CBOE recently commissioned a study by Mark Shore, the Chief Research Officer at Shore Capital Research and Adjunct Professor at DePaul University in Chicago. Shore’s February 2016 study - Analyzing Russell 2000 Options-Based Benchmark Indexes Designed to Provide Enhanced Yields and Risk-Adjusted Returns - found that both the hypothetical return and standard deviation for a consistent Russell 2000® Index put selling strategy as reflected by the CBOE Russell 2000 PutWrite Index were stronger than buy and hold return and standard deviation for the Russell 2000 Index for the fifteen year period ended December 2015.
The CBOE Russell 2000 PutWrite Index had a 9.1% annualized return and 14.1% annualized standard deviation for the period as compared to 8.7% and 19.5%, respectively, for the Russell 2000 Index.
Annualized Returns & Standard Deviation: January 2001 – December 2015
CBOE Russell 2000 PutWrite Index & Russell 2000 Index
Sources: Bloomberg, CBOE. Annualized returns of the CBOE Russell 2000 PutWrite Index and Russell 2000 Index. Data is from January 2001 to December 2015. Data for the CBOE Russell 2000 PutWrite Index is hypothetical back-tested data. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.Please see the end for important legal disclosures.
Pat Fay, Global Director of Index Derivatives, FTSE Russell:
“The CBOE Russell 2000 PutWrite Index had a higher return with less volatility than the Russell 2000 Index over the last 15 years. This helps illustrate the power for some market participants of using options-based indexes as portfolio analysis and diversification tools.”
Mark Shore, Chief Research Officer, Shore Capital Research, LLC:
“In addition to higher long-term returns, the CBOE Russell 2000 PutWrite Index has experienced less dramatic drawdowns in bearish markets and quicker recoveries than the Russell 2000 Index.”
The CBOE Russell 2000 PutWrite Index is designed to track the performance of a hypothetical strategy that sells a monthly at-the-money (ATM) Russell 2000 index put option. The written Russell 2000 put option is collateralized by a money market account invested in one-month Treasury bills. The PUTR index rolls on a monthly basis, typically every third Friday of the month.
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