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1 The Favorite / Longshot Bias Stewart D. Hodges Financial Options Research Centre University of Warwick Coventry, United Kingdom Robert G. Tompkins Vienna University of Technology Doeltergasse, A1220 Vienna, Austria Phone: , Fax: , Faculty of Commerce University of British Columbia University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2 Canada Phone: , Fax: , Richard Green and the referee for helpful comments on a previous draft of this paper. Financial support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada is also gratefully acknowledged. The second author acknowledges partially financial support by the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF) under grant SFB#10 (Adaptive Information Systems and Modelling in Economics and Management Science). # Corresponding Author in S&P 500 and FTSE 100 Index Futures Options: The Return to Bets and the Cost of Insurance * William T. Ziemba # * Without implicating them we would like to thank Murray Frank, Terrance Odean, the editor,
2 ABSTRACT This paper examines whether the favorite/longshot bias that has been found in gambling markets (particularly horse racing) applies to options markets. We investigate this for the S&P 500 futures, the FTSE 100 futures and the British Pound/US Dollar futures for the seventeen plus years from March 1985 to September Calls on the FTSE 100 with three months to expiration display a relationship between probabilities and average returns that are very similar to the favorite/longshot bias in horse racing markets pointed out by Ali (1979), Snyder (1978) and Ziemba & Hausch (1986). There are slight profits from deep inthemoney calls on the S&P 500 futures and increasingly greater losses as the call options are outofthemoney. For 3 month calls on the FTSE 100 futures, the favorite bias is not found, but a significant longshot bias has existed for the deepest out of the money options. For call options in both markets, for the one month horizon, only a longshot bias is found. For the put options on both markets, and for both 3 month and 1 month horizons, we find evidence consistent with the hypothesis that investors tend to overpay for all put options as an expected cost of insurance. The patterns of average returns is analogous to the favorite / longshot bias in racing markets. For options on the British Pound/ US Dollar, there does not appear to be any systematic favorite / longshot bias for either calls or puts. JEL classifications: C15, G13 Keywords: Longshot bias, gambling, option prices, implied volatilities. 1 The Favorite / Longshot Bias in S&P 500 and FTSE 100 Index Futures Options: The Return to Bets and the Cost of Insurance
3 Ali (1979), Snyder (1978) and others have documented a favorite / longshot bias in racetrack The data shows that bets on high probability low payoff gambles have high expected value and low probability high payoff gambles have low expected value. For example, a 110 horse having more than a 90% chance of winning has an expected value of about $1.03 (for every $1 bet), whereas a horse has an expected value of about 14 cents per dollar invested. The favorite / longshot bias exists in other gambling markets such as sports betting; see Hausch, Lo and Ziemba (1994) for a survey of results. In Ziemba and Hausch (1986), the expected return per dollar bet versus the odd levels are studied for more than 300,000 horse races. They found that the North American public underbets favorites and overbets longshots. This bias has appeared across many years and across all sizes of race track betting pools. The effect of these biases are that for a given fixed amount of money bet, the expected return varies with the odds level; see Figure 1. For bets on extreme favorites, there is an positive expected return. For all other bets, the expected return is negative. The favorite longshot bias is monotone across odds and the drop in expected value is especially large for the lower probability horses. The effect of differing track take transactions costs is seen in the California versus New York graphs. Figure 1. The effective track payback less breakage for various odds levels in California and New York for 300,000 plus races over various years and tracks. Source: Ziemba and Hausch (1986). 2 betting. 1
4 Thaler and Ziemba (1988) suggest a number of possible reasons for this bias. These include bettors’ overestimation of the chances that longshot bets will win or as in Kahneman & Tversky (1979) and Tversky & Kahneman (1983) bettors might overweight small probabilities of winning when the potential payout is large (in calculating their utility). Bettors may derive utility simply from the hope associated with holding a ticket on a longshot, as it is more fun to pick a longshot to win over a favorite and this has more bragging rights. Transaction costs also play a role. Finally, they suggest that some bettors may choose horses for irrational reasons such as the name of the horse. Put and calls on stock index futures represent leveraged short or long positions on the index and their behaviour might have similar features to racetrack bets. Demand for options come from both hedging and speculation. The primary use of put options is for hedging. For the call options, the most obvious hedging demand is to sell them against existing holdings of equity. This covered call strategy tends to depress the price of (especially outofthemoney) call options. If this were the sole mechanism for dealing in call options, this should result in an increase in the expected return for purchasers of outofthemoney call options. The expected loss from the purchase of outofthemoney call options is possibly due to some speculative activity similar to that for longshot horse race bets. However, Bollen and Whaley (2002) showed that buyerinitiated trading in index puts dominates the market. Because there are few natural counterparties to these trades (apart from hedge funds), the implied volatilities of these options rise and the implied volatilities of the corresponding call options rise due to putcall parity. However, they show that the primary choice of buyerinitiated index put trading occurs for the nearest OTM put options. They also stated ” Since portfolio insurers generally buy OTM puts rather than ITM puts ” this implies that relatively speaking the demand for ITM puts is less and given that they argue that option mispricing is due to supply and demand imbalances at different strike prices, then ITM puts would be relatively less expensive. By putcall parity, this implies that the costs of the OTM call options would be relatively less expensive and offer a higher return. Nevertheless, our results suggest that the outofthemoney call options have also tended to be overpriced. Rubinstein (1994) examined options on the S&P 500 index and as with our research considered the impacts of extreme events on investor s perceptions of option values. He pointed out that the implied volatilities for options on the S&P 500 changed after the 1987 stock market crash, the prices of outofthemoney put options rose and the prices of outofthemoney call 3
5 options fell (relative to the price of the atthemoney option). The explanation for the change in the implied volatility pattern post October 1987 from a smile to a skew is driven by portfolio insurers who had dynamic portfolio insurance failures and substituted the purchase of index puts in their hedging strategy. Rubinstein (1994) states: “One is tempted to hypothesise that the stock market crash of October 1987 changed the way market participants viewed index options. Outofthemoney puts (and hence inthemoney calls by putcall parity) became valued much more highly”. This effect, which is commonly referred to as the implied volatility skew (or smile), has recently been an active area of research. Buraschi & Jackwerth conclude, returns on awayfromthemoney options are driven by different economic factors that those relevant for atthemoney options. (Page 523) as part of their 2001 study which examines the skew and shows that in and outofthemoney options are required to span the state space. In the presence of market imperfections (such as transaction costs or other frictions that allow riskless hedges to be constructed in continuous time) or incomplete markets, option prices are no longer uniquely determined by arbitrage, and may be determined (within limits) by supply and demand. Dumas, Fleming and Whaley (1996) suggest that the behaviour of market participants may be the reason for the existence of smiles. They state: With institutional buying pressures for outofthemoney puts and no naturally offsetting selling pressure, index put prices rise to a level where market makers are eventually willing to step in and accept the bet that the index level will not fall below the exercise price before the option’s expiration (i.e. they sell naked puts). option series clienteles may induce patterns in implied volatilities, with these patterns implying little in terms of the distributional properties of the underlying index.” (Page 21). Figlewski (1989) also suggests that the reason for the existence of volatility smiles is due to the demands of option users. He suggests that the higher prices (and resulting higher implied volatilities) associated with outofthemoney options exist because people simply like the combination of a large potential payoff and limited risk. He likens outofthemoney options to lottery tickets with prices such that they embody an expected loss. Nevertheless, this does not dissuade some from purchasing them. This would suggest that investors might be acting irrationally. Poteshman and Serbin (2002) show that this is the case for the exercise of exchange traded stock options. They conclude that the early exercise of American calls on stocks during the period of was in many instances clearly irrational without invoking any model or market equilibrium. If investors act irrationally in this regard, it is also possible they also act 4
6 irrationally when assessing the value of the option and could display similar irrational behaviour to other speculative endeavours such as gambling. In this research, we examine the returns from investing in call and put options on stock index futures markets and assess whether the average returns are biased against high leverage situations as they seem to be in other betting markets. To test the hypothesis that options display such biases requires a sufficiently large number of independent observations inactively traded markets with a wide range of strike prices. We have therefore chosen to work with stock index options data, even though these may be dominated by institutional investors buying portfolio insurance [as suggested by Bollen & Whaley (2002)], and the type of bias we hypothesize is perhaps more likely in stock option markets, with a higher concentration of retail customers 2. The equity index markets have a wide range of available strike prices and trade on a monthly expiration cycle yielding more independent trials than for stock options. If evidence of bias related to leverage are found here, it will all the more striking: it could be even more extreme for individual stock option markets (or option markets with more retail involvement). Because of these concerns, we have examined three separate markets with different characteristics. Our first is the S&P 500 futures options market. According to the Marketing Department of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (and from Large Position reports from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission) virtually all trading activity for options on the S&P 500 futures comes from institutional traders. For options on the Financial Times Stock Index (FTSE) 100 futures traded at the London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE) there is more retail involvement. Press releases from LIFFE claims that retail involvement in these options comprise up to 10% of the total volume (similar to that of the individual stock options traded on the LIFFE). This additional market will provide some insights into the impacts of nonprofessional trading on the favorite longshot bias. Our final market is on options on the British Pound/US dollar. This clearly differs from the equity index markets in that a put on one currency is a call on the other. Our paper has the following structure. Section I presents data sources and the methodology for the transformation of option prices into odds, so that the results can be compared to the horse racing literature. Section II presents results for the S&P 500, FTSE 100 options markets and British pound/us dollar options (to provide a useful robustness test). Section III concludes. 5
7 I. Methodology To investigate whether a favorite / longshot bias exists in option markets requires a transformation of option prices into odds. In the Black Scholes (1973) equation, N(d2) is the forward price of a digital option that pays $1 if F > X. It is the (risk neutral) odds at which investors can bet on this event. For a put option, the digital that pays $1 if X 8 With seventeen years of quarterly data, we had 69 quarterly observations in our analysis with an average of 39.1 available strike prices per observation for the options on the S&P 500, 30.8 strikes for options on the FTSE 100 and 17.8 available strike prices per observation for the options on the British Pound / US Dollar. For the monthly expirations, the average number of strike prices available for the S&P 500 options was 39.0 and 28.6 for the FTSE 100. The first step was to determine the risk neutral probabilities of finishing in the money. Since the options are American, the BaroneAdesi and Whaley (1987) approximation has been used to recover the implied volatilities, which have then been substituted into the Black (1976) formula to calculate the pseudoeuropean option probabilities [N(d2) and N(d2)]. For the European style options on the FTSE 100, the Black (1976) implied volatilities were directly used. To make a more consistent comparison with horse race betting, the premium for the options were expressed in forward value terms. Thus, the forward version of the Black (1976) formula was used FN d ) XN( ) (1a) XN d ) FN( ). (1b) ln( F 1 2 ) ( T t) 2 where, d X 1 and d d1 ( T ). ( T t) As we only observe the current option prices pv P, we transform these to the results in r ( T t) equations (1a) and (1b) by multiplying the observed prices by e (where r is the LIBOR interpolated between adjacent standard maturities as reported by the British Bankers Assocation on the observation date, t and T is the expiration date). The terminal payoffs of the options are CT MAX ( FT X,0) and P (,0 T MAX X FT ), respectively. (2) We calculate the wealth relatives of the ratios of these to the initial option forward values: in the absence of risk premia these would be expected to average to one. An important issue in averaging them is how the wealth relative on each option should be weighted. As we go through our data sample, the number of strikes available increases with time. We would therefore lose efficiency if we weighted all options equally, as this would correspond to investing increasing amounts over time, where, for a given day the returns on options at different strikes are not independent. Our first principle is therefore to weight each monthly or quarterly period equally, by investing a fixed amount of money (e.g. $1) at each date. 7 C fv ( 1 d 2 P fv ( 1 d2 2 t C and pv
9 We have used and compared two different methods of obtaining average wealth relatives for different degrees of moneyness (or odds). Note first that, unlike horse racing, the (risk neutral) probabilities of payoff in the options markets are not expressed as odds but in a continuous probability range from 0% to 100%. In horse racing, while the bets are expressed as odds, such bets actually represent a continous probability range for all bets between discrete categories (and rounded down). As examples, 95 bets cover all ranges from 1.80 to 1.99 to 1 and 52 bets covers all bets with ranges from 2.00 to 2.49 to 1. Our first method is to pool all the options according to their initial odds [N(d2) or N(d2)] into equal probability bands (or into “buckets”) of 5% (e.g. 05%, 510% etc.) and calculate the average outcome for each band. On any given date there may be a number of options falling within a particular band (or none at all). We invest $1 in each band, which is represented, with an equal weight in each option in the band. Thus, if N options fall into a particular band, the number 1 1 of options purchased is QC $ and QP $ (3) N C fv N Pfv respectively, for all calls and puts. We interprete the inthemoney options (probability bands > 50%) as the favorites and the outofthemoney options as the longshots. In this method, each band is liable to be an average across a different number of dates, as there are some dates for which no option fell into the band. In our alternative method, we use interpolation to estimate what strike and option price would apply to each given level of “odds” [N(d2) or N(d2)]. Within the range of “odds” which exist on a given day 3, we linearly interpolate the implied volatility between adjacent strikes. This avoids the gaps which previously gave different numbers of observations even to closetothemoney bands and the average wealth relatives consequently have a slightly smoother relationship to the odds level than in the “bucket” method. In each method we form a simple average of wealth relatives from nonoverlapping periods, and can therefore easily perform significance tests. II. Results The first step is to examine what the payoffs of call and put options would be under the Black Scholes (1973) model. Although the presence of a risk premium on the equity index does not affect the option valuation, it will affect the pattern of realized wealth relatives. When risk premia exist (for example in equity markets), the expected return for the investment in options 8
10 will differ from the $1 investment. To assess this, we examined call and put options using the Black Scholes (1973) formula with no risk premium and risk premia of 2%, 4% and 6%. This is done by using 2%, 4% and 6%, respectively, as the continuous dividend rate, using the Merton (1973) dividend adjustment, in the Black Scholes formula. The ratio of the option prices are determined and plotted as a function of the moneyness. This can be seen in Figure 2 for call and put options. The calls lie above the $1 investment and the puts lie below the $1 investment. Figure 2: Expected Wealth Relatives for Call and Put Options with alternative risk premium levels With these figures providing guidance as to how we would expect option returns to behave as a function of the Black Scholes (1973) model with risk premia, we can now assess the returns actually observed for options on the S&P 500 and FTSE 100 futures. The results appear in Tables I and II for three month options on these index futures. In both tables, the call and puts options appear on the lefthand and righthand sides, respectively. For both, the first column is the odds of finishing in the money as measured by N(d2) or N(d2). The next column indicates the number of observations we have for that particular 5% band (i.e. days for which $1 could be invested). The average payoff for a $1 investment in that particular option band appears next and is followed by the standard deviation of the option payoffs within the band. 9 Expected Wealth Relatives: Calls and Puts W.R % Risk Premium 4% Risk Premium 6% Risk Premium N(d2) N(d2)
11 Call Options on the S&P 500 Futures Put Options on the S&P 500 Futures Average Std. Dev of Ttest Average Std. Dev of Ttest Odds (%) # Obs Payoff Payoff vs. 1$ Odds (%) # Obs Payoff Payoff vs. 1$ * * ** * ** ** * * * * ** **** **** * * **** ** * * **** All All Options Options Table I. Average Return per $1 bet vs. odds levels: 3m Options on S&P 500 Futures ( ) Call Options on the FTSE Futures Put Options on the FTSE Futures Average Std Dev of Ttest Average Std Dev of Ttest Odds (%) # Obs Payoff Payoff vs. 1$ Odds (%) # Obs Payoff Payoff vs. 1$ *** * *** *** **** ** **** **** All Options Table II. Average Return per $1 bet vs. odds levels: 3m Options on FTSE Futures ( ) 10 All Options ***

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12 The final column is a one tailed ttest of the hypothesis that the average return is equal to the initial investment of $1 using t ( 1 X i ) /( si / n). (4) When the hypothesis is rejected at a 90% level or above, the t statistic appears in bolded print. The addition of a *, **, *** or **** to the right of the tstatistic indicates whether the level of significance is greater than the 90%, 95%, 97.5% or 99% levels, respectively. Figures 3 and 4 provide a graphical view of the average returns, related to moneyness, in these markets. These are not plots of the data in Tables I and II, but were calculated by our interpolation method. The two methods gave very similar levels and confidence intervals, but with smoother curves from the second method. IIa. Results for Quarterly Options on Stock Index Futures For the call options on the S&P 500 futures, we find a similar favorite / longshot bias as in horse racing. The deep inthemoney call options in the probability ranges of 65% to 90% return signficantly more than the initial investment of 1$ on average. For the remaining ranges from 10% to 80%, we cannot reject the hypothesis that the return is significantly different from the $1 investment. This suggests that atthemoney calls (ranges from ) and slightly inthemoney calls yield a return is about equal to the $1 investment. However, for the deepest outofthemoney calls, the average returns are remarkably low. We reject the hypothesis of an expected return of $1 for the lowest 5% at a 99% level or above. This result confirms the hypothesis of Figlewski (1989) that outofthemoney call options are seen by investors like lottery tickets and investors overpay for deep outofthemoney call options on the S&P 500 futures. Thus, the literature on excessive optimism in the assessment of risky situations may apply here; see Kahneman & Tversky (1979) and Tversky & Kahneman (1983). For the call options on the FTSE 100 futures, there is no favorite bias. However, there is a significant longshot bias. For most of the range from 35% to 100%, we cannot reject the hypothesis that the return is significantly different from the $1 investment. However, for the outofthemoney calls with probabilities less than 20%, we reject the hypothesis of an expected return of $1. Given that our contention that the FTSE 100 options market has a higher proportion of retail participants, who may be purely speculating on stock index futures prices, it is suggestive that the more the involvement of retail trading in options markets, the greater the longshot bias. 11
13 For the put options on the both the FTSE 100 and S&P 500 futures, (essentally) all have negative average returns. Moreover, the average payoff is decreasing as the probabilities decrease, which is analogous also to the horse racing favorite longshot bias. This is also consistent with the contentions of Rubinstein and Jackwerth (1996) and Dumas, Fleming and Whaley (1996) that investors view put options as insurance policies and are willing to accept an expected loss to protect their holdings of equity. To allow a clearer comparison between our results and those of Ziemba and Hausch (1986), the figures use similar axes: probabilities equal the reciprocal of the odds plus one. This can be seen for sets of stock index options in Figures 3 and 4. This type of presentation allows direct comparison to Figure 2, that presents the theoretical relationship between option s expected returns and risk premia. If risk premium was causing call options returns to return more than the $1 investment, we would expect Figure 3 to resemble the upper portion of Figure 2. When the returns are expressed as wealth relatives, outofthemoney options offer a lower rate of return exactly the opposite to what we expect. Therefore we conclude that the mechanism at work is not the risk premium but a favorite / longshot bias. In Figure 3, inthemoney call options yield more than the $1 invested in each option. This is not surprising, given the existence of a risk premium for the equity market. However, the overall pattern is surprising: we would expect all calls to offer a higher rate of return, and for this to increase as the odds lengthen, as in Figure 2. For put options on the stock index futures in Figure 4, the average return tends to decrease, as the option is further out of the money. This is more consistent with Figure 2, but still suggests some anomalous behaviour. Interestingly, for the put option returns, for the S&P 500 options, it is the inthemoney ones which are significant, for the FTSE 100 options, only the outofthemoney ones which are significant. Note finally, that in all cases, the returns on the “longshot” options are much more variable than on the “favourites”. This means that a much larger deviation of the sample mean from one is required, for a given number of observations, in order to reject the hypothesis. 12
14 FTSE S&P Figure 3: Average Return per dollar bet vs. odds levels: 3 month Stock Index Calls ( ) FT SE S& P Figure 4: Average Return per dollar bet vs. odds levels: 3 month Stock Index Puts ( ) To assess if these results are general for all options or specifically apply to stock index options, we selected as a robustness test an asset which should not possess a risk premium, options on British Pound/US Dollar Futures. We do not find evidence for the existence of the favorite / longshot bias. In our analysis it did appear that inthemoney puts seem to return more than the intial investment of $1, however this effect is barely significant at the 90% level. This Month Stock Index Futures Call Options Wealth Relatives 3 M onth Stock Index Futures Put Options Wealth Relatives
15 result was solely due to a single expiration period from September to December when the British Pound fell from (when the options were purchased) to at expiration. There is no systematic pattern of average returns above or below the initial investment of $1. Because, results will depend upon the choice of the numeraire currency, we removed this possible bias by aggregating all call and put options into the relative probability ranges. This allows us to assess if there is an overall inthemoney versus outofthemoney favorite / longshot bias. The results for the British Pound/US Dollar options appear in Table III. Table III. All Options on the BP/$ Futures Average Std. Dev of Ttest Odds (%) # Obs Payoff Payoff vs. $ **** * ** **** *** All Options Table III. Average Return per $1 bet vs. odds levels: 3m Options on British Pound/US Dollar Futures ( ) Table III shows that there is no significant favorite / longshot bias. IIb. Results for Monthly Options on Stock Index Futures An enlargment of the data for the index options occurs when one considers options on futures with monthly expirations. This also allows a comparison with the three month terms to expiration discussed above. The results appear in Tables IV and V for the 1 month calls and puts for the S&P 500 futures and FTSE 100 futures, respectively. For both the S&P 500 and FTSE 100 option markets, the the deep in the money one month calls have an average wealth relative close to one. The further the options are out of the money, the lower the average payoff, as shown in Figures 5 and 6 using our interpolation method to give returns 14
16 for odds spaced at every 1%. The pattern is quite striking for both markets: the payoff decays monotonically and is similar to the racetrack long shot bias found in Figure 1. However, the only cases of average returns significantly below one are for the FTSE 100 options, for which we have already noted there is more retail activity. We seem to have the usual problem of the large measurement error in expected returns measured with limited observations over short horizons. For all the put options, the pattern of average returns for the 1 month puts is extremely close to those found for the 3 month put options.the deepest in the money puts pay on average the initial bet and losses increase as the puts are further out of the money displaying a similar long shot bias as is in Figure 1. Figures 5 and 6 show the average return for one month options on the S&P 500 and FTSE 100 futures across continuous probability bandwidths. In Figure 5, most call options tend to return the 1$ invested in each option on average. For the S&P 500, this is slightly above (however, not statistically significant) and for the FTSE 100, this is slightly below (and statistically significant). For both sets of options, the deepest out of the money calls return significantly less than the initial investment. However, the degree of the loss is smaller than for the 3 month options seen in Tables I and II. This is not surprising as the expected losses occur at an almost steady rate over time, and we have only a third of the previous time to expiry. Call Options on the S&P 500 Futures Put Options on the S&P 500 Futures Average Std. Dev of Ttest Average Std. Dev of Ttest Odds (%) # Obs Payoff Payoff vs. $1 Odds (%) # Obs Payoff Payoff vs. $ * ** * *** ** * * *** * *** *** **** **** **** **** All All Options Options **** Table IV. Average Return per $1 bet vs. odds levels: 1m Options on S&P 500 Futures ( ) 15
17 Call Options on the FTSE Futures Put Options on the FTSE Futures Average Std Dev of Ttest Average Std Dev of Ttest Odds (%) # Obs Payoff Payoff vs. $1 Odds (%) # Obs Payoff Payoff vs. $ ** ** *** ** *** **** **** *** * * *** *** All All Options Options ** Table V. Average Return per $1 bet vs. odds levels: 1m Options on FTSE Futures ( ) FTSE S&P Figure 5: Average Return per dollar bet vs. odds levels: 1 month Stock Index Calls ( ) 16 1 Month Stock Index Futures Call Options Wealth Relatives
18 The one month put options appear in Figure 6. As with Figure 4 for the 3 month put options, the average return tends to decrease, as the option is further out of the money. For these options, the shape of the average return function is smoother than the threemonth pattern. One possible explanation for this comes from Bollen and Whaley (2002). They indicate that the greatest concentration of trading in Stock index put options is for put options with one month or less to expiration. Therefore, with more actively traded put options across the entire maturity spectrum, there is less need to interpolate across the bandwidths FTSE 1.5 S&P Figure 6: Average Return per dollar bet vs. odds levels: Puts on Stock Index Futures ( ) III. Conclusions The motivation for this research was to assess if the favorite / longshot bias that has been found in horse racing and other gambling markets applies to options markets. The choice of stock index options was made due to previous speculation by Figlewski (1989) that OTM stock index call options are seen by investors as the equivalent of low cost/high payoff gambles and Dumas, Fleming and Whaley (1996) that stock index put options are purchased at higher prices due to the need to insurance.we investigated the favorite / longshot bias for options on the S&P 500 Index Futures, FTSE 100 Index Futures and British Pound/US Dollar Futures Month Stock Index Futures Put Options Wealth Relatives
19 We find that OTM index call options on the S&P 500 futures and FTSE 100 futures provide a negative average return. During , the average payback from the purchase of 3 month call options in the probability range of 0% to 5% was less than 1.3 and 18.8 cents for every $1 invested in the options (for the S&P 500 and FTSE 100, respectively). In addition, we find that the deep in the money 3 month calls on both the S&P 500 and FTSE 100 provide an average return higher than the initial investment on average. These results for the calls are very similar to the favorite / longshot bias in race track markets pointed out by Ali (1979), Snyder (1978) and Ziemba & Hausch (1986). For the put options on the S&P 500 and FTSE 100, we find evidence consistent with the hypothesis of Dumas, Fleming and Whaley (1996) that investors pay more for puts than they are subsequently worth. However, the degree of overpaying for these options increases monotonically as the probability of finishing in the money decreases. This is similar to the pattern observed for the favorite / longshot bias. However, this is reduced by what is most probably the expected cost of insurance. For one month call options on the S&P 500 and the FTSE 100, show essentially the same patterns, but with magnitudes which are closer to one. The inthemoney calls on both the S&P 500 and FTSE 100 tend to pay an average return very close to the intial bet. For the out of the money options, there is a reduction in the expected return (like a longshot bias). However, this is not as extreme as for the three month options, and only statistically significant for the FTSE 100 options. For the deepest outofthemoney options the payoff for every $1 bet was 66.1 cents (but still insignificantly different from a $1) and 34.3 cents for the S&P 500 and FTSE 100, respectively. As a robustness check, options on British Pound/US Dollars were examined and no systematic longshot or favorite bias appears to exist. 18
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22 FOOTNOTES 1 While the horse racing favorite longshot bias is quite stable and pervasive there exist exceptions in Asian race track markets [Busche & Hall (1988) and Busche (1994)]. 2 Data for individual stock options either has too few strike prices to span a sufficiently wide range of bets or (as 3 Note that we only interpolate: we do not extrapolate beyond the range of traded strikes. 21 they are only traded on a quarterly basis) provides too few independent observations to draw meaningful conclusions. Furthermore, trading activity for stock options may vary over time as certain stocks or industry sectors come into (or go out of) fashion. This would require switching between the most actively traded options over time, which could introduce further biases of an unknown kind.
S&P 100 (^OEX)
The S&P 100 Index is a stock market index of United States stocks maintained by Standard & Poor’s. Index options on the S&P 100 are traded with the ticker symbol “OEX”. Because of the popularity of these options, investors often refer to the index by its ticker symbol.
S&P 100 Index – ETF Tracker
The index measures the performance of stocks from a broad range of industries, chosen for market size, liquidity, and industry group representation.
ETFs Tracking Other Mutual Funds
ETFs Tracking The S&P 100 Index – ETF List
ETFs tracking the S&P 100 Index are presented in the following table.
ETFs Tracking The S&P 100 Index – ETF Returns
The following table presents historical return data for ETFs tracking the S&P 100 Index.
ETFs Tracking The S&P 100 Index – ETF Fund Flow
The table below includes fund flow data for all U.S. listed Highland Capital Management ETFs. Total fund flow is the capital inflow into an ETF minus the capital outflow from the ETF for a particular time period.
Fund Flows in millions of U.S. Dollars.
ETFs Tracking The S&P 100 Index – ETF Expenses
The following table presents expense information for ETFs tracking the S&P 100 Index.
ETFs Tracking The S&P 100 Index – ETF Dividends
The following table presents dividend information for ETFs tracking the S&P 100 Index, including yield and dividend date.
ETFs Tracking The S&P 100 Index – ETF Holdings
The following table presents holdings data for all ETFs tracking the S&P 100 Index. For more detailed holdings data for an ETF click the ‘View’ link in the right column.
ETFs Tracking The S&P 100 Index – ETF Tax Rates
The following table presents sortable tax data for ETFs currently tracking the S&P 100 Index.
ETFs Tracking The S&P 100 Index – ETF Technicals
The following table presents certain technical indicators for ETFs tracking the S&P 100 Index. To see complete technical metrics click the ‘View’ link in the right column.
ETFs Tracking The S&P 100 Index – ETF Analysis
The following table presents links to indepth analysis for ETFs tracking the S&P 100 Index.
ETFs Tracking The S&P 100 Index – ETF Realtime Ratings
The following table presents a proprietary ETFdb rating for ETFs tracking the S&P 100 Index.
S&P 100 Index – ETF Tracker
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OEF  iShares S&P 100 ETF  Equity  $4,787,694  19.7%  1,183,545.0  $115.11  1.37%  0.8%  13.6%  7.7%  16.7%  41.4%  Large Cap Growth Equities  20001023  0.20%  2 Platforms  $2.71  20200325  $0.60  2.33%  22.6  1.02  101  38.2%  View  35%  15%  1099  $104.26  $127.03  $113.42  $116.98  43.38  View  View  View  View  View  View  A  A 
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