXRC 231.74 0.15
BXRD 333.50 0.38
BXY 2209.42 1.30

PutWrite Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
PUT 1897.74 0.31
PUTR 383.71 0.08
WPUT 193.97 0.43
WPTR 113.64 -0.15

Combo Index

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
CMBO 2001.73 0.76

Butterfly and Condor Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
BFLY 438.75 -0.12
CNDR 735.07 1.96

Collar Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
CLL 958.42 0.03
CLLR 254.57 0.33
CLLZ 1074.40 1.64

Put Protection Index

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
PPUT 947.99 0.05

Risk Reversal Index

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
RXM 1070.90 -1.28

VIX-related Benchmark Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
VPD 441.64 0.68
VPN 394.94 0.51
VXTH 244.51 -0.18
LOVOL 232.75 -0.07
VSTG 155.98 0.45

Updated Price Charts

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Target Outcome Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
SPRO 2334.34 0.99
SPEN 3497.99 2.96
SPRI 5082.21 0.59
SPAI 411.16 -0.46
SPATI 412.68 -0.46
SUPDN 6072.65 6.36
SPEB01 2245.70 3.42
SPEB04 2145.27 -1.52
SPEB07 2343.93 -1.30
SPEB10 2235.49 -0.25
SPEG01 3328.25 5.04
SPEG04 3326.22 -2.38
SPEG07 3325.97 -2.04
SPEG10 2941.71 0.54
SPRF01 2090.00 2.99
SPRF04 1923.49 -1.96
SPRF07 2174.54 -1.37
SPRF10 2015.11 -1.07
SPRS01 2028.70 2.95
SPRS04 1998.04 -2.16
SPRS07 2090.36 -1.87
SPRS10 1772.43 -0.28

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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