The write option

With range-bound US equity markets continuing to frustrate traditional investors, products encompassing covered call writing are catching on fast. By Navroz Patel


There are signs that equity volatility is picking up. The VIX – the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s (CBOE) weighted-average S&P 500 option-implied volatility index – reached a year-to-date high of around 17.7% in mid-April, having crept up from a year-to-date low of 11.1% two months earlier. Nonetheless, for much of the past six months, US implied equity volatility has been in the doldrums. And with many stock market analysts predicting that US equity indexes will remain range-bound in the near

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