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

All International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 Citi 416,634.23 1594 9.03%
2 JPMorgan 379,647.36 1732 8.23%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 359,625.73 1304 7.80%
4 Barclays 267,126.92 1079 5.79%
5 Goldman Sachs 267,110.09 921 5.79%

Bookrunners of All Syndicated Loans EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 HSBC 45,073.36 191 6.67%
2 Deutsche Bank 37,312.62 138 5.52%
3 BNP Paribas 36,204.20 208 5.36%
4 JPMorgan 34,040.23 112 5.04%
5 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 32,958.96 107 4.88%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 JPMorgan 22,398.41 104 8.67%
2 Morgan Stanley 19,092.40 102 7.39%
3 Citi 17,768.49 110 6.88%
4 UBS 17,693.89 71 6.85%
5 Goldman Sachs 17,256.05 98 6.68%