Aggregate Jump and Volatility Risk in the Cross-Section of Stock Returns
University of Notre Dame
Swedish House of Finance; University of Utah
Journal of Finance, Forthcoming
We examine the pricing of both aggregate jump and volatility risk in the cross-section of stock returns by constructing investable option trading strategies that load on one factor but are orthogonal to the other. Both aggregate jump and volatility risk help explain variation in expected returns. Consistent with theory, stocks with high sensitivities to jump and volatility risk have low expected returns. Both can be measured separately and are important economically, with a two-standard deviation increase in jump (volatility) factor loadings associated with a 3.5 to 5.1 (2.7 to 2.9) percent drop in expected annual stock returns.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 62
Keywords: cross-sectional asset pricing, aggregate jump risk, aggregate volatility risk, option returns
JEL Classification: G10, G11, G12, E32Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 6, 2010 ; Last revised: April 17, 2014
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