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BuyWrite Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
BXM 1431.10 1.14
BXD 335.39 0.46
BXMC 1483.93 3.55
BXMD 2610.94 7.29
BXMW 164.60 0.15
BXN 637.92 0.58
BXR 283.00 1.03
BXRC 252.33 1.11
BXRD 355.37 1.85
BXY 2098.15 7.80

PutWrite Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
PUT 1919.16 1.21
PUTR 405.13 1.13
WPUT 195.98 0.43
WPTR 133.78 0.47

Combo Index

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
CMBO 1918.84 4.18

Butterfly and Condor Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
BFLY 534.58 -2.67
CNDR 771.81 -0.24

Collar Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
CLL 815.70 2.50
CLLR 264.25 1.25
CLLZ 964.76 3.67

Put Protection Index

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
PPUT 872.09 3.43

Risk Reversal Index

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
RXM 1037.23 0.73

VIX-related Benchmark Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
VPD 384.07 0.00
VPN 351.45 0.00
VXTH 240.65 0.96
LOVOL 223.68 0.62
VSTG 175.79 0.95

Updated Price Charts

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Target Outcome Indexes

Delayed Quotes
Sym Last Pt. Change
SPRO 2167.45 0.00
SPEN 3135.21 0.00
SPRI 4620.67 0.00
SPAI 358.83 1.97
SUPDN 5721.16 12.40
SPEB01 2055.03 0.00
SPEB04 1936.94 0.00
SPEB07 2142.08 0.00
SPEB10 2081.82 0.00
SPEG01 3136.34 0.00
SPEG04 2877.71 0.00
SPEG07 2922.93 0.00
SPEG10 2649.58 0.00
SPRF01 1926.20 0.00
SPRF04 1776.55 0.00
SPRF07 2018.44 0.00
SPRF10 1925.98 0.00
SPRS01 1986.74 0.00
SPRS04 1842.62 0.00
SPRS07 1938.12 0.00
SPRS10 1690.12 0.00

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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The BXM, BXD, BXN, BXY, CLL and PUT indices (the "Indexes") are designed to represent proposed hypothetical options strategies. The actual performance of investment vehicles such as mutual funds or managed accounts can have significant differences from the performance of the Indexes. Investors attempting to replicate the Indexes should discuss with their advisors possible timing and liquidity issues. Like many passive benchmarks, the Indexes do not take into account significant factors such as transaction costs and taxes. Transaction costs and taxes for strategies such as the Indexes could be significantly higher than transaction costs for a passive strategy of buying-and-holding stocks. Investors should consult their tax advisor as to how taxes affect the outcome of contemplated options transactions. Past performance does not guarantee future results. This web page contains index performance data based on back-testing, i.e., calculations of how the index might have performed prior to launch. Backtested performance information is purely hypothetical and is provided in this web page solely for informational purposes. Back-tested performance does not represent actual performance and should not be interpreted as an indication of actual performance. It is not possible to invest directly in an index. Cboe calculates and disseminates the Indexes. Supporting documentation for any claims, comparisons, statistics or other technical data is available from Cboe upon request. The methodologies of the Indexes are the property of Cboe Options Exchange, Incorporated (Cboe).

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