|Asset Class||the strategy can be implemented on equity indices (EuroStoxx50, S&P500, Nikkei225) and also on bond markets (BUND, T-Notes, BOBL)|
|Investment Goal||market-neutral permanent premium generation|
|Implementation||systematically writing options on major stock indices in combination with a rule-based risk management (delta-hedging, volatility limits, value-at-risk)|
The ARIAD Short-Vola Premium Strategy
The continuing low base rates mean that no-risk and low-risk investments have become increasingly unattractive. In particular, the disappearance of the pension market has put private and professional investors in a seemingly hopeless predicament:
"When looking for ongoing returns,
investors are forced to risk an essential need: capital preservation"
Positive Returns in All Market Conditions
With the ARIAD Short-Vola Premium Strategy, we want to offer investors a convincing alternative by exploiting the volatility of the markets. The systematically generated option premiums can be utilized by investors, in order to hedge their portfolio (financing OTM-puts) or to serve as performance buffer.
“The advantage of systematically writing options shows itself mainly in challenging market environments, as shown in the following backtest results.”
Attractive returns with low volatility and small drawdowns in difficult periods
Especially in difficult market environments like 2008/09, 2015/2016 and 2020 (yellow marks), the strategy proves that market-neutral systematic option writing can provide significant outperformance relative to the underlying market.
EuroStoxx50-Overlay (data since 2013)
Within the observed period, the strategy achieved a more than 12-times better mod. Sharpe-Ratio and a fraction (1/7) of the max. drawdown relative to the underlying EuroStoxx50 (TR).
This systematic approach could even outperform the EuroStoxx50 (TR) in the backtest.
3. Investment Idea
Creating an Alternative Performance Source
The ARIAD Short-Vola Premium Strategy (systematically writing options) tries to achieve attractive returns with relatively low volatility in all market conditions. The approach takes into account the underlying markets’ volatility and the short-term trend of the market (e.g. choosing the strikes & quantity of the options to be written), which is also important when hedging the portfolio delta with futures for a market-neutral position.
4. The Process
Systematic investment process with a rule-based risk management
Each month on the date of expiration, the strategy writes new options (calls + puts) with a 1-month duration. The strike prices are based on the implicit volatility and the short-term trend of the underlying market. Only options with an attractive premium and an adequate risk-reward-potential are written. This approach enables investors to benefit from sidewards moving markets.
When the premium of the written option crosses a certain minimum threshold within the monthly duration, the position will be closed and a new one with an adjusted strike may be written for additional return.
Example for the placement of strikes (incl. delta-hedging with futures)
The risk-management is rule-based and performed daily. In volatile periods, the delta of the strategy portfolio is hedged via long/short futures to restore a market-neutral positioning. If the volatility exceeds certain thresholds, the portfolio positions will be closed completely.
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