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SLCG Research: Dual Directional Structured Products [Update]

We have significantly updated our working paper on dual directional structured products (or simply dual directionals). Since our first version of the paper, our work has been covered by and in November of 2012 named a dual directional as their trade of the month. The latest version of the paper is available from the SLCG website and SSRN.

In this version of the paper, we expanded our scope by studying all dual directionals registered with the SEC since 2008. We divide dual...

SLCG Research: Volatility Smiles from Leveraged ETF Options

Leveraged ETFs are a perennial subject on our blog. I thought I'd take this opportunity to highlight a recent research project entitled "Crooked Volatility Smiles: Evidence from Leveraged and Inverse ETF Options" that I recently completed with my colleagues Geng Deng, Craig McCann and Mike Yan.

While studying options data on leveraged and inverse ETFs, we began to notice a pattern such that deep-in-the-money call options -- contacts whose strike price is well above the current spot price --...

SLCG Research: Dual Directional Structured Products

Earlier this month, SLCG released a new research paper that values Dual Directional Structured Products (DDSPs). DDSPs are debt securities that feature payoffs very much like a long straddle position on the underlying asset for small price movements -- the investor realizes gains if the underlying asset increases or decreases in price (the origin of the term 'dual directional') within a certain range during the term of the note.

DDSPs differ from a conventional straddle position in a number...

SLCG Research: Day-Count Conventions

Earlier this month, SLCG finished a short research paper on the ubiquitous, but often overlooked, aspect of interest-bearing investments: day-count conventions. Day-count conventions (DCCs) refer to the various procedures used to compute the amount of time elapsed for the purposes of interest accrual. These conventions effect the payments we receive/pay on everything from mortgages to credit cards, from savings accounts to interest rate swaps.

Usually these conventions are written as a...

SLCG Research: Non-Traded REITs

We've posted a new working paper on our website that brings together much of our research related to non-traded Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). In it, we discuss the history and structure of non-traded REITs as well as differences between non-traded REITs and other avenues for gaining exposure to real estate. We highlight the dizzying array of fees and conflicts of interest embedded in these companies. We demonstrate that non-traded REITs are often misleadingly valued, heavily...

SLCG Research: Reverse Convertibles and Stochastic Volatility

We've talked a lot about structured products -- and reverse convertibles in particular -- on this blog. In this blog post we discuss reverse convertibles in more detail and present some results found in a new research paper my colleagues and I have just completed.

Reverse convertible notes -- or simply "reverse convertibles" -- are structured products whose payoff at maturity is dependent upon the return of an underlying asset or security during the tenor of the note. If the underlying asset...

SLCG Research: Average Credit Quality

SLCG released today 'What Does a Mutual Fund's Average Credit Quality Tell Investors?'

Bond mutual funds often report an "average credit quality" in their marketing materials. A fund's average credit quality is represented by a rating (e.g. A, A-) that is based on the credit ratings of the fund's individual securities, and these credit ratings come directly from rating agencies such as Standard and Poor's and Moody's.

In this paper, we explain a methodological flaw in the way average...

SLCG Research: Modeling Autocallable Structured Products

SLCG released today 'Modeling Autocallable Structured Products'.

A callable structured product is a note that is callable by the issuer. The note is linked to an underlying asset, or 'reference asset.' If the reference asset reaches the call price during the term of the note, the note is called and note holder receives a pre-specified return. If the reference asset never reaches the call price during the term of the note, the note is never called and the note holder simple receives the...

SLCG Research: Futures-Based Commodity ETFs

SLCG released today a new study about Futures-Based Commodity ETFs. In the past decade the price of commodities has increased substantially and many investors have wanted to diversify their portfolios by including commodities. The most common way to invest in commodities is by buying futures contracts, which requires a good understanding of the pricing of futures contract and specific features of the futures market.

In the past few years we have seen many firms offer Commodity Exchange...

SLCG Research: Leveraged Municipal Bond Arbitrage

SLCG released today 'Leveraged Municipal Bond Arbitrage: What Went Wrong?'. Leveraged municipal bond arbitrage is a strategy employed by fixed income hedge funds. This strategy buys long term municipal bonds and sells or shorts long term Treasury bonds while hedging with interest rate swaps. The strategy would seek to profit from the difference in the rates it receives from the municipal bonds and the rates it pays on the Treasury bonds and interest rate swaps.

Brokers marketed hedge...

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