Volatility-of-Volatility and Tail Risk Hedging Returns

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Yang-Ho Park

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

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Date Written: May 18, 2015


This paper reports that the volatility-of-volatility implied by VIX options has predictability for tail risk hedging returns. Specifically, an increase in the volatility-of-volatility as measured by the VVIX index raises current prices of tail risk hedging options, such as S&P 500 puts and VIX calls, and lowers their subsequent returns over the next three to four weeks. The results are robust to jump risk, skewness, kurtosis, option liquidity, variance risk premium, and limit of arbitrage. The predictability can be explained by either risk premiums for a time-varying crash risk factor or uncertainty premiums for a time-varying uncertain belief in volatility.

Keywords: Volatility of volatility, tail risk, rare disaster, option returns, risk premiums, and VIX options

JEL Classification: G12, G13

Suggested Citation

Park, Yang-Ho, Volatility-of-Volatility and Tail Risk Hedging Returns (May 18, 2015). Journal of Financial Markets, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2236158 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2236158

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