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The Road Less Traveled: Finding income in equities


Historically, most institutions who have considered overwriting strategies have favored approaches that sell broad-based equity index options (e.g. S&P 500 Index options) as an overlay to their underlying equity portfolio. We believe the recent uptick in retail activity in the single-stock options market, coupled with the higher idiosyncratic volatility and option premiums of individual stocks, are particularly supportive of a more dynamic and flexible approach that can identify relative-value opportunities across individual companies instead. We refer to these single-stock option overwriting approaches as “Enhanced Equity Income” strategies.

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