Oil Volatility Risk and Expected Stock Returns

54 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2014 Last revised: 4 Dec 2014

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Peter Christoffersen

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management; Copenhagen Business School; Aarhus University - CREATES

Xuhui (Nick) Pan

University of Oklahoma

Date Written: December 2, 2014


After the financialization of commodity futures markets in 2004-05 oil volatility has become a strong predictor of returns and volatility of the overall stock market. Furthermore, stocks' exposure to oil volatility risk now drives the cross-section of expected returns. The difference in average return between the quintile of stocks with low exposure and high exposure to oil volatility is significant at 0.66% per month, and oil volatility risk carries a significant risk premium of -0.60% per month. In the post-financialization period, oil volatility risk is strongly related with various measures of funding liquidity constraints suggesting an economic channel for the effect.

Keywords: option-implied volatility; oil prices; volatility risk; cross-section; factor-mimicking portfolios; financial intermediaries

JEL Classification: G12, G13, E44, Q02

Suggested Citation

Christoffersen, Peter and Pan, Xuhui (Nick), Oil Volatility Risk and Expected Stock Returns (December 2, 2014). Rotman School of Management Working Paper No. 2399677, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2399677 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2399677

Peter Christoffersen (Contact Author)

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Xuhui (Nick) Pan

University of Oklahoma ( email )

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