Accelerated Return Overlay Services: A customized directional Accelerated Return Portfolio that is run as a parallel strategy overlaying an underlying asset(s) or proxy asset(s). The application of the strategy is that over an investment horizon the Accelerated Return Overlay will work to amplify by a factor the directional exposure of the underlying asset(s) or proxy asset(s) based upon the client’s investment objectives and restrictions. The Accelerated Return Overlay are strategic in their application and can exist as an on-the-shelf offering until tactically called upon by the client. The offering is a separate account that is combined with an underlying asset(s) or proxy asset(s) which may be, a stated dollar value, the notional value of the designated asset(s), an IPS benchmark asset allocation, a look through of holdings of a single money manager, a look through and aggregation of holdings of multiple money managers. The separate account is managed through the purchasing of; puts, calls and VIX options (to be long volatility) as well as selling puts and writing calls within put-spreads and or call-spreads. In addition, other option combinations or standalone strategies may be held within the separate account such as; put back-spreads, call back-spreads, collars, asymmetric collars, strangles, straddles and purchased puts.