QYLD seeks to generate income through covered call writing, which historically produces higher yields in periods of volatility.
Efficient Options Execution
QYLD writes call options on the Nasdaq 100 Index, saving investors the time and potential expense of doing so individually.
Potential Downside Mitigation
The premiums QYLD generates may partly cushion drawdowns.
Product Information As of 8 Dec 2023
30 Jan 2023
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The Global X Nasdaq 100 Covered Call ETF (QYLD) follows a “covered call” or “buy-write” strategy, in which the fund buys the stocks in the Nasdaq 100 Index and “writes” or “sells” corresponding call options on the same index to generate income over and above dividends.
QYLD seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Cboe Nasdaq 100 BuyWrite V2 Index. The Cboe Nasdaq 100 BuyWrite V2 Index is designed to represent a hypothetical buy-write strategy. The “long” Nasdaq 100 Index component and the “short” Covered Call Option component are held in equal notional amounts.
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Covered calls are an investment strategy where investors buy a stock, or group of stocks, and sell call options on them. Selling call options can generate additional income for a fund, as buyers pay “premiums” for the right to buy assets at a fixed (“strike”) price. The logic behind selling call options against assets investors already own is that it ensures investors are “covered” from a margin call perspective – hence the term “covered call”.
What are the potential benefits of covered call strategies?
The primary benefit of covered calls is that they can generate more income, and on a more diversified basis, than just owning dividend-paying stocks. This is because covered call sellers receive two income streams: first the dividends, second the premiums from the calls they sell. The premiums not only provide an income uplift, but also a second stream to draw from if dividends fall or dry up. Furthermore, options premiums tend to be inversely correlated to dividend yields—with lower dividend yielding stocks producing higher premiums – creating a natural hedge.
Covered call income is also hedged against volatility and interest rates. All else being equal, when volatility rises, option premiums rise as options traders price higher probabilities of sharp share price movements into calls. And when interest rates rise, call option premiums mechanically rise too, as call sellers provide, in effect, a loan to buyers. The economics of which gets priced into premiums.
What are the potential risks of covered call strategies?
By writing covered call options in return for the receipt of premiums, investors forego the opportunity to benefit from potential increases in the value of the Nasdaq 100 Index above the exercise prices of such options but will continue to bear the risk of declines in the value of the Nasdaq 100 Index.
The premiums received from the options may not be sufficient to offset any losses sustained from the volatility of the underlying stocks over time. As a result, the risks associated with writing covered call options may be similar to the risks associated with writing put options. In addition, QYLD’s ability to sell the securities underlying the options will be limited while the options are in effect unless QYLD cancels out the option positions through the purchase of offsetting identical options prior to the expiration of the written options.
What are the advantages of writing covered calls on the Nasdaq 100 Index?
The Nasdaq 100 is a familiar index to many Australians. The major benchmark of the US technology sector, it plays home to Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Tesla. Despite its strong performance the past decade, many Australians have steered clear as the Nasdaq pays a lower dividend yield than other indexes. The lower yield owes to the fact that many US tech companies choose to pay no dividends and opt to reinvest cash into creating new products and services, or conducting share buybacks. In this setting, covered call strategies provide something of a solution, and provide a way to invest in the Nasdaq 100 while also generating yield.
Which options does the fund sell and at what price?
The fund invests in the Nasdaq 100 Index on a fully replicated basis. It then sells monthly exchange traded Nasdaq 100 Index call options at-the-money worth roughly 100% of the value of the portfolio, with the cash received from option sales reinvested into the Nasdaq 100 Index. “At-the-money” options are those options with strike prices identical to the price of their underlying securities. Options are rolled the day before expiry, with expiring options bought back at the volume weighted average price determined at the close.
What is the cut-off date to receive a distribution from QYLD?
To receive a distribution, you must own the ETF – the trade must have fully settled – on the record date. This means that you should aim to buy QYLD at least two business days before the record date (as ETF trades take two business days to settle) should you wish to receive a distribution.
The record date is the date on which Computershare, the share registry, records who owns which ETFs and therefore who is entitled to distributions. As QYLD has multiple distributions throughout the year, it has multiple record dates throughout the year too.
When do I receive my distributions from QYLD?
Distributions are paid on the payment date, which is announced ahead of time on the ASX’s website. Generally speaking, the payment date falls two weeks after the record date. On the payment date, investors will receive the cash – or new ETFs, if they choose to reinvest their distributions. Details of payment dates and frequencies are available on the fund’s website.
How can I know the size of a distribution?
We (Global X) will usually forecast how big we expect a distribution to be around one week prior to the ex-distribution date. This forecast is made public on the announcement date. While these forecasts will be as accurate as practically possible, they are only estimates and are subject to corrections and revisions.
The size of distributions is primarily determined by markets in the fund’s underlying assets. Variables include – but are not limited to – dividends and price movements in the fund's underlying shares, the size of option premiums, prevailing interest rates and market volatility.
Fund operations can also impact distribution sizes. Management fees, transactional and operating costs typically lower a distribution. Distributions can also be impacted by the number of units in the fund on issue on the ex-distribution date. Where the number of units on issue declines in the leadup to the ex-distribution date, the distribution yield should be expected to expand. (Income accumulated between distributions is therefore spread over fewer units). An opposite dilutive effect occurs when the number of units on issue increases in the leadup to ex-distribution dates.
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