Using VIX Data to Enhance Technical Trading Signals
6 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2011
Date Written: September 18, 2011
The purpose of this paper is to provide new insights into the relationship between technical analysis and implied market volatility (VIX) by calculating technical trading rules with the VIX price data, as opposed to the stock prices. Three trending trading rule signals are calculated on the prices of three major U.S. indices and the VIX prices. The results reveal that the trading signals calculated with the VIX level provides large, statistically significant profits that are in excess of the profits from the traditional computation. Sub-period analysis reveals that technical trading rules were most (least) profitable during the period with the highest (lowest) volatility levels.
Keywords: Technical analysis, volatility, VIX
JEL Classification: C4, C22, G14, G19
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