Flagship (Index/RA)

Equity exposure with bond-like volatility

Pioneered in 1988, Gateway's flagship strategy is a low-volatility equity strategy that combines a broadly diversified portfolio of common stocks with an actively managed portfolio of written index call and purchased index put options. Selling index call options1 and buying index put options2 helps protect the overall value of the stock portfolio by generating option premium cashflow and limiting losses caused by sharp market declines over a short period of time.

The strategy capitalizes on the implied volatility versus realized volatility relationship, and reduces equity volatility in a robust, repeatable way. Consistent and attractive cashflow from this index option strategy creates potential for portfolio returns in excess of those available from other investments comparable in volatility.

Low-Volatility Equity Profile

The flagship strategy has consistently exhibited characteristics of high equity correlation combined with reduced beta and standard deviation, which can provide downside protection and the potential to capture a majority of the equity market's return over a full cycle.


 Periods over 1 year are annualized

standard deviation

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*The Gateway Index/RA Composite has an inception date of January 1, 1988
** Based on monthly performance
†The Composite was created in January 1993. Prior to January 1, 1993, not all fully discretionary portfolios were represented in composites.
Results shown for 1988 through 1992 are those of one representative account.

Datasource: Morningstar Direct™

Past performance does not guarantee or indicate future results.

Portfolio Application

The flagship strategy is multi-faceted with the flexibility to support many applications. Within a portfolio, the flagship strategy can act as:

  • A core equity strategy
  • A complement to a fixed income portfolio
  • A component to an alternative program

Factsheet

Flagship IndexRA Factsheet

Commentary

Flagship IndexRA Commentary Q1 2017

To read about the case for an index approach to low-volatility equity, please click here - The Journal of Investing: Option-Writing Strategies in a Low-Volatility Framework


1 Selling index call options can reduce the risk of owning stocks, but it limits the opportunity to profit from an increase in the market value of stocks in exchange for up-front cash at the time of selling the call option.

2 From time to time, the strategy may reduce its holdings of put options, resulting in an increased exposure to a market decline.

Gateway Index/RA Composite performance shown in this illustration is an asset-weighted composite of discretionary accounts under Gateway's management which share the same investment objectives and hedging strategies. The composite was created in January 1993. Prior to January 1, 1993, not all fully discretionary portfolios were represented in composites. Results shown for 1988 through 1992 are those of one representative account.

Gateway Index/RA Composite performance reflects the deduction of investment advisory fees and the reinvestment of dividends and other earning. A more detailed description of Gateway's fees is included in Form ADV, Part 2. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Annual Disclosure Presentation. Terms to know.

S&P 500 Disclosure

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