OTC Buy-Write Strategies Pick Up

  • 07 Feb 2006
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Over-the-counter buy-write strategies, in which investors buy equity indices and sell covered calls on the single stocks, have become increasingly popular in the U.S. Buy-write plays work best in falling or flat markets, cushioning downside moves and lessening overall volatility.

The strategy is primarily exchange-traded, but growing in over-the-counter popularity. "Fund managers are quietly using the OTC market to avoid volatility and get better execution on expiration Fridays," one official said.

Buy-write indices, such as the Chicago Board Options Exchange's BXM, BXD and BXN, measure the performance of a theoretical portfolio of stocks indexed to the Standard & Poor's 500, Dow Jones Industrial or NASDAQ100 indices, respectively (DW, 10/14). Covered calls generate two streams of income: dividend and call premium. Keith Styrcula, founder of the Structured Products Association, said options on buy-write indices helped the Chicago Board Options Exchange see record volumes last year.
  • 07 Feb 2006

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1 Citi 313,117.00 1169 8.99%
2 JPMorgan 284,084.45 1296 8.16%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 281,023.48 968 8.07%
4 Goldman Sachs 212,563.64 697 6.10%
5 Barclays 203,259.32 781 5.84%

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1 Deutsche Bank 31,971.88 102 6.87%
2 HSBC 31,940.18 140 6.87%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 29,065.55 82 6.25%
4 BNP Paribas 24,679.63 135 5.30%
5 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 22,195.55 122 4.77%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

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1 JPMorgan 14,960.44 66 7.87%
2 Morgan Stanley 13,992.90 72 7.37%
3 Citi 13,566.56 83 7.14%
4 UBS 13,028.25 52 6.86%
5 Goldman Sachs 11,994.74 65 6.31%