Last December I wrote about the then new PowerShares S&P 500 Buy Write Portfolio (PBP). Over the last few years there have been countless closed-end funds and one ETN in this space, but PBP has been the lone ETF and most recent addition.
The idea behind call writing funds, which include actively managed CEFs like S&P 500 Covered Call Fund (BEP - Get Report) and NFJ Dividend, Interest & Premium Strategy (NFJ - Get Report), the iPath CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index ETN (BWV) and the indexed PBP, is smoother returns with more yield. In that December article I was generally positive, due primarily to the track record of the index, but suggested giving the fund the chance to prove it can track the index.
PBP has been tested right out of the gate. The S&P 500 has traveled a violent path toward a 7.3% decline as of Friday, and in that same time PBP has dropped 1.7%. Plus, as the chart shows, the ride for PBP has been smoother.
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