The performance of covered calls

Board, J., Sutcliffe, C. and Patrinos, E. (2000) The performance of covered calls. European Journal of Finance, 6, (1), 1-17. (doi:10.1080/135184700336937).


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Writing call options against long positions in the underlying equities is the most popular options strategy. Since the variance is an inadequate measure of risk for options strategies, this paper uses a range of dominance criteria and four utility functions to compare the performance of partly and fully covered call strategies with that of the underlying equity portfolio. It is found that the dominance criteria are ineffective in choosing between strategies. However, all four utility functions (representing different combinations of absolute and relative risk aversion) find that the covered call strategy is preferable for the data period studied, supporting the widespread use of this strategy.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/135184700336937
ISSNs: 1351-847X (print)
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Keywords: call options, covered calls, buy-writes, overwrites
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
ePrint ID: 35952
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Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:04

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