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Working Paper

Beyond Basis Basics: Leverage Demand and Deviations from the Law of One Price

Bases are driven by intermediaries’ cost of capital and the amount of leverage demand for an asset. Focusing on leverage demand, we find bases negatively predict futures and spot market returns with the same sign in both global equities and currencies.

Working Paper

Being Right is Not Enough: Buying Options to Bet on Higher Realized Volatility

Should investors who buy options expect to profit when realized volatility increases? If so, under what conditions? To answer these questions, we analyzed the relationship between long volatility performance (buying options) and contemporaneous changes in volatility.

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

An Alternative Option to Portfolio Rebalancing

We explore how investors can use an implementable option selling overlay to improve portfolio rebalancing.

Interview

Words From the Wise: An AQR Interview with Ed Thorp

We sat down with Ed Thorp, a pioneer in the mathematical analysis of casino games and investing, to get his insights on an array of topics from casino gambling to quantitative investing.

Perspective

Please Stop Talking About the VIX So Much

It has become quite commonplace to note that the VIX (the CBOE Volatility Index) is currently very low and to worry about it. But Cliff tends to think there's less to worry about than most.

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.

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.

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.

Journal Article

Pathetic Protection: The Elusive Benefits of Protective Puts

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