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Journal Article

Pathetic Protection: The Elusive Benefits of Protective Puts

Conventional wisdom is that put options are effective drawdown protection tools.

Trade Publication

Ahead of the Curve: Time to Embrace Downside Risk

Buying equity put options to reduce a portfolio’s downside risk exposure is so attractive that the high cost of doing so all but offsets the benefit, the authors contend.

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.

Journal Article

Covering the World: Global Evidence on Covered Calls

Covered call strategies may be decomposed, using a risk and performance attribution methodology, into three components: equity exposure, short volatility exposure, and equity timing. This paper applies that attribution methodology to covered calls on 11 global indexes.

White Paper

PutWrite versus BuyWrite: Yes, Put-Call Parity Holds Here Too

Surprisingly, the CBOE S&P 500 PutWrite Index has outperformed the CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index by around 1.1 percent annually between 1986 and 2015. We explain the mystery behind this outperformance and its implications for portfolio construction.

Working Paper

Future Liquidity, Present Value: Measuring and Pricing Liquidity Risk

In 1991, John Y. Campbell showed how an asset’s return is related to new information about its future cash flows and discount rates. We extend Campbell’s return decomposition to show how it is also related to new information on future liquidity.

Working Paper

Risk Parity Is Not Short Volatility (Not That There's Anything Wrong with Short Volatility)

Are risk parity strategies hiding an implicit short volatility? To find out, we simulated stylized versions of three asset-class (equity, fixed income, and commodities) risk parity and short volatility strategies, and we compared the trading behavior and returns of each.

Working Paper

Forecasting the Distribution of Option Returns

We propose a method for constructing conditional option return distributions.

Working Paper

Which Index Options Should You Sell?

We study return and risk properties of equity-hedged options across the S&P 500 option surface. We evaluate returns by estimating alpha to the S&P 500 and quantify risk using return volatility, losses under stress tests, and conditional value at risk.

Working Paper

Give Credit Where Credit Is Due: What Explains Corporate Bond Returns?

We examine the risk and returns of U.S. corporate bond indices using a set of economically-motivated factors and find that options markets explain a great deal of credit returns.