The Equity as a Call Option Hypothesis for the Value Premium
International Research Journal of Finance and Economics, Vol 130, No. 1, (2015), 55-70.
17 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2013 Last revised: 29 May 2015
Date Written: October 8, 2013
The value premium is the empirical observation that low market/book “value” stocks have higher returns than high market/book “growth” stocks. In this paper, we investigate and present evidence for an “equity as a call option hypothesis” for the value premium. Volatility decreases the options-leverage of equity, which decreases expected return. At the same time, volatility increases value for equities with options features and, thus, it increases market/book. Because volatility has opposite impacts on expected return and value, there is a value premium.
Keywords: Equity Returns, Real Options, Volatility, Value Premium
JEL Classification: G12, G32, G33, G35
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