Synthetic Secured Lending Using Single Stock Futures

The structure of the single stock futures (SSF) market makes it as ideally suited for borrowing and lending money at the AA+ credit rating of the Options Clearing Corporation as European-exercise index options on the S&P 500 (SPX).

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Simplify Lending and Borrowing

"Single stock futures provide significant cost advantages and flexibility for both the lenders and borrowers of stock by enabling them to exchange positions without many of the restrictions and intermediaries that exist with existing programs. As a result, the lenders and borrowers are able to reduce revenue sharing agreements, fees, counter party risk, and the risk of the recall of positions..."


Basis Point Discussion

"When an investor buys an asset, they expect the return to be commensurate to a certain level of risk. Too often the investor is disregarding the opportunity cost of receiving a risk-free rate of return as well. Single stock futures lower this opportunity cost by enabling an investor to finance an equity position more efficiently, thus improving the risk-reward ratio of their investment..."


An Alternative to Securities Lending

Securities lending is a process that involves both market and counter party risk. Similar to an EFP ("Exchange Future for Physical") transaction, this type of lending utilizes single stock futures (SSF) with some very stark differences. SSFs simplify the lending/borrowing process, significantly enhance the total return, and remove counter party risk.

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