The Information Content in a Volatility Index for Spain
Alfonso Novales Cinca
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Maria T. Gonzalez-Perez
Universidad Complutense de Madrid - Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF)
A model-free methodology is for the first time used in this paper to estimate a daily volatility index (VIBEX-NEW) for the Spanish financial market. We show that daily changes in VIBEX-NEW display a negative, tight contemporaneous relationship with IBEX daily returns, contrary to other common volatility indicators based on implied volatility or historical volatility, which make it a suitable volatility index for the Spanish stock market. Finally, even though the VIBEX-NEW volatility index has not been constructed with a forecasting goal in mind, it can produce forecasts of IBEX-35 realized volatility at least as good as those emerging from historical and conditional volatility measures from a GARCH(1,1). A feasible volatility correction methodology is proposed to achieve it.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 45
Keywords: volatility index, forecasting, returns
JEL Classification: C53, G13, G15working papers series
Date posted: November 21, 2008 ; Last revised: April 12, 2012
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