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CBOE RMC Asia: Feel the Burn - Long Volatility Exposures for Hedging and Alpha

True Partner about implementing Long Volatility in today's markets

Hong Kong, December 2016 - Discussion with Mr. Govert Heijboer, Co-CIO of True Partner Capital and Russell Rhoads, CFA, Director of Education for the CBOE Options Institute talking at CBOE RMC where the 2nd Annual CBOE RMC Asia Volatility Panel Discussion took place about the current global equity markets.

Mr. Govert Heijboer lead the discussion titled "Feel the Burn - Long Volatility Exposures for Hedging and Alpha today in Hong Kong" with the following topics:

  • Comparing fixed strike vs alternative hedging strategies, when to use, how to size trades, how to manage positions over time
  • Examples of what works, and what doesn't
  • Impact of option holding period, strike selection, delta hedging and trading frequency
  • Considerations in proxy hedging; convexity, liquidity and tracking error

Mr. Heijboer noted that long volatility guys seem to be in the minority at conferences like this and being long volatility is like being the underdog. He noted that this has been the year of the underdogs, naming the Chicago Cubs as a perennial underdog who did good in 2016. 

He listed different ways to be long volatility such as owning a variety of options, listed volatility derivatives, or using over the counter solutions. He rhetorically asked why on earth you would want to be volatility and answered his question that volatility works when everything else fails. As an example he shows the performance of the Eurekahedge CBOE Long Volatility Index from 2008 when it was up over 45% for the year.

As far as implementation Mr. Govert Heijboer discussed the high negative carry associated with being long volatility. Both time decay and term structure decay have a negative impact on being long volatility. To circumvent this cost he suggests an active trading strategy. His firm True Partner Capital focuses mostly on short dated listed equity index options to long volatility exposure.


Look at the presentation of Mr. Heijboer:
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Watch the discussion with Russell Rhoads at the 2nd Annual CBOE RMC Asia Volatility Panel Discussion:
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Read the article of Mr. Russell Rhoads CFA:
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Source: CBOE RMC at

Published by Ralph van Put

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