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Calculating the VIX in Excel

12 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2008  

Tom Arnold

University of Richmond - E. Claiborne Robins School of Business

John H. Earl

University of Richmond - E. Claiborne Robins School of Business

Date Written: December 14, 2007

Abstract

The VIX has become a popular volatility index that is based on a weighted average of S&P 500 options that straddle a 30-day maturity. This manner of calculating the VIX emerged in September of 2003 and is documented with an example by the CBOE. In this paper, the calculation of the VIX is reproduced in an Excel template to automate and to some degree simplify the calculation. Further, one can also apply other option series to calculate a VIX-type analysis for the underlying security which is of great benefit because the calculation is independent of option pricing model biases.

Keywords: VIX, options, Excel

JEL Classification: G13

Suggested Citation

Arnold, Tom and Earl, John H., Calculating the VIX in Excel (December 14, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1103971 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1103971

Thomas M. Arnold (Contact Author)

University of Richmond - E. Claiborne Robins School of Business ( email )

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John H. Earl

University of Richmond - E. Claiborne Robins School of Business ( email )

Richmond, VA 23173
United States

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