Valuation of Vix Derivatives

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Javier Mencia

Banco de España

Enrique Sentana

Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros (CEMFI); Financial Markets Group; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: July 22, 2012


We conduct an extensive empirical analysis of VIX derivative valuation models before, during and after the 2008-2009 fi nancial crisis. Since the restrictive mean reversion and heteroskedasticity features of existing models yield large distortions during the crisis, we propose generalisations with a time varying central tendency, jumps and stochastic volatility, analyse their pricing performance, and implications for term structures of VIX futures and volatility "skews". We find that a process for the log of the observed VIX combining central tendency and stochastic volatility reliably prices VIX derivatives. We also uncover a signi cant risk premium that shifts the long run volatility level.

Keywords: Central Tendency, Stochastic Volatility, Jumps, Term Structure, Volatility Skews

JEL Classification: G13

Suggested Citation

Mencia, Javier and Sentana, Enrique, Valuation of Vix Derivatives (July 22, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

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