The Options Industry Council (OIC), a resource funded by OCC, the world’s largest equity derivatives clearing organization, has sponsored a new research study, How Institutional Investors Use and Think About Exchange-listed Options. The study was conducted by Greenwich Associates, a global research and consulting firm. Many public and corporate pension retirement systems worldwide are confronted with lower investment returns on existing assets that currently underfund the ultimate financial obligations of those plans. As a result, pension plans have been exploring different investment strategies and exposure to alternative asset classes. Between December 2017 and March 2018, Greenwich Associates interviewed 80 institutional investors in the U.S., incorporating a mix of asset managers, corporate pension plans and public pension plans. Respondents were asked a series of questions seeking to understand their perceptions of listed options strategies and to explore how institutional investors utilize exchange-listed equity options to achieve investment goals.
Learning Outcome Statements
The market overwhelmingly accepts that options can add value to an investment strategy. Only four percent of respondents disagree with the notion that incorporating options strategies can improve the risk-adjusted return profile of a fund or investment portfolio.
Those investors that utilize listed options strategies are very happy with performance against major market benchmarks with 81% expressing satisfaction.
Institutional investors primarily look to implement listed options strategies for portfolio protection.
Pension plans and endowments may be overlooking investments in options strategies as a means to improve risk-adjusted returns.
Exchange-listed options are considered superior to OTC options across a number of factors, including realtime price discovery, greater transparency, lower regulatory complexity and reduced counterparty risk.
Investors utilize a variety of different types of protective and income generating options strategies including: covered call writing, protective puts, cash-secured put writing and protective collars.
When deciding to implement listed options strategies, Chief Investment Officer buy-in is the key decision factor, and the due diligence process typically takes less than a year.
DISCLAIMER OF ENDORSEMENT References herein to any specific sponsor or service do not necessarily constitute or imply the endorsement, recommendation or favoring by CFA Society New York. CFA Society New York strives to be a community for diverse opinions and differing perspectives, and the views and opinions expressed by speakers, presenters and/or organizers at events do not necessarily state or reflect those of CFA Society New York. CFA Society New York expects all attendees to comply with CFA Society New York’s Code of Conduct while attending CFA Society New York events or meetings. CFA Society New York expressly reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to grant or deny access to any individual, or to expel any individual from any CFA Society New York event or meeting.
The CFA Society New York, Inc. (“CFANY”) is not a Registered Investment Advisor, Broker/Dealer, Financial Analyst, Financial Bank, Securities Broker, or Financial Planner. While CFANY seeks to present accurate and reliable information, CFANY does not endorse, approve, or certify such information, nor does it warrant or guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, timeliness, or fitness of such information for any particular purpose. Information presented may or may not be current as of the date of the presentation, and CFANY has no duty to update and maintain the information, reports, or statements made during events. The information presented is provided for information purposes only, and is not intended to be and does not constitute financial advice, investment advice, trading advice, or any other advice, is general in nature, and is not specific to you. None of the information presented is intended as an offer or solicitation of an offer to buy or sell, or as a recommendation, endorsement, or sponsorship of any security, company, or fund. CFANY is not responsible for any investment decision made by you.You should not make any financial, investment, trading or other decision based upon any of the information presented at CFANY without undertaking your own independent due diligence and consulting with a qualified and registered securities professional. You understand that your use of any of the information presented at CFANY is at your own risk.There is a substantial amount of risk in trading securities, and the possibility exists that you can lose all, most or a portion of your capital. CFANY does not, cannot, and will not assess or guarantee the suitability or profitability of any particular investment, or the potential value of any investment or informational source. The securities mentioned in any CFANY presentation may not be suitable for investors depending on their specific investment objectives and financial condition.