Information Content in Sneer Asymmetry: An Application to OOS Implied Volatility Forecasting
27 Pages Posted: 25 Nov 2012
Date Written: November 24, 2012
The ad hoc Black-Scholes (AHBS) model is one of the most widely used option valuation models among practitioners models. The main contribution of this study is methodological. We have two main results: (1) we make the empirical observation that typically the call and put sneers are discontinuous and have different slopes when moneyness is equal to 1, and (2) we propose a new data usage methodology that incorporates the information contained in the symmetric response of the call and put sneers and henceforth provides more accurate out-of-sample forecasts for several time period ahead prices. Our results are robust across several dimensions, including: time period, forecast horizon, moneyness, and model specification.
Keywords: Ad Hoc Black-Scholes (AHBS), asymmetric volatility sneer, data usage, implied volatility
JEL Classification: G12, G13, G14, G15, F3, C22, C53, D82
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