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Covered Calls Uncovered

Journal Article

Covered Call Strategies: One Fact and Eight Myths

Call overwriting is a method of simultaneously expressing a view on a security and its volatility, and the CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index (BXM) is one of many ways to get exposure to the equity and volatility risk premia.

Journal Article

The Low-Volatility Anomaly: Market Evidence on Systemic Risk vs. Mispricing

Researchers have demonstrated a long-term connection between future stock returns and various measures of prior stock price variability.

Journal Article

The Limits to Arbitrage and the Low-Volatility Anomaly

Researchers have found that a strategy of buying prior low volatility stocks and selling prior high volatility risk stocks has historically generated substantial abnormal returns in the U.S.

Working Paper

Betting Against Correlation: Testing Theories of the Low-Risk Effect

What drives the low-risk effect? We test whether it's driven by leverage constraints (and thus risk should be measured using beta) or behavioral effects (and thus risk should be measured by idiosyncratic risk).

White Paper

Understanding the Volatility Risk Premium

The volatility risk premium (VRP) represents the compensation that investors earn for providing protection against market losses. We explain the reasons why it may exist and explore its historical performance with a simple option-selling strategy.

White Paper

Covered Calls and Their Unintended Reversal Bet

Equity index covered calls have historically realized returns not much less than their underlying index with significantly less volatility.

Working Paper

Forecasting the Distribution of Option Returns

We propose a method for constructing conditional option return distributions.