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HIPOS Weekly Update: A Healthy Serving of Low Volatility

HIPOS Weekly Update: A Healthy Serving of Low Volatility

Our latest iteration of the HIPOS spread trade took advantage of a brief blip higher in volatility to enter the position. Since then the underlying Nasdaq 100 Index (NDX) has moved higher which is a positive for your clients. As of early trading Wednesday, the index is sitting above 14% above the short strike price and above the purple defensive posture curve. With 23 days to expiration on December 15th, the trade is moving along and will continue to realize positive time decay. Even tomorrow when the market is closed.

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Volatile Month for High Yield Bonds

Volatile Month for High Yield Bonds

Source: YCharts

Recently we have seen increased volatility among high yield bond funds. However, some funds have not experienced quite as much of it. Above we can see how Symbol: HYG, a high yield exchange traded funds, and two Guggenheim hold to maturity short duration high yield ETFs have performed. The chart illustrates recent changes when looking at the daily total return of each which includes dividends.

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