A trading strategy based on Callable Bull/Bear Contracts

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-198
Journal / PublicationPacific Basin Finance Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010


The Callable Bull/Bear Contract is a barrier options contract recently introduced to the Hong Kong market. In this study, we propose a trading strategy that defines the entry point and exit point using information on the contract's call price and mandatory call event. Using data on contracts based on the Hong Kong Hang Seng Index, it is shown that the proposed trading strategy, on average, yields some decent trading returns that vary quite substantially across individual trades. Exploratory analyses indicate that trading returns are associated with volatility observed during a contract's lifespan and, to a lesser extent, with volatility in the pre-issuance period. Further, an issuer's relative issuing frequency may bear some implications for the trading strategy's performance. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Barrier options, Daily highs and lows, Trading returns, VECM