Portfolio Managers to Discuss VEQTOR and Options Benchmark Indexes on March 17 – By Matt Moran

On March 17 at the 30th Annual CBOE Risk Management Conference in Florida, I will participate in panel discussion of Historical Performance of Options-Related Strategies with these three investment management experts –

  • Karl A. Schneider, CAIA, Vice President, State Street Global Advisors
  • Doug Kramer, Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Kinetics   
  • Theodore Samulowitz, Vice President – Portfolio Manager, Invesco PowerShares    

Topics to be covered by the panel include –

  • An analysis of benchmark indexes for covered call, cash-secured short put and collar strategies
  • Sources of enhanced risk-adjusted returns   
  • Comparing options-based strategies to stocks, bonds, and alternatives.

The panel’s investment managers all use benchmark indexes that write S&P 500 (SPX) options, or that purchase futures on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®). The managers will discuss the performance of many of the indexes in the charts below.


Futures on the VIX began trading in 2004, and benchmark indexes subsequently were developed to use VIX futures and try to manage tail risk.  The panel will discuss indexes in the chart below.

Indexes Mar 2006   Feb 2014 Here are short descriptions of two of the indexes —

  • S&P 500 Dynamic VEQTOR Index (SPVQDTR).  The index is designed to provide broad equity market exposure with an implied volatility hedge by dynamically allocating between equity, volatility and cash. The index allows investors to receive exposure to the equity and volatility of the S&P 500 Index in a dynamic framework.
  • CBOE Low Volatility Index (LOVOL).   The index is a 40% / 60% blend of the CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index (BXM) and CBOE VIX Tail Hedge Index (VXTH).  The resulting portfolio overlays long VIX calls and short S&P 500 calls over an investment in S&P 500 stocks.


As shown in the charts below, since mid-1988 the CBOE S&P 500 2% OTM Index (BXY) rose 1295%, the CBOE S&P 500 PutWrite Index (PUT) rose 1277%.  The panel will discuss why the BXY and PUT indexes had higher returns and lower volatility than indexes such as the S&P 500 and S&P GSCI.

Indexes Jun 1988 Feb 2014RMC

 For more information on the 30th Annual CBOE Risk Management Conference, please visit www.cboermc.com

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